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Kiwanis Club Meeting Tuesdays East Setauket

1/31/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle parked in front of home Property owners breathe a sigh of relief when the SERVPRO green fleet swiftly arrives for water loss mitigation.

Three Villages Setauket Kiwanis

Visitors often ask, what are the three villages and why are they called the three villages. The villages are Old Field, The Setauket, and Stony Brook. These villages collectively took on the term “The Three Villages” from their shared history and proximity to each other. Many organizations in the area have adopted this title and incorporated it into their club names, schoolboard titles, and government organizations.

The local Kiwanis Club of The Three Villages meets in East Setauket, relatively central to the villages and comfortable for everyone to meet.

Meeting Details are:



Location: Mario’s, 212 Main St, East Setauket

When: Tuesdays at 7 p.m.



Next Meeting: February meetings – Feb 2,9,16, and 23rdThe Three village Kiwanis help the community and operate numerous events throughout the year, including the Three Villages Kiwanis Bench 5K, food pantries every Saturday at 380 Nichols Rd., Setauket.

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

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

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

The art gallery’s objectives are:



Offer exhibitions of contemporary craftspersons and artists.

Bringing local works of art to the public

Stimulate interest in artistic endeavors

Bring educational programs to the general public



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

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

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

Enjoy North Shore Beaches at Rocky Point

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

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

Protect The Long Island Pine Barrens Near Rocky Point

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

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

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

The Paumanok Trail

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



Glacial kettles,

Rolling hills,

Panoramic vistas

Sandy dunes

Coastal plain ponds

Beech forests

Marsh habitats

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



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

The Long Island Pine Barrens

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

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

There are many activities available within the barrens:



Hiking

Dog-friendly parks

Bird watching

Camping

Family-friendly parks

Boating on the waterways



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

North Shore Beach and More

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



Long walks along the beach

Kayaking

Fishing

Boating

Swimming

Sea combing or

Just relaxing while soaking up some rays.



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

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

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

Safety Concerns During Water Removal in Rocky Point Homes

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

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

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



Consider electrical hazards, turn the power off if needed.

Water on tile and hardwood floors can create slippery conditions.

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



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

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

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

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Historical Places in Setauket

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/14/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The 1665 Brewster House

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

  • The Thompson House

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/14/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/14/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

Help support Three Village Historical Society Programming

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

Friday, December 4, 2020

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

$100 per person, limit two

Saturday, December 5, 2020

One seating for a buffet breakfast

$40 per person, limit  two

The Old Field Club

86 West Meadow Road

Setauket- East Setauket, NY 11733

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

Does SERVPRO Use Advanced Equipment and Technology After a Flood?

10/29/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

How Can We Document Damage and Progress?

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

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

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

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

What kind of training does SERVPRO give its employees? 

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

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

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

What structural hazards are there during restoration? 

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

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

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

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

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

What about the risks from fire and soot? 

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

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

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

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

Is there a danger from firefighting chemicals? 

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

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

Are there any hazards from fogging? 

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

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

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

How Does Containment Protect Your Rocky Point Shop from Fire Damage?

10/11/2020 (Permalink)

interior of a shop covered in soot and remains from fire If your shop has suffered from fire damage then you should contact SERVPRO. SERVPRO provides 24/7 mitigation and remediation services.

When a fire damages a portion of your Rocky Point retail shop, we can work quickly to prevent the spread of hazardous conditions like soot, smoke, and odors.

Fires can be destructive to Rocky Point shops, especially when post-extinguishment mitigation does not begin as quickly as it should. Because our SERVPRO team stays prepared for losses like these, we can mobilize promptly after notification of your disaster.

The objective of early fire damage restoration for Rocky Point shops like yours is to protect as much of the structure and your wares as possible. The best strategy for this is the installation of containment barriers with poly sheeting and wood frames. These rigid barriers can help out your business in multiple ways, including: 

  • Establishing a Staging Area – By creating a clean room adjacent to the work areas, we can prevent cross-contamination of entire regions to the restoration zone. Staging areas also serve as an accessible location for storing vital mitigation and recovery equipment. 
  • Preventing the Spread of Contaminants – There are numerous threats and hazards that persist long after a fire gets extinguished, including circulating soot particles. Carcinogens and toxins can also be present. Barriers prevent the migration of these effects until air quality control practices can eliminate the threats.
  • Allowing Your Business to Continue – In some situations, the placement of barriers and containment walls can keep your shop going in a limited capacity when possible.

Can SERVPRO Perform Build Back as Well? 

There are few fire restoration situations that our professionals begin without the understanding that build-back and reconstruction are likely necessary at some point. In these circumstances where your shop becomes impacted by spreading fire effects, our professionals might need to remove shelving, counters, and other fixtures to replace them.

While fire losses can be devastating to your business, our SERVPRO of Port Jefferson team can help with fast and reliable responses when it matters most. Give us a call today at (631) 476-5300.

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What Should Be Done First After Water Damage?

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

Collecting water with buckets Don’t let water take over your home. Don’t wait. Call SERVPRO today for assistance.

SERVPRO technicians can be on the scene quickly for any water damage restoration services needed in Rocky Point homes.



When a pipe breaks, roof leaks, or a toilet backs up, you can help limit the damage to your Rocky Point home by taking some preliminary actions before the SERVPRO technicians arrive on-site, by doing any of the following steps, only if it safe to do so:  

  • Turn off the water in the home if applicable
  • Move furnishings out of the wet area of the home
  • If the water contains sewage or known chemicals, avoid contact 
  • Close off the area if there is a strong odor  
  • If there is something you need from the area but cannot enter, tell the crew chief when the techs arrive, and they can obtain items out of the work-site for you

What is the Process for Water Damage Repair from SERVPRO?  

Even though every water damage repair job in Rocky Point has unique characteristics for SERVPRO, the scientific methods used by the certified techs are finite and designed for the most favorable outcome after water damage. 

The standard process is scoping of the area to locate the migration path of the water using different kinds of moisture detection devices, including thermal imaging and penetrating probes, depending on the surface getting inspected. Then they choose the method for water extraction depending on the amount of water that needs removal. The techs use submersible pumps to bring down standing water rapidly and then finish up with portable pumps to ensure as much moisture as possible. The attention paid during the extraction phase of the mitigation assists in lessening the drying time needed and allows the techs to move into prepping the job-site for the necessary repairs for a full restoration.

SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300 can handle any size water repair in your local properties from a single room to an entire home that needs extraction, drying, and restoration after water damage. 

My Ranch Style Home Was Hit Hard By Storms – How Does The Flooding Impact My Home?

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO vehicle parked in front of a home. When a storm damages your Stony Brook home, call SERVPRO we can be right over.

Homes in Stony Brook Can Be Hit By Storms at Any Time – Flooding Can Do Serious Damage to a Residence if Left Unattended 

Stony Brook started as a resort area and grew into a hamlet that caters to tourists. As a coastal town, storms could put all of that to a stop with severe flooding. According to RiskFinder.org, Stony Brook is in the top half of Cities in NY for total exposure of homes on land below 6 feet for cities under 100,000 in population. Over the past 34 years, Stony Brook has had approximately 5” of sea-level rise. This means that storm surges and high tides are at an increase, and the storms are becoming more severe.

 What Are Some Main Concerns With Flooding?

With any flood damage in Stony Brook, contaminated water is one of the main concerns. There are three types of water that SERVPRO deals with in the restoration business. These include:

  •   Category I – Clean Water – this is water from a non-contaminated source such as the kitchen sink.
  •   Category II – Gray Water – this is water that is “dirty” but not a biohazard. Examples are dishwater, washing machine overflow, or toilet with urine only.
  •   Category III – Blackwater – highly contaminated and unsafe. Floodwater and raw sewage are in this category. Clean and gray water can turn into black if left untreated.

Storms can cause flash flooding and bring water surging through your home. With that comes things such as bacteria, dirt, debris, dead animals, and chemical waste. Avoid contact with flood water if at all possible. Our crew has the proper PPE to safely deal with the situation.

Another concern is structural damage. Moisture can cause structural components to weaken and deteriorate the longer they are exposed to it. Construction materials and the content of your home can deteriorate rapidly in standing water. Secondary damage, such as mold, is always a potential problem with floods. Mold develops in as little as 24 hours and can cause health effects. The sooner you call SERVPRO the better to avoid problems like this.

 What Does SERVPRO Do to Mitigate Flood Damage?

Safety is the first concern. When our technicians arrive on the scene, any emergency mitigation needs are addressed. This can include tarping the roof to prevent more water from entering the home. Containment is another process that is often used to keep moisture from spreading to unaffected areas. The crew ensures that there are no electrical safety hazards. 

One of the problems with flood damage is that porous material such as sheetrock, insulation, and drywall absorb the contaminated water. These have to get removed as quickly as possible as they continue to wick moisture. Unlike clean water damage, there are items that cannot merely be dried and cleaned with flooding. The technicians typically implement the following processes:

  • Muck Out – The removal of mud, silt, and debris that floodwaters deposit in a home. 
  • Water Extraction – SERVPRO has several pump options, including trash, truck-mounted, and submersible. 
  • Removal – Items and materials that cannot be salvaged are removed and disposed of properly.
  • Cleaning – Scrubbing the interior of the home. This includes walls and floors.
  • Sanitizing – Disinfecting takes place several times. Antimicrobials and antifungal agents are used.
  • Content Management –Items are cleaned on-site if possible. If not, they are removed to our warehouse for cleaning.
  • Deodorizing – This can include air scrubbers, time-released products, and other odor removal methods.
  • Restoration – Rebuilding and restoring the interior of the home to preloss condition.

Giving You Peace of Mind

When floodwaters overtake your home, it can be devastating. It may mean you cannot stay in your home until the flood restoration is complete. Some things cannot be salvaged when it comes to flooding, such as carpet. That can be difficult to deal with too. Your family’s safety is your primary concern. The last thing you need to worry about is whether or not your house is going to be taken care of properly. SERVPRO provides peace of mind for our customers. You can trust our technicians to treat your home like they would their own. We have homes and families in the same town as you do. We know the importance of needing your residence returned to you so life can continue as normal.

 Flooding can throw your family into chaos. Once everyone is safe, and you are able, give SERVPRO a call. The faster the restoration intervention begins, the fewer problems there are in the end. Our Green Team is available 24/7. We are typically at your door within a few hours of you contacting us. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

 Contact SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300 for quality flood damage service.

Do I Need Professional Remediation for Mold in Stony Brook?

9/6/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing in the corner of a room Mold damage can be hard to clean up, especially because you can’t do it yourself. Contact SERVPRO for professional remediation services.

Using Mold Removal Companies Can Reduce the Likelihood of Mold Returning. SERVPRO Offers Mold Remediation to Residents in the Stony Brook Area.

How does mold spread through a property?

Mold particles are microscopic and permeate the indoor environment of your Stony Brook home. In small quantities, these microbial organisms are not a problem. However, when they come into contact with damp surfaces, they can proliferate, causing an unpleasant odor. Porous surfaces like carpets, textiles, insulation, drywall, or woods can aid in spreading mold, which can get out of control without early intervention. Mold remediation covers both the existing site of infestation as well as tracing the mold throughout the home. Sometimes, SERVPRO technicians may need to remove physical barriers to assess how far a mold infestation has spread. When dealing with mold issues, it is essential to establish a containment area to prevent inadvertently spreading spores on clothing or airways to other areas of the home.

How can I prevent mold from spreading during a cleanup?

Most mold removal companies in Stony Brook use aggressive agitation to remove mold colonies and the hyphae that bind them to surfaces. Using blasting equipment or agitation can be aggressive and lift mold particles, and spores, into airways. When performing mold cleanup, it is essential to control the surrounding area to reduce infestation in other areas. Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems should be shut off during cleanup to prevent the possible spread of an outbreak. SERVPRO technicians frequently use blasting methods alongside a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to capture tiny mold particles.

How can I spot the symptoms of mold in my home?

  • Damp spots in some areas of the home
  • Unpleasant, musty odors
  • Visible signs of mold colonies on walls

Containment is an essential aspect of mold remediation. Contact SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300 for responsible cleanup.

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Can My Family's Heirlooms and Important Documents Be Saved after a Flood?

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

scrolled document water stains Call SERVPRO to rescue your water damaged documents, photos, and possession anywhere in the Stony Brook area. We can help.

SERVPRO Provides the Best Possible Restoration Services for Possessions and Contents in Your Stony Brook Home

Floodwaters flowing through your Stony Brook home can damage many of your most essential items. Also, there are often many pollutants absorbed by the floodwaters. These contaminants range from mud to a range of chemicals, as well as biological material. Many of these chemicals and biological elements can be quite hazardous to your health.

SERVPRO has worked with many families over the years who have experienced flood damage in Stony Brook. We understand how valuable family heirlooms, photos, various documents, diplomas, marriage certificates, and much more can be. We work with family members to identify these items and recover as many as possible. It is important to note that not everything can be recovered or restored to their original condition due to moisture damage or contamination from various pollutants.

When Can I Enter My Home to Retrieve Items Important to My Family?

We assess every flood-damaged home before our team enters the house. We check for electrical and fuel hazards, dangerous chemicals, and areas where our team and homeowners could injure themselves. It may not be appropriate for homeowners to enter. In these situations, SERVPRO can work closely with the homeowner to identify the needed items and their location within the home. We evaluate all contents to determine if they are damaged beyond repair or can be disinfected and cleaned.

All items that are considered valuable are documented and removed if possible, with the homeowner’s approval for disinfection and cleaning. Flood damage may also require removal of flooring, flood cuts on walls, and damaged furniture. Once flood cleanup is completed, drying and restoration activities can commence.

SERVPRO can provide initial flood damage cleanup, removal services, and restoration services. We can also manage the reconstruction services and tradespeople required to restore your home or business to its preloss condition.

Call SERVPRO of Port Jefferson (631) 476-5300 to assist with the restoration of your flood-damaged home.

Will My Setauket Home Be Livable Again After a Fire?

8/23/2020 (Permalink)

kitchen covered in ashes and soot When dealing with fire damage you want to get your house back into working shape as quickly as possible. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

Hire SERVPRO to Restore Your Setauket Home From The Effects of a Fire

So Why SERVPRO for Cleaning My Home?

Fire restoration to Setauket homes requires far more skill than washing walls, repainting, and removing burned material. SERVPRO technicians train in the four elements needed to suspend smoke residues in a cleaning solution so they can be more easily removed without harming the personal and structural property.

What Are the Four Elements to Clean and Restore My Home?

  • Temperature. Increasing the temperature of a cleaning solution speeds up the chemical process. Depending on the material being cleaned and the solution she chose, our restoration technician selects the temperature that helps her get the most out of her cleaning efforts. 
  • Agitation. Here, our technician uses air and water pressure, brushes, and cloths to scrub or agitate residues off surfaces. For very thick layers of residues, technicians also have the option to place an item in an ultrasonic machine to use sonic vibrations to sufficiently agitate the cleaning solution to remove the residues without harming the surface. 
  • Chemical Action. The commercial-grade cleaners our technicians use clear surfaces of residues by reaction with both the residues and the property surfaces where they are attached. The type of chemical action depends on the cleaner and the surface where it will be used. Options include dissolving, emulsifying, bleaching, oxidizing, changing pH, or digesting them into the solution.
  • Time. Each cleaning agent requires time to rest or dwell on the surface. Our technicians carefully watch surfaces to ensure they do not exceed the time and accidentally cause further damage. 

What Happens Next?

SERVPRO technicians carefully collect the residues for removal from the home. As they perform these tasks, other team members remove items too burned for restoration and dispose of them safely, without spreading any residues to other parts of the home.

To learn more about what we can do for your home here or to schedule a service visit in Rocky Point, call SERVPRO of Port Jefferson today at (631) 476-5300. We are here for you. 

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Can One Company Handle Damage to Both My House and My Things After Storm Damage and Flooding?

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

Hands holding home You can rest assured that your home is in good hands with our experienced SERVPRO technicians. We are available 24/7.

Do Not Juggle the Competing Interests of Your House and Its Contents at a Stressful Time-- SERVPRO Provides Comprehensive Mitigation and Remediation Services for Storm-Related Flood Damage.

It is the time of year we hunker down in anticipation of the Atlantic hurricane and tropical storm systems pummeling Rocky Point and other communities on Long Island Sound. If your home lies within the path of the torrential rains and fierce, sustained winds possible during these weather events, you might need to cope with overland flooding, foundation seepage, and water loss from structural storm damage. Even if you move your most valuable and vulnerable furnishings and possessions above the basement or even first-floor level when your roof fails, windows or doors blow out, or siding tears off and disintegrates, storm water flooding finds those carefully stored items. 

Who Can Help When Both Structures and Contents Have Severe Flood Damage?

Disaster recovery companies take on a staggeringly complex job when homeowners in Rocky Point seek flood damage assistance. One of the ways to manage any complicated challenge is to invoke the principle of "divide and conquer." Making a decision to move your electronics, furniture, window coverings, rugs, clothing, household goods, and other personal possessions to a space outside of your flood-damaged house is an excellent option to give both your household goods and your home's structure a fighting chance at speedy recovery under the circumstances. The restoration company with which you partner must be able to transport, track, process, remediate, and store the items moved securely for this opportunity to work.

How Do Professionals Manage a Pack-Out During Flood Damage Mitigation and Remediation?

SERVPRO has a robust protocol for move-outs during all types of disaster emergency services. The Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) we employ provides a variety of ways to document what is removed, the conditions of the items packed and moved, and the processing that our specialized contents technicians complete for each article inventoried. This comprehensive system is beneficial as we correspond with your insurance company, providing real-time evidence to form a basis for the carrier to pay for restoration interventions or to approve a claim value for items that cannot endure appropriate restoration.

How Does the Pack-Out Work? Do I Have Responsibilities?

Our managers work closely with you to determine what items are of the highest priority to move to a safer place. Particularly with categories of property like documents and seasonal clothing, we want to make sure that you can have access to needed articles quickly. Because of this goal, we ask you to sort out the possibly needed items or give us instructions to effect this for you. The production crew does the inventorying, packing, labeling, and transporting. When the boxes and other containers arrive at our production facility, they have been inventoried as follows:

  • Written lists are produced for some items -- including explanations and instructions from you, if applicable, to be followed by our crew members
  • Digital photographs are taken at the time pack-out and throughout the remediation process -- an excellent way to document the original damaged condition and the results of interventions
  • Barcoding -- perfect for matching up items pre and post-processing
  • Container labels -- definitely needed if we retrieve items for you out of our facility before pack-back and useful when our crew reintroduces the packed-out inventory to your cleaned, disinfected, and dried out house

What Is the Overall Procedure at My House While Contents Are Managed Off-Site?

We assess and control safety hazards, and then our crews dig in, perhaps literally, if silt and mud or other debris are issues. We then follow this general agenda:

  • We pump and/or extract visible standing water (containing and disposing of it per local regulations)
  • We use moisture detectors and meters to locate hidden water and measure moisture content for baseline drying data
  • We use controlled demolition tactics like flood cuts and drilled holes to release the water trapped behind structures and provide better airflow for structural drying
  • We clean and disinfect soiled surfaces with EPA-registered products using appropriate techniques and tools
  • We design a scientifically-based drying plan and implement it with air movers, hearts, and dehumidifiers

SERVPRO of Port Jefferson is ready for everything severe storms and flood damage can bring to our region's residents. Call (631) 476-5300 to explore how we can clean and dry both your home and your possessions.

How Can I Protect my Warehouse When it Floods?

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

Warehouse Flooding is no match for SERVPRO. We are equipped and ready at a moment's notice to restore your home or business.

Your Warehouse in Rocky Point can use the Protection of our SERVPRO Team.

Our commercial community in Rocky Point is essential to the area. Within our specialties, we provide goods and services to our neighbors, and protecting the local economy is everyone's goal. Whenever a leak springs in a warehouse and threatens a fellow business owner's livelihood, a professional water restoration crew is the key to protecting that business.

Water mitigation in commercial settings in Rocky Point benefits from the expertise of our team at SERVPRO. As soon as you discover the damage, reach out to our 24/7 hotline and allow our certified water restoration technicians into your space. Upon arrival, we begin a thorough inspection of your warehouse to identify problem areas and start mitigating your loss in time and money. Our work is documented step by step, and we are happy to assist as you file an insurance claim.

Can I save my inventory after a warehouse flood?

The goal is to mitigate your loss and save your inventory as much as possible. Depending on the items in your warehouse and how much water is in it, we can make an informed decision to preserve your assets. The volume of water in your establishment will determine which of our industrial equipment we resort to extracting standing water. For more significant amounts, we could use a truck-mounted pump or use wand extractors for hard-to-access crevices. Regardless of your needs, we have a solution to meet them. Other considerations necessary for a complete water restoration process could include-

Using a desiccant machine to dry your warehouse including any shelving vulnerable to corrosion thoroughly

Spraying an antimicrobial solution to prevent mold growth consequence of standing water

Disposing of any items that could hold excess moisture and allow bacteria to prosper

Whether you worry about a lingering smell, microbes, or structural weakness, SERVPRO of Port Jefferson is your partner during the restoration process. Call our team at (631) 476-5300 as soon as you face the emergency and let us take every step to make your warehouse look "Like it never even happened." 

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What Should I Do When Water Comes Into My House From the Ground After a Storm?

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

Flood waters by home We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

For Flood Damage Mitigation After Moisture From the Ground Enters Your Stony Brook Home Call SERVPRO.

When severe thunderstorms strike the Stony Brook area, a significant amount of rainfall can likely come in a short period. Excessive rain can cause water to rise from the ground and enter your dwelling.

How can you remove moisture from my home that entered from the ground?

During flood damage repair in Stony Brook, our SERVPRO technicians can start the process by thoroughly inspecting your home for moisture. We can use sensors and moisture meters to detect moisture in your building materials, such as your carpet, drywall, and wooden structural components. Once we determine where the H2O went and what items got wet, we can then proceed with the extraction process to remove the water while it is still a liquid. Next, we can dry out your building materials by using a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers. However, since muddy water coming from the ground could be contaminated, we must remove any porous substances like your carpet and decontaminate any other wet materials with specialized chemical products.

What types of products do you use to sanitize my home?

Phenolics: Phenol disinfectants are best used if they are in a mixture that has a pH of six or seven. Phenolics like Sporicidin can be effective against a broad spectrum of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and fungal spores.

Chlorines: Chlorine-based products such as bleach or Vanquish can also be used to fight against several different types of bacteria, fungi, and viruses. However, chlorines have a strong odor, can irritate skin and respiratory systems, and can dyes and dull finished wood surfaces.

Quaternary Compounds: These disinfectants have a pleasant odor and can even counteract foul odors. Quaternary solutions work best in the nine to ten pH range and are effective against a wide variety of viruses, fungi, and bacteria.

If you ever find that muddy water has entered your home after a rainstorm, call SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300 24/7.

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What are the Most Common Reasons for Fires in Setauket Homes?

7/19/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300 stands ready to assist local homeowners with fire damage restoration services.

SERVPRO technicians bring years of experience and advanced restoration methods to your Setauket home for the best outcome from fire loss of any size

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an average of over 350,000 residential fires occur per year, with over $6-billion in property damages. The most common reasons for the fires are as follows:
    •    Cooking fires
    •    Careless smoking and leaving candles unattended
    •    Furnace fires primarily from overheating
    •    Electrical wiring and appliance malfunctions
    •    Improper usage or storage of flammable liquids

What Types of Fire Damage Cleanup Can SERVPRO Handle?

The technicians undergo comprehensive training for all types of loss and have extensive experience in the handling of all types of fire damage in Setauket homes. It is vital to be aware of the big five reasons so you can take steps in your daily life to limit the causes, such as ensuring flammable liquid in your Setauket garage get property stored. You can make sure people in the home do not overload outlets or run extension cords under carpet.

Cooking Fires

There are many ways that fires can occur in a kitchen; some of the most common are cooking fires. In particular, protein fires leave behind a pungent issue to clean up. When a grease fire or protein burns, the vaporized droplets coat a broad area of surfaces in the kitchen. Never use water to extinguish this type of fire. The hot oil instantly turns water into a vapor and fuels the flames making a small blaze become a considerable problem quickly. When SERVPRO techs handle cleanup for this type of fire loss, they use an array of techniques to clean up this prevalent type of damage such as:
    •    Solvent-based cleaning agents to release the grip of the residues on the surfaces
    •    Odor control methods to remove the odors from porous items in the loss area
    •    Sealants as needed to lock away odorous particulate that is too deeply embedded for other ways to be effective

Other safe practices for the kitchen include never leaving pot holders or towels by a stove. Plastic bags can cause damage if they melt due to exposure to a hot appliance or stove.

Smoking and Candles

Everyone is aware smoking is a health risk, but it can also be a property risk. A statistic from the NFPA states that smoking in the home leads to more fatalities than any other type of residential fire, often due to falling asleep with a cigar or cigarette. Candles are another common reason for home fires due to leaving them unattended and the flames igniting window treatments, bedding, or getting knocked over by a pet.

SERVPRO techs handle this type of fire loss by clearing away the charred items and cleaning the soot residues to restore as much as possible through their professional cleaning solutions and advanced techniques.

Heating and Puff Back

Overheating heating systems are a significant cause of house fires in the United States. Puff back can happen; the furnace blows soot through all the vents at once and creates a huge, sooty issue throughout the home. When SERVPRO techs handle this type of cleanup, they almost always have to address the ductwork in the house.

Electrical Wiring and Appliances

Faulty and outdated wiring is frequently the core cause of many house fires. Also, portable and space heaters are a big draw on electrical outlets and can overheat an outlet. Watch for smoking or sparks. Touch the plug occasionally to see if it feels hot and turn off an appliance if the plug feels warm to the touch as that is an early sign of dangerous overheating. If electrical equipment gets damaged in a fire, SERVPRO techs can arrange for a certified expert to inspect the appliances or devices before reuse to ensure it is safe to use.

Improper Storage of Flammable Liquids

Garages are ground zero for a portion of residential fires. One of the most frequently seen issues is the placement of flammable solutions by electrical outlets or heat sources. Either of these situations can cause a fire. Unless there is some type of environmental monitoring, a fire may begin and get going strong before it gets discovered, and firefighting efforts start.

No matter what type of fire loss is within your property, SERVPRO techs bring their professional equipment to remove the visible smoke damage, restore your contents and eradicate the odors to make the damage from the flames a thing of the past.

SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300 stands ready to assist local homeowners with fire damage restoration services. The technicians arrive quickly and work hard to return your home to its preloss condition, “Like it never even happened.”

Can My Home Look Again Like It Did Before A Fire?

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

A house burnt on the siding. Let SERVPRO get your Stony Brook home back on track after a fire damage.

Yes, If You Have SERVPRO Restoration Put Your Stony Brook Home Back Together

Residential fires are usually limited when it comes to physical damage from the heat and flames. For most homes, the problems occur after the fire begins to cool, leaving smoke residues on nearly every surface in a home. 

Aren’t Residues Simple to Wipe Away?

Some are, but others take a more serious amount of time, tools, and even special cleaning agents. Fire restoration in Stony Brook homes requires a well-trained, and well-equipped, response team. SERVPRO has some of the best-trained technicians in the restoration industry and access to a nation-wide network of equipment for returning your home to its pre-fire condition. 

What Determines How SERVPRO Cleans Residues from My Home?

There are four types of smoke residues; Dry, Wet, Protein, and Fuel Oil. Protein (food-based) is limited to the kitchen usually and Fuel Oil happens only in winter with homes heated by an oil-burning furnace. Below are the factors which determine the more common dry and wet types.

  • Type of Material burned in the fire.
  • Amount of Oxygen for combustion.
  • The Rate of Combustion

Natural materials (paper and cotton for example) leave dry residues. Synthetic materials (plastic and foam rubber) leave stickier residues. A hotter fire, rich in oxygen burns both drier and easier to remove. Cooler fires with reduced oxygen deposit wet residues that smear and become sticky once they cool off. 

How Do Technicians Remove Them?

SERVPRO team members can use soft brushes and dry sponges to wipe dry residues off surfaces. For very thick layers or wet residues, they can use stiff brushes and one of the cleaning agents designed for removing them. If either type of residue is on a rough surface like brick, concrete, or stone, technicians can also use a powered agitator for removal. 

To schedule a service call to restore your home here or in Setauket, call SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300 today.  

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How Can My Rocky Point Home Get Damaged By Water?

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van parked at house The SERVPRO Green Fleet Parked at a Water Damaged Home Means another Rocky Point Homeowner Can Rest Easy!

Water losses can be destructive to structural elements, but our SERVPRO team can help with fast extraction, drying, and reliable reconstruction solutions.

Because of how out of control water loss scenarios can become, it is critical to secure experienced water restoration and reconstruction specialists for your Rocky Point residence. From identifying the source of the water damage to a full recovery of the property to return it to preloss condition, mitigation and other corrective steps can begin as soon as our technicians arrive at the scene.

Understanding how your home can get damaged by these loss incidents and when you need water damage repair for your Rocky Point house is vital to making the process as efficient as possible. From the time that our team first mobilizes at our warehouse to roll out the Green Fleet, we depart with all of the necessary tools and personnel to protect as much of your home and its contents as possible. Mitigation is not a one-size-fits-all solution after a water loss, so our technicians choose only the services that you need to streamline recovery.

What Do Restorers Do to Recover Damaged Homes?

The entire restoration process does not happen all at once. When our team first arrives, we carefully scope out the damage to determine the full extent of work to get performed and the needs of the structure and its contents. While there are multiple approaches for mitigation and emergency services, there are a few that are common to most water loss incidents. These include: 

  • Extraction - Removing surface water is one of the key ingredients to managing a water loss incident from the time our professionals first arrive. There are multiple tools and pieces of equipment that can efficiently remove standing water, though the most standard choices include wet vacuums and submersible pumps.
  • Drying - Drying is not something that can happen immediately. This process is one of the lengthiest elements of water restoration. Ensuring that all areas of your home are free of moisture pockets and dampness can help you to avoid costlier microbial threats.
  • Content Management - Caring for your belongings begins as soon as our technicians arrive. Water exposure can have a disastrous effect on items in your home, making it essential to address these potential concerns with both on-site and off-site recovery options.
  • Controlled Demolition - Reconstruction and repairs might not always be necessary after smaller water loss incidents, but we can prepare for this build back with controlled demolition efforts. Removing damaged portions of structural elements streamlines the repairs and reconstruction that the property needs to save both time and money.

How Bad is the Water Damage?

It might not always be clear just how compromised your home has become after a water loss incident. While you might be able to see surface water concerns, most homeowners do not have the technology or equipment to identify moisture damage beyond the surface layer. Our SERVPRO team can utilize several sophisticated pieces of equipment to determine where water is and how concentrated this damage has become. Some of the tools to conduct this analysis include:

What Materials Are Most Sensitive to Water Damage?

While ultimately water damage can affect all of the materials and contents in your home, certain structural elements are more susceptible than others. It might be impossible to avoid these materials becoming exposed to migrating water. However, with a fast response from our competent technicians, we can work quickly to protect these elements and prevent demolition and reconstruction, if possible. Some of the most sensitive elements and materials include:

  • Drywall - Drywall is one of the most porous materials used in your home. Because of this, sheetrock can quickly absorb water when exposed. This is one of the hardest materials to protect because irreparable damage can happen as early as 24 hours into exposure.
  • Wood Flooring - The cellulose in wood planks promotes rapid absorption of standing water after a loss incident. In many situations, it is possible to protect wood plank flooring after water exposure, but this often involves specialty equipment like our floor mat drying system.
  • Carpeting - Carpets are also highly absorbent, which can make these materials become saturated quickly after exposure with standing water. With tools like carpet wands and weighted extractors, we can remove most of the trapped water before attempting more complex drying solutions. 

With a team of licensed contractors on our roster, we can offer effective and efficient restoration solutions as well as seamlessly transition to reconstruction and build back. As destructive as water losses can be, our SERVPRO of Port Jefferson team can make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (631) 476-5300.

How Do I Control Humidity in My Setauket Business After a Flood?

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

storefront with neon open sign lit up Flooding in your store can certainly cause a challenge. Contact SERVPRO for effective remediation services.

SERVPRO Uses Professional Equipment and Their Knowledge for Restoration

One of the first things that come to mind after a flood in your Setauket store is your merchandise and keeping it safe and undamaged. After the floodwaters recede and your landlord begins to tackle structural damage on the inside and outside of the building, you may want to focus on removing damaged contents and protecting your undamaged contents. During the drying process, it is crucial to avoid further damage by making sure the air stays dry in your shop.

What Might Happen if There is Too Much Moisture in the Air?

SERVPRO Uses Industrial-Strength Dehumidifiers and Air Movers to Limit Humidity 

Being that our town is so close to the water coupled with humid summers makes flood damage and high moisture levels in Setauket a particular challenge. If moisture goes untouched, your merchandise may become damaged by unwanted humidity, and there may be extensive structural damage if moisture is allowed to spread.

What Things Do SERVPRO Technicians Watch Out for While They Control the Humidity?

  • Relative Humidity (RH): The amount of moisture held in the air measured in percentages. RH levels are typically below 60% inside a structure.
  • The Dew Point: If water saturates the air, it can reach its dew point, causing condensation, which can harm your merchandise from above by dripping from the ceiling or walls. 
  • Vapor Pressure: As the building dries, high vapor pressure (water vapor) moves toward areas with lower vapor pressure, potentially causing moisture levels to increase. 

What are Some of the Drying Techniques and Equipment Used After a Flood?

  • SERVPRO technicians use dehumidifiers strategically placed throughout your business to pull moisture from the air.
  • Air Movers blow the warm air exhausted from the dehumidifier across ground level, facilitating evaporation. 
  • Technicians may choose to seal off the impacted area to discourage high vapor pressure from traveling to unaffected areas. 

For assistance after a flood, Contact SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300.


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Can Cracks in Drainage Pipes Lead to Water Damage in My Rocky Point Residences?

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

A black pipe in a wall. SERVPRO Says--Inspect for Drain and Water Line Leaks to Help Prevent Water Damage to Your Rocky Point Home

Attention Rocky Point Homeowners--SERVPRO Can Restore Your Home Following Leaks in Pipe and Drain Lines

Winter weather in Rocky Point brings us many days of freezing snow and ice. Such cold temperatures cause water in pipes to swell, sometimes cracking those pipes and letting leaks develop. Drainage pipes can also sustain similar problems. When drains leak, however, they only do so while you are flushing water through a tub or sink.
 
Without the pressure found in the water pipes supplying your Rocky Point home, these broken-down drains leak water into your home and cause water damage at a much slower pace than if a break occurred in a feed line. Because water coming from a drain seeps in at a slower rate, as well as below the floor, it may take months to notice the situation.
 
SERVPRO's water damage specialists hold certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and can restore your home “Like it never even happened,” after such a situation develops. We use thermo-hygrometers to detect excessive amounts of water vapor in the air. Leaks in your residence's drainage system can create a damp environment, as well as a foul odor. When we detect elevated moisture in your home's air, our infrared imaging cameras show us areas holding increased amounts of moisture in the nearby materials.
 
When drains turn out as the source of the water damage inside a house, sealing these off or otherwise repairing them protects our subsequent work on the materials of the home. Without locating the area allowing water to leak into your home, mitigating and restoring any areas with water damage becomes pointless.
 
Cutting away any elements of the home that we cannot restore requires replacements, so we always remove as little as possible. As we do this, we keep an eye out for mold damage and additional hazards. Water can corrode electrical conduits, as well as cause other problems. We advise you of each new development and assist you in deciding which options best suit your needs.
 
SERVPRO of Port Jefferson can help restore your home, every step of the way, when water damage ruins our home. Call us at (631) 476-5300. We serve those in Miller Place, Mount Sinai, and Poquot.

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What should I do after a flood incident occurs at my place of Business?

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

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Commercial Flood Damage

How Long Should it Take For a Commercial Business to Recover From a Flood?

While Flood damage Causes Comparable Harm to Residential Properties and Business Premises in Setauket, it Can Take Longer for Commercial Properties to Return to Safe Use. Qualified Professionals Help you Recover your Business Faster.

Why does flooding cause temporary closure of a business?

As a premises manager, it is your responsibility to provide safe working conditions for staff and customers. When commercial flood damage hits your Setauket business, it may pose a threat to your staff's working conditions. Floodwaters are typically categorized as blackwater because they can carry human pathogens, muds, raw sewage, or animal carcasses into the premises. SERVPRO technicians enter flooded properties wearing a range of personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure they are not adversely affected by Blackwater contamination. 

How do you dispose of blackwater damage on commercial premises?

- Remove any items in close contact with water including building materials

- Set aside fabrics or other textiles that may be salvageable

- Place building materials into double-sealed bags to transport them out of the property

- Dispose of the sealed materials at the wastewater facility

How do I know if my business is safe after blackwater intrusion?

Restoring a contaminated building can take time. Standing water needs pumping out of the property as well as safe disposal in waste waterways. Any materials in the construction of the building are usually non-salvageable. However, ensuring that property returns to a sanitary state is one of the essential tasks for a professional restorer. SERVPRO technicians use industrial chemical agents to destroy potential bacteria and viruses. Often, performing cleaning several times over to ensure there are no contaminated residues. Once a technician gives you the all-clear, it is safe to return to regular working conditions.

Tackling flood intrusion can take several weeks, contact SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300.

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Setauket, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Port Jefferson today at (631) 476-5300 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

What is Involved with Professional Flood Restoration in Setauket?

5/17/2020 (Permalink)

flooded living room with geometric prism wallpaper and light blue arm chairs floating Regardless whether the flooding came from within or outside the home, SERVPRO can remediate the damage. Call immediately.

SERVPRO Follows Innovative Restoration Protocols to Address Storm Flood Damage to Your Setauket Home

Water remains one of the most devastating elements to Setauket homes whenever there is a plumbing leak or a tub overflows. However, storm flooding is a whole other issue that generally calls for professional attention to get it cleaned up properly. Whether your basement floods or water comes into your home through the main level or significant damage to your roof, a variety of materials and belongings are affected.

What Can the Professionals Do?

Calling in the help of SERVPRO when you need to clean up storm damage in your Setauket home ensures you have reliable results. We not only remove the water for you but also make sure that we mitigate secondary damage from mold, warped flooring, and more.

How Do You Remove Water from My Interior?

When you call us for emergency flood damage service in Setauket, you can rest assured that we are available 24/7. Our team arrives with the Green Fleet loaded with the latest technology for restoration services, including:

  •   Industrial-strength pumping devices help us extract hundreds to thousands of gallons of water, including debris contained within.
  •   Weighted extractors, or rovers, use the weight of the technician to push water out of carpets as well as the carpet padding beneath. 
  •   Various pumping devices, such as submersible pumps, allow us to get into awkward or tight areas, such as crawlspaces.

Will Storm Flooding Damage My Flooring?

Any water poses a threat to flooring; it depends on how much water is present as well as the materials that it comes into contact with. Floodwater from a storm can migrate from one area to the next following the path of least resistance. Our skilled water restoration technicians (WRT) have the experience of looking for hidden moisture in some of the more common areas, such as:

  •   Carpeting
  •   Carpet padding
  •   Behind the baseboards
  •   Under tile flooring
  •   Subflooring
  •   Throughout the joists of the floor and into your crawlspace or basement

We Want Our Clients to Know How Thorough Storm Flood Water Extraction Is Critical

Whenever you have flooding from a storm, the longer the water sits, the more damage there is. When you have water extraction that gets executed quickly, it is easier to limit the secondary damage to your structure and the materials within.

Floodwaters are known for contaminants of all kinds. Because of this, our technicians usually apply treatments to the water to cut back on contagions before starting the mitigation process. With this type of water loss event, our team always wears personal protective equipment (PPE). This includes:

  •   Eye protection
  •   Respirators
  •   Shoe coverings (to keep the transmission of debris from taking place one room to the next)

It is not uncommon for the storm flood water in the home initially to recede and migrate into your structure. Our skilled technicians understand water movement within the home, which is why we use powerful moisture detection equipment that helps us determine the full scope of the area that must be mitigated.

What are Some of the Special Drying Methods You Use?

If the carpeting or tile flooring in your home gets removed, we must concentrate on ensuring the subfloor below is dry. We prep the area so that the floorcoverings may be replaced. Depending on the type of surface that requires drying, we may use specialized applications like:

  •   Plastic tenting over damp areas so that we can direct air to the exact points that need drying
  •   Drying mats on your subflooring or hardwood floors
  •   InjectiDry system for forcing dry, warm air into smaller spaces

Will All of My Belongings Get Dried?

SERVPRO technicians always work to salvage whatever belongings we can throughout your home. Whether or not we can dry the wet items in your home depends on the materials they are made from. For example:

  •   Porous items do not fare well after they have been exposed to contaminated storm waters, which is why the restoration possibilities are limited.
  •   Non-porous items often respond well to a variety of cleaning and drying methods, which is why they have a higher potential for a positive outcome. 

No matter what items are impacted throughout your home, our team stops at nothing to salvage whatever possible. We use a wide range of cleaning methods, including robust anti-microbial solutions and biocides, to ensure all contaminants get removed adequately.

Throughout the cleanup and drying process, all of your contents and any materials that get disposed of are adequately documented. This includes photographs that help you with all of the filings of insurance claims related to the storm flood loss event.

Our team at SERVPRO of Port Jefferson is available 24/7 to help with any emergency storm flood damage that you need to be cleaned up. To have a crew deployed to your location, give us a call at (631) 476-5300.

How Can I Remove Water from Under Carpet in My Setauket Church?

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

looking down at rows of pews at church and carpeting Did water damage affect your church? SERVPRO knows how to remove the water and dry the carpeting.

Our professionals have practical water removal tools and drying equipment for damaged carpets and padding.  

When carpets get wet, especially in structures that are not highly active every day of the week, several detrimental effects can develop. To protect both this flooring from deterioration and the church's congregation from microbial hazards, you should work to address saturated carpeting at discovery. 

How Do I Find the Leak?  

Our SERVPRO team can help you find the leak and utilize several of our useful tools and machines for water removal in your Setauket church. Where the damage originates might not be where you discover the initial signs of saturation, however. Using technologies like thermal imagery and surface moisture meters, we can identify concentrations of moisture even behind wall systems. 

Can Wet Carpet Get Restored?  

Saturation into a layer of carpeting rarely impacts this top material alone. Migrating water can move from the carpet to its padding underneath, and eventually, impact the subflooring if not appropriately handled. Several tools can help to manage both extraction and drying from carpet flooring systems, including: 

  • Carpet Wands – These tools are instrumental in powerful suction of water and trapped moisture in both the fibers of the carpet and the padding underneath it. These wands are not standalone tools, so they require the use of separate extractors providing power and suction. 
  • Dehumidifiers – Desiccants are a vital element in reducing moisture content in the damp areas of the church. These units exhaust heated, dry air back into the affected areas, meaning that evaporation of moist materials like carpets, pews, and other fixtures can happen more efficiently. 
  • Floating – By playing a low-profile centrifugal air mover between the upper and padding layer of carpets, forced blasts of heated air can dry both layers simultaneously. 

Water losses in your church can be costlier if not addressed quickly. Give our SERVPRO of Port Jefferson team a call today at (631) 476-5300. 

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What Can I Do After an Ice Dam Forms on My Roof in Setauket?

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

ice dam covering gutters of a house Regardless of how the moisture got into your home, team SERVPRO can help. Contact us right away if you're facing water damage from an ice dam.

SERVPRO Can Help You Find And Mitigate Any Issues Caused By an Ice Dam Developing on The Roof of Your Setauket House

If an ice dam forms on your roof after snow hits the area, moisture can back up on parts of it and cause you several issues. If enough water is prevented from flowing off of your roof, it can saturate and ruin some of your building materials like your shingles. Water can then follow gravity and make its way into your attic or even the interior of your home.

How Do Ice Dams Form?

Ice dams can often be the cause of flood damage in your Setauket residence, and they can form after a snowstorm strikes and melting occurs. When the snow starts to melt on the top of your roof, but the lower section of your roof is still cold, a block of ice can form. As the snow melts above it, the ice block or dam gets bigger and bigger as moisture is added to it and then freezes.

What Should I Do If My Roof Starts To Leak?

    Call A Professional Restoration Company: Our SERVPRO team can help you remove the ice dam using ice melt or a steamer and mitigate any other issues caused.

    Temporarily Seal The Leak: Before we can begin our restoration efforts, we must keep water from continuing to enter your structure.

    Inspect For Problems: We can use moisture sensors and thermal imaging cameras to figure out where the water went and what building materials and contents got wet.

How Can You Remove Moisture From My Attic?

  •     Remove Saturated Drywall: If your drywall or other ceiling materials get saturated, then we can remove the wet sections to create a hole to your attic.
  •     Remove Wet Insulation: Most fiberglass insulation loses its R-value when it gets wet, so it must be removed and replaced.
  •     Set Up Drying Equipment Inside The Attic: We can set up air movers and dehumidifiers inside your attic to dry out your roofing and trusses.

If you ever notice your roof in Miller Place or Middle Island is leaking due to an ice dam, call SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300 any day of the week.

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How Do I Disinfect My Setauket Home After a Water Leak?

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Technicians Clean and Protect Against Secondary Damage

When a pipe bursts, your first thoughts are most likely; stopping the leak, drying anything with excess moisture, repairing the damage, and then cleaning your home. While cleaning, you must use the proper procedures and products to do so properly.

How Do I Know if I Need to Disinfect After a Leak?

Our Specialists at SERVPRO Use a Variety of Methods and Products to Clean Your Home

Almost any kind of water cleanup in Setauket requires disinfecting and sanitizing to avoid dangerous microbial growth. If the water contains possible contamination, such as a leak found in the bathroom with gray or black water, it is critical to take additional precautions in addition to standard surface cleaning. Excess moisture in the air, building materials, and personal belongings can also cause secondary damage if not adequately addressed. 

If I Do Not Disinfect Properly, What Could Happen?

  • Dangerous mold growth that may cause health effects
  • Previously dormant mold spores may quickly grow into colonies
  • Strong offensive odors 
  • Structural damage such as damaged walls, ceilings, or flooring if visible mold appears

What is the Best Way to Avoid Further Mold Growth if it is Already Present? 

  • Thoroughly dry the area to limit more mold from growing
  • Restore moisture content to preloss conditions in materials and contents 
  • Use air scrubbers containing HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters to remove 99.7% of particles down to 0.3 microns
  • Use antimicrobial products such as SERVPRO EPA-registered disinfectants Vanquish and Microban 

What is the difference between disinfecting and sanitizing?

  • Both are antimicrobials, limiting microorganisms from developing or growing
  • Disinfectants destroy 99% of microbes 
  • Sanitizers reduce microbes to acceptable levels 

Using disinfectants and sanitizers alone is not enough to completely eradicate microbial growth. SERVPRO professionals restore moisture content, use air purifying equipment, and dry impacted areas to limit further microbial growth. 

For 24/7 assistance, contact SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300. We make it, “Like it never even happened.” 

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Who Should I Call for Bathroom Exhaust Fan Fire Damage Mitigation in Setauket?

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck parked in front of house No matter if the fire is large or small, SERVPRO is always on call tor restore your home.

Choose an IICRC-Certified Restoration Firm for Fire Damage Cleanup in Your Setauket Home

Bathroom fire damage caused by exhaust fans may seem like a reasonably obscure claim compared to many other fire sources in the typical bathroom, but these types of fires can be among the most disastrous. Even with fast fire prevention tactics, most homeowners do not have the means to clean or repair their HVAC system. This type of work usually requires licensed professionals to minimize damage to your ventilation, your electrical components, and the structure of your home itself. 

When your Setauket home requires fire damage cleanup, you can count on the certified technicians at SERVPRO to get started on mitigation within hours of your call. SERVPRO’s mitigation process does not stop at cleaning the soot off of your bathroom surfaces. This team’s restore-first approach strives to save you time and money. 

These licensed pros offer the following services to Setauket residents: 

  • Cleanup: After a disaster occurs, licensed technicians focus on restoring your residence to a clean and safe condition.
  • Restoration: This process can include installing new tile, cleaning your HVAC system, repainting walls, and repairing nearby carpet that may have been affected by the fire.
  • Rebuilding: If the structural damage in your home from the fire requires more work to restore, SERVPRO contractors can repair subflooring, install new wall joists, and hang the drywall. 

What Should I Look for When Detecting Bathroom Fan Fire Damage? 

  • How old is the fan? If the fan has been there since before you moved into your home, it may be time to have a licensed electrician take a look at it. When your fan needs replacing, consider having a thermally-insulated exhaust fan installed in its place.
  • What kind of noises does your fan make? A fan that makes lots of noise while it is rotating, for example, can indicate that the motor is on its last legs. If the fan blades stop turning altogether, the motor might overheat, which can ignite a fire in your bathroom.
  • Can you see or smell any burnt or melted components? If you notice a mild burning smell or perhaps a distinct, ozone-like scent, it may be time to call your electrician to look for damage to nearby wires and wire nuts. 

SERVPRO technicians can aid Setauket residents in as little as four hours after their initial contact in the event of a disaster caused by a residential electrical fire. 

How Can I Prevent Bathroom Exhaust Fan Fire Damage?

Here are some tips to help minimize buildup and other fire risks that Setauket homeowners can affect their bathroom exhaust fans, potentially causing fire damage: 

  • Keep the fan clean. You can remove dust with a wet cloth and then rinse it in warm soapy water after cleaning. You may also want to clean the faceplate covering the exhaust fan. Ensure that both the fan blades and the faceplate are clean and dry before reinstalling, or you may have some mold buildup on your hands later.
  • Use canned air for spot cleaning. The exhaust fan does not need a thorough cleaning every single time. You can buy a can of compressed air to spray on the fan while it is running. Use this material for cleaning electrical equipment, so it is safe on your bathroom fan.
  • Clear out surrounding ducts. Sometimes, exhaust fan fires are not caused by the fan failing, but instead, by buildup in the surrounding ductwork where vented air channels outward. If your bathroom uses flex ducts, you can maintain these vents with a flexible duct cleaning extension kit that you can find at most hardware stores. A licensed electrician can also perform this task.
  • Install a timer. Another major cause of exhaust fan fires is motor failure after a protracted period of extensive use. A timer-based switch that automatically turns the fan off can lower the risk posed by an overworked fan motor.
  • Swap your incandescent bulbs for LEDs. Consider switching out incandescent bulbs in your bathroom for low-heat, energy-saving solutions like LED light bulbs. The lower electrical load is easier on your electrical system overall. 

How Does SERVPRO Address Odors Caused By Fire Damage?

Deodorizing solutions may be needed to address the odors that come from an electrical fire. Burnt metal, drywall, and charred electrical components so close to your vent system can spread fire damage odors throughout your home. SERVPRO says Setauket homeowners with a variety of deodorizing solutions, including: 

  • EPA registered antimicrobials
  • Thermal and ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers
  • Odor counteractant beads
  • Trays of scented granules placed near air intakes
  • HEPA filter air scrubbers 

These efforts, combined with high-powered ventilation box fans that exchange air 3000 to 5000 cubic feet per minute, significantly improve indoor air quality while removing odors from your home.

SERVPRO of Port Jefferson can provide cleanup services that leave your home looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call (631) 476-5300 to have a team at your home within hours of your initial contact. 

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The Right Way to Deal With Water Damage in Your Setauket Home

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

Burst pipe Homeowners have to deal with many things which may include water damage. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Our SERVPRO Teams Know Exactly How to Handle Your Water Damage 

When water damages your house, the first thing you may be worried about is the cost of cleaning and drying the affected areas. Before you trouble yourself with figures, focus on minimizing water intrusion by shutting off the mains. Most plumbers install a switch that allows the homeowner to cut off the water supply in the event of a burst pipe or another problem that can cause water damage.

The main water shut-off valve is often installed in a place where you can access it easily, like the kitchen or the bathroom. To handle water damage in your Setauket home, you can call the remediation experts at SERVPRO. The bad thing about the flooding caused by broken pipes is that it can take place when you least expected it. For instance, you can come home from work to find water pooling on your floors. In such a case, switch off the electricity and salvage some of your valuable items.

Many property owners want to get a quote over the phone. Although it is possible to estimate how much our services cost, we cannot be certain. The strategy we employ while charging our clients is to first visit their homes and assess the damage. We put several factors into consideration. For instance, if your electric outlets are no longer functioning because of a ruined circuit, we can estimate the amount of fuel our portable generators can consume. We can also evaluate your plumbing system using thermal imaging technology to find out if your pipes need to be replaced. In such a case, we consider the cost of materials while getting your quote.

Water may also ruin your furniture. Several issues take place when water affects upholstery. These problems include:

 Swelling – The frames of furniture are usually made from wood, and they can, therefore, crack or swell. The frames of joints weaken because of swelling. Water may also cause the adhesives to break down.

 Color bleeding – When the dust cover becomes damp, it can bleed. If the water caused the dust cover to sag, the floors and carpets could get stained. The legs of wooden furniture often stain carpeting.

Water can also ruin wood furniture. It can make spots on the finish. The other negative consequences include cracking, weakening of the joints, or swelling. Our SERVPRO team can eliminate water spots with unique wood care products. When restoring properties, we use the best tools, including vacuum cleaners, air movers, and EPA-approved detergents.  

When dealing with a water loss incident, do not worry. Call SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300 for a free estimate, and effective restoration. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.     

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The Real Truth Behind Fire Damage Remediation in Setauket

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home Don't panic after the fire fighters leave. Contact Team SERVPRO 24/7 for effective remediation services. We are available 365 days a year.

Fire Damage Setauket – Developing a Plan

Whether it is a small fire in the kitchen or something more significant, most people are overwhelmed. Many wonder how their family can ever recover, should the family move out until repairs are made, and how can the odor from the smoke ever be removed? These are questions that most people have until a recovery plan is developed!

SERVPRO provides fire damage recovery services in Setauket and surrounding areas. We have had lots of experience with fire damage situations and can provide suggestions and helpful information regarding what to do in these situations. Most importantly, we develop a restoration plan in conjunction with your insurance provider and you, the client. We respond in less than 4 hours, and our teams are available every day, 24 hours a day.

Planning Recovery from Fire Damages

One of the first steps our crew chief undertakes when he arrives at your home is to assess the situation, the amount of damage, and if there are any safety concerns for the homeowner and our team members. Our crew chief begins to formulate a plan to restore your home, based on the amount of damage from the fire.

We take the following significant factors into account include the amount of charring and fire damage, water, or chemical damage from putting the fire out and smoke damage, which may have spread throughout the house. The amount and extent of smoke residue in the home depending on how hot the fire was, how long it burned, and air currents within the home. The smoke odor might have spread to every room if the furnace was operating at the time of the fire.

Our SERVPRO fire technicians develop a plan considering all of these factors, to restore your home to its original condition. Our crew chief can explain the plan, the timeline, and the overall cost. Once a plan is in place, homeowners can focus on the recovery as well and appreciate having a professional firm assisting in the recovery.

Call SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Shoreham, Belle Terre, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Eliminating Water Damage In Setauket

3/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Eliminating Water Damage In Setauket Homes

Despite its position on Long Island sound, Setauket homeowners often find themselves underwater from their own appliances rather than water rushing up from the coastline. Removing not just this water, but the after-effects as well.

If removed quickly, water damage in Setauket leaves behind only moderate physical issues like buckled floorboards and crumbling drywall. In these homes, SERVPRO restoration teams concentrate on eliminating the odors that damp property like carpets, drapes, and upholstery can generate to prevent the home from smelling and feeling clean again.

Our first step is to find the source of any odor and remove it if possible. In addition to personal property, structural property such as floor trim can absorb mold and mildew, generating some powerful odors. Team members don masks and other protective gear where needed and carefully remove all contaminated items to avoid further contaminating the home.

To deal with mild odors, SERVPRO specialists use absorption, filtration, and masking agents. The first two trap moisture, humidity, and some oils which produce annoying odors. As they work, team members then deploy masking agents to cover the malodors with a pleasant one until they are no longer needed.

For stronger odors and those generated by bacteria and fungus, they use disinfectants and sanitizers. They spray these chemicals directly onto affected surfaces to inhibit growth and reduce the odors until other team members can clean them off surfaces for disposal.

For strong odors in the air, technicians use pairing agents. They generate them with a ULV wet fogger that creates a cloud of particles that bind with the malodors, changing them and causing them to fall onto surfaces for easier cleaning and removal.

If these powerful odors penetrated furniture and structural property, team members utilize ozone generators to create an unstable oxygen molecule that mixes with and breaks down the malodors completely. Ozone is more often used with smoke odors.

At SERVPRO of Port Jefferson, teams work to eliminate the effects of water damage here and in nearby communities like Ridge, Rocky Point, and Stony Brook. For more information on what we can do for your home, call us today at (631) 476-5300.

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Why We Are The Leader In Rocky Point After A Fire

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

one of our technicians vans sitting outside a home Our technicians arrive right away to begin your fire damage restoration. We are available 24/7 to prevent further damage so call us right away.

How SERVPRO Technicians in Rocky Point Address Fire Damage

Any fire incident, big or small, usually sends smoke throughout the home. Whenever there is smoke, the soot and sticky residue gets left behind on various surfaces and permeates porous materials. Hiring the professionals for cleanup ensures you address all interior elements from your cabinets and lighting fixtures to the draperies and insulation, without forgetting glass and other surfaces. 

Something that we pay attention to at SERVPRO when addressing fire damage in Rocky Point is the patterns in which smoke moves throughout the home. Smoke not only drifts upwards, but it also moves via convection currents to colder portions of the structure. Concealed areas like your cabinets and cavities in the walls have cooler temperatures than the rest of your home, so this is where smoke residue often accumulates. 

Our trained SERVPRO technicians take the time to remove knobs and handles off of cabinetry to get into all crevices. We also take dry sponges to clean interior residues on unfinished wood. Whenever residue is left behind after dry sponging, we employ the use of denatured alcohol to help remove residue without pushing them further into the porous wood surface.

For cleaning ceilings, SERVPRO technicians inspect lighting fixtures to remove soot to inhibit corrosion. Our skilled team members also take precautions to avoid the potential for further damage. Electric circuit testers are used to avoid short-circuits, which can be dangerous. We also take the time to pretest with cleaning solutions to make sure that they do not damage finishes around your fixtures. All residues are thoroughly wiped behind and around all fixtures.

When soot and smoke residue make its way into your insulation, even though it may not hinder effectiveness, the foul odors still pose a problem. In most situations, it is more efficient and cost-effective to replace the insulation rather than cleaning it. Once we assess the insulation in your home, we may be able to solve the problem by replacing the first 3 to 4 inches. 

Once you suffer fire damage loss in your home, thorough cleaning using specialized methods, equipment, and products is the best way to go. We are available to assist when you call us at SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300. Our team is available 24 hours, 7 days a week for emergency service!

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SERVPRO Can Handle Your Rocky Point Commercial Water Damage

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

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Commercial Water Damage Rocky Point – Laundry Water Leak 

Commercial laundry firms rely on being available on a 24 hour / 7 day a week basis. Customers can visit the facility and do their laundry any time of the day, depending on their schedule demands. An overflowing washing machine or a broken water line can spread water and soap all over the floor and under heavy laundry machines. Closing your facility can have a significant impact on the bottom line. 

SERVPRO provides commercial water damage services in Rocky Point and surrounding areas. We are also available on a 24 hour / 7 day a week basis and can respond to your call within four hours. We understand how important it is to be available to our customers — especially one that is also open for business all of the time. There is no downtime. 

Pre-preparation Can Save Time and Reduce Damages 

Our company has developed our SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for our customers who are at risk. Whether it is a water damage emergency or some other potential incident, we can assist your business in preparing an assessment.  We can quickly prepare the ERP, and of course, it is free! 

A profile document places information at your fingertips. Whoever is managing the premises if an incident occurs can refer to the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile. We include phone numbers to call in an emergency, water shut off locations, power shut off locations, where the keys to locked rooms are, and much more. 

We can respond to your water damage emergency quickly, and with the completed profile document, know precisely where to look for everything needed to deal with your emergency. Fast response and a fast recovery reduce the amount of damage and the time your business may need to shut its doors for restoration and repair. 

Call SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300 for 24/7 service. Call to learn more and get started preparing your SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile today. We proudly serve Middle Island, Mount Sinai, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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How Professionals Remediate Fire Damage in Rocky Point

2/1/2020 (Permalink)

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Why It is Crucial to Invite Professionals to Restore Your Fire Damaged Rocky Point Home

Few forces in nature possess the destructive capacity of fire and its ability to strike any property with no warning. If your property has become a victim of fire, there is a high chance that it has smoke residues, smoke odors, water, debris, and other undesirable substances. It is vital to clean up your home because of cosmetic and health reasons.

You can deal with the fire damage in your Rocky Point home by contacting an ethical and efficient restoration company such as SERVPRO. We follow sensible fire damage restoration steps while providing emotional and moral support. We can deal with several types of destruction that often happen after a fire is extinguished. They include:

Soot staining

Soot is the primary carbon byproduct of burning materials. Most fires involve several kinds of burning materials, depending on what burned. Soot can cause damage of its own on most surfaces it contacts, especially it mixes with water. Textured and porous surfaces are highly vulnerable to soot staining. Soot can discolor specific stones, plastics, carpets, textiles, and unburned wood. The longer such items remain exposed to smoke, the less likely it is to reverse the discoloration, and the high the chance that you need to replace certain items. Our technicians can vacuum dry smoke residues from affected surfaces before using wet cleaning products.

Water damage

Firefighters often use water to extinguish the flames. It is essential to clean up stagnant water, but since water tends to soak into different porous surfaces, moisture removal does not end with drying flooring. Water could have seeped into the floorboards, walls, or below the floors themselves. In multi-story homes, standing water can seep down to the next level, and affects walls and ceilings in the process. Our team can use pumps to remove the water and air movers to expedite the drying process for flooring, walls, and furnishings. We can also use dehumidification equipment to eliminate moisture from your home.

Corrosion

Surfaces made of metal can become oxidized if they interact with oxygen. Water usually gives up its oxygen atom to metallic surfaces, creating corrosion or oxidation. Through oxidation, water can render small electronic conductors and components irreparable should you not restore the equipment on time. Corrosion also eats away at the metal casing of electronic items. Our technicians can clean the outside casing properly and refer the equipment to a competent electronics restorer.

Unpleasant odors

Odors are challenging to remove, especially if they interact with surfaces for a long time. We can use an air scrubber to deodorize your property effectively. The device draws dirty indoor air through several filters that capture gases and odors and exhausts clean air back into the property’s environment.    

With advanced cleaning strategies and products, it is possible to restore a home with fire damage. Call SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300 to deal with the destruction and make it seem, “Like it never even happened.” 

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

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

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

Discovering Water Damage in Your Rocky Point Kitchen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/17/2020 (Permalink)

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Salt Water Clean Up in Rocky Point Diners After a Flood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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How SERVPRO Removes Fire Odors from Your Rocky Point Home

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mold Damage In Your Rocky Point Home

12/21/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

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

Evaporative Drying after Extraction of Flooded Rocky Point Homes

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

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

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

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

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

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

We Safely Remediate Mold Damage In Rocky Point

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What to Avoid When Dealing with Flooding In Rocky Point

11/10/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

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Experts Can Restore Your Home After Flood Damage in Rocky Point

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

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

Tarping Your Roof After Storms Hit

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

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

What SERVPRO Can Do for You

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

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

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

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Why Handle Remediation in Your Rocky Point Home Alone?

10/13/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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When Flood Damage Becomes a New Menu Item on Your Stony Brook Restaurant?

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Inside of restaurant.  Tables and chairs. Flood waters can shudder food service establishments. Call SERVPRO to restore your restaurant today!

Getting Your Stony Brook Restaurant Open Again After Flooding 

As you might expect, the priority of every restauranteur after a flood or other disaster is to get their Stony Brook eatery back up and running. Hungry patrons are not always the most loyal customers, and so you have to focus most on the work that gets the restaurant safe and secure for customer traffic and food preparation again. Our team has effective products and equipment to address nearly any obstacle that affects your property after this emergency.

Flood damage in Stony Brook restaurants can spread quickly from the penetration point and migrate throughout the main level of the building. The objective after flooding begins is limiting this spread and protecting the property as much as possible. Because you have likely already vacated the premises, the best proactive stance that you can take for your business is to reach out to our SERVPRO team as quickly as possible.

Natural flooding presents substantial risks to your facility and those exposed. Category 2 – Gray water – and Category 3 – Black water both present significant bacterial and contamination threats. Overcoming this risk in your building can often require controlled demolition and reconstruction efforts as exposed porous elements like drywall, wooden fixtures and furniture, and carpeted areas must all get removed and discarded to reduce the spread of contamination. 

We have a team of restoration specialists that can work alongside our in-house commercial contractors to expertly navigate water loss mitigation strategies. Because of your investments in areas that can still get salvaged from indirect moisture exposure, such as dining fixtures like tables, chairs, booths, and more, getting the full measure of this mitigation and emergency construction effort is critical. 

Getting your doors back open is a top focus of our SERVPRO team on-site. We can quickly remove or reduce water damage by utilizing our industry-leading drying equipment, including the hundreds of air movers and dozens of dehumidifiers we have in our inventory. 

Because of how strict food and beverage guidelines are for business owners, you cannot risk a contamination or mold situation getting out of control. As alarming as flooding might initially seem, our SERVPRO of Port Jefferson team has the power and focus to help however you need. Give us a call today at (631) 476-5300. 

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No More Mistakes With Flood Damage Remediation in Ridge

9/29/2019 (Permalink)

flooded room in a home When flooding affects your home or business, quick water removal is key to successful results. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Flood Damage Gurus in Ridge Define Chemical Terms Used in the Restoration Industry

The state of New York sits on the east coast, making the region susceptible to being negatively affected by tropical storms coming off of the Atlantic and their after effects. Many conditions created during thunderstorms can ruin things on your property and cause you extensive flood damage. Once a storm hits your neighborhood, and you notice problems, the best idea is to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO.

Mitigating flood damage in Ridge takes the proper know-how and industrially advanced equipment. Our SERVPRO technicians have experience in dealing with various types of restoration projects, and we have the appropriate training to put the industry's most advanced technology into use. In addition to the equipment and tools of the trade we have at our disposal, we also use a variety of chemical products during restoration so that we make sure to transform your house back to the way it was before the storm caused destruction, "Like it never even happened."

When utilizing chemicals to aid us in our restoration efforts, it helps you the homeowner to have some basic knowledge of the terminology used when describing chemical products in the industry. The following is a list of some of the terms we employ in the mitigation business and what they mean.

  1. Antimicrobial

Antimicrobial can be defined as "against microbes," and they are used to prevent the development of microorganisms like fungi.

  1. Disinfectants

These chemical products are antimicrobials that can destroy 99% of organisms they come into contact with, but they may not be useful when attempting to eliminate fungal or bacterial spores.

  1. Sanitizers

Sanitizers are antimicrobial chemicals that are designed to bring the level of microorganisms down to a level that is considered acceptable by public health authorities.

  1. Sterilizers

A sterilizer destroys all microorganisms, including bacteria and fungi spores, but they can only be used on surfaces that are not made from organic materials.

  1. -stats

Mildewstats and fungistats prevent the growth of fungi on organic materials but do not necessarily kill them.

  1. -cides

Biocides are chemical agents that are constructed to kill living organisms. For example, sporicides are made specifically to destroy and control bacterial and fungal reproductive spores.

Knowing all of the proper terms of any trade can be rough, but if you call in our highly trained team of professionals to help you with your restoration project, we can take care of all the technical parts of the process. We can be reached 24 hours a day and seven days a week by calling SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300.

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Why SERVPRO is Your Best Bet No Matter What The Damage is in Your Port Jefferson Community.

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

Warehouse with one a SERVPRO van and equipment stacked on shelves inside the warehouse. No matter the loss in Port Jefferson... water, fire, storm, or mold we have the gear and will be right there.

We will show you why we can help you the best for your Port Jefferson damage. 

The need for restoration services in Port Jefferson takes many forms. Our emergency response team answers the call from local property owners to clean up and restore damage to residential and commercial properties from damage caused by water, fire, storm, and mold. 

Water

The potential for water damage in a Port Jefferson home comes from many sources. Plumbing issues, water tank seal failures, and even human error such as not winterizing pipes resulting in leaks or forgetting a faucet was on and overflowing a sink or tub. 

Once the water loss happens in the home, it becomes progressively more contaminated. If it remains in the house over 48-hours, the water requires handling as a category three biohazard. Another issue, often with home-based water cleanup efforts SERVPRO encounters from time to time is the problem of missed moisture. 

For example, when a water spill occurs in a kitchen, the water migrates and follows the path of least resistance. It races behind baseboards, under subflooring or within wall cavities. If excessive moisture remains in any of these places, symptoms such as warped and buckled sheetrock, musty odors or mold create secondary damages that require mitigation, often at additional cost.

Our certified technicians have access to state-of-the-art water extraction equipment that enables them to avoid costly secondary damage from inadequate water cleanup. After the water removal phase, we dry and disinfect the property.  SERVPRO technicians work hard to return your home to its preloss condition. 

Storm 

Storm damage in Port Jefferson properties often increases both the amount of water that requires removal and loss potential to homes. 

Because of the likelihood of flash flooding in this part of New York, groundwater is also a concern. When this type of water enters a home, it brings everything it encounters along the way too. Chemicals, sewage, and debris can land directly in your home with the incoming water and compound the nature of the damage to your property and possessions. 

Many of the standard procedures our certified Water Restoration Technicians do for other types of water damage apply to this situation with one caveat: groundwater is a category three biohazard. This definition means most porous items that absorb this type of water do not have restoration potential as they cannot return to sanitary standards for reuse. 

SERVPRO technicians test the water for the presence of bacteria or contaminants and wear head to toe protective gear when cleaning up this type of water loss. We do any controlled demolition actions needed to speed up the drying process and remove damaged building materials most often using a technique known as "flood cuts."

Water has its own characteristic musty smell, and odor control is a large part of mitigation after flood damage. Drying and disinfection often lower foul scents in the home substantially, but residual odors sometimes remain. When this occurs, our certified Odor Control Technicians get to work and neutralize any remaining reminders of the water loss in the home. 

Fire 

When fire damage occurs in a Port Jefferson home, it is vital to begin cleanup efforts as fast as possible to stop the spread of soot throughout the property. Containment is something that needs to occur as quickly as possible to halt the traveling of soot to currently unaffected areas. Most often, It involves sealing off doorways and vents with heavy gauge plastic. If the HVAC was on after the fire, we make a note to inspect the ductwork for cleaning after the fire debris cleanup.

Once we finish the removal of charred items and clean the smoke residue with our specialized methods and professional-grade formulas; we turn our attention to eradicating the smoke odor from affected furnishings in the home. Items like upholstered sofas and chairs, window treatments, and carpeting all have the potential to retain foul smoke odors. 

Our technicians undergo extensive training for the removal of all types of odors. SERVPRO has equipment such as thermal foggers and hydroxyl generators that work to neutralize foul scents. In some cases, it is necessary to apply multiple methods for complete eradication of odors. 

After the completion of fire damage mitigation, SERVPRO finalizes the restoration services with any needed ductwork cleaning. We thoroughly address everything from the vent covers to the HVAC unit to ensure it is free of smoke odors. 

Mold

Mold spores are present everywhere. Mold damage in Port Jefferson homes occurs when conditions are right for mold spores to germinate and grow. A leaky pipe, hydrostatic water problems in a basement or poor ventilation are all common reasons a mold colony came into being. 

When SERVPRO handles mold remediation, we use our moisture detection equipment to determine areas of excessive moisture to ensure we catch every place mold is active in the home. 

Much like when we contain a room after fire damage to stop the spread of soot, mold spores become airborne and spread during mold remediation. Containment lessens the chances of mold spores setting up home in another area of the property. 

Lowering humidity under 45% creates inhospitable conditions for colonies to exist. After drying, SERVPRO technicians carefully remove the colonies using manual methods, or for large infestations, we use lightly abrasive abatement techniques such as soda blasting.

Because mold is usually the result of a problem with either excessive moisture or ventilation, our Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians know the signs that create favorable conditions for mold growth. Upon the completion of mold removal efforts, the technicians wrap the project with the following actions: 

  • We determine the reason for the infestation
  • Recommendations for repairs to inhibit any further mold issues from occurring 
  • Application of antimicrobial sealer where we performed colony removal

Why SERVPRO? Our certified technicians commit to approaching each job we do for our local Port Jefferson community with compassion and lessening loss from fire, mold, water, or storm damage. You cannot get professional quality restoration services results with subpar equipment. We use state-of-the-art equipment and techniques as taught through The  Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, a non-profit organization that maintains the best practices for the cleaning and restoration industry.

SERVPRO of Port Jefferson is available 24/7 to bring restoration services to your home to clean up damage from water, fire, storm or mold. Call us at (631) 476-5300, and our emergency response team arrives on-site soon after your call because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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It Is Crucial To Use Containment Methods During Water Cleanup In Your Rocky Point Home

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

Couple Using Bucket For Collecting Water Leakage From Ceiling Call us at (631) 476-5300 to have an expert crew handle your Stony Brook home's water-related emergency.

Why SERVPRO Uses Containment Methods During Water Cleanup In Rocky Point Properties

When water starts invading your Rocky Point residence, its physical properties allow it to go almost everywhere. Water travels unhindered horizontally and downward, but it can also move upward by wicking higher and higher through absorption into the pores of different materials.

This is why SERVPRO uses different methods of containment while working on a Rocky Point home's water cleanup and restoration job. Using only extraction methods only removes part of the water damaging a house. Forcing standing water, moisture hidden inside materials, and humidity toward different locations of the house help us trap it for complete removal.

Part of the water cleanup process includes cutting moisture-laden materials like carpeting and soiled drywall into small sections and then bagging these into manageable sizes. The filled bags initially go into a temporary containment chamber that we build on-site where we can treat the bags' exteriors and then place each one into an outer bag.  
Other containment areas might house undamaged items like furniture. Protecting costly items in this way also allows us to add restored items once completed. We want to make the recovery process as stress-free for our customers, and making the process as transparent as possible helps us accomplish this. When plumbing emergencies are the cause of your problems, our building services team can help and reduce the number of professionals needed for a complete restoration to take place.

Many containment chambers come in smaller sizes. Our desiccant machines use a tank to hold the water it strips out of the air as it passes through. Others use our pump truck's tank. Our Injectidry systems come with tubing that not only extracts moisture from floors but also sends the water into the tank outside. Our manually-operated extraction wands also connect to the tank on our Green Fleet's pump truck.

Once full, we empty the tank according to local regulations. We never pour this out into your neighborhood's gutters or street drains, no matter how small the amount. When permitted, we use a drain that already exists on your property, especially if this can save you from an additional expense.

SERVPRO of Port Jefferson's water cleanup specialists know how to use highly efficient methods that dry out a property and protects it and its contents from secondary damage. Containing water is a large part of the process. Call us at (631) 476-5300 to have an expert crew handle your Stony Brook home's water-related emergency. We also provide this and related services to homeowners in Ridge and Miller Place.

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We Act Fast To Limit More Damage To Your Stony Brook Home After A Fire

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

kitchen with drywall and insulation covering every surface This was the aftermath of a kitchen fire and there was significant smoke and soot damage. We arrived right away and began restoration.

Innovations in Deodorization that Help Stony Brook Residences After Fire Damage

The smoke and soot that spread throughout your Stony Brook home after a fire cause many different kinds of damage. Our prompt use of restoration industry best practices mitigates or stop the progressive deterioration highly corrosive fire residues can inflict on structural components and contents. We then work on remediation, returning as many surfaces and fixtures to preloss condition as possible by cleaning and clearing away debris. 

Lingering Odors an Unwanted Reminder of Fire Damage

One of the biggest fire damage challenges a Stony Brook homeowner faces is the stench that can persist long after all exterior and interior damage is restored. The tiny bits of incompletely combusted building materials and contents that are the solids in smoke and soot carry the odor. Because they are so small, it can be very difficult to eradicate all of them. Thus, malodors endure. Smells are very evocative, reminding you and your family of the fear, worry, and disruption of the fire if not eliminated.

Deodorization Is a Multi-Step Process

SERVPRO utilizes a malodor abatement protocol that eventually takes care of the smells after fire damage. We know that the perception of odors is a very individual thing, so we use many strategies until you and your family are satisfied. We start by finding and disposing of all charred items, searching until these “bigger” odor-holders are out the door. Deep cleaning of solid and porous surfaces deals with surface and absorbed odors, the latter of which can vaporize out of the pores of wood or fibers. We inspect your HVAC system as well, arranging for cleaning if sooty debris is inside, ready to move from space to space in the ductwork.

Sealing In Odor Is an Option

If structures are sound but seem to emit fire-related smells even after deep cleaning, sealing is a possibility to prevent odors from vaporizing. Hard to reach recesses in the ductwork also might profit from sealing. 

Advanced Deodorization Techniques

If a thorough cleaning does not do the trick and sealing is impractical, SERVPRO utilizes equipment like thermal foggers, ozone machines, or hydroxyl generators. These resources emit particles that seek out and pair with the odiferous smoke solids, neutralizing the smell through chemical changes at the molecular level. This approach can be successful with airborne smells and malodorous particles that settled and even worked their way into fabrics, cracks, or crevices.

SERVPRO of Port Jefferson offers a range of deodorization solutions when smoky and protein-based smells continue to pervade your home even after mitigation and remediation. Call us at (631) 476-5300 to set up a consultation including a thorough fire damage odor elimination work up.

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

8/24/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded living room with couch floating. Don't let your house turn upside down due to water damage. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

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

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

Safety of the affected people

Carrying out the process of water removal from your Stony Brook home is not possible without people being in contact with the spilled water. That contact can pose a wide range of risks. For example, if there are chemicals or other contaminants dissolved in the water, they can pose health risks to the person doing the removal.  There is also the risk of electrocution because water conducts electricity. Our SERVPRO technicians address these risks in different ways. We have electrical circuit testes to verify that no electrical hazards exist after we turn off the power. We also have PPE, Personal Protective Equipment, like rubber boots and gloves to protect against contaminants.

Safety of the structure

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

Safety of the equipment

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

For safe and efficient water removal in your Setauket, Rocky Point or Ridge properties, call SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Professionals Talk About Remediating Mold Damage in Rocky Point Commercial Property

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Port Jefferson is ready for any mold emergency that your business might have.

Containment Procedures for Mold-Damaged Rocky Point Venues 

Venues only generate income when people are renting the Rocky Point facility, or some form of entertainment event is taking place. When disasters strike these buildings, it can be overwhelming to get them back to top form on your own when a demanding schedule of rentals and scheduled events looms over your head.  Mold colonization in the facilities is a situation that can quickly get out of control without the appropriate intervention. 

Mold damage to Rocky Point businesses can be among the most detrimental of circumstances, as the existence of these colonies presents a risk to both the building itself and all of those directly exposed. Even the existence of mold in air ducts can present airborne volatile organic compounds to impact guests to the building and make objectives like containment more challenging. Our SERVPRO professionals can help. 

We have a full roster of trained Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) The knowledge and experience gained through the acquisition of this certification and the years of service to our communities make our SERVPRO professionals among the most qualified and skilled in mold damage recovery. Since We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, we can work around the clock to limit the effect that mold growth has on potential profits and cancellations. 

Containment is a considerable portion of the work that must initially occur to prevent the colonization from spreading farther through the building. With zipper locked plastic sheeting and the use of machines like air scrubbers and negative air chambers, we can reduce the activity of mold spores and make them less likely to inhabit new areas. 

With the high use of your venue, you need a fast turnaround on colony removal and restoration of the building. Proper containment can allow your facility to continue operating in a limited capacity when necessary to prevent full closures. You can count on our SERVPRO of Port Jefferson remediation technicians to make it “Like it even never happened.” Give us a call today at (631) 476-5300.

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Municipal Buildings in Rocky Point Often Rely Upon SERVPRO for Mold Cleanup and Remediation

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO at Another Mold Remediation Job in Rocky Point Area--Ready to Help!

Schools in Rocky Point Can Call Us Anytime for Commercial Mold Damage Remediation

A school should be a safe environment for students and teachers. Unfortunately, older builds come with a variety of plumbing issues that may result in mold growth. Over the weekend, a slow leak can result in widespread mold growth on acoustic ceilings, carpets, and insulation. These tasks go beyond the scope of your janitorial team, requiring professional remediation to restore indoor air quality IAQ and remove potentially harmful microbial bacterias, viruses, and fungi.  

Education centers with commercial mold damage in Rocky Point can rely on our large loss recovery teams to overcome the issue quickly and efficiently (Mold Remediation Contractor License #: 00261.) We understand that temporary closures need to be kept to a minimum to preserve the reputation of a school among parents in the community. SERVPRO offers commercial units with training in mold assessment and remediation that is led by an experienced crew chief who can communicate with you from start to finish.  

Containment is an essential part of mold remediation which, on a large school site, can take several days to restore indoor air quality to an acceptable level. Our preventative measures may include the placing of physical barriers, establishing clean rooms and decontamination zones to ensure that the infestation does not spread. Our team can place dehumidification equipment to ensure the relative humidity remains below 60%, which prevents the infestation from worsening overnight. 

To properly remediate a large property, there is much work that needs to be done. Porous materials are generally considered non-salvageable and must be removed. Controlled demolitions of drywall, detaching of carpets, and removing insulation are all necessary parts of tackling a mold infestation. When carrying out this procedure, SERVPRO technicians apply negative air pressure to prevent mold spores from spreading. At the end of service, known-salvageable materials can be replaced, with box fans and air-scrubbers deployed to create a sanitary school environment.  

Molds can severely affect indoor air quality. In some cases, an industrial hygienist must test and verify that the remediated building is safe. Give your school the best chance of limited closure by contacting SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300.

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Extreme Weather Potential Predicts Flash Flood Damage in Stony Brook

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO will always be there for your Stony Brook flood damage.

Let us keep you safe through your Stony Brook storm damage.

If the recent history of heavy rains and flash flooding in Stony Brook recurs this summer and fall, your home might be in its path. Our company has come to the aid to many in our community following storm-related flood disasters. We support the work of our technicians with courses approved by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Reconstruction Certification (IICRC) and state-of-the-art equipment. Our well-qualified employees and hardware permit our team to mitigate and remediate all aspects of seasonal flooding.

Flood damage in Stony Brook can be exacerbated if a storm surge accompanies fierce straight line or rotating winds and torrential rain. Residences near the water can suffer from this phenomenon despite the natural islands, reefs, and marshlands that provide some protection under normal circumstances. Adding salt water to the mix of rain and runoff can set the stage for long-term damage to many conventional building materials, including wood and concrete. 

Wood can experience saltwater defibration, or delignification also know as “fuzzy wood” or “salt kill.” It looks similar to a fungal infestation, but our SERVPRO technicians know it develops when saltwater damages the cellular structure of wooden building materials. The wood weakens as its structure changes over time. Flushing storm surge-damaged structural components with fresh water before proceeding with water removal and drying can limit the issues.

In a like manner, concrete, bricks, and mortar can deteriorate when flooded with salt water. Rainstorms moving over Long Island Sound and Smithtown Bay can pull moisture from the ocean, the precipitation made saltier than typical showers flooding into homes through foundations and damaged exteriors. Concrete, bricks, and cinder block break down slowly, but failing to address the flooding when it happens means these materials could develop severe structural problems leading over time to collapse. SERVPRO stands ready to assess the condition of your home in the aftermath of flood damage looking at both current and long term risks. We have the knowledge, experience, and tools to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Trust SERVPRO of Port Jefferson to manage your flood damage scenario with care, compassion, and application of the restoration industry best practices. We are just a call away at (631) 476-5300.

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The Secret of Successful Commercial Water Damage Remediation in Stony Brook

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial water damage to a library in Stony Brook can pose a serious threat. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO today for help.

Stop Water Damage at a Stony Brook Library in its Tracks

One of the biggest threats to a library may be the potential for damaging incidents to destroy entire collections at once. While not usually severe enough to cause a total loss of even a single section, damages must be dealt with promptly and by professional mitigation experts to save as many books and materials as possible. Water damages tend to be common across most of New York, whether from failing pipes, occasional mishaps, or minor storm damages. Regardless of where the water came from, you should always seek help from a company like SERVPRO that has the workforce and training required to handle large-scale issues in a small time frame.  

When libraries in Stony Brook take water damage of any kind, they may face a significant threat to collections that could be difficult or impossible to replace, regardless of cost. Replacing an entire rack of books (or more) could also be an expense that your budget leaves no room for. SERVPRO focuses on mitigation and restoration to keep replacements to a minimum. We can dry out books, restore flooring and other structural materials, and call in specialists to handle particularly valuable or delicate items that may have been damaged. Calling us as soon as you identify a problem is vital to the success of our operations: the faster we arrive to start reversing damages, the more items and structural fixtures we can avoid replacing.  

Even relatively minor issues like a leak or excessive humidity can cause damage to both the building and your books. Older books are especially vulnerable to moisture, and all unprotected paper can lose strength and start to develop mold growth when moisture levels get too high. Most leaks can be cured with common store-bought remedies and humidity should dissipate with more intense climate control in the building, but by the time you can identify any fungal growth or warping of materials, you should give us a call. 

SERVPRO of Port Jefferson is an experienced and fully certified provider of water damage mitigation and restoration services for the local area. Call us 24/7 at (631) 476-5300 for emergency services or a quote. 

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Call The Experts At Fire Damage Remediation in Setauket Today

6/15/2019 (Permalink)

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

Crucial Stages when Restoring Fire Damage in Setauket

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

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

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

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

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

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Our Specialists Were Able To Restore A Damaged Fireplace In Port Jefferson

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fireplace restoration is just one of many services we can provide to return your home to preloss conditions.

How Our Port Jefferson Fire Damage Team Restored This Fireplace

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

One of the customers who forgot to open their flue caused severe fire damage in Port Jefferson. The main concern for them was that their stunning stone fireplace had taken the brunt of the damage and a wholesale replacement could have cost thousands of dollars in removing the existing fireplace, ordering a new one and installation fees. Our team was able to rectify much of the damage using SERVPRO's patented Mason cleaner.

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

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

We needed to use an aggressive cleaning product to tackle the heavy set soot but also one that was non-corrosive and would not damage the finish of the stone behind it. Our technicians have access to a full range of chemical agents, including patented cleaners that are not available from any other company. By using SERVPRO's mason cleaner, we successful restored the damage and saved the customer from an expensive replacement.

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

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

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Can Dry Out Your Rocky Point Property after a Water Damaging Event--Even from High Humidity

High Humidity Concerns for Your Rocky Point Residence

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

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

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

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

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

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Answered: Your Burning Questions About Water Damage Remediation in Setauket

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

Carpets can be soaked and ruined by water damage. Don't try and salvage them alone. Contact SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

How Fast Can Water Damage Happen in Setauket

Want to know how quickly water damage can happen? Imagine you put a load of laundry in the washing machine and went out to mow the lawn. You were not very far away but during the hour or so you were outside, gallon after gallon of water spilled on your floor from a broken hose.

Indoor water spills causing water damage in Setauket homes are not an uncommon call we get. A common mistake many homeowners make is to throw down towels and wipe the walls and think that is enough. However the water has also had an opportunity to travel behind baseboards, wick into drywall and if it has reached carpeted areas, the carpet and padding can have moisture problems.

It is crucial to engage a professional cleanup company when your home has a water loss. SERVPRO technicians remove any standing water and use different types of moisture detectors to determine precisely where there is an excess of moisture. Extra time is spent extracting as much water as possible wherever it has collected as it lessens the drying time for the room.

Our technicians are specially certified in the science of air and water vapor and have working knowledge for using the right equipment configurations to dry your home using techniques that pull moisture up and out of building materials and room contents. When a room has the moisture levels appropriately reduced, it lowers the probability of secondary damages such as mold growth or odors.

After drying, our technicians clean the area with our EPA-registered disinfectants. This hand cleaning is another step in our remediation process that further inhibits both mold and foul odors. Once the cleanup is complete, SERVPRO technicians go over the areas addressed and ensure homeowners are satisfied with our work. We can also offer suggestions for repairs to ensure the washing machine should not be a contributor to a water spill in the home again.

SERVPRO of Port Jefferson is available to assist you with water damage cleanup 24-hours a day at (631) 476-5300. Our technicians are local and proudly serve our community mitigating water loss to make it "Like it never even happened."

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We Have The State Of The Art Equipment To Restore Your Port Jefferson Home

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

A flooded residential street and debris piled in a driveway We have the expertise and experience to handle any flood damage disaster in your home 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Rising Instances of Flood Damage in Port Jefferson

Flash flooding after heavy rains in the Port Jefferson area has grown more frequent in recent years. The Village’s drainage infrastructure becomes overwhelmed, forcing rainwater runoff into properties rather than guiding it away. Finding a reliable flood remediation company might be on your agenda the next time extreme weather dumps several inches of rain over a brief period, some of which intrudes into your house. Our highly-qualified team can help.

When flood damage prone sectors of Port Jefferson contend with overland incursions of water your home’s foundation and basement take a beating. Large quantities of water trapped inside the lower levels of your residence require immediate removal to prevent progressive deterioration of structural components. Any furnishings, documents, and other personal possessions stored in your cellar also need specialized attention from skilled content technicians to return to a usable condition.

SERVPRO often recommends a pack-out to streamline the restoration of your home’s contents while also making water removal and structural drying inside your house easier. We create detailed inventories of the items removed with our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), tracking articles with lists, digital pictures, and barcoding. Our production facility crews track the evaluation, cleaning, and drying of the packed-out items and store restored items in climate-controlled space until they can be transported back to your home.

At your home, our IICRC-trained technicians assess the structural damage and devise a remediation plan. SERVPRO’s service vehicles stock submersible pumps and water extractors we immediately put into action removing water. Flood waters frequently contain contaminants, everything from sewage backup and lawn or road chemicals to dead animals to mud and sand to salt water from sea surge. Our crews are familiar with appropriate containment techniques and lawful disposal procedures for the Category 2 and 3 (Grey and Black) water.

Once the water exits we move on to structural drying and disinfecting. The SERVPRO crew sets up a perimeter of air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to transfer moisture out of building materials into the warm, dry air where we trap it through evaporation or absorption, gathering it into containers for permanent removal. EPA-registered disinfectants applied throughout the affected areas reduce the possibility of fungal growth and kill residual bacteria and viruses.

SERVPRO of Port Jefferson has the skilled staff and state of the art equipment to remediate your flood disaster. Call us day or night at (631) 476-5300 to schedule an assessment.

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Red Flag Warning

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

What is a Red Flag Warning!?

Red Flag warning means warm temperatures, very low humidities and stronger winds are expected to combine to produce an increased risk of fire danger. 

Red fag warning are issued to inform area firefighting and land management agencies that conditions are ideal for wildland fire combustion.

If you are allowed to burn in your area, all burn barrels must be covered with a weighted metal cover, with holes no larger than 3/4 of an inch.

  • Do not throw cigarettes or matches out of a moving vehicle. They may ignite dry grass on the side of the road and become a wildfire. 
  • Extinguish all outdoor fires properly. Drown fires with plenty of water and stir to make sure everything is cold to the touch. Dunk charcoal in water until cold. Do not throw live charcoal on the ground and leave it.
  • Never leave a fire unattended. Sparks or embers can blow into leaves or grass, ignite a fire, and quickly spread. 

Smoke Damage After a Fire

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke Damage After a Fire

Residential and commercial fires can be devastating. Even a minor fire can cause major damage to a property. What most people may not realize is that the actual flames are only one part of the damage that occurs during a fire. Many times, smoke damage is significantly worse.

Smoke is a byproduct of most fires, leaving your home or business smelling like charcoal. Smoke is visible because it contains tiny particles of carbon and other materials and becomes trapped in fabrics, upholstery, and carpeting.

Oftentimes smoke can cause headaches or make you feel physically ill. For those with asthma, allergies, or chronic lung diseases, odors from smoke and fires can increase your symptoms or cause sudden attacks.

Cleaning and Deodorizing Smoke Damage

While you may be able to clean and deodorize smoke damage on your own, prolonged exposure increases the chances of lingering odors. Since smoke can travel much further than flames, it may be necessary to clean and deodorize several rooms or your entire property.

Smoke restoration is the process of removing smoke odors after a fire. The exact deodorization process will vary depending on the extent of the fire smell and the type of materials involved.

Upholstery and fabrics are often dry cleaned with special chemical deodorizers to neutralize the smell. Carpeting is often treated with deodorizing chemicals, then either steam or dry cleaned. Porous materials like drywall and wood often require ozone treatments to completely remove fire smells.

Smoke odors may persist even after cleaning up soot and fire damage. Successfully deodorizing after a fire requires immediate action. These actions may include treating surfaces with commercial deodorizing chemicals specifically designed to neutralize smoke smells.

For persistent or overwhelming smoky smells, it may be necessary to use an ozone generator. These machines produce ozone (O3) molecules that help to remove fire and smoke odors.

SERVPRO is an experienced smoke damage restoration company. Our crews are experienced in cleaning and deodorizing smoke smells after a fire.

SERVPRO’s technicians use commercial grade equipment to remove smoke odors and clean fire damage. From carpeting and upholstery to walls and cabinets, we will deodorize your home or business after smoke damage.

Let SERVPRO of Port Jefferson give you peace of mind in an emergency. Call 631-476-5300

Drip,drip,drip...

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

Working to make water damage "Like it never even happened." That's the pledge by SERVPRO of Port Jefferson.

Leaks and moisture build-up can cause serious damage to the floors, walls and ceilings of your home or business if they continue to go undiscovered. This problem can lead to soft dry wall, stained ceiling tiles and other more serious problems. Even though the damage may go unnoticed for an extended period of time, timely and proper cleanup is vital to the successful restoration of your property and equipment.

Leaks from piping, roofs and other water sources can cause damages that go unnoticed for weeks, even months. Do not attempt to clean up the water yourself as that can lead to further damage and contamination if not properly handled.

Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, SERVPRO of Port Jefferson can help protect your home and business from further damage.

Here are some simple maintenance tips:

* Inspect ceiling tiles regularly for discoloration or leaks. This could indicate leaks in the HVAC unit or piping.

*Check waterlines in coffee makers, refrigerators and water filtration systems for kinks or leaks annually.

*Remove standing water with a mop and seek professional assistance for complete drying and restoration.

When You Need a Quick Response

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Port Jefferson for rapid response to your emergency. As a commercial property professional, your clients and tenants rely on you. SERVPRO of Port Jefferson understands there's no such thing as a small emergency when it can cause negative impact on occupant safety, revenue loss and business continuity.

Timely mitigation is key to minimizing damage, business interruptions and recovery costs. SERVPRO of Port Jefferson will help to get your facility back into operation fast.

FIRE AND SMOKE DAMAGE SERVICES:

* Emergency Response: Reduce loss Severity/Pretesting for Restorability

* Contents Cleaning Specialists: On-site or Move Out

* Structural Restoration Services

* Large Loss Completion with Trained Crew Leaders.

Trust SERVPRO of Port Jefferson when disaster strikes. Our advance equipment and highly trained staff will make it "Like it never even happened."

Know Your Policy Before Disaser Strikes

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

What happens when you are standing on your front lawn watching the fire department attempt to save your burning house? Your first thought is: is my home salvageable? Your second thought is: will the insurance company cover this? You think to yourself that you must call your agent and a reputable company that is familiar with this type of loss, which is SERVPRO. Our professionals have worked for many years to help make fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

If your home is destroyed and uninhabitable, ensure that your homeowner’s policy has a loss clause that covers living expenses. You will need living expenses while your home is being repaired or rebuilt. Many people do not know their insurance policies well enough to advocate for themselves with their insurance company. Knowledge is the best protection. Be sure that you know what you are and are not covered for before a disaster strikes.

SERVPRO will not only be able to restore your home, but our knowledgeable Project Managers are well-versed in insurance coverage. SERVPRO works with all insurance companies and will communicate directly with your adjuster to ensure that you are back in your own home as quickly as possible. Our PM’s will help guide you as best they can during this extremely stressful time, and our expert and compassionate crew will get you back on your feet in no time.

Why SERVPRO

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Frozen Pipes?

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

The American Red Cross provides information regarding Frozen Pipes: 

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

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

Article by: American Red Cross

Before Spring come, did you check your gutters?

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning your gutters is important to the overall health of your home. If left neglected, serious water related issues can occur, such as:

  • Foundation damage
  • Structural issues
  • Fascia and soffit rot
  • Mold and mildew
  • Basement Flooding
  • …And more!

These home issues are not only annoying, but they can be incredibly expensive, costing thousands of dollars to repair! Having clog-free seamless gutters will divert water away from your home, mitigating any potential water damage from occurring.

A downspout is also an essential part of your gutter system and many problems can occur if it's not functioning properly. As you start to plant your spring flowers, be sure to check around the foundation of your home for pooling water. If you find water in your basement or crawlspace, Call SERVPRO of Port Jefferson 631-476-5300

How To Prepare For A Winter Storm

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Tips from the American Red Cross on how to protect your home:

  • Make sure your home heating sources are installed according to local codes and permit requirements and are clean and in working order.
  • Make sure your home is properly insulated. Caulk and weather-strip doors and windowsills to keep cold air out.
  • Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside to provide an extra layer of insulation to keep cold air out.
  • Consider buying emergency heating equipment, such as a wood- or coal-burning stove or an electric or kerosene heater.  - Stoves must be properly vented and in good working order. Dispose of ashes safely. Keep a supply of wood or coal on hand. - Electric space heaters, either portable or fixed, must be certified by an independent testing laboratory. Plug a heater directly into the wall socket rather than using an extension cord and unplug it when it is not in use. - Use a kerosene heater only if permitted by law in your area; check with your local fire department. Use only the correct fuel for your unit. Properly ventilate the area. Refuel the unit outdoors only, and only when the unit is cool. Follow all of the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Consider storing sufficient heating fuel. Regular fuel sources may be cut off. Be cautious of fire hazards when storing any type of fuel.
  • If you have a fireplace, consider keeping a supply of firewood or coal. Be sure the fireplace is properly vented and in good working order and that you dispose of ashes safely.
  • Consider installing a portable generator, following our safety tips to avoid home fires and carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Consider purchasing flood insurance, if you live in a flood-prone area, to cover possible flood damage that may occur during the spring thaw. Homeowners' policies do not cover damage from floods. Ask your insurance agent about the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) if you are at risk. More information on NFIP is available at www.fema.gov/nfip.

How To Prepare For A Winter Storm

12/31/2018 (Permalink)

 

How to Prepare for a Winter Storm Before it happens….WAY Before

  • Make sure you have a 3 day supply of water (3 gallons per person) and easy to prepare food.  Here is my favorite 72 hour no-prep food kit.
  • Purchase a NOAA Weather Radio so you can stay aware of the situation if your other communication sources are cut off.  Make sure it is battery operated and that you have extra batteries.
  • Make sure you have a good shovel.  You may need to dig yourself out before help gets there.  Or you simply may need to dig out your car!
  • Purchase a supply of flashlights (with batteries) and candles.
  • Clean and inspect your chimney if you have one.  Make sure you have a supply of wood.
  • Make sure you have an ample supply of blankets.  If you power goes out, you will need as many as you can get!
  • Clear rain gutters and repair roof leaks.
  • Have an alternate way of cooking.  A small “camp stove” works well for short-term emergencies.  You may also consider a butane stove which is safe to use indoors (with a cracked window).  Make sure that whatever you choose that you have enough fuel.  Cook in a well-ventilated garage (like with the door open) to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Install carbon monoxide alarms in your home.  The risk of carbon monoxide poisoning increasing during winter storms as people turn to alternate heat sources.
  • Learn how to care for frostbite and hypothermia.  Make sure you click on those links and print those out NOW in case your power goes out during a storm.
  • Weatherstrip any drafty doors or windows.
  • Purchase rock salt (or something similar) to help you keep walkways safe.
  • Install good winter tires on your car and make sure the wipers work well.
  • Make sure you have fire extinguishers in your home and that everyone knows how to use them.  House fires are much more common during winter storms as people turn to alternate heat sources.
  • Consider purchasing a good supply of heat packs.
  • Consider purchasing a kerosene heater.  Make sure it is legal in your area.

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Tips for Winter Storms

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

Winter storms create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion. Winter storms and blizzards can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice, and high winds. A winter storm can:

  • Last a few hours or several days;
  • Knock out heat, power, and communication services; and
  • Place older adults, young children, and sick individuals at greater risk.

IF YOU ARE UNDER A WINTER STORM WARNING, FIND SHELTER RIGHT AWAY

  • Stay off roads.
  • Stay indoors and dress warmly.
  • Prepare for power outages.
  • Use generators outside only and away from windows.
  • Listen for emergency information and alerts.
  • Look for signs of hypothermia and frostbite.
  • Check on neighbors.

HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN A WINTER STORM THREATENS:

Prepare NOW

  • Know your area’s risk for winter storms. Extreme winter weather can leave communities without utilities or other services for long periods of time.
  • Prepare your home to keep out the cold with insulation, caulking, and weather stripping. Learn how to keep pipes from freezing. Install and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with battery backups.
  • Pay attention to weather reports and warnings of freezing weather and winter storms. Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
  • Gather supplies in case you need to stay home for several days without power. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Do not forget the needs of pets. Have extra batteries for radios and flashlights.
  • Create an emergency supply kit for your car. Include jumper cables, sand, a flashlight, warm clothes, blankets, bottled water, and non-perishable snacks. Keep the gas tank full.
  • Learn the signs of, and basic treatments for, frostbite and hypothermia.

Survive DURING

  • Stay off roads if at all possible. If trapped in your car, then stay inside.
  • Limit your time outside. If you need to go outside, then wear layers of warm clothing. Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Only use generators and grills outdoors and away from windows. Never heat your home with a gas stovetop or oven.
  • Reduce the risk of a heart attack. Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia and begin treatment right away.
  • Check on neighbors. Older adults and young children are more at risk in extreme cold.

RECOGNIZE AND RESPOND

  • Frostbite causes loss of feeling and color around the face, fingers, and toes.
    • Signs: Numbness, white or grayish-yellow skin, firm or waxy skin
    • Actions: Go to a warm room. Soak in warm water. Use body heat to warm. Do not massage or use a heating pad.
  • Hypothermia is an unusually low body temperature. A temperature below 95 degrees is an emergency.
    • Signs: Shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, or drowsiness
    • Actions: Go to a warm room. Warm the center of the body first—chest, neck, head, and groin. Keep dry and wrapped up in warm blankets, including the head and neck.
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Helpful tips on what to do until help arrives....

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire & Smoke Damage:

Do:

  • Limit movement in the building to prevent soot particles from being embedded 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 of Port Jefferson Professional.
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO of Port Jefferson 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.

Are You Ready?

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

The best way to reduce business interruption is to prepare for it NOW.

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster. The best time to plan for events such as a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood is not WHEN it happens, but well BEFORE it happens. So ask yourself, Are You Ready for Whatever Happens?

BY having SERVPRO of Port Jefferson develop a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. And, it's FREE. 

Contact SERVPRO Port Jefferson to arrange a time for an ERP to be prepared for your business. Call today.

Why SERVPRO Port Jefferson is a Better Restoration Company

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Port Jefferson is a trusted vendor for the insurance industry. We understand your responsibility to provide results to your shareholders, managers and customers.

SERVPRO of Port Jefferson blends customer service and accountability with proven methods of mitigating damage after water and fire losses. The result is 24-hour emergency mitigation, damage restoration, and a quality job file you can use to download and finalize your claim.

Please take a moment to browse our website to learn details of our services and to hear what our many clients have to say about us. We are faster to any disaster and you can be certain we will do our very best to help you and your customer make it "Like it never even happened." Please  Call SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at 631-476-5300 when disaster strikes.

Tips to stay safe this winter season

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Are you prepared for winter? 

This upcoming winter season the best way to stay safe and warm is to plan ahead...

Install weather stripping . If you can see light around the edges of your doors, you need new weatherstripping. It will save you hundred of dollars in electrical bills. 

Clean out the gutters, repair roof leaks. Removing debris such as acorns leaves and twigs is very important prior to the winter season to prevent ice dams. 

Service the radiator and maintain antifreeze level.

Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines, and prepare a winter emergency kit to keep in your car in case you become stranded. 

Above all, be ready to check on family and neighbors who are especially at risk from cold weather hazards like young children, older adults, and the chronically ill. 

No one can stop Mother Nature. However, with a little planning, you will be ready when she hits.  

Pet Safety during this holiday season

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Tips to keep you woof, meow, chirp safe during this festive time

  • Keep electrical cords, lights and candles out of pets' reach. Candles knocked over by and excited or curious paw or wing can pose serious fire hazards
  • Provide calm, private area for pets to retreat. This will give pets a feeling of safety, especially with multiple guests coming through the house. 
  • Remind guests to close all doors to the outside to prevent any potential escape avenues for nervous pets. 

Weather safety for pets

Exposure to winter's dry, cold air and chilly rain, sleet and snow can cause your furry friend to have chapped paws, and itchy flaky skin. 

Preventing Tips

  • Keep your home humidified and towel dry your pet as soon as they come inside.
  • Never shave your dog down to the skin during winter season
  • Wash and dry your pet's feet and stomach to remove ice, salt and chemicals. 
  • Always check for cracks in paw or redness. Petroleum jelly or other paw protectants can be used to help protect from salt and chemical agents. 
  • Feeding them a bit more can help provide much-needed calories.

Remember if it's too cold for you, it's probably too cold for your pet, so keep your animals inside. 

Safe Home For The Holidays

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

Updated November 30, 2018.

The holiday season is here! No matter if you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or all three, we’re excited to share in the holiday spirit. It’s easy to get caught up in the festivities, and while you’re busy decorating the house, safety may be one of the last things on your mind.

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were 15,000 injuries related to holiday decorations in 2012. Mishaps send about 250 people to the ER daily, with falls, cuts and back strains topping the list of injuries. To ensure you have a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season with your friends and family, here are 12 tips to keep in mind as you deck out your home:

1. Keep live trees away from heat sources.

Place your tree away from fireplaces and heaters, and keep a fire extinguisher near your tree. Live trees are highly flammable, due to needles and sap.

2. Hydrate your tree.

A dried-out tree can catch fire faster than one that has been properly watered. Check the water level every other day to ensure proper hydration. Starting with a green tree is one way to keep it from drying out so quickly.

3. Fake it!

If you buy an artificial tree, make sure it’s labeled “fire resistant.” Fire-resistant trees are less susceptible to catching fire.

4. Don’t burn wrapping paper in the fireplace.

Paper can catch fire very quickly and can cause flash fires. Instead, recycle (or better yet, reuse!) your wrapping paper.

5. Work as a team.

When stringing lights and decorations above your normal reach, make sure you use a proper ladder with someone supporting the base.

6. Double-check your lights for safety.

Replace any lights with frayed wires, broken sockets, and loose connections. The CPSC issued new guidelines for seasonal light safety in 2015, setting a minimum wire size, and standards for strain relief and over-current protection.

7. Power down before you turn in.

Turn off all lights when you go to bed and before leaving the house to avoid a short that could start an electrical fire.

8. Prevent electrical cord damage.

Don’t mount lights in a way that might damage the cords, and avoid using nails or tacks. Use hooks or insulated staples instead.

9. Secure candles.

Keep candles on a sturdy base to prevent tipping. Never leave a lit candle unattended.

10. Use unbreakable ornaments.

If you have fragile ornament, place them out of reach from pets and kids.

11. Skip the fake food.

Avoid decorations that look like candy or food if you have young children — or pets — in the house.

12. Beware of poisonous plants.

While festive, poinsettias are poisonous when eaten, so keep them out of reach of kids and pets.

Happy holidays!

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Baby, It's Cold Outside

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE

As the calendar turns to Fall, and temperatures begin to drop, it’s time to prepare your water pipes to prevent them from freezing and bursting. Most of these problems happen in basements that are poorly insulated and unfinished. The good news is there’s a simple tip to prevent pipes from freezing – space heaters.

By placing one or more space heaters you’ll help to prevent the pipes from freezing and bursting. The heat generated acts as an insulation barrier.  You’ll also save money in the long term. As for attics, wrap the pipes with heat trace tape.

Don’t be a penny wise and a pound foolish when it comes to your thermostat temperature setting. Keep it set at a minimum of 65 degrees throughout the day.

It’s also a very good idea to have your HVAC system checked and inspected by a professional before it gets too late. By practicing common sense maintenance you may prevent a disaster.

Make sure to know where the main water valve is located in case your pipes do freeze so you can turn it off. Turn on all faucets to drain the pipes.

Be proactive. Take preventative steps. By acting now you can save money and lots of headaches.

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)

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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)

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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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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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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.

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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)

 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 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)

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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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.

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