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Where Does Flooding Do the Worst Damage to My Riverhead Home?

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

Home in flood water Flooding can quickly cause damage in your home. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation efforts.

Floodwater can spread quickly through a property, but some areas of the house are more damaged by the water penetration than others. 

As with any loss incident that could impact your Riverhead home, severity changes from one site to the next. In specific ways, you do not have a choice in how damaged your property might initially become due to spreading flood loss conditions. It is possible to impact how compromising these disasters become by securing professional restoration services like our SERVPRO team as soon as you recognize a disaster. 

When it comes to restoring flood damage in your Riverhead home, there are many levels and actions that must be taken as soon as possible. Reducing the spread and severity of loss effects is the focal point of our fast-responding emergency technicians. We have skilled professionals accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in multiple fields and niches such as water restoration, structural drying, and microbial remediation. 

Does the Type of Flooding Impact the Damaged Areas? 

Flooding is not the same in every house. While some homes in our region might be susceptible to flash flooding and its destructive properties, other homes might suffer roof damage by hurricane-force winds. The flooding that can result from a breach in your roof impacts the property differently than natural rising water penetrating your main floor or basement. Understanding these variances ensures that the appropriate restoration approach gets taken as soon as possible. 

  • Roof Flooding – Flooding that begins from penetration through the roofing system can leave areas like the attic susceptible to substantial water loss. While these incidents are clean water threats, any pooling or saturation can spread quickly to the lower levels.
  • Natural Flooding – There are many instances of natural flooding that could impact your property. Flash flooding, or even slowly rising water levels, could find their way into lower levels of your home, including the basement and crawlspace.
  • Structural Breach/Wind-Driven Flooding – Missing siding and broken windows are also areas where flooding could begin. Wind-driven rain and other precipitation can find its way inside through these structural breaches and begin impacting all materials this water gets exposed to as it moves.

How Does Attic Flooding Get Resolved? 

With roof damages, flooding in the attic is often unavoidable. Despite how quickly our SERVPRO team can respond to this emergency, there are usually several factors at work. Not only do you need temporary construction solutions that can tarp over any roof breaches, but you also need effective mitigation solutions. Regardless of the severity of these situations, we respond quickly 24/7. We have effective emergency services that can reduce the migration of loss effects to protect your home and its contents better. Some of these solutions include: 

  • Extraction – As with all flood loss recovery situations, extraction is one of the initial tasks that our team must undertake. We have multiple practical pieces of equipment to complete this phase of recovery, including submersible pumps and wet vacuums.
  • Drying – While drying is a more complex and time-consuming element of recovery after a flood loss, its role in returning your home to preloss condition cannot be understated. Using air movers and dehumidifiers, we can manage evaporative drying to protect more of your structure.
  • Content Management – Many people use their attics for storage, so when this area becomes flooded by roof damage, content management becomes a vital service that our team offers. By assessing your personal belongings individually, we can determine whether these items can be restored on-site or in our climate-controlled warehouse facility.

Is Flooding in the Basement Easy to Clean? 

When natural flooding penetrates lower levels like the basement, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the sight of your damaged home. We have effective practices that can protect your property beginning as soon as we arrive. Some of these approaches are designed to reduce the presence of standing water, while others are meant to address potential contamination concerns. Some of the steps that we get started immediately include: 

  • Water Removal 
  • Drying 
  • Muck Out 
  • Surface Cleaning 

We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster – But What Does That Mean for You? 

Every loss situation from flooding to fires benefits from competent restoration professionals arriving quickly. Because we are available 24/7, your call goes to a real person conveying credible information to our responding technicians to get the personnel and the equipment that you need as soon as possible. 

No matter how detrimental flooding is for your property, our SERVPRO of The North Fork team can help. We have the equipment and personnel to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us now at (631) 591-3771.

Fire Engulfed My Riverhead Kitchen and Other Rooms Have Smoke Damage. Where Should I Begin?

6/19/2020 (Permalink)

An infrared rainbow image.  No matter the amount of damage form a fire, SERVPRO will be there to assist your Riverhead home.

Seek Professional Help from SERVPRO Experts to Restore Your Fire Damaged Riverhead property.

Your kitchen is a hub for activities whose aim is nourishing your family. However, fire can break out at any moment leading to significant damage. Fortunately, SERVPRO restoration experts have undergone thorough training in handling fire damage in Riverhead homes.

What steps should I take after a fire? 

The essential step to take after a kitchen fire is to protect yourself and those who depend on you. Contact restoration experts immediately to manage the fire damage in your Riverhead residence to prevent costly damage and get you back to your daily routine. Do not forget to contact your insurance company to file your claims. Avoid the affected area to minimize the spreading of soot and smoke residues. Since you lack proper skills and equipment, do not clean any surfaces, including rooms with smoke residues. 

Can you inspect my property thoroughly?

At SERVPRO, we perform a thorough inspection, even if the damage does not look severe. Our team of technicians checks all areas, even those that you cannot readily see, including:

  • Gas lines
  • Electrical systems
  • Ductwork

The other thing we check for is water. Water reacts with soot and smoke residues if left for an extended period, causing discoloration of surfaces. If there is water damage from firefighting efforts, our technicians can use a thermal imaging camera to check for moisture. The device helps to see how water traveled in a building. 

How do you clean soot and smoke residues from appliances?

At SERVPRO, we have state-of-the-art equipment and products that help us various clean surfaces. When constructing appliances, manufacturers use metal, glass, composite materials, paint, plastic, and Formica. These surfaces are nonabsorbent, and our technicians can easily clean them using a water-based detergent solution. 

Since smoke damages present hard situations that may involve greasy soils and heavy smoke residues, we can use the Wall and All Surface Cleaner to clean your appliances. Our technicians have the skill and decades of experience in using this product on various surfaces. Before cleaning appliances, we unplug them to prevent electrical shock. We also clean the cords and look out for cracks and other defects. We can work with a competent appliance repair technician who can inspect your appliances for damage, and perform the necessary repairs. 

If there is fire damage in your home, you can seek help from SERVPRO of The North Fork. Call us at (631) 591-3771 for effective and fast restoration. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

A Pipe Has Burst and Spewed Water in My Riverhead House. How Do I Remove the Water and Moisture?

6/14/2020 (Permalink)

burst copper pipe with water leaking out You need to react quickly when a water damage emergency affects your home. Contact our experienced technicians right away.

Call SERVPRO to Manage the Water Damage in Your Riverhead Property

As much as water is fundamental to our livelihood, it does have ramifications once it pools in a house. Speed is necessary to see that further destruction does not happen in your Riverhead property. It is of paramount importance that you hire professionals from SERVPRO to help restore your home to its former glory.

What can happen after a water loss?

You cannot afford to ignore the water damage in your Riverhead home. You need help to determine the full extent of the damage and fix it. It is critical to perform comprehensive diagnostics since the consequence of looking over the problem may be future expenses or further damage. Water in your home may have numerous effects, including:

  • Mold infestation and fungal development.
  • Damp staining - This may cause the walls to appear dingy and damp.
  • Contaminated water that poses health hazards.  
  • Electrical damage 
  • Degradation of the concrete pad and cinder block walls

What services does SERVPRO provide?

We are experts with plenty of years of experience in restoring homes after water damage. We understand that water restoration does not entail merely cleaning up the water. It involves careful inspection, water removal, and drying. We use different devices to restore water-damaged homes. For instance, we can use different extractors to remove the water, based on which materials are affected. Our team disposes of wastewater while abiding by local regulations and guidelines.

High humidity in your house can make your furniture and carpets a breeding ground for mold, bacteria, and viruses, among other microorganisms. Therefore, we can take steps to remove all the moisture. Our team can use thermal imaging cameras to know how water traveled in your home and concentrate our drying efforts on those areas. We use air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the structures and contents of buildings. Our SERVPRO team also uses antimicrobial products to ensure that a home is free from microbes.

What factors can affect my home’s drying time

The factors that can determine how fast your home dries include the type of ruined materials, electrical capacity of your home, and the number of personal belongings on-site. Our team can use all available resources to minimize the drying time for your residence. 

The importance of effectively restoring your home is clear-cut to us. Regardless of the severity of the damage, SERVPRO of The North Fork can provide you with the professional help you deserve. Call us today at (631) 591-3771.


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How Can I Dry a Wet Carpet in My Riverhead Home?

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

wondering what to do Call SERVPRO in your local Riverhead area for all of your water damage needs.

We have powerful extraction and drying tools that can prevent removing damaged carpeting after a water loss. 

Wet carpet can be a problematic situation in your Riverhead home for multiple reasons. Without addressing trapped moisture, water can penetrate to the vulnerable subflooring and become a costly situation for you to repair, but also could deteriorate the carpet itself or encourage odors.

Drying wet carpet, along with other water damage in Riverhead homes, begins with a thorough inspection of the property conducted by our competent project manager. By recognizing where absorption into the carpets has happened, we can better direct extraction and drying equipment to the area where it is most needed. 

What Extractor Tools Can Help Remove Trapped Water in Carpets? 

Removing standing water and trapped water in the carpet itself is a vital first step to take to begin restoration. If happening early enough, it is possible to protect this flooring from requiring discarding and reinstallation. Some of these water removal tools include:

  • Carpet wands
  • Stationary weighted extractors
  • Ride-on weighted extractors

Removing water and moisture from carpeted floors can help to make water losses “Like it never even happened.” Give our SERVPRO of The North Fork a call whenever water emergencies occur at (631) 591-3771.

Why Are There Water Stains on the Ceiling of My Riverhead Home?

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

leaking pipe from under the counter top Do you have a leak in your Riverhead home? Call SERVPRO for your water clean up team.

Our professionals have moisture detection techniques and also a full team of licensed contractors to help after a water loss. 

When water leaks above your ceiling persist for long periods, you can begin to notice signs of deterioration or staining of your Riverhead home. Cleaning these damaged areas might not be as simple as you think.

Mineral deposits and even additives to the public drinking water supply can leave residues and staining behind on exposed materials that require professional water cleanup for Riverhead properties. Our SERVPRO team can offer both water restoration techniques and practices as well as a full-service team of residential contractors to handle build back and repairs.

How Do I Resolve the Leak? 

We can utilize sophisticated moisture detection tools to identify the precise location of a plumbing break or leak. Repairing the damaged area is not a complicated procedure once the precise leak point has gotten identified. Generally, repairs fall into three steps:

  • Find the plumbing breach
  • Repair the damage
  • Replace discarded drywall or ceiling tile

Persistent leaks can leave several layers of damages for our professional restoration team to address. No matter how severe the damage, our SERVPRO of The North Fork can make it “Like it never even happened,” by calling (631) 591-3771.

Do Small Water Losses Require Professional Assistance?

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

water issue in the house. Call SERVPRO for all your water damage issues in your Riverhead area.

Our SERVPRO team can help to identify moisture pockets you cannot see to ensure that the full problem gets addressed after a loss. 

You are not alone if you hope to save yourself some money on restoration and recover efforts with DIY water removal for your Riverhead home. However, with so many facets of recovery, it might be overwhelming for property owners once this restoration begins.

One of the greatest potential threats that exist with DIY water restoration for Riverhead homes is missing moisture pockets that migrate beyond the surface. Sensitive materials can absorb standing water and penetrate areas like structural cavities, underneath the flooring, or above ceiling materials. Even small losses have this potential for migration, making it critical for a thorough evaluation.

How Can You Find Water You Cannot See on the Surface? 

Though not visible on the surface, migrating water can wreak havoc on materials exposed. Locating these moisture pockets involves the use of sophisticated detection tools, including:

  • Surface moisture meters
  • Probing meters
  • Thermal imagery

While DIY restoration might be tempting for saving money, it might be costlier in the long run if you do not address the entire problem. Give our SERVPRO of The North Fork team a call anytime at (631) 591-3771.

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 Riverhead, 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 The North Fork today at (631) 591-3771 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.

A Water Intrusion Incident Has Happened in My Riverhead Apartment Building, What Do I Do?

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

outside view of apartment buildings Water intrusion events can affect more than one unit. SERVPRO can quickly remediate the situation.

Call SERVPRO to Perform Commercial Water Removal in Your Riverhead Apartment Building

Many owners of apartment buildings deal with water damage from time to time. Water damage needs remediating quickly to prevent costly repairs and loss of tenants. The recovery of a water-damaged apartment building is a complex process that involves several specialists working together.

What are the consequences of water damage in Apartment buildings?

Water damage can have severe and lasting effects on a multifamily dwelling, including ruining the building itself, such as walls, floor flooring, and the tenants' personal property, such as furniture and electrical equipment. Performing efficient commercial water removal in your Riverhead apartment building is vital. In severe cases, water damage can affect several units. The aftermath can be devastating and make the property unlivable.

How can restorers help?

A water intrusion incident requires a rapid response to reduce loss to both the property and the belongings in it. SERVPRO franchise professionals are experts at water damage restoration in apartments and commercial buildings of any size, regardless of the severity of the damage. Our team can assess the destruction and create an appropriate plan to restore the building and its contents.

What type of equipment does SERVPRO use for the restoration process?

We seek to complete water restoration jobs thoroughly and quickly. For that reason, we use sophisticated water removal and drying equipment. It includes:

  • Commercial-grade water pumps
  • Air movers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Moisture meters
  • Injectridy high-pressure drying systems

We also use antimicrobial products that prevent the growth of microorganisms like bacteria. We can remove dirt, bacteria, and the accompanying odors from the floors, walls, and furnishings.

How do you dry buildings?

Our crew accelerates natural drying by using dehumidification, heat, and ventilation. We can use portable heaters to dry affected areas faster. Our team also uses desiccant dehumidifiers, which absorb moisture from the air and eliminate it from the desiccant material as water. Fresh air also plays an essential role when it comes to drying a property. In the right conditions, the passing of large amounts of relatively dry warm air over damp surfaces achieves effective drying. We can accomplish this by opening all windows and doors when the weather conditions are conducive.

If there is water damage in your apartment building, do not panic. Contact SERVPRO of The North Fork to help you remove the water and dry the structure. Our 24-hour helpline is (631) 591-3771.

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What Damage Can I Expect to my Home After a Storm?

5/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Green Vehicles Parked and on the Job SERVPRO is ready to mitigate your water damaged problems in your Riverhead home.

Storms Can Flood Your Home and Weaken your Structure

Those in Riverhead may worry about storms and their consequences. Whenever outside water makes its way into your home, you need to take a comprehensive look at the damage and enlist the help of a reputable company to restore it. Well-meaning neighbors and friends may be able to help, but only technicians trained for these occasions can perform a thorough cleanup process.

Riverhead neighbors with flood damage can rely on SERVPRO to give them a knowledgeable assessment of their homes after flooding. Aside from the apparent harm done by water coming in, you need to pay close attention to structural elements and the possibility of microbes settling in your home. Drying, cleaning, and disinfecting are essential steps in restoring your home.

How does flood damage affect the structure of my home?

Floodwaters cause visible damage. Soaking furniture and peeling paint are easy to spot, and our SERVPRO team advises you on the benefits of restoration or the need for removal. However, damage can hide within your home in other areas. For example-

  • Beneath hardwood floors
  • Weakening of drywall
  • Water accumulation within your crawl space

Our SERVPRO team inspects visible and invisible consequences and takes appropriate action. Our expertise guides our steps as we ready your home for further repairs and your return.

SERVPRO of The North Fork is available by calling (631) 591-3771. Invite us into your home and let us leave it "Like it never even happened."

What is the Best Cleaner for Fire Damage?

5/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO box truck with a posing female employee Riverhead Fire Woes? Call Our SERVPRO Team for Cleanup and Restoration

There is no One-Size-Fits-All Cleaner for the Fire Damage in your Riverhead Home

Homeowners with good intentions often end up making a difficult situation worse by cleaning smoke and soot without consulting an expert. Whether in Riverhead or another state, it is best to enlist the help of an expert team before you try abrasive cleaners on your furniture and fixtures. Informed opinion can save you time and money, and may even preserve items you think are beyond repair.

An expert opinion about fire damage in Riverhead is available from us at SERVPRO. Our technicians train with experts to understand the specific needs of different materials and the best cleaning approach. The solutions we apply in your home are EPA-approved and used as recommended.

Can I safely wipe fire residue off my furniture?

Before you prepare to wipe the soot off your furniture, you need to understand the damage. Our SERVPRO staff examines how smoke traveled through your home and where it settled. When possible, we isolate the affected area and address the HVAC system to prevent cross-contamination. To clean your home, we turn to the following-

  • Solvents and shampoo to clean carpets
  • Thermal foggers
  • Wet-dry vacuums

Along with other cleaning techniques, we use the above to restore your home as quickly and thoroughly as possible.

SERVPRO of The North Fork is your best solution when a fire strikes your home. Call us at (631) 591-3771 and let us leave your home, "Like it never even happened."