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Animal & Rodent Infestations on the North Fork

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

Mice and Rat infestation cleanup in crawl space

Critters can cause a lot of damage when they gain access to your home, you can get rid of them through various means - but what about what they leave behind?  

Mice, rats, raccoons, bats and more are some of the species that can access and multiply in homes and buildings on the North Fork, leaving damage including chewed materials that were eaten or used for nesting, excrement and urine, and food remnants.  Other damage can include chewed electrical wires.

SERVPRO of the North Fork is skilled in these types of biohazard cleanups once the invaders have been removed.  DIY cleanups in these instances can be very dangerous as proper safety precautions must be taken.  Give us a call, we do cleanups in attics, basements, crawl spaces, walls and more.  631-591-3771

Fire and Secondary Damage in Greenport

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

fire and secondary damage

Fires are super stressful and super messy events.  If the fire was put out with extinguishers or other fire fighting apparatus there will be water or chemical fire suppression material coating surfaces of the structure and anything else present. 

At SERVPRO of the North Fork we clean up all sorts of post-fire damages.  From wipe downs to complete demolitions - your job is in good hands with us.  Smoke damaged textiles including drapery, upholstery, clothing, linens, bedding and so forth can be cleaned, some carpets as well.  Items that cannot be cleaned must be replaced.  We make sure that every item slated for the trash is inventoried for your insurance company as you may be entitled to a replacement value, depending on your policy's language.   

Odors Removed From Commercial Facilities in Riverhead and Southold

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Odors removed from commercial facilities

Sometimes you notice it right away, and sometimes it comes into your consciousness little by little.  Either way, having bad odors in the workplace throws off the efficiency and output of an office staff and in worst case scenarios, the odors are severe enough to stop activity and clear the building.  

Sometimes the source is known and sometimes not - we're ready and on the job in no time to clear the air and make things as they were, "Like it never even happened."  We have various techniques, equipment and supplies that we employ depending on the type and source.   

Odors that come from excess humidity where mold and mildew are present are handled differently as mold mitigation has specific protocols that we follow and removal of the mold and the moisture are necessary.  We've had recent work in hamlets all through the Towns of Riverhead and Southold where moisture and mold were a problem.

Water Damage in Education Buildings

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

water damage in education buildings

Water damage in public spaces presents numerous problems and potential health risks because of the microbial growth that follows along in high moisture situations.  

SERVPRO of the North Fork is here to help.  Water and mold love to feed on organic materials in moist and wet environments.  When you see piles of paper, cardboard boxes, fabric and the like - you will have potential for mold growth.  

In mold situations, like a recent one in Cutchogue, NY - we don't just blow in air as it can cause greater damage.  Blowing and moving air sends mold spores sailing around airborne where they could potentially land on other surfaces and grow, the worst part of mold is more mold.  Don't set a fan on it, call us at 516-767-9600.  

We drop containment walls and utilize other barriers and such to minimize spread of mold spores.  Call today, we can help!

Materials and Supplies In Basements Can Get Moldy

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Materials and Supplies In Basements Can Get Moldy

For many offices and schools, lots of things are sent down to the basement for storage - and there it will sit until someday it is needed again.  But having a too moist environment is an invitation for mold and mildew to step in.  Once they do, they can destroy the materials and spread to destroy more - which can be costly.   

At SERVPRO of the North Fork we are very thorough and especially so if the environment is one where children will gather.  If you suspect mold or mildew, please reach out to us, we can help.  Note that in NYS anything over 1o square feet of mold will need to have independent environmental testing done.  If you need more information on this, please call our office at 631-591-3771

Water Water Everywhere in Mattituck

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Water is available in every home and virtually every building as a necessity, but it also can be as a terrible liability when it sudden presents where it shouldn't be.  This can be via pipe burst, sewage backup, flooding, plumbing failures and human error.  We've had thousand of these and the common denominator is always WATER.  

At SERVPRO of the North Fork, some of the first things we do on a water job like a recent one in Mattituck, include taking a visual inspection, multiple moisture readings in the air and building materials such as drywall and wood framing.  We check the moisture levels in the air as well.  

A main task is removing moisture in the air, when the humidity levels are too high.  Our equipment does this rapidly!  We repeatedly test and retest the surfaces and air through the job to ensure that moisture levels are within acceptable ranges.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Dehumidifying Basements on the North Fork

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

Damp Basements

At SERVPRO of the North Fork we are aware that you have all been experiencing a very damp season - here is some information about how to avoid moisture buildup in the basement.

Outside:  Make sure sprinklers are not hitting windows and bilco doors where water can leak in.  Check your gutter down spouts and make sure they drain down away from the foundation.

Basement Dehumidification:  Basements don't have to be musty damp and dank spaces!  Left alone it will build and could lead to mold and mildew growth.  Make sure any pipes that are leaking are repaired, look for pipes with a lot of condensation and sweat.  Turn on a dehumidifier and monitor the humidity. 

Want low maintenance?  There are now self pumping dehumidifiers that will route water out to a floor drain or out a basement window - set the desired humidity low - like 50%, to start bringing down the moisture in the air rapidly.  New machines can process many pints of water a day - so if you have an older unit, investing in a new energy efficient high volume machine may be wise.  You should check it periodically to make sure it is operating optimally.

Wet Wood Can Become Damaged If Left Alone

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage to Wood

At SERVPRO of the North Fork we see a lot of water damage, and step in to help when diy remedies aren't working.  

Wet wood sometimes will dry on it's own just fine - but if severe or if conditions still exist or if the environment does not allow for the moisture to leave, or water has gotten into areas you cannot dry, you could be left with more damage than you bargained for.  Wood in wet conditions too long can cup, crown, warp, weaken, swell, split, grow mold or fungus - and products can separate and break down - including plywood, masonite and pressboard.  

At SERVPRO of the North Fork we have the right equipment for the job to rapidly reduce the presence of moisture and water in order to stop the deterioration of the structure - call us for fast efficient service and protect your home or building from further deterioration.

Keeping Costs Down with Water Damage Cleanup

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

Removed drywall

We know that re-rocking an entire room with drywall is an expensive endeavor - and often unnecessary if the water damage is contained to just the lower portion.  

At SERVPRO of the North Fork, we cut walls within a safe margin taking only what is necessary.  Replacement with your contractor will then use much less materials than if the entire room was stripped.  Less materials means less labor, less expense, and less in the landfills for the environment. 

Wet drywall is removed to dry out the wall cavity and framing, but in cases where we determine that removal is not necessary, we can make pilot holes and dry areas behind the wall with our equipment, monitoring the moisture readings until at an acceptable level to ensure the area is dry. 

You can trust your local SERVPRO franchise to do  the proper drying or cleanup method for your walls and sheetrock. 

How to Store Items in Basements To Prevent Water Damage

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

Basement Storage

At SERVPRO of the North Fork we unfortunately see a great deal of damages done to heirlooms, valuables and personal property through water as well as from fire, mold animals and sewage.  

Basements in particular are problematic because they are convenient empty areas that can hold years of accumulated treasures.  We'll focus on water damage, as that is the primary cause of loss.

1.  Never store your most valuable irreplaceable items in the basement - this would be documents, photos, film, textiles.

2.  Have a high efficiency dehumidifier - self pumping is a great feature.  Run it at 50% humidity to keep down moisture in the air.

3.  Store items in closed plastic storage containers with lids on shelving, up off of the floor.  The more valuable the items to you, the higher up they should be placed.

4.  Make sure stored items are not underneath pipes that could leak or burst, or underneath sinks, tubs and toilets on floors above.