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Does the Age of A Home Influence Water Restoration Processes?

2/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. Water restoration should be left to the professionals. SERVPRO techs are IICRC certified for any size job.

SERVPRO Has Resources to Match the Restoration Needs in Any Riverhead Property

New York State has approximately 7.2 million acres of agricultural land spread out over its different boroughs. Long Island has 35000 acres, 20000 of which lie in Riverhead town. It was named Riverhead since it is situated at the mouth of the Peconic River. The smaller Riverhead hamlet lies within the town and serves as its economic center. 

The town was established in 1792 as part of the new jurisdictions created after the American Revolution. Initially, it was part of Southold Town. Then residents petitioned for a split, arguing that the town was so long that people from the western sections had a hard time attending town meetings or transacting other businesses.  A legislation bill was passed on March 13 1792, actualizing the split. 

Fascinating Places to Visit

The diverse history of Long Island, from the agrarian to colonial days and real estate changes, gave it a rich heritage. Riverhead visitors can get a taste of what the town has to offer in different locations, including: 

  • The Railroad Museum of Long Island displays various artifacts, including engines and coaches that tell the local railway history. 
  • Goodale Farms, located on Main Road, gives kids and adults a chance to perform routine farm activities such as milking goats for fun 
  • Hallockville Museum Farm located on Sound Avenue gives visitors a chance to experience how life on a farm was back in the late 1880s to early 1900s.

Unique Architectural Home Designs in Riverhead

There is a variety of home designs in Riverhead, just like other parts of Long Island. The area offers a suburban-rural mix experience, and over 70% of the residents own their homes. Some of the typical home styles in the area include:

  • Cape homes

These are English-styled homes are usually one story featuring steep roofs and massive central chimneys. The design was developed to withstand heavy rain or snow. Cape homes are simple, mostly rectangular, and symmetric in design.

  • Colonial style

The formal style features several variations. However, some unique aspects readily identify such homes. For instance, colonial-style homes have formally defined dining and living rooms. Bedrooms are normally situated on the second floor.  They are also very symmetrical with proportional windows and centered front doors.

  • Ranch Homes

They feature open floor plans that offer easy access to the outside. Ranch homes also feature attached garages, with the main focus being practicality. The homes have either single or double floor living.

 How SERVPRO’s Water Restoration Expertise Help Save Old Homes

Severe water spills or other intrusions in older homes are challenging to address, unlike losses affecting newer homes. For instance, many of the structural materials may not be readily available or cost more, so actions such as immediate teardown of any wet material may not be a viable approach.

When SERVPRO embarks on restoring an older home affected by water intrusion, we can deliver better outcomes because we have IICRC certified technicians. We have superior equipment that lightens the workload:

  • Using non-penetrative moisture testers ensures we do not add new damages
  • Using thermal cameras and thermo-hygrometers helps us troubleshoot moisture issues faster
  • We have different versions of drying equipment like dehumidifiers ensuring we utilize the best

SERVPRO of The North Fork is fully committed to delivering quality water restoration to Riverhead residents. Call us at (631) 591-3771.

How Essential Is the Choice of Drying Method during Water Mitigation?

2/25/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged ceiling When water damage occurs you need the right company for the job. SERVPRO has the manpower and experience for any size water restoration service job.

SERVPRO Helps Ensure Balanced Drying in Jamesport Properties after Water Damage

One of the major problems of water intrusion is spreading moisture in many parts of the structure, leaving contents and materials wet. Therefore, drying is a crucial aspect in the restoration of such property to its preloss state. Although materials dry naturally if given sufficient time and kept from further moisture exposure, intervention is usually necessary when restoring water-damaged properties.

The drying done as part of water mitigation in Jamesport properties must expedite results to prevent secondary issues such as mold development, which can happen in as little as 48 hours. Drying relies on three main factors:

  • Air movements 
  • Dehumidification
  • Temperature

The drying method chosen must adjust these factors to optimum levels for a positive outcome. SERVPRO utilizes a closed or semi-closed system that seals off the affected area from the outdoor environment. We then use air movers to improve air movements within the wet areas, thus improving evaporation. We also set up dehumidifiers to extract moisture from the air. Dehumidifiers also exhaust hot air back into the wet areas, which further improves evaporation.

Assistance from SERVPRO of The North Fork can help dry your property faster. Call us at (631) 591-3771 for any water mitigation services.

Common Repairs for Jamesport Businesses After Water Disasters

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. Water damage may cause major issues for business. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for the water restoration services needed to get you back on track

Contractors can overcome many obstacles to make water disasters “Like it never even happened.” 

Water disasters like pipe bursts or leaking fixtures can leave your Jamesport business contending with several inches of standing water and rapidly changing conditions as this pool begins to spread. Exposed materials and contents can absorb this moisture and start deteriorating. While removing this surface water concern can be useful in reducing total loss, some repairs are inevitable.

Repairs and Reconstruction Needs for Jamesport Businesses

Water damage repair in Jamesport businesses can describe many actions taken by our general contractors. While water restorers work on extraction and drying aspects, our building trade professionals must determine if elements like short pile carpeting, drywall, and tile require removal from overexposure. In addition to controlled demolition, our contractors can offer other services in this mitigation phase, including:

  • Content relocation
  • Plumbing repairs
  • Debris removal

Your business can become quickly compromised by the presence of a substantial water disaster. Our SERVPRO of The North Fork team can help with a fast response when you call (631) 591-3771.

Safety Concerns in Jamesport Homes After Flooding

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. Flood damage is no DIY project. SERVPRO has the team you need to have your home back to preloss condition. IICRC certified technicians on the job.

Flooding can create many threatening safety risks and concerns for homeowners. 

The presence of standing water after a flood in your Jamesport home can be an overwhelming situation, and that is often before recognizing how many potential safety hazards and threats exist within this specific circumstance. Talented technicians on our SERVPRO team can reach flood-damaged homes quickly to begin vital mitigation efforts that expose structural weaknesses and other potential safety hazards that might exist and slow restoration efforts.

Safety Concerns that Exist After Flooding 

Flood damage in Jamesport, like standing water, can be enough to engage with electrical outlets or appliances plugged into active and live circuits. Electrical shock can be a continual threat to your home when standing water exists, making DIY inspections and evaluations of the damage a threat or risk to the homeowner. Our building trade professionals can begin implementing specific mitigation and repair tasks upon arrival. Some of these include:

  • Board-up/Tarping
  • Debris Removal
  • Controlled Demolition
  • Content Relocation

Flooding presents several safety hazards to those exposed, but our SERVPRO of The North Fork team can help when you call (631) 591-3771.

Mold Remediation Solutions for Historic Riverhead

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage furniture and walls Mold is a job for the experienced team at SERVPRO. they have the technicians and equipment for any size disaster.

With many protected homes and buildings, efficient remediation can prevent costly structural deterioration.

Being on the North Shore of Long Island, Riverhead is a community that has dealt with a fair share of humid conditions and groundwater threats resulting in mold development. With a town that has such a long-standing history dating back to the early 1700s, there are many properties and landmarks worth protecting when these disasters occur. With this settlement existing long before the American Revolution, several of its structures would be influential in housing prominent members of the Continental Army in their effort to win America's independence.

A Colonial Community Still Thriving 

Despite the history of the town and its role in prominent eras of history, modern Riverhead has many attractions and desirable features. Long Island is a bustling portion of New York, which can undoubtedly be seen in the pace and continual growth of this city.

Historic Districts and Properties of Riverhead

As this is one of the state's older communities, it has many historic properties and landmarks worth protecting for the future. The care and consideration of these structures require unique restoration or cleaning when disasters occur. There are hundreds of homes or buildings dating back to the 1700s throughout multiple areas of Riverhead and its surrounding region. Some of the most prominent districts featuring these structures that promote older architectural styles and colonial life include:

  • Riverhead Main Street Historic District
  • Second and Ostrander Historic District 
  • Suffolk County Historical Society Building

The Suffolk County Historical Society Museum 

This is a structure specifically designed to preserve the historical artifacts and stories of Suffolk County. This building used as the museum was constructed in 1930, though the Historical Society has been operating to protect the county's interests since 1886. A library in this location boasts more than 20,000 volumes and 840 cubic feet of manuscripts detailing personal diaries, journals, newspapers, and other paperwork. Today, this is a preservation site for the county and a standing showcase of colonial revival architecture.

Addressing Mold Threats with Swift Action in Riverhead Homes 

Microbial growth can be one of the most challenging situations that your home or business might face. When mold remediation for Riverhead homes is necessary, it is vital to choose experienced and professional technicians to complete the job. The faster our team can arrive at the damage location after a third party determines the presence of mold colonization, the better.

Remediation can take many forms depending on the material affected and the severity of the situation. Carefully evaluating what the property needs can reduce the possibilities of unnecessary tear-out and reconstruction. Our remediators often work to apply surface cleaning or abrasive techniques to remove the organism without requiring the material to be discarded.


Mold can be a damaging presence in your home and one that requires the experience of our SERVPRO of The North Fork remediators to overcome. Give us a call anytime you need us at (631) 591-3771.

A Virtual Tour of Tenement Life for Riverhead Residents

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

inside a tenement, wood burning stove Riverhead Residents rely on SERVPRO for water removal after a mishap. We can even dry out your wood-burning antique stove!

Don’t Let Water Damage Ruin Your Riverhead Home--Call SERVPRO!

Looking at the quiet and comfortable houses of Riverhead, it can be easy to forget how people used to live in our state. When immigrants first arrived in the USA, most of them came to New York City, and the swelling population led to some terrible living conditions. To show people today about the struggles faced by lower-class families in those times, the New York Tenement Museum plans to host a virtual tour on the evening of January 28.

The tour focuses on a modern-day recreation of a tenement apartment, complete with worn-out and cheap household fixtures common a century ago. The museum curators will also provide commentary about the living conditions of the day, the types and qualities of amenities available to low-income families, and the sacrifices that they had to make. Space in this virtual event is limited, so potential guests are encouraged to email the Mattituck Laurel Library to reserve a spot.

Save Money Through Professional Water Mitigation in Riverhead

SERVPRO of The North Fork provides professional water damage mitigation services to Riverhead homes and businesses to help our neighbors avoid and control disastrous and expensive situations. Call us at (631) 591-3771.

Learn About the Ecology and Economy of Jamesport

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

bunch of oysters with lettering Jamesport Area Oyster Farms Help Preserve the Ecology while SERVPRO Saves your fire-damaged home or business

Jamesport Locals Have an Opportunity to Learn about Their Seafood Dinners

Have you ever gone out for dinner to one of Jamesport's excellent seafood restaurants and wondered how an oyster gets from the water to your plate in less than a day? On the evening of Thursday, January 21, a panel of local experts will help answer that question, on top of explaining the many factors that play into managing our marine ecosystems.

Ben Gonzales of Southold Bay Oysters and Paul McCormick of Great Gun Oyster Farm will explain how their seaside farms help to maintain wild shellfish populations and provide the area with fresh, delicious, and sustainable seafood. Joining them will be Steve Tettelbach of Cornell University, a shellfish ecologist. Tettelbach has many years of experience analyzing our waters' shifting conditions and formulating plans for improving local ecosystems' health.

This informative presentation will be held over Zoom free of charge and is sponsored by the Peconic Land Trust, a local nonprofit organization.

Fast-Responding Fire Restoration and Cleanup in Jamesport

SERVPRO of The North Fork is a local expert in providing fire restoration and cleanup services to the Jamesport area. Call us 24/7 at (631) 591-3771.

Check This Out: An Awesome Chocolate Workshop Just Opened Up Near Riverhead

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

assorted chocolate delights When your Chocolate Shoppe in Riverhead gets flooded with water, and not customers, Call SERVPRO for cleanup

Riverhead Retail Shoppes Rely on SERVPRO for Flood Water Removal

Fans of fancy chocolates in Riverhead should pay attention to a new business that has just opened nearby. Ursula, co-proprietor of the Harvest Inn in Peconic, is now putting her years of culinary education and experience to the test with a new chocolate workshop, Disset Chocolate. Rather than opening a traditional storefront, this workshop is focused on e-commerce and deals with local businesses.

The place truly is a workshop, with precision tools, molds, and materials set up to deliver the best quality chocolate possible. No low-grade cocoa or artificial additives can be found on the premises. Their offerings are ample, from traditional hazelnut bars to more unique ideas, such as a high-quality take on classic s’mores.

If you want to order some of these creations, visit the website of Disset Chocolates. Or, if you own a storefront somewhere in town, consider giving Ursula a call to set up a display on your location.

Fast and Budget-Conscious Stormwater Removal for Riverhead Storefronts

SERVPRO of The North Fork stands ready 24/7 to respond to calls for help with stormwater removal in Riverhead and other local areas. Call us anytime at (631) 591-3771.

Taking a Closer Look at Jamesport’s Number One Resource: The Sea

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

Jamesport shoreline Enjoy the beach and LI Sound at Jamesport--SERVPRO can put out any fires

Two Marine Industries that Helped Create the Jamesport of Today

Like many coastal communities, Jamesport can trace its roots to fishers, who were drawn to the waters for their steady food supply and natural beauty. Today, that tradition continues, with most of the local fish industry concentrated in two areas. Between scallops and menhaden, the sea defines our history and continues to provide for us today.

Scallop fishing may be traced back to the earliest days of Jamesport. In the 17th century, the value and taste of the scallop had already been long established. Our earliest residents made comfortable livings by selling their harvests in the larger markets of the New York colony, often purchasing food rather than relying on their catches. Scallops then were as much a delicacy as they are now because, unlike other mollusks, a scallop can swim away. Without special nets and fishing techniques, a scallop can escape even the most experienced fisherman, leading to their relative scarcity. Today, the industry remains strong but may soon be threatened by decades of accumulating pollutants in our coastal waters. Doing your part to reduce runoff and properly dispose of garbage can help to keep this industry alive for decades to come.

More recently, our fishing industry diversified as demand for menhaden increased. Unlike most wild fish, menhaden are not suitable to eat, mostly due to their unusual plankton diet (most fish eat algae, seaweed, or other animals). Because of this, they received little attention for most of Jamesport's history. In the 20th century, with an increased national focus on nutrition, the menhaden was revealed to be an excellent source of fish oils and omega-3 fatty acids. Demand for these fish exploded, and with a sizable native population, Jamesport became a vital place to harvest them. Overfishing threatens the menhaden population today, but with the development of several large fish farming operations along the Atlantic coast, their numbers are expected to rebound with ease. 

Together, these species form the bulk of our fishing industry, but individual boats still specialize in other seafood. Out on the waters, you may spot crabbing boats, mussel and oyster collectors, and some vessels that take anything they can catch. However, these familiar sights might not last forever. Please do your part to reduce pollution and litter so that local fishing boats can continue to practice their trade as they have for centuries.

The Peconic Bay is a World-Class Boating Spot, Right in the Jamesport Backyard

Did you know that watercraft enthusiasts come from hundreds of miles to enjoy the waters right next to our town of Jamesport? The Peconic Bay, along with several areas surrounding it, is known worldwide as one of the best recreational sailing locations. For centuries, it has been considered a jewel of the region, with abundant sea life, pleasant sailing conditions, and enough room for many people to enjoy the Bay at once. Whether you own a grand boat or a simple kayak, these luxurious waters have something for everyone.

Despite its relatively large breadth, the Great Peconic Bay rarely reaches a depth of more than 30 feet. This consistent characteristic creates a broad bay of smooth, gentle water while still being deep enough for small to medium vessels to sail with ease. Many avid kayakers and canoers cruise from end to end, undisturbed by the calm waves. In addition to creating a perfect surface to sail on, the shallow Bay also hosts some of the most diverse marine life in the area. With plenty of sunlight reaching the ocean floor, many seaweed and algae species can thrive, allowing animals of all sorts to flourish. While the populations of specific species may vary each season, the Bay is generally known to be an excellent spot for small-scale, non-commercial fishing.

Many local companies offer kayaks, jet skis, and larger boats for rent if you lack any watercraft of your own. The Bay may be accessed year-round, but the weather is typically best from April through November, especially for smaller watercraft. If you are not familiar with the area's fishing regulations and restrictions, make sure to

How to Stay Safe During Jamesport Fire Damage Restoration

Even under the watchful eyes of trained professionals, many hazards may still lurk in a home in Jamesport undergoing fire damage restorations. We take many safety precautions during any restoration project, but we strongly recommend that you exercise caution while moving in and around any affected areas. Keeping these safety tips in mind can protect you and your family while our crews do their work.

Avoid Machinery and Equipment

Depending on the project's scope, SERVPRO may use some powerful machinery to mitigate and reverse damages incurred during the fire. These machines can be dangerous to people who are not trained in using them, and you should do your best to avoid them. Actions as simple as moving the equipment could cause harm to you or interrupt the restoration process. Sometimes, our technicians place these devices in inopportune locations without realizing it. If that happens, politely ask one of our employees to move it for you, and they will be happy to do so if at all possible.

Do Not Walk Under Damaged Ceilings

Many house fires cause significant damage to ceiling materials and materials above them, such as water lines. Although rare, some dangerous situations can result from these damages. For example, a section of the ceiling may appear stable during our inspections but later fall during our restoration work. Because these risks exist, we ask our clients to avoid walking under ceilings overhead fixtures that have been touched by fire damage. If the burn reaches an unavoidable area such as a hallway, ask your SERVPRO inspector whether it is safe to pass underneath. In some cases, we may erect temporary support structures to ensure your safety as you move about the building.

Change Your HVAC Filters

We strongly recommend that you replace your HVAC filters after any house fire. In addition to stopping the spread of damage around the home, replacing your filters can also keep you safe. If smoke and ash circulate throughout your home, they can become part of the air you breathe. Our technicians are also trained to clean out HVAC systems and can assist you with any tasks you may wish to perform.

SERVPRO of The North Fork stays ready 24/7 to respond to local calls for help with fire damage restoration. Call us as soon as possible after a disaster at (631) 591-3771.

A Night of Fish and Trivia in Riverhead

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

An aquarium with fish. An aquatic adventure with food and trivia? Sign us up!

Support the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead and Enjoy an Evening of Trivia

There is no shortage of events in Riverhead, but a unique and fun option comes from the Long Island Aquarium and their Trivia Night. Scheduled for December 11th at 6:30 p.m. or December 17th at the same time, attendees can enjoy a change of scenery while exercising their brains. 

If you have never been to the Aquarium, keep the following in mind-

  • There is a full cash bar at the event
  • Reservations are required, and admission is $5.00
  • Small plates are available for purchase

The Aquarium’s website is chock full of information, and special events are continuously added. 

Earlier in December, Santa will pay a visit, and a couple of weeks after Trivia Night, a fabulous New Year’s Eve celebration is also in store.  

At SERVPRO, we also plan for when we arrive at a home needing flood damage cleanup. Just like the Aquarium, we set our sights on milestones and prepare for them by using state-of-the-art equipment and industry best practices to erase the path of the storm through your house.

SERVPRO of The North Fork joins the community in keeping everyone safe by providing restoration services as needed. Call us at (631) 591-3771, and let us come to your aid when disaster strikes. Our goal is to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”