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Fire Damage In Your Riverhead Home

3/21/2020 (Permalink)

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How to Deal with Fire Damaged Appliances in Your Riverhead Home

Most fires in America occur in the kitchen and typically create minimal damage. After a kitchen fire, you are left having to get rid of smoke odors and clean the soot and smoke residue off of all types of surfaces, everything from flooring to appliances.

Fire damage in your Riverhead kitchen requires a lot of cleaning. With the right products and techniques, it is relatively easy to clean your kitchen and restore it to the preloss condition. When cleaning your appliances, keep in mind that smoke residue is not your run of the mill dirt or dust, and requires special care to ensure no further damage.

First, use something dry to clean off excess residues such as a dry sponge, cloth, or even a feather duster. Wet cleaning right away may cause the residue to become engrained into porous surfaces, making it more challenging to remove. After removing the excess, you can now proceed to wet cleaning and polishing. Whether you clean or you have professional assistance, you should wear safety goggles and gloves to avoid irritating your skin and eyes with smoke residue or chemical cleaning products. You should also make sure that appliances are unplugged before cleaning.

SERVPRO has specially formulated cleaners for all types of surfaces. For appliances Wall and All Surface, Cleaner, and Ready-to-Use Glass Cleaner are typically great options. If these cleaners by themselves do not seem adequate, you may add Industrial Cleaner, or Fire Star to raise the alkalinity of the cleaning solution for more effective cleaning of harder-to-clean appliances.

Regardless of the type of cleaner, it is essential to rinse the appliances with water, so the cleaners do not impact the polished finishes. If the appliance you are cleaning has some yellowing from the heat of the fire, Wood Cream Paste is effective in removing the discoloration and polishing the surface. Glass cleaner works well at the end of the cleaning process to restore the shine to an appliance.

For 24/7 assistance, contact SERVPRO of The North Fork at (631) 591-3771.

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Why Professional Restoration Services are Necessary to Handle Flood Damage in Riverhead

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

Woman standing in front of SERVPRO truck Each vehicle in our Green Fleet is stocked with equipment to handle your flooding restoration needs.

Help Address the Waiting and Other Stresses of Flood Damage Incidents in Riverhead 

When flooding events affect properties in Riverhead, the biggest headache for many homeowners is the waiting that follows. In many cases, people must wait for:

  • Groundwater levels to subside
  • Professional restorers to arrive
  • Completion of cleanup and repairs
  • News on whether the incident is over

Professional assistance from SERVPRO can help make the waiting bearable after a flood damage incident in Riverhead. In Riverhead, the risk of flooding can be considered occasion since its highest in the months between January to April. While this is positive, it also creates a disadvantage because help might not be available immediately when you need it. You can call our customer care staff any time of the day, making it not only easier to reach us, but also to organize the logistics necessary to start mitigation processes within a few hours.

After evacuating from the home or the affected part of your property, the curiosity to know the level of damages that occur is usually high. However, venturing into flooded properties is risky since it is possible to be electrocuted or hurt in other ways. Flooding can also let in small animals like snakes or rats into the property. Our SERVPRO technicians have different safety gear that helps keep them safe when they wade into the flooded areas. Some typical items in our standard safety gear include rubber boots, full-body suits, and non-contact voltage detectors.

Restoring flood-damaged property is a tedious process involving difficult tasks. For instance, extracting several gallons of water from a residence or washing and drying large such as walls and floors, can take a long time without the right resources. Several technicians with access to a wide variety of equipment, including powerful water extractors, power washers, and several units of drying equipment, make up our team. Once we arrive at your loss site, you can see progress within a few hours.

The road to recovery after flooding can be lengthy. Call SERVPRO of The North Fork at (631) 591-3771 to assist you. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How to Handle a Boiler Tank Leak in Riverhead

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

water heater in modern boiler room Water damage in hospitals can be devastating. SERVPRO can restore the damage with as little intrusion as possible to your patients.

Boiler Tank Leaking in a Riverhead Hospital 

With hundreds of rooms throughout your Riverhead hospital to regulate with various temperatures and available hot water, the most efficient practice is to run large boiler units in the lower levels of the facility. These units do occasionally break down, and blown seals or malfunctioning elements can allow leaks in the boiler that can quickly flood this subterranean maintenance area of your medical building. 

Depending on the type of boiler used in your building, you can have a constant feed into your system that can allow for continual water damage in your Riverhead hospital should something go wrong. Often these automated systems can move from the current boiler to another if the operator notices an issue in the room, but this might happen after you already need the professional expertise and fast response of our SERVPRO water restoration technicians. 

It is necessary to remove standing water as quickly as possible from this area and that this work gets done carefully and considerately. Tight quarters between the boiler units create complications for water removal. Therefore, we must utilize numerous tools and attachments to ensure that the surface water gets removed entirely before wall materials can become saturated and damaged by even the few inches of standing water on the floors. Our SERVPRO team can utilize: 

  • Electric submersible pumps
  • Wet vacuums
  • Squeegee wands
  • Centrifugal and axial air movers
  • Desiccant dehumidifiers 

Regulating the temperature, airflow, and humidity in the damaged area can allow us to maximize drying efficiency. While repairs to the boiler unit itself are still necessary, we can thoroughly dry and restore the damaged area to its original condition “Like it never even happened.” 

It is crucial to act quickly when a potentially devastating situation develops with massive boiler systems in the lower levels of your hospital. No matter how the damage occurs, you can always count on the team that is ready to respond 24/7 with qualified technicians and premier equipment. Give our SERVPRO of The North Fork team a call today at (631) 591-3771. 

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Steps Homeowners can Take After Flood Damage in Riverhead

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded street with Road Closed/high water signage Storms are frequent in New York. Call us for fast flood damage remediation.

What to Do Before SERVPRO Arrives at Flooded Riverhead Homes 

Shortly after a flood loss occurs in your Riverhead home, you can recognize a need for professional recovery. Even though We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, there are often still several hours between your initial call and when the restoration technicians of our SERVPRO team arrive to begin emergency services like extractions and content management. Still, there are steps that you can take that can reduce your losses provided that the damage in your home has not gotten out of control or unsafe to navigate. 

Knowing these few steps can help you to lessen the severity of flood damage to Riverhead homes by decreasing the likelihood of potential health hazards or protecting contents and belongings in the path of the disaster. With these pre-restoration steps out of the way, our professionals can reach your damaged address and begin to work immediately on water removal, drying, and cleaning up the property. 

Relocating Your Belongings 

One of the most destructive aspects of a natural disaster like flooding is the effect it can have on the contents of your home. Your personal belongings and possessions are often more valuable and treasured to the family than the structure itself, so take a few minutes when possible to move contents in the path of the flooding to a safer location. 

Place Sandbags 

While our SERVPRO professionals arrive with premier extraction equipment, reducing the spread of flooding throughout your home can often occur with the application of sandbags. You can even drop these in doorways or thresholds inside the house to prevent water migration from tiled to carpeted areas that would be more challenging to restore.

Sever Utilities  

It might not always be possible to sever utilities like your water and electricity before you vacate the premises. Still, when you do, it can reduce potential health hazards and risks for responding technicians. Our team focuses on safety, and we bring generators along with us to run the array of electric tools in our inventory if electrical service has gotten severed to the house. 

After a flood, there are a few steps that you can take to protect your home before our SERVPRO of The North Fork team arrives. Contact our rapid response team 24/7 at (631) 591-3771. 

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How SERVPRO Cleans Soot and Smoke Damage in Riverhead

2/1/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke surrounding smoke detector Smoke and soot are difficult to remove. Call SERVPRO! We have the training and equipment to clean your fire damaged home.

Cleaning Smoke-Damaged Surfaces in Riverhead Homes 

Understanding the behavior of smoke during a fire loss incident can help professionals like our SERVPRO team prepare the right tools and products to recover Riverhead homes. Convection currents generated during a structure fire perpetually force soot and smoke upwards, which can lead to some of the thickest residues in inaccessible areas of your property. Without physical compromise, it is often possible to clean and restore wallboard and ceiling materials coated with soot and smoke residues if started quickly. 

Homeowners need to recognize the hazard of circulating soot particles in their house, and the risks of exposure for even resting fire damage in their Riverhead house. Our professionals have extensive training for making the best choice in cleaning approach and products to remove residues and oily soiling entirely. This approach often involves more than a direct scrubbing of these exposed surfaces, however. 

Cleaning up soot deposits throughout a fire-damaged structure involves air quality control. Not only is clearing up a surface likely to aerosolize soot and soil, but the presence of these microscopic particles in the environment can continue to threaten surfaces getting cleaned without effective filtration. Air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators can both pull high volumes of dirty air across an onboard HEPA filter to expel a cleaner product for the house. 

Ceilings and upper portions of walls can require scaffolding or ladders to access. Getting close to the damaged surfaces can ensure that we can witness the effectiveness of specific cleaning strategies and determine whether more aggressive techniques like soda blasting or controlled demolition might be necessary. In some situations, it is more cost-effective to replace damaged ceiling panels rather than taking the time necessary to thoroughly clean and deodorize them. 

Your home can feel disheveled and overwhelmingly damaged after a structure fire, but our SERVPRO of The North Fork team can help. From clearing soot and smoke damage from the property to addressing air quality concerns, you can trust that our team of professionals can make fire loss incidents “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (631) 591-3771. 

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A Simple Plan for Water Damage Remediation in Jamesport

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking from a drop ceiling Water damage needs to be addressed quickly - before it turns into a mold infestation. Contact team SERVPRO for effective drying services today.

Cleanup and Sanitization After Water Damage in Jamesport Home

Bacteria and microbes develop rapidly after water damage in a home. In fact, after just 48-hours, the water in a home requires the same safety equipment as handling a loss contaminated with sewage. 

That is why water damage cleanup in Jamesport homes must begin as soon as possible when it happens. SERVPRO technicians arrive quickly to extract the water, and they also test it to determine if any bacterial agents or contaminants are present.

Vast Array of Cleaning Agents

SERVPRO techs have access to a diverse selection of cleaning solutions, including antimicrobial, solvents, and antibacterial formulas. They also have specialized mixtures for specific surfaces such as cleaning masonry, tile, concrete, or laminated surfaces without causing harm. 

Scoping for Water Loss

One of the essential things when cleaning up water is determining the migration path. SERVPRO techs can trace anywhere the water went using their state-of-the-art moisture detection equipment, and take the appropriate actions to remove it and then move on to drying the property.

Deep Cleaning 

Once the property verifies as attaining pre-set drying goals, the technicians work on cleaning all water-affected surfaces with their professional-grade agents. SERVPRO technicians perform proactive treatments to avoid the setup of mold colonies through the use of their antimicrobial solutions and using sealants whenever necessary.

Odor Control Treatments

After a water loss in a home, a residual musty smell may remain after drying and cleaning. In these cases, the technicians deploy different methods depending upon the level of odor control needed. For light odors, the techs use time-release gel capsules. When more robust odor eradication, the use of fogging equipment is a useful method in most instances, the techs determine on a case by case basis if this method is a good fit. While wearing protective gear, a technician uses a fogger to deliver a heated solvent. The fog penetrates porous objects and neutralizes any type of odor.

When water damage hits your property, call SERVPRO of The North Fork at (631) 591-3771. The certified, experienced techs are available 24/7 to come to your home and make the water loss, "Like it never even happened."

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Is Your Riverhead Property in Need of Emergency Restoration Services? SERVPRO has you Covered!

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

Side view of SERVPRO van No matter your emergency restoration needs, SERVPRO is always standing by.

SERVPRO of The North Fork is Your First Choice for Emergency Restoration Needs in Riverhead

While we have worked hard to obtain the accolades that we have received over the years that we have served Riverhead residents, our awards are not the reason we do what we do. Our restoration services get grounded in the principles that every area home and business owner deserve a clean and safe environment. When disaster strikes, it can feel like this safe place is far from possible. We work tirelessly to restore damaged properties, but also the hope of our customers as well. We are not satisfied with a completed project unless you are, and our focus is to exceed your expectations. 

Fire Damage Restoration

A rapid response is vital to fire losses, as these can be among the most immediately devastating circumstances. Because fire emergencies do not cease to be a threat once extinguishment takes place, a fast response to your fire-damaged Riverhead home can be vital to providing the emergency service your property needs. From debris removal to deodorization and cleaning, we have an entire division of qualified Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) and Odor Control Technicians (OCT) accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to help.

Mitigation is a vital service that our SERVPRO team can provide to fire-damaged properties as well because it helps to reduce the continued loss in the house and prevent the costs of restoration from getting out of control. Mitigation of water damage and smoke effects can help to protect contents in the house from irreparable damage. We have a team of dedicated cleaning technicians that can carefully move at-risk belongings from Riverhead homes to our nearby facility for focused attention and safe storage.

Soot is one of the most problematic effects that can exist after a fire loss incident, as these present conditions in the environment can cause health effects. Our professionals have proven techniques for the removal of this residue, including the use of agitative cleaning practices and potent cleaning products. We can also work to reduce airborne soot by deploying air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators throughout your Riverhead home.

Mold Remediation

The onset of mold effects can happen quickly, especially with exposure to moist conditions for more than a couple of days. Susceptible materials within this environment can become hosts to naturally occurring spores that have the necessary conditions to develop into more hazardous organisms that can threaten your entire Riverhead home. While no restoration team can remove mold and spores entirely from your household, we can remove active colonization and its immediate threats through the use of our effective remediation practices.

Our Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) are among the most experienced and well-trained professionals of our SERVPRO team. When mold gets discovered in your Riverhead property, you can rely on the fast response of these IICRC-Certified technicians to help. Remediation for our team begins with a thorough inspection of the property to determine the spread and migration of mold effects from the source. Understanding the path that the organism has taken can ensure that the right steps occur to remove the active colonization entirely.

There are many instances in which the application of antimicrobial sprays can help to reduce the presence of mold spores on surfaces. We can further improve the effectiveness of our remediation efforts by ensuring the property gets dried and that the air is getting filtered of spores and contaminants before other remediation tasks like soda blasting, sanding, and even demolition take place in Riverhead homes.

Water Damage Restoration

Water loss incidents are among the most common threats that we face in the Long Island area with severe winter weather that can freeze pipes and many of the aging structures susceptible to plumbing breaches. No matter how severe water emergencies might initially appear in Riverhead properties, it is wise to entrust your home to the experience and equipment of our IICRC-Certified Water Restoration Technicians (WRT), many of which have additional endorsements in Applied Structural Drying (ASD.)

Our experienced professionals can help by implementing effective extraction techniques as soon as we first reach damaged Riverhead homes. Standing water can pose a substantial threat to exposed flooring and wall surfaces, and the faster that our team can remove this moisture, the better able to preserve construction materials we are. We have dozens of potential extraction tools from our electric sump pump to powerful units like the extractor truck in our SERVPRO Green Fleet.

Drying is a balancing act of high-velocity and high-performance tools and equipment. From the hundreds of air movers and dehumidifiers that we have available to our specialty drying tools, we can remove moisture from materials, surfaces, and cavities. Once drying begins, our technicians can secure our efforts to prevent microbial and fungal threats with the application of antimicrobial sprays to exposed structural elements in Riverhead residences.

Storm Damage Restoration

The Greater Long Island area is no stranger to extreme weather conditions coming in from the northwest or coming in from the Atlantic Ocean. With the potential for hurricane strength weather events bearing down on Riverhead homes and businesses, the risk of structural damage is high. When breaches in roofs, siding, foundations, and other home construction materials occur, the home becomes vulnerable to water penetration and flooding.

Merely saying that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster does not solve the problems that your Riverhead home might face after a severe storm. Instead, we show our customers the advantages of this fast response by beginning vital extraction efforts with portable electric submersible pumps and wet-vacs fitted with light wands. This mitigation approach can also allow our SERVPRO team to catalog loss and earmark items for relocation to our facility for drying, deodorization, and safe storage.

The drying of structural elements is an excellent path to identifying what surfaces and materials deteriorated beyond preservation and restoration. We strive to restore construction materials and contents on-site, but in some cases, controlled demolition must occur to give our team a better position to reduce microbial threats and eliminate any contamination that could exist in a Riverhead home.

Despite the many threats that your home or business could face in its lifetime, knowing what restoration team you can trust can make the difference in saving both time and money on recovery. Give our SERVPRO of The North Fork team a call today at (631) 591-3771.

Are You Serving Soot in Your Jamesport Restaurant?

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

Fire engulfing kitchen Even small kitchen fires can be devastating to your restaurant. SERVPRO has the experience to restore your business quickly.

Thriving After Fire Damages Your Jamesport Restaurant

No matter how attentive you and your employees are, a kitchen fire in your Jamesport restaurant is always a possibility. So many variables and moving parts are in play as your chefs create, and servers cater to diner’s requests. Equipment malfunctions or human error can turn your well-oiled system into a frightening and destructive inferno. Our team is ready with the emergency, mitigation, and remediation services designed to get you cooking again. 

Kitchen Fires Present Special Challenges 

Fire damage in a Jamesport restaurant nearly always involves burning food, oil, and grease. These materials create a particular type of residue that is protein-based. We manage other soots composed of incompletely combusted building materials and contents. A protein-based residue instead takes the familiar spattering and steaming always experienced in cooking to a new and devastating level. As contrasted with the burning of building materials, a protein fire is characterized by:

  • Lower temperatures at the origin site
  • Reduced levels of visible smoke
  • Evaporation of the burned material
  • Reduction of protein-rich fuel to a fine mist
  • Pungent and persistent odors

The mist travels throughout the space, penetrating hoods, fans, ductwork, and ceiling tiles. It is composed of particles tiny enough to float on air currents and through HVAC systems, meaning it quickly invades your restaurant's dining areas, bars, restrooms, foyers, and even adjacent businesses. Textiles, insulation, paint, woodwork, and other porous or semi-porous materials are all fair game. Pantries, prep areas, freezers, and coolers are also vulnerable to the thin, tightly adhered residue. When SERVPRO crews evaluate the scene, inspection moves far from the original point of ignition. 

Removal of Residue Is a Challenge 

Protein fire residues not only spread widely but also are oil-based and very hard to dislodge. Additionally, the film can be nearly invisible to the eye, increasing the risk of missing some soot. These features make it especially important that SERVPRO professionals conduct a thorough assessment. To loosen and remove the residue, we frequently use solvents, requiring personal protective equipment (PPE) and evacuation of unprotected occupants during the process. Our technicians take care to clear all of the solvents from food preparation and consumption spaces.  

Rely on the professional at SERVPRO of The North Fork to take charge of your restaurant's rejuvenation after a kitchen fire. Call us day or night at (631) 591-3771, so we can start the remediation process.

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Flood Damage Remediation Services In Jamesport

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

flooding caused by a storm If your basement floods due to snowmelt, never wait to get help.

Local Jamesport Flood Damage Remediation Services

Many things could cause flood damage to your home, from a bad storm to a tree falling on your home. However, many people do not consider that snowmelt could cause flood damage to your home. As snow falls and then melts throughout December, things are considerably wet. However, if a lot of snow melts at once, it can cause problems for your home.  

Runoff from snowmelt can seep into your home and cause flood damage in your Jamesport basement. If your sump pump fails, you could be left with centimeters of water on your basement floor. For this reason, if you discover excess water in your basement, you should reach out for help immediately.

Here at SERVPRO, we're water restoration experts. We understand how time-sensitive any kind of water-based damage is. For this reason, as soon as we get your call, a team of our flood damage technicians can quickly gather and travel to your home. We use advanced equipment to combat the floodwaters in your house, such as wet/dry vacuums and extractors.

Once SERVPRO arrives, we can quickly remove any furniture that needs to be dried and bring it to our facility. We can pack up any belongings in new boxes and make sure that we can get to every inch of excess water in your basement. From there, we can remove the standing water using our advanced equipment.

Many people thing excess moisture cannot impact concrete in an unfinished basement, but that is simply not true. Water can stain the surface and leave residue behind. For this reason, here at SERVPRO, we make sure to dry the area of damage as thoroughly as we can using devices like dehumidifiers, axial fans, and heaters. Lastly, we can search for any hidden pockets of water we may have missed with thermal imaging cameras. At SERVPRO, we believe in being thorough and leaving your home feeling, “Like it never even happened.”

If your basement floods due to snowmelt, never wait to get help. Communicate with SERVPRO of The North Fork by calling (631) 591-3771. We're always here to help.

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Mitigating Holiday Fire Damage in a Jamesport Home.

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

A Christmas tree with a sparked fire on the wall  from the plugged lights on the tree. Jamesport, if you endure a fire over the holidays let SERVPRO help you through the damage.

Holidays can be wonderful, but holidays can sometimes bring unwanted damage, like fire to your Jamesport home.

Homeowners all over the country are decorating their homes for the holidays. While safety is likely, it is not always a guarantee. Between 2013 and 2017 alone, US fire departments responded to an average of 160 home fires that started due to Christmas trees. These fires caused $10 million in direct property damage each year, and electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in 44% of these home Christmas tree fires.

If holiday decor in your Jamesport home causes fire damage, certified SERVPRO technicians are available day and night to restore your home to a preloss condition. Not only does rapid mitigation remove the risk posed by fire damage residues, but having experienced technicians clean after a disaster occurs can help save you time, money, and stress during the holiday season.

Minimizing Holiday Fire Risks

Here are some tips to help you minimize fire damage risks during the holiday season :

  • Avoid overloading extension cords. Overuse of extension cords increases fire risk. Tightly-wound cables can build up heat without letting it dissipate, which also creates more risk for homeowners.
  • Use LED Christmas lights. Older lights heat up significantly, which can be especially risky if these lights are on a real tree. Switching to LED Christmas lights can also lower energy costs during the holiday season. 
  • Monitor carbon monoxide detectors and furnaces. Something as small as a cracked heat exchanger can lead to carbon monoxide build-up.
  • Ensure there are working smoke detectors on every floor. If you do not currently have any on your property, check with your local fire department for programs like free smoke detector installation.

SERVPRO Odor Control Methods

If fire damage odor remains after cleanup, technicians can implement multi-phase odor control techniques. The first phase in many odor control procedures is chemical containment, where the goal is to contain or block odor molecules from vaporizing into the air by spraying chemical deodorizer on them. 

Phase two is vapor odor control, which can include materials that release deodorant vapors into the air. The purpose of the second phase is to counteract the effects of odor-causing particles that became airborne before phase one. Phase three, meanwhile, typically involves thermal fogging, which allows for dry, solvent-based smoke to proliferate and penetrate porous surfaces to remove odors.

SERVPRO of The North Fork Serves the community by being Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (631) 591-3771 today to have a team at your home within hours.

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