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My Office Is Swimming -- How Can Professionals Dry Out Electronics, Documents, Books, and Photos?

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Stays Connected with Information About Innovative Water Damage Repair Strategies for Riverhead Businesses

It is a challenge to run a small business in Riverhead at any time. When a neighboring company has a weekend water cooler catastrophe, Monday morning can be a soggy mess. Paperwork, manuals, and even treasured pictures of your loved ones can suffer significant water damage because of the water dripping through ceiling tiles.

Are Special Skills Needed to Dry Out Papers and Books?

Water damage repair in Riverhead businesses spans a broad range of circumstances. The focus is understandably on returning water-soaked structures, fixtures like carpeting, and office furnishings to preloss conditions. Your office most likely has a host of other items vulnerable to water damage. Some might seem like relics in this digital age -- documents and paperwork that could be saved online. That can be your resolution going forward, but now you have items you want to save.

What Are Some Procedures to Water Damaged Papers?

SERVPRO recommends our production facility technicians evaluate and arrange for drying of wet papers. We access resources at our facility or available from trusted contractors:

What Is Sublimation and How Does It Repair Water Damage?

Freeze-drying uses a process called sublimation to bring the wet paper back from the brink of a pulpy mess. Sublimation controls damage with ultra-low temperatures and pressure to move frozen water from a solid to a vapor without the intervening liquid stage. Liquid-soaked paper is weak and liable to tear or stick together. Avoiding a return to that state is highly advantageous.

How Do Small Drying Chambers Help Reduce Water Damage?

In a smaller chamber, technicians can safely manipulate temperature, air movement, and dehumidification equipment to evaporate the moisture. Paper items that are damp and not soaked through completely can recover function when dried in such a contained area.

Let SERVPRO of The North Fork help repair the effects of water damage in your business office. We are available for consultation round the clock with one call to (631) 591-3771.

Flood Waters Swept Through My Mattituck Home – Can It Be Put Back to Normal?

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

modern living room flooded with floating objects Contact SERVPRO of The North Fork at (631) 591-3771 for expert flood damage service.

SERVPRO Works Fast to Restore Your Mattituck Residence to Pre-loss Condition

When a storm rips through, Mattituck floodwaters can invade homes leaving a mess behind. Storm flooding brings a myriad of contaminants that need to be cleaned up by those trained to deal with biohazardous material. Thankfully SERVPRO has just the trained technicians required.

How Quickly Do You Respond to a Call?

Our crews can be at your home within hours of receiving the call. We know how catastrophic flooding can be, and we are available 24/7. Emergency mitigation also needs to happen as quickly as possible to prevent secondary flood damage at your Mattituck home. On arrival, we will:

    •    Do a scope to assess the full extent of the damage.
    •    Ensure it is safe to proceed. This process includes things such as making sure there are no electrical hazards.
    •    Formulate a plan for water extraction and restoration.
    •    Test the floodwaters to see what contaminants are present.
    •    Dress in the proper personal protection equipment (PPE)

What Happens Next?

SERVPRO crews get busy attacking the mess left behind from the flooding. Standing water is a big concern, so water extraction is the first priority. Before the water removal begins, debris may need mucking out, and our crews will take care of that. Certain items may need to be discarded differently, and we ensure the proper disposal of waste material. For water extraction, we use powerful pumps that can quickly remove gallons of water. We have truck mounted and portable pumps. Our submersible pumps to an excellent job of extracting deeper water.

What If There Is Hidden Water?

Hidden water is a problem and one you don't want to leave untreated. It can lead to mold and mildew developing and cause further damage to the structure and content. Our Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified technicians use state-of-the-art technology to find hidden moisture pockets. This step includes using moisture sensors, moisture meters, and thermal imaging. Removing the water as rapidly as possible is the goal.

The Drying Out Process

Once the water gets removed, the drying out process begins. This process includes the use of centrifugal air movers, dehumidifiers, and industrial fans. The crew test the moisture in the air and include other factors to determine the proper ratio of air movers and dehumidifiers.

Repair & Restoration

Our crews are experts at not only cleaning up after a flood but repair and restoration as well. One of the things that may need doing to prevent further flood damage is controlled demolition. In this situation, flood cuts are made above the water line to remove the damaged sheetrock. Those cut areas have brand new sheetrock put in place. We assess walls, ceilings, cupboards, and flooring for contaminants and to see what is salvageable. If it can be saved, it will be. If not, repair and replacement get done to turn your home back to preloss condition.

What About the Contents? Can That Be Salvaged?

If your home's content can be cleaned on-site, the crew will move it to an area where that can happen. If not, we provide pack-out services. This process involves inventorying, packing up, and moving the content to our warehouse for cleaning. You may think most of the damaged content will need tossing, but that isn't always the case. SERVPRO can often restore items to their preloss condition. These include things such as:

    •    Dishes, glassware, and cookware
    •    Clothing
    •    Drapery and linens
    •    Personal items such as jewelry and knick-knacks
    •    Furniture including upholstered items
    •    Books and papers

When the work to the structure and inside of your home gets completed, we will return your restored content.

What Are the Final Steps?

Deodorizing and sanitizing are two of the final steps. We make sure every surface has been adequately cleaned and sanitized. SERVPRO teams use EPA-registered cleaning agents and disinfectants to ensure everything is safe. Musty smells are often present with any water instruction. To get rid of any lingering odors, we use a combination of air filtration devices (AFD), air scrubbers, and thermal fogging.

Giving You Back Your Home

SERVPRO strives for 100% customer satisfaction. Your home is where you not only eat and sleep, but where you play, spend time with family and make memories. We know how important that is, and we restore your home, so it's “Like it never even happened.” Storm damage can be overwhelming. But our Green Team is available 24/7 to take the problem off your hands and provide you with quality service that brings peace of mind.

Contact SERVPRO of The North Fork at (631) 591-3771 for expert flood damage service. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Is Restoring My Jamesport Home After a Fire Worth the Cost, Or Should I Replace Everything?

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged property To schedule a service call, contact SERVPRO of The North Fork today at (631) 591-3771.

SERVPRO Can Make Restoring Your Jamesport Home Cost Far Less Than Replacement

Is Restoration Always Cheaper?

That depends on the level of damage, and how quickly after the fire damage, restoration to a Jamesport home can begin. SERVPRO technicians use a detailed, proven process to handle these restoration tasks:

    •    Clean soot particles left on Jamesport surfaces as the fire cooled.
    •    Dispose of all furniture and other property too damaged for restoration
    •    Eliminate odors trapped in fabrics and on other furniture and surfaces
    •    Relocate any items at risk of damage during the restoration process
    •    Rebuild all structural property severely damaged in the fire

How Does the Process Start?

It begins with the initial contact after the customer calls our office. The administrative staff has a thorough checklist they use to determine which equipment and types of cleaning agents need to be brought immediately. The checklist also helps determine the number of personnel required in the initial response.

Upon arrival, the team leader examines the entire home while technicians secure the home against further damage by boarding up any broken doors and windows. If there is roof damage or large cracks in the walls created by the heat, they cover those with tarps or plywood sheets.

What Happens Next?

SERVPRO personnel now begin removing any water left by the fire department or residential sprinkler systems. Then, technicians dry out the facility using air movers and dehumidifiers. As the home dries, other team members remove the soot particles using sponges, cleaning agents, and even specialized vacuums that contain filters designed for the purpose.

After completing removal, technicians eliminate the odors in the home using masking agents, deodorizing cleaners, and even ozone generators in extreme situations. After clearing the home of odors, our carpenters and other builders repair and replace everything else damaged in the fire.

To schedule a service call, contact SERVPRO of The North Fork today at (631) 591-3771. We are here for you.

How Can My Riverhead Hotel Maintain High Cleaning Standards?

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

room 206 key opened door in hotel room Room 206 Gets the Certified SERVPRO Cleaned Treatment to Maintain a Safe and Secure Hotel in Riverhead

Whether post-disaster or maintaining sanitary and safe conditions for your staff and guests, our SERVPRO team can help with a thorough cleaning.

From following after water and fire disasters, or even flooding that could impact your Riverhead hotel structure, cleaning is a vital effort in the complete restoration of the property. Regardless of how widespread these conditions might be after a disaster occurs, the appropriate cleaning efforts, including EPA-approved products and industry-leading equipment, make this necessary phase more efficient and cost-effective to get you back in business faster.

Even without a disaster, you might require restoration companies for your Riverhead hotel to offer thorough cleaning. Premier restoration services like these have always been available through our SERVPRO team, although most recently, we have developed a defensive cleaning strategy entitled Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. This program offers the highest possible cleaning and recovery levels that are technicians can deliver to provide a safe and sanitary environment for your staff and guests. The primary objectives of this focus cleaning program include:

What Areas Require the Most Attention?

Applying disinfectant and other cleaning strategies are most effective in the highest traffic areas of your hotel. An excellent way to determine where it is most needed is the surfaces touched by numerous guests every day, including check-in stations, elevators, stairwells, and other communal areas. Regular, thorough cleaning that we can provide can help to reduce the presence and spread viral pathogens and bacterial microbes.

Whether you were cleaning up after a loss incident like a fire or flood, or need to provide a consistent sanitary environment for your guests and employees, our SERVPRO of The North Fork team can help. We have experienced professionals ready to mobilize 24/7. Give us a call anytime at (631) 591-3771.

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.