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Is Hardwood Furniture Saveable with Fire Damage Restoration in Riverhead?

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged room with soot covering everything and debris everywhere Has fire residue affected your home? Call SERVPRO to put together a custom fire damage remediation plan fit for your particular situation.

SERVPRO Has Specialist Fire Damage Restoration Procedures for Residents of Riverhead

Hardwoods can be challenging to clean as they often have a lacquer or finish, which can affect their ability to counteract heat or smoke damages. Unfinished furniture can often respond poorly to solvents or other cleaning products, which, without careful pre-testing, can lead to staining or water absorption. 

When carrying out fire damage restoration in your Riverhead home, technicians pay special attention to hardwood furnishings. In some cases, the extent of the damage may be too severe for cleaning-based repair. These situations may be apparent when there are signs of blistering on the wood or extensive staining. SERVPRO can refinish hardwoods to return them to a preloss condition. 

  • The wood creme paste is a solvent cleaner that can remove cosmetic layers of finish with stains.
  • We use extra-fine steel wool to avoid damage to wood surfaces when agitating stains or smoke residues.
  • Semi-refinishing woods can help to remove water-marks or discoloration. 

Hardwoods can often be restored to a preloss condition with the correct treatment. Contact SERVPRO of The North Fork for fire damage restoration at (631) 591-3771.

Do I Need Ceiling Repairs from Water Damage?

4/2/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged ceiling with water stains Regardless whether it’s the ceiling or floors affected, team SERVPRO is ready to remediate the water damage in your home.

SERVPRO Technicians in Riverhead Can Accurately Assess Your Water Removal Needs

Water can affect ceilings in a structure in two ways. The first is direct liquid exposure, which can occur when wet rooms such as bathrooms are the source of water damage and water migrates through the subfloor affecting the ceiling below. Vapor damage can also adversely affect your home's ceilings, which occurs as a result of high humidity levels. 

The process of water removal in your Riverhead home relies on combating both liquid water and vapor. The water evaporation can lead to high humidity levels, which, in turn, could cause cracking, discoloration, or weakening of ceilings. Addressing these issues correctly can mitigate more expensive losses like ceiling repair or replacement. 

  • We can set up a balanced drying system of dehumidifiers and air movers.
  • Our technicians have an expert understanding of how materials respond to water exposure. 
  • Drying apparatus can be run from portable generators, and crew chiefs can calculate utility expenses. 

Address ceiling issues before they become a costly source of damage. Contact SERVPRO of The North Fork for water removal at (631) 591-3771.

What Services are Available to Jamesport Residents for Water Damage Restoration?

3/28/2021 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO vehicle on the street Excess water wreaking havoc on your property? Don’t fear! Contact SERVPRO today for certified technicians and water removal equipment.

SERVPRO Assists Jamesport's Residents with Cleanup and Mitigation After a Water Intrusion Event

Jamesport is a township and hamlet on New York State's Long Island. The southern beaches of Jamesport face the Atlantic Ocean, while a short trip west opens up the beaches along the Long Island Sound. Like many townships on Long Island, the township of Jamesport is a residential area that still offers visitors a chance to soak up cultural events, festivals, and nightlife. Among its highlights include trails and hikes that transport you across the Long Island Beaches and protected wildlife and fisheries sites. The local economy is primarily in services that offer numerous craft breweries, wineries, and boating trips around the island. 

The township of Jamesport has a close-knit collection of permanent residents numbering some 1,500 people. However, the summer months often see significant population growth as tourists from neighboring New York City seek out the south shore beaches. These sites include the Great Peconic Bay. To cater to the bustling tourist trade, Jamesport has many local farmhouses and group walks, such as the Spring Fling, which runs annually. Wine tasting-tours are among the popular tourist activities that take residents along the southern coast of Long Island and allow guests to sample some excellent local produce. Live music venues celebrate some of Long Island's diverse cultural heritage, which includes a bustling Irish population. 

  • The Great Peconic Bay straddles the north and south forks of Long Island. The idyllic beaches on the southern shore were once a key fishing center for clams, oysters, and shellfish, which has led to some excellent seafront restaurants. 
  • Sailing, Kayaking, and Yachting are among some of the popular tourist attractions at Jamesport township. The moderate climate and calm waters make this small township ideal for beginners or those looking for a relaxing exploration of the surrounding islands.
  • During the fall, Jamesport is famous for pumpkin picking and wine season, attracting many visitors from the surrounding hamlets and larger cities. The Jamesport State Park is one of the area's more popular locations for fruit and veg picking. 

SERVPRO is an Expert in Water Mitigation for Jamesport Residents

Reducing losses following a water intrusion event is essential to returning a home to its preloss condition including:

  • Water removal services
  • Water damage repairs
  • Ceiling repairs from water damages

SERVPRO technicians hold qualifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certifications body, which is nationally recognized. Using our industry-leading training and equipment, our team can quickly recover your home and contents with minimum inconvenience. 

  • Crew chiefs can work alongside indoor environmental specialists to ensure your home returns to a sanitary condition. 
  • Adaptable air-moving equipment can be used to dry cavities beneath floorboards or restrictive spaces. 
  • Using antimicrobial chemicals and biocides in the property can prevent the damaging buildup of mold, bacteria, and viruses within the home. 

Reducing the cost of water intrusion is essential. Contact SERVPRO of The North Fork for water damage restoration at (631) 591-3771.

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

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged flooring, carpet damage When water damage occurs you need the help of a team of professionals. SERVPRO techs are ready 24/7 365 days a year for a water restoration service.

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:

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.

Can Restoration Processes Worsen Fire Damage?

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged home Fire damage restoration should be handled by a team of professionals. SERVPRO techs are experienced and trained for any size job you need done.

For Safe Restoration of Your Riverhead Home Call SERVPRO

The effects of flames, heat, and smoke from a fire are detrimental to a structure and its contents. However, restoration processes can also cause damages if used incorrectly.  For instance, wet cleaning is an effective way to remove smoke residues, but saturation can cause materials to crumble or set residues leading to staining.

When SERVPRO embarks on fire damage restoration in Riverhead properties, we use alternative cleaning approaches if we determine wet cleaning can cause damages. Dry cleaning is one viable option, although we can also use specialized methods such as soda or dry ice blasting. Dry cleaning involves various things, including:

  • Dry sponge cleaning
  • Brushing
  • Vacuuming
  • Compressed air cleaning

Even after choosing a dry-cleaning approach, our SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified and take additional steps to protect the property from further damages. For instance, we lay canvas or other protective material over the furniture when cleaning walls with sponges since the rubber crumbles into minute pieces, which can soil the furniture unnecessarily. 

SERVPRO of The North Fork addresses any challenging aspects when restoring fire damage. Call us at (631) 591-3771 if you need assistance.

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.