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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.”

Celebrate the Holidays with Winery Tour in Jamesport

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Wine glasses with a cheese tray on a bar. Go out, take a load off and enjoy the wine tasting tour of Campania at Diliberto Winery.

Drink to Leaving 2020 Behind and Welcoming a Fabulous New Year for All Jamesport Residents

The unpredictability of 2020 has many of our Jamesport neighbors on edge, but recent news seems to give us a glimmer of hope that life may go back to normal in the upcoming months. 

It is time to indulge in a safe activity while you plan your next trip with the worst behind us. Diliberto Winery hosts food and wine tours throughout Campania, Italy, and on December 12th, all are invited to a travel planning informational session. Why would you venture out?

  • Diliberto will offer complimentary wine and cheese to attendees.
  • A review of past trips and details about upcoming options
  • Travel-related prizes!

Seating is limited, so make sure to book online and arrive early. Visit the winery’s website and make sure to select their tours section for more updated information.

The passion the Dilibertos show for their winemaking is akin to the one our SERVPRO staff places on repairing water damage in commercial establishments in our city. Armed with the latest water extraction and drying techniques, our team is ready to meet your needs and exceed your expectations.

SERVPRO of The North Fork is just a call away. Reach us at (631) 591-3771, and let us make your emergency a thing of the past. Our team won’t rest until your business looks, “Like it never even happened.”

Riverhead Gives us a Taste of History.

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

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Enjoy Life in Riverhead and Celebrate the Beauty of its Surroundings

The Peconic River hosts Riverhead in Suffolk County, New York. Northeast of New York City and accessible via ferry from Connecticut, the town serves as the home of a large cohort of Polish immigrants and their families. Mostly agricultural, Riverhead also features beaches where avid boaters and fishermen can gain access year-round.

The history of Riverhead is rich and reflects the growth of our nation. European settlers purchased the area from Native Americans in 1649, and more was added with the purchase of land from Col. William Smith. The town of Riverhead became a reality in 1792 within the context of the American Revolution. It is the county seat of Suffolk County, and most of its footprint is on water. The Long Island Railroad serves as does Suffolk County Transit and the Hampton Jitney.

This picturesque small town lets you travel back in history as you visit its downtown and historical sites. The Hallockville Museum Farm, for example, is a non-profit organization listed on the National Register of Historic Places committed to take visitors back to Long Island’s farming roots and project them onto our lives today. The Hallock family occupied the homestead for most of the 1800s until 1979 when Ella Hallock moved out at age 95. It is precisely along Sound Avenue that Eastern European immigrants settled and became an active part of the community.

The Polish Town Street Fair and Festival began in 1975 as a fundraiser for the Polish Town Civic Association. Although it was canceled in 2020, Riverhead residents and its neighboring towns look forward to polka music and pierogies each August. They also look forward to crowning a Miss Polish Town USA each year. Heritage is not the only thing the town celebrates. Also a yearly tradition in June, the Mattituck Lions Club celebrates an annual Strawberry Festival, which serves as a fundraiser and congregates vendors, live entertainment, and the traditional strawberry shortcake eating contest. The Festival’s grand finale is a firework show late into the night. Proceeds from the Festival aid organizations such as the Boy Scouts, the Peconic Bay Medical Center, the Mattituck Jazz Band, and several educational initiatives.

Not far from Riverhead, its residents can enjoy the yearly Greenport Dances in the Park series. 

Also canceled in 2020, it is due to return in 2021 for hours of fun and dancing for young and old alike. Typically held most Mondays during the summer, each music performance is designed to bring enjoyment to its spectators and get them on their feet dancing in no time! Concerts are held at Mitchell Park, and patrons are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket or chairs along with snacks.

Now that the weather is turning colder, and the health crisis has limited some of the events we traditionally celebrate, we should be thankful that the Long Island Aquarium, right here on Riverhead, is open! Indoor and outdoor exhibits make this an ideal attraction for those craving learning and entertaining. Although many programs occur throughout the day, visitors can also explore at their leisure and learn about animals in the Amazon Rainforest, turtles, and seahorses. Some new guidelines are in place. The facility is operating at a limited capacity, but making a reservation online is simple to do, and the staff is ready to welcome you in a safe environment.

Fishing in Riverhead

The Peconic River is excellent for fishing whether you venture out in a boat or choose to fish from the dock. After recent renovations, the town’s marina offers picnic tables and a great space for families to enjoy time together. Here’s what to expect when fishing in our town-

  • You can charter a boat at the dock and traverse the Peconic River
  • Be on the lookout for the Annual Snapper Tournament after Labor Day and get the whole family involved in it.
  • Fishing in Riverhead can provide an excellent tableau to learn about conservation and the environment by practicing catch and release and tag and release.
  • The River is calm even when the weather is rough, allowing avid anglers to enjoy fishing despite most weather events.

Those visitors and residents who find themselves in need of the intensity of a big city can venture to New York City for an escapade. By hopping on the Long Island Railroad or in your car, you can arrive in the heart of Manhattan for a day of enjoyment. Alternatively, you can head up to Connecticut by driving over to the Orient Point ferry station, taking the scenic boat ride into New London, and traversing the beautiful landscapes through the state and into its northern neighbors. Some claim this is the easiest way to go from deep within Long Island to Boston.

Protecting Your Riverhead Home

As weather events seem to represent a risk year-round for Riverhead homes, homeowners need to be mindful of how restoration services can help mitigate their losses. A strong storm may be the catalyst for water to come through a window or roof, just like it can cause floodwater to enter your home. Whatever the consequence, SERVPRO is here to help.

Not all disasters come from Mother Nature, though, and fire damage can be caused by ourselves. A kitchen fire, a space heater, or an aromatic candle can be the culprit of flames in your home and the ensuing smoke and soot. Enlisting a professional team such as ours helps the restoration process be more efficient and thorough. In the course of our work, we address the tangible and intangible remnants of a home fire, including the acrid smell it leaves behind.

SERVPRO of The North Fork is available 24/7 to tend to your emergency, and we do so with the latest in technology. Call us at (631) 591-3771 as soon as you detect the issue, and let us do what we do best. With our assistance, your home will look and feel, “Like it never even happened.”

Enjoy Broadway Music in Riverhead While Having a Delicious Meal

11/14/2020 (Permalink)

employee posing by truck Enjoy the show in Riverhead. SERVPRO can remediate the mold from your home.

Book a Table at Calissa in Riverhead to Enjoy an Off-Broadway Performance

Experience musical entertainment on Thursday, December 3rd, at 7:00 PM while enjoying a Mediterranean dinner. Tony Award-Winning musicians perform pop hits for the whole family to enjoy. Although this event is free, you should reserve a table beforehand to ensure your seat at the performance. Limited seating for a set number of guests is available. Due to additional safety precautions, seating is spaced out and away from the performers.

In Addition to Music, What Does Calissa Offer?

  • Greek and Mediterranean cuisine is prepared in traditional form.
  • Dishes range from Lobster Bucatini to Souvlaki platters.
  • Private and event dining options.
  • Calissa uses local, sustainably sourced, and organic options whenever possible.
  • The restaurant also delivery and take-out options.

If you are looking to mitigate mold removal in Riverhead and the surrounding area, contact SERVPRO of The North Fork at (631) 591-3771. We are available 24/7 for your mold removal needs.

Why is it Essential that Flood Damage Teams in Jamesport Understand Building and Material Science?

10/31/2020 (Permalink)

flooded home and stairway after a storm If your historic home suffers from flood damage, time is of the essence. Contact Team SERVPRO for effective water removal services.

Jamesport Residents Need Flood Damage Control that suits Their Homes

Jamesport is a small, quaint hamlet with a variety of exciting and historic homes. Residents love how much character the area has, and of course, they want to preserve the character of their homes in the event of a disaster.

Flood damage in Jamesport can cause many problems:

  • Soaked carpets and drapes
  • Warped wooden floors or furniture
  • Structural damage to insulation, drywall, or door and window frames
  • Unsanitary conditions if the floodwater is contaminated

Floods also increase the risk of mold growth in your home by providing the moisture that spores need to propagate. If you do not get help quickly, you could be left with irreparable items and an unpleasant damp smell.

Thankfully, SERVPRO of The North Fork is available 24 hours. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster – you can expect a visit within four hours of contacting us.

What is building and material science?

In the restoration industry, building and material science refers to understanding different building types and building materials, and how to dry them.

A thorough understanding of different construction materials is the foundation of flood damage restoration in Jamesport. That is why SERVPRO trains all of its staff to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards. IICRC training means our technicians understand how to work with different materials and create a drying plan that is unique to each dwelling.

Why is building and material science important in flood remediation?

Knowledge of building and material science helps our technicians to:

  • Carry out accurate moisture inspection
  • Correctly identify the materials present in your home 
  • Correctly identify the assembly of each component
  • Draw up a detailed drying plan

Knowing about building and material science makes it easier to anticipate challenges and take steps to mitigate them before they become an issue. It also allows us to calculate how to dry your home and which equipment is best to use. This is especially important in an area like the North Fork, where there are so many historic and unique houses.

What is a building envelope and why does it matter?

The building envelope means everything that separates the inside of your home from the outside. It includes exterior walls, the roof, ceilings, finished floors, windows and doors, and the foundation. Homes are not completely airtight. The IICRC ranks houses according to how well the building envelopes prevents external conditions from influencing inside conditions:

  • A tight envelope means we can control drying conditions without significant effects from outside
  • A moderate envelope means that the outside conditions will moderately impact drying conditions
  • A loose envelope means that the conditions outside will significantly impact the conditions inside

To determine where your home falls on this scale, we will consider its age, its construction, the condition of windows and doors, whether there is any damage to the roof, and other details.

Understanding the building envelope makes it easier for us to determine the correct placement of air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers while we dry your home.

What are mechanical systems and why do they matter?

Mechanical systems sound fancy, but it just refers to plumbing, air, and heating. Examples of mechanical systems include plumbing, the HVAC, exhaust vents, electrical points, and fireplaces. Awareness of these systems is critical when drying after flood damage because they can affect a room's air pressure and temperature.

For example, if flood water damages your bathroom, and SERVPRO wants to set up a drying system, we must be aware of the bathroom vents and fan. Vents and fans can allow air to escape, creating a negative air situation. Air will rush in to replace the air that went out. If the incoming air is colder or damper than the escaping air, that can affect our drying system, and we must adjust accordingly.

Why must SERVPRO technicians understand the movement of air, heat, and water?

The design of your home can impact the way air, heat, and water move through it. For example, as well as known air entry and escape points, like doors, there may be cracks in masonry. We know that hot air always moves towards cold air, which means hot air will flow towards the outside in the winter. Air and temperature can also be affected if you turn on your HVAC or bathroom exhaust fan while we are working.

Water can move as liquid along surfaces, as vapor, or by materials wicking moisture from the air. Our technicians can trace the movement using moisture meters and probes, and we can measure humidity during drying.

A thorough understanding of building and material science means SERVPRO can remedy water damage more quickly and efficiently, so you can get on with your life.

For help with water damage, call SERVPRO of The North Fork at (631) 591-3771.

Does Fire Exposure Permanently Damage Household Appliances in Riverhead?

10/25/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged room with a burned washing machine Recovering from fire damage in your home could cost you a lot of money for appliances alone. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

Many Appliances in your Riverhead Home Can Return to a Normal State with SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration Services.

Why is appliance restoration essential to fire recovery?

Appliances exist throughout your Riverhead home. These may include dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, and trash compactors. Sometimes, devices are fitted into cabinets or wall spaces, making sourcing an appropriate replacement time-consuming. Equally, most appliances are resilient to fire due to their metal construction. We often find that a restoration project can be made quicker and cost-efficient by cleaning or restoration machines rather than replacement. The primary methods for content restoration are wet cleaning and polishing.

What cleaning products work on appliances?

  • Most appliances use non-absorbent materials like metal and plastic, so they can be cleaned using water-based detergent.
  • Heavy smoke residues are removable using high alkalinity products to address pH balance.
  • Aggressive cleaning using industrial cleaners or wood creme paste to polish and buffer the surface of the appliance.

Are electrical components checked during appliance restoration?

Home appliances are full of moving parts, and each one is susceptible to fire damage in your Riverhead home. SERVPRO technicians take care to disconnect devices when performing the cleaning to mitigate potential losses. Once the cleaning process is complete, we can arrange for an electronic service technician (EST) to inspect the appliance's mechanical aspects. By using an EST, we can provide you with a confirmation that your appliances are in working condition and safe to operate after a property fire.

What are the essential tips for cleaning smoke residues from appliances?

  • Begin by using a duster, feather cloth, or light-vacuum to remove loose dry soots from the surface.
  • Use a wall rinse after cleaning the surface to prevent streaking or other markings.
  • Glass cleaners can be ideal for leaving a professional, polished finish to the appliance surface.

Appliances can often be restored to a high-quality condition with the right knowledge and equipment. Contact SERVPRO of The North Fork at (631) 591-3771.

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Why Should Jamestown Homeowners React Quickly to Excess Water?

10/24/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged property Call SERVPRO of The North Fork (631) 591-3771 to assist with water mitigation and restoration of your home.

Water Damage In Jamestown

Many Jamestown homes experience damage from water entering their homes every year. Water leaks, broken windows and doors, and more cause thousands of dollars in damage. Water can spread across floors, soaking carpets, seeping under baseboards, and entering cavities inside walls and under cupboards. There are short term and potential long term impacts of water in your home.

The SERVPRO team has over 30 years of experience in water mitigation in Jamestown and surrounding areas. We have seen the effects of not reacting quickly to water inside homes. Everything from soaked and damaged carpets must be replaced, to mold growth inside walls and even structural damage to cabinets and wall materials.

• Carpet fibers can separate from the backing causing permeant damage.
• Mold colonies begin to grow within 24 to 48 hours
• Particleboard, a common material used for cabinets, absorbs water, swells, and disintegrates

A fast response by our SERVPRO team can mitigate much of this damage.

What are the Steps Homeowners Should Take Immediately?
The amount of water inside your home should determine the response homeowners need to consider. One of the most important is to remain safe and avoid accidents caused by slips and falls or electrical hazards. Homeowners should consider the following in their response:

• If possible, stop the source of water in your home
• Check safety issues, especially electrical hazards.
• Turn off the power to the area of your home that is affected.
• Call your insurance company and call SERVPRO for assistance
• Mop up access water
• Remove objects from the floor that could be damaged, including anything that could bleed color onto the flooring
• Follow the recommendations of your insurance adjuster and the SERVPRO team to mitigate additional water damage.

Many homeowners incur thousands of dollars in additional damage by not following and acting immediately to mitigate the damage water can cause. Fast and safe action can reduce the damage done to your possessions, especially valued family heirlooms.

Call SERVPRO of The North Fork (631) 591-3771 to assist with water mitigation and restoration of your home.