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Drying Objectives and Tools for Riverhead Water Damage

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

water damaged bathroom with water removal equipment Do you have water damage in your Riverhead home? Call SERVPRO for water clean-up.

Rapid Restoration and Drying After Water Damage

Damaging emergencies happen every day to homes throughout Suffolk County, and those involving water are the most frequent and diverse. Rapidly restoring and cleaning up after these adverse conditions means finding the appropriate balance of drying principles to evaporate moisture effectively and preserve building materials. These principles of efficient drying include:

  • Temperature – The warmth of the drying area impacts the restoration procedures in several ways. Warmer temperatures allow for a greater humidity capacity for the environment. Increasing the temperature also promotes a faster chemical reaction rate for cleaning and evaporation.
  • Airflow – Using tools like air movers and similar items, we can promote an even and consistent airflow into the affected spaces and across moist materials. Air movers encourage evaporation.
  • Humidity – Regulating environmental humidity is critical in preventing the atmosphere from becoming oversaturated from increasing moisture content after evaporation.

Addressing Pressing Damage

Before much of the necessary drying can start for Riverhead water damage events, our professionals must begin with needed mitigation and emergency services. Part of our commitment that We're Faster To Any Size Disaster is the arrival of our experienced professionals to mitigate losses and protect the exposed structure as much as possible from continued harm. Some of the focus of these emergency services include:

  • Extraction
  • Controlled demolition
  • Damaged contents

Regulating Airflow to Start Drying

We have several types of tools ideal for promoting consistent airflow in the designated areas of the property. Air movers come in several varieties, allowing a blast of dry air directed at materials affected by water damage. Units can be connected to run off minimal available electrical outlets, allowing us to increase the number of machines working on the evaporation of impacted structural elements and contents.

Temperature Changes Increase Productivity

Another principle restoration professionals must manipulate to promote efficient production of drying tools and processes is the temperature. The easiest way to rapidly impact the temperature in a drying zone is with portable heating tools. Raising the temperature helps to complete the drying and restoration processes, such as faster evaporation, shorter needed contact times for cleaning, and increased humidity capacities in the environment.

Humidity Management

Managing the humidity in the household is another fundamental principle of effective water damage drying. With productive airflow output that promotes evaporation, SERVPRO professionals must place appropriate tools to complement the increase in humidity. Dehumidifiers grab moisture grains from the environment and reconvert them into water to be more conveniently removed. Our team typically uses one of two approaches:

  • Desiccant Dehumidification – This process utilizes a chemical to absorb moisture in the air and exhaust it outside of the structure. This process is ideal for lower temperatures, as refrigerant units tend to be more productive in warmer conditions.
  • Low-Grain Refrigerant Dehumidification – Refrigerant dehumidifiers pull moisture across cold coils in the machine to produce condensation collected in the unit and disposed of when the collection trays are filled.

Can SERVPRO Complete Repairs?

Because our roster also boasts a general contractor license, we can perform a range of build-back services and repairs that would otherwise require a subcontractor to complete. These can begin at the end of the water damage restoration phase, providing a smooth transition to the final steps of recovery after water emergencies. This can include repairing plumbing, reinstalling building materials, or post-damage remodeling.

Riverhead water damage is the most common callout of our restoration team, so we stay prepared at all times to manage these threats. We have a growing roster of experienced professionals, many with the WRT certification. No customer waits for mitigation and restoration with our SERVPRO of The North Fork team. Call now at (631) 591-3771.

Overcoming the Obstacles of Riverhead Fire Damage

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO box truck and employee in a parking lot Each vehicle in our Green Fleet is stocked with equipment to handle your fire damage restoration needs in your Riverhead home or business.

SERVPRO Restorers Rapidly Address Fire Damage

With dozens of causes, house fires and commercial structure fires have become a common callout for our SERVPRO professionals throughout Riverhead and Suffolk County. We have experience on our team to help:

  • FSRT – Fire & Smoke Restoration
  • OCT – Odor Control
  • CCT – Carpet Cleaning
  • UFT – Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning
  • ASD – Applied Structural Drying

There is no time to waste when managing Riverhead fire damage events, especially considering that the situation worsens even after extinguishment. Our professionals approach the problem urgently, mobilizing our SERVPRO Green Fleet and its inventory of tools for mitigation.

Licensed Contractors to Respond

One of the primary obstacles to restoration after fire damage is the structure's condition. Vulnerabilities make it unsafe for the family to re-enter the building, and contractors of our team must work quickly to shore up potential hazards, remove damaged materials, and determine where further controlled demolition might be necessary to help.

Estimations and Damage Assessment

We work with the insurance company to meet their initial demands to approve damage claims for the property. We are a preferred vendor for Suffolk County for fire reconstruction and restoration, so we have standing relationships with many insurance providers to expedite the claims process and get restoration and cleanup started fast. Our estimates and early inspections catalog:

  • Damaged contents
  • Ruined structure
  • Safety concerns
  • Salvageable items

Early Mitigation Solutions

Determining the greatest threats to the structure gets these cleanup and restoration measures underway even before the complete inspection of the property, and more detailed claims approval documentation is gathered. Some of these focal points include:

  • Water Removal - Fire extinguishment often introduces high volumes of water into the residence, leaving an additional threatening layer of damage restoration professionals must address when cleaning up the property.
  • Air Quality Improvement - Circulating contaminants and particles pose safety risks for those without personal protective equipment. Our team uses air scrubbers and filtration devices to help clear out airborne threats.
  • Content Relocation - Protecting personal belongings is another mitigative step and can often be as direct as moving items from the damage path to a safer location on-site.

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

A definite obstacle to fire restoration is the presence of soot deposits and residues on surfaces. These soils are challenging to remove without a combination of products, mechanical action, and even abrasive cleaning approaches. We pre-test cleaning strategies to ensure they do not damage the underlying material before being more widely applied.

Odor Removal and Management

An anticipated byproduct of fire damage in homes is smoke malodors. The combustion of multiple materials and contents creates a volatile mixture of smells that is formidable and overwhelming to affected areas. The responding SERVPRO professionals prioritize neutralizing these malodors, including odors trapped in porous materials like drywall and carpeting. Some of the common approaches for this include:

  • Fogging
  • Hydroxyl generators
  • Ozone machines

Large Loss Restoration Providers

An advantage of SERVPRO restoration for fire damage is our ability to overcome the destruction to larger venues and businesses. From the East End Commons to the Long Island Science Center, larger commercial structures can be heavily damaged by fires and require direct measures of mitigation and restoration that match their size. Our trailered equipment and an extensive roster of FSRT-certified technicians can help with these unique emergencies.

When it comes to restoring and cleaning Riverhead fire damage events from homes and businesses, several obstacles make this a challenge. The experience and knowledge of our SERVPRO of The North Fork team help in this regard, allowing us to rapidly navigate loss conditions to protect the structure and contents. Give us a call today at (631) 591-3771.

How To Address Riverhead Mold Damage Promptly

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

containment chamber in a mold damage room Found or smelled mold damage? Our SERVPRO team in Riverhead is ready to investigate the situation and remediate any damage.

Professional Remediation Is Best for Mold Damage

There is an abundance of misinformation and falsehoods on the internet regarding mold and microbial threats your home might experience. Mold is destructive enough to warrant a fast and focused response from experienced remediators to combat:

  • Structural damage
  • Difficult living conditions
  • The rapid spread of colonies

Our SERVPRO professionals are ready to help with Riverhead mold damage. We have effective removal tactics and cleaning products to make it "Like it never even happened."

Do Riverhead Homes Experience Mold Damage?

With a population nearing 34,000 in the city alone, many properties have experienced mold growth and could be contending with colonies at this time. Basements and attics are the most favorable locations for development, but these threats can appear anywhere in the house with poor ventilation, moist conditions, and the ideal temperature range.

Acting Fast Against Mold Damage

Working quickly is critical to ensure that the mold growth conditions in the house do not worsen. From the time our professionals first arrive, we implement specific strategies to protect the property, slow the progression of mold, and allow our technicians the best opportunities to remediate efficiently. Three focal areas for the mitigative stage include:

  • Moisture Management - Moisture and water damage are the heart of favorable mold growth conditions. Our professionals must recognize these damp areas and begin work fast to dry them and make them uninhabitable for colonies.
  • Content Relocation - Clothing, furniture, and other contents can be targets for spreading mold organisms. Early efforts have our technicians move at-risk items to other house areas to prevent hosting mold organisms from moving in the immediate area.
  • Repairs or Demolition - Structural damage can be a safety hazard for our remediators, so these conditions must be addressed promptly. Our contractors can also remove affected materials to allow our team easier access to heavily damaged structural cavities when appropriate.

What is Remediation?

There is an important distinction between the remediation services we offer and broader claims of total mold removal you might see from other services throughout Suffolk County. Remediation focuses on eliminating active colonies exclusively, including the damage they cause to homes, but will not entirely remove all mold spores. Total removal is an impossible, expensive, and altogether unnecessary service if conditions to facilitate mold growth have been addressed. Our process can include various approaches like:

  • Surface Treatment
  • Abrasive Cleaning
  • Controlled Demolition

Neutralizing Offensive Odors

Harsh odors are often indicative of active colonization, so it stands to reason that these smells can continue to be a concern until they get directly addressed during a phase of remediation. Our SERVPRO IICRC-Certified professionals have several approaches to neutralize musty smells, though ULV and thermal fogging are most common. This process dispels a vapor of concentrated deodorant to neutralize odor compounds on contact.

Preventative Measures

Following mold damage, homeowners want to ensure this issue does not happen again. Several preventative measures can alleviate the concern of mold recurrences, beginning with direct repairs to vulnerabilities in the property's exterior like the roof. Additional defense against developing mold colonies occurs with steps like crawlspace encapsulation, using polyethylene sheeting on exposed surfaces with antimicrobial inhibitors to ward off moisture and subsequent mold development.

Remediation can be one of the more necessary efforts following Riverhead mold damage events in residences and businesses. This process involves several mitigative solutions to protect the structure and its contents from more significant harm. Our SERVPRO of The North Fork team is qualified to help with restoration and reconstruction following a mold discovery in your home. Call now at (631) 591-3771.

Mold Remediation Solutions for Historic Riverhead

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

What to know about mold poster Mold remediation and SERVPRO are the solution to the damage in your Riverhead home

Riverhead Homes Benefit from SERVPRO's Mold Abatement

Riverhead is a community that has dealt with a fair share of humid conditions and groundwater threats resulting in mold development. With a town with such a long-standing history dating back to the early 1700s, there are many properties and landmarks worth protecting when these disasters occur. 

A Colonial Community Still Thriving 

Modern Riverhead has mold-damaged structures despite the town's history and its role in prominent eras of history.

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 special restoration or cleaning when disasters occur. Older homes on historical registries often have moisture and insulation problems resulting in mold infestations.

The Suffolk County Historical Society Museum 

Not only does this museum contain many historical artifacts, but the structure suffered a mold infestation that was remediated by our SERVPRO team. We have the expertise--IICRC AMRT applied microbial remediation technicians utilizing advanced equipment with cleaning and biocide products to get the job done right. 

Addressing Mold Threats with Swift Action in Riverhead Homes 

Microbial growth can be one of the most challenging situations 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.

The severity of the infestation dictates the means of remediation. 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 microorganisms without requiring the material to be discarded. We strive to restore and not replace mold damaged building elements and assemblies.

 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. Contact us at (631) 591-3771.

Are Plumbing Leaks Causing Water Damage to Your Riverhead Restaurant?

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Van Commercial water damage is no match for SERVPRO. Call us when water damages your restaurant for fast and effective remediation

Plumbing Leaks in Wall Cavities of Your Riverhead Restaurant 

Plumbing networks are in nearly every wall cavity surrounding the kitchen and prep areas of your Riverhead restaurant. As you are always looking to provide a thorough yet efficient cleaning approach to these areas, much of the storage and structural elements are stainless steel to complement the tile flooring. While all of these materials might be water-resistant, drywall, baseboard, and framing might be at risk when plumbing leaks occur inside of walls around your kitchen. 

The trouble with breaches in your water lines inside the walls is that you might not recognize water damage in your Riverhead restaurant until it has soaked through materials and come out to the main kitchen area or the dining space on the other side of this shared wall. Contending these adverse conditions requires the fast response of professional restorers like our SERVPRO team, as there must be advanced techniques employed to reduce continued damage to exposed materials and to dry up this structural cavity as quickly as possible. 

Shutting off the water supply to this damaged portion of the pipe is an excellent way to begin the recovery once you have been made aware of the problem. Working alongside reputable commercial contractors, we can help prepare the area for controlled demolition and plumbing repair by marking the dryline where moisture damage stops on drywall. Once these steps have taken place, our SERVPRO team can focus on drying out the affected areas with our premier equipment. This approach includes our centrifugal and axial air movers, extraction tools including light wands and sump pumps, and refrigerant dehumidifiers for efficient moisture removal in controlled temperatures. 

Depending on which areas have seen the most water damage, we might employ positive pressure systems through drilled holes where baseboards used to be in either the dining area of your restaurant or the kitchen side. These units force heated air through cavities in spaces where flood cuts were unnecessary. We can attempt to limit the sight of these units for your customers, should we make it possible to continue food preparation during the restoration and recovery phases of your restaurant. 

Water losses can be a considerable challenge, especially when you do not know they have happened. Give our SERVPRO of The North Fork to help however you need at (631) 591-3771.

We Act Fast To Limit More Damage to Your Riverhead Home After Flood Damage

5/7/2022 (Permalink)

Living Room Under Water Quick response and an immediate water removal plan is what we are known for. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Fast Response Needed for Riverhead Flood Damage

Severe storms in Riverhead follow their own timelines, somewhat predictable but always relentless. If your dwelling is in the path of high winds, heavy rains, and storm surges, your response has to be immediate. You must make arrangements for professional help to remove and dispose of the water. Thorough structural drying needs to follow quickly after extraction efforts. Following this process helps prevent progressive deterioration of building materials and inhibits the possibility of mold growth.

We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster

Because a prompt response to Riverhead flood damage is the best indicator of project success, our commitment to arrive, assess, and implement a plan fast sets our company apart. Our location on the North Shore of Long Island permits us to travel to your home within hours of your call. We are proud to access an extensive inventory of state-of-the-art water extraction and drying equipment. Our team of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained managers and technicians live in the communities we serve.

Local Response with Nationwide Resources

If your home is damaged and taking on quantities of floodwater after a storm, chances are good your neighbors are experiencing similar issues. SERVPRO offers our customers the advantage of our Disaster Recovery Team, leveraging the support of affiliated disaster recovery professionals as needed. Your home’s restoration is important to us, and we use every opportunity afforded to ensure we respond rapidly and efficiently. Board-up and tarping services take place as soon as we arrive. Submersible pumps and heavy-duty extractors placed and operated by our skilled technicians begin evacuating, containing, and legally disposing of the contaminated floodwater next.  

Disinfection and Skilled Structural Drying

After our pumps and extractors suction away and contain the floodwaters, pathogens can remain and proliferate on surfaces. SERVPRO technicians use EPA-registered antimicrobials to kill lingering viruses, bacteria, and other hazardous organisms. Structural drying with air movers and dehumidifiers can proceed without fear of spreading hazardous materials post-disinfection.

SERVPRO of The North Fork offers an experienced, well-equipped, and highly-qualified workforce after storms bring flooding to coastal areas. Call us at (631) 591-3771 to secure your property and begin the process of making it “Like it never even happened.”

Cleaning Products Used in Fire Damage Restoration in Riverhead

4/29/2022 (Permalink)

Kitchen After Fire Call the professionals at SERVPRO of The North Fork (631) 591-3771 to help with fire restoration to your property.

SERVPRO Aids with Fire Restoration in Riverhead

When most people think about a fire igniting inside their homes, they think of a devastating disaster with several burned materials in the structure. However, most structural blazes are minor, but they can still cause damage in the form of soot residues and unpleasant aromas.

When our SERVPRO crew works on fire damage restoration in Riverhead, cleaning your structural components and possessions can become a significant part of the project. During remediation jobs, our number one goal is to return your house to its pre-damaged state. To do this, we must clean off any soils on the surfaces of your contents and building materials and remove any malodor particles. But, cleaning soot can be very difficult depending on the type of soil present and the kinds of surfaces affected. 

Luckily, our SERVPRO technicians have access to various products to clean your different types of contents. When your property needs to be dry cleaned, we (or a third party dry cleaner) can use petroleum-based dry cleaning solvents for residues on draperies or fabrics that might shrink if wet cleaned. Volatile dry solvents evaporate quickly and leave behind no residues. Volatile solvents can suspend soils and act as a lubricant to remove them.

We can use wood oil soaps or furniture polishes to clean away soot residues from wooden items. When cleaning carpets or upholstered furniture, we can use a combination of shampoos, pretreatments, and fabric rinses to get rid of soil.

We can also provide services other than cleaning:

  • Fire Damage Debris Removal
  • Structural Deodorization
  • Fire & Water Damage Restorations
  • Pack-Ins and Pack-Outs

If you notice that smoke has negatively affected several items in your house, call SERVPRO of The North Fork at (631) 591-3771.

How Can I Find Mold Removal Companies That Care For My Riverhead Home?

4/15/2022 (Permalink)

Mold on Ceiling If you’re looking for a mold removal company you can trust, call SERVPRO of The North Fork at (631) 591-3771.

Riverhead Residents Want To Know Their House Is Safe

Inviting a disaster relief company into your Riverhead resident takes a certain amount of trust and faith. You want to be sure that the people you choose are trustworthy.

People looking for mold removal companies in Riverhead are concerned about whether the company they choose will adequately take care of their belongings. SERVPRO understands this – that’s why we do our best to restore your home and items “Like it never even happened.”

Which Parts of My Home Might Mold Damage?

Mold can grow anywhere with moisture and a food source (such as cotton or paper). The tell-tale signs of mold include:

  •   Black or dark greenish patches on walls and ceilings
  •   Visible spots of mold around baseboards or water sources such as faucets
  •   That unmistakable stale smell that mold carries

Because spores can grow anywhere with the right conditions, you might find mold growing in:

  •   Your bathroom or wet room
  •   The kitchen or the laundry room
  •   The basement or attic
  •   Living areas such as the lounge, den, or home office

If you notice mold, it is vital to call a mold removal company as soon as possible before it spreads further.

How Does SERVPRO Take Care of My House?

Our technicians are here to restore your home. We remove any damaged wallpaper or drywall and replace them if necessary. We use a range of mechanical scrubbing, wet cleaning, and dry cleaning to take care of any patches of mold we find.

We also set up containment around the outbreak and used negative air machines, if needed, to clean the air.

We monitor humidity and moisture levels through the mold remediation process to ensure your home is dried carefully and to the correct level. Proper drying means it is harder for mold to grow and provides your home and furniture are dried at the right speed, thus lessening the risk of warping or swelling.

What About My Furniture?

If your furniture requires cleaning or disinfection, our teams can use spot cleaning, dry cleaning, and wiping down surfaces. We can also supervise removing your furniture if needed to complete the mold remediation job. We will store it securely in one of our storage facilities and return it to you after. If your furniture requires any cleaning while in storage, we can do that.

If you’re looking for a mold removal company you can trust, call SERVPRO of The North Fork at (631) 591-3771.

We Help You Get Back In Business In Jamesport After Water Damage Strikes

4/7/2022 (Permalink)

Warehouse Water Damage Having your operations interrupted, your inventory and stock damaged can be a major set back in any business. We will arrive right away and begin.

Prepare for Water Damage with an Emergency Ready Plan for your Jamesport Winery and Restaurant

Jamesport is a destination for wine and fine dining aficionados. Water loss can affect both vineyards and bistros, causing operations to halt and destruction to accumulate. Protect your business and continue to delight your growing list of loyal customers by working with us to create an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP).

Prospective Peace of Mind

Commercial water damage in Jamesport is not an event. It is a process. Mitigation and remediation of a water crisis need to be fast but thorough. Our team of Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained crew chiefs and technicians can be most effective and efficient if we have familiarity with your business’s layout and method of operation. We accomplish this preliminary step by meeting with you and visiting your physical plant long before a water catastrophe occurs. An experienced project manager inspects your business for two reasons. First, to make recommendations that can limit harm in the event of a water incursion. Second, to plan recovery efforts for an emergency if it does happen.

Critical Data for Recovery Efforts

SERVPRO’s ERP collects information for use in a concise digital document our team can access on a mobile device. Having vital knowledge like the location of utility shut-offs and a blueprint of all spaces and building cavities assists us as we mitigate further spread of the water from a leak or equipment breakdown. Both mitigation and remediation phases can be planned to the last anticipated task and activity ahead of time. Our action ensures we arrive with an adequate workforce and all needed equipment and products onboard our signature green service vehicles.

Personalize Your Profile

The SERVPRO ERP includes a unique mobile app that allows the business owner to add helpful details. Share contact information about the vendors and consultants who helped you develop your operations and put systems in place. Designate employees or other individuals who can act on your behalf if you are unavailable during a water damage event. Make clear that we are your chosen disaster recovery partner so we can get to work, making it “Like it never even happened,” immediately.

Tip a glass to SERVPRO of The North Fork as we develop a custom-made Emergency Ready Plan to limit damage and respond quickly when water damage occurs. Call us at (631) 591-3771 today to set up a walkthrough to get the process started.

Penetration Points for Flood Damage in Riverhead Homes

3/25/2022 (Permalink)

Water in Basement Don't let flood damage take over your property, Call SERVPRO of The North Fork at (631) 591-3771.

Restoring Flood Damage Begins with Stopping Intruding Water in Riverhead Properties 

It is important to understand how water can enter the house during flood events and what immediate mitigation solutions are necessary once our team arrives. We are specialists capable of helping with:

  • Water cleanup
  • Surface disinfection
  • Thorough drying
  • Repairs

Basement Access

Through port windows and structural openings around the basement, flood damage in Riverhead can quickly and completely engulf a basement level of the house. Substantial water can enter through available pathways, and because this floor is much lower than the grade outside, it can allow thousands of gallons of water to enter the property in extreme situations. Window wells can help prevent the intrusion of groundwater.

Attic Penetration

Storm damage events can cripple or severely damage your roof. When these vulnerabilities exist, runoff and other precipitation concerns can allow water to penetrate the attic space. Not only can this prolonged moisture facilitate mold growth, but excessive water penetration can flood both the attic and subsequent living spaces beneath it.

Drain Intrusions

During flood events, pathways like floor drains and toilets can backup and overflow into your home when connected mains become clogged or plugged under the duress of excessive flow. This backup is considered a biohazard event, making it critical to clean up and restore as soon as possible to prevent contaminants from overwhelming the structure.

Structural Openings and Pressure

Between hydrostatic pressure and literal structural openings like the front door of your house, there are multiple additional pathways for floodwater to enter the home. When your structural openings match the height of the grade around your house, any flash flooding can bring this water inside the property's main level.

Understanding where flood damage is likely to result in a home or business can focus attention on potentially problematic structure areas. As leading flood restoration professionals, we can help when your Riverhead home becomes impacted by storm damages. Give our SERVPRO of The North Fork team a call now at (631) 591-3771.