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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.

A Virtual Tour of Tenement Life for Riverhead Residents

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

inside a tenement, wood burning stove Riverhead Residents rely on SERVPRO for water removal after a mishap. We can even dry out your wood-burning antique stove!

Don’t Let Water Damage Ruin Your Riverhead Home--Call SERVPRO!

Looking at the quiet and comfortable houses of Riverhead, it can be easy to forget how people used to live in our state. When immigrants first arrived in the USA, most of them came to New York City, and the swelling population led to some terrible living conditions. To show people today about the struggles faced by lower-class families in those times, the New York Tenement Museum plans to host a virtual tour on the evening of January 28.

The tour focuses on a modern-day recreation of a tenement apartment, complete with worn-out and cheap household fixtures common a century ago. The museum curators will also provide commentary about the living conditions of the day, the types and qualities of amenities available to low-income families, and the sacrifices that they had to make. Space in this virtual event is limited, so potential guests are encouraged to email the Mattituck Laurel Library to reserve a spot.

Save Money Through Professional Water Mitigation in Riverhead

SERVPRO of The North Fork provides professional water damage mitigation services to Riverhead homes and businesses to help our neighbors avoid and control disastrous and expensive situations. Call us at (631) 591-3771.

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)

A map of New York. SERVPRO of The North Fork cares about the community, especially when your property has an issue. Call us today.

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)

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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.

What Makes SERVPRO Better at Remediating Fire Damage Than Other Services?

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged barrier tape at house SERVPRO Says Do Not Enter Your Fire Damaged Home in Riverhead--Let Us First Secure Against Hazards

We are More Effective Than Other Riverhead Services Because of Our Extensive Training and Experience, State-Of-The-Art Equipment, and Dedication to Customer Service.

There are a million and one reasons why people choose to live in Riverhead.  Chief among these are its rural charm and laid-back lifestyle.  Our town is filled with the lush greenery of several golf courses, parks, gardens, farms, and vineyards.  Thus blessed, residents have numerous venues for leisure activities and quiet reflection.  All of this makes for an idyllic life when things go normally, but your whole world could rapidly change if an accident happens.  Some of the most common misfortunes that befall locals are house fires.  These can occur at almost any time, without much forewarning, to even the most careful homeowners.  Whenever fire does ravage your home, you need top-notch professional assistance to return your life to normal.    

Why is SERVPRO One of this Area’s Most Trusted Fire Damage Cleaning and Restoration Companies?

Over the years, SERVPRO has built a strong reputation as one of the most trusted Riverhead fire damage remediation services.  Our neighbors have given us this honorable distinction for many reasons.  Some of the things that are indicative of our reliability and advanced fire damage clean up, and restoration capabilities are:

  • The extensive industry experience our owners and staff possess; our owners have over thirty years of restoration industry experience, while staff members have decades of combined experience
  • Our long-standing ties and dedication to the local community; company technicians are neighbors that live and work in your community, and our owners have always lived on Long Island and are dedicated to serving its residents
  • The various major awards we have received recognizing excellence in customer service and sales performance
  • The perfect five-star customer satisfaction rating we have achieved on both Facebook and Yelp

All of these impressive indicators signal to potential customers SERVPRO’s advanced industry knowledge, skillfulness, and intense dedication to its customers’ satisfaction.

What Kind of Training Makes SERVPRO Technicians More Effective Than Those from Other Services? 

Company professionals benefit greatly from the extensive training they receive, and it is this training that makes them far more effective than those from other remediation companies.  SERVPRO employees complete both in-house instruction and training from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).  Some of the industry education they receive includes:

  • Initial franchise owner instruction that covers all major restoration topics
  • In-house crew certification training in essential remediation subjects
  • IICRC training and certification in specialized areas like fire & smoke damage restoration, carpet cleaning, upholstery & fabric cleaning, and odor control  
  • Ongoing, web-based courses that refresh staff members’ industry knowledge

When taken together, this educational regimen serves to fully inform owners and technicians about all the latest restoration techniques, as well as help them maintain and continually expand on their knowledge base.

What Can SERVPRO Do to Clean and Restore Your Fire-Damaged Home?

Our skilled professionals are uniquely skilled at remediating fire-damaged residences.  They can expertly handle everything from simple cleanups to major reconstructions.  When our technicians arrive on-site, they are generally able to perform the following services:

  • Inspection and assessment of fire damage
  • Removal of fire-related debris and irreparable items
  • Relocation and warehousing of valuable or sensitive belongings
  • Controlled demolitions of unsound sections of your home
  • Elimination of soot residues via dry, wet, abrasive, and other removal methods
  • Deodorization of structural elements, contents, and interior spaces
  • Extensive reconstructions of destroyed sections of your residence

In combining our expertise in fire damage cleaning & mitigation and structural reconstruction, we offer customers a convenient one-stop option for complete fire recovery.  Moreover, we empower clients by keeping them informed of our progress and starting no work that they do not first approve.    

Properly handling fire damage is essential if you want to prevent further damage to your possessions and maintain the livability of your home.  Following a fire, burned structural elements and contents often leave soot residues on surfaces and spread odorous particles throughout your house.  Often, the residues are acidic and can discolor, tarnish, or otherwise damage anything they accumulate on.  They can also give off difficult-to-eliminate smells that can make living in your residence unbearable.  Simultaneously, airborne smoke particles can land on surfaces around your home and be further spread by ventilation systems.  This particle movement could make unpleasant fire-related smells even harder to neutralize.

Considering the risks associated with not dealing with fire damage quickly and effectively, it is paramount that you contact a good, reputable, high-quality fire damage remediation service for help as soon as you can after a fire event.  If you ever need help overcoming a house fire, call your helpful neighbors at SERVPRO of The North Fork at (631) 591-3771.

How Do Owners Restore Their Jamesport Businesses After a Water Intrusion?

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

water damage in property To get started restoring any business facility here or in Riverhead, call SERVPRO of The North Fork today at (631) 591-3771.

For Complete Restoration, Jamesport Business Owners Call SERVPRO

What Is Needed Besides Removing Water to Restore a Business?
Most Jamesport businesses are not industrial operations, so the restoration of the structure and office furniture or appliances is needed to provide a clean, safe environment for returning customers, as well as employees. SERVPRO restoration specialists understand that removing standing water is not enough if there is moisture behind furniture, pooling in corners, under counters, and even dripping down walls.

What Happens After Removing the Standing Water?
For complete commercial water restoration in Jamesport businesses such as coffee shops, our specialists increase air circulation and evaporation with several key pieces of equipment:

    •    Fans – After setting these up at entrances and exits, specialists can draw out damp air from inside the shop and force it outside.
    •    Air Movers – Personnel, use these to generate a flow of warm air that carefully dries everything from tables and chairs to the underside of counters, appliances, and everything else that cannot be moved or easily shifted around. By adjusting the speed and heat of the airflow, specialists can also use them on drywall and ceiling tiles if the leak came from an overhead pipe.
    •    Long-Handled Squeegees – They may be low-tech, but these tools are still the best choice for drawing water out of corners and from under refrigerators and ovens.

Is Cleaning Needed in This Situation?
Yes. There are no contaminants with a water leak as there would be with outside flooding, but there is still the dirt and other debris that accumulate in any food-service operation. Specialists use a commercial-grade cleaner to finish the job and also include an anti-bacterial agent if needed.

To get started restoring any business facility here or in Riverhead, call SERVPRO of The North Fork today at (631) 591-3771. We are here to make your water intrusion, “Like it never even happened.”

How Can a Restoration Company Help After Flood Waters Damage My Home?

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

Home in flood water Don't let flood water take over your home. Call the experienced professionals at SERVPRO. We will arrive on scene immediately.

SERVPRO Can Help With More Than Just Removing The Floodwater From Your Jamesport Home.

Can I Retrieve my Jewelry, Computer, and Heirlooms?

Floodwaters can damage your Jamesport home in a matter of minutes. Many homeowners barely have time to escape to the second floor of their home or reach higher ground before floodwaters rage through their neighborhood, destroying everything. Once the water has subsided, owners want to return to assess the damage and retrieve various items vital to them. Many are concerned about losing expensive jewelry and heirlooms in all of the confusion after a storm.

SERVPRO urges consumers to avoid immediately entering their houses after a flood has damaged their Jamesport homes. There are many dangers to avoid, including toxic chemicals, live electrical wires, fuel leaks, and even animals that may have been carried into homes by the water. We can help verify your home is safe to enter, retrieve a variety of items, assess their cleanliness, and clean them if needed. Our technicians maintain an inventory of all items removed by our team and the homeowner for safekeeping. The inventory list, which notes the condition of each piece, is used for insurance purposes.

I Have Insurance, How Can I Make a Detailed Claim?

SERVPRO specializes in cleaning and restoring homes and businesses after floodwaters have inundated neighborhoods. We maintain detailed records of all damage, any contents that cannot be cleaned, and those that can be returned to their preloss condition.

We complete a full inspection of your home, noting the damage caused by floodwaters, including recommendations for removing flooring materials, and flood cuts on walls to remove drywall. Damage to appliances and furniture, along with smaller items, is also recorded.

Our team leader can work closely with your insurance company to provide any information needed to make a claim covered by your homeowner’s insurance. Many customers have flood insurance with a deductible, which is paid by the homeowner. Note that this deductible amount is subtracted from your claim by your insurance company.

We work closely with the homeowner and their insurance company to return your home to its preloss condition, “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO of The North Fork (631) 591-3771 to assist with flood damage restoration, recovery, and reconstruction.

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How Long Will It Take to Clean My Interior After a Fire in Riverhead?

8/29/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Works Quickly to Address Fire Damage So That Your Riverhead Interior is Back to Normal As Soon As Possible

It is natural to want to speed up the process when cleaning up your Riverhead home after a fire. However, each incident that SERVPRO gets called to is unique and poses its own set of challenges. We take each restoration project and treat them with care to provide you with the fastest, yet most precise results possible. Whenever you have been through a fire event in your home, you can count on us to be by your side within hours. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, and our team understands how important it is for your Riverhead home to get back to normal.

How Does the Cleanup Begin?
Even if it is just hours after the initial fire damage in Riverhead, the damage will begin multiplying due to corrosive actions from soot and smoke residue throughout the affected space. Once you call us and the first responders on the scene approve entry, our crew chief begins the initial assessment. During this walkthrough, areas of damage get noted so that we may select the best tools and processes to provide the best results.

Once the fire assessment is complete, and the right equipment gets assembled, the work begins. Some of the steps that usually occur next will include:

    •    Cleaning various structures – This consists of the walls, ceilings, floors, and other surfaces
    •    Contents cleaning – Our skilled technicians inspect each item to determine the potential for full restoration and what must be disposed of.
    •    Odor removal – Instead of merely masking odors like traditional DIY cleaning methods, our team has the specially formulated sanitizers and solvent deodorizers to get the job done.

What if There are Tough Odors?
During the cleanup's initial phases, we remove a wide variety of materials that present with heavy soot and smoke residue. This is because any scorched materials will generate odors, and removing them will also remove odor-causing particles so that we can focus on your interior.

The cleaning efforts within your Riverhead home will depend on a range of factors. Our IICRC-certified technicians have access to a broad range of cleaning agents that get tailored to handle various types of odorous particulates. Some of the things that go into the cleaning of teach item will include:

    •    The kind of material that burned
    •    How long the fire went on
    •    The distance that the smoke traveled throughout your home

Depending on the results of these findings, it can take a day or two to handle cleanup, up to several weeks, depending on the type of restoration required.

Why Is Time an Issue?
When the damage from the fire begins to settle and the items cool, several things occur:

    •    Malodors tend to linger
    •    Soot adheres tighter to materials and makes it harder to remove
    •    Plastics may begin to yellow
    •    Other materials start to corrode

It is common for a fire to bring with it a range of side effects. SERVPRO technicians have the answer to any scenario that your restoration project brings. We will:

    •    Carefully clean soot-stained, residue-laden materials with specialized cleaning agents
    •    Remove any burnt carpeting and other unsalvageable materials
    •    Use paints and sealants to address odors that permeated the walls within the affected area
    •    Purge odors with the help of air scrubbers, hydroxyl generators, and other helpful tools and equipment

It is essential to remember that the heft of damage from a fire frequently does not come from the heat of the flames themselves, but rather the smoke and soot left behind. We have a proven process for handling the fallout from a fire, which includes the following steps:

    •    Containment: Our team puts barriers in place at doorways and entry points, then vent the room so that we can easily contain the soot within the loss area.
    •    Air Quality: We take necessary steps to ensure indoor air quality gets addressed by putting air scrubbers in place. This equipment grabs soot particles within the air, trapping them within the included HEPA filters.
    •    Documentation: Anything unsalvageable gets removed from your home. However, our techs carefully log each item taken away for insurance claim purposes.
    •    Pack-Outs: In some cases, we will pack up and move out contents for cleaning off-site or safe storage. This is also helpful so that our technicians have more room to work within the home.
    •    Cleaning: As with any fire damage project, we need to pay attention to odor removal and cleaning. There is never a one-size-fits-all approach, so we adjust our cleaning methods and products based on the residues present within the affected area.

SERVPRO of The North Fork is here to help with fire damage restoration on any scale. We have advanced equipment and technology to get the job done quickly and efficiently. Call us at (631) 591-3771, and our crew makes it “Like it never even happened.”

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

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing 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 that has 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 use 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 also ensures 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 too.

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

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)

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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.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Riverhead, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of The North Fork today at (631) 591-3771 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

A Water Intrusion Incident Has Happened in My Riverhead Apartment Building, What Do I Do?

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

outside view of apartment buildings Water intrusion events can affect more than one unit. SERVPRO can quickly remediate the situation.

Call SERVPRO to Perform Commercial Water Removal in Your Riverhead Apartment Building

Many owners of apartment buildings deal with water damage from time to time. Water damage needs remediating quickly to prevent costly repairs and loss of tenants. The recovery of a water-damaged apartment building is a complex process that involves several specialists working together.

What are the consequences of water damage in Apartment buildings?

Water damage can have severe and lasting effects on a multifamily dwelling, including ruining the building itself, such as walls, floor flooring, and the tenants' personal property, such as furniture and electrical equipment. Performing efficient commercial water removal in your Riverhead apartment building is vital. In severe cases, water damage can affect several units. The aftermath can be devastating and make the property unlivable.

How can restorers help?

A water intrusion incident requires a rapid response to reduce loss to both the property and the belongings in it. SERVPRO franchise professionals are experts at water damage restoration in apartments and commercial buildings of any size, regardless of the severity of the damage. Our team can assess the destruction and create an appropriate plan to restore the building and its contents.

What type of equipment does SERVPRO use for the restoration process?

We seek to complete water restoration jobs thoroughly and quickly. For that reason, we use sophisticated water removal and drying equipment. It includes:

  • Commercial-grade water pumps
  • Air movers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Moisture meters
  • Injectridy high-pressure drying systems

We also use antimicrobial products that prevent the growth of microorganisms like bacteria. We can remove dirt, bacteria, and the accompanying odors from the floors, walls, and furnishings.

How do you dry buildings?

Our crew accelerates natural drying by using dehumidification, heat, and ventilation. We can use portable heaters to dry affected areas faster. Our team also uses desiccant dehumidifiers, which absorb moisture from the air and eliminate it from the desiccant material as water. Fresh air also plays an essential role when it comes to drying a property. In the right conditions, the passing of large amounts of relatively dry warm air over damp surfaces achieves effective drying. We can accomplish this by opening all windows and doors when the weather conditions are conducive.

If there is water damage in your apartment building, do not panic. Contact SERVPRO of The North Fork to help you remove the water and dry the structure. Our 24-hour helpline is (631) 591-3771.

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What Damage Can I Expect to my Home After a Storm?

5/9/2020 (Permalink)

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Storms Can Flood Your Home and Weaken your Structure

Those in Riverhead may worry about storms and their consequences. Whenever outside water makes its way into your home, you need to take a comprehensive look at the damage and enlist the help of a reputable company to restore it. Well-meaning neighbors and friends may be able to help, but only technicians trained for these occasions can perform a thorough cleanup process.

Riverhead neighbors with flood damage can rely on SERVPRO to give them a knowledgeable assessment of their homes after flooding. Aside from the apparent harm done by water coming in, you need to pay close attention to structural elements and the possibility of microbes settling in your home. Drying, cleaning, and disinfecting are essential steps in restoring your home.

How does flood damage affect the structure of my home?

Floodwaters cause visible damage. Soaking furniture and peeling paint are easy to spot, and our SERVPRO team advises you on the benefits of restoration or the need for removal. However, damage can hide within your home in other areas. For example-

  • Beneath hardwood floors
  • Weakening of drywall
  • Water accumulation within your crawl space

Our SERVPRO team inspects visible and invisible consequences and takes appropriate action. Our expertise guides our steps as we ready your home for further repairs and your return.

SERVPRO of The North Fork is available by calling (631) 591-3771. Invite us into your home and let us leave it "Like it never even happened."

What is the Best Cleaner for Fire Damage?

5/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO box truck with a posing female employee Riverhead Fire Woes? Call Our SERVPRO Team for Cleanup and Restoration

There is no One-Size-Fits-All Cleaner for the Fire Damage in your Riverhead Home

Homeowners with good intentions often end up making a difficult situation worse by cleaning smoke and soot without consulting an expert. Whether in Riverhead or another state, it is best to enlist the help of an expert team before you try abrasive cleaners on your furniture and fixtures. Informed opinion can save you time and money, and may even preserve items you think are beyond repair.

An expert opinion about fire damage in Riverhead is available from us at SERVPRO. Our technicians train with experts to understand the specific needs of different materials and the best cleaning approach. The solutions we apply in your home are EPA-approved and used as recommended.

Can I safely wipe fire residue off my furniture?

Before you prepare to wipe the soot off your furniture, you need to understand the damage. Our SERVPRO staff examines how smoke traveled through your home and where it settled. When possible, we isolate the affected area and address the HVAC system to prevent cross-contamination. To clean your home, we turn to the following-

  • Solvents and shampoo to clean carpets
  • Thermal foggers
  • Wet-dry vacuums

Along with other cleaning techniques, we use the above to restore your home as quickly and thoroughly as possible.

SERVPRO of The North Fork is your best solution when a fire strikes your home. Call us at (631) 591-3771 and let us leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

Who Should I Call When My Basement is Flooded?

5/9/2020 (Permalink)

water coming from under the door SERVPRO can fix that leaking water line. Give them a call in your Riverhead area.

Call SERVPRO if Your Basement in Riverhead Floods

Basements are great bonus spaces for any home, but when Riverhead basements flood, homeowners need to act quickly to restore them before the damage spreads. Relying on a professional water cleanup service is a smart decision that can save you time and money.

In Riverhead, water removal is our specialty at SERVPRO. Our technicians know how crucial timing is to avoid more damage to the structure of your home and your belongings. Call us our 24/7 hotline and invite our crew into your home to assess the situation and develop a plan for your home.

Is a dehumidifier enough to eliminate water in my basement?

Dehumidifiers can play an essential role in eliminating excess water, but they may be insufficient. If you leave moisture behind, you open the door to mold infestation and the growth of bacteria. Being thorough in extracting water and restoring normal humidity levels adds a layer of protection to your home. Our SERVPRO team has at its disposal several extraction tools, including-

  • Submersible pumps
  • Wand extractors
  • Truck-mounted pumps

Along with drying mats and air circulators, we can eliminate humidity in your basement. We confirm our results by monitoring with infrared moisture sensors and other measuring tools.

Calling SERVPRO of The North Fork at (631) 591-3771 is the most significant step you can take to restore your basement. Whether you live in Jamesport or Mattituck, we help leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

What Can I Do About the Smell in My Apartment?

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van getting ready to work Fire damage in your Riverhead home? Call SERVPRO to be rid of your odor and smoke problems

SERVPRO of Riverhead Can Remediate the Fire Damage in Your Home

Whenever someone mentions fire damage, many people imagine billowing smoke and intensely hot flames. However, unless your home has suffered a fire, many do not consider the pungent odor that burning plastics, silicones, and other materials can leave behind. Luckily for your apartment, professional clean up and remediation services can offer your home in Riverhead the chance to return to its pre-fire state.

Imagine your Riverhead apartment suffered fire damage. A sudden electrical fire burst to life in your living room and burnt the carpet, the paint on the wall, a bookshelf, books, plastics, and other knick-knacks. By the time the fire was put out, a smoldering mess was left behind. Even after a previous remediation attempt, which removed the soot stains, your home cannot seem to get rid of the stench. 

What Sets SERVPRO's Fire Damage Remediation Services Apart?

Here at SERVPRO, we specialize in fire losses and strive to bring our customers peace of mind. It is our goal to leave your home feeling, "Like it never even happened." When it comes to the malodor of fire damage, we have several techniques and devices to help, such as:

  • Thermal foggers
  • Air scrubbers
  • Ozone Machines
  • Hydroxyl Generators

Depending on the severity of the blaze, we may use one or more of these techniques or devices. For example, Ozone Machines are typically used when the premises are vacated. In comparison, air scrubbers, hydroxyl generators, and thermal foggers are used to tackle the malodorous particles in a concentrated area.

Can Painting Help the Smell?

Our technicians may sometimes use a special sealant paint to deal with particularly stubborn odors. Typically, we remediate this way by:

  • Cleaning the wall as thoroughly as possible to remove excess residues
  • Repainting the wall with a paint designed to lock in smells
  • Replacing furniture once the paint has cured

If fire damage has caused an unpleasant odor in your home, act now. Contact SERVPRO of The North Fork by dialing (631) 591-3771. We're here for you 24/7.

Why Are Professional Restoration Services Required to Fix Household Water Damage?

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

Woman collecting water leak in buckets SERVPRO professionals are trained to handle all types of water damage.

Easing the Stress and Worry of Riverhead Residents -- Why SERVPRO Provides Fast and Expert Water Loss Assistance

When a water emergency devastates your comfortable Riverhead home, you need solutions from a company devoted to transforming the mess and chaos you experience back to preloss condition. Until it happens to you, the destruction that water can inflict on your home’s structural components and contents is unknown. After the disaster occurs, the aftermath becomes unimaginable. Whether from plumbing or appliance failure, a roof leak, storm damage, or flooding, incursions of water pose severe consequences to members of our community, why we strive to deliver the help you need. 

What Can Cause Water Damage in My Home?

Water damage in Riverhead happens fast and from many sources. Our community is surrounded by water. Located at the mouth of the Peconic River, where the North and South Forks of Long Island diverge, Long Island Sound borders to the north and Great Peconic Bay to the east. Changing seasons and storms can force rain and seawater inside, causing catastrophic effects. But the most common reasons for water damage is less dramatic while still disastrous--plumbing leaks, spills, and malfunctioning household machines like dish and clothes washers, ice makers, water heaters, and more.

How Does Water Damage Affect My House?

Water losses in residential buildings impact two categories of property. The first concern is the structure itself. Water damages building materials in many ways, including:


  • Water soaks into drywall, causing the composite material to swell and crumble.
  • Lath and plaster construction resists water longer, but the wooden laths eventually swell, and the mortar between them breaks down, causing flaking and cracking of the plaster surface.
  • Wet insulation between and behind walls packs down, decreasing or eliminating its value in moderating temperature.

Framing and Other Structural Supports

  • Wood framing swells and warps, eventually weakening to the point where its load-bearing function declines, creating safety hazards.
  • Metal supports and fasteners rust and break
  • Joists and subfloors warp and weaken, disturbing the more decorative hardwood, tile, or laminate surface above.
  • Door and window frames distort, preventing the optimal functioning of these features.


  • Laminate flooring cannot withstand any prolonged exposure to standing water, peeling apart, and requiring replacement.
  • Resilient tile might detach if water invades beneath.
  • Ceramic tiles can pop up if the subfloor swells, especially if the grout is cracked and allow water to percolate below. 
  • Hardwood floors can cup or crown, the planks or strips swelling on the edges or the center as the subfloor wicks moisture up.
  • In extreme cases, hardwood floors can buckle, where the strips pull up and away from the subfloor.


  • Ceiling tiles can detach and fall.
  • Plaster or drywall ceilings can hold many gallons of water, creating an overhead hazard as the materials peel, bulge, and crack.

The second category of water damage concern includes the stress placed upon all of the contents, the furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions inside the structure. 


  • Wooden frames can swell, glue dissolve and detach, and paint and varnish stain floor coverings.
  • Upholstered furniture endures damage to fabrics and padding, creating a welcoming environment for mold growth and damage.
  • Metal fasteners and supports rust, bend, and twist.

Floor Coverings

  • Rugs and carpets both sustain significant harm when wet, stretching, ripping, staining, and delaminating, a process where layers of fiber peel away from the backing.
  • Pads soak up water and increase the chances of mold development.


  • Documents, books, and pictures all absorb moisture, inks dissolving, and the cellulose-based materials deteriorating.


  • A wide array of devices might malfunction and can shock users.


  • Subject to corrosion, and their wiring deteriorates, exposing food to spoilage in the case of freezers and refrigerators.


  • Linens, clothing, window coverings, and other fabrics can break down, and mold and mildew proliferate.
  • Bedding absorbs water, becoming an incubator for microbial growth and odors.

Can One Restoration Company Manage All Aspects of a Residential Water Crisis?

Reading through this admittedly partial listing of the damage water can do can create panic, why SERVPRO is the partner you need to recover from this multifaceted emergency. Our comprehensive training and experience in the hundreds of ways water affects contents are essential to the successful restoration of not only your structure and its contents but also your way of life.

What Happens During Professional Water Damage Restoration?

We focus on two major activities designed to mitigate and remediate the water loss.

Water Removal

Why is water removal the first phase? 

Studies show that the more liquid water removed, the faster and more effective the drying out of structures and contents proceeds. This is why we:

  • Pump water more than two inches deep
  • Extract all visible water with powerful truck-mounted and portable equipment

Structural and Content Drying 

Why do we actively dry out spaces and items? 

Relying on time and open windows to evaporate the water absorbed into building materials and contents is inefficient and not practical when the weather is cold or wet. Research-based drying methods we use include:

  • Gathering moisture data to determine drying goals
  • In the structure, positioning air movers and moderating temperature to move water from materials into the air as a vapor for dehumidifiers to capture
  • Contents have many drying challenges, which is why SERVPRO often recommends pack-outs to our production facility where we can use resources such as:
  • Contained smaller drying spaces for furnishings
  • Freeze-drying for papers and photos
  • Industrial washers and dryers for textiles

Training, equipment, and experience in a multitude of water damage scenarios are why SERVPRO of The North Fork can make it “Like it never even happened.” Call as soon after the water crisis as possible at (631) 591-3771.

Some Steps to Storm Damage Remediation Success in Riverhead

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

flooded residential area including garage Flooding can happen very quickly. Respond just as fast with a call to SERVPRO. We make it "Like it never even happened."

Flood Damage Predicament in Riverhead  

Bordered by Flanders Bay and Long Island Sound, Riverhead is a community with water sports in its blood. Kayaking and water skiing can be enjoyed almost every month of the year, but when storm season hits us, the water isn’t quite so friendly to our homes. 

To ameliorate the effects of flood damage in Riverhead, a restoration service has to perform three immediate tasks: Remove any water and debris still in the home, disinfect affected surfaces, and begin drying the structure and personal property. SERVPRO response teams perform these and other tasks as quickly as possible so that owners and residents can return to a clean and safe home promptly.

Technicians use pumps and extractors to draw outstanding water and remove any trapped in carpets and flooring. Since flood water contains contaminants, they pump it directly into the nearest sewer access point, if available.

As team members remove the water, others start removing debris, by hand and using shovels on dirt and sand that may have flowed into the home or is too damaged to even attempt restoration. This includes carpets, carpet pads, warped and split flooring, paper, and any wall trim that absorbed too much water as well. 

Next, SERVPRO teams use an anti-bacterial spray on all surfaces touched by the floodwater. This action not only eliminates the health threat; it also reduces the risk of mold growth throughout the home. 

After the spray dries in each area, technicians install box fans to increase air circulation across the floors and direct the cool, moist inside air to outside the home. This helps lower the humidity, which speeds up the natural drying process for structural material and personal property like furniture. 

To further increase the rate of drying, team members place the furnishings on blocks and pallets to allow water to drain. They also install air movers to direct warm air around the affected items and across the surfaces of walls and floors to carefully force out moisture where it is caught up in the circulated air and directed out of the home. 

Here at SERVPRO of The North Fork, we proudly support our neighbors here and in Cutchogue, Jamesport, and Mattituck. If you have or had flood water in your residence, call us today at (631) 591-3771. We are here for you. 

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We Get You Back In Business After A Water Loss In Riverhead

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

Our water extraction equipment working to dry the water damage in this property We have the state of the art equipment and expertise to handle any size water damage cleanup you are facing. Call us day or night, we are available.

What Problems Develop During Commercial Water Cleanup in Riverhead?

Professional Restorers Like SERVPRO Help Address Unexpected Issues that Crop Up

Water intrusions in your grocery store, such as when pipes burst, interfere with regular operations. Apart from extracting the water, there is a need to clean up the shop to remove soils and damaged materials from the shop. Ideally, it should be a straightforward process that starts with stopping the water source where necessary, extraction of standing water and drying excess moisture, among other simple steps. However, other issues can develop, leading to problems.

What unexpected issues can develop during cleanup?

Commercial water cleanup exercises in Riverhead can accomplish different goals, including minimizing the downtime caused by the incident, preventing secondary damages, and removing wastes or hazardous materials, among others. The stated goal influences the actions taken during cleaning, which in turn can lead to overlooking or missing some issues. Many unexpected issues develop because of oversight, including:

  • High relative humidity levels
  • Unaddressed moisture pockets
  • Compromised structural materials
  • Odor

How does SERVPRO achieve cleaning goals while addressing all hidden problems?

The water damage at your store may be unique in many ways, but still have some characteristics common in other loss sites. Therefore, our SERVPRO technicians create response plans that address issues likely to cause problems later. Simple steps such as setting up dehumidifiers immediately after arriving at the loss site help keep relative humidity levels standard, thus protecting items that can be damaged by high humidity levels. 

We also check areas such as the floor to establish whether the floor material is likely to lead to moisture concealment. Even with hard floor materials such as tiles, water can intrude through joints to reach the subfloor causing severe problems such as warping and odor later.

The use of advanced equipment helps expedite the process. We bring a wide variety of equipment to every loss site including:

  • Portable and truck-mounted water extractors
  • LGR or Desiccant dehumidifiers
  • Pressure washers and rotating brushes

Mistakes or oversights can complicate cleanup after a water loss. Call SERVPRO of The North Fork at (631) 591-3771 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Fire Damage In Your Riverhead Home

3/21/2020 (Permalink)

fire causing damage We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

How to Deal with Fire Damaged Appliances in Your Riverhead Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How to Handle a Boiler Tank Leak in Riverhead

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

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

Boiler Tank Leaking in a Riverhead Hospital 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Steps Homeowners can Take After Flood Damage in Riverhead

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

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

What to Do Before SERVPRO Arrives at Flooded Riverhead Homes 

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

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

Relocating Your Belongings 

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

Place Sandbags 

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

Sever Utilities  

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

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

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How SERVPRO Cleans Soot and Smoke Damage in Riverhead

2/1/2020 (Permalink)

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

Cleaning Smoke-Damaged Surfaces in Riverhead Homes 

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

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

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

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

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

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A Simple Plan for Water Damage Remediation in Jamesport

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

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

Cleanup and Sanitization After Water Damage in Jamesport Home

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

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

Vast Array of Cleaning Agents

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

Scoping for Water Loss

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

Deep Cleaning 

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

Odor Control Treatments

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

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

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

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Fire Damage Restoration

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

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

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

Mold Remediation

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

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

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

Water Damage Restoration

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

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

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

Storm Damage Restoration

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

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

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

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


Are You Serving Soot in Your Jamesport Restaurant?

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

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

Thriving After Fire Damages Your Jamesport Restaurant

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

Kitchen Fires Present Special Challenges 

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

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

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

Removal of Residue Is a Challenge 

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

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

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Flood Damage Remediation Services In Jamesport

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

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

Local Jamesport Flood Damage Remediation Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mitigating Holiday Fire Damage in a Jamesport Home.

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Minimizing Holiday Fire Risks

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

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

SERVPRO Odor Control Methods

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

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

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

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Give Us A Call In Jamesport After Fire Damage Strikes

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

one of our technicians cleaning soot off the bathroom wall in this home Soot can be difficult, sometimes impossible to remove but our team can handle the task. Call us right away to prevent further damage.

Assessing the Severity of Jamesport Structure Fires for Restoration

No two housefires in Jamesport are the same. With different origin points and different combustible materials in the path of the blaze, the severity of the damages and the effects that linger in the house vary from one disaster to the next. As professional restoration professionals with experience and training in fire recovery, we can work efficiently to assess the full spread of the loss and the best approach to restoring these conditions. 

Scoping is a process conducted by our experienced production manager before work begins to remove and restore fire damage in Jamesport residences. Our involvement in the evaluation of a property following a loss incident ensures that we have the right information regarding both pre-existing conditions and the needs of the insurance provider before work starts. We establish the spread and perimeter of the migrating loss effects to implement barriers and containment techniques after fire damage

Our SERVPRO team utilizes premier discovery tools to identify a pressing need for emergency services such as controlled demolition, debris removal, deodorization, or even water removal and drying. These immediate threats to your structure can be devastating if left unchallenged, and they can also hinder the effectiveness of later mitigation practices. We can look to our impressive collection of recovery tools to help in this regard, including our extraction and drying equipment. 

Determining the severity of the current conditions of the residence are rarely for the exclusive benefit of our SERVPRO team. Insurance companies and the homeowners all look to our expertise in scoping and evaluation to give a thorough and detailed description of the hurdles to get faced through the restoration process and the best approaches to manage these circumstances. 

From the emergency services that your property needs to the detailed assessment that we can provide our response team and our customers, we know what to do when fires occur. Let our SERVPRO of The North Fork professionals work to help you make this loss incident “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (631) 591-3771.

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Are Plumbing Leaks Causing Water Damage to Your Riverhead Restaurant?

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO water extraction equipment in 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 of 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 with these damaging 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 proression once you have been made aware of the problem. Working alongside reputable commercial contractors, we can help to 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, an array of 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 in the kitchen side. These units force heated air through cavities in spaces where flood cuts were not necessary. 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.

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We Discuss The Structural Risks In Early Flood Mitigation In Jamesport

11/23/2019 (Permalink)

flooding after a storm You can count on the experience and fast response of our SERVPRO of The North Fork team.

Structural Risks in Early Flood Mitigation for Jamesport Homes

When considering hazards that can exist in Jamesport homes after flooding, most people think about contamination and standing water throughout the lower levels of the property. From the assessment of the damage through the early stages of mitigation, our SERVPRO team braves several potentially hazardous conditions to get drying and recovery efforts started. Chiefly, structural weaknesses can be a persistent threat during this time.

As much as controlled demolition can later help to remove compromised portions of construction material after flood damage to Jamesport homes, the earliest stages of recovery can feature several structural concerns that could impact our technicians without warning. These possibilities can both encourage the acquisition of flood recovery technicians like ours more efficiently, and can also help customers to appreciate some of these existent threats if they consider DIY restoration.

Long-term exposure of construction materials to flooding effects can lead to deterioration and weakening of its integrity. There are many areas where this weakening can threaten our SERVPRO technicians on the job site.

Flooring – Wood flooring is often the most susceptible to losing its strength and resilience when exposed to standing water and excessive moisture after flooding for more than a few days. With enough degradation, these materials can fail to support the weight of a technician and break.

Ceilings – Ceiling tile and plasters can become weighted by the presence of water. The heavier that materials like insulation above these tiles become, the more strain and pressure placed on a weak structural design. Collapsing ceilings can harm a technician if directly below it.

Drywall – Drywall is another area that can quickly become irreparably damaged by the presence of water. After no more than 24 hours, direct exposure of drywall can soak thoroughly through soft sheetrock and change the composition. Swelling and sagging of the material can force our technicians to pursue controlled demolition before it becomes too heavy to remain attached where it was installed.

Protecting our technicians and our customers is a priority of our flood restorers working in damaged property. You can count on the experience and fast response of our SERVPRO of The North Fork team. Give us a call anytime at (631) 591-3771.

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We Have The State Of The Art Equipment To Restore Your Riverhead Home

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

A closet in a home covered in soot and smoke damage in a living room after a fire A fire in this home caused smoke and soot damage and our professional crew was able to assess the damage and quickly restore the entire house.

What to Expect from Professional Fire Recovery in Riverhead Homes

Fire recovery efforts are never as straightforward as you might think, and with the need to address all levels of damage to Riverhead homes as promptly as possible, many property owners choose the experience of professional recovery teams. Our SERVPRO professionals have unique training to help address all phases of restoration and recovery, including mitigation, cleaning, air quality improvement, and content management. Knowing what to expect from our team when they first arrive can help you to be more at ease with each of these steps as they occur.

One of the unfortunate truths about any level of fire damage to Riverhead homes is that multiple symptoms exist simultaneously. Addressing one, even with the premier equipment available to our restoration team, does not address the problem as a whole. You need a team of professionals capable of addressing each of these points with efficiency and confidence. Because of our preparedness for disasters before they happen, we can arrive at the damaged residence quickly with the personnel and equipment to begin mitigation immediately.

Before we can begin restoration techniques, our crew chief and production manager must walk through the property and thoroughly assess the damage. We have sophisticated detection tools ideal for determining the extent of water damage left behind after extinguishing efforts and can also determine the deterioration or structural integrity of construction materials, flooring, framework, and other areas.

Fire damage mitigation is an entire phase of our work explicitly designed to help save our customers money by lessening the impact of fire loss damages. One of the lynch pins to this phase of our work is content management. Our SERVPRO team can separate the contents and furniture of your property from the damaged house and lingering effects by taking them to our facility for careful assessment and focused cleaning or deodorization.

Many steps make up our total fire loss restoration process, and with experience and cutting-edge equipment, our SERVPRO of The North Fork team can help. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (631) 591-3771.

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Following Industry Best Practices, SERVPRO also Provides the ERP Emergency READY Profile, to Our Riverhead Neighbors to Grapple with Flood Damage

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

Image of ERP mobile app device Floods Happen in Riverhead! SERVPRO Can Provide Advice, Mitigation, Cleanup and Restoration Help

Taking These Actions Has the Potential to Lessen Flood Damage to Riverhead Homes

New York deals with severe weather regularly, blizzards, heavy thunderstorms, and occasionally, hurricanes. Fortunately, there are actions that property owners can take to lessen the impact flood damage has on a home.

It would be impossible to avoid flood damage in Riverhead altogether; however, numerous things may leave a residence open for water damage. Giving these areas attention in the present has the potential to avoid more significant loss down the road.

The technicians undergo extensive IICRC-based certifications to assist property owners in limiting loss after a water loss or other disaster in the home. They not only clean up floodwater but also suggest repairs that help with avoiding this type of damage in the future. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification is the standard-bearer for this industry.

Landscape Should Slope Away From the Property
Water, as we know, follows the path of least resistance, and when the way leads to your property, it increases the chances of flood damage. A simple solution involves building up the grade around your home, so water runs away, not towards the foundation.

Have a List of Numbers in Case of Emergency
Everyone should have a list of whom to call when there is a home disaster such as your insurance agent and include your policy number on the list. There are also helpful apps, including the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Plan. This free ERP app is a tool for both commercial property owners and homeowners. It allows the storage of vital information about the property such as the shutoff locations of utilities and contact numbers, so if damage occurs, help from the local emergency response team is just a few taps away. This handy, mobile app is especially helpful for property owners who are out of town when disaster strikes.

Create an Emergency Plan for the Home
If your home flooded tomorrow, what could you save in 10 minutes? With a little planning and preparation, you can save even more. If you have not organized essential papers, put them in a single spot that is easy to grab on the go if necessary. Invest in several industrial plastic bins that allow for an airtight seal, so if water enters, things that might be affected by excessive humidity get safely placed inside the containers.

Flood damage needs fast removal from your home. Call SERVPRO of The North Fork at (631) 591-3771, the technicians are available 24/7 and can handle any size water loss in your home, and We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

A floor in a building covered in 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 and 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 proaction 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.

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

10/13/2019 (Permalink)

 flooded living room with couches 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 surge, 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 have access to an extensive inventory of state of the art water extraction and drying equipment, and 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.”

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Animal & Rodent Infestations on the North Fork

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

Mice and Rat infestation cleanup in crawl space

Critters can cause a lot of damage when they gain access to your home, you can get rid of them through various means - but what about what they leave behind?  

Mice, rats, raccoons, bats and more are some of the species that can access and multiply in homes and buildings on the North Fork, leaving damage including chewed materials that were eaten or used for nesting, excrement and urine, and food remnants.  Other damage can include chewed electrical wires.

SERVPRO of the North Fork is skilled in these types of biohazard cleanups once the invaders have been removed.  DIY cleanups in these instances can be very dangerous as proper safety precautions must be taken.  Give us a call, we do cleanups in attics, basements, crawl spaces, walls and more.  631-591-3771

Fire and Secondary Damage in Greenport

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

fire and secondary damage

Fires are super stressful and super messy events.  If the fire was put out with extinguishers or other fire fighting apparatus there will be water or chemical fire suppression material coating surfaces of the structure and anything else present. 

At SERVPRO of the North Fork we clean up all sorts of post-fire damages.  From wipe downs to complete demolitions - your job is in good hands with us.  Smoke damaged textiles including drapery, upholstery, clothing, linens, bedding and so forth can be cleaned, some carpets as well.  Items that cannot be cleaned must be replaced.  We make sure that every item slated for the trash is inventoried for your insurance company as you may be entitled to a replacement value, depending on your policy's language.   

Odors Removed From Commercial Facilities in Riverhead and Southold

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Odors removed from commercial facilities

Sometimes you notice it right away, and sometimes it comes into your consciousness little by little.  Either way, having bad odors in the workplace throws off the efficiency and output of an office staff and in worst case scenarios, the odors are severe enough to stop activity and clear the building.  

Sometimes the source is known and sometimes not - we're ready and on the job in no time to clear the air and make things as they were, "Like it never even happened."  We have various techniques, equipment and supplies that we employ depending on the type and source.   

Odors that come from excess humidity where mold and mildew are present are handled differently as mold mitigation has specific protocols that we follow and removal of the mold and the moisture are necessary.  We've had recent work in hamlets all through the Towns of Riverhead and Southold where moisture and mold were a problem.

Water Damage in Education Buildings

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

water damage in education buildings

Water damage in public spaces presents numerous problems and potential health risks because of the microbial growth that follows along in high moisture situations.  

SERVPRO of the North Fork is here to help.  Water and mold love to feed on organic materials in moist and wet environments.  When you see piles of paper, cardboard boxes, fabric and the like - you will have potential for mold growth.  

In mold situations, like a recent one in Cutchogue, NY - we don't just blow in air as it can cause greater damage.  Blowing and moving air sends mold spores sailing around airborne where they could potentially land on other surfaces and grow, the worst part of mold is more mold.  Don't set a fan on it, call us at 516-767-9600.  

We drop containment walls and utilize other barriers and such to minimize spread of mold spores.  Call today, we can help!

Materials and Supplies In Basements Can Get Moldy

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Materials and Supplies In Basements Can Get Moldy

For many offices and schools, lots of things are sent down to the basement for storage - and there it will sit until someday it is needed again.  But having a too moist environment is an invitation for mold and mildew to step in.  Once they do, they can destroy the materials and spread to destroy more - which can be costly.   

At SERVPRO of the North Fork we are very thorough and especially so if the environment is one where children will gather.  If you suspect mold or mildew, please reach out to us, we can help.  Note that in NYS anything over 1o square feet of mold will need to have independent environmental testing done.  If you need more information on this, please call our office at 631-591-3771

Water Water Everywhere in Mattituck

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Water is available in every home and virtually every building as a necessity, but it also can be as a terrible liability when it sudden presents where it shouldn't be.  This can be via pipe burst, sewage backup, flooding, plumbing failures and human error.  We've had thousand of these and the common denominator is always WATER.  

At SERVPRO of the North Fork, some of the first things we do on a water job like a recent one in Mattituck, include taking a visual inspection, multiple moisture readings in the air and building materials such as drywall and wood framing.  We check the moisture levels in the air as well.  

A main task is removing moisture in the air, when the humidity levels are too high.  Our equipment does this rapidly!  We repeatedly test and retest the surfaces and air through the job to ensure that moisture levels are within acceptable ranges.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Dehumidifying Basements on the North Fork

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

Damp Basements

At SERVPRO of the North Fork we are aware that you have all been experiencing a very damp season - here is some information about how to avoid moisture buildup in the basement.

Outside:  Make sure sprinklers are not hitting windows and bilco doors where water can leak in.  Check your gutter down spouts and make sure they drain down away from the foundation.

Basement Dehumidification:  Basements don't have to be musty damp and dank spaces!  Left alone it will build and could lead to mold and mildew growth.  Make sure any pipes that are leaking are repaired, look for pipes with a lot of condensation and sweat.  Turn on a dehumidifier and monitor the humidity. 

Want low maintenance?  There are now self pumping dehumidifiers that will route water out to a floor drain or out a basement window - set the desired humidity low - like 50%, to start bringing down the moisture in the air rapidly.  New machines can process many pints of water a day - so if you have an older unit, investing in a new energy efficient high volume machine may be wise.  You should check it periodically to make sure it is operating optimally.

Wet Wood Can Become Damaged If Left Alone

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage to Wood

At SERVPRO of the North Fork we see a lot of water damage, and step in to help when diy remedies aren't working.  

Wet wood sometimes will dry on it's own just fine - but if severe or if conditions still exist or if the environment does not allow for the moisture to leave, or water has gotten into areas you cannot dry, you could be left with more damage than you bargained for.  Wood in wet conditions too long can cup, crown, warp, weaken, swell, split, grow mold or fungus - and products can separate and break down - including plywood, masonite and pressboard.  

At SERVPRO of the North Fork we have the right equipment for the job to rapidly reduce the presence of moisture and water in order to stop the deterioration of the structure - call us for fast efficient service and protect your home or building from further deterioration.

Keeping Costs Down with Water Damage Cleanup

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

Removed drywall

We know that re-rocking an entire room with drywall is an expensive endeavor - and often unnecessary if the water damage is contained to just the lower portion.  

At SERVPRO of the North Fork, we cut walls within a safe margin taking only what is necessary.  Replacement with your contractor will then use much less materials than if the entire room was stripped.  Less materials means less labor, less expense, and less in the landfills for the environment. 

Wet drywall is removed to dry out the wall cavity and framing, but in cases where we determine that removal is not necessary, we can make pilot holes and dry areas behind the wall with our equipment, monitoring the moisture readings until at an acceptable level to ensure the area is dry. 

You can trust your local SERVPRO franchise to do  the proper drying or cleanup method for your walls and sheetrock. 

How to Store Items in Basements To Prevent Water Damage

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

Basement Storage

At SERVPRO of the North Fork we unfortunately see a great deal of damages done to heirlooms, valuables and personal property through water as well as from fire, mold animals and sewage.  

Basements in particular are problematic because they are convenient empty areas that can hold years of accumulated treasures.  We'll focus on water damage, as that is the primary cause of loss.

1.  Never store your most valuable irreplaceable items in the basement - this would be documents, photos, film, textiles.

2.  Have a high efficiency dehumidifier - self pumping is a great feature.  Run it at 50% humidity to keep down moisture in the air.

3.  Store items in closed plastic storage containers with lids on shelving, up off of the floor.  The more valuable the items to you, the higher up they should be placed.

4.  Make sure stored items are not underneath pipes that could leak or burst, or underneath sinks, tubs and toilets on floors above.   

SERVPRO of the North Fork - ready for any Emergency at your Business

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Long Island commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we are dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large-scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In any emergency situation in your business, give us a call an we'll be there fast with the help you need. 

SERVPRO of the North Fork specializes in cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage, fire and mold events. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Mold Facts

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can be very costly to repair and the effects it can have on your health can be serious. Do not ignore the problem, it won’t go away it will eventually get worse. If the affected area is bigger than 10 square foot will require a mold remediation expert.

Consider the following mold facts:

  • Keep indoor humidity levels below 60%. The ideal levels are between 30-50%. Relative humidity can be measured by a moisture or humidity meter, a small and inexpensive instrument available at most hardware stores.
  • If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes, act fast to dry the wet surfaces and reduce the moisture or water source.
  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to re mediate your mold infestation.

Commercial Water Damage in a Spa in Long Island, NY

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoration at Spa Facility.

If a pipe happens to break inside your Long Island Spa, many steps were required to completely return the business area to normalcy. When water leaks into your building, it is generally possible that many items and building materials receive damage. Water problems are bad for business and sometimes cause your company a loss of revenue. Accidents get expensive when loss of business and property are combined. SERVPRO’s commercial water damage experts in Long Island always take in mind the operation of business when completing the initial scope of the project. SERVPRO’s technicians always start a project whether commercial or residential by securing the affected area. Any obvious hazards were required to be removed, and signs are posted inside the store warning occupants of various dangers. For help mitigating a water loss, call SERVPRO of the North Fork at 631-591-3771.

Stationary Water after a Flood & Accompanied Damages

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage becomes a severe situation when it's stationary for prolong periods of time, especially under severely humid conditions. It provides a shelter for mosquito, fungui and mold depending in the location where the water or moisture is trapped. The more time goes by, the more damage it caused on building materials such as drywall, floors of all types including, building structures, ceiling, etc. Water can intrude through many seamless cracks and openings hard to reach during rainy seasons and storms. We tend to ignore the signs of water damage but, it can also cause damage to electrical outlets, and panels including lines or leaking water lines. We at SERVPRO of the North Fork resolve these situations by removing building material if its necessary or implement specific drying procedures to restore you property to its pre-existing conditions. 

SERVPRO of the North Fork handling Natural Disasters

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

While you have no control over natural water- related disasters, SERVPRO ofthe North Fork specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

When storms hit Long Island, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. If a flood strike your home or business, contact SERVPRO of the North Fork,we are available 24/7 for any emergency you may have, please call us 631-591-3771.

Unexpected Basement Flood in Long Island, NY

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Take action as soon as you notice flooding.

Unexpected issues in your home are not enjoyable, but they are common. A flooded basement can give the homeowner the sense of helplessness and panic. Basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Long Island basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 631-591-3771

Mold Grown in Children Toys?

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Be weary of rubber ducky's.

Reprinted by www.insideedition.com

They bob around in bathtubs, but they are definitely not clean.

A new study has found ugly things lurking inside rubber ducky bath toys. "The dark side of plastic materials in contact with potable water" researched 19 plastic playthings that live in the tub.

A team from the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology and the University of Illinois collected five bath toys from different Swiss homes. They also purchased rubber ducks to be studied in adults-only households.

Researchers found that lying around in humid, warm and wet bathrooms creates bacteria and fungi in plastic toys that squirt water. They also exposed the toys to sweat, urine, water and soap over 11 days.

Then they cut them in half and studied the contents.

Study results showed bacteria such as drug-resistant Legionella, as well as E.coli and Listeria, were festering inside the toys' plastic guts. They also found mold. 

Those bacteria can lead to infections, researchers said.

Water isn't the only culprit, the study found. Plastic used in the toys is also to blame by releasing carbon compounds that nourish bacteria.

The researchers said using high-quality polymers to manufacture the toys would solve the problem. But that's not an immediate solution. Plugging the holes in the playthings would stop water from getting inside and creating a mess. Or, adults could wash and disinfect rubber duckies after bath time.

Is Mold Hiding Behind your Walls?

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Do not wait until the mold has taking over.

Mold hides behind Sheetrock walls, it may show some early signs of mold grown such as musty odor, seeing mold, humidity, condensation, water leaks, damp basement, water stains, flooding, etc.  But as someone unfamiliar with this fungus, you may miss the initial clues. By the time you realize what you are dealing with the fungus may have spread to large portions of your house. If you suspect you have mold please call SERVPRO of the North Fork, we have the expertise to re-mediate your mold infestation, after receiving the written protocol, we will schedule a day and time to have a mold professional visit your property to take pictures and measurements, we will build an estimate for the cost of remediation and finalize a remediation plan that is catered to your specific mold problem.

Fireworks Safety

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Reprinted by www.cnn.com

Fireworks and hot temperatures can be a dangerous combination. In addition to harming themselves, people are also in danger of lighting up their entire neighborhoods.

"What people don't realize is while they're setting off fireworks and sparklers in hot, dry heat or wind, that fires can move very quickly, putting their neighborhood directly in threat. Each year, 230 people on average go to the emergency room in the weeks leading up to and after the Fourth of July, with the majority of those injuries including burns affecting hands and fingers, eyes, arms, legs, head and ears, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Firecrackers cause 20% of those injuries, and children between the ages of 5 and 9 and adults 25 to 44 are at the most risk of injury.The National Weather Service has some tips to keep your party from ending up at the hospital or starting a fire. Though a lot of the tips seem to be common sense, they are listed because people have been injured after not observing them.

In dry areas:

• Obey local ordinances regulating the sale and use of fireworks.

• Use fireworks in a safe area, away from dry fields, forests and buildings.

• Carefully follow label directions, and always have adult supervision.

• Light one firework at a time, and handle lighters safely.

• Never point or throw fireworks at people or animals.

• Keep water and garden tools nearby. Wet towels can extinguish small flames.

• After the celebration ends, observe the area where fireworks were used to make sure everything is safe before leaving. 

SERVPRO of the North Fork available to help 24/7.

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage restoration is a process that begins as soon as the authorities say the property is safe. Fire can cause large amount of damages on your property, however, there are other damages that can seriously affect the building as well. Smoke odors can invade personal belongings and building materials. SERVPRO the North Fork understand that experiencing a fire can be devastating and is always available to help. We are fire restoration experts, we specialize in smoke and soot damage. We have extensive fire damage cleanup and restoration training to get your property back to pre-fire condition.

If your home is damage by a fire call SERVPRO of the North Fork at 631- 591-3771. We are available 24/7 to help to minimize damages at your property. 

SERVPRO of the North Fork has specialized drying procedures.

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Whenever there is a water damage event in your home or business. The most concerning part of such circumstances is how to dry your contents and the surrounding structure. SERVPRO of the North Fork has specialized drying procedures that will make a difference in the drying process. Air movers and Dehumidifiers are the most common equipment that we use in most water damage events. We place our equipment to control the moisture in the air, balancing it to reach drying goals. Our technicians understand the importance of setting back moisture levels, so we implement our techniques and set up a plan to work our air movers positioning them to enhance airflow leads to an increased rate of evaporation which translates to higher humidity in the layer of air surrounding the wet surfaces. We guaranteed to our customers a successful water damage restoration. If you ever in need of our services, please call us 631-5913771.

Extensive Water Damage in Manorville, NY

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

When a severe storm hits Long Island, the surrounding weather conditions can cause extensive property damage, flooding can occur possibly causing water to enter your home or business. Heavy storms bring a lot of high speed winds which can break external walls or blow tree branches into your windows leaving a gap for rain water to come into your structure. This photo shows the aftermath of water damage in two levels of the home within the drying stage, due to the severity of the damages in the house we had to remove sheetrock walls and ceiling because they had major saturation and walls stud were very compromised, it is very important to dry property structural beams and joists after a water damage.
SERVPRO of the North Fork is highly trained to help in any emergency you might been experiencing; our teamwork will be there addressing the damages as quickly as possible to prevent further damages in your property. We are available to help 24/7 call us at 631-591-3771.

Categories of Water Damage

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water is not just water. When a home or business suffers water damage, the clean up procedure and safety vary depending of the type of water. 

There are 3 categories of water:

  • Category 1 is considered white or clean water – fresh water pumped into the home that may have come from an overflowing sink with no contamination, broken water supply line, appliances malfunction, melting ice or snow, falling rain water, broken toilet tanks that not contain contaminants or additives. This water type does not pose substantial harm to humans. However, once clean water leaves the exit point, it might not remain clean once it gets in contact with other surfaces.
  • Category 2 Contains a significant level of contamination and has the potential to cause discomfort and sickness if consumed by or exposed to humans. Examples of category 2 water can include; discharge from showers, sink, overflows from dishwashers and washing machines, overflow from toilet bowls, broken aquariums, etc. The cleanliness of category 2 water can deteriorate when it gets into contact with building materials, systems and contents or mixing with soils and others contaminants.
  • Category 3: This category of water is grossly contaminated and can contain pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents. Category 3 water is known as blackwater and is the most dangerous of the three because its primary source is sewage, toilet backflows, all forms of flooding from seawater, ground surface water rising water from rivers or streams, and other contaminants entering or affecting the indoor environment.

The water professional at SERVPRO of the North Fork can help you to understand the different types of contaminated water and what it means during the restoration and clean up.

Mold Growth Starts with a Moisture Problem

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Grown on Drywall.

Mold remediation starts with fixing the source of your moisture problem. If you’re experiencing mold in your attic, then roof leaks or poor ventilation are your most likely causes. Whatever the cause of your moisture issue, you need to get it fixed as soon as possible. Your mold problem isn’t going to go away until you’ve addressed it, and you also risk serious structural and aesthetic damage to your home if you choose to ignore the problem. SERVPRO of the North Fork has all the experience to re mediate even the difficult task of mold remediation. If you need assistance with mold removal, we suggest scheduling a free consultation with us, we have professionals available to visit your home, inspect for mold and advise you about the work that needs to be done. We can provide a free estimate. Call us at 631-591-3771

Flooded house in Cutchoge, NY

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Drying stage after a flood damage.

If your Long Island home suffers flood damages, for instance, many changes take place inside and within the walls, floors and ceilings that create a risky environment for your family.

SERVPRO of the North Fork professionals hold certificates from IICRC in fields related to the damages caused by flood. We protect your homes from flood damages not only by cleaning affected areas after we extract the water out but by using special techniques to dry all surfaces affected by the water. We control the moisture in the air and ensure that water damage remains under control. We use special drying equipment to reach drying goal in every material we are drying, after that we get to the cleaning up and sanitize stages of your home restoration. Call us if you need our services at 631- 591-3771.

Unnoticeable Water leak can Lead to a Mold Problem in your Property

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Unnoticeable Water Leak can Lead Massive Mold Grown.

A leaky faucet in your home can be annoying, after water leaking over time can start to cause mold in moist areas. These spores can grow on wood, title, paint, carpet, Sheetrock, cardboard, wallpaper, insulation, etc.  Mold spores are known to cause allergic reactions and exacerbate respiratory problems, mold can grow rapidly if you fail to notice a leak shortly after it starts, especially in humid climates. It’s necessary to have a prompt remediation to avoid further damage in your property. SERVPRO of the North Fork is ready to help in any situation you might have, we can go to your property and inspect the area to determinate what are the best procedures to re mediate areas affected before it spread into other areas. Call us at 631-591-3771.

Fire Hazards

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Power strip catching on fire.

Reprinted by seattlepi.com

Potential risk of power strip catching on fire if not used properly.

  • Make sure the power strip has an internal circuit breaker that will trip the breaker when overloaded to prevent overheating.
  • Power strips vary in their capacity but should only be used for items that require light loads such as computers, printers and clocks, for example. They are not made to handle refrigerators, coffee makers, portable heaters or fans.
  • Power strips are meant for temporary use and should be unplugged when not in use.
  • If the power strip feels hot to the touch, replace it.
  •  Do not connect one power strip to another power strip. Also known as “daisy chaining.”
  • Make sure the power strip has been tested by an independent testing agency such as Underwriters Laboratory (UL) or the Electrical Testing Laboratories (ETL).

Protecting yourself from Storms

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

After a Severe Storm

Severe weather can strike quickly and leave behind a trail of destruction. So to protect yourself, your family and home from these real dangers take a little bit of knowledge and preparation. However, it is possible to stay safe and control damage by following a few simple steps.

  • During the storm: if you experience a power outage, please alert your local Energy company.
  • Consider checking on others who may benefit from your assistance.
  • Don’t get near power lines because, its very dangerous.
  • Don’t open freezers and refrigerators any more to avoid food goods from decomposing quickly.
  • During severe weather or power outages, turn off as many appliances and electronic as possible.
  • Keep children and family pets away from where lines may have fallen (backyards, fields, school yards, etc.)
  • Continue to monitor the media for important information.

The Danger of Indoor Mold Growth

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

In almost all cases, indoor mold growth may not be as obvious. It is possible that mold may be growing within hidden surfaces and still be undetected. Possible locations of hidden mold can include pipe chases and utility tunnels (with leaking or condensing pipes) Walls behind furniture, backside of dry wall, wallpaper, or paneling, ceiling tiles, under carpets and pads, etc. Hidden mold may be suspected if a building smells moldy and the source is not visible, or if there has been tracing water damage for a long period of time.

If you suspect you have mold in your property or you see signs of mold growth call us today 631-591-3771. Professionals at SERVPRO of the North Fork can inspect and assess damages at your property, our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to re-mediate your mold infestation.

2018 Hurricane Season Predictions

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Satellite image by NOAA

NOAA has predicted a normal to above normal  season for the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season this year, which occurs from June 1 through November 30.  

What is normal?  This prediction indicates the Atlantic coast could see 10-16 named storms, 5-9 of which could be hurricanes.  Of those, 1-4 could result in major hurricanes with winds of 111 mph or higher.  These major hurricanes could be categories 3, 4 or 5 and can create significant damage and destruction. 

Doing as many preventative steps as you can before storm season has begun can help to minimize your damages and losses.  Trim any trees and branches that are heavy, dead, or a threat to personal property, electric wires or a structure.  Round up any loose items that could become airborne.  Secure and fasten down large items that must remain but could become airborne or move in flooding.  

Make hurricane shutters cutting plywood to fit all windows and doors, secure all rolling overhead garage doors from inside, make sure all drains, gutters and downspouts are clear and drain away from the property.

Use proper personal safety.  If there is a regional evacuation - secure your property and evacuate.  

Commercial Building Rising Temperature Pipe Burst

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Pipe burst affecting the floors of a facility meeting room.

If your business has water damage, SERVPRO at the North Fork has all the equipment and services to handle even the most difficult task.

We understand unexpected circumstances and issues can arise, such as standing water or the presence of mold is problematic and would require special attention to be cleaned as soon as possible to avoid further damage to the property. In this case shown in the photos above is an example of a facility which had a water leak from a pipe burst, the water inside them expands as it approaches freezing temperatures, and this causes an increase in pressure inside the pipe. When the pressure arises too high for the pipe to contain, it ruptures. Pipe burst generated a lot of standing water in the existing rooms, and we extracted the water, cleaned and sanitized affected areas.

We used safe and proper cleaning techniques to protect the safety of the facilities employees and customers, keeping our employees safe with PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to really utilize the full effectiveness of our professional and certified cleaning techniques to the very best of our ability and made a positive difference to the site completing our scope efficiently.

Sewage Backup in Commercial Building

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Sewage backups are common occurrences when a sewer line is clogged. If your property is old and the plumbing and sewer systems have not been renovated, your sewage backup may be caused by broken, cracked or collapse lines. Sewage backup can cause much greater harm if not addressed on timely manner with precision to satisfy the property standards.

In the picture you can see this building had a sewage backup originated from multiple backed up toilets because, sanitary risers do not have a proper flow to excrete the water into the main sewer lines into the county sewer system, it needed to be cleaned and sanitized as quickly as possible to prevent further damage. SERVPRO of the North Fork has the experience and adequate equipment to provide efficient intervention. We can arrive to your home or business within a few hours to minimize water damage and begin sewage cleanup, we can also advise you on which of your possessions can be safely cleaned or restored and which should be replaced saving you time making decision making a whole lot easier. Taking the right steps is the key to saving money and problem solving reduces further losses and saves time. We are with you one step at a time.

Water Damage at Commercial Building in Shelter Island, NY

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage at Commercial Building in Shelter Island, NY

If your business has water damage, SERVPRO of The North Fork have all the equipment and services to handle even the more difficult task. We understand unexpected circumstances and issues can arise, such as standing water or the presence of mold is problematic and would require special attention to be cleaned as soon as possible to avoid further damage to the property.

In the case shown in the photo above, we have an example of a facility which had a water leak from a pipe burst, the water inside expands getting close to freezing, and this causes an increase in pressure inside the pipe. When the pressure gets too high for the pipe to contain it, it ruptures and you will have flooding. 

Pipe burst generate a lot of standing water in existing rooms.  We extract the water, remove some walls that are saturated, clean areas, sanitize and proceed to set up necessary drying equipment to make sure all affected materials were dry at the time of job completion.

Hurricane Season’s Around the Corner. Here’s What to Expect.

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

What New Yorkers need to know to prepare

Reprinted by NYtimes.com

This year’s hurricane season should be normal or slightly more active than average, government forecasters said on Thursday.

After the exceptionally destructive season last year, the prediction might seem like a reprieve of sorts. But a season with few storms can do tremendous damage if a single storm makes landfall. Hurricane season runs from June 1 until Nov. 1 and peaks from mid-August through late October.

“We’re not expecting the season to be one of the most active on record,” said Gerry Bell, lead hurricane season forecaster with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center. But, he said, “It’s time to start getting prepared.”

The agency’s forecasters predicted a 70 percent likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms with winds of 39 miles per hour or higher. Five to nine of those could become hurricanes, with winds of 74 m.p.h. or higher, and one to four could develop into major hurricanes, which have winds of 111 m.p.h. or higher.

By comparison, an average hurricane season produces 12 named storms. Six of those typically become hurricanes and three develop into major hurricanes.

Malfunction of Electric Panel in Long Island, NY

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Electric Panel Caused Home/Fire

Electrical panels can cause terrible fires when your home or building has old components or has not had a reputable licensed electrical contractor inspecting and maintaining your system. DIY work is not advised with panels. If your electrical system has not been properly installed, or has been tinkered with - the breakers may not trip an shut off the panel as they should, in the event of a surge or overload. Additionally bad connections and materials can cause sparks that can ignite nearby combustibles. 

The fire here in the photo was a Long Island, NY home that had a unexpected fire start in the electrical panel, located in the basement. You can see that the breaker is a total loss, an the fire spread rapidly. 

We recommend installing smoke detectors in all utility areas of your home and high risk areas: garages, basements, utility closet, laundry rooms, by any heat or high risk areas like electric panels;washer/dryers; near space heaters; oil burners/furnaces; hot water heaters.

It is wise to keep a smoke detector installed and operating in your basement, garage and anywhere your electrical box is located. 

Should you suffer a fire, know that SERVPRO of the North Fork is here to cleanup and restore your property.  We work with your insurance company to get you back to normal quickly!

Storm Damage in Riverhead, NY

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Can Bring Down the Roof

This home was ravaged during Hurricane Jose, which unfortunately for the homeowners, suffered extensive water intrusion inside. Drywall was affected, soaked through with water in walls and ceilings - bringing down the roof, as you see in the photo. 

When storm damage or water from any source - creeks, groundwater, sewage, rain, ice melts, pipe breaks - even bathroom overflow, SERVPRO of the North Fork can be there very quickly to start damage control and prevent further damage.  Our teams have extensive training and water certifications.  We use industrial quality equipment that removes water rapidly - we can pump large amounts quickly, clean, and sanitize.  

So if unwanted water has entered your world, call SERVPRO of the North Fork right away at 631-591-3771 and we'll make it "Like it never even happened."

Mold can Spread Quickly Anywhere On the North Fork

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can eat through wallboard, fabric and furniture - all food sources.

At SERVPRO of the North Fork, if you have damp areas with poor air circulation, you may have noticed the telltale musty odor that suggests the presence of mold. 

Mold can cause health effects. We can see in the photo the visible mold covering walls, wood and furniture.  Why?  There is too much moisture along with ample food sources (wood & drywall) to feed the mold. 

Areas that have mold affecting more than 10 square feet here on Long Island require an independent assessment from an environmental hygienist. 

The hygienist' report will indicate what the remediation protocol will be - that is what we will follow.  Don't wait after a water event!  The longer mold is left to grow, the larger and more costly a problem you will have.  Mold won't go away on it's own and splashing bleach on mold is ineffective - it doesn't kill the mold, which will regrow.   

Think you have mold? Call 631-591-3771.

Building Fire Codes and Requirements Follow the Regulations in your Area

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fires can disrupt a business operations or end a business altogether - follow the regulations in your area.

For businesses, your local Fire Marshal will have specific building fire codes and requirements for your local township as well as for your type of structure, given its age and type of business.

Generally all plans will include smoke detectors, illuminated exit signs, and certified inspected commercial fire extinguishers. You may be required to have a sprinkler or fire suppression system or alarm system.  Emergency exits and signage will be required.  Multi-unit or mixed-use commercial/residential buildings may have special requirements for common areas. The Fire Marshal routinely inspects commercial premises annually and will expect any noted or flagged items during the visit to be installed or remedied quickly for the followup visit.

New construction will have more comprehensive requirements, so working with the building department is advisable during planning stages. There may be extra requirements in the code, depending on the type of building and the scope of your business.  The NFPA, National Fire Protection Association has literally hundreds of reports on different standards for different applications, visible on their website.  

A Fire Can Kill A Business - Our Top 10 List To Recover

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fires can devastate a business.

Fire.  Combustible material.  Oxygen.  Three things that guarantee a raging fire.  When it is in a firepit - you are the fire master - king of the neighborhood.  But when your business burns down, you feel small, beaten and lost. 

I sympathize.  My family endured a catastrophic fire at the family business not too long ago.  It was one of the biggest fires ever had on the North Fork, with multiple districts responding. It was a total loss, and deeply painful.  I'd like to share my top 10 list for what to do after calling 911.

#1 Have ALL utilities and property services temporarily suspended - if the fire is still active and there is a live gas line to your building or an adjacent/nearby unit, you have a deadly  situation!  Immediately report it to both 911 and National Grid's 24/7 hotline 1-800-490-0045 to get an emergency shut off.

#2  If you have adjacent or nearby tenants, residents or businesses alert them immediately - they may have situations you are unaware of where your situation puts them in great peril. 

#3 Alert all employees and set up a mass communication method - a group text, group email or private Facebook group.

#4  Call your insurance company who will send an adjuster. 

#5 Call an independent public insurance adjuster too to make sure your insurance settlement is for the full amount you are entitled to.  

#6 Take clear photos that accurately convey the degree of damage of the structure and affected contents - don't put yourself in danger.

#7  Secure the property to avoid injuries, vandals and theft.  We do board up/tarp ups for homes and businesses 24/7. 

#8  Call us for cleanup, packout and restoration - we handle fire damages of any size.  We clean and carefully pack away as much as possible, which costs less than replacement.  Heat, smoke, water and fire fighting chemicals can cause damages where replacement may be necessary.  After your space has been rebuilt, we'll deliver all that was stored.  

#9  The next order of business is to go back to business!  Immediately - any way you can, any where you can - in a trailer, from your kitchen table, temporary rented space.  A closed business has no business and is likely to never reopen.  Don't wait for a rebuild, new fancy desks and chairs.  Start NOW.

#10 A fire is devastating, but get social.  Share with your community, vendors, customers, fans on social media.  Keep them informed with regular updates and accept their support and encouragement!  They are rooting for you. 

SERVPRO of the North Fork Cleans Up Fire Damages

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

A fire is a devastating event - we are here to help!

At SERVPRO of the North Fork, we understand that a fire can be a devastating and traumatic event - an unplanned event that causes chaos and confusion because you were not planning for it.  We are here to give you some guidance on what to do to try to minimize the damage and restoration after a fire in your home or business, no matter the size. SERVPRO is always ready and available to help make it like it never even happened.  

The whole restoration process starts with one phone call, as early as possible.  As soon as you contact us, we can go to your location to inspect the scope of repairs and determine of the extent of the damage.  We work with your insurance company.  We can inventory any content that has been damaged as well as select and pack away content that is salvageable or untouched.  Once the extent of the damage has been determined, we can start with necessary cleaning and remediation of your home or business along with removing any odor, soot and smoke damage. 

Those 'Old House Smells' - you'd rather not have!

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Odors in homes and buildings can be both unpleasant, distracting and cause illness.

"Old house smell" could be a symptom of mildew and mold within the walls, so you'll need to identify the source areas before tackling this issue (mold versus the inherent smells of a very well lived-in dwelling).  SERVPRO of the North Forth can assist with these bothersome smells by finding the source and then eliminating it.

SERVPRO uses specific methods and products to get the best results.  For example, Special Deodorizer is an alcohol-based odor removal product that dissolves and removes noxious odors from affected areas without heavy masking perfumes by acting directly on the source of the odor.  Special Deodorizer is effective on a number of odors and is the product to turn to when others do not work. It is proven to remove various odors from sources such as cigarette and cigar smoke, pet urine, vomit, soured milk, mold, mildew and bacteria.

We have equipment and cleaning devices as well that are effective in eliminating long standing odors.  

SERVPRO of the North Fork, uses only approved products and maintains a good feedback with the community. With many old houses, this kind of issue is routine for our team.  If your house or building has unpleasant odors, call SERPVRO of the North Fork and breathe deeply once more!

SERVPRO of Great Neck/Port Washington expands onto the North Fork!

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Sales & Marketing

We are so happy to have acquired SERVPRO of the North Fork late June 2017!  Having served Long Island's Nassau County population for 10 years already, an east end location gave us a second home base to work from in Suffolk County. 

We now service all of Wading River, Manorville, Upton (which is all Brookhaven National Lab lands), Calverton, Baiting Hollow, Riverhead, Aquebogue, Jamesport, South Jamesport, Laurel, Mattituck, New Suffolk, Cutchogue, Peconic, Southold, Greenport, East Marion, Orient, Orient Point, Shelter Island and Shelter Island Heights!  

Our VP of Sales and Marketing, Barbara Whitbread is meeting and greeting realtors, insurance offices, property managers, property owners and businesses on the east end's North Fork to introduce our company and offer assistance.

When the unexpected happens, call SERVPRO of the North Fork at 631-591-3771 24/7.

Storm Season - Damage Prevention Tips for the North Fork

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

Rain and storms on the east end's North Fork can be damaging.

We are now entering storm and hurricane season, we all need to take precautions to protect our homes, businesses and properties.  Whether it's a hurricane, tornado, thunderstorms or another form of extreme weather, your home could experience significant water damage, flooding or destruction to both interior and exterior portions of the structure and infrastructure.  Nevertheless, we can take precautions to minimize the potential damage as these storms could cause significant losses to your property. 

Tip #1:  Inspect your garage doors, windows, roof and trees surrounding the building.  Once you identify these areas, you can take measures to help reinforce them which will most likely reduce the damage.  Anchor loose connections, repair any existing damage. 

Tip #2:  Trim back any loose branches and limbs that pose a threat.  

Tip #3:  Remove and store or anchor any loose unsecured items that may become airborne in high winds.  

While taking these precautions does not guarantee your home or business won't endure some storm & water damage, they can help reduce the degree of damage. 

If your home or business is damaged by storm SERVPRO of the North Fork can help! Call us 631-531-3771. 

REGISTRATION: INSURANCE - 3 credit hours - Continuing Education Class May 2, 2018 - Riverhead

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Link for Insurance Professionals:


SERVPRO of the North Fork is delighted to invite you to a FREE and value packed continuing education 3-credit hour course & complimentary continental breakfast for top Insurance Professionals on for your license education requirements.

Check-in starts at 8:30 a.m., class begins promptly at 9:00 a.m.! Arriving late or leaving early may invalidate credits. Photo I.D. at check-in. Make sure that you did not already take course #259587.

COURSE No.: #NYCR-259587 on "Water Damage: Risk, Diagnosis & Mitigation" for NYS insurance licenses.
PROVIDER No.: NYPO-100256 (Robkat, Inc.)
LOCATION: HOTEL INDIGO (ballroom); 1830 West Main Street; Calverton, N.Y. 11933 (this is right past the Tanger Outlets)

REGISTRATION: REAL ESTATE - 3 credit hours - Continuing Education Class May 2, 2018 - Riverhead

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Real Estate Professional Link:


SERVPRO of the North Fork is delighted to invite you to a FREE and value packed continuing education 3-credit hour course and complimentary continental breakfast for top Insurance Professionals on for your license education requirements.

Check-in starts at 8:30 a.m., class begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. Arriving late or leaving early may invalidate credits. Please bring a photo I.D. at check-in. Make sure that you did not already take course #12219.

COURSE No.: #12219 on "Water Damage: Risk, Diagnosis and Mitigation"
PROVIDER No.: NYPO-100256 (Robkat, Inc.)
LOCATION: HOTEL INDIGO (ballroom); 1830 West Main Street, Calverton, N.Y. 11933 (this is right past the Tanger Outlets.)


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