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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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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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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 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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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.

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.

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.

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.