Recent Water Damage Posts

Do I Need Ceiling Repairs from Water Damage?

4/2/2021 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Technicians in Riverhead Can Accurately Assess Your Water Removal Needs

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

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

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

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

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

3/28/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

SERVPRO is an Expert in Water Mitigation for Jamesport Residents

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Helps Ensure Balanced Drying in Jamesport Properties after Water Damage

One of the major problems of water intrusion is spreading moisture in many parts of the structure, leaving contents and materials wet. Therefore, drying is a crucial aspect in the restoration of such property to its preloss state. Although materials dry naturally if given sufficient time and kept from further moisture exposure, intervention is usually necessary when restoring water-damaged properties.

The drying done as part of water mitigation in Jamesport properties must expedite results to prevent secondary issues such as mold development, which can happen in as little as 48 hours. Drying relies on three main factors:

The drying method chosen must adjust these factors to optimum levels for a positive outcome. SERVPRO utilizes a closed or semi-closed system that seals off the affected area from the outdoor environment. We then use air movers to improve air movements within the wet areas, thus improving evaporation. We also set up dehumidifiers to extract moisture from the air. Dehumidifiers also exhaust hot air back into the wet areas, which further improves evaporation.

Assistance from SERVPRO of The North Fork can help dry your property faster. Call us at (631) 591-3771 for any water mitigation services.

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.

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.

Why Should Jamestown Homeowners React Quickly to Excess Water?

10/24/2020 (Permalink)

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

Water Damage In Jamestown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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."

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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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!

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.   

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. 

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

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.

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.