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Why Riverhead Residents Need Skilled Storm Damage Removal and Restoration

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

a shot of a flooded floor with a person wearing water boots Storm damage cleanup is best left up to the professionals. Contact SERVPRO to assess the situation and remediate any damage.

SERVPRO Has the Manpower and Methods to Ensure Riverhead Properties Get Back on Track with Storm Damage Removal

High winds, falling debris, and rising groundwater levels make for the perfect storm that can bring damage to your Riverhead property. Many homeowners may see initial damage and think they can handle the cleanup, but there is usually more involved that calls for skilled technicians. Water damage repairs and cleanup is best handled by the pros at SERVPRO.

Storm damage removal in Riverhead calls for a plan tailored to the property and the event itself. SERVPRO has proven methods that we use for different projects to bring our customers rapid, efficient results. Areas that we may need to cover when called to your home include:

  • Board up and tarping services to address a leaking roof from storms
  • Basement flooding 
  • Sewage cleanup if the influx of groundwater disrupted your system
  • Treatment of contaminated flood water coming into your garage or home interior

The good thing about working with SERVPRO for storm response is that we have a network of professionals to assist in water damage repairs and content restoration. When some aspects of the project call for specific expertise, we may call in help from:

  • Fine art restoration professionals
  • Dry cleaning technicians
  • Electronic repair and restorations
  • Document recovery and restoration specialists
  • Furniture refinishing

There is no job too big or too minute for the team here at SERVPRO of The North Fork. If you need storm damage removal and flooding restoration, we make sure the job gets done in a timely fashion. Call (631) 591-3771, and we make it “Like it never even happened.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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."

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.

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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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.

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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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.