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Failed Plumbing Can Leave Your Commercial Property in Urgent Need of Water and Sewage Removal & Restoration Services

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

Long Island SERVPRO technicians can arrive quickly and are experienced in dealing with messy and hazardous water damage cleanup and restoration.

SERVPRO is here to help with ALL types of commercial property restoration services to keep your organization looking and running at its best. One of the worst disasters, although very common a commercial property can experience is a sewage backup. A sewage backup can occur for many reasons, but the most common is when a blockage prevents wastewater from flowing through the sewer line that connects your restroom to the municipal sewers or other type of septic system managing your waste removal. The obstruction will cause your sewer lines and drain pipes to fill up until it eventually overflows. When this happens, you’ll need to find a reliable commercial sewage removal company near you. Water damage in your commercial property is an inconvenience, damages can spread quickly throughout your building, threatening not only the structural components of your school, store, restaurant, office building or warehouse but also potentially allowing secondary effects such as mold growth to occur. Our local Long Island SERVPRO technicians can arrive quickly and are experienced in dealing with messy and hazardous “black water” situations and can effectively decontaminate, sanitize and deodorize the area. Our IICRC certified sewage and biohazard cleanup professionals are trained and equipped with all necessary resources needed to mitigate and protect your commercial property and contents from further harm.

What are the effects of a Commercial Sewage Backup?

Health Risks, Contamination, and Mold
Cosmetic & Structural Damage
Damage to Appliances, Inventory and other Contents

Sewage poses the same risk of cosmetic and structural damage as a typical water damage, with an added potential for health risks. Depending on the category of water involved in the sewage backup, it poses a risk of containing bacterial and viral contaminants, parasites, and mold. Hazardous sewage cleanup should be performed by highly-trained, certified professional in order to ensure the safety of the affected area as well as the inhabitants of the property. Most porous items that meet raw sewage must be handled properly by certified professionals and disposed of in a safely.

SERVPRO WATER DAMAGE PROFESSIONALS ARE EXPERIENCED WITH MESSY PROPERTY DISASTER CLEANUP & REPAIRS

Sewage backups are considered a category 3 water damage loss, like other water damages they can cause cosmetic and structural damage to your home or business. Contents such as inventory, equipment, documents, furnishings can be ruined if saturated with contaminated water and losing a vital hours of operation can have serious consequences to your short- and long-term profitability. Toilet overflows, sewage backups and other category 3 “black water” intrusions are more than nasty, smelly messes; these biohazard damages can bring with them harmful parasites, viruses, and bacteria that pose a significant health risk to occupants as well as moisture that can ultimately lead to mold growth.

Contacting professional sewage cleanup service is necessary our expert IICRC certified specialists will respond to your situation in the quickest, safest, and most appropriate manner possible. When it comes to biohazard cleanup, our team knows that there are many steps to ensure a building is properly restored after a sewage mess. After extracting the dirty water from your commercial property, our team will sanitize the surroundings, deodorize it, and dry out the entire area. Our SERVPRO category 3 water damage, sewage and biohazard removal professionals are fully equipped with all the necessary tools to ensure an effective cleanup and restoration happens, including air filters, devices to detect moisture, vacuums, pumps, anti-microbial chemicals, and protective suits. Our team will isolate, clean and sanitize your commercial restroom and other damaged areas, neutralizing the odors and remove all contaminated materials to restore your office or facility to a safe and healthy condition, quickly and properly.

Our experts follow proven steps to repair sewer backups and flood damage, which are:

  • Properly removing sewage water and solid waste;
  • Removing contaminated contents; including carpet, flooring and other surfaces that have been exposed to potential contamination
  • Cleaning and sanitizing the area;
  • Using air movers and dehumidifiers to rapidly dry the area;
  • Finally making any necessary repairs and restoration

Overcoming the damages that exist in your commercial property after a sewage or biohazard incident requires an immediate response from business and property owners to secure the services of our trained SERVPRO professionals. We have trucks stocked with extraction and drying equipment to get started with mitigation and restoration services quickly. That, combined with our experience in controlled demolition, can quickly protect your home from contamination and bacterial threats that can often exist after contaminated “black water” circumstances. We know business interruption for cleanup and restoration, can prove to be stressful and compromising. Our team takes all necessary steps to minimize downtime and avoid disruption during your recovery, we strive to restore rather than replace whenever possible, helping mitigate the damage quickly and save on recovery costs.

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SERVPRO has quick and effective Commercial property restoration services to minimize business interruption and get you back to business quickly.

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Decades of hands-on cleanup, restoration and repair experience and our dedication to helping local Long Island businesses disrupted by disasters.

Getting your Long Island business open and operational quickly is the SERVPRO way, we rely on decades of hands-on experience and proven results to helping local Long Island business owners dealing with property damage in communities near you; cleanup, repair and restore their commercial property. Our commitment to quick and effective property restoration and recovery after a property disaster caused by fire, flood, water and mold makes selecting our Suffolk County SERVPRO restoration experts the right choice.

Big or small, property damage to Brookhaven commercial property can have a multi-faceted impact on your business. The effects of a property disaster can range from loss of revenue, inventory, customers and/or employees to irreversible structural and financial damages. After a property disaster strikes, we recommend calling an expert in property restoration, here at SERVPRO of Medford we can get to work fixing your commercial property. SERVPRO of Medford is here to help with fast and effective disaster restoration and cleanup services, we provide a full-range of disaster restoration services including: emergency response, water damage repair, water removal, flood restoration, fire damage restoration, soot and smoke damage services, storm damage repairs, wind damage restoration, industrial dehumidification, structural cleaning and decontamination, mold remediation, environmental services such as hazardous waste removal, lead removal and asbestos removal, duct cleaning services, vital document and paper recovery, machinery and equipment restoration, semiconductor services, reconstruction, consulting and more. Restoring your commercial property is our business, and we are always ready to help get local businesses back up and running, “Like it never even happened.”

Has your business already suffered from a disaster? Was your office flooded during a rain storm, or your restaurant suffered a grease fire, maybe your commercial property had a sewage backup? Whatever the extent of damage, SERVPRO is among the leading providers of property damage cleanup, restoration and repair services for Suffolk County and around the country. Thousands of business owners trust and rely on us every year for a range of services and trust us to handle their property with care. Individuals, corporate clients, and major insurance companies alike deal with us for our speed, reliability, and effectiveness in mitigating property damage and lowering overall claims and recovery costs. Calling our local SERVPRO of Medford team gives you the confidence of a disaster restoration professional who is trained and equipped to handle any “once in a lifetime disaster” with a professional recovery plan.

Suffolk County is crammed with commercial properties, ranging from busy airports, local shopping centers, medical facilities and small businesses, we have successfully completed cleanup and restoration services for residential and commercial clients near you. Patchogue has become a local hot spot for dining out, after one of the many popular restaurants experienced a kitchen fire, our fire and smoke restoration technicians were called in to cleanup and restore the damages quickly. Our restoration specialists worked cohesively to mitigate the water and fire damages and restore the kitchen and dining areas for customers and employees as soon as possible. Suffolk County has also seen a boom in multi-family housing, when a local residential apartment complex had an extensive water damage event that destroyed several units, our emergency restoration crews were able to get tenants back in their homes quickly and efficiently. The multiple certifications in specialties like Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD) held by our crew members allows us to move from task to task without delay. The full-service approach is why SERVPRO delivers on our promise for fast and professionally cleanup and restoration. After a local warehouse experienced ongoing high-humidity, mold became a major problem for the facility, affecting structural components and inventory. Our SERVPRO mold remediation specialists fixed the issue, providing microbial remediation, water damage mitigation and investigation, applied structural drying, commercial cleaning and deodorizing services to get the job done right.

SERVPRO of Medford is the right choice for commercial property damage restoration, because of decades of hands-on cleanup, restoration and repair experience and our dedication to helping local Long Island businesses disrupted by disasters. We have worked diligently over these decades building a reliable team of IICRC certified technicians and a collection of commercial grade equipment ready to assist with water, fire, mold, or storm disaster restoration services. Wherever you need help, our SERVPRO crews are here to help!

SERVPRO provides start to finish professional property disaster cleanup, restoration, rebuild and post-construction cleaning services to Long Island

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO will guide you step-by-step through the cleanup, restoration and reconstruction process and make your experience fast and effective.

When your Long Island home or commercial building faces damages from a property disaster, working with a full service disaster restoration and cleanup company can give you the advantage you need to save money and time during the property recovery process. Our SERVPRO location offers a unique opportunity to work with a local trusted restoration and recovery team, that includes IICRC certified property damage technicians and licensed contractors with disaster restoration rebuilding experience. Giving you a complete property disaster restoration and rebuild option for cleanup and repairs. SERVPRO of Medford professional restoration and construction managers and crews work together to give your water damage, fire damage or mold remediation project a seamless time-saving and often cost effective transition, making your property truly, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the property disaster recovery and restoration business, our on-call 24/7 emergency response teams are highly-trained and experienced with all types of property disasters losses including fire, smoke, water, sewage, flood and storm damage. Our restoration professionals near you have 30 years of experience providing high-quality commercial and residential property disaster restoration and reconstruction services to local Long Island communities every day.

Emergency Response Property Disaster Restoration Services

SERVPRO of Medford is committed to making the cleanup, restoration and rebuild process for our customers organized, efficient and successful, after a frustrating and confusing property disaster event. Whether your home or building sustained damages from a storm, flood, fire or water disaster, you’ll have trusted and compassionate professionals by your side. We will work with you to survey the extent of the property damage, develop a plan for cleanup, restoration and reconstruction.

Disaster restoration and repair for your Medford, Patchogue, Farmingville, Holbrook or Centereach commercial or residential property is best left to professionals. Our SERVPRO professionals are skills with the complexities of removing water and the water extraction, drying, dehumidifying, disinfecting and removal equipment required to complete the job properly. Our expert team has the experience, certifications, and equipment to complete any size restoration and repair project quickly, correctly, and affordably.

Some of our property Restoration services include:

  • Water Removal and Extraction: This important and often first step in the process involves us removing and extracting standing water from all areas of your property. Our SERVPRO technicians utilize industrial grade equipment to move large volumes quickly and efficiently to minimize long term hazards and damage
  • Property Drying: After the bulk of the water is removed hazardous levels of moisture can still exist fibrous structural and aesthetic components in your home or business building. We utilize specialized equipment to pull moisture from the air to create an environment suitable for drying of these important pieces and may also attempt to speed the drying process with heat.
  • Cleanup: After water and moisture have been removed and dried it’s important to conduct thorough cleaning of the affected area to prevent future health hazards. Flooding from rivers and sewers can pose exceptional risks to health and welfare due to the silt and bacteria they carry. Our team will remove damaged items that are beyond repair
  • Soot and Smoke Mitigation: SERVPRO’s full-spectrum restoration capabilities has many benefits when it comes to fire and smoke damage restoration. We often use air scrubbers that creates negative air pressure to force contaminants through HEPA filters before exhausting to the outdoors. Air quality is improved, including the clearing of any fumes from cleaners or solvents used to remove protein-based soot from kitchen fires.

Our team dedicated team, provides professional and prompt emergency restoration services for all local Long Island commercial businesses and homeowners. SERVPRO of Medford’s building services gives our location a unique opportunity to streamline the entire property restoration and recovery process, while mitigating challenges and providing quick and seamless professional service from start to finish.

Property Repair and Reconstruction Services

Once the emergency mitigation services have been performed, our Restoration Project Manager will coordinate with our construction team, your insurance company and adjuster to plan the next steps. Our full-service disaster restoration services provide all the necessary steps in the cleanup, mitigation, restoration and rebuild process from start to finish. Our crews and managers work closely with you and your insurance provider to restore your property to preloss condition. Our mission is to leave you with the home and/or business you recognized before any damages occurred, as well as minimize any stress or strain associated with handling a restoration and construction project on your own. We have rebuilt and reconstructed countless walls, floors, kitchens, bathrooms, structures and more.  While some floods and fires are small and require minor remediation techniques, others are large and require complete reconstruction of walls, support beams, floors and sub-floors.  Our experience goes beyond removal of wet, damaged and/or mold saturated carpet, rugs, and drywall.  Not only can we remove such items, we can also replace them.  We provide all necessary reconstruction services and work seamlessly with highly vetted vendors for plumbing, roofing and electrical.

As construction begins a SERVPRO Construction Project Manager will work closely with you and your insurance adjuster to guarantee the highest level of satisfaction and most time-efficient execution of any and all construction requirements and needs. Our goal is to restore and repair your home or business back to its original condition, but also allow for any changes or upgrades to the property at your request (these upgrades may NOT be covered by insurance). This will afford you the opportunity to make any alterations to your property during the reconstruction phase. This will save you time and money on any of those home or business improvements you may have been planning but putting off!  

Our construction professionals can make suggestions to match replacement materials with your current home decor, our managers can assist with upgrading or renovating parts of your home for a completely new look. We work closely with local licensing agencies to guarantee that your home reconstruction project and any upgrades are compliant with local and state regulations. Our goal is to finish your restoration and reconstruction project promptly, efficiently and professionally so that you are satisfied and can return to your routine and property as soon as possible.

Types of Construction Services available by SERVPRO of Medford

From simple repairs and remodeling, to total reconstruction or improvement projects, our construction and remediation crews have the resources and knowledge to offer these services:
    •    Site Containment / Temporary Shoring
    •    Selective Demolition
    •    Full-Scale Carpentry
    •    Complete Exterior Reconstruction
    •    Interior Build-Out and Finishes
    •    Complex Installation and Interior Finishes
    •    Historic Reconstruction and Restoration


Our Disaster Restoration and Reconstruction crews are committed to helping home and business owners and managers navigate the aftermath of a property disaster.  You are not alone – SERVPRO will guide you step-by-step through the cleanup, restoration and reconstruction process and make your experience as quick and efficient as possible. We have helped countless local Medford, Holbrook, Ronkonkoma and Patchogue property owners in your situation, and are here to help you, too.

Still have questions about Restorations and Repairs?

Let us answer your questions about ANY of our property disaster recovery phases, our professionally trained SERVPRO staff is available 24-hours a day to provide answers to your concerns, or setup an inspection to get your property back on the road to restoration and recovery. Give us a call!

Hidden Moisture could be causing property damage in your Long Island Home

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

Over time hidden moisture can contribute to high humidity in your home, creating ideal conditions for mold growth and other property damage concerns.

Water damage is among the most common cause of residential property damage insurance claims in the area it can pose significant risks to Long Island homes and businesses. Some sources of water damage such as floods, burst pipes, and sewage backups are obvious and require emergency service right away. However, there are other “hidden water and moisture” sources of damage that can be difficult to detect and often lead to a considerable amount of property damage and an increased cost for cleanup, restoration and repairs.

One possible concern with hidden moisture or sustained water damage is an increase in the overall humidity of your home. The EPA recommends keeping indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent. If you are having trouble with high humidity in your Long Island residence hidden moisture could be a concern. You may be able to detect high humidity by simply paying attention to potential problem areas in your home, damp basements, high traffic areas, bathrooms and kitchens with high humidity activities and poor circulation. Telltale signs of excessive humidity include condensation on windows, pipes, and walls. Over time hidden moisture can contribute to high humidity and during ideal conditions and can cause mold growth and other property concerns to erupt. The possible causes of water damage lurking in your home can originate from many different sources, with varying intensities, contamination levels, and scope of damage. Some of our largest property restoration projects start as small water leaks that cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. There are many processes and techniques our crews can implement to successfully and thoroughly locate and address your high humidity and other hidden water damage concerns. Calling local SERVPRO professionals can help investigate the source behind your high humidity or hidden water damage concerns and inspect for any sign of visible mold or other secondary property damages.

How our SERVPRO restoration specialists find hidden water causing damage to your property and searching for the source of the moisture problem

Our SERVPRO professionals have IICRC certification and extensive training to handle all facets of water loss recovery in homes throughout our area, and our technicians also work to double check to ensure success during the restoration process. We use state of the art moisture monitoring and thermal imaging equipment to locate hidden water that could be lurking in your home following either an emergency or lingering water property disaster.

MOISTURE DETECTION DEVICES:
Our SERVPRO technicians use moisture detection devices, similar to a stud finder these moisture readers can indicate the presence of moisture behind, ceilings, walls and floors. The devices that our teams uses emits electromagnetic waves and measures the resistance in their return to determine moisture content in the affected materials. This sophisticated equipment can help us also to decide when a certain structural element could be too saturated or damaged to preserve.

THERMAL IMAGING EQUIPMENT:
Our SERVPRO professionals also use thermal imagery to indicate the presence of moisture pockets throughout affected and exposed areas of your property. Much of the damage in many water loss incidents can occur out of sight, so seeing a temperature array to detail the presence of moisture and dampness in challenging areas can help to determine the best points for installing drying equipment.

Is Hidden Moisture Causing High Humidity Concerns for Your Local Home or Business

Hidden moisture or water leaks are dangerous because they can cause serious issues like structural damage and mold growth before they are discovered. Excess water and moisture gets absorbed in wood, drywall, insulation, and furniture and can lead to warping, stains, bubbling, and structural deterioration.

Common signs of lingering or hidden water damage in your home:

Water spots or warping under sink cabinets

If you see water under the bathroom or kitchen sink it’s a warning sign that you have water damage and potential mold growth around the sink area. If the leak is bad enough, it could cause additional damage to the building structure, including the floor and walls, even if there’s no water present, water spots clearly indicate that pipes under the sink have a slow leak.

Ceiling or wall stains and bubbling

Ceiling and wall stains are obvious signs of a roof, appliance, or plumbing leak, water saturates insulation and drywall, it can also lead to major water damage, that can compromise the structural integrity of the property. Check your roof for damage, broken tiles or puddling, also investigate appliances such as the washing machine, dishwasher, and toilets for leaky spigots that could be dripping water and causing damage.

Squishy or Warping kitchen/bathroom floors or tile

Water damage is not always visible. In fact, it’s more common for damage to occur behind the floor, ceiling, and walls where you can’t see it. Since the bathroom is the most humid room in your home, it’s a common place for water damage and mold growth.

Moisture detection equipment can help our SERVPRO professionals to identify problem areas within your home that could be contributing to your homes high humidity. Excessive moisture and high humidity can also cause mold to grow and spread in areas behind walls and ceilings where it is not easily detected. If water damage isn’t properly mitigated, mold and other secondary damages can begin to spread throughout your property in just a few days. That’s why it’s important to choose quality restoration professionals to dry and restore your property and take necessary steps to avoid further damages.

Ask About SERVPRO’s Visible Mold Inspection

The key to mold prevention is simple: moisture control and sufficient airflow. If you suspect your home is suffering from excessive high humidity, get in touch with our SERVPRO staff right away. Our Mold Remediation team can inspect your property for mold and water damage, locate the source of hidden moisture and plan a mold removal and remediation process to get your home healthy and safe, “Like it never even happened.”

Signs of mold in your home are unpleasant odor, health issues or visual signs of mold growth.

In fact, mold sensitive individuals may experience unpleasant symptoms such as:

  • Respiratory issues
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Throat irritation.
  • Skin irritation.

If our technicians do discover mold during the inspection and mitigation process, they will evaluate the mold growth and contain any damage to the smallest area possible. They will then physically remove the mold and thoroughly dry any contaminated areas to ensure that the mold does not return. Finally, the technicians will follow established procedures to return the property to a preloss condition.

When your home or business experiences a water disaster issue, or you suspect that high humidity maybe a problem, call our trusted local SERVPRO of Medford Property Restoration Service Specialists. Our sophisticated tools can make it easy to determine the presence of hidden moisture and dampness in your home and waiting too long to choose professional cleanup and recovery services can be a costly and hazardous mistake. We closely monitor and document all our cleanup, mitigation and remediation steps and make sure your moisture problem is taken care of correctly. To schedule a FREE inspection give our SERVPRO of Medford team a call 24/7 at (631) 732-4952.

SERVPRO of Medford Summer fire safety tips to avoid home fire damage and disaster restoration services.

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

July is the peak month for outdoor fire mishaps and property damage concerns. It’s important to keep safety in mind!

Don’t let an outdoor fire ruin your summer vacation, SERVPRO of Medford has some helpful tips for preventing Long Island fire property disasters.

Summer is finally here, and it’s a great time to tryout some new grilling recipes and perfect your marshmallow roasting technique. Spending summer evenings outdoors cooking yummy things on the grill and relaxing with family and friends by the fire pit are wonderful ways to make great Long Island summer memories. July is the peak month for outdoor fire mishaps and property damage concerns. It’s important to keep safety in mind when enjoying these fun but hazardous activities this summer, SERVPRO wants your summer to be remembered for fabulous food and outdoor entertaining, not the charred steaks and a burnt building.

SMOKE AND SOOT CONCERNS FOR YOUR PROPERTY

Even a minor property fire or a season of outdoor fires and BBQs can cause or contribute to significant smoke or soot damage to your Medford, Patchogue, Holbrook, Farmingville or Coram home’s interiors and exteriors, including your HVAC unit. Our SERVPRO restoration specialists know a lot about the secondary damages from soot and smoke that happen as the result of a blaze. Whether the fire was from a recreational source like a fireplace, outdoor fire pit or grill, or the fire was the result of a fire mishap and a property disaster. Fire creates smoke and soot, and the tiny particles float in the air and will become trapped in drapes, carpets and furniture, or collect on surfaces and inside your HVAC system. When these issues arise and you see soot residue or smell smoke odors, the solution is the same. Calling your local SERVPRO Fire Cleanup and Restoration Professionals will provide top quality services, experience, knowledge and trust that our Long Island restoration crews will quickly restore your home or business, “Like it never even happened.”

When the wind changes while your outdoor fire or BBQ is going it can bring secondary fire damages like smoke and soot concerns to the interiors and exteriors of your home. That’s why it’s always recommended that you avoid outdoor fires during windy evenings and you should pay special attention while cooking. Smoke and soot can permeate your walls, surfaces and air ducts leaving unseen odors throughout your property. Consulting a full-service cleanup, restoration and repairs company is your top-priority to keeping restoration costs lower and salvaging as much of your property and possessions as possible. SERVPRO has a long history in the restoration industry and we focus on salvaging and restoring your contents and structure. SERVPRO provides exceptional fire, smoke and soot damage restoration services and experience, balanced with efficiency and cost-effective techniques in response to your property damage disaster.

Learn more about our superior Fire damage cleanup and restoration services here.

Want to know more about how SERVPRO can help with smoke odors and soot damage in your home following seasonal outdoor fire property damage?

SERVPRO of Medford has been providing disaster restoration services including, fire, smoke, flood and water damage for nearly 30 years, we have learned that property damage happens even to the most cautious of homeowners. A fast response is critical as fire residue can immediately damage structural components and contents, the contamination grows progressively worse and more expensive to remediate as time passes. SERVPRO is Faster to any size disaster, arriving at your home as soon as possible with a full complement of Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) and the products, tools, and equipment needed in our well-stocked service vehicles.

The training our crews complete from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) prepares them to use effective strategies that clean up the charring, soiling, and odors post-fire. SERVPRO’s professional fire restoration specialists and high-tech commercial equipment ensure quick and effective cleanup, removal and repairs of your property and contents following smoke, soot and ash surface buildup and damage before it continues to spread.

SERVPRO’s Proven Soot and Smoke Damage Cleaning and Deodorizing Process:

  • Clean the soot residue that builds up on surfaces before it continues to spread.
  • Neutralize the odor to keep them from returning
  • Remove soot residue from at-risk items including brass, aluminum, chrome, marble, tile, fabrics, carpets and upholstery.
  • Deodorize carpets, curtains and clothing and other porous materials

Learn more about soot damage and other secondary fire damages including different methods for cleaning and restoring your residential or commercial property and contents correctly.    

Even when your belongings are in good shape, and the cleanup is minor, the lingering odor can be overwhelming. Our SERVPRO crew has a variety of approaches to use, including deodorizing pellets, charcoal-activated filters, and even ozone air purifiers. Here are just a few examples of materials and possible restoration solutions; Porous materials like drywall, wood and furniture often require ozone treatments to remove the smoke smell. Upholstery, carpeting, drapes and other fabrics are often dry cleaned with special chemical deodorizers to neutralize the smell, then either steam or dry cleaned. The exact deodorization process will vary depending on the extent of the fire smell and the type of materials involved.

Contact us today if your home has experienced smoke or soot damage from an outdoor fire mishap or an accidental fire disaster.

On average 8,800 home fires start from barbeque grills, fire pits and outdoor fireplaces, SERVPRO of Medford is here to help with fire property damage emergency services, whenever you need us. Our local SERVPRO professionals can answer your emergency call 24-hours/7 days per week! Our priority is servicing our local community, and we want to provide a few simple outdoor fire and grilling safety tips can help prevent injury and keep your home and property safe from potential fire damage and the need for local fire damage cleanup and restoration services, this season.

REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE FROM OUTDOOR GRILLS & FIRE PITS… NEVER LEAVE YOUR BURNING GRILL OR FIRE UNATTENDED!

Tips for Backyard Grill and Fire Pit Fire Safety

  • Keep at least a safe 3-foot clearance around the entire grill or fire pit. Keep kids and pets clear of this area too!
  • Move the grill away from the house and fence, and move it out from underneath any overhangs. Do not use the grill under trees or near shrubbery.
  • Regularly clean out the grease traps on your grill to prevent grease fires.
  • Never leave your grill unattended!
  • If using charcoal, make sure the coals have cooled completely before disposing of them in a metal container.
  • Keeping a fire extinguisher or a big box of baking soda in the vicinity is good idea in case a fire does breakout.
  • Drag a hose over to where you’re burning. If you have a sprayer on your hose, turn the water on and keep it on until you’re through with your fire in case of an emergency.
  • Never have a fire under trees or overhangs, near shrubbery, or close to the house.
  • Keep flammable materials away from fires.
  • Never have a fire on a windy day!

SERVPRO of Medford is here to help you enjoy your summer season, connect with us on FACEBOOK let us know about your new grill recipe or if you have a favorite summer safety tip.

Quick and Effective Spring and Summer Storm Home or Business Restoration Services

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Our priority is providing quick and effective storm cleanup services to restore your property and belongings, “Like it never even happened.”

Our SERVPRO team has the answers to your property storm damage cleanup and repair concerns

Spring and Summer bring some considerable hazards and potential damage to your local Long Island property, including severe storms that bring coastal flooding, torrential rains, strong winds and lightening. Other elements that can cause property damage during the spring and summer are high-humidity or summer fire concerns. Your home or business could face any number of potential Spring and Summer property damage events, including mold damage, fire damage, sewage backup damage or plumbing leaks and appliance water damage. When you find yourself in need of professional fire or water disaster restoration services or emergency flood cleanup and property repairs, our SERVPRO restoration specialists are here to assist.

Spring and Summer on Long Island brings a ton of exciting things to do, our area offers great beaches and parks to explore, additionally there are great events and community functions happening throughout the seasons. It’s important to remember safety while enjoying all that spring and summer have to offer. June is National Safety Month – keeping your family, friends and employees safe during these months is important to us, as is taking steps to avoid property damage to your home or business. Follow us for great tips on how to protect your property and what to do in the aftermath of a property disaster. Our crews are available 24-hours a day, always here to help with property repairs and recovery services

Many Long Island homes or businesses have experienced flooding and other property water damage from the severe weather in our area, do you need restoration and cleanup help?

OUR LONG ISLAND STORM & WATER MITIGATION SERVICES INCLUDE

  • Roof tarping and Board Up Services
  • Category 1, 2 and 3 Water Extraction & Cleanup
  • Drying of affected areas, including walls, carpets and furniture
  • Cleaning and Restoration of affected possessions
  • Remediating mold and mildew
  • Reconstruction and Repairs

Our SERVPRO of Medford team has been helping our local communities for nearly 30 years, we are prepared with expert training and quality equipment to mitigate and restore your commercial or residential property. Our technicians are available 24-7 with our Emergency Service Team to help cleanup and repair your property damage from water, sewage, smoke or fire. Our priority is providing quick and effective service and solutions to restore your property and belongings, “Like it never even happened.”

Storm Flood Damage and Coastal Flooding Damage Concerns

Flooding presents a serious risk to your commercial or residential property. Northeast Thunderstorms and Hurricanes can bring a ton of moisture and tidal surges causing above average amounts of water to cover the local and surrounding areas. According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, floods kill more people every year than lightening, hurricanes and tornadoes combined.

When it comes to your home or business flooding can lead to dangerous contamination and structural damage including damage to the drywall, contents and support structure. After only 24 hours your property is in jeopardy of additional damages including mold growth and other harmful bacteria. Quick and Effective cleanup and restoration services from a professional team is vital to avoiding even further damage.

Structural Damage: Severe storms can bring major flood risks to most Long Island properties causing significant structural damage to building materials, contents, foundations and basements. Our immediate flood water removal services are essential to avoiding additional costly damages, our SERVPRO specialists can also provide temporary structural support, tarp and board up services to help stabilize and secure the property.

Mold Growth: following a flood or water damage to your home or business, mold has the potential to start growing right away. SERVPRO technicians are trained and experienced to handle the mold remediation process and avoid the spread of mold colonies throughout your property.

Spreading Moisture: Our rapid drying techniques reduce the risk of continued moisture exposure, preventing further water damage to your home or business. Our technicians monitor the spread of moisture to nearby areas and can address any hidden water damage early helping avoid additional costly secondary damage.

Types of Contaminated Water and Categories of Water Damage

One of the first things to do when faced with water damage is determine what kind of contamination you’re dealing with. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), water can be contaminated by agricultural pollution, oil pollution, sewage and wastewater, radioactive substances, harmful chemicals, and various other materials. It can sometimes be difficult to determine the type and extent of water damage affecting your home or business. That's why it's best to call a local property disaster restoration company like SERVPRO of Medford to fill in the blanks. Our Professional staff will come and inspect your damage and customize a removal, cleanup and restoration solution to get your property damage reversed as quickly and effectively as possible.

Different types of contaminated water pose different risks, but the longer the water stays in a home, the more severe the property damage it will cause and the greater the threat to your health. Also called black water, Category 3 water is water from sewage backups and overflowing rivers that contains various hazardous contaminants, sewage, and/or toxic debris. According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IIRC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), all water originating from sea water, ground or surface water, rising rivers and streams, and wind-driven rain from hurricanes and tropical storms is considered to be Category 3.

When Long Island Spring and Summer storms are coming to Medford, Coram, Ronkonkoma and Farmingville it’s important to be prepared, our SERVPRO teams are ready and always prepared to handle any size property disaster. Calling SERVPRO after you experience flood or water damage from coastal flooding, severe thunderstorms or basement flooding, can be the difference from a quick cleanup and mitigation or costly restoration, construction and mold remediation services.

KNOW YOUR ZONE & WEATHER TERMINOLOGY

When living in a coastal community like Long Island, it is incredibly important to know where the flood zones are located, and to prepare for severe weather related hazards. Weather terminology and warnings are important tools to knowing when to prepare for a storm and how to keep your family healthy and your property safe from disaster.

THUNDERSTORM TERMINOLOGY

  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Be Prepared! Watches are typically issued 12-48 hours before a storm is set to hit. This is to advise the public of the possibility of a thunderstorm including; heavy rain, flooding, strong winds and possible hail.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Take Action! Warnings alert the public 2-24 hours before a storm occurs. Issued for hazardous weather that can cause “significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, could lead to life-threatening situations.”

HURRICANE TERMINOLOGY

  • Hurricane Watch: Be Prepared! Watches are typically issued 12-48 hours before a storm is set to hit. This is to advise the public of the possibility of a Hurricane (sustained winds of 74mph or greater) including; heavy rain, flooding, strong winds and possible hail.
  • Hurricane Warning: Take Action! Warnings alert the public 36 hours in advance of tropical storm-force winds. Issued for hazardous weather that can cause “significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, could lead to life-threatening situations.”

SAFETY TIPS BEFORE A STORM ARRIVES:

Stock up:

Gather and check your disaster supplies and replace or restock as needed. The American Red Cross suggests you pick up at least three days' worth of water and non-perishable food, a flashlight and extra batteries for it, at least seven days’ worth of prescription medication, a cell phone with a charger, and that you have extra cash and spare clothes at the ready.

Have an emergency kit with these items you probably already have in your home: flashlight(s), battery powered weather radio, extra batteries to fit each electronic (including cell phone), non-perishable foods (canned goods and dry foods), lots of bottled water, can opener, first aid kit (with a disinfectant), fire extinguisher, blankets, extra clothes, sturdy shoes or boots, clock or watch, whistle to signal for help, important personal items (eyeglasses, prescriptions, etc.), and paper documents such as birth certificates, social security cards, and other significant legal papers.

Stay Indoors:

Stay inside and away from windows, skylights and glass doors. Find a safe area in the interior or your property on the lower level or basement. If flooding threatens your home, turn off the electricity at the main breaker. If your property loses power, turn off major appliances such as the AC unit and water heater to reduce damage.

Property Concerns:

Inspect your roof and foundation for damage and make necessary repairs. Exterior doors should have 3 hinges and a deadbolt lock that is and inch long minimum. Cut dead or weak limbs before a storm hits. Remove any limbs hanging over your home that could cause substantial damage if they fall. Likewise, take the time to have trees that could fall on the home removed. Clean rain gutters ensure runoff has a place to go; water that pools and gathers can cause damage especially if a downpour is ongoing.

Why Choosing a Professional Disaster Restoration Company, like SERVPRO is Important?

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

Big and Small Steps you can take now to prepare for a residential or commercial property disaster.

Contacting SERVPRO Restoration Professionals near you is important to avoid costly secondary damages, and trust that your commercial or residential property will be restored quickly and correctly.

When a property disaster strikes your Long Island home or business it can be difficult to know what the next step is… there are so many options for what you “should” do next. It makes sense to call local Suffolk County restoration professionals, our SERVPRO of Medford staff has the experience, training and equipment to handle your cleanup, repairs and restoration needs from start to finish.  Our crews and managers have been helping local home and business owners with property damage emergency services for nearly 30 years. Our staff is well trained in dealing with the aftermath of both commercial and residential property damages following fire and smoke damage, flood and water damage, sewage and biohazard cleanup and mold remediation. Working with trusted SERVPRO restoration professionals following a fire, water, flood, sewage or mold property damage event will give you peace of mind, and a friendly, highly-qualified restoration specialist by your side.

Big and Small Steps you can take now to prepare for a disaster

Preparing in advance to handle a Brookhaven property disaster can seem a little ominous, but after helping countless local home and business owners during property damage recoveries in our community we know it can make a huge difference during and following a property emergency. Here are some key steps to take in advance that can be important to the recovery process and the overall restoration of your property.

  • Know the hazards that are present in your area.
  • Review your insurance policies and confirm you have adequate cover against each type of disaster you are vulnerable to. Also check your sum insured to avoid being underinsured.
  • Take a household inventory and store copies in a safe location or online. Cataloging your belongings with a home inventory might sound tedious, but how easy would it be for you to recall all the contents of your home if you lost everything? Taking a home inventory can help you determine if you have enough insurance and can save you time and headaches when filing a claim following a disaster
  • Prepare a disaster plan. Your plan should start with having somewhere safe to go. Think of someone who could house you and your family and talk to them about what might happen in the event of a disaster. Then talk to everyone who lives in your home about what to do if there’s an emergency and you are unable to return
  • Have an evacuation plan. In some cases when you need to evacuate, there may not be a lot of time. Plan how to evacuate your home quickly and make sure everyone knows the evacuation plan. Make sure everyone has a list of emergency contact numbers they can phone
  • Make sure to regularly check safety devices in your home, such as smoke alarms and fire extinguishers

Spring Cleaning Offers Perfect Opportunity to Create a Property Inventory

Spring a great time to spruce up and declutter your Long Island home or business, taking a broad look at the state of your property and check all areas of your proper for potential hazards and maintenance needs. While you’re deciding what to keep, trash and donate, it’s a great time to create or update your Suffolk County home or business inventory, review previous emergency plans and supplies and consider any revisions.

Keeping an inventory of your belongings will help you make sure you have enough coverage on your insurance policy and can put your mind at ease if something were to happen to your home or business, such as a fire, flood, or theft. In the event you experience an emergency like this, having a property inventory on hand can help make the claims process easier.

Tips to create a property inventory:

  • Create your inventory online or keep a hard copy away from your home. If you create a home inventory but then it’s destroyed along with your other possessions, it won’t be of any use to you. Keeping it on a password-protected online database that you can access anywhere will ensure you don’t lose it.
  • Document details like values, receipts, and date of purchase. The more information you include when documenting your items, the better. If you have receipts, appraisals, or product information for your items, be sure to document that along with the name, place of purchase and description of the item. You may even want to include the serial number for big appliances like your dishwasher or washing machine.
  • Take photos or video of the items. Even if you have receipts, photos or video of the items in your home will help confirm proof of purchase when it comes to filing your claim. Taking a video can also make the inventory process easier — just video yourself going over each item in your home!
  • Organize items by room. If you have damage to only one part of your home, having your list organized by room will help you determine what may be missing. Going room by room will also help you ensure you don’t miss anything — don’t forget to check spaces like closets, attics, and basements.
  • Keep track of the date. Each time you update your home inventory, you should make note of the date. This way, you’ll know when you last added new items, updated values of old ones, and can plan for when you’ll need to update again.

What to include in your home inventory

When it comes to your home inventory, it’s better to over-document than to leave something off. Even smaller items, like clothes and shoes, can add up quickly. For those items that may not hold significant value, keeping a list of how many of each you have will suffice. For everything else, like high-end items, jewelry, appliances, and electronics, you’ll want to document with more detail.

How to Declutter Your Long Island Home or Business, Room by Room

Focus on one room, one space, or even one zone within a room, completing the job fully before moving on to the next space. This will also build confidence as you experience visible success at each step. 

Five easy ways to organize your chaos to reduce clutter:

  • Keep: This container is for items that have crept out of their storage spaces.
  • Recycle: This container is for items that need to be recycled, such as paper, plastic or glass.
  • Fix/Mend: This container is for items that need further attention
  • Trash: This container is for items that are simply trash
  • Donate/Sell: This container is for items that you can donate to a charitable organization or another person.

You can use bins, baskets or even just cardboard boxes for this task. You can bring these bins into each room as you organize or leave them in a central place in your home while you work.

Some other things to keep in mind to have a successful seasonal purge:

Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

Do not set aside an ENTIRE day to organize your WHOLE house. Very few people have the energy and/or focus to spend 8 hours organizing. You’ll likely become frustrated and less efficient as the day progresses. It’s much better to spend a few hours — 2 or 3 — on one project or space. This way you’ll feel motivated to do more, not be burned out by the process.

Complete Each Task — Completely

Of course, you will need to sort things into categories (e.g., toss, recycle, donate, give to friend, put in deep storage). But here’s the crucial part: Once you have decided where something is going to go — take it there. Never keep bags for charity or boxes for friends in your home to deliver later. Do it now. Finish the process. Take the bags and boxes out to the trash or recycling immediately. If you’re donating something or giving something to a friend or family member, put the items in your car or plan a visit to drop them off.

Good Enough is Enough

Very few people have closets and drawers that resemble those in catalogues. You will ultimately be disappointed if perfection is your goal. The goal is to set up a space that works well for your needs. That is success.

We also love these great decluttering ideas:

Get Rid of One Item Each Day

Want to take your spring-cleaning a step further? Don’t just organize your things get rid of them! To make it easier to let go, choose one item to part with each day over a certain period. This will allow you discover which items in your home you use, or which items are merely collecting dust.

Host a Garage Sale

Make a little extra pocket cash by hosting a garage sale! Choose a Saturday morning – preferably on a cool Long Island day – and set up the stuff you want to get rid of with price tags, then sell away!

Tips for a Successful Garage Sale

You’ve done some spring cleaning and have a corner of the garage full of items you’re ready to Donate/Sell. If you’re considering a garage or yard sale, there are some tricks to making it worth your time and energy.

  • Pick the Right Day and Time
    Saturday is the most popular day for a garage sale, but if you have a lot of items, consider adding Friday and even Thursday to make it a multi-day event. Regarding timing, start as early as 7 a.m. and go no later than 2 p.m., as most sales drop off in attendance by this time.
  • Get Organized
    When it comes to garage sale organization, keep like items together. Pick out the best items of clothing and consider hanging them on a makeshift rack to help catch the eyes of customers.

  • Set the Price
    It’s best if you price items individually as this will help you keep things organized. Keep prices fair and be willing to negotiate. When it comes to bigger-ticket items, know ahead of time just how low you are willing to go. Consider giving a discount for buying several similar items.
  • Offer Mystery Bags
    Put those plastic grocery bags to good use and offer mystery bags. Mystery bags can work well with children’s clothing or small baby toys. Consider putting several items in a bag, such as a bag of children’s pants, and offer it for a set price. Just make sure to note the clothing size and gender if you go this route.

  • Have Plenty of Change
    Stop by the bank the day before your sale to stock up on change and $1 bills. Be sure to have plenty of nickels, dimes and quarters. If you have some pricier items for sale, make sure to have some $20 bills on hand just in case.

  • Have Bags and Boxes for Customers
    Keep leftover plastic grocery bags around for customers to carry their purchases. Small cardboard boxes may also come in handy for customers purchasing a set of dishes or tools.

  • Group Like Items Together
    When you group like items together, the goods look more abundant and makes for a better display. Also, shoppers looking for something specific can find it faster, and they're more likely to buy multiple pieces.
  • Display Big Showy Pieces Closest to the Street
    Place desirable sale merchandise at the street end of your yard or driveway, especially seasonal items and large pieces (such as furniture). Even if you're setting up most of the merchandise in the garage, it's makes the sale look bigger and better, and it gives drive-by browsers a reason to stop.

  • Have an Outlet or Extension Cord Handy
    Customers expect to check electrical items. If you don't have an outside outlet, run a heavy-duty extension cord from your house or garage. Keep a light bulb on hand for testing lamps too. 

  • Straighten and Rearrange the Tables
    Yard sales get hectic and shoppers make a mess of the merchandise. When you have a moment, do some straightening before the next wave of shoppers arrive.

SERVPRO is here to help Suffolk County with Property Disaster Restoration Services following Roof Leaks and other property damage.

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

When your home or business experiences a property disaster you can count on the team at SERVPRO to help clean-up your damage.

Learn how your local SERVPRO is here to help with property disaster cleanup and restoration services, regardless of the size.

If your Medford, Patchogue or Coram residential or commercial property experiences fire damage, smoke and soot damage, water disaster and sewage backup damage, basement flooding damage, sump-pump failure or mold damage, it’s important to contact a local disaster restoration company right away. Our SERVPRO disaster cleanup and restoration professionals are the go-to source for emergency clean up, remediation and restoration services near you. SERVPRO of Medford has been helping local Suffolk communities like; Medford, Patchogue, Farmingville, Holbrook and Coram for nearly 30 years. We take pride in restoring local Long Island home and businesses following property disaster events. Our trusted and highly-trained crews use the latest technologies and techniques to properly evaluate your damage and coordinate with insurance professionals to restore your property to its pre-disaster condition, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Medford offers Emergency Restoration Services in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit your unique Suffolk County, Long Island home or business property damage needs.

  • Emergency Board-up, Tarp, Storage and Fencing – We can provide temporary property security from additional damages and salvage your belongings.
  • Water Damage Removal, Cleanup and Restoration – We see water damages from all kinds of sources. Busted pipes, malfunctioning appliances, human accidents or neglect, and ground flooding to name a few common sources.
  • Fire and Smoke Restoration – A fire can be a huge inconvenience, you would be surprised at how much of your property can be restored. We specialize in cleaning and deodorizing anything from family heirlooms, office documents, furniture, flooring and the walls in your home or business.
  • Mold Remediation – With naturally high levels of humidity in this area mold can be an issue. Give us a call if you need our remediation services.
  • Sewage and Biohazard Cleanup – We have the training and experience to properly cleanup any area no matter the cause.
  • Reconstruction and Property Repair – We have trained and experienced construction workers and builders to repair structural issues, drywall, flooring and other property repairs.

Storm related property damage including roof damage and water intrusion from wind, rain and flooding are top reasons for insurance claims in the Northeast. Seasonal Long Island storms bring a ton of moisture and wind causing significant hazards for your home or business, ceiling water damage from a damaged roof is a common spring property damage concern.

Our SERVPRO team responded to a local Patchogue home experiencing a roof leak, likely caused by seasonal wind and ice. The water damage was significant and had extended to the ceiling and walls of several rooms, the water leak even caused the kitchen ceiling to collapse. Our water damage cleanup and restoration team arrived soon after the damage was discovered, however the leak had probably been happening for several weeks. SERVPRO cleaned up and mitigated the water damage in this local home to avoid additional structural damage. If you have water damage concerns or questions about water stains in your ceiling or visible mold growth, call your local SERVPRO of Medford for the advice and restoration solutions you need.

SERVPRO equipment and highly-trained technicians make a BIG DIFFERENCE in your commercial or residential cleanup, mitigation and reconstruction following Any Property Damage Emergency.

Avoid Property Disasters with These Seasonal Cleaning Tips from SERVPRO

SERVPRO is always here to help our local Suffolk County Long Island community during a property disaster but, doing a little work around your home or business can prevent flood, water, fire and mold property disasters and insurance claims.

Seasonal property cleaning and maintenance is a great way to inspect for possible damage and remove any built-up clutter, dust and debris, but regular home and commercial property cleaning is more than just cosmetic. These property cleaning and maintenance tips can improve health and safety, and help avoid property disasters from water damage, fire and smoke damage, storm and flood damage, sewage backups and mold damage in the future.

Clean and Inspect the Exterior, Hardscapes and Landscaping

While sprucing your yard, take the time to clear out overgrown bushes, dead plants, watering cans, garden tools and other items cluttering your landscape. Unkept outdoor spaces and exterior structural systems like your roof and gutters can often lead to property damage, including slow water leaks or poor ventilation, cleaning up your surroundings will prevent accidents and increase the safety and security of your property.

  • Examine the roof
    This is one of the most important things to do when checking your property. Look for things like missing, buckled, or otherwise damaged shingles, roof damage can lead to water and mold damage. Call a licensed and insured roofing expert to perform repairs, if you experience water intrusion or see visible signs of mold give SERVPRO a call for help.
  • Check and clean gutters and downspout
    Gutters and downspouts divert rainwater away from your roof and foundation, which is especially important when seasonal showers begin. Make sure all gutters are secure and unimpeded by debris. If your gutters seem damaged from the winter weather, make sure to replace them quickly.
  • Clean decks and other outdoor surfaces
    Give your deck and other outdoor spaces a good cleaning before using them. A pressure washer comes in handy to make this job easier. Don’t forget to look for things like loose boards or nails.
  • Fix and fill cracks in your walkway and driveway
    Fluctuating temperatures can cause your walkways and driveways to crack during the winter months. Reduce liability by filling these cracks as soon as possible to prevent trips and falls on your property.
  • Check outdoor faucets and plumbing
    Now that spring is here, you’ll want to get started on gardening. If you turned outdoor faucets off and winterized pool plumbing to prevent frozen pipes in the winter, open them back up and check that they are all working properly.
  • Trim tree and shrub overgrowth
    Give the plants and trees on your property a once over. If built up snow and ice weakened any tree branches, make sure to trim them, especially if there is a danger that they could fall on your home or car.

Declutter and Clean the Interior

Dirt and Clutter are not only unsightly; but pose a risk to employees, families and property owners’ safety. Clutter can obstruct your entryway, stairs, or hallway making it difficult to see potential water or mold damage. It’s also critical to have clear pathways to exits in case of a property fire to make sure everyone can get out safely. Clutter can also contain materials that are flammable or increase moisture retention and high-humidity. Some common places to inspect and cleanup before the dirt, damage and debris can cause a major disaster are:

  • Clean often-overlooked areas
    There are parts of the office and your home that are often skipped with the dust cloth, as they can be tedious or difficult to clean. So as the season changes, prioritize dusting all those overlooked spots — blinds, baseboards, the tops of doors and cabinets, shelving, fan blades, under the fridge… you know what we mean.
  • Clean or replace HVAC filters
    It’s important to clean and replace your HVAC filters throughout the year, and the end of winter is a great time to do this. Dirty filters force your heat, ventilation, and air conditioner systems to work harder, making is less efficient and potentially increasing your utility bills. Dirty filters are also less effective, filtering less contaminants from the air in your home.
  • Clean windows and repair screens
    After a long winter, it’s likely that dirt and debris have built up on your windows. Take the time to wash your windows and screens with warm, soapy water. Make sure to repair any holes or other damages to window screens as well, especially if you like to leave your windows open during the summer.
  • Check seals around windows and doors
    Winter cold and wind can deteriorate the caulk and seals of your windows and doors. Inspect all doors and windows and re-apply caulk if needed. This will help to reduce your A/C bill in the summer and prevent water from seeping into your home or business on rainy days.
  • Replace the batteries in your smoke and CO detectors
    While you’re cleaning the house, take the time to check all your smoke and CO detectors. You should be checking these once a month and replacing the batteries once or twice a year.

When your home or business experiences a property disaster you can count on the team at SERVPRO to help clean-up your damage. We can answer your call 24/7, and our teams can handle any size disaster. SERVPRO of Medford has the equipment, training, and experience to restore your home or business to pre-damage condition, quickly and completely.

SERVPRO Professionals Offer Quality Fire and Smoke Damage Cleanup, Restoration and Reconstruction Services

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

Fire leaves different kinds of soot on surfaces depending on what burned in your Suffolk County residential or commercial property.

SERVPRO is the Right Choice for Fire Damage Cleanup and Remediation Following a Suffolk County Long Island Home or Business Fire

Home and Business owners in Suffolk County are using more electrical appliances and equipment each day, many Long Island local homes and businesses were not designed for our ongoing and ever growing electrical consumption needs. It’s easy to take for granted the power coming from our walls but if you’ve ever tried to switch on the microwave while the oven, dishwasher and coffeemaker were on before a family dinner and the lights shut off, you’ve created an electrical circuit overload.

This residential fire damage cleanup and restoration project was the aftermath of a fire that started in the family room. When our crews arrived quickly, on the same day as the property damage event there was significant smoke and soot damage throughout the entire home. The homeowners were surprised how quickly the smoke and soot damage traveled. If an electrical overload has caused fire, smoke and soot damage to your home or business, you need the professional assistance of a disaster restoration company. Choosing SERVPRO for your restoration needs, your working with professional remediation specialists with the proper training and experience to clean up damages from fire, including smoke and soot. Our fire damage restoration team works quickly to restore your home or business, “Like it never even happened.”

Circuit breakers play an important part in every property's electrical system.

When the current of electricity going through a circuit is too much for it to handle, an electrical overload can happen. Usually, it occurs when you have too many devices plugged into a single circuit, but it can happen with older homes if you are trying to run an appliance that uses excessive energy. Acting as an important safeguard, a circuit breaker will “trip” shut off the electric flow, protecting your home or business from an electrical circuit overload that can cause the circuit to overheat, which could cause damage to appliances and ultimately result in a fire. While circuit breakers are reliable and do a good job preventing residential and commercial fires due to overloads, if the power surges are excessive they can, over time, result in electrical fires.

The three most common causes of a “tripped” circuit breaker are:

  • Overloaded Circuit
  • Short Circuit
  • Ground Fault

Typically, electrical fires are at their peak during the winter months with additional lighting and heating equipment creating the most common concerns. It’s becoming more important to continue to practice electrical safety all year long air conditioners, mini fridges, pool equipment and outdoor appliances can all contribute to circuit overloads throughout Spring and Summer.

Signs of Overloaded Circuits

The most obvious sign of an electrical circuit overload is a breaker tripping and shutting off all the power. Other signs can be less noticeable; buzzing sounds, burning smells, and unusually warm devices also can indicate other wiring problems, such as loose connections or short circuits. If any of these problems persist after you’ve taken steps to prevent circuit overloads, contact an electrician.

  • Dimming lights, especially if lights dim when you turn on appliances or more lights.
  • Buzzing outlets or switches.
  • Outlet or switch covers that are warm to the touch.
  • Burning odors from outlets or switches.
  • Scorched plugs or outlets.
  • Power tools, appliances, or electronics that seem to lack sufficient power.

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Following a residential or commercial property fire from a circuit overload, or other fire disaster. It’s important to contact your local SERVPRO for professional fire cleanup and restoration help, our first step is to assess the damages.

Fire leaves different kinds of soot on surfaces depending on what burned in your Suffolk County residential or commercial property. Even a small blaze produces acidic smoke and soot that needs to be cleaned up. During your initial fire damage inspection, SERVPRO of Medford will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Depending on how much smoke damage there is, there are various methods we can use to clean up the surrounding walls and ceiling.

Soot composition can vary quite a bit depending on the underlying causes. All types of soot cause at least some darkening, and in severe cases, any type of soot can look completely black.

Dry Soot 
Dry soot is caused by very hot fires burning natural ingredients swiftly. It has a dry, dusty texture and almost no smell. Dry soot is often easier to manage than mold or storm damage. In many cases, removing it is as simple as using a vacuum with a HEPA filter on all surfaces. 

Wet Soot 
If a fire smolders for a while on low heat and burns high moisture items, wet soot may be created. This is essentially dry soot that has mingled with steam to create a sort of soggy, sooty mess. Cleaning up wet soot requires a combination of fire damage and water damage strategies. 

Oily Soot 
When plastics, rubbers, and other products containing oil are burned, soot can turn into a sticky, greasy substance. If you try to wipe it up, it will just smear instead of going away.  Also, because it contains oil, it will be resistant to water-based cleaning products. Unlike dry soot, oily soot will cling to any surface, even vertical areas. 

Protein Soot 
Protein-based soot is a particular type of greasy soot that tends to occur as the buildup in kitchens or the product of a kitchen fire. It involves overcooked proteins that turn to soot, and it has a very pungent odor. This type of soot is quite hard to get rid of, and the odor may linger if it is not cleaned up properly. 

Each type of soot gets a different cleaning method. Our technicians check out all damage and match the best cleaning method to soiling. Once damage does happen, our technicians are fully trained and certified under the guidelines of The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to restore your home to its original state. Local teams learn the latest procedures to clean carpets, furniture and surfaces of soot and to remove the smoke odor that can linger for weeks in an untreated home. One fire site can need a variety of cleaning methods. We can handle it all.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Specialists use commercial grade vacuums to remove soot and other residue. Our blowers and exhaust fans can be adapted to work from a large family room to a small laundry closet. We use a wide-variety of cleaning products specialized for every surface in a home from marble countertop cleaners to soaps and dry sponges that gently remove soot and not the paint underneath. We can use HEPA grade filtration systems, air scrubbers, and ozone machines to help improve the Indoor Air Quality.

For Fire Disaster Property Restoration Needs Call SERVPRO of Medford at (631) 732-4952

When dealing with soot damage, our SERVPRO teams have a few different options available

Dry Clean the Soot 
If you primarily have dry soot in your home, you can use dry cleaning methods to pick up most of the soot. These methods are essentially the same methods you would use for removing dust. A dry cloth can remove soot from tables and furniture, while a vacuum can pick it up off of carpets, upholstery, and flooring. Dry-cleaning will ensure that powdery soot does not smear into a blackened grime. 

This method is a little tedious, so it is normally only recommended for smaller areas of soot. It can be helpful for doing a basic clean up and ensuring the soot does not spread before you can get more help. Keep in mind that if you try a dry-cleaning method and the soot begins to smear, you may need to try a wet cleaning method. 

Wet Clean the Soot 
A wet cleaning method can be effective if you have wet or oily soot. To use this method, combine soap with water to lightly scrub an area with soot. Try testing it in a small area to ensure that it can actually pick up soot without making the mess worse or damage the underlying surface. 

Wet cleaning soot does have some benefits because it can pick up soot that is mixed in with oil or moisture. However, it is quite time-consuming and requires a lot of effort. Another downside of wet cleaning soot methods is that they are only feasible on tile or other waterproof surfaces. Using water to clean drywall, wood, or electronics is not advisable. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

When you experience fire or smoke damage to your local Long Island home or business you might not be sure what steps to take next. Once the fire department has left and you have called SERVPRO of Medford, wait for the professionals to arrive, our fire damage remediation specialists will guide you through the fire damage restoration process.

  1. Initial Inspection- One of our trained managers will come inspect your property for damages and see how intensely the fire/smoke affected your home and determine with you and/or your adjuster what steps need to be taken next.
  2. Structure/Content Clean- Depending on what has been determined in step one, SERVPRO will start the process of cleaning and restoring your home and/or contents, including cleaning walls and ceilings, personal belongings, ducts, etc.

Restoration & Reconstruction

Residential or Commercial Fires often causes significant structural damage and often require repairing and rebuilding your property. SERVPRO of Medford offers comprehensive reconstruction services for both residential and commercial properties our professionals are uniquely qualified and prepared to meet your reconstruction needs. Our construction team works quickly and effectively, working with you to survey the extent of the damage, develop a plan for reconstruction, and assess whether your property is safe to occupy. Our SERVPRO of Medford crews are ready to undertake reconstruction projects of any size, structural repairs and rebuilding may only involve a portion of your property, or in some cases a complete rebuild may be necessary.

Contact us today if your property has been damaged and is in need of repairs or reconstruction services.

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

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If you do experience a fire, professional fire restoration services like SERVPRO of Medford can handle the entire fire cleanup process—from assessing the smoke and fire damage to rebuilding your home—like it never even happened. Whether you're in Medford, Patchogue, Farmingville or Ronkonkoma our Suffolk County, Long Island Residential or Commercial Property Disaster Restoration Teams can help.

Looking for relief from indoor allergies this spring, SERVPRO professional cleaning services can help.

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO cleaning crews can reduce allergens in your home or business and assure healthy air quality throughout your property.

Spring is a welcome reprieve from the long winter — that is, unless you suffer from spring allergies. Improve indoor air quality with SERVPRO of Medford Professional Services to reduce indoor allergens.

SERVPRO of Medford offers cleaning and maintenance services to benefit your Suffolk home or business:
    •    Creating a Clean & Healthy Living/Working Environment
    •    Reducing Allergens and Irritants to alleviate allergy symptoms
    •    Removing Unpleasant Smells and Odors
    •    Improving Air Flow Efficiency

You can't control the increase of allergens in the spring air, but you can improve the air quality in your Long Island commercial or residential property, bolstering your fight against allergy symptoms? HVAC units, air ducts, registers, upholstery, carpets and flooring can hold much more dust, dirt and pollen than you would think. Scheduling periodic professional cleaning and odor removal services with our SERVPRO cleaning crews during spring can reduce allergens in your home or business and assure healthy air quality throughout your Medford, Coram, Patchogue, Ronkonkoma, Farmingville, Bayport or Bellport property. SERVPRO professional cleaning services can help minimize indoor allergens and alleviate your seasonal allergy symptoms and improve the overall indoor air quality of your home or business.

Your local SERVPRO has service solutions that may help alleviate allergy symptoms by promoting healthy indoor air quality, our Brookhaven and Riverhead residential and commercial property services include:

  • HVAC unit Cleaning
  • Air Duct and Register Cleaning
  • Intensive Carpet & Floor Cleaning
  • Odor Removal

HVAC Unit Cleaning, Air Duct and Vent Cleaning

HVAC systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality and a leading cause in increased allergy symptoms. The air inside your Suffolk Long Island home/business is full of tiny particles like dust, pollen and debris. When your furnace or air conditioner draws air, it also pulls in airborne particles. Over time, these contaminants can build up inside the ducts, reducing airflow and re-circulating allergens throughout your living/working space. Keeping dust, pollen, pet dander, and other irritants out of the air you breathe involves more than changing the air filter, proper HVAC unit and air duct maintenance is essential to reducing allergens inside your commercial or residential property and improve air quality. Our trained professionals at SERVPRO of Medford use commercial-grade, duct-cleaning equipment, brushes, and air whips, that remove dust and debris trapped inside your duct system and leave your property with optimal indoor air quality.

Intensive Upholstery, Carpet and Floor Cleaning

Scheduling a deep cleaning every 12-18 months by an IICRC trained SERVPRO professional will renew the look of your upholstery, carpet and flooring by removing the deepest dirt and debris. SERVPRO of Medford utilizes the best technology and highest-quality equipment that effectively removes dust, pollen and other allergens to keep your home or business allergen free and your carpets and flooring looking like new. Our professional cleaning will address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets, dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet.

Odor Removal

Rely on SERVPRO technicians to have the expertise to effectively deodorize your home/business. Take advantage of our residential and commercial cleaning services to remove unwanted odors. Our Suffolk County SERVPRO crews have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. Our experienced technicians have access to specialized odor removal products and equipment capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize odors and help restore your home or business to a safe, healthy and fresh environment.

DIY CLEANING TIPS to Help You Control Indoor Allergens and Improve Indoor Air Quality
The best way to improve your air quality is to get rid of the sources of allergens and irritants from your home or business. Take measures to avoid and reduce your contact with allergens. Also increase the flow of outdoor air into your home and reduce humidity as much as possible.
When you have environmental allergies, it can be hard to bring yourself to open a window, much less stir up dust, dirt, debris or pollen while cleaning your home or business.

Here are cleaning tips you may want to add to your regular routine to reduce indoor allergens

  • Reducing dust-collecting clutter
  • Regularly vacuuming carpeted floors with a double-bag or HEPA filter vacuum
  • Dusting blinds and window treatments bi-weekly
  • Regularly washing blankets and throw rugs
  • Washing all bed linens in hot water every week
  • Keeping counters and other hard surfaces clean and dry
  • Getting all water damage restored quickly

Benefits of Air Duct & HVAC Cleaning
Like furnaces and air conditioners, air ducts require proper cleaning and maintenance to perform at their best. Keeping ducts free of dust and debris can also help reduce your energy bill and improve air quality in your home/business. More frequent duct cleaning is recommended if you have indoor pets or are sensitive to indoor air quality issues for example you suffer from asthma. You should also have your ducts cleaned if you have recently renovated your home or business, as this will increase the amount of dust in your forced air system. It’s also recommended to have your HVAC system and air ducts cleaned and services following a property damage event.

Having your ducts cleaned can save you money in the long run, and create a better environment for your family, friends, employees and your customers. Restore energy efficiency over time and reduce the possibility of microbial growth with ventilation cleaning services from SERVPRO of Medford.


The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:
    •    Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
    •    May help to eliminate offensive odors.
    •    Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. Our technicians will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your commercial or residential HVAC system.

If indoor allergens are causing your seasonal allergies to flare up, reach for the phone. SERVPRO of Medford professionals are trained technicians, with state-of-the-art equipment and unique knowledge and experience to pay careful attention to the details that matter most when cleaning and restoring your property to a healthy work or living environment.