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SERVPRO provides emergency response service and effective remediation for furnace puffbacks this fall and winter on Long Island

10/14/2021 (Permalink)

soot residue SERVPRO Emergency Response Service for puffback cleanup and restoration aids with fast smoke and soot removal to avoid additional damages.

Fall is officially here, furnaces across the Northeast are getting turned on for the first time as the colder weather descends. When an oil or gas furnace is operating properly, there is little to no soot generated as the fuel is burned to create the heat you need to warm your home or business. Unfortunately, it only takes one leaky or clogged burner to create a dangerous situation leading to an explosion known as a puff back. SERVPRO of Medford has helped countless home and business owner’s cleanup, remediate and restore smoke and soot property damage caused from an oil or gas furnace puffback or fireplace puffback.

A residential or commercial furnace malfunction causes a puffback, when an oil or gas burner backfires, sending black, sticky soot and debris through the furnace or boiler's exhaust system, and throughout your home or business you’ve experienced a puffback. There are two types of puff backs, one type happens all at once, like a balloon popping, emitting soot, smoke and debris throughout your property. A puffback can also happen more gradually, as if someone was holding the end of a balloon and letting the air seep out slowly. If you have a forced air system, the problem can worsen as your heating ducts can spread the soot into every corner of your home, with the same efficiency that they spread heat. Although there is no guaranteed way to prevent a puffback, annual inspection and maintenance of your oil burner or furnace can greatly reduce your risk.

Once a Puff back occurs soot spreads throughout your home, covering your furniture, drapery, wall, ceilings, and other property and possessions. The soot coverage may range from a light dusting to a more concentrated ash. Soot is black and sticky and brings some major cleaning and deodorizing challenges and concerns. Though it may look like a DIY project, it’s best left to professionals to handle soot removal and cleaning because it has the potential to spread easily and become an even bigger concern. Soot is not only extremely messy and pungent, it may be carcinogenic, and needs to be cleaned and deodorized properly to avoid secondary damages to your property and your family.

Long Island chooses SERVPRO for professional disaster restoration services after a furnace puffback

Our restoration process begins with a thorough inspection of your Long Island home, assessing the damage and determining which equipment and services are necessary. Our Emergency response crews are available right away to begin the most effective techniques for cleaning and restoring your property and possessions, including soot, smoke and stain removal, odor removal and deodorizing. Our restoration professionals are here to help with all the recovery solutions you need to restore your property just like before.

SERVPRO SMOKE, SOOT & ODOR REMOVAL & CLEANING SERVICES

  • Immediate placement of HEPA air scrubbers and hydroxyls to begin soot and odor mitigation
  • Contact insurance carrier/adjuster to give them the size and scope of the project
  • Clean the ash and soot residue that builds up on surfaces, including walls, cabinets and furniture
  • Coordinate the cleaning of soft goods, such as clothing, bedding, draperies, furniture, etc.

Quick action is necessary to minimize property damages after a fire or furnace puff back, smoke and soot are easily absorbed by many materials within your property and can have a lasting effect. Smoke and soot can be absorbed by almost all your possessions including, furniture and building materials, especially porous materials and surfaces. Soot’s chemical composition is a major challenge for post puffback repair, secondary damages can start to occur immediately. Puff back cleanup experts will assist you during your puff back event, providing you services and solutions every step of the cleanup and restoration process. Puff back cleaning services can include; odor removal from your structure and contents, structural soot cleanup and smoke damage cleanup, pack-out and claim assistance, contents cleanup and smoke damage mitigation.

After your home suffers a puff back, the spread of soot can cause wide-spread damages throughout your home and can feel especially overwhelming and discouraging. SERVPRO restoration professionals have extensive training and experience to clean and remediate the damages your property is facing.

If your home or business experiences a puffback, you should:

  • Notify your insurance agent immediately
  • Throw away all exposed food
  • Call a repairman to fix the malfunctioning oil furnace
  • Call SERVPRO to begin cleaning and deodorizing all affected areas immediately

Our team will perform a complete smoke and soot damage cleanup, loss documentation, oil smoke odor removal, property recovery and disposal of non-recoverable items, and a tailored solution to return your building and contents to preloss condition and reverse the signs of your oil burner property damage event. Calling SERVPRO after a home or business puffback provides an advanced cleanup and restoration solution complete with advanced equipment, expert knowledge and experience that you can trust to restore your home and possessions, “Like it never even happened.”

How to change seasons with your heating and ventilation system

Now that the seasons are changing, it’s almost time to make the switch from cooling to heating your home. By transitioning seasons wisely, you can have your home and HVAC system primed for maximum comfort and efficiency throughout the fall and coming winter. Here are four ways to make the transition go smoothly:

CHECK AIRFLOW AT THE REGISTERS

Closed or obstructed registers can upset pressure balance within the HVAC system and cause a loss of efficiency or even an unexpected equipment shutdown due to overheating. To prevent these issues, make sure that your registers are open and not blocked by furniture, area rugs, long curtains or similar items. SERVPRO has professional air duct cleaning services to keep your HVAC/air duct system working smoothly, scheduling proper cleaning and maintenance can improve your indoor air quality and energy efficiency lowering your operational costs over time.

REPLACE THE AIR FILTER

Transitioning seasons is also the perfect time to check the air filter and replace it if it shows any visible dirt accumulation. Having a fresh filter in place ensures that air can flow freely through the HVAC system, which helps avert the problems caused by restricted airflow.

SCHEDULE HEATING SYSTEM SERVICE

A thorough furnace checkup by a certified technician can verify that key components are working safely and reliably, so your home or business stays comfortable and there’s less risk of exposure to deadly carbon monoxide gas.

Fall brings changing leaves, Halloween, and property damage prevention with seasonal maintenance tips

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

Fall Safety Concerns for Property Owners lighted jack-o-lanters SERVPRO of Medford is the right choice for all your property damage restoration concerns during fall in the Suffolk County area.

Decorating your Long Island home for fall is fun, but have you prepared your property for seasonal damages? 

Your home is your biggest investment, maintaining it is a must. Fall is the ideal season to check for inexpensive maintenance issues, such as areas that need caulking, gutters that need debris removed or vegetation that needs trimming, to prevent future damage. Seasonal inspections and a little preventative maintenance, can help keep your property protected from seasonal elements like rain, snow and cold weather. 

Yard cleanup and minor fixes are a staple of any fall property maintenance routine; Raking leaves, weatherproofing doors and windows, carving pumpkins, and preparing your property for storms and trick-or-treaters.

Keep the chill outside

Check around the windows and doors for any gaps in the insulation or caulking, your home can lose a lot of warmth in the winter months if not properly sealed. Remember to change your HVAC system filters and have your unit inspected for debris or mold. At entry ways have a non-skid mat or rug to protect floors and prevent falls. Inspect your roof and siding for gaps or damage from storms, make any necessary repairs.

Maintain the gutter system

Clogged rain gutters are a problem for your property anytime of the year. During winter clogged gutters can cause ice dams, which can lead to a big repair. After the leaves have fallen, make sure to clean your gutters removing any leaves, twigs or other debris to make sure that water can move away from your roof and foundation unobstructed. Make sure to inspect and repair  any broken or sagging areas, tighten hangers and brackets as needed to maintain a functional system. 

Protect the plumbing

Pipes located in attics, crawl spaces, basements, and near outer walls can be susceptible to freezing in extreme temperatures, avoiding a costly pipe break or other water related disaster. Wrap exposed pipes in your attic, basement, or crawl spaces, with extra insulation around them to prevent them from freezing and causing damage. Don’t forget your water heater, add additional insulation if it’s located in an exposed or cold location.

Prepping the yard

Even with the cold weather conditions, your yard still needs to be maintained. Make sure tree and shrub branches are well away from the house and windows. Icy conditions can cause branches to break and damage your home. Autumn is the time for falling leaves, so make sure to clean out the gutters, to avoid possible ice dams and other costly water damage, and get them off the lawn, clean the flower beds and prepare them for next year with fertilizer.

It is an excellent time to plan ahead for Halloween visitors to your property this year, 

HALLOWEEN PROPERTY SAFETY TIPS FOR TRICK-OR-TREATERS

  • Ensure that your front yard, walkway and entry way are well-lit so that those unfamiliar with your home can safely navigate. If using a fog machine, be careful that the fog does not make it difficult to see tripping hazards.

  • Look for any trip hazards on your property that you can fix or remove: electrical cords and hoses can be wrapped up or moved; holes in your yard are roped off or filled in; CAUTION TAPE IS A TIMELY ADDITION and helps to warn of any safety hazards that can't be fixed in time for Halloween.

  • Use battery-powered votive candles or flashlights in your jack-o-lanterns, rather than real candles, to avoid a potential fire hazard.

  • Make sure all railings, porches, and physical structures of your home are secure and in good condition before visitors access those areas.

This Halloween, may your treats be many and your tricks be few, our team hopes you have a safe and happy Halloween!

WHEN DISASTER STRIKES SERVPRO IS HERE TO HELP!

When planning and setting up your Halloween decorations, it is a good idea to consider any potential risks involved. Taking steps to prepare your property and to protect any visitors can help spare you from a truly frightening night. SERVPRO of Medford is the right choice for all your property damage restoration concerns in the Suffolk County area, we have decades of hands-on cleanup, restoration and repair experience and our dedication to helping local homes and businesses disrupted by disasters is second to none. We have worked hard over the years building a reliable team of IICRC certified technicians and an arsenal of high-tech commercial grade equipment ready to assist with water, fire, mold, or storm disaster restoration services.

An initial inspection is critical for SERVPRO professionals to effectively resolve unique water damage concerns in each property disaster restoration

9/16/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage is one of the most common and most serious emergencies your property can ever experience. Whether you’re facing a storm, flood, weakened roof, HVAC leak, busted pipes, overflowing appliances or sewage backup, a water problem is distressing and threatening to your property’s safety and value. Finding the cause of water damage and addressing the issue is half the battle, the other half is mitigating the damages. The extent of water damage can be misleading when looking at the outside surface but often water seeps into the deeper materials of your home. Due to the unique nature of water, the damage cost can range from high to low.  Here’s a look into factors that will affect the price of water damage mitigation.

What to Expect During Property Restoration Services

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your property damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Emergency Contact: After a property disaster or emergency at your Long Island home or business, your call to us will connect you to one of our trained SERVPRO restoration professionals to take some basic information to provide to our project managers and technicians.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name, address and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?

Inspection and Damage Assessment including Estimate: One of our trained professionals will come and assess your property damage. What type of water loss was it? How much of the property is affected? These answers are critical to addressing the unique solution for your restoration needs.

These key factors can determine the amount of mitigation, restoration and rebuild needed to recover your property following a disaster:

  • The type of water affecting the property. Clean water from a burst plumbing pipe poses less risk than “black water” from the sewer or debris-laden floodwaters. The type of water that has damaged your property makes a big difference in what it will take to appropriately treat the damage.
     
  • The types of materials involved. Porous materials will swell, warp, and disintegrate when it’s wet. The makeup of damaged structures and property strongly affect the approach and costs for cleanup and restoration.
     
  • How deeply the structure is affected. In the example above, the stone tile of a floor may not be damaged, but water may still have damaged the subfloor. Water can cause many “hidden” losses, and a professional will carefully identify and evaluate the potential for deeper, unseen damages.
     
  • How long the property has been wet. Mitigation efforts are most effective when they happen immediately after the damage happens. If a property has been standing in water for a long time or wasn’t appropriately treated when the water was removed, the damage may have worsened significantly. The growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria also becomes an increasingly major concern the longer a property stays wet.

Property Emergencies happen every day and acting fast after property damage could mean the difference between restoring your home quickly to preloss condition or needing extensive and expensive reconstruction. Our SERVPRO team never stops being READY to handle your Long Island, Suffolk County fire, water or mold property disaster, we have the best staff, with the best resources standing ready to answer your call quickly and restore your home or business, “Like it never even happened.”

August is Back to School Safety Month - SERVPRO is here with some tips to help your family and community

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

Going Back to School Safety Graphics SERVPRO is here to help... Back to School Safety is an important part to keeping our children and our community safe during back-to-school chaos.

Back to School Safety Tips

The Beginning of school needs some extra attention from everyone.

Back to school has been challenging lately, it’s a difficult transition during the best of times. Adding some extra attention to your preparations and routines this year can help ease the transition for families, and communities alike. SERVPRO is proud to support our local community during property crisis situations, we encourage every family and neighbor to take extra caution traveling during school days and practice school safety with your family and friends.

Pay Extra Attention to your family and your morning driving routine while school starts and throughout the year.

According to research by the National Safety Council, most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related incidents are 4 to 7 years old, and they’re walking. They are hit by the bus, or by a motorist illegally passing a stopped bus.

Prepare your family and students for the start of school
Transitioning back to school can bring mixed emotions, even children familiar with the changes that come with a school routine can need some extra attention during the first days and weeks of school.

  • Practice, practice, practice! Learning how to get ready each morning for the trip to school takes time and practice. It’s helpful to practice this before the actual first day. Pretend it’s a school day, and go through the steps of getting up, dressed, fed, and out the door.
  • Try to make after-school time a bit special, with a snack and time for the two of you to chat. Talk to your child about his feelings about school, friends, teachers, and new activities.
  • Make a portable family album. You can’t stay with your child all year, but your photos can! The process of making a photo album together is a bonding and comforting project. Use a small, soft plastic album (available at most dollar stores) that can be easily washed, carried, and kissed!
  • Give your child lots of love and support, whatever you are feeling show that you are excited and enthusiastic about your child starting school. This sends your child the positive message that school is exciting and that they’ll cope and have fun. Be patient if your child wants to blurt out every little detail about school or clams up completely. You could try saying something like, ‘Tell me one good thing about your day’, rather than asking lots of questions.
  • Choose a lunch box that has an easy-to-open lid. Your child can practice using the lunch box during a picnic lunch at home or in the park. Ask your child what kind of snack she wants to bring. Shop together for the ingredients and engage her in the making and packing of the snack.

Sharing the Road with Young Pedestrians & School Buses
Traffic safety is also key to keeping children safe.

  • Take extra precaution traveling through neighborhoods look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas.
  • Slow down and drive extra cautiously. In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection.
  • Don’t block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic.
  • When school bus lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop. Never pass a bus from behind – or from either direction if you’re on an undivided road – if it is stopped to load or unload children.
  • Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks. The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to al-low them space to safely enter and exit the bus.

Back to School Safety is an important component to keeping our children and our community safe during the chaos back-to-school routines can bring. SERVPRO and our team know that observing safety precautions and community support make a big difference in avoiding an emergency. These tips can help your family and neighborhood transition to a successful and safe start to a New School Year!

Our SERVPRO team is the right choice for property disaster restoration service across Brookhaven Town

8/9/2021 (Permalink)

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.

Choosing a disaster restoration and recovery company after your property suffers a property damage is an important step. Choosing an experienced and professionally trained and accountable Long Island based team as your property restoration partner is the key to a successful outcome. We recommend you choose us because we deliver:

  • Quick response times and around the clock availability – we are available 24 hours a day.
  • Well-trained staff – we put all our technicians through rigorous training.
  • Advanced technology – we use state of the art equipment to mitigate damages.

Our staff and restoration managers understand that a rapid response is critical to your recovery, our team will provide comprehensive cleanup, mitigation, restoration and rebuild options following a property fire disaster. SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry providing advanced technology and training to a nationwide team of skilled technicians and project managers. Our crews have vast experience and knowledge offering a wide variety of restoration services to recover your commercial property with minimized cost and business interruption.

OUR Training - SERVPRO’s team of highly trained employees never stop preparing. Each team member has been thoroughly trained for fire restoration, water restoration, carpet & upholstery cleaning, and mold mitigation before stepping foot inside your home or business. Our skilled Long Island based SERVPRO technicians have ongoing training extending far beyond their initial IICRC training, with continued education programs and e-learning seminars and courses our technicians cultivate skills to make them more efficient with mitigation, remediation, and ALL other advanced restoration techniques. We pride ourselves on providing industry-leading equipment and training to our teams to make your property damage cleanup and restoration process quick and effective.

OUR Equipment - Our teams use high-quality products and advanced technology equipment to provide you with the most effective cleanup and restoration results. SERVPRO equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the amount of damage sustained to your property and possessions following a fire, smoke, or water loss. Our state-of-the-art equipment including, portable water extraction units, air scrubbers, high powered air movers, industrial-strength dehumidification equipment, and thermal imaging cameras all have crucial roles in the mitigation, cleanup, and restoration process. Our SERVPRO of Medford technicians are specially trained to use these tools and equipment to diagnose what areas of your property sustained damage and give them a distinct advantage to determine the most effective and efficient way to cleanup and restore your property damage.

SERVPRO professional restoration and construction managers and crews work together to give your water damage, fire damage or mold remediation project a seamless timesaving and often cost-effective transition, making your property truly, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO provides scalable cleaning and sanitizing services for local Suffolk County homes and businesses

8/9/2021 (Permalink)

Professional sanitizing commercial interior Our staff is capable of cleaning and sanitizing bathrooms, kitchens and other common areas with the discretion and effectiveness.

SERVPRO professionals have specialized equipment and training to provide the highest level of commercial cleaning and sanitizing to maintain your commercial property.

While the pandemic continues to evolve, it’s as important as ever to take precautions with your commercial property to promote safety. Our team is available to provide commercial cleaning and bioremediation services a SERVPRO near you. As businesses continue to accelerate their cleaning and sanitizing procedures, it’s an excellent time to take advantage of the experience and tools our professionals can provide. When your commercial or residential property needs a deep cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing, calling SERVPRO of Medford to provide a fast and professional response is the only solution. Cleanliness is how to best be proactive, and we are here to help. We are prepared to clean and disinfect your school or university, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform daily.

Reminding People of Best Practices in Hygiene:

  • Inform customers/visitors on how to protect themselves.
  • Promote best practices with hygiene like handwashing.
  • Cleaning & disinfecting regularly.
  • Increasing airflow and ventilation.

When it comes to preventing the spread of this virus, it is up to us as a community to do the best we can to remain informed and act with thoughtful consideration. Our crews are up to the recent challenges impacting our community using specialized training and equipment, our 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 our cleanup process, and disposal of waste. Carpets and fabric and upholstery can be sanitized using our hospital-grade disinfectant.

Timely Response with Minimal Disruption 

Our crews can schedule work around your business hours to reduce the impact to your daily operations. Trust the SERVPRO team to be aware of and capable of meeting the sanitation standards required during this challenging atmosphere. We are trained in the appropriate use of EPA-registered disinfectants and committed to a close working relationship with your facility housekeeping staff. Our staff is capable of cleaning and sanitizing bathrooms, kitchens and other common areas with the discretion and effectiveness your commercial facility requires.

SERVPRO is here to help develop a professional disinfecting plan for your property to promote confidence in the safety of your local business.

Calling water damage cleanup and mitigation specialists is essential to a successful property disaster restoration in Brookhaven

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage is a frustrating concern for many Long Island homeowners, mainly because it can occur with little to no warning in hard-to-reach places in the home. Non-weather water damage claims now cost over $6,700 on average, and losses exceeding $500,000 have doubled since 2016. Without fast action, water can quickly create thriving environments for mold and microbes that can cause health effects.  

SERVPRO restoration technicians are always available to restore your home or business to a preloss condition. These Institute of Inspection Cleanup and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified pros receive extensive education on how to maintain the standards necessary for homes to be clean and safe after water-related disasters. The restoration process following a water damage can be complicated and unique depending on a variety of factors, our crews have experience and training to deal with all aspects of a water damage cleanup. Whether your water damage is a plumbing leak, an appliance malfunction, or a leaky water heater our SERVPRO of Medford team is always available to lend a hand and our knowledge and resources to make your property “Like it never even happened.”

Factors that determine the severity of water damage to your property:

  • The size and scope of the water loss zone
  • Whether or not there is still standing water present
  • The type of water the caused the damage
  • The kinds of materials damaged
  • The timeline 

The larger the water-damaged area is, the more cost involved for the restoration, including manpower, materials, and time. Of course, the project's size mixed with other elements listed above can also increase the project's scope. For example, any water damage on the second floor of your home may seep down through the walls and floorboards to the lower-level ceiling. These are all pieces of the puzzle that our trained team is available to address. 

Severe water property disasters can destroy structural elements and leave a mess behind for experienced restoration professionals to address.

After any water disaster, cleaning up requires several immediate actions, including extraction, debris removal, and even controlled demolition. Identifying what your property needs most comes from data collected during job scoping before mitigation work beginning. Our project manager and crew chief consider your unique water damage factors and develop a restoration plan based on experience and training to protect your structure and contents from prolonged water damage.

The type of water that affects your home plays a key role in the techniques and equipment needed for proper restoration.

There are numerous reasons why your Long Island home or business can suffer from flood and water damage– heavy rains, foundation seepage, broken appliances, sewage backup, high tides, plumbing problems and storm flooding. When time is of the essence, you need cleanup and repairs from the trusted SERVPRO of Medford Disaster Restoration specialists. Rely on our Suffolk County SERVPRO crews and Emergency services to quickly cleanup and remove the water and other fire, mold and water related damage to your property. SERVPRO professionals are available to help with your home or business restoration needs around the clock, 24 hours a day 7 days a week, to restore your residential or commercial property, “Like it never even happened.”

When considering a solution to your Long Island commercial or residential property water damage, our SERVPRO technicians will access what type of water caused the damage. This assessment will help our crew make the most effective plan for cleaning and removing the water, drying, and mitigating the damage and repairing and restoring your property and contents correctly. When your Medford home or business suffers a water damage there are 3 types of water that could have caused your property damage, including clean, grey, and black water, understanding what type of water is affecting your property is critical to ensuring proper cleanup. Water carries hidden dangers that may not be immediately evident when you first see the damage. That’s why it’s recommended that you always choose a professional restoration service provider like SERVPRO to immediately assess and begin repair on any water damage affecting your property. We offer 24-hour Emergency Property Restoration Services to your Brookhaven neighborhood, excellent customer care and expedient remediation work that will return your home or commercial property to a safe, healthy, and sanitary condition.

Category 1: Clean water originates from a sanitary source such as a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean and poses no substantial risk from dermal, ingestion, or inhalation exposure. However, it may not always remain clean after it meets other surfaces or materials.

Category 2: Gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water and has the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if contacted or consumed by humans. It may contain potentially unsafe levels of microorganisms or nutrients for microorganisms, as well as other organic or inorganic matter (chemical or biological).

Category 3: Black water is highly contaminated and filled with pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents. Such water sources may carry silt, organic matter, pesticides, heavy metals, regulated materials, or toxic organic substances. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster; black water should always be handled by trained professionals.

RECOGNIZED AND TRUSTED WATER DAMAGE EXPERTS Restoring your Suffolk County home or business quickly, takes specialized equipment and highly skilled IICRC certified professionals. Our team closely inspects the damaged areas; measuring the moisture content, humidity and temperature to assess the full extent of the damage. They provide a step-by-step solution to restore and repair your property and contents to help minimize additional damages and get you back to normal quickly and efficiently. If your residential or commercial property has experienced water or sewage damage from any number of causes, we are prepared 24-7 with Emergency help when you need us! Let our SERVPRO disaster restoration team determine the most effective methods and services to begin the cleanup, repair, and restoration process and get your property water damage corrected.

SERVPRO of Medford responds with quick recovery services to Suffolk County flood or storm property damage

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

Call our Long Island SERVPRO Storm Damage Cleanup, Restoration and Repair team.

Severe thunderstorms and flooding can lead to severe damage to your property, water intrusion is one of the main contributors to building damage. SERVPRO responds quickly to storm and water emergencies, we are dedicated to respond Faster to Any Size Disaster to make sure that all our customers receive the highest quality and cost-effective damage mitigation and restoration service possible. Our restoration specialists have the training and the tools get your property back to pre-damage condition, “Like it never even happened.”

HOW SPRING STORMS CAUSE PROPERTY DAMAGE
• Coastal flooding due to the storm surge.
• Widespread wind damage.
• Widespread inland small stream and river flooding due to heavy rains.

Whatever the cause of your water property damage, our Disaster Restoration Specialists at SERVPRO of Medford will begin taking steps to stop the water damage from becoming an even bigger disaster. Our professionals first assess the severity of the situation and determine the full extent of the storm, flooding, or additional water damage. Restoring your home or business quickly, takes specialized equipment and highly skilled IICRC professionals. Our team closely inspects the flooding or other water damaged areas of your Long Island property; measuring the moisture content, humidity, and temperature to assess the full extent of the damage. They provide a step-by-step solution to restore and repair your local Suffolk County neighborhood property and contents to help minimize additional damages.

The SERVPRO of Medford team has decades of experience and training to overcome the unique challenges that can come with commercial property disasters including keeping your business running while cleaning and restoration is being performed. Our IICRC certified restoration specialists work quickly and efficiently to minimize or eliminate downtime with fast mitigation, content management and professional containment services for a fast recovery.

SERVPRO Provides Emergency Mitigation and Restoration Services

  • Mitigation efforts are meant to prevent further damage and loss from occurring due to the existing threat, thus increasing the overall amount of work that needs to be done during the restoration itself.
  • Restoration is performed on items that could not be saved by mitigation efforts, and items that were damaged before the restoration company arrived. This step is often a longer process and may involve the complete replacement of floors, roofs, walls, and other portions of your business that have been too damaged to save.
  • Both are necessary to get your home or business back in order after a flood, or other disaster event, and should be performed by a professional disaster restoration company.

What Should I Do When I Notice a Water Loss?  

Your Water Damage event might not be entirely avoidable, so you need to know what to do when you notice that a problem has occurred and continues to threaten the building. This immediate action can help better to protect some of the building's potentially compromised areas and can reduce irreparable damage to essential contents and equipment. Some of the initial steps that you can take in the earliest stages of water loss include: 

  • Move Important Documentation – One of the most critical steps that your staff can take when water loss first begins is to gather sensitive documentation and records and move them to a safe location. Migrating water can be a destructive force for these hard copies. 
  • Notify Our Restoration Professionals – Getting restoration professionals like our SERVPRO team moving on your disaster is also an essential initial step to take. We have staffed emergency lines running 24/7, so you can talk to a real person about the situation and pass helpful information along to our mobilizing technicians.  
  • Stay Out of the Damaged Space – Once water losses have spread into the main areas of the building, it is wise to keep yourself and your staff out of these areas altogether. Not only does excessive foot traffic make restoration more challenging, but with worsening water damage, these individuals could face potential health hazards like shock or slips.  

Our SERVPRO Storm Damage Property Restoration Team has the experience and resources to handle your weather-related water property damage quickly and professionally. We know what comes next after your property suffers a disaster storm water damage and we are prepared 24-7 with Emergency help to repair your home or business when you need us!

An active 2021 Atlantic Hurricane season expected - SERVPRO is READY to Help after any size disaster

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

hurricane season sign with stormy sky and lightening Our storm damage mitigation team will work with you to make any emergency repairs needed and explain the rest of your recovery process.

After the record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season last year, it appears likely that 2021 is in for the sixth consecutive above-average year. The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season was the most active and the fifth costliest Atlantic hurricane season on record. First predictions have been released, and the message is straightforward: Yet another very active hurricane season is expected in 2021. With a quite concerning notice that also an above-average probability of hurricane landfalls along the US coastline and in the Caribbean is likely.

The official Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th. The Atlantic basin includes the entire Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea. The long-term average (taken over the last 70 years – between 1951 and 2019) of named storms is 11. The short-term average (taken over the last 15 years – between 1995 and 2019) is 14 named storms.

When a hurricane makes landfall, the force of hurricane strength winds can destroy buildings, topple trees, bring down power lines, and blow vehicles off roads. When flying debris, such as signs, roofing material, building siding, and small items left outside, is added to the mix, the potential for building damage is even greater. When a storm hits your Suffolk County home or business, you need help immediately, SERVPRO of Medford is here to help with property restoration and repairs. Our team of storm and water damage specialists get started promptly to maximize recovery and reverse storm damage. 

Hurricane winds and rain can bring a massive amount of damage to a community. Hurricane winds impact homes and other buildings in two different ways: 1) differential pressures act on the building envelope, which includes roofs and walls (and their associated components), and 2) wind-borne debris may strike a building, with windows and doors the most susceptible to impact. Additionally, downed trees and power lines, being blown-down onto a building, is another way hurricanes can cause damage to structures. Rainwater damage to a building’s interior will normally result after damage to the building envelope has occurred.

Call local SERVPRO professionals to help recover your property with Emergency Storm or Hurricane damage restoration and repairs

Our team is available for emergency help, during high volume events many people in the community can be negatively impacted by a big storm, our team will work with you to make any emergency repairs needed and explain the rest of your recovery process and timeline. Emergency repairs are necessary to address any damage that has caused a safety issue or could potentially lead to further damage to the property if left untouched. The effects of a storm to a homeowner can oftentimes be devastating, sustained winds and flooding can damage your home and belongings. When storm and water damage gets serious in Medford, Holbrook, or other local Brooklyn towns there is really only one team to call—SERVPRO of Medford! 

Our team is highly qualified and trained in disaster restoration, damage mitigation, and construction. 

  • We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • We provide 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • We are a Trusted Leader in the Water Restoration Industry
  • We are Locally Owned and Operated

Our experts will come in, assess your damage, and take the proper steps to limit damage. We work hand in hand with your insurance company to restore your home or business, “Like it never even happened.”

Every Long Island water restoration situation is unique and our team will treat them that way. We are local to the Suffolk County community to help during your water or storm property damage in these very stressful times we are Always Here to Help!

Spring and Summer backyard barbeque safety tips to avoid property damage

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

open flames from backyard grill Simple precautions can help your family enjoy a safe grilling season

SERVPRO is always here to help, with years of experience and commitment to property damage cleanup and restoration throughout Suffolk County. Barbeque safety is a key component to avoid seasonal fire damage to your property and injury.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), U.S. fire departments respond to an average of 8,900 home fires involving grills, hibachis, or barbecues every year. Unfortunately, almost all these fires can be prevented. Fortunately, with some simple precautions, your family can enjoy a safe grilling season.

Backyard Grilling Safety Tips to Avoid Fire Damage

Monitor and control the fire - Never leave the grill unattended. Avoid flare ups during cooking by keeping your grill clean, scraping the grates, and cleaning the trays to remove grease and fat buildup each time you use the grill. Keep a spray bottle of water handy incase of a small flare-up.

Position your grill in a safe place - choose a location for your grill that open and well ventilated, at least 10 ft away from structures including your home, deck railing, eaves, and low hanging branches.

Keep the grill out of a high-traffic area - Be sure to warn adults and children alike of a hot grill. The surface of a grill can heat up to dangerously high temperatures – certainly hot enough to cause serious burns. Keep kids and pets at least 3ft away from the grill, even a grill that's turned off and cooling down can cause serious burns.

Have a plan to put out a fire - Have the correct type of fire extinguisher within reach and, if you are using a gas grill, make sure you know where the emergency cut-off is before you start cooking. Keep matches, lighters, and combustible liquids out of reach and sight of children.

SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the property restoration industry; our team is ready to respond to your emergency property fire damage event, quickly and effectively with unparalleled training and equipment. Giving you peace of mind that your property is being cleaned and restored by caring and competent restoration professionals.

Often during a fire restoration, many recovery operations need to happen simultaneously, some of our crew will work on water extraction and demolition, while others will inventory and pack up items to move to another location to help prevent further property damage from exposure to contaminated areas. Smoke and soot particles are small and can get deep inside building materials, furniture, and other porous items. HEPA filters help our industrial strength air scrubbers and vacuums capture soot, purify the air, and neutralize odors. Our SERVPRO of Medford location is fortunate to offer restoration and rebuilding services following a property disaster from fire, water, or mold. Using our highly qualified construction team will help keep your recovery process moving steady and hassle free, often it can also minimize costs and completion time.