SERVPRO of Medford Is Always On Call for Your Property Emergency
Our SERVPRO team never stops being READY to handle your fire, water or mold property disaster.
Property Disasters don’t have regular hours and neither does our dedicated team of technicians and project managers.
SERVPRO of Medford provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.
When property damage from fire, smoke, water strike, time is of the essence. Contacting a Disaster Restoration company within the first 24 hours after the initial damage can better prevent permanent destruction and reduce repair costs to homeowners. That’s why, SERVPRO of Medford provides 24-HOUR Emergency Support EVERYDAY! We always have a trained Disaster restoration professional here to help you with your fire or water property damage.
We answer the phone ready to help with your property damage
As a leader in property damage restoration and repair services, we have helped countless families and businesses through very unpredictable and devastating residential and commercial property losses. We understand you may not know what to do in a disaster situation, SERVPRO of Medford can help by responding faster with professionals who can help you through the restoration process.
What to Expect
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 you have a property disaster or emergency, your call will connect you to one of our trained professionals to take some basic information to provide to our project managers and technicians.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:
- Your name and contact information
- Your insurance information (if applicable)
- The street address of the water-damaged home or business
- When did the flooding or water damage occur?
- What caused the water damage (if known)?
- Is there electricity available (on-site)?
Inspection and Damage Assessment including Estimate: One of our trained professionals will come and assess your property damage. What type of fire is it? What type of water loss was it? These answers are critical to addressing the unique solution for your restoration needs.??
Restoration, Cleanup and Repair: With your approval, our team of skilled technicians starts working on your restoration and cleanup. We can provide board-up, packing and itemizing your property, water, smoke or soot removal, drying and dehumidification, cleanup and repair services depending on your specific situation and restoration needs.
Your best defense against long lasting commercial fire, smoke and water property damage is a quick and rigorous response by our trained technicians. Each SERVPRO team member has been thoroughly trained in fire restoration, water restoration, carpet & upholstery cleaning, and mold mitigation before stepping foot onto your home or business. Our restoration technicians utilize state-of-the-art equipment and technology to restore and repair your entire structure and belongings as efficiently as possible. ??
Property Emergencies happen everyday, 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 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.”
SERVPRO of Medford has some helpful tips to keep your Medford kitchen safe from fire damage.
Cooking fires are the most common cause of home fires, follow these tips to help prevent potential cooking hazards in your home this holiday season.
Don’t let a cooking fire ruin your holiday season, SERVPRO of Medford has some helpful tips for preventing fire property disasters.
While most of us are thankful for spending time with loved ones and eating too much delicious food on Thanksgiving. There are more potential hazards in your Long Island kitchen than over stuffing your turkey or yourself.
Year after year cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking accounts for about 47% of home fires and 45% of the fire-related injuries reported across the country each year. The NFPA says Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and then Christmas Eve. Make sure you keep yourself and your family safe this year with these safety tips.
REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE IN THE KITCHEN
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says 6 out of 7 cooking fires occurred while the cook was out of the kitchen, and 2/3rds of these fires happened in the first 15 minutes of cooking. So the BEST WAY you can do to keep you and your family and property safe this year, ALWAYS watch what you’re cooking. If you’re using the stovetop, stay in the kitchen and watch closely. Also, experts recommend setting a timer periodically to remind you to check the oven.
OTHER FIRE PREVENTION TIPS INCLUDE
- Roll up sleeves and don’t wear loose fitting clothing that could catch and open flame or heating element
- Ban children and pets from a 3-foot “safe zone” around the stove
- Keep the stove and oven clean, turn pot handles in to avoid spills and cleanup any messes when appropriate
- Keep potholders, dishtowels, oven mitts, food packaging and other clutter off and away from the stove.
- Clean cooking equipment thoroughly because built-up grease can catch fire.
- Don’t over heat your oils, and wait for grease to cool before disposing, tossing hot grease in a trashcan could turn into a disaster
Smoke detectors are your first line for defense against a fire disaster situation so make sure you have one installed in or near the kitchen and make sure it’s working properly.
IF A FIRE DOES HAPPEN, CONSIDER THESE SAFETY TIPS
- Just get out, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
- Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
- For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
- Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
People often try to put out cooking fires themselves with a fire extinguisher or even water. NEVER use water on any grease fire. Store fire safety equipment in a cabinet or under the sink – It’s important to have a fire extinguisher close by as well as a box of baking soda or salt for grease fires. The first step you can take is turning the stove off and having a lid handy to put over the pan you can also smother the fire with baking soda or salt. If the fire is in your oven just close the door and turn off the heat. Done improperly your Medford, Patchogue or Coram cooking fire can spread to other parts of the kitchen, any time you are unsure of how to combat a fire your best option is to leave and call your local fire department.
CREATE AND PRACTICE A FIRE ESCAPE PLAN
In the event of a fire, remember that every second counts, so you and your family must always be prepared. Escape plans help you get out of your home quickly.
Practice your home fire escape plan at least twice a year, more often if you have small children.
Some tips to consider when preparing this plan include:
- Find two ways out. Visit each room of your house and find two ways out, including windows and doors. Make sure all escape routes open easily so you can get outside, and install emergency release devices on any security bars on doors or windows. Practice feeling your war out in the dark and with your eyes closed.
- Involve children in planning. Consider having your children help create a fire evacuation plan. Draw a map of the home and have children mark two exit routes and the locations of smoke detectors. Make sure your children know NOT to hide from firefighters or other first responders.
- Choose a meeting spot. Decide on a meeting place outside, such as a neighbor’s house, mailbox or stop sign. It should be in the front of the house so emergency responders can see you when they arrive. Agree not to go back into the house after you leave.
- Have a backup plan. If the planned exit routes are blocked and it’s not possible to leave the house, close all doors between you and the fire. Place a towel under the door and go to an exterior-facing window. Call the fire department to report your location.
Whether you’re trying a new cooking technique or cooking your signature dish the way you have countless times before; practicing these important holiday safety tips can help you to avoid major mishaps that could lead to smoke or fire damage.
SERVPRO of Medford wishes you a safe and happy holiday season. If your home does experience fire or smoke damage, give us call at (631) 732-4952. We can restore your home “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO of Medford Helps Medford and other local Long Island Commercial Properties Following a Fire Emergency
Fires cause massive amounts of damage destroying structural materials and business items.
Fast Action from SERVPRO of Medford Mitigates the Amount of Damages caused by Fire, Smoke & Soot to Your Commercial Property.
Property owners rarely prepare for the devastation a fire can bring. The National Fire Protection Association reports that fires in office property accounted for over 3,000 fire department calls in the past five years and averaged over $4 billion in property damage each year.
Every commercial building is at risk of catching fire for any number of reasons. After years of servicing fire property damage a few common causes are evident.
COMMON CAUSES OF COMMERCIAL FIRES
- Cooking Equipment and Appliances
- Electrical or Lighting Equipment Malfunctions
- Flammable or Combustible Materials
Fires cause massive amounts of damage; destroying structural materials and business items, also bringing massive amounts of water damage, toxic chemicals, harmful soot pollution and unhealthy smoke levels. First Responders often extinguish the flames quickly, but soot and smoke move even more rapidly. The moment authorities permit you to reenter your dwelling the clock starts on a successful restoration. SERVPRO of Medford understands the need for speed and assigns skilled technicians to your job within hours of your first call.
SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile is a startup approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services, to learn more about this service and setup an appointment to make sure YOU ARE PREPARED, contact SERVPRO of Medford (631) 732-4952.
COMMON TYPES OF COMMERCIAL FIRE DAMAGE
- Burnt Structure; framing, roofing, doors, drywall, flooring and cabinets
- Office Property and Equipment; furniture, supplies and appliances
- Soot and Smoke Damage; HVAC unit, surfaces, air quality
- Odor; smoke and toxic chemicals from damaged structure and contents
- Water Damage; results of fire suppression system and local Fire Department efforts
- Mold Damage; water damage left untreated can quickly cause mold growth
Smoke and soot damage are especially invasive attacking every space of your commercial property, including areas far from the actual fire. The residue from the fire travels with the air coating surfaces. This debris must be removed before it begins etching, distorting, discoloring, and disintegrating wood, carpeting, fabric, drywall, plastic, metal, and glass.
One of the first steps after a fire:
CONSIDER CLEANUP REQUIREMENTS: SERVPRO of Medford can provide services to prevent further damage, help determine which items can or cannot be refurbished and which structural items do and do not need to be repaired or replaced.
See more “First Steps After a Fire” tips here
SERVPRO of Medford CAN HELP WITH YOUR COMMERCIAL PROPERTY REPAIRS FOLLOWING A FIRE DISASTER
- Secure your business site including board up and tarping services
- Protect areas unaffected by the fire with barriers and storage if necessary
- Assess the affected areas for a full scope of damages
- Take a detailed inventory of damaged property and materials
- Detect, neutralize, and remove harmful gases and toxic materials
- Determine the best cleaning, repair and restoration solutions for your property
- Restore, replace and repair building materials with our skilled building/restoration teams
- Restore your commercial property to pre-fire condition, "Like it never even happened"
If your HVAC system operated during the fire, it will again and again, contaminate the air, structure, and contents from every vent with debris from the fire disaster, until the unit is cleaned and sealed. SERVPRO of Medford uses Institute for Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) approved methods and equipment to clean, treat, and recover all structures, mechanical systems, and contents within your property.
SERVPRO of Medford can respond immediately to your commercial fire damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage.
Getting your business restored is our priority, our specialized teams have technicians with training, experience, and equipment to handle large or small commercial fire damage emergencies.
- Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician
- Odor Control Technician
- Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
- Water Damage Restoration Technician
SERVPRO of Medford has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies. Whether your fire emergency occurs in a restaurant, motel, or office building, our crew will assess the damage in each room and plan proper procedures, using dry or wet cleaning strategies matched to the character of the residue found and the materials affected. Systematically SERVPRO of Medford progresses through your business room by room to assure all harm is reversed and the corrosive soot and smoke permanently eliminated. Call our professionals (631) 732-4952 to setup an appointment to assess your property damage and get the restoration process started!
SERVPRO of Medford offers a Custom “EMERGENCY READY PROFILE” Preparation Service; one of our professional will come to your commercial property and assess your proper emergency service solution should you have a disaster in the future. The preparation process is quick and easy and makes the aftermath of a disaster simple, because all the details are assessible to our staff and technicians should you need us. Learn more about our EMERGENCY READY PROFILE (ERP).
Locally owned with National resources makes SERVPRO of Medford uniquly capable of handling any size disaster, quickly and efficiently! Call our staff at (631) 732-4952 to schedule an inspection and get you back to business as soon as possible.
SERVPRO of Medford wants your Long Island Property to be Ready for Winter with these tips for a safe season.
Preparing your home for winter can help prevent ice dams, frozen pipes, and other types of water or fire damage to your home.
Winter is Coming, SERVPRO of Medford wants you to protect your home from fire and water damage emergencies. Before the chilly weather sets in its time for some Long Island home repairs and maintenance to keep you and your family safe and warm this winter.
Keep the Cold 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.
Protect the Pipes
Pipes located in attics, crawl spaces, basements, and near outer walls can be susceptible to freezing in extreme temperatures, avoid a costly pipe break or other water related disaster. Wrap exposed pipes in your attic, basement, or crawlspaces, 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.
Prepare the Car for Cold Weather
There are several things you can do to keep your car in good shape during cold conditions. Make sure you have a new set of windshield wipers and switch to a winter washer fluid. Check the tire pressure levels regularly with temperature changes, and make sure the coolant and antifreeze levels are plentiful. It’s a good idea to get an oil change to keep the car working at optimal efficiency. Have an emergency kit for your car including: flashlights, warm blankets, water and a first aid kit. It’s also a good idea to keep a shovel, ice scraper and a bag of sand.
Don't Forget Yard Care
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 rake them off the lawn, clean the flower beds and prepare them for next year with fertilizer.
Snow and Ice Preparedness
Switch out Spring and Summer tools for Winter ones, keep the snow removal tools close at hand; including roof rakes, snow shovels and blowers, and pet-safe ice melt. Stock up on emergency supplies like batteries, ready-to-eat foods and maybe a generator.
Winter temperatures and storms can come on quick, often before you’re even prepared for it, don’t put off getting your home ready for the winter season. Taking some time to prepare your home for winter can help prevent ice dams, frozen pipes, and other types of water or fire damage to your home. SERVPRO of Medford is prepared to help home owners in the case of a water or fire property damage Emergency. Our highly-trained technicians are ready to get your home back to normal after a disaster, “Like It Never Even Happened.”
Contact us for 24-7 Emergency Service for your home or business, Fire and Water Damage Emergencies.
SERVPRO of Medford is Always here to help!
SERVPRO of Medford works quickly after a fire or water disaster, helping avoid business interruption to your restaurant or other commercial property.
Business interruption affects many parts of a business and can lead to a significant loss of profit, SERVPRO of Medford can help!
SERVPRO of Medford works quickly and efficiently to restore your fire and water damage, with little to no interruption to your restaurant or other commercial property.
Running a Long Island restaurant or other commercial property is a challenge, time is of the essence when a disaster strikes your restaurant or other commercial property. Business interruption affects not only your relationships with customers but also impacts the lives of your employees and can lead to a significant loss of profit. Our technicians make your recovery process from smoke, fire and water damage as simple as possible, from performing an initial inspection and assessment of existing damages to finalizing all repairs and performing a final walk through.
SERVPRO of Medford’s fire and water damage restoration process begins with locating and repairing the source, making sure that it is no longer a problem. Each Long Island property loss situation requires unique steps to ensure the safety of your patrons, employees and the workers performing repairs. If any hazards exist that affect the operations of your company, we notify you immediately. To properly remove standing water and other moisture that exists on your property, we use quality water extraction equipment such as; wet-dry vacuums, hand-held and truck mounted extractors, or submersible pumps, depending on the amount of water that exists and the size of the affected area.
Even a localized kitchen fire can quickly spread to cabinetry and counters, requiring the need for both cleanup and even possibly demolition and reconstruction. Still, one of the most significant threats to a customer experience is the odor wafting through the dining area from a recent kitchen blaze. Our teams work tirelessly to clean, deodorize, and repair every damaged item found on your Holbrook, Patchogue, Medford, Farmingville, Selden or Coram long island property. Our experience gives us a unique perspective when it comes to cleaning delicate cooking utensils or high-dollar appliances. We also use an appropriate antimicrobial, antibacterial, or disinfectant to treat potential health risks, returning your property to a safe, healthy condition.
Our Commercial Fire and Water Damage Restoration Process
Fire and water damage can leave your Long Island, Brookhaven or Medford restaurant or commercial property unsafe for potential customers. Our experienced SERVPRO of Medford restoration specialists are trained to clean and restore your property with as little disruption as possible.
Step1: Emergency Contact
Step 2: Inspection and Fire & Water Damage Assessment
Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
Step 4: Water Removal and Drying
Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
Step 6: Cleaning and Repair
Step 7: Restoration & Rebuild
Fire or water damage to your long island business is frustrating and needs to be dealt with by trained professionals to ensure further damage does not continue to impact your commercial property down the road. We understand the level of importance that surrounds maintaining a safe, healthy environment in your Medford, Patchogue or Selden restaurant. You need access to SERVPRO of Medford’s team of qualified professionals who are ready to provide you with the expert restoration services you deserve, a company that puts every effort into making damages on your property disappear, “Like it never even happened.”
Have our SERVPRO of Medford professionals perform HEALTH AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY Services with our HVAC & DUCT CLEANING Team.
HVAC and Air Duct System will start to slowly collect dirt and debris, the cumulative effect of this over time can lead to considerable energy loss.
Health and energy efficiency is a major concern for many property owners and managers. It is becoming increasingly important to clean and maintain your HVAC and Air Duct systems to avoid any negative impact it could have on the health and efficiency of your property and occupants.
As much as half of the energy used in your business goes to heating and cooling. Making smart decisions about your heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can have a big effect on your utility bills — and your comfort.
BENEFITS OF OUR HEALTH & ENERGY EFFICIENCY SERVICES
- Restore peak energy efficiency & lower energy costs
- Eliminate allergens and odors
- Reduce the potential for mold growth
Through normal HVAC use dirt and debris will start to slowly collect on the surfaces of your HVAC components, these contaminants if not properly maintained can cause a degradation of the efficiency of the entire system. The cumulative effect of this over time can lead to considerable energy loss and can be a contributor to higher energy bills. In addition, allergy and asthma sufferers, young children, and other occupants with breathing difficulties are more susceptible to poor indoor air quality.
COMMON PROBLEM AREAS
These are common problem areas that contribute to restricted airflow, increased energy consumption and reduced equipment longevity:
- Duct and System Leakage
- Closed, Clogged or Stuck Dampers
- Filtration Issues
- Excess or Damaged Ductwork
- Failed Duct Liner
- Clogged/Nonfunctioning Exhaust Systems
SERVPRO of Medford professionals can perform an inspection to access your system and determine the depth of your problem and if your system could benefit from our cleaning and maintenance services. If moisture is present, the potential for mold growth is increased, sending spores into the working/living spaces, creating a much larger problem.
HVAC AND AIR DUCT CLEANING
Generally refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers, heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pains, fan motor and fan housing, and the air handling unit housing.
PARTS OF AN HVAC UNIT THAT CAN BENEFIT FROM ROUTINE MAINTENANCE:
- EVAPORATOR COIL: particle buildup can have an insulating effect on the surface of the coil, leading to longer cooling times and greater energy consumption.
- HEATING COIL: dust and dirt will accumulate and clog air passages this restricts air flow and the furnace must run longer to reach desired temperatures. If a coil is severely impacted by debris it can cause the unit to malfunction.
- DAMPERS AND TURNING VANES: these elements ensure proper air flow throughout your system, particles or larger debris like insulation can obstruct or diminish airflow, leading to an overall degradation of the entire system.
- AIR REGISTERS: dust and debris can accumulate on the blades and seriously reduce air flow, negatively impacting overall energy performance and comfort levels in the space.
- FRESH AIR INTAKE SCREEN: these openings are integral to the quality of air inside your building, they quickly become clogged from environmental debris and buildup inhibits proper fresh air from entering the system.
- FAN AND BLOWERS: particle buildup can reduce the capacity of the blades to move adequate air causing the blower motor to run longer while pushing less air per rotation.
When HVAC systems are cleaned of dirt and debris, it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the desired temperatures, air can flow more freely. As a result, less energy is used, leading to improved cost-effectiveness, longer operating life, as well as health benefits and energy savings.
Our team of professionals can inspect and access your specific situation and work with you to provide a solution to keep your business healthy and energy efficient. The exact solution for your property will depend on a few factors, including the size of your overall duct and vent system, how accessible your HVAC system is to our technicians, and the level of maintenance required.
Give us a call for a Free Assessment, we are Always Here to Help! SERVPRO of Medford (631) 732-4952
The SERVPRO of Medford Construction Team can help Repair and Restore these 5 Common Property Damage Areas
Our building team can help restore and rebuild your long island property to a safe and welcoming home or business, again.
Putting your Long Island property back together after a disaster can be challenging, our construction team takes pride in helping restore and repair residential or commercial property after a fire, water or mold disaster! Restoring your Medford, Farmingville, Holbrook, Coram or other Brookhaven property, “Like It Never Even Happened” is important to us, making improvements after a disaster is common, and our professionals are also skilled at working with home and business owners to help navigate a rebuild or remodel, our team is here to help from disaster restoration to the final walk through after reconstruction.
5 COMMON PROPERTY DAMAGE AREAS
- Bathrooms suffer common water damage mainly because they are exposed to several water and plumbing sources including sinks and bathtubs/showers in a localized area.
- Kitchens can suffer damage from both water and fire hazards and can see major damage to floors, appliances, cabinets and counter tops.
- Basements are prone to water and mold damage from poor drainage and ventilation, both finished and unfinished basements can see major damage from storm and environmental leakage and flooding.
- Exterior Elements such as a roof, doors, windows and siding are all common locations to see property damage from weather, water, fire and mold. Whether damage is small or extensive, taking care of these problems immediately can minimize continued damage to your home.
- Floors commonly suffer water damage and can significantly affect your home’s overall safety and structure, leading to costly repairs.
These common areas are ideal places to look for upgrades or remodel options when your property suffers from storm, water, fire or mold damage. Our construction team can help you reimagine your space and restore and rebuild your long island home to a comfortable, safe and welcoming home or business, again.
- Open-Concept Living: Consider knocking down a wall, creating distinct groupings for the space, and make sure to leave plenty of negative space to help separate the areas and provide space for walking around and entertaining.
- Upgrading Windows, Lighting and Fixtures: Adding a new window, skylight or new light fixtures can brighten up your space and create more flow for enhanced natural light.
- Aesthetics: Color can unify and update a dated space, research color trends and find a style that fits your property. Adding wall art, throw pillows, and other accessories can make the space more welcoming.
- Finishing a Basement: A moisture-free and properly ventilated basement can provide additional living space that is an ideal location for an extra bedroom, home office or entertainment area, and don’t forget some additional storage
- Upgrading your kitchen or bathroom: Updated cabinets, replacing a tub or shower, and new fixtures will make a huge difference, also updating your flooring, backsplash or adding an island for additional counter space are a few options.
A fire, water or mold disaster can ruin your possessions and significantly affect the structure of your home or business, which can result in costly repairs.
Our team at SERVPRO of Medford is here to help, we are trusted leaders in the restoration industry and we have the expertise and manpower to address the damage and make repairs. We take pride in every detail of restoring your Medford, Farmingville, Holbrook, Coram or other Brookhaven property and getting your life back to normal as quickly as possible.
Here to Help Tips: Because it’s important to us that you are prepared in case of an Emergency.
Emergencies happen everyday; we have supported countless home and business owners and managers with water, fire and storm property damage.
September was National Preparedness Month; it helps remind everyone that taking little steps to get prepared now, can make a big difference when an Emergency happens.
We here at SERVPRO of Medford know that Emergencies happen everyday; we have supported countless home and business owners and managers with water, fire and storm property damage. We understand that your lives are busy, it can be overwhelming to add being prepared in case of an Emergency to your list, and getting started maybe the hardest part. We also know that being prepared can make a huge difference when faced with a disaster and can get your life back to normal more quickly afterwards. Doing just a few things each month can have a big impact if the worst happens to you or your community.
This Month’s Here to Help Tips, start with getting informed and communicating with your family, household and community about potential risks and what your plan will be in an emergency situation.
Step 1: Make a Plan
Start making an emergency plan with your family, friends and household by discussing the types of disasters that could strike and what to do at different times of the day. Discuss how to prepare and respond to emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live, learn, work, and play. Keep your emergency plan as simple as possible and use places that are very familiar and hard to forget. Identify responsibilities for each member of your household and plan to work together as a team.
Fill out a Family Emergency Plan and make sure each member has a copy on them at all times.
FEMA.gov has a printable resource to get you started.
Key Points for building your Emergency Plan this Month:
1. Choose at least two pre-planned places for your family to meet in case of an emergency. One should be right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, such as a fire. The other should be outside of your neighborhood in case you cannot return home or are asked to evacuate.
2. Hold evacuation drills at home, practice getting out of the house quickly and drive your planned evacuation route. The more you practice, the more confident you will be if you really need to evacuate.
3. Communication is a key component to your safety; make sure you have an out-of-town contact that will help your household reconnect after an emergency. Store an “In Case of Emergency” contact in your phone, have regular conversations about whom to text or call if you need help and where to go during and after an emergency.
4. Create a personalized plan and supply kit for your specific daily needs and responsibilities, taking into consideration any additional friends or family that may be included in your emergency plan, such as elderly neighbors or grandparents. Some key factors to consider when creating a supply list are:
- Different ages within your household
- Medical and Dietary needs including medications
Step 2: Start a Disaster Supply Kit
While your family's Emergency preparedness supply kit and other essentials will be unique to you, there are a few basics that will help to prepare you for success, and get you started on the right track. Your kit should be organized and easily accessible, make sure your kit is easy to carry and contains these basics: water, medical supplies, medications, non-perishable foods, a battery- or hand-powered radio, a manual can opener, a flashlight, batteries, spare clothing items including socks, blankets, cash, tools including a wrench and pliers, local maps and your emergency plan, contact information, important personal and financial information, and a first-aid kit.
It’s also recommended that you have backpack kits for each individual and secondary kits in cars, school lockers and work locations in case you are separated during an emergency situation.
The point about Emergency Preparation is that you never know when or where a disaster could happen. It’s important to take steps now to help make sure you and your family will be prepared with needed supplies and essentials if a disaster strikes later. It’s our goal at SERVPRO of Medford to be here to help you restore your property after a disaster, but we also want to try and help you be prepared to face a disaster and to take steps to try and avoid one.
If you have experienced a property disaster and require some restoration help, give us a call we are experienced in getting your property restored, “Like it never even happened.”
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Moisture & Mold Issues and Solutions for Your Home or Business
If your long island property mold damage is larger than 10 square ft, it is recommended you contact a mold remediation service like SERVPRO of Medford
Indoor humidity levels between 30% and 50% are ideal.
Moisture problems in your home have a variety of causes and can lead to major property damage and encourage harmful mold and mildew growth.
Common causes of Moisture and Mold in your home can be:
- Water from a leaking water pipe, toilet, shower or bathtub, also weather related flooding in your home. Depending on the severity, conditions can lead to rot, structural damage, premature paint failure, and a variety of health problems.
- Excessive moisture from condensation and high humidity can have negative effects on your property and may indicate that poor ventilation or repairs are needed.
- Water can seep into your house from the outside through a leak in your roof, foundation, or small gaps around windows or doors.
- Normal activities such as cooking, bathing, clothes drying and dish washing also add moisture to the air.
All of these common problems contribute to overall high indoor humidity levels leading to mold and mildew growth. Mold can grow quickly and spread fast if moisture is left untreated, under ideal conditions (optimal temperature and level of humidity) it takes 24-48 hours for mold growth to occur. Typically you will start to see visible mold in 12-20 days, the more time passes the greater chance for mold to develop and spread through your home.
When you find mold damage in your Medford, long island property it is essential to call for remediation services as quickly as possible, as mold can cause adverse health effects. Additionally, mold also leaves behind a musty smell and has the power to rot organic materials. For health safety reasons, when you find mold, you should contact SERVPRO of Medford professionals and have them remediate it for you.
When SERVPRO arrives at your home, we can swiftly inspect the mold damage and then identify a remediation strategy. The first step to containing the problem is to set up plastic sheeting, block vents and doorways, so the spores cannot spread while the colony is being removed.
Certified professionals have the training and experience to:
- Identify moisture sources
- Evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected)
- Contain damage to the smallest area possible
- Physically remove contamination
- Dry materials to ensure that mold will not return
- Perform or recommend procedures for returning property to a preloss condition
It is a good idea to inspect your house regularly for any damage caused by moisture, if you notice any problems, take immediate action to fix them before they cause further damage or balloon into larger, more complicated issues. Here are some way you can reduce moisture and prevent damage in your home from water and mold.
- Install vent fans in kitchens and bathrooms.
- Run a dehumidifier.
- Cover dirt floors in crawl spaces with a plastic vapor barrier.
- Seal air and duct leaks.
- Houseplants can absorb moisture from the air
- Never let wet clothing or other fabrics lie around
- Avoid activities that add moisture to the air on humid days, such as taking hot showers and boiling water on the stove.
Houseplants that help absorb moisture:
These are perfect plants to have in your home to help decrease moisture in the air, with the added bonus of purifying your air of certain contaminants at the same time.
Reed Palms, English Ivy, and Boston Ferns
These plants will reduce humidity levels by absorbing moisture from the air through their leaves.
Some moisture problems require more complex solutions, and sources of moisture may be hidden.
Consult SERVPRO of Medford for a complete inspection if you have serious water damage or mold problems due to humidity, condensation or a water leak or flood. Luckily, our team at SERVPRO of Medford is highly qualified and trained in water and mold remediation and restoration services. Every long island water and mold restoration situation is unique and we treat them that way.
We are here for you in these very stressful times, our team is Always Here to Help! Contact SERVPRO of Medford @ 631-732-4952!
Our experts will come in and assess your Long Island water or mold problem, take the proper steps to limit additional damage. Our teams work quickly to eliminate the water, prepare the area for our advanced drying techniques, inspect for additional damage or mold and work with you to restore your property back to a stable, safe and healthy condition.
Preparing for Hurricane and Intense Storms
Knowing the category of a hurricane can help you understand how threatening it may be. It is never too early to start preparing for an emergency.
The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season produced 17 named storms, 10 hurricanes and six major hurricanes, including three Category 4 hurricanes that made landfall in the United States: Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. It was the most active season since 1936.
When it comes to hurricanes, most of the overwhelming damage, is from the "very few strongest storms," Mann said. "What matters is how many Category 3, 4, and 5 storms we get, and we're likely to see more of those storms, and more damage… as a result." —Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann
Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over warm ocean waters and move toward land. Potential threats from hurricanes include powerful winds, heavy rainfall, storm surges, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, tornadoes, and landslides. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, Although, they are most common in September and early October.
Southern New England is subject to all three hurricane threats:
- Coastal flooding due to the storm surge.
- Widespread wind damage.
- Widespread inland small stream and river flooding due to heavy rains.
Typhoons and hurricanes are both tropical cyclones with winds of at least 74 miles per hour. The only difference is where they are located. Typhoons form in the northwestern Pacific Ocean, while hurricanes occur in the Atlantic, Caribbean Sea, central and northeast Pacific.
Knowing the category of a hurricane can help you understand how threatening it may be.
Category 1: Winds range from 74 to 95 mph and can be expected to produce some minor damage to property. Injuries to people and animals are generally isolated and limited to flying or falling debris. During a Category 1 storm, protected glass windows generally remain intact. Some roof damage to frame homes, apartments, and shopping centers can also occur, as well as short-term power outages due to snapped power lines and downed trees.
Category 2: Winds range from 96 to 110 mph and can be expected to produce extensive property damage. Greater wind velocities mean that debris poses a greater threat to humans and animals, while the roofing, siding, and glass windows (protected and unprotected) of frame homes are more vulnerable to damage. In a Category 2 storm, significant structural damage to apartment buildings, mobile homes, and shopping centers is also expected, as well as flooding in low-lying areas. Extensive power outages ranging from a few days to a few weeks are common, and residents are encouraged to stock up on potable water as filtration systems also fail during this time.
Category 3: Winds ranging from 111 to 130 mph cause significant damage to property, humans, and animals. Mobile and poorly constructed frame homes are often destroyed, and even well-built frame homes commonly sustain major damage. Significant damage to apartments and shopping centers (even those made of wood or steel) can be expected. Category 3 storms can also cause extensive inland flooding. Electricity and water are commonly unavailable for several days to several weeks after the storm, therefore it’s important for residents to have their own stores of canned food and water.
Category 4: Winds range from 131 to 155 mph and can cause catastrophic damage to property, humans, and animals. Severe structural damage to frame homes, apartments, and shopping centers should be expected. Category 4 hurricanes often include long-term power outages and water shortages lasting from a few weeks to a few months, so again, it’s important for any remaining residents to have a significant nonperishable food and water supply at hand.
Category 5: Winds at or greater than 155 mph cause catastrophic damage to property, humans, and animals (read: you should be nowhere near this storm!). Complete or almost-complete destruction of mobile homes, frame homes, apartments, and shopping centers should be expected, and nearly all trees in the area will be snapped or uprooted. Power outages can last for weeks and possibly months. Long-term water shortages should be expected as well, and most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.
The strongest hurricanes, have brought severe damage to coastal locations, while totally disrupting utility power for days across the interior from downed trees and high winds. Both the stronger hurricanes and many of the weaker tropical storms have caused inland river flooding in parts of the New England. History shows that everyone living in southern New England must take tropical storms and hurricanes seriously. Whether you live along the coast, by a river or stream, or far inland, a tropical storm or hurricane striking Southern New England will affect our local area.
The Difference Between a Hurricane Watch and a Hurricane Warning
The difference is 12 HOURS. A watch is issued when a hurricane or tropical storm is possible within 36 hours. A warning is issued when those same conditions are expected within 24 hours.
It’s important to take steps while you have time before a storm arrives to protect the well-being of your family/employees and home/business.
Step 1: Have an Emergency Communication and Evacuation Plan; have a predetermined location both on your property, like the large tree in the front yard, or the family station wagon; and in your local town to meet incase an emergency causes your family to separate. It’s also a good idea to discuss a relative out of town that will be a check-in since it could be difficult to reach others in the same emergency area.
Step 2: Supplies; you should have enough supplies in your home for 72 hours for each member of your family, this includes having specialty items for babies and children or the elderly. You should also have an emergency and first aid kit for your home, your car and each person should have a personal kit for themselves. Another good thing to think about is flashlights, batteries and multiple copies of area maps.
Step 3: Insurance Coverage; consider your coverage for flooding, it’s important to have contact information incase of an emergency and make sure you know what to do if a storm causes damage to your property. If flooding is predicted try and move your vehicles to a safer location. Taking a home inventory can be as simple as snapping cell phone photos of the contents in each of your home’s rooms, and recording the item number or serial number of more important items.
Step 4: Important Documents; you should keep copies of important documents including; proof of ownership for homes, cars and other property. Make sure to keep copies of you and your families personal identification and banking information. It’s also a good idea to have some cash available, after a storm getting to an ATM or bank maybe difficult depending on the severity of the damage.
Step 5: Secure Your Property; Experts recommend piling up sandbags at least 2 feet high as an effective barricade against floodwaters. Unplug unused household electronics and appliances, if you are evacuating consider shutting off electricity. Think about trimming trees to reduce any falling limbs and cleaning up things around your home and yard like potted plants, lawn furniture and children’s toys.
Step 6: Electronic Concerns; Aside from keeping extra batteries and chargers around during a hurricane, people are also encouraged to backup any electronic devices. It’s a good idea to store your data at an off-site location.
Call in the Professionals
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, there is really only one team to call—SERVPRO of Medford! Our team is highly qualified and trained in water restoration, our experts will come in, assess your damage, take the proper remediation steps to limit damage. We work hand in hand with your insurance company to restore your home to what it was before. Like it never even happened!
- 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
Every water restoration situation is unique and we treat them that way. We are here for you in these very stressful times and we are Always Here to Help!
When You Need Help, Call Us SERVPRO of Medford at (631) 732-4952