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Signs Your Business Has Sustained Fire Or Water Damage

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

As your business becomes busier, it’s sometimes hard to immediately identify when damage is occurring inside of your working space. However running a business requires more than just attention to the customer — your building cleanliness is also a huge factor! Below are a few tell-tale signs that your business has sustained some sort of damage — whether it be fire or water.

Fire

Most of the time, fire damage is easy to spot due to the sometimes unforgiving wrath it can have on buildings. However there are cases in which smaller damage can occur without you realizing. A great example being your employee coat closet, which just might have a hot lightbulb too close to the jackets being hung. Strong odors or damage to items close to light fixtures are telling signs that something in that area is at risk of burning, and can cause large destruction. Additionally, sparking or darkening walls near outlets are signs that something is happening behind the scenes, and should be addressed immediately.

Water

Water is much more common to see, and can be equally as destructive. If you’re noticing anything similar to discolored walls, ceiling tiles or an extremely humid atmosphere, water might be the culprit for this. What makes it difficult, however, is that water can be hard to trace back to the source. Additionally, your business can suffer from mold damage, and a rotten smell that can go along with mold damage. Should you feel as if this is a problem in your business, it’s important to act fast before it becomes a larger issue.

For over three decades, SERVPRO has been helping all types of commercial businesses get back on their feet after damage. When something goes wrong, you’re going to need a company who can make it right. To learn more about how SERVPRO Of Ronkonkoma can assist in your time of need, give us a call today! 631-585-0007

Damage Prevention at Home & What It Means For You

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

You’re faced with a storm, and the first thing on your mind should be safety. As a homeowner, however, the second thought is the wellbeing of your home and how it will endure the weather. While you can’t control what happens to the main components of your home, you can prevent damage to some of the smaller components. Check out below how you can do so and keep your home in tip-top shape!

Boarding Windows

As with many storms, wind and rain can sometimes feel as if it’s pounding against all sides of your home, which can be extremely scary — not to mention dangerous! Should your windows break, you’ve got damage on the outside and inside of your home, as well as the potential for water damage. If you can, find a way to board them up and prevent dangers from coming in.

Sealing Entryways

Another thing that can happen, especially with flash storms, is an abundance of moisture in and around your home. This in itself can cause the formulation of mold, which can be a pain to get rid of. One of the best ways to prevent mold is to seal up any area in which moisture can get in, and protect it from becoming stagnant.

Fire Safety

Preventing fires is something we all know a bit about, but during a storm, it can become more difficult. Downed power lines and potential surges can be big factors leading to a fire in your home, as can smaller items like candles and matches. It’s important to make sure that you’re hyper-aware of anything that can lead to a fire, and should you experience one, call 911 for immediate assistance.

If a storm has gotten the best of you and your home, make sure you’re enlisting the help of a company who can help remedy the issue ASAP. At SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, we’re on-call 24/7 to ensure that your disaster is handled and remedied as soon as possible. To learn more, give us a call at (631) 585-0007 and someone will be happy to assist you at any time of the day or night.

What To Expect When You Experience Water Damage

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

Whether you’re a home or business owner, there’s a huge importance in preventing damage before it occurs. During the months where higher precipitation is evident, water damage becomes even more likely than before and that same damage can be devastating. If you’re one of the many who are on the wrong side of water damage this season, see below and make sure you know what to expect starting from initial discovery, to making your call to us regarding remediation.

Detecting Smells

Water damage can oftentimes come with a foul odor that penetrates the airways in which it’s present. With sediment in the water and the eventual possibility of mold, you’re bound to smell something out of the ordinary when you’re faced with water damage.

Noticing Water Spots

Noticing water is also extremely common as soon as it begins entering your home or business. Water that seeps in will typically alter the color of your wall, ceiling, flooring or fixtures. This is due to stagnant and accumulating water beginning to penetrate wood, plaster, paint, carpet and more.

Seeing Bugs

As much as we hate them, many bugs love moisture and they’ll go to wherever they can to find it. If you start seeing centipedes, cave crickets, spiders or other unique looking bugs in your home or business, take this as a red flag that something’s wrong. Begin to look around, as moisture is likely getting into your home or business, infiltrating the air and other spaces.

While this all seems less than favorable, it can be handled as soon as possible when you choose the right company to help you. SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma has been dealing with water damage for years and is always available to help you with emergency water damage situations. To learn more, give us a call at (631) 585-0007 and someone will be happy to assist you at any time of the day or night.

Helping Your Business Stay Healthy During The Colder Months

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

As a business owner there are a lot of things to think about when it comes to the day-to-day operations of your company. While customers and revenue are likely the most important, the wellbeing of your physical location shouldn’t be far behind. During the winter a number of weather related factors can lead to issues with your building, and it’s important that you address them swifty. Below are a few things you should be looking out for this winter and what happens if you don’t.

Water Damage

We’ve learned all too well about the severity of snowstorms and what they can do to your business. Perhaps one of the worst things, however, is the notion that when melting snow and ice turns into water and begins seeping into your business or leaking through the roof, it can cause expensive damage. Make sure you’re keeping all of the snow and ice away from any open areas in which the moisture can move into. Also, consider removing snow and ice from flat surfaces such as roofs and awnings in order to prevent melting and leaks.

Mold

Mold can grow for a number of reasons. Perhaps it’s the lingering moisture from past seasons of high humidity and rain. Alternatively, it can also be caused due to the improper remediation after a storm. With solid attention to detail, it can be prevented! Choosing someone who is qualified in proper and effective mold removal and storm remediation is the first step to a cleaner and healthier business.

Fires

It’s easy to forget about the heat or the electric at your business during the winter. With the door constantly opening as new customers walk in and cold air taking over, turning up the thermostat or using a space heater is a likely solution for many. But without properly assessing what can happen if these things are left unattended, fire damage is much more likely to occur. Should this happen to you, make sure you are situated with a reputable company who can help remedy the issue quickly AND effectively!

For over three decades, SERVPRO has been helping all types of commercial businesses get back on their feet after damage. When something goes wrong, you’re going to need a company who can make it right. To learn more about how we can help start 2018 off right and assist in your time of need, give us a call today! (631-585-0007)

Top Sources Of Mold In The Winter & How To Avoid Them

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

As winter makes its permanent descent on Long Island, the harsh reality of the effects it can have on your home become more apparent. In addition to the snowfall and ice, mold is a commonly found issue in many homes when the temperature drops. For a number of reasons, mold should be something you’re looking out for year round and we’ve got a few of the main sources and causes below!

Moisture Attracts Mold

As you’re probably aware, mold is fueled by moisture, and when it’s in your home it can cause big problems. If you’re encountering a leaky pipe or cracked fixture, the escaping water might be leading to fast-spreading mold spores, who are thriving on your misfortune. If you believe you’re experiencing this, it’s imperative to have it taken care of as soon as possible.

An Odd Smell

Mold is an unmistakable sight and it’s typically easy to pick out when it’s beginning to form inside of your home. What’s even easier, however, is the smell that it gives off in the area in which it’s prominent. A musty strong odor that you’re not used to smelling is a huge factor in not only knowing that you’re experiencing mold, but finding it too. The smell can typically lead you to the main source, which will allow you to have it properly remediated.

Humid Air

Let’s face it — the winter months are dry, with little humidity in the air. Too much humidity in your home, however, can also lead to mold spreading. Moist, damp heat is a paradise for mold spores, and believe it or not they can also travel through the air and into different parts of your home. Make sure you’re monitoring your home’s humidity level (roughly below 45 percent), and periodically check for any sign of mold growth in areas in which the moisture is at a higher percentage.

SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is a locally owned and operated business with the team and resources to handle any sized mold disaster. We know that issues like these can be stressful, especially during the winter, and we are here to make the restoration process as seamless as possible. For mold restoration services, call 631-585-0007 or contact us online for immediate assistance!



Protecting Your Home From Melting Snow & Ice

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

As we’re all aware, Winter has finally taken over as the dominant season across Long Island. With temperatures continuing to drop, seeking shelter in a warm area becomes far more desirable. However, adverse effects due to the weather is something that many home and business owners don’t think of until it’s too late. While the snow and ice might look pretty when it’s fresh, it can cause big problems once it begins to melt. Instead of running the risk of water damage this season, check out a few quick home remedies below.

Move Snow And Ice

When it snows, shoveling it away becomes an extremely necessary task, however, many homeowners fail to remove it from key areas. Your driveway, steps and sidewalk are important, but there are other places in which it should be removed from as well. If your home has a basement with windows, or a lot of grass surrounding the perimeter, it might also be a good idea to remove it from there. When the ice begins to melt, excess water can find its way into cracks and crevices, as well as cause flooding in areas you don’t want to see water.

Roofing Inspections

If you haven’t had your roof looked at in a while, make sure you’re checking it out as soon as possible, and before the snow comes. Melting snow can result in leaks from your roof, which can not only harm your home, but cost a pretty penny to fix. The best way to fix this is to remove snow from your roof if possible, and have your shingles inspected at least once per year.

Ice Melt

A great way to battle ice anywhere is to use ice melt to eliminate it, and brush the water away from your home. While this might sound a bit far-fetched, it actually keeps water away from areas that can sustain damage, and reduces the chance of water refreezing in high-traffic areas! 

Should you find yourself in a situation in which you’ve sustained water damage this season, keep in mind that timeliness is key. Addressing the problem early on is imperative, and the team at SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is ready to handle your water issues at any moment. To learn more, fill out our contact form or give us a call today at 631-585-0007 to learn more!

3 Steps To Take During A Storm

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

The effects of a storm to unprepared homeowners can oftentimes be devastating, both mentally and physically. Sustained damage to your home, among other things, is just one of the expensive and time-consuming nuisances that can occur due to a severe storm passing through. Although, as a homeowner, preparedness is a huge factor in how you weather the storm (literally!). Below are a few tips to consider implementing the next time you hear a bad storm is headed your way.

Buy A Generator

One thing we hear far too often is ‘it won’t be that bad, we can handle it”. While this might be true, everyday tasks are much more difficult without power in your home. Food can spoil, appliances might not work, and your shower might be too cold for comfort. Investing in a generator that has the ability to power up your important fixtures and items is a great way to both prepare and be ready to respond to the effects of a storm.

Buy Sandbags

As many of us know, Hurricane Sandy caused massive damage in areas that don’t normally suffer from the effects of flooding. With that storm came flooded basements and homes, which lead to both water damage and mold — something no homeowner ever wants to see. One of the simple fixes to this is to place sandbags or another equivalent dam product down in order to prevent the water from making its way into your home. This small investment can save you thousands in water damage and mold repair!

Window Boarding

In addition to water, physical damage to your home is also common — especially your windows. Instead of taking the chance of something breaking through your window and coming into your home, consider boarding them up with wood or protecting them with an added layer on the exterior. This is a small price to pay in comparison to the damage caused by flying objects, which can also lead to water coming in, animals finding refuge, and more.

If your home experiences any sort of damage from a future storm, make sure you’re trusting the right company to remediate the issues as soon as possible. Here at SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, we provide 24/7 emergency services to Long Island communities and can assist in getting your home back up and running the way it was before damage originally occurred.

How SERVPRO Can Help Keep Your Doors Open

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

The holiday season on Long Island is typically a great time for businesses and business owners alike. Families come together to eat at restaurants, parents go shopping for gifts, and everyone can enjoy the atmosphere of togetherness. However, this season can also lead to a number of issues that can be detrimental to both business growth and profitability — which nobody wants. Here are a few things to look out for this season and how SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma can help, should they happen.

Water Damage

The absolute last thing your business needs is water damage due to a cracked pipe. Freezing temperatures and stagnant water can cause pipes to burst, which in turn causes expensive damage. Should you find yourself experiencing any out of the ordinary water spots, make sure to have them inspected, as well as remediated as soon as possible!

Mold

Whether you’re a retail chain or a restaurant, mold can be the worst thing that can happen to a business. As a living organism, mold thrives in poor conditions and can spread rapidly, affecting everything in its path. Should you experience mold, make sure to give us a call and we’ll send out a team to get rid of this issue, and get your commercial business back up and running swiftly and effectively!

Fire Damage

If you’ve read our previous blog as to the dangers of fires during the holidays, you know this doesn’t just apply to residential homes. As devastating as a fire can be at your business, it’s important to bring things back to normal, as soon as possible. At SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, we make sure to take care of both your business’s appearance, as well any safety concerns throughout the remediation process.

SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma has been helping all types of commercial businesses get back on their feet after damage, for over three decades. When something goes wrong, you’re going to need a company who can make it right. To learn more about how we can bring the holiday cheer and assist in your time of need, give us a call today! (631-585-0007)

Winterizing Your Pipes During The Colder Months

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

On Long Island, freezing temperatures are extremely normal during the winter seasons. With temperatures often dropping into the single-digits, staying warm is extremely favorable for many. What goes for you also goes for your home, and more importantly, your pipes. It’s safe to say that a plumbing disaster is one of the last things on anyone’s holiday wishlist, and for good reason. Below are a few ways to winterize your home and prevent water damage from taking over..

Insulate Pipes

It doesn’t matter what your pipes are made of — cold temperatures can do serious damage. As the water that passes through your plumbing system gets colder, the likelihood of it freezing becomes greater and greater. Should this happen, frozen water can and will expand, which can cause pipes to crack and burst, which can lead to expensive leaks. To prevent this, consider insulating your pipes or having heating components installed on them.

Turn Unused Water Lines Off

Similar to the above, it is very important to drain and turn off water lines that will go unused. With the grass dead and car show season is over, there isn’t much of a need to keep the hose or sprinkler system running during the winter. While it might not seem like a big deal, these pipes run just as much of a risk in freeing as anything else, and can cause expensive, sometimes irreversible damage. Make sure drain them out and turn them off before the temperature drops below freezing.

Tune Up Your Water Heater

One of the best ways to prevent plumbing issues is to keep the water temperature regulated all season long. With proper care and attention, your water heater will be able to effectively run warm water through your pipes, which can aid in keeping your pipes from freezing. Contact your heating provider to have a technician perform an annual check-up on your system to prevent any potential mishaps.

Of course, there are sometimes emergency situations that even with proper care, cannot be avoided. If your home or business has experienced water damage this season, there’s only one company who can quickly and effectively restore the area and get you back up and running. With SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, we take pride in our fast and effective response team, dedicated to getting you back up and running as soon as possible. Contact us at (631) 585-0007 for rapid response and service!

Fire Prevention During The Holidays

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

This holiday season, the last thing any homeowner wants to do is worry. When it comes to decorating your home, however, nothing is more unnerving than the thought of a house fire. As the Christmas tree becomes covered in lights, candles flicker on the table, and electrical outlets are stuffed full of plugs, the chances of a fire become much higher. Improper handling of these situations can lead to costly, and sometimes fatal incidents. To avoid this from happening, make sure you’re aware of some the fire hazards that come with the holidays.

Christmas Lights

We’ve all seen dazzling Christmas trees in the living room full of ornaments and twinkling lights, but we sometimes fail to see the danger in this practice. For one, a Christmas tree relies on water to stay alive, and failure to keep it alive will result in the tree drying out. Paired with hundreds of warm Christmas lights intertwined with the branches, this can become a recipe for disaster. To avoid this from happening, make sure you’re keeping your tree properly watered, and you’re investing in Christmas lights that do not give off heat when lit. It’s also important to periodically check that your tree is absorbing the water you’re putting in the base daily.

Candles

While the pleasing aroma of a nice holiday candle can be nice, there’s always the risk that comes along with an open flame at home. Even if you’re certain it’s in the right spot, always consider different factors that may lead to disaster. Keep your candles in an open area with nothing above the flame, as well as away from anything else — including foot traffic. One piece of clothing or fabric is all it takes to ignite a fire that can cause serious damage to your home and to your guests!

Electric Outlets

Let’s face it, everyone loves looking at holiday lights and fixtures around and inside of your home, but the electrical drain can be massive. Consider how many different things you have plugged in at all times, and how much electricity is running through them. Instead of shoving everything into wall outlets, consider investing in a power strip with a surge protector. This way, you can safely keep your home lit for the holidays without worry.

BONUS:

In the colder months, we know keeping warm is important. Portable space heaters prove to be extremely dangerous, often causing a high percentage of home fires in the winter. If you must use these, make sure they are unplugged when not in use and there is no burning odor emitting from the fan or heating unit.

Should you be on the wrong end of a fire this holiday season, make sure your home is being taken care of and restored as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma has been providing emergency restoration services to homes and business for over 50 years. For 24/7 emergency service, make sure to keep our number handy and contact us with anything you might need!