Things Your Home Needs To Have Before A Storm
If your home or business is as important as we think it is, we’re going to guess that you’d do almost anything to protect it during a storm. To do this however, the right tools, materials, and most importantly time, are necessary to get the job done. If you’re planning on being prepared to protect your home from potential storm damage in your area, these are some of the most important things you need.
- Wood Paneling. Available in large dimensions at your local hardware store, wood paneling and wood boards are extremely vital in order to protect small fixtures, windows, doors and more. This can prevent debris from flying around and causing damage to the specific area.
- Generator. If you lose power, you’re likely going to have a hard time keeping food fresh, using your appliances, and go about a daily routine. Having a backup generator with a bit of gas is usually the difference between a rough few days without power, and a more comfortable post-storm experience.
- Cutting Tools. It’s obviously not ideal to approach anything you’re not prepared to handle such as a downed power line, however there are steps you can take to clear the area a bit. If you have a fallen branch or tree, grabbing your shears or chainsaw can help you fix some of the damage and keep it away from your home and family members within the home.
- Lighting. If for any reason you don’t have #2, lighting is going to be important. Keeping spare candles and flashlights around are extremely important items to think about having at your disposal. Remember to always be careful with open flames in your home!
- Refrigeration. If you know the power is going to go out, make sure to keep a spare bag or two of ice at home (or even create your own ice-packs). In the event your fridge’s temperature is rising too quickly, you can throw these frozen packs into the key areas to try and protect meat and dairy from spoiling quickly.
Last but not least, make sure that if you encounter any damage sustained by a passing storm, you’re making the call to a qualified company to help remediate the issue as soon as possible. While storms can be relentless in the initial damage they cause, the aftermath of their path of destruction can be far worse.
SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma has been helping local families and business recover after all types of storms, and your case is no different! To receive assistance with storm, fire or water damage, give us a call at 631-585-0007!
Signs Your Home/Business Won't Withstand A Storm
Preparing for a storm can be extremely hard, especially when it’s short notice and barreling toward your home or business. As you’re dusting off the generator and preparing to move things indoors, it’s also important to consider if your home will actually be able to withstand the storm itself without sustaining damage. Below are a few things to check for and have fixed, if they’re not up to spec.
- Siding - If your siding looks loose or worn down, it might be a good idea to have it checked or repaired before the storm hits. This is because flying debris can cause a lot of damage to your home, as well as the potential for rain to cause water damage during the storm.
- Windows - If your windows are less than perfect, it might be a sign to do something about it. Consider replacing the panes before the storm or boarding them up to protect the ones you have -- which can prevent water from trickling in and broken glass becoming a danger.
- Creaky Roofs - If your roofing has seen better days and makes a ton of noise during each storm, it might be an indication that it won’t withstand heavy wind or precipitation.
Should you experience any sort of damage due to a storm, know that there is a local company willing to help you at the drop of a dime. SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma has been helping local families and business recover after all types of storms and your case is no different! To receive assistance with storm, fire or water damage, give us a call at 631-585-0007!
Preventing Spring Shower Disasters
While we know April showers bring May flowers, it’s also apparent that April showers bring water damage to homes — which as we know, nobody wants. In an effort to make sure that this water doesn’t damage your home, it’s important to do what you can to prevent it. Below are a few ways you can prevent a spring shower disaster at home and avoid water damage.
Check Your Roofing!
One of the first things to do when you notice a ton of rain is to check the first place it hits --your roof! If you’ve got old or worn out shingles from the winter, they might be giving way to rain which can lead to water damage. Make sure to have this checked (and especially near your chimney) before anything to ensure no damage occurs.
Your Foundation Matters
An older house can sustain cracks in the foundation or sinking ground, which can also lead to pooling and damaging water. To prevent sustaining water damage from any of these, make sure you’re checking your home for signs such as puddles, leaks, moisture on the walls, windows and more.
Sealing Your Home
As rain pours onto your home, moisture can get into your home which can cause water damage and even mold growth. If you’re experiencing this in your own home, it might be a good idea to re-caulk windows and door seals before it becomes a costly issue. Unfortunately, water is usually unforgiving and shows no mercy once it’s entered your home.
There are sometimes emergency situations that cannot be avoided, even with proper care. If your home or business has experienced water damage this Spring, there’s only one company who can quickly and effectively restore the area. 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 Tools Everyone Should Have
Experiencing a fire is one of the worst things a home or business owner can experience — and for very good reason. It only takes a few minutes for a fire to begin to rip through a building causing irreversible damage, which is why preparation is extremely key. If you’re able to, using tools to prevent and battle a fire might be the difference between a few days of repair vs. months of remediation. Check out some of the fire prevention tools we’ve compiled for you below!
It’s no surprise that this is number one — but you’d be surprised at how many people actually don’t have one of these in their home or business! A fire extinguisher is one of the easiest tools to use and can put out a fire in minutes if used effectively. These are typically cheap and only require an inspection annually. Make sure to keep this in your building, in an easily accessible place for potential future use.
Proper Extension Cords
Plugging in 10 items into the same outlet can get dangerous and increase your risk for a fire. Because of this, it’s important to make sure that you’re utilizing a power cord in order to reduce the possibility of a surge, which can therein cause a fire.
While it might seem odd to keep a bag of sand around, it can be one of your best friends in the event of a fire. For many, using a fire extinguisher might be a difficult task, whereas using sand is extremely easy — just pour it on the fire! This is an inexpensive alternative and a very useful way to make sure you’re prepared in the event of a fire.
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
Warning Signs For Mold
A mold problem in your home is likely one of the worst things you can experience. The worst parts about finding an issue like this are that you’re not sure where the mold started, where else it might be, and knowing that it’s going to cost a bit of money to get the issue sorted out. To lower the risk of discovering a mold infestation in your home, take a few notes below on what might be telling signs that mold might be beginning to grow.
Previous Moisture Issues
With winter drawing to a close (we hope!), snow and ice is beginning to melt around and on top of your home. This creates an abundance of moisture, which can end up infiltrating small crevices and areas, causing mold. Make sure that if you see any signs of moisture inside, you’re making an effort to seal it up and dry out moisture before it becomes mold.
If you’re feeling different than normal, it also might be a sign of mold inside your home. Congestion, watery eyes and coughing can be signs of mold that are often confused with the common cold and flu. If you’re experiencing something similar to this and have the hunch that mold might be the issue, it’s probably time to have your home inspected.
Odors & Mold
Mold has a distinct smell to it, and it can surely create a nauseating odor within the area it occupies. This is usually one of the more telling signs of a mold presence, along with the actual sighting of the fungus. Should this be something you’re experiencing, it’s important to have it checked out as soon as possible for the sake of your health, as well as your homes.
SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is a locally owned and operated business with the team and resources to handle mold disasters of any size. We know that mold infestations 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!
DIY Ways to Battle Mold
Mold in your home is one of the worst things to encounter. It smells bad, it doesn’t look great at all, and it can penetrate almost any surface requiring a replacement. What most people fail to understand is that moisture levels in your home play a huge role in the suppression of mold growth, and eliminating moisture can help kill mold. Below are a few ways you can eliminate mold in your home without breaking the bank.
Turn Up The Heat
As mentioned before, mold thrives in moist climates — so to get rid of mold, get rid of the moisture! If you can, turn the heat up in the room where you’re seeing a bit of mold and try to eliminate the area conducive to mold growth. For added benefit, add a dehumidifier into the room which will surely suck any extra moisture out of the air. This is a great way to eliminate a thriving mold environment
BONUS: Have any cave crickets in your home? They thrive in the same climate! This same tactic will help get rid of those nasty insects as well.
Are you using firewood to keep warm in the winter? What about recently cut trees? If this is something you’ve done in the past and you’re keeping it near your home, mold might be growing because of this! Freshly cut trees emit a ton of moisture after they’re cut down, and this is food for mold spores.
Check Your Fixtures
Have you ever wondered why there’s moisture on the windows in your home? This might be due to poorly caulked and sealed areas. As this moisture makes its way into your home, the stagnant nature of it can cause mold to begin growing. If not caught early, it can spread into nearby walls and behind fixtures, causing extensive damage.
SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is a locally owned and operated business with the team and resources to handle a mold disasters of any size. We know that issues like these can be stressful, especially inside your own home, 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!
How Long Will Remediation Take?
After a disaster of any size, the rebuilding process at home is sometimes stressful and drawn out. Depending on the size of the damage sustained, the time frame can be shorter or longer — especially since weather and other factors can get in the way! But to understand the remediation process and how long it might take, it’s important to understand first what goes into the process of a remediation.
What Goes Into Remediation?
The process of remediation is typically very in depth, and covers all of the bases when talking about making your home or business perfect again. The first step in remediating is to assess the issue and figure out what it’s going to take to make your space appear "Like it never even happened." From there, it’s important to also make sure that supplies are available and that you’ve got a qualified team for the job. At SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, we’ve studied the books on how to take your remediation job and make it quick and efficient so that you can get back to living your normal life.
How Long Can I Expect Remediation To Last?
One of the top questions we get is “how long will this take?” — and with good reason! It’s not surprising that many home and business owners want to get back on their feet and back into their normal lives as soon as possible. Unfortunately, every situation is different.
For smaller jobs, you might be looking at a few days of constant work before it’s deemed acceptable and finished, whereas larger disasters might warrant a lengthy remediation period that can be a bit longer than expected.
The most important thing to consider during a time like this is that SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma will be doing our best work, ensuring that every little detail has been combed over and perfected before it’s considered done.
Should you encounter damage at home, help is something you’re going to need. At SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, our goal is to get your home or business back up and running as it should, 24/7/365! When you’re in need of an expert team, reach out to us for unparalleled results! We can be reached at (631) 585-0007 at anytime!
3 Steps To Take After A Fire
The impact a fire can have on your home or business is oftentimes overwhelming. Losing property, keepsakes and sometimes even more, can be devastating to one’s life. In addition to the reality of the destruction that a fire might cause, the rebuilding process is often seen as a lengthy and stressful project. However, it doesn’t have to be. With the right plan and tools, getting back on track after a fire can be easier than you might think.
Step 1: Secure What You Can
We know that a fire can rip through a home or business and leave nothing left in its path. Should you be fortunate enough to go through the area after a fire marshall has given the OK, make sure that you’re practicing safe measures. In addition, salvaging what you can from the home is probably best taken out as soon as possible. Depending on your limitations, you might not have access to the area once remediation work begins.
Step 2: Call Your Insurance Company
If you haven’t already reported the fire, this is a very important next step. This helps them gather the information they need in order to begin the claim process, and provide you with a claim number to give to your remediation company.
Step 3: Select A Reputable Company
When choosing a company to help with the remediation, they have to be reliable. It’s important to ask for referrals, read reviews, and conduct your own research in order to find the best company to help get your home or business back to the way it was before the damage occurred.
At SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, we take great pride in our remediation and have been helping Long Island families and businesses get back on their feet for years. If you or someone you know has experienced damage caused by a fire, please call us today at (631) 585-0007 or fill out our contact form and we will be happy to begin the conversation toward a brighter future.
Plumbing Mistakes That Can Lead To Water Damage
We’ve all seen quick fixes for plumbing issues online, or heard of DIY remedies from friends and family. While these cures might work, they’re generally never long-term solutions to life’s plumbing problems. When something is acting up within your plumbing system, is it really an ideal solution to go at it yourself? We think not! Some of the smallest ‘fixes’ can always lead to big problems, which can lead to extensive and expensive water damage. Make sure you’re not making any of these mistakes below.
Heating Up A Pipe
When your pipe freezes, there are certainly a few moments of panic. What if it bursts? Surely this is the worst case scenario — and a leak is the last thing you need behind the walls. But if you’re going to take the classic ‘just heat it up’ advice, make sure you’re doing it correctly. If you’re using something to heat up the pipe, make sure your heat is not too hot. The quick change in temperature on something like copper can actually cause the pipe to expand rapidly and crack. Gradually increase the temperature around the pipe will eventually begin to melt the frozen water.
Sometimes, removing small fixtures is simple and is easy to do on your own. Repairs however, can be a different story. Without properly disconnecting pipes and shutting off water lines, your quick DIY project can turn into a disaster in the blink of an eye. Make sure if you choose to take this project on yourelf that all of the preliminary boxes are checked off and you’re triple checking your own work to ensure that you’re not putting your home or business at risk for unnecessary water damage.
Plain and simple, the ignorance of a potential issue is one of the worst mistakes to make in your home or business. If something seems like it’s not working the way it once was, get it checked out! There’s no harm in being proactive to a situation you’re unfamiliar with, and that type of tenacity just might save you hundreds, if not thousands in repair costs. However, keep an open mind and triple check to make sure that everything in your home is operating the way it should and is monitored closely if it isn’t.
If your home or business has experienced water damage this season, there’s only one company who can quickly and effectively restore the area. 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!
Teaching Your Employees To Prevent Disaster
As a business owner, you’re tasked with checking over a number of things before you open up shop, during the workday, and as you’re closing down. Let’s face it, it’s impossible to be in multiple places at once — which is when you turn to your employees! Of course, instilling trust in them is very important as anything — almost as important as training them to look out for anything out of the ordinary. At your business, a number of things can go wrong at any moment — and we’ve got a few key hazards you and your employees can look out for.
Signs Of Moisture
It’s pretty easy to notice water damage on the floor, since liquid is unmistakable. When a pipe bursts and it enters your walls and ceilings however, it can be a little harder to notice with just a glance. Make sure you and your employees are all checking for signs of water damage, which can also include a musty odor as well.
Once a fire starts, it’s almost impossible to stop on your own. To prevent fires from happening, make sure you’re checking areas that are near heaters, open flames, or generally dry and vulnerable. It’s also a good idea to make sure that all of your electric fixtures are properly plugged in and protected from surges.
Unless we’re regularly checking, it’s hard to know what might be going on behind the walls in our home or business. To make sure that there isn’t anything growing in those areas, a simple mold inspection should do the trick. Alert your employees to let you know of anything out of the ordinary in terms of color changes on walls, foul odors, or stagnant water in a specific area. This can be a telling sign of mold formation and growth, which is the last thing you need in your place of work.
If you or someone you know has fallen victim to damage in their home or business, make sure they’re contacting the right team to have it handled properly as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is at the ready 24/7, no matter the emergency! To receive assistance with mold, storm, fire or water damage, give us a call at 631-585-0007