3 Necessary Steps to Take AFTER A FIRE Occurs
The impact a fire can have on you, your home or business is, of course, overwhelming. Losing property, keepsakes and sometimes even more, can be devastating. In addition to the reality of the destruction that a fire might cause, the rebuilding process is often believed to be 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 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 be allowed access, 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 done, 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. At this point you will be given the 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 cleaner future.
Why our Expertise Shines Bright!
Something goes wrong, and your first reaction might be to panic -- and we understand that! We’ve been around to see the worst of the worst, at both homes and businesses across Long Island; but there’s one thing we will always be in lieu of that -- there for you. Below are just a few reasons why SERVPRO’s service shines bright above the rest, and how we can help you in your time of need.
For decades, our team has meticulously and expertly worked toward creating a better life for those affected by all types of residential and commercial damage. It’s our overarching experience that provides us with the confidence in working on your home or business because simply put, we’ve been there before, and we know what needs to be done to get it corrected the first time around.
When a professional enters your home, your expectations become a bit higher -- and for good reason! You’re expecting someone to come in, know what to do, and fix it. When a SERVPRO employee is appointed to work on your home, that’s exactly what you receive. Not just because it’s our job, but our team genuinely wants to help, you see in one way or another, we’ve been there before, and we know the hardship it causes. Trusting us with your family or business is what we strive for.
Long Term Recognition
There’s a reason people know the name SERVPRO. It’s not just because our colors are flashy or the logo is great -- it’s because our customers become customers for life, refer their friends and family, and broaden the network of people who trust us with their issues. We never wish the worst on your home or business -- but if mother nature gets the best of it, we sure want to be the ones you can call and count on to make things right again.
If you’re a home or business owner who is in need of service, support or mitigation this winter, call SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma -- we have been providing emergency restoration services to homes and businesses for over 50 years. For 24/7 emergency service, make sure to keep our number handy and contact us at 631-585-0007 - with anything you might need!
Winter Storm Watch: Preparation You Can Take
snow on top of roof and gutters at residential home
At home, winter storms can take a toll on not only your home, but you as well! Hours upon hours spent shoveling, de-icing, and protecting your cars, roofing and other items adds up to one giant lengthy homeowners maintenance list. While storms are hopefully few and far between, there’s always the inevitable -- which means there should always be a plan in place! Below are a few things to add to your list of things to do or compile at home to prepare yourself for a winter storm this season.
It’s important to have something that can melt ice when temperatures drop. The last way you want to start your morning is on your back because the stairs were icy and you lost your footing. Keeping a small container nearby to place near your entryway is a great idea and can save you from injury and potential buildup of ice in areas where it shouldn’t be.
Winter storms are deceiving and what looks like a white wonderland one minute can cause power outages and spoiled meats rather quickly afterwards. Try to consider keeping a generator handy and nearby when a storm is expected to hit your area. Enjoying the cold outdoors isn’t as fun when your home is just as cold!
For those in an area where snow can hit hard, it might make a bit more sense to have something built to handle the onslaught of precipitation and freezing temperatures. Roofline snow removers and special shovels are great items to have nearby when snow hits. Additionally, make sure that you’ve inspected your gutters before the storm, to rid them of any debris that may otherwise cause clogging, pooling of water, which can also lead to freezing, cracking, and flooding once it’s thawed out.
Don’t let potential damage from a winter storm leave you out in the cold and your home/business struggling to recover. If you’ve fallen victim to the wrath of winter this year, make sure to partner yourself with a team that can make the situation right the first time. SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma has been assisting home and business owners recover from damage for years, and we’d love to help you! Contact us today and we’ll show you how we can make everything right again. 631-585-0007
Is My Home At Risk For Water Damage In The Winter?
wet blacktop with melting snow on both sides
With cold weather here, and here to stay for a while, it’s important to assess the risks associated with the weather and understand if your home is going to be at risk during this time. While a winter snowstorm might seem like the only time damage is possible, it couldn’t be farther from the truth. Here are a few things that might tell you if your home is at risk for damage.
Do You Have Foundation Issues?
It’s important to understand the structure of your home or business and if there are associated issues with the foundation or anything that provides a structural help to the home. Because moisture, snow and rain can get between the cracks, ice can form, freeze and then expand. This is how it can pose a huge risk to your home.
Roofing Issues Can Be Costly
Having a roof over your head is possibly everyone’s goal -- however, when it begins to let water into your home, things can appear bleak -- and cold! When the layer of ice melts and begins to let water into your home, not only are you at risk for more roofing damage, but you’re now dealing with moisture, mold, and a hefty repair bill. Make sure to inspect your roof annually and make a call for a repair as soon a there’s any noticeable change that occurs.
Are Your Windows Sealed?
It might seem trivial to think that your window seals could be causing moisture and water damage -- but it’s not that far fetched! As moisture gets between the window and the frame, it can quickly be brought into your home or business and sit on the window, walls, or even seep into other materials such as the carpet. To combat this from happening and attracting mold in your building, make sure your windows and doors are properly sealed and defending against excess moisture from creeping in. If not, invest in a dehumidifier which cuts down the moisture in the air and can safely protect you from any damage.
Experiencing damage from a winter storm can leave you out in the cold and your home or business full of damage. If you’ve fallen victim to the wrath of winter this year, make sure to partner yourself with a team that can make the situation right the first time. SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma has been assisting home and business owners recover from damage for years, and we’d love to help you! Contact us today and we’ll show you how we can make everything right again. 631-585-0007
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 would venture to say it’s not a good idea. Some of the smallest ‘fixes’ have the potential to lead to big problems, which can lead to extensive and expensive water damage. Make sure you’re not making any of the 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.
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 on a project on yourself, 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.
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 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!
Why Choosing SERVPRO is Your Best Option!
Trust is something important to people -- and rightfully so! When it comes to you, your home, friends, family, and our pets, trust is something people look for when someone comes along and offers a product, service, or anything similar. That’s why when damage strikes your home or business, it’s important to choose someone that you can trust wholeheartedly. Here’s why SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is deserving of that trust.
Our team has SEEN just about everything life can throw at a building -- and because of that, we can FIX just about anything life throws at a building! Our team has been specially trained in countless areas that allow you to sit back and relax with less stress, knowing that we’re here to help you through every step of the remediation process, and we’ll do it right.
Being around long enough to see a large variety of things happen and what they can do to a home, is worth a million! That experience is something unsurpassed when it comes to SERVPRO and we’ve got the time in, to prove that we’re up for any task. Our experience is not only top notch, but exactly what you’ll need when mitigating an issue is your priority
Care & Comfort
We know this is a difficult time for you -- and it’s important that the person you’re choosing is trustworthy and willing to go the extra mile when you need it. For us, there’s no place we’d rather be than helping you move past the incident and getting on with your lives -- and we’re sure you agree as well!
There are sometimes emergency situations that cannot be avoided, even with proper care. If your home or business has experienced any damage this Summer, 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.
Winterizing your pipes during colder months
On Long Island, freezing temperatures are not uncommon during the cold weather 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 weekend to do list. Below are a few ways to winterize your home and prevent water damage from taking over.
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 possibility of it freezing becomes more likely. Should this happen, freezing 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 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 as much risk in freezing as other home water pipes. Make sure to 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!
Choose us for mold remediation
One of the last things anyone wants in their home is the presence of mold growth. Stagnant moisture and humid conditions can be a breeding ground for pesky and unwanted mold spores. In many cases, mold is a tricky beast to handle, but below are a few tricks to keep up your sleeve in the event you see it!
Turn Up the Heat!
As we stated, mold thrives off of moisture so the more that’s in your home, the easier it will be for the mold to continue growing. To combat that from happening, make sure that there’s an ample amount of heat in your home and you’re watching the humidity levels. A simple dehumidifier is a great option for your home if the mold is secluded to one area.
Promote Solid Ventilation
Moisture has to go somewhere for the mold to go away, so promoting ventilation is an important focus. Opening your windows and turning on fans is a great place to start in getting the air moving outward and away from the mold growth. This way, you can make room for dry air which can help slow mold growth and get rid of any odors.
Call Someone You Can Trust!
Unfortunately, mold can sometimes overtake your home and embed itself into hard to reach areas, causing huge damage. In the event that the damage is too big for you to handle alone, make sure you call someone who can take care of it for you! SERVPRO has been helping families get back on their feet for over 30 years.
If you or someone you know has fallen victim to a mold infestation in their home or business, make sure they’re contacting the right team to have it handled 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
Protect your Home from Melting Snow and Ice
Even though snow has been scarce so far this winter, this past weekend tells us that winter is upon us. With temperatures fluctuating and dipping low, seeking shelter in a warm area becomes our quick direction. However, the effects of cold 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, safely 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.
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 again. Melting snow can result in leaks from your roof, which cannot 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. Think about having your shingles inspected at least once per year.
A great way to battle ice anywhere is to use ice melt to eliminate it and also 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 quick action 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, call us a call today at 631-585-0007!
What does "Damage Prevention at Home" mean
When you’re faced with a storm, the first thing on your mind should be the safety of you and your family. As a homeowner, 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 workings of your home, you can prevent damage to some of the smaller components. Check out below how you can do that, to keep your home in tip-top shape!
As with many storms, wind and rain can sometimes feel as if it is pounding against all sides of your home. This can be pretty scary — not to mention dangerous! Should your windows break, now you’re dealing with 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 those windows up and prevent dangers from coming in.
Another thing that can happen with rain or snow 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 being a place where water can become stagnant.
Preventing fires is something we all know 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. 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.