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Preparing For Storms Correctly

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

Along with the ownership of any home or business comes the reality that your investment is likely a large one, as well as an important one. For those on Long Island, it’s easy to understand why these investments are precious and important!  When a storm barrels through the island and causes damage, it can be a severe blow to your morale. Below are a few ways to prepare for them and why it’s important!

Entryways

Not only can a storm cause damage by things coming through windows, roofs and walls, but it can also creep in through entryways, with or without an invitation. Make sure your seals are properly installed, functioning as they should, and ready to prevent things like water and critters from getting in due to a storm. The last thing you need is damage on the floor that keeps your business closed for days at a time. 

Generators

For many homes and businesses on the island, a loss of power not only means a loss of time and potential product, but it’s a loss of money! While your products might rely on electricity and refrigeration to stay in good shape, lacking a generator or power can prevent it from doing so.

Know Who to Call

When something happens at home, make sure you’re taking time to digest the damage and breathe. When everything is finished, there is someone who will be able to help you -- and that person is us! We have extensive history with mitigating damage of all types from storms, and we’re happy to help you as soon as you need us! 

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.

Hurricane Prep At Your Business

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

Lost business time = lost profits -- and nobody wants that to be their reality. Of course, during hurricane season, the weather often has other plans and there isn’t much to be done that can prevent it from hitting your area. However, what you can do is prepare for damage as best as you can and make sure it is as little as possible. With your business in mind, here are a few preparation tips to consider this season! 

Protect Product

Are you a storefront that relies solely on the sale of tangible goods? When a hurricane is looming, it’s important to keep that product away from windows and protected from the storm incoming.  It is important to keep your business protected beyond the storm, as well, considering the possibility of any looting. I’m sure these thoughts are sending your thoughts spinning and you are realizing that there are many factors that go into the planning.  That’s good, we want you to be prepared because it’s important to make sure you’re covered, and your products don’t suffer a poor fate. 

Board Up

As stated before, damage can occur anywhere and it’s imperative that you protect your area from damage at all costs. Sandbags at your entryways and wood on the windows is a great way to prevent objects and moisture from getting in, as well as from anything else the storm may throw at you. This small investment is a key factor in making sure you’re covered for whatever might get hurled your way.  Punn intended….

A Team To Help

When the storm passes and you’re left with damage of any size, it’s critical to have a team at the ready to help you when you need it most. Employing a damage mitigation team such as ours provides you with everything you need to make sure you’re back on your feet and operating as soon as possible! 

A hurricane cannot be avoided; We are subject to the way the wind blows…. If your home or business has experienced the wrath of a hurricane, 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!

How Much Will Remediation Cost and How Long Will it Take?

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

After a disaster of any size, the rebuilding process at home or the office is sometimes overwhelming and stressful.  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, how much it will cost and how long it might take, it is important to start at the beginning by understanding what goes into the process of emergency remediation.

What Goes into Remediation?

The process of remediation considers all of the details, therefore, it is in depth and covers all bases.  This is what you would want, and expect, when it comes to 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 have a truly qualified team for the job. At SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, we’ve taken many hours of training and 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 fast.

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, this is not an answer we can give you over the phone because 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 you would expect.

Rest assured, our goal is to get it done as quickly as possible.  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. 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 of the day or night!

How Can I Prevent Damage in My Store?

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Retail clothing store with water damaged clothing and a flooded floor. area. What water damage can look like in your commercial space

As a business owner, the wellbeing of your establishment is, and should be, extremely important to you. When a problem arises, it’s up to you and your employees to handle the situation as soon as possible. As a business owner, how can you do this and is it even possible? Yes, it is possible, and we have a few things you can do.  

To Help Prevent Severe Mold Damage

The best way to prevent mold damage from occurring is to take note of the conditions in which your business is operating. This is everything from effective mopping techniques at night to prevent excess water from lingering, to watching humidity levels throughout the day. If you think you’re experiencing the onset of mold, it’s important to address this, as soon as possible, to prevent further damage from occurring.

To Help Prevent Severe Water Damage

Similar to mold, water damage occurs mainly due to…… excess moisture and water! As funny as it is to read that because it seems like “common sense”, we sometimes overlook minor issues because they appear insignificant.  To prevent water from infiltrating and harming your business, make sure to look for signs of excess water on the floor, behind walls, in the ceiling and more. This can evident by seeing dark and dried water spots, noticing a funky smell, or spotting warped paneling or droopy paint. It’s important to handle these warning signs, before they become a major issue!

To Help Prevent Major Fire Damage

To prevent fire damage, it’s important to know what you might be doing that could cause a fire in your business. Employees may feel less stressed and enjoy lighting a candle in the office, however, we strongly recommend against it.  Open flames, dry air and clutter can all eventually contribute to a fire, especially if there are a lot of electrical outlets or plugs near your clutter.

Should you encounter any sort of damage at your business, know that there is a local company ready to help you at the drop of a dime. SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma has been helping local families and businesses 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!

3 Ways Storms Can Be Costly

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

It’s no secret in knowing that spring showers can bring bright flowers, but it can unfortunately also bring water damage to homes. In an effort to make sure that this water doesn’t damage your home, which is something everyone should want to prevent, it’s important to do what you can to prevent the issue from becoming a costly one. Below are a few key areas to think about when it comes to spring rain and how without proper care, can cost you a lot of money. 

Roofing Trickles DOWN

The first place rain hits when it makes its way to your home is -- you guessed it, your roof! worn out, old shingles from the winter might be giving way to water which in turn, is responsible for causing a ton of water damage. This is something that without care can cost thousands to repair if not properly addressed, so make sure this is on your list of things to do! 

From The Foundation Up

Older homes are usually at risk for cracks that can be damaging to homes in both short and long term instances. It’s important to note that the effects of all seasons can cause structural issues, and water getting in between cracks can have expensive, lasting effects on your home. Make sure you’re always inspecting areas like this to ensure nothing is slipping through the cracks -- literally!

Fill Empty Spaces

Rain pouring down on your home can mean water and moisture getting into places it doesn’t belong, and this can mean damage. Make sure all windows, doors, siding and seams are sealed tight to prevent water from creeping in and getting into the wrong areas. Redoing window frames and replacing large portions of siding due to water damage is something nobody wants to dig into their wallet for. 

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!

3 Ways To Stay Cool and Safe!

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

With the peak of summer heat upon us throughout the next few months, homeowners and business owners alike are cranking up the air conditioning, and hoping to stay as cool as possible until the heat subsides. And while many people think that a subzero indoor temperature or never-ending pool day is the best way to prevent heat exhaustion, there are better and safer ways to do so!

Hydrate!

It’s important to keep yourself in check when it comes to water intake -- and that’s because over ? of your body is composed of water, so naturally, you need it to survive. As temperatures rise and you spend more time sweating and working in the sun, you’re losing those fluids and as such, your muscles and organs are looking for a way to replenish. Make sure you’re consuming at LEAST one half gallon of water per day -- more if you’re in the sun. 

Prevent Dry Surroundings

When it comes to your surroundings, make sure your plants, grass, and other fixtures have the proper ‘hydration’ too. Nobody likes looking at dead grass, and it can also pose a fire hazard if it becomes too dry! Keep this in check by watering your plants on a daily basis, and making sure through mild inspections that they aren’t drying out and becoming brittle. These dry plants can accelerate the pace of a growing fire when left unattended. 

Tip: Watering in the morning and at night are the best ways to keep your shrubbery living!

Humidity Checks

It’s very well known that humidity can make everything worse when it comes to the summer. Too humid of air can result in breathing complications, feelings of exhaustion, and excess sweating. Make sure you’re keeping indoor areas free of excess humidity by checking the levels frequently. Without this, things can become very difficult to bear -- and on the flip side, not enough humidity in certain areas can lead to stale, dry air -- which can also be a hazard for both you and the potential risks for fires.

For over three decades, SERVPRO has been helping all types of homes and businesses fight against the conditions that summer brings. 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 this summer, give us a call today! 631-585-0007

Commercial Damage To Look Out For

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

As your business becomes busier, especially when there’s a customer rush or high volume of orders & calls, damage isn’t immediately known or present. Running a business on your own will require your eyes to be on the customer, but the wellbeing of your establishment as a whole -- cleanliness, damage, and other factors are extremely important. Below are a few common types of commercial damage to look out for on a daily basis

Fire or Fire Risks

Fire damage is usually very easy to spot after it’s happened, due to the unpleasant sight it brings.. However smaller damage can also occur and go unnoticed by the naked eye. A great example being behind appliances that don’t get moved too much which just might have sparked or has come close to surging at one point. Be weary of strong odors or damage to items close to light fixtures. This is a telling sign that you may have fire damage, or are at risk for experiencing it. Additionally, continue looking out for old lightbulbs that radiate heat, and anything electrical that sits by water.

Mold or Water Damage

Water damage is sometimes easier to see, and can be equally as, if not more destructive. Discolored walls, ceiling tiles or an extremely humid atmosphere might be telling signs you’re at risk for water damage. Water can be hard to trace back to the source, which sometimes makes this process a bit difficult for the average person or business owner.. Additionally, water can lead to mold damage, and a rotten smell and unsightly wall or carpet can go along with mold infestations. If this is something you feel you are at risk for, it’s important to be preemptive and have it inspected before it worsens. 

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

3 Ways To Battle Water Overflow

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

Moisture and water at home are sometimes two things that don’t necessarily mix well, and can be synonymous with a disaster at any time during the year! Especially when it comes to your home’s moisture, keeping it within a comfortable region becomes imperative, and there are a few ways to be able to do so. See below for some tips, tricks and items to use to prevent water and moisture from overcrowding your home!

Fans

It’s important to turn on your exhaust fan (if you own one) whose sole job is to pull air & moisture out of your home.Many bathrooms and other rooms that have water fixtures are equipped with these, and they can realistically be used for many surrounding rooms as well! Keeping them on during a shower or cleaning day can help draw moisture and chemical gases out of your home, keeping both your family and home safe!

Dehumidifiers Work Wonders

Humidity can cause peeling paint, swelling floor tiles, and many more things that are just plain painful to see and have to fix. This ALSO increases the chance of mold forming, which is the cause of stagnant moisture. We can assure you that short of other destructive damage, moisture and mold are the last things you want to endure at home. Make sure you’re keeping humidity levels in check throughout the rooms that may be exposed to excess.

Watch Your Carpets

Carpet can sometimes be the cost-effective solution to many other flooring options -- which is never an issue! But what can be the issue however, is that carpet is highly absorbent and can lead to moisture and mold buildup very easily. We’re going out on a limb in assuming that tearing up carpet and cleaning mold damage isn’t the way you thought you’d be spending your gorgeous Saturday afternoons.

Should you encounter a moisture problem, help is something you’re going to need. At SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, our goal is to keep your home or business up and running as it should, 24/7/365! If 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!

Fire Prevention Tools Everyone Should Have!

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

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 rip through a building, causing irreversible damage, which is why thoughtful preparation is key.  Having tools on hand 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!

Fire Extinguisher

We are sure it is no surprise to you that this is number one on our list — but you’d be surprised at how many people actually don’t have even one of these in their home or business! Do you have the ones you need?  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 these in your home or building, in an easily accessible place for potential future use.

Proper Extension Strips

Plugging 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, properly functioning, power strip in order to reduce the possibility of a surge which can therein cause a fire.

Sand

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.  Think of adding this to your list of items to purchase before your next outdoor barbecue.

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

Teaching Your Employees To Prevent Disaster

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

As a business owner, you’re tasked with checking over a number of things before you open up shop, throughout 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 — 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 leaks and the water enters your walls and ceilings, it can be a little harder to notice at just a glance. Make sure you and your employees are all checking for signs of water damage, such as a musty odor, discolored paint or paint appearing to bubble.

Fire Hazards

Once a fire starts, it’s almost impossible to stop on your own. To prevent fires from happening in the workplace, make sure you’re checking areas that are near heaters, open flames or areas that are 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.

Mold

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 to stop your business to handle.

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.