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.
Why you should choose SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma
Whether it’s a fire, water or mold issue you are dealing with, we are here to help! Our amazing team is licensed and certified to perform only the highest quality restoration services. When you choose SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, you know you’re in the best hands out there. We’ll have your home looking as good as new, in no time:
Here at SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, we have seen it all. We handle fire, water and mold restoration of all sizes, and there isn’t a job out there we can’t complete. We know that these unfortunate situations are a major burden, but we will minimize that stress as much as possible. Our goal is to bring your back to the cozy space you are used to enjoying or bring your office space back
Our staff is our greatest asset. Not only are they amazing at what they do, but they are also just pleasant people to be around. We would never send someone into your home that we wouldn’t want in ours! Aside from their personalities, they are also qualified to handle any job that comes their way. From SERVPRO’s corporate trainings to IICRC - industry certifications, our team has it all!
We Take Care of Everything
We provide 24/7 Emergency Service for your convenience, because we know these things don’t work on the 9-5 clock. We know how stressful these times can be, so we work with your insurance company every step of the way. When you give SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma a call, you’re getting a partner that is going to walk you through these very difficult times with you.
If you are dealing with water, fire or mold damage, we want you to take a deep breath because our team is ready to save the day! If you live on Long Island, we look forward to helping you through this unfortunate situation.
To schedule an estimate, call 631-585-0007 or request help online for faster service!
Ways to Prepare your Home for Cold Weather
On Long Island, there is no denying that the cold weather is here. This means we must make the changes that will lead to a safer home, business and family during the cold months. We don’t want you to think it’s too late. It’s never too late to take precautions prepare yourself for all situations and make sure your home is prepared for more inclement weather that is about to follow this weeks storm. SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma isn't just dedicated to helping you get back to normalcy after damage hits, we are dedicated to helping you prepare so that you aren't affected at all. That said, here are some tricks to help so when the weather clears up this weekend, you can take some time to expedite that process.
Roofing and Gutters
It is imperative to check the roofing and gutters at your home or business, due to the fact that they are going to eventually take a lot of abuse, which may turn into damage. Make sure your gutters are free from leaves and debris, and shingles aren’t missing from your roof. With more snow and rain combined with clogged gutters, there is now a potential to freeze as temperatures drop, a missing shingle or two can also prove to be pretty detrimental to your roofing and the interior of your home.
Before any precipitation and colder weather, make sure you’re keeping an eye on floor-level windows that usually lead into a basement or lower level. The seals, commonly found in Long Island basements, often take a bit of abuse as water can pool in these areas. Keep your home free from any big damage by making sure window seals aren’t cracked, dried out, disintegrating or even missing to ensure they are effectively holding up to any precipitation.
Check Your Heating
While this might not seem like a big deal, having your heating system inspected before the cold weather is important. This ALSO applies to those who have stored space heaters in closets and rooms since last season, as dust can get sucked into the filter and can cause a fire. It’s important to make sure that even when you’re trying to stay warm for the first few days after the cold hits the island, you’re doing so with precaution.
If you encounter damage due to the effects of cold weather, the most important thing to do is have it remedied before it becomes a larger issue and ultimately causing more damage and costing more money. SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is dedicated to helping you and your business get back on your feet ASAP. If you’ve experienced any type of damage due to the elements that fall brings, make sure to call to learn more about how SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma can assist when it matters most. Give us a call today at 631-585-0007!
Speed is CRUCIAL when Disaster Strikes
When it comes to emergencies, those who act fast can typically avoid dangerous situations and limit damage to their personal belongings. Here at SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, we see disasters of all shapes and sizes and the one common theme is that many disasters can be limited or avoided. Here is what you can do:
Speed Limits Water Damage
Acting fast and knowing where to go is huge for homeowners when it comes to plumbing accidents that lead to water damage. As they say in Game of Thrones, Winter is Coming and Ronkonkoma homeowners need to be prepared. When temperatures start to drop, the pipes underneath and throughout your home may start to freeze. These frozen pipes may eventually burst and cause flood damage in your basement or other areas of your home. If you have not already identified its location, be sure to locate your main water valve NOW so that you know where to go when disaster strikes. When you find its location, label it and tell everyone in your household where it is. When damage occurs, Once you shut down the water in your home by turning off the valve, call SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma water restoration experts to get your home looking like new in no time!
Preparation Limits Fire Damage
Make sure that your home is ready in the event of a fire. Accidents happen and a fire can be looming anywhere in your home, but safety measures need to be taken to protect the things that really matter!
Be sure to check your smoke detectors every six months to make sure the batteries are working.
Lay out an escape plan for your family so everyone knows where to go if a fire occurs.
Keep your fire extinguisher in an accessible location.
Call SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma after the local fire department has completed their end of the job.
SERVPRO Limits All Damage
Whether you have mold, fire, storm or water damage, the restoration experts at SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma are here to help. Our blog helps you prepare for accidents and disasters, but our restoration technicians help you get things back to normal after they occur. We believe in the importance of speed to begin the restoration process and this will help minimize your damage.
When disaster strikes, call the SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma experts at 631-585-0007.
Three Common Causes of Electrical Fires
Here at SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, we restore fire damage in homes and businesses that need our help! We develop relationships with the owners of these properties and we generally see that there are similar causes of these accidents. Mistakes happen, but some of these mistakes can be avoided if you take action on the items below:
One of the most common causes of in-home electrical fires is outdated or broken appliances. Coffee makers, toasters, hair straighteners and things like this that are designed to produce heat. Over time, the wires can become frayed or the receptacles and switches can deteriorate. When this happens, the appliance loses the ability to control the power it is getting from the outlet and the system overheats, which can cause a fire.
These fires are easy to avoid if you take the proper precautions. Some light bulbs have a wattage that is simply too strong for certain light fixtures or lamps. When they are paired together incorrectly, dangerous things can happen. Check your lamps and light fixtures and look for the maximum recommended bulb wattage and only buy lights that are under that number.
These heaters are popular because they can heat specific areas of your home while keeping the furnace off and lowering heating bills. But the portable nature of these machines makes them extremely dangerous! People place them too close to curtains, beds, couches, clothing or rugs and the coils in the heater may ignite nearby flammable surfaces. If you are going to use a space heater, be sure to follow these space heater safety tips!
If a fire occurs in your Long Island home, water damage will likely follow due to firefighting efforts. Fortunately for you, your friends at SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma have seen a similar scenario before and we know all the right moves to get your home back to normal.
To schedule fire and water damage restoration services, call us at 631-585-0007 or contact us online at SERVPRORONKONKOMA.COM!
Thoughts on Safe Holiday cooking!
With perhaps only a few Thanksgiving leftovers taking up space in the fridge, we know we are full swing into holiday season. You know what this means… itt means family, food and a whole lot of time in the kitchen. Everyone loves to eat, including the SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma team, but we are not here to talk to you about eating. We are here to talk to you about being safe during the preparation process this year. While reading our tips, you’ll see our theme is to avoid multitasking and focus on the meal at hand…
Prep Food Ahead of Time
When you have two items on the stovetop, a turkey in the oven, and a home full of hungry guests, it can be hard to be careful in the kitchen. To avoid the dangers of multitasking, try making your holiday side dishes before the big day to avoid the madness.
Seek Help for Other Chores
Kitchen fires make up close to half of the house fires annually throughout America. Most kitchen fires are also started by unattended cooking. If you are trying to set the table, vacuum the living room and baste a turkey all at the same time, that could be extremely hazardous. Get your friends and family to help you out with other chores so you can stay focused in the kitchen.
Keep Others Out of the Kitchen
We know the kitchen is the hot spot for guests to gather, but you don’t want it to turn into a literal hot spot. Someone can knock a hot pan or pot off the stove and fires can start when things are getting knocked out of place. Try to enlist the help of one trusted sidekick and let everyone else enjoy their drinks and appetizers a safe distance from where the cooking action is happening!
Beware All Towels
Whether it be paper or dish towels, you don’t want anything flammable near your stove. The heat or flame from your burners can get hotter or stronger with drips from your pan. There is no sense in risking it, so before you start cooking, locate these items and get them out of harm’s way.
Smoke and burn damage can be difficult to deal with if you don’t know the proper cleanup techniques. Luckily for you, the SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma team is here to help with whatever you need. Fire, water and mold restoration is what we do and we will be there for you and your family whenever disaster strikes, even during the holidays!
For emergency fire restoration services, call SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma at 631-585-0007 or book an appointment online!
Tools to have on hand before a Storm
If your home or business is as important to you as ours is to us, we’re sure that you’d do almost anything to protect it during a storm. To do so, 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 coming into your home or flying around and causing damage.
- If you lose power, you’re likely going to have a hard time keeping food fresh, using your appliances, and going 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 safely. First check the area and ensue you’re not cutting where ther are any downed power lines. If you are unsure, air on the side of caution. If it is safe and 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.
- If for any reason you don’t have a generator, 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 extremely careful with open flames in your home!
- 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!
Water Damage can Spread Fast!
Plumbing issues and winter storms can cause water damage but there is no time to cry over spilt milk. Your home needs your help and the SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma professionals are waiting to come in and save the day. Speed is everything when it comes to water so please remember… do not hesitate and call right away!
Early Effects of Water Damage
Water is a pest. It can get into the smallest of cracks, it can spread quickly and it can cause costly damage to your home. When a pipe bursts or a storm infiltrates your home, the following things can occur within a few hours:
- Moisture can start to spread and lead to the early stages of mold reproduction.
- Furniture can start to become discolored and delaminate.
- Carpeting could be permanently damaged.
- Humidity increases and odors become pungent.
Long Term Water Damage
Water damage can become mold damage pretty quickly, especially if the issue is being ignored. When mold spores start to gather on furniture, carpeting or drywall, they reproduce quickly when there is increased humidity inside of a water damaged home. Here is what can happen in your home if water damage is ignored:
- Mold growth can worsen.
- Minor restoration techniques may be passed over leading to a complete gutting of the home.
- Microbial growth leads to possible dangerous conditions.
Call in the Professionals
The key to defeating water damage is speed and choosing the right team for the job. If you call in the SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma team immediately, we can use our equipment to limit the damage and halt mold growth before it becomes a bigger issue. Water moves fast, so you need to move fast to defeat it!
SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is a locally owned and operated business with the team and resources to handle any size disaster. We know that issues like these can be stressful and we are here to make the restoration process as easy as possible.
For water restoration services, call 631-585-0007 or contact us online at SERVPROronkonkoma.com for fast and easy service!
What to Expect when you experience water damag
Whether you’re a home or business owner, there’s a huge importance in focusing on preventing damage before it occurs. During the months where higher precipitation is occurring, 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, we invite you to keep reading to make sure you have some thoughts on what to expect; starting from initial discovery to making your call to us regarding remediation.
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. If you do, take action and call.
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. If you see paint bubbling or discoloration, take action and call.
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.
Halloween Decorations & Fire Hazards
Dangerous Open Flame Candles On A Table Causing Fire Hazard
Halloween is one of the best times per year. Candy running amok, funny and creative costumes and of course, fall weather! But the decorations at your home are sometimes a bit on the dangerous side so it’s important to know when to take a step back and figure out if you’re posing a fire risk in the name of pumpkins and candy corn.
Lights & Webs
Hanging fake spider webs is great because it looks scary, and really sets the tone. Of course, all of the spiders you’ve shoo’ed out of your home will now be asking themselves why they weren’t able to hang out if you were just going to put up webs anyway -- but that’s a subject for another blog. Hanging these webs near light fixtures or near string lights with heat emitting bulbs can cause fires to start -- which can quickly melt that bowl of regular size candy on your stoop.
Similar to the lights above, tripping and falling on wires isn’t fun -- but it’s important that they’re somewhere on the lawn to power the inflatable ghosts, right? While we would love for you to have fun, make sure that all extension cords and wires are free and away from sharp objects, have no frayed or exposed wiring and are taped down safely, if they cross a walkway.
Lighting a jack o’ lantern is fun -- almost as fun as cutting it up to make a scary face! However, the idea of a long-standing open flame can be an issue. You might be thinking that pumpkins are burn resistant – however, everyone knows someone who’s left a pie in the oven for too long; they can definitely burn! Make sure you’re keeping that candle away from anything else flammable and it’s in a safe area, as well as being put out before you head in for the night. Better yet, invest in a battery-operated light from a dollar store. They’re perfect for this haunting job…
There are sometimes emergency situations that cannot be avoided, even with proper care. If your home or business is victim to a Halloween damage fiasco 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.