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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.

Things To Look Out For That Point To Mold

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

A mold problem in your home is likely one of the worst findings you can experience. The worst parts about finding issues like this is that you’re not sure where the mold started, where else it might be and that awful feeling 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 and possibly cause mold growth. Make sure that if you see any signs of moisture inside, you’re making an effort to dry ti out and seal it up before it becomes mold.

Adverse Affects

Mold has the ability to cause health issues. Sometimes they mimic those of the common cold, like congestion, watery eyes and coughing.  If you’re experiencing something similar to this and you have signs of mold in your home, 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!

Top Sources of Mold in The Winter & How To Avoid Them

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

As winter continues to its descent on Long Island, the harsh reality of the effects it can have on your home continue to become 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 all year round and we have listed a few of the main sources and causes below!

Moisture Attracts Mold

As you are probably aware, mold is fueled by moisture, and when it’s in your home, it has the potential to cause big problems. If you’ve encountered 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 may come easier to detect than seeing it, 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 helping you find your way to it. 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. To keep healthy, this leads many of us to utilize cool air mist humidifiers.  Just remember that too much humidity in your home, 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 size 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!

3 Necessary Steps To Take After A Fire Occurs

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Mistakes Made With Plumbing That Lead to Damage

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Disconnecting Fixtures

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.

Ignorance

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!

Protecting Your Business From Winter Storms

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

During the cold winter months, there’s always the danger of a winter storm taking out power or causing injuries at your place of business. Luckily, there are things you can do to prevent water damage or personal injuries in your commercial or home business location. These things can save you and your business a ton of hassle during periods of inclement weather, when serious attention to safety is pivotal.

Backup Generator

Having a backup generator is a great way to keep your employees, customers, and yourself safe if there’s a dangerous storm or power outage. A backup generator will keep your heat on and allow you to power specific appliances and fixtures to continue business as usual.

Snow and Ice Removal

It is important to have a plan of action and to take care of snow removal on a regular basis when there is a heavy winter storm coming through. Clear walkways and make sure that there is no build up of snow against buildings, and on weak areas of your roofing. Preventing leaks and damage from these harsh elements is imperative to keeping your business safe during periods of inclement weather.

Fortify Your Building

Make sure that you’re checking for a number of potential issues that may arise during the winter in your building. Slow flowing water is an indication that pipes may be freezing, and a higher heat bill may indicate gaps in your walls, windows or door frames. Not only can this let cold air in, but it can allow moisture and snow to find its way into your home and cause different types of damage.

Winter storms can be unforgiving and it’s important to know that damage can, and sometimes will happen. Should your business suffer from winter storm damage, make sure you’ve equipped yourself to battle the damage and get your business back up and running as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is a locally owned and operated business with the team and resources to handle disasters of any size. For restoration services, call us at 631-585-0007 or contact us online for immediate assistance!

Invisible Water Damage

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

Many contributing factors can bring on water damage in a number of different areas inside your home or business. Additionally, there are a ton of things that can cause damage in the winter -- and it doesn’t take much when temperatures are below freezing! Household appliance leaks and plumbing issues are prominent examples of things that can go wrong and cause big headaches. Don't assume that you can totally prevent or spot water damage with just your eyes -- damage is sometimes totally invisible, and that's where real danger lies. Since water destruction can also lead to the presence of hazardous mold, you need to be in tune with it to the best of your ability.

Damage and Leakage

If you have damage brought on by water or melted ice, there may be leaks finding their way through your walls, ceiling and other areas. Don't assume that you can always identify these things visually or at quick glance. Make sure to thoroughly inspect any weak areas in your home for signs of water damage or leaking.

Flooring Hints

Damage can, in many cases negatively affect the flooring inside your home or business. Indications of destruction, however, are not always 100% obvious. They can be particularly hard to see for the untrained eye. Easier signs of water damage include your flooring taking on a new color, plank separation, warping and more. Keep an eye out for this so you can make repairs before your damage becomes an immense project.

Mold Development

Mold, for many people is a frightening substance to think about in your home or business. Mold can bring on all sorts of issues, including respiratory problems, odors, and major damage. Don't think twice when it comes to battling mold -- make sure to inspect your space! Not only can extended exposure lead to health issues, it can cause costly repairs at home.

Should you encounter water damage this year at home or at your business, make sure you have it treated immediately in order to prevent high costs and more damage. To learn more about how SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma can help you, call us at 631-585-0007 or contact us online for immediate assistance!

How Can I Stop Mold From Growing

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

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, so below we have listed a few tricks for you to keep up your sleeve in the event you see any signs of mold…

Turn Up The Heat!

As stated, mold thrives off of moisture so the more that’s in your home, the easier it will be for the mold to continue to grow. To combat this from happening, make sure that there is an ample amount of heat in your home and you’re watching the humidity levels. During the winter, we have to ensure we add moisture to our environment with humidifiers, try to find a humidifier that monitors the humidity in your home.  On the flip side, if you have those dark, cold and damp areas in your home, a cheap dehumidifier is a great option for your home if the mold is secluded to one area.

Promote Solid Ventilation

Stagnant moisture has to go somewhere for the mold to go away, therefore, promoting ventilation is a great place to start. Opening your windows and turning on fans is a perfect solution in getting the air moving outward and away from the mold growth. This way, you can make room for dry air which will help kill some of the mold 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, thereby 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

How Stagnant Ice Can Cause Water Damage

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

There's a lot of ground water in the soil surrounding a home, it is likely that there is lingering water in the gutters and there's water in the pipes and in other reservoirs. When temperatures start to fall, however, that water solidifies into ice. While we may not think much about it because it isn’t obviously visible to us, that ice could be causing a lot of home damage without our realizing it. To understand just how ice can cause home damage, here are a few methods to watch out for this year.

Separation/Cracking

Although the water has solidified into ice, in a way, it is still moving. Pressure and marginal temperature differences cause the ice to expand and contract. This can force the surrounding area to move, separate and can even crack or chip. It can also make pipes or whatever is holding that water become brittle and fragile. When the ice eventually melts, that separation may still be present which can cause water leaks and further damage.

Mold

No one likes the idea of mold in the home. Just because water has frozen into a solid form doesn't mean that the lurking mold within is gone. Because mold spores are always present, if anything, it can actually be preserved. That mold can then quickly be spread as the ice slowly melts. As such, this mold can take over an entire wall if not treated quickly. This type of mold can be hazardous to breathe in, and can even begin to eat away at the walls/interior of the home. Regardless of season, it’s important to understand that mold can be prevalent at any time.

Water Damage

Perhaps the most obvious problem stagnant ice can cause is water damage. Once that ice melts, that water begins leaking everywhere. Through the cracks that the ice caused by its pressure and shifting, that water can reach other parts of the home and damage them completely. This can become an issue that leads to costly damage and may keep you out of your home or business for an extended period of time.

Even with proper care, emergency situations happen, are sudden and 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. 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!