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SERVPRO is With You!

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma 631-585-0007

Helping Your Business Stay Healthy During The Colder Months

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

As a business owner there are a lot of things to think about when it comes to the day-to-day operations of your company. While customers and revenue are likely the most important, the wellbeing of your physical location shouldn’t be far behind. During the winter a number of weather related factors can lead to issues with your building, and it’s important that you address them swiftly. Below are a few things you should be looking out for this winter and what happens if you don’t.

Water Damage

We’ve learned all too well about the severity of snowstorms and what they can do to your business. Perhaps one of the worst things, however, is the notion that when melting snow and ice turns into water and begins seeping into your business or leaking through the roof, it can cause expensive damage. Make sure you’re keeping all of the snow and ice away from any open areas in which the moisture can move into. Also, consider removing snow and ice from flat surfaces such as roofs and awnings in order to prevent melting and leaks.

Mold

Mold can grow for a number of reasons. Perhaps it’s the lingering moisture from past seasons of high humidity and rain. Alternatively, it can also be caused due to the improper remediation after a storm. With solid attention to detail, it can be prevented! Choosing someone who is qualified in proper and effective mold removal and storm remediation is the first step to a cleaner and healthier business.

Fires

It’s easy to forget about the heat or the electric at your business during the winter. With the door constantly opening as new customers walk in and cold air taking over, turning up the thermostat or using a space heater is a likely solution for many. But without properly assessing what can happen if these things are left unattended, fire damage is much more likely to occur. Should this happen to you, make sure you are situated with a reputable company who can help remedy the issue quickly AND effectively!

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 we can help start 2021 off right and assist in your time of need, give us a call today! 631-296-0367

Winterizing your pipes during colder months

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

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.

Insulate Pipes

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 631-296-0367 for rapid response and service!

How Stagnant Ice Can Cause Water Damage

1/11/2021 (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 cause health effects, 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) 296-0367 for rapid response and service!

Protecting Your Business From Winter Storms

1/4/2021 (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 631-296-0462 or contact us online for immediate assistance!

Signs Your Home Isn't Ready For Winter

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

When the temperatures start to drop and the icy cold winds of winter appear, it is important to have your home prepared to stop major problems from occurring. By taking care of your home as early as possible, you can feel confident that you are ready for the cold weather to arrive and take up residence. Safety and prevention are the keys to a good winter, so we’ve compiled a few things you can look out for in order to do so.

Watch Out for Exposed Pipes

Whether you have pipes outside of your home that are exposed to cold weather or inside that are uninsulated, it’s important to make sure that pipes that are not covered are ready for the temperatures to drop. Check outdoors, your attic, in crawl spaces and anywhere else that holds exposed pipes. Make sure that these pipes are covered BEFORE the temperatures drop to freezing to avoid frozen pipes, pipe bursts and major water damage.

Take Care of All Small Problems

Small leaks, clogged drains, and other issues can get worse if they are not taken care of at the first sign of trouble. To get ready for winter, go ahead and take care of the minor problems that you may have noticed before they turn into major home damage issues. This can be anything from chipping exterior fixtures, small leaks, water spots and more.

Look for

  • Leaky Faucets
  • Leaks coming from around your hot water heater or other areas around your home
  • Clogged drains

SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is a locally owned and operated business with the team and resources to handle winter-based disasters of any size. We know that issues like these can be stressful, especially inside your own home.  We are here to make the restoration process as seamless as possible. For all restoration services, call 631-296-0465 or contact us online for immediate assistance!

Smoke Alarm Types - Power Systems

12/20/2020 (Permalink)

The three main types of residential smoke alarms are as follows:

Conventional Batteries:

Units with replaceable batteries as their main power should have the batteries replaced when the alarm sounds or when the manufacturer specifies, whichever is sooner. It's a good practice to replace Alkaline batteries after one year, even if it's not required by the alarm manufacturer. (Lithium batteries will typically last much longer) These units (as with all smoke alarms) are required to have regular maintenance, including testing once a month.

Non-Replaceable Long Life Batteries:

These units have batteries that will last 10 years, and are ideal for people having difficulty changing batteries. Alarms powered from these batteries require regular testing and maintenance as well.  The smoke alarms themselves need replacing every 10 years. 

Hardwired Smoke Alarms:

Hardwired smoke alarm systems are powered by the home's AC electrical system, which also allows the alarms to be interconnected - so when one goes off, they all sound. Most hardwired alarms feature a backup battery, and should be tested at least once a month, and replacement should be left to qualified personnel.   

Low Battery Warning Feature:

All battery powered alarms have a low-battery warning that "chirps" when the battery power is low. Since the chirping only lasts a few days, it is recommended that if you are away for two days or more to test your alarms upon your return. Batteries should be replaced immediately upon hearing the chirping. 

SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is here to help if you ever experience fire, smoke, or water damage. Please call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year at: 631-585-0007

Water Damage Can Spread Fast!

12/19/2020 (Permalink)

Plumbing issues and 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 and remember, we are “Faster to Any Size Disaster!”

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 more 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 for 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, and we can use our equipment to limit the damage and halt mold growth before it becomes an 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 seamless as possible.

For water restoration services, call 631-296-0469 or contact us online for fast and easy service!

SERVPRO ERPs - What Are They?

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

It’s important that as a tax-paying adult, you’re prepared for anything that comes your way and threatens your home or business. On Long Island, we’ve unfortunately seen a lot of the wrath that can be placed upon our island from both tropical storms, winter blizzards and everything in between. To us, we’re one big community and our commitment to you remains unsurpassed. It’s because of this that we’ve developed an Emergency Ready Profile that is custom tailored to you and your home/business - free of charge!

What is The Profile?

An Emergency Ready Profile is a uniquely tailored plan that we prepare for your building which allows you to prepare for the worst, before it happens. Our team at SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma provides a no-cost assessment of your property and facility, giving recommendations that will help you in the event of an emergency. This includes a guide that helps you understand what to do, and how you can get back to normal quicker. 

How Can It Help?

Oftentimes the result that comes from damage can place immense stress on the owner of the property, and anyone living in or near it. This plan allows you to understand not only how you can recover quicker, but also aid in the process to mitigate issues, and prevent further ones from happening. This can include locations for shut off valves, key things to look for and who to call in the event an emergency occurs. Additionally, you’ll be greeted by a professional and seasoned member of the SERVPRO team, establishing the trust and expertise you’ll come to expect, if and when you sustain damage.

If you’re interested in learning more about how we can help you with an Emergency Ready Profile, SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma would love to speak with you and help provide one – as a free gift from us! 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 631-318-6329, with anything you might need! 

SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma Helps Decorate Christmas Tree

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

Happy Holidays to All!

Every holiday season SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma helps the Ronkonkoma Chamber of Commerce setup and decorate the Christmas Tree and Menorah for the community. Although the ceremony wasn't able to take place this year, the tree and menorah are available for all to enjoy at Raynor Beach County Park. Raynor Beach has athletic fields, a playground area, a pavilion with comfort stations, a beach area and a covered stage. It's a great place to go with the family and enjoy the outdoors.  

SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma team members are proud to participate in many community related and philanthropic activities.  SERVPRO has a national footprint and enormous resources, but is composed of locally owned franchises that have their hands on the pulse of the communities they serve.