How Stagnant Ice Can Cause Water Damage
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
- 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
The three main types of residential smoke alarms are as follows:
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!
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?
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
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.
3 Ways Water Causes Damage
The last thing anyone wants to see in their home is an unwarranted visit from something that doesn’t belong. This can be bugs, debris, and worse, water. While we’re all spending precious time on preventing this from happening, sometimes these things can get into your home unknowingly. Below are a few specific ways that water can get into your home without you noticing — until it’s too late.
In times of high rain and excess water runoff, this moisture seems to always find its way into structures where it doesn’t belong. Cracks in walls, foundations and other parts of a fixture can lead to water getting in, which can lead to costly damage. A telling sign of water infiltration would be excess moisture, as well as a discoloration of walls, ceilings and more.
In The Air
While it might not seem like a big deal, moisture that gets into your home through passageways can actually be annoying to deal with, as well as damaging. This is because the moisture that passes through the air can end up on walls, windows, and other materials, where it would become stagnant. Not only can this cause an annoyance, but it also contributes to mold growth, foul odors, damaged flooring and more.
Cold temperatures can be a nightmare. Cold temperatures causing cracked and leaking pipes; an even worse nightmare. Making matters worse, this can cause large amounts of water to enter your home, resulting in tons of expensive damage. Battling this can sometimes be tough, but it’s important to be proactive and prevent it from happening in the first place.
If your home has experienced any type of water damage, it’s time to act fast to remedy the issue. SERVPRO has been helping residents of Long Island get back on their feet after damage for over 30 years. To learn more about how SERVPRO Of Ronkonkoma can help fix your water damage woes, give us a call today! 631-296-0463
3 Ways to Control Moisture
As a homeowner, it’s important to provide constant attention to the little things that can improve the quality of life at home. One of these things is moisture, which plays a huge role in the comfort and quality of living in your home. While some moisture is necessary for comfort, too much can be burdensome, even leading to major issues. Below are a few ways to control the amount of moisture in your home.
It’s important to turn on your exhaust fan which will pull air & moisture out of your home In bathrooms, you’ll notice fan switches next to the lights. It’s important to use this fan for your bathroom and the surrounding rooms. Remember to keep them on during and after a shower so that moisture does not build up, causing fast-spreading mold.
Invest In Dehumidifiers
If you’ve ever looked at your hardwood flooring and noticed swelling of your planks, your humidity levels might be an issue. This increases the chance of mold forming in areas where moisture is stagnant and unattended. Mold growth beneath your feet is a nightmare — and it’s one you, as a homeowner certainly don’t want to deal with. A dehumidifier can help eliminate some of the moisture from the air, which means a healthier home for you!
Watch Your Carpets
For many people, carpet is the comfy alternative to cold tile and hardwood flooring. But what is absent in the minds of many homeowners, is that carpet is highly absorbent and can lead to moisture and mold buildup very easily. Chances are, ripping up your carpet to get rid of mold is the last thing you want to be doing on your weekend off.
Should you encounter a mold problem in your home, 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) 296-0462 at anytime!
How Can Cold Weather Harm My House?
If there's one thing we know and can expect in the Northeast during the winter, it's frigid temperatures. Snow, ice and dry air make our skin all the more susceptible to the cold temperatures we are dealing with. It's an ongoing struggle but one we face each year. Besides just ourselves, however, our house has to be prepared for the battleground that is winter. While it may be obvious at first, the winter season can cause both home damage and water damage. Here are just a few of the potential consequences a house can suffer from, due to the cold temperatures.
Because a house tends to shift a lot with heat and cold, when the colder temperatures start to arrive, it makes the house shrink in on itself. This can cause certain parts of the exterior to crack and if not properly insulated, it can suffer greatly from the contraction of the house. Pieces can start to chip off, and the next thing we know, we have ourselves quite a bit of home damage.
Perhaps the biggest threat to the home is the plumbing. You've likely been told many times to regularly drain water through your pipes to keep them from freezing. There's wisdom in that suggestion. A pipe that freezes can't utilize pressure properly to push water through the pipe. Instead, all of that pressure is built up until it explodes and we have water pouring everywhere and a ton of nasty water damage.
Potential Fire Hazards Due To Heat Needs
To keep out the cold, we drive those inside temperatures up. However, the furnace isn't infallible. It can break down, or worse, start a fire. Furnace fires are not uncommon and it can engulf an entire house before anything can be done. Make sure you’re having this inspected at least once per year.
SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is a locally owned and operated business with the team and resources to handle disasters of any size. We know that issues like these can be stressful, especially inside your own home, and we are here to make the restoration process as seamless as possible. For mold restoration services, call us at 631-296-0367 or contact us online for immediate assistance!