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Common Damage You Might See

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Many businesses thrive during the summer -- whether it be by hosting outdoor events, or opening up their door to let the breeze (and more customers) into their commercial space! However with all of the good that summer brings, there’s the occasional downer that also is brought along by the season. While the temperatures are hot and humidity rises to high percentages, damage inside of a building can be that much more apparent. Below are some of the common damage points businesses experience during the hotter months, and how you can look out for it.

Water Damage

Because of the high humidity during these months, the combination of warm and cool air can eventually lead to thunderstorms, heavy rain, hail and more. As these are generally things that can’t be predicted other than looking up at the clouds, businesses oftentimes make the mistake of leaving windows and doors open, with no time to close them during a flash storm. These sometimes extensive torrential downpours can cause tons of water damage if not treated immediately -- especially if this water becomes stagnant!

Mold

After water damage occurs, the humidity levels typically see a slight drop off -- and even then, it sometimes still might not be enough to be comfortable. As stagnant water and moisture in the air gets trapped within four walls, it can begin to absorb into flooring, walls, ceiling panels, and so much more, promoting harmful mold growth. This type of damage is seen early on, as the discoloration in the panel is a telling sign; with smell being right behind it. Any excess moisture in the air of your business should be extracted with proper ventilation or a dehumidifier large enough to handle the job.

Fires

Anyone who’s been to the beach during the summer knows how ruthless the hot sun can get -- and the same thing applies to your business. As the summer rays begin to dry different components out on a building, the risk for fire becomes that much higher for many locations. It’s important to be well-prepared for any type of fire, as it can begin and spread quickly through buildings, roofs, and even blow onto surrounding trees and fixtures.

SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is dedicated to helping you and your business enjoy the summer while we do the dirty work! If you’ve experienced any type of damage due to the elements that summer 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!

How To Prepare For Cold Weather Damage

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

On Long Island, cold weather is (unfortunately) only a few short weeks away. While we’d love to revel in the warmer weather for a bit longer, we also must make the changes that will lead to a safer home, business and family during the cold months. While there aren’t too many things to worry about just yet, it’s important that you prepare yourself for all situations and make sure your home is prepared for the inclement weather that may follow. Here are a few tricks to help 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’re 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 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.

Floor-Level Windows

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 them free from any damage by making sure that seals 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, 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!

Mold Damage & Water Issues

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage can be a huge red flag to someone at home, and mainly because most of the time, it means more damage is going to occur. Mold is something that everyone should be looking out for, and if you’re lacking in the search, it’s important to make sure that you have someone who can help the situation quickly.

Mold Spreads Fast

Simply put, water damage can’t be ignored, even for a short period of time. When moisture spreads through any medium, mold is bound to pop up which can hinder a happy home or business at anytime. Not only can a foul odor present itself, but much work has to be done in order to get rid of it. Additionally, the last thing anyone wants to do is associate with a place known for mold.

Renovations Are Necessary

If there’s a leak that’s been left without repair for an extended period of time, the simple remedies sometimes just don’t work. Instead of replacing the source of the leak, gutting may become necessary based on the total amount of damage caused by the water. What began as a mild inconvenience is now a very large project — but it doesn’t have to be that way!

What Can I Do?

Regardless of the type of leak or damage, you must act fast on all fronts to ensure that everything remains the way it should. With SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, our on-call team is ready to assist you immediately with anything you might be experiencing at home or at your business. If water damage has taken over and is threatening your enjoyment of the holidays, make sure to have it taken care of before it’s too late.

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 or mold restoration services, call 631-585-0007 or contact us online for immediate assistance!

How Storms Can Affect The Quality Of Your Water

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

For many, the water you use in your home is sacred -- it’s relied on it for almost everything! Whether it be for cooking, cleaning, washing the car or doing laundry, it’s important to recognize all of the good that your water does, and how it helps daily activities. While our local municipalities strive to maintain the cleanest water levels, things can certainly affect the quality -- which is not something we want any of our Long Island residents to have to deal with. With storm season approaching, we’ve compiled a few ways your water quality can be affected

Storm Runoff

Have you ever wondered when the big river that’s formed in your yard/street is going to go away after a storm? We’ve been there too. What goes unnoticed sometimes, is that all of this water, eventually, has to go somewhere. Something as simple as walking through these puddles can begin tracing water into your home, onto your clothes, and even on the body. When this water is heavily contaminated with other sediments from daily life, it can pose a risk to your overall health as well, in addition to causing damage! It’s important to always keep up to date with your local town as to the current water readings and how it may be affecting your daily life.

Damaging Components

During a storm, whether it be a hurricane or downpour, your home is susceptible to all sorts of damage that can cause lasting impact on your daily life and the home in which you operate out of. When damage occurs at home and there’s rain nearby, these contaminants are carried by the water and can sometimes end up in the water supply. Our goal is to not only help you repair from this water damage, but allow you to remain worry free during the process while we make everything as good as new! While this is happening, whether the water supply is off or on in your home, it’s important to operate with great caution in order to prevent any adverse effects from potentially tainted water.

We know how devastating a Storm tragedy can be on you and your home or business, and we’re here to help! 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

BBQ Safety Tips To Follow This Summer

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

With nice weather and summer holidays finally approaching, it’s no secret that many people will be spending their weekends and days off outside. In addition to opening up the pool and walking on the beach, BBQ’s are also going to become one of the more popular activities at homes and even businesses across the island. But, a nice grill session can turn into a devastating, even deadly fire in a matter of minutes -- which is why safety should also be a top priority during this time! To ensure you’re well prepared for a potential BBQ disaster this season, we’ve compiled a few tips and guidelines to follow.

Know Your Grill’s Safety Zone

Firing up the grill, for many, is a great experience that allows you to bring out your inner chef, while also catering to guests of your party. But far more goes into the process of cooking than just flipping a few burgers. For starters, make sure your grill isn’t positioned anywhere near your home, on a dead patch of grass, or under low-hanging trees. Regardless of what kind of grill you’re using, one spark or flame too close to another object is all it takes to start a fire. For good measure, keep your grills on cement fixtures or away from anything flammable

Keep Fire Extinguishers Nearby

Whether or not this is the first time you’re using the grill this season, make sure it’s still in operable shape for a cookout. Thoroughly clean the grates and inspect the gas line for leaks. Should a fire start from faulty lines or too much grease, you’ll need something to help extinguish the issue. A small fire extinguisher is always great to keep nearby, and can suppress an issue before it becomes unmanageable and damaging -- just make sure your fire extinguisher is appropriately rated for this particular situation.

Of course, there are always circumstances that you’re either not prepared for, or not fit to handle on your own. If you do happen to experience an issue in which your home is sustaining fire damage, immediately call your local fire department to have them take control ASAP.  

SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma has been helping the Long Island community get back on their feet after fire damage for years. 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 Things That Can Start A Fire In Your Home Quickly

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

The last thing you need in your home is the reality of a fire igniting and taking half of your house with it. What might start out as a small, harmless blaze can actually end up turning into a gut-wrenching ordeal, including a ton of lost valuables, keepsakes, and even lives. In order to prevent fires, it’s important to know what causes them and what items are most flammable in your home. Outlined below are a few things to keep an eye on and to keep flames away from at all times.

Drapes & Curtains

It’s no surprise that elegant drapes and curtains can bring out the style of a room, set the mood, and look great at the same time. What many people don’t know however, is that drapes are highly flammable. Soft materials, when exposed to a fire, can go up in flames in a matter of seconds, so it’s important to make sure they’re protected. Keep them away from heating elements and open flames such as candles, fireplaces, and more.

Oil

Cooking with oil is always a fan favorite in Long Island homes -- authentic Italian food just isn’t the same without it! But oil can pose a dangerous threat to homes when exposed to a fire. Should excess oil be lying around near a flame, it can instantly catch fire causing massive damage. To combat a kitchen disaster, make sure you’re working in a clean space and there isn’t any oil spilled or set near a flame.

Carpet and Furniture

While we don’t advocate smoking indoors for the concern of others’ health, it’s important to know that those butts can be extremely dangerous if left somewhere while they’re still burning. While a flame isn’t always present, the burning tobacco and paper can cause couches and carpets to ignite rather quickly if left unattended. To best fight against this, make sure you’re smoking outdoors and placing your butts in an ashtray or in an object with water to kill the flame.

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



How Can I Prevent Damage In My Store?

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

As a business owner, the wellbeing of your establishment is, and should be extremely important to you. This is why when a problem arises, it’s up to you and your employees to handle the situation as soon as possible. But as a business owner, how can you do this? Depending on the type of damage you’re trying to prevent, there are a few things you can do.  

For 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 to humidity levels throughout the day. If you do think you’re experiencing the onset of any mold, it’s important to address this as soon as possible to prevent further damage from occurring.

For Water Damage:

Similar to mold, water damage occurs mainly due to….water! To prevent this 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 be dried water spots, a funky smell, or warped paneling. It’s important to prevent this before it becomes an issue!

For Fire Damage:

To prevent fire damage, it’s important to know what you might be doing that causes fires in your business. Open flames, dry air and clutter can all eventually contribute to a fire, especially if there’s 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 willing to help you at the drop of a dime. 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!

Things Your Home Needs To Have Before A Storm

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

If your home or business is as important as we think it is, we’re going to guess that you’d do almost anything to protect it during a storm. To do this however, 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 flying around and causing damage to the specific area.
  • Generator. If you lose power, you’re likely going to have a hard time keeping food fresh, using your appliances, and go 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 a bit. If 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.
  • Lighting. If for any reason you don’t have #2, 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 careful with open flames in your home!
  • Refrigeration. 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!

Signs Your Home/Business Won't Withstand A Storm

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

Preparing for a storm can be extremely hard, especially when it’s short notice and barreling toward your home or business. As you’re dusting off the generator and preparing to move things indoors, it’s also important to consider if your home will actually be able to withstand the storm itself without sustaining damage. Below are a few things to check for and have fixed, if they’re not up to spec.

  • Siding - If your siding looks loose or worn down, it might be a good idea to have it checked or repaired before the storm hits. This is because flying debris can cause a lot of damage to your home, as well as the potential for rain to cause water damage during the storm.
  • Windows - If your windows are less than perfect, it might be a sign to do something about it. Consider replacing the panes before the storm or boarding them up to protect the ones you have -- which can prevent water from trickling in and broken glass becoming a danger.
  • Creaky Roofs -  If your roofing has seen better days and makes a ton of noise during each storm, it might be an indication that it won’t withstand heavy wind or precipitation.

Should you experience any sort of damage due to a storm, know that there is a local company willing to help you at the drop of a dime. 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!

Preventing Spring Shower Disasters

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

While we know April showers bring May flowers, it’s also apparent that April showers bring water damage to homes — which as we know, nobody wants. In an effort to make sure that this water doesn’t damage your home, it’s important to do what you can to prevent it. Below are a few ways you can prevent a spring shower disaster at home and avoid water damage.

Check Your Roofing!

One of the first things to do when you notice a ton of rain is to check the first place it hits --your roof! If you’ve got old or worn out shingles from the winter, they might be giving way to rain which can lead to water damage. Make sure to have this checked (and especially near your chimney) before anything to ensure no damage occurs.

Your Foundation Matters

An older house can sustain cracks in the foundation or sinking ground, which can also lead to pooling and damaging water. To prevent sustaining water damage from any of these, make sure you’re checking your home for signs such as puddles, leaks, moisture on the walls, windows and more.

Sealing Your Home

As rain pours onto your home, moisture can get into your home which can cause water damage and even mold growth. If you’re experiencing this in your own home, it might be a good idea to re-caulk windows and door seals before it becomes a costly issue. Unfortunately, water is usually unforgiving and shows no mercy once it’s entered your home.

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!