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3 Ways Storms Can Be Costly

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

It’s no secret in knowing that spring showers can bring bright flowers, but it can unfortunately also bring water damage to homes. In an effort to make sure that this water doesn’t damage your home, which is something everyone should want to prevent, it’s important to do what you can to prevent the issue from becoming a costly one. Below are a few key areas to think about when it comes to spring rain and how without proper care, can cost you a lot of money. 

Roofing Trickles DOWN

The first place rain hits when it makes its way to your home is -- you guessed it, your roof! worn out, old shingles from the winter might be giving way to water which in turn, is responsible for causing a ton of water damage. This is something that without care can cost thousands to repair if not properly addressed, so make sure this is on your list of things to do! 

From The Foundation Up

Older homes are usually at risk for cracks that can be damaging to homes in both short and long term instances. It’s important to note that the effects of all seasons can cause structural issues, and water getting in between cracks can have expensive, lasting effects on your home. Make sure you’re always inspecting areas like this to ensure nothing is slipping through the cracks -- literally!

Fill Empty Spaces

Rain pouring down on your home can mean water and moisture getting into places it doesn’t belong, and this can mean damage. Make sure all windows, doors, siding and seams are sealed tight to prevent water from creeping in and getting into the wrong areas. Redoing window frames and replacing large portions of siding due to water damage is something nobody wants to dig into their wallet for. 

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!

3 Ways To Stay Cool and Safe!

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

With the peak of summer heat upon us throughout the next few months, homeowners and business owners alike are cranking up the air conditioning, and hoping to stay as cool as possible until the heat subsides. And while many people think that a subzero indoor temperature or never-ending pool day is the best way to prevent heat exhaustion, there are better and safer ways to do so!

Hydrate!

It’s important to keep yourself in check when it comes to water intake -- and that’s because over ? of your body is composed of water, so naturally, you need it to survive. As temperatures rise and you spend more time sweating and working in the sun, you’re losing those fluids and as such, your muscles and organs are looking for a way to replenish. Make sure you’re consuming at LEAST one half gallon of water per day -- more if you’re in the sun. 

Prevent Dry Surroundings

When it comes to your surroundings, make sure your plants, grass, and other fixtures have the proper ‘hydration’ too. Nobody likes looking at dead grass, and it can also pose a fire hazard if it becomes too dry! Keep this in check by watering your plants on a daily basis, and making sure through mild inspections that they aren’t drying out and becoming brittle. These dry plants can accelerate the pace of a growing fire when left unattended. 

Tip: Watering in the morning and at night are the best ways to keep your shrubbery living!

Humidity Checks

It’s very well known that humidity can make everything worse when it comes to the summer. Too humid of air can result in breathing complications, feelings of exhaustion, and excess sweating. Make sure you’re keeping indoor areas free of excess humidity by checking the levels frequently. Without this, things can become very difficult to bear -- and on the flip side, not enough humidity in certain areas can lead to stale, dry air -- which can also be a hazard for both you and the potential risks for fires.

For over three decades, SERVPRO has been helping all types of homes and businesses fight against the conditions that summer brings. 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 this summer, give us a call today! 631-585-0007

Commercial Damage To Look Out For

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

As your business becomes busier, especially when there’s a customer rush or high volume of orders & calls, damage isn’t immediately known or present. Running a business on your own will require your eyes to be on the customer, but the wellbeing of your establishment as a whole -- cleanliness, damage, and other factors are extremely important. Below are a few common types of commercial damage to look out for on a daily basis

Fire or Fire Risks

Fire damage is usually very easy to spot after it’s happened, due to the unpleasant sight it brings.. However smaller damage can also occur and go unnoticed by the naked eye. A great example being behind appliances that don’t get moved too much which just might have sparked or has come close to surging at one point. Be weary of strong odors or damage to items close to light fixtures. This is a telling sign that you may have fire damage, or are at risk for experiencing it. Additionally, continue looking out for old lightbulbs that radiate heat, and anything electrical that sits by water.

Mold or Water Damage

Water damage is sometimes easier to see, and can be equally as, if not more destructive. Discolored walls, ceiling tiles or an extremely humid atmosphere might be telling signs you’re at risk for water damage. Water can be hard to trace back to the source, which sometimes makes this process a bit difficult for the average person or business owner.. Additionally, water can lead to mold damage, and a rotten smell and unsightly wall or carpet can go along with mold infestations. If this is something you feel you are at risk for, it’s important to be preemptive and have it inspected before it worsens. 

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

3 Ways To Battle Water Overflow

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

Moisture and water at home are sometimes two things that don’t necessarily mix well, and can be synonymous with a disaster at any time during the year! Especially when it comes to your home’s moisture, keeping it within a comfortable region becomes imperative, and there are a few ways to be able to do so. See below for some tips, tricks and items to use to prevent water and moisture from overcrowding your home!

Fans

It’s important to turn on your exhaust fan (if you own one) whose sole job is to pull air & moisture out of your home.Many bathrooms and other rooms that have water fixtures are equipped with these, and they can realistically be used for many surrounding rooms as well! Keeping them on during a shower or cleaning day can help draw moisture and chemical gases out of your home, keeping both your family and home safe!

Dehumidifiers Work Wonders

Humidity can cause peeling paint, swelling floor tiles, and many more things that are just plain painful to see and have to fix. This ALSO increases the chance of mold forming, which is the cause of stagnant moisture. We can assure you that short of other destructive damage, moisture and mold are the last things you want to endure at home. Make sure you’re keeping humidity levels in check throughout the rooms that may be exposed to excess.

Watch Your Carpets

Carpet can sometimes be the cost-effective solution to many other flooring options -- which is never an issue! But what can be the issue however, is that carpet is highly absorbent and can lead to moisture and mold buildup very easily. We’re going out on a limb in assuming that tearing up carpet and cleaning mold damage isn’t the way you thought you’d be spending your gorgeous Saturday afternoons.

Should you encounter a moisture problem, 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) 585-0007 at anytime!

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!