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Easy Ways You Can Minimize Mold Growth and Moisture at Home

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Exhaust Fans

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) 585-0007 at anytime!

How Winter Water Damage Can Also Cause Mold

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Cracks

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. This causes damage and potential mold growth.

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.

Plumbing Leaks

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 before it worsens, or causes mold infestations. 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! 631-585-0007

How Do You Restore Hurricane Damage?

12/2/2018 (Permalink)

Restoring damage from a catastrophic event is not easy. We’re not talking about a pipe burst in your basement, we’re talking about anything from minimal damage to whole homes and businesses being washed away in the wreckage. Here at SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, we have been there through the storms in the past and we will be there through the storms in the future. If you have to go through this with someone, make it your SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma family: 

Safety Always Comes First

When it comes to powerful storms like Harvey and Irma, the first thing on your mind should be safety. As you are preparing your home for the storm, be sure to take pictures for the insurance companies and move all valuables to a safe location. If your local government issues an evacuation, prepare your home as best as you can and be sure to follow their instructions.

A Dedicated Work Force

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of the best of the best in the restoration business. We were there in Houston and Southern Florida and continue to work diligently at this very moment to help put people’s lives and businesses back together. We have helped residential and commercial property owners return to normalcy after MAJOR losses and that ability to help out those in need is what motivates us.

A History of Success

When it comes to large scale disasters, the SERVPRO family bands together! We can mobilize up to 1,700 Franchisees nationwide and with their level of expertise, your property will look as good as new in no time. In the past decade, we have had restoration success after these catastrophic events:

  • Hurricanes Harvey & Irma (2017)
  • Hurricane Sandy (2012)
  • Polar Vortex (2014)
  • Nashville Floods (2010)
  • Hurricane Ike (2008)
  • Chicago Floods (2007)
  • California Wildfires (2007)

To learn more about Hurricane Safety and how you can donate to the victims of Harvey and Irma, click here!

The Most Common Fire Hazards In the Beginning of Fall

12/2/2018 (Permalink)

The leaves are starting their transformation, the Halloween decorations are going up and Fall is officially in full swing. We want you to enjoy all of the amazing Fall activities that Suffolk County has to offer, before you do, here are some fire hazards to check: 

Halloween Decorations

This isn’t as big of a light show season as December, but a lot of people in the Ronkonkoma area like to go all out for Halloween!  We love the holiday spirit, so let’s take a look at some safety tips that can keep everyone out of harm’s way:

  • Inspect light strings to look for fraying or corrosion.
  • Don’t string lights with burnt out bulbs.  Even one burnt out bulb can turn into a hazard.
  • Don’t use outdoor lights to decorate the inside of your home, unless they are indoor/outdoor certified.
  • Take lights down within 60-90 days of putting them up.

Fall Scented Candles

Candles in the bedroom/bathroom cause close to 1/3 of all house fires in America.  People expect to light them, walk away and return to a nice relaxed atmosphere.  What you can get is the exact opposite!  We know the Apple and Pumpkin spiced candles are very hot right now… literally.... just remember to never leave a lit candle unattended, at any time of year.

Malfunctioning Electrical Appliances

Kuerigs and coffee pots become even more popular this time of year and nobody wants you to go without your coffee, but we have to be responsible.  If you have noticed any sparking or strange shut downs with your outlet, it could be because your appliances are outdated.  Let’s get rid of that old coffee pot which could be overloading your circuit and switch over to the more energy efficient Kuerig this Fall.

Fires are an unfortunate possibility of owning a home, which we may experience at one point or another.  If a fire happens to occur in your home while you are distracted, sleeping, or at work, the damage can be severe.  We know it is tough to cope with but your family at SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma has your back.  We will take all of the necessary steps to restore your home, so you can relax and watch as everything quickly returns to normal.

To schedule restoration services, call 631-585-0007 or book an appointment on our website!

Why Choose Us For Mold Damage

12/2/2018 (Permalink)

The flooding after storms like Hurricane’s Harvey, Irma and Sandy left thousands of families without homes. As if that wasn’t already bad enough, they had to deal with the lingering threat of mold damage during the restoration process. The SERVPRO Disaster Relief team was there to help during these storms and will be there for the storms to come:

How Can Mold Form? 

When flooding of this magnitude occurs in an area, a new ecosystem is introduced to that space and fungal growth is soon to follow, due to increased moisture. Mold grows and reproduces through little spores that can float through the air and are invisible to the naked eye. When surfaces in your home or business become moist due to flooding, these spores attach to those surfaces to survive. If enough of them accumulate on your walls, ceiling, or floor, you have a potential health issue on your hands.

Some Health Risks Associated With Mold

For people who are sensitive to mold, health risks can come into play with repeated exposure. That is why it is so important to act fast and call in the mold remediation experts at SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma.  

Here at SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, we offer mold remediation and restoration services that are second to none in the industry. The mold problem can be treated and restored with our advanced solutions and we treat every situation we come across with a unique approach. You’re in good hands when you choose the mold restoration experts at SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma.

To schedule mold remediation and restoration services, call 631-585-0007 or request help online!

Water Damage Can Spread Fast

12/2/2018 (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, 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 631-585-0007 or contact us online for fast and easy service!

Speed Is Crucial When Disaster Strikes

12/2/2018 (Permalink)

When it comes to emergencies, those who act fast can typically avoid dangerous situations and limit damage to their personal belongings. Here at SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, we see disasters of all shapes and sizes and the one common theme is that many disasters can be limited or avoided. Here is what you can do:

Speed Limits Water Damage 

Acting fast and knowing where to go is huge for homeowners when it comes to plumbing accidents that lead to water damage. As they say in Game of Thrones, Winter is Coming and Ronkonkoma homeowners need to be prepared. When temperatures start to drop, the pipes underneath and throughout your home may start to freeze. These frozen pipes may eventually burst and cause flood damage in your basement or other areas of your home. Be sure to locate your main water valve now so that you know where to go when disaster strikes. Once you shut down the water in your home by turning off the valve, call the SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma water restoration experts to get your home looking like new in no time!

Preparation Limits Fire Damage

Make sure that your home is ready in the event of a fire. Accidents happen and a fire can be looming anywhere in your home, but safety measures need to be taken to protect the things that really matter!

  • Be sure to check your smoke detectors every six months to make sure the batteries are working.
  • Lay out an escape plan for your family so everyone knows where to go if a fire occurs.
  • Keep your fire extinguisher in an accessible location.
  • Call SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma after the local fire department has completed their end of the job.

SERVPRO Limits All Damage

Whether you have mold, fire, storm or water damage, the restoration experts at SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma are here to help. Our blog helps you prepare for accidents and disasters, but our restoration technicians help you get things back to normal after they occur. We believe in the importance of speed to begin the restoration process and this will help minimize your damage. Don’t forget, our team is always ‘Faster to Any Size Disaster!’

When disaster strikes, call the SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma experts at 631-585-0007 or schedule an appointment on our website.

3 Common Causes of Electrical Fires

12/2/2018 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, we restore fire damage in homes and businesses that need our help! We develop relationships with the owners of these properties and we generally hear similar causes of these accidents.  Mistakes happen, but some of these mistakes can be avoided if you take action on the items below:

Old/ Faulty Appliances

One of the most common causes of in-home electrical fires is outdated or broken appliances. Coffee makers, toasters, hair straighteners and things of that nature that are designed to produce heat. Over time, the wires can become frayed or the receptacles and switches can deteriorate. When this happens, the appliance loses the ability to control the power it is getting from the outlet and the system overheats, which can cause a fire.

Light Fixtures

These fires are easy to avoid if you take the proper precautions. Some light bulbs have a wattage that is simply too strong for certain light fixtures or lamps. When they are paired together incorrectly, dangerous things can happen. Check your lamps and light fixtures and look for the maximum recommended bulb wattage and only buy lights that are under that number. 

Space Heaters

These heaters are popular  because they can heat specific areas of your home while keeping the furnace off and lowering heating bills. But the portable nature of these machines makes them extremely dangerous! People place them too close to curtains, beds, couches, clothing or rugs and the coils in the heater may ignite these sometimes flammable surfaces. If you are going to use a space heater, be sure to follow these space heater safety tips!

If a fire occurs in your Ronkonkoma, Bohemia, Islandia or Central Islip home, water damage will likely follow due to firefighting efforts. Fortunately for you, your friends at SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma have seen this song and dance before and we know all the right moves to get your home back to normal.

To schedule fire and water damage restoration services, call us at 631-585-0007 or contact us online!

3 Common Causes of Electrical Fires

12/2/2018 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, we restore fire damage in homes and businesses that need our help! We develop relationships with the owners of these properties and we generally hear similar causes of these accidents.  Mistakes happen, but some of these mistakes can be avoided if you take action on the items below:

Old/ Faulty Appliances

One of the most common causes of in-home electrical fires is outdated or broken appliances. Coffee makers, toasters, hair straighteners and things of that nature that are designed to produce heat. Over time, the wires can become frayed or the receptacles and switches can deteriorate. When this happens, the appliance loses the ability to control the power it is getting from the outlet and the system overheats, which can cause a fire.

Light Fixtures

These fires are easy to avoid if you take the proper precautions. Some light bulbs have a wattage that is simply too strong for certain light fixtures or lamps. When they are paired together incorrectly, dangerous things can happen. Check your lamps and light fixtures and look for the maximum recommended bulb wattage and only buy lights that are under that number. 

Space Heaters

These heaters are popular  because they can heat specific areas of your home while keeping the furnace off and lowering heating bills. But the portable nature of these machines makes them extremely dangerous! People place them too close to curtains, beds, couches, clothing or rugs and the coils in the heater may ignite these sometimes flammable surfaces. If you are going to use a space heater, be sure to follow these space heater safety tips!

If a fire occurs in your Ronkonkoma, Bohemia, Islandia or Central Islip home, water damage will likely follow due to firefighting efforts. Fortunately for you, your friends at SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma have seen this song and dance before and we know all the right moves to get your home back to normal.

To schedule fire and water damage restoration services, call us at 631-585-0007 or contact us online!

Tips to Cook Safely During the Holiday Season

12/2/2018 (Permalink)

We are entering into holiday season and that means family, food and a whole lot of time in the kitchen. Everyone loves to eat, including the SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma team, but we are not here to talk to you about eating. We wish we were, but we are here to talk to you about being safe during the preparation process this year:

Prep Food Ahead of Time

The common theme to our tips today is going to be avoiding multitasking and focusing on the meal at hand. When you have two items on the stovetop, a turkey in the oven, and a home full of hungry guests, it can be hard to be careful in the kitchen. To avoid the dangers of multitasking, try making your holiday side dishes before the big day to avoid the madness.

Seek Help for Other Chores

Kitchen fires make up close to half of the house fires annually throughout America. Most kitchen fires are also started by unattended cooking. If you are trying to set the table, vacuum the living room and baste a turkey all at the same time, that could be extremely hazardous. Get your friends and family to help you out with other chores so you can stay focused in the kitchen.

Keep Others Out of the Kitchen

We know the kitchen is the hot spot for guests to gather, but you don’t want it to turn into a literal hot spot. Someone can knock a hot pan or pot off the stove and fires can start when things are getting knocked out of place. Try to enlist the help of one trusted sidekick and let everyone else enjoy their drinks and appetizers in a different room!

Beware All Towels

Whether it be paper or dish towels, you don’t want anything flammable near your stove. The heat or flame from your burners can get hotter or stronger with drips from your pan. There is no sense in risking it, so before you start cooking, locate these items and get them out of harm’s way.

Smoke and burn damage can be difficult to deal with if you don’t know the proper cleanup techniques. Luckily for you, the SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma team is here to help with whatever you need. Fire, water and mold restoration is what we do and we will be there for you and your family whenever disaster strikes.

To schedule emergency fire restoration services, call SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma at 631-585-0007 or book an appointment online!