Common Damage You Might See
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.
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!
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 potentially 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.
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!
Choose us for mold remediation
One of the last things anyone wants in their home is the presence of mold growth. Stagnant moisture and humid conditions can be a breeding ground for pesky and unwanted mold spores. In many cases, mold is a tricky beast to handle, but below are a few tricks to keep up your sleeve in the event you see it!
Turn Up the Heat!
As we stated, mold thrives off of moisture so the more that’s in your home, the easier it will be for the mold to continue growing. To combat that from happening, make sure that there’s an ample amount of heat in your home and you’re watching the humidity levels. A simple dehumidifier is a great option for your home if the mold is secluded to one area.
Promote Solid Ventilation
Moisture has to go somewhere for the mold to go away, so promoting ventilation is an important focus. Opening your windows and turning on fans is a great place to start in getting the air moving outward and away from the mold growth. This way, you can make room for dry air which can help slow mold growth and get rid of any odors.
Call Someone You Can Trust!
Unfortunately, mold can sometimes overtake your home and embed itself into hard to reach areas, causing huge damage. In the event that the damage is too big for you to handle alone, make sure you call someone who can take care of it for you! SERVPRO has been helping families get back on their feet for over 30 years.
If you or someone you know has fallen victim to a mold infestation in their home or business, make sure they’re contacting the right team to have it handled 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
How Do You Restore Hurricane Damage?
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 keep abreast of Red Cross information, click here!
3 Things That Can Start A Fire In Your Home
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.
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?
What water damage can look like in your commercial space
As a business owner, the wellbeing of your establishment is, and should be, extremely important to you. When a problem arises, it’s up to you and your employees to handle the situation as soon as possible. As a business owner, how can you do this and is it even possible? Yes, it is possible, and we have a few things you can do.
To Help Prevent Severe 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 from lingering, to watching humidity levels throughout the day. If you think you’re experiencing the onset of mold, it’s important to address this, as soon as possible, to prevent further damage from occurring.
To Help Prevent Severe Water Damage
Similar to mold, water damage occurs mainly due to…… excess moisture and water! As funny as it is to read that because it seems like “common sense”, we sometimes overlook minor issues because they appear insignificant. To prevent water 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 evident by seeing dark and dried water spots, noticing a funky smell, or spotting warped paneling or droopy paint. It’s important to handle these warning signs, before they become a major issue!
To Help Prevent Major Fire Damage
To prevent fire damage, it’s important to know what you might be doing that could cause a fire in your business. Employees may feel less stressed and enjoy lighting a candle in the office, however, we strongly recommend against it. Open flames, dry air and clutter can all eventually contribute to a fire, especially if there are 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 ready to help you at the drop of a dime. SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma has been helping local families and businesses 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 631-296-0462!
Why you should choose SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma
Whether it’s a fire, water or mold issue you are dealing with, we are here to help! Our amazing team is licensed and certified to perform only the highest quality restoration services. When you choose SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, you know you’re in the best hands out there. We’ll have your home looking as good as new, in no time:
Here at SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, we have seen it all. We handle fire, water and mold restoration of all sizes, and there isn’t a job out there we can’t complete. We know that these unfortunate situations are a major burden, but we will minimize that stress as much as possible. Our goal is to bring your back to the cozy space you are used to enjoying or bring your office space back
Our staff is our greatest asset. Not only are they amazing at what they do, but they are also just pleasant people to be around. We would never send someone into your home that we wouldn’t want in ours! Aside from their personalities, they are also qualified to handle any job that comes their way. From SERVPRO’s corporate trainings to IICRC - industry certifications, our team has it all!
We Take Care of Everything
We provide 24/7 Emergency Service for your convenience, because we know these things don’t work on the 9-5 clock. We know how stressful these times can be, so we work with your insurance company every step of the way. When you give SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma a call, you’re getting a partner that is going to walk you through these very difficult times with you.
If you are dealing with water, fire or mold damage, we want you to take a deep breath because our team is ready to save the day! If you live on Long Island, we look forward to helping you through this unfortunate situation.
To schedule an estimate, call 631-296-0465 or request help online for faster service!
Damage Prevention at Home & What It Means For You
You’re faced with a storm, and the first thing on your mind should be safety. As a homeowner, however, the second thought is the wellbeing of your home and how it will endure the weather. While you can’t control what happens to the main components of your home, you can prevent damage to some of the smaller components. Check out below how you can do so and keep your home in tip-top shape!
As with many storms, wind and rain can sometimes feel as if it’s pounding against all sides of your home, which can be extremely scary — not to mention dangerous! Should your windows break, you’ve got damage on the outside and inside of your home, as well as the potential for water damage. If you can, find a way to board them up and prevent dangers from coming in.
Another thing that can happen, especially with flash storms, is an abundance of moisture in and around your home. This in itself can cause the formulation of mold, which can be a pain to get rid of. One of the best ways to prevent mold is to seal up any area in which moisture can get in, and protect it from becoming stagnant.
Preventing fires is something we all know a bit about, but during a storm, it can become more difficult. Downed power lines and potential surges can be big factors leading to a fire in your home, as can smaller items like candles and matches. It’s important to make sure that you’re hyper-aware of anything that can lead to a fire, and should you experience one, call 911 for immediate assistance.
If a storm has gotten the best of you and your home, make sure you’re enlisting the help of a company who can help remedy the issue ASAP. At SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, we’re on-call 24/7 to ensure that your disaster is handled and remedied as soon as possible. To learn more, give us a call at (631) 585-0007 and someone will be happy to assist you at any time of the day or night.
3 Steps To Take During A Storm
The effects of a storm to unprepared homeowners can oftentimes be devastating, both mentally and physically. Sustained damage to your home, among other things, is just one of the expensive and time-consuming nuisances that can occur due to a severe storm passing through. Although, as a homeowner, preparedness is a huge factor in how you weather the storm (literally!). Below are a few tips to consider implementing the next time you hear a bad storm is headed your way.
Buy A Generator
One thing we hear far too often is ‘it won’t be that bad, we can handle it”. While this might be true, everyday tasks are much more difficult without power in your home. Food can spoil, appliances might not work, and your shower might be too cold for comfort. Investing in a generator that has the ability to power up your important fixtures and items is a great way to both prepare and be ready to respond to the effects of a storm.
As many of us know, Hurricane Sandy caused massive damage in areas that don’t normally suffer from the effects of flooding. With that storm came flooded basements and homes, which lead to both water damage and mold — something no homeowner ever wants to see. One of the simple fixes to this is to place sandbags or another equivalent dam product down in order to prevent the water from making its way into your home. This small investment can save you thousands in water damage and mold repair!
In addition to water, physical damage to your home is also common — especially your windows. Instead of taking the chance of something breaking through your window and coming into your home, consider boarding them up with wood or protecting them with an added layer on the exterior. This is a small price to pay in comparison to the damage caused by flying objects, which can also lead to water coming in, animals finding refuge, and more.
If your home experiences any sort of damage from a future storm, make sure you’re trusting the right company to remediate the issues as soon as possible. Here at SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, we provide 24/7 emergency services to Long Island communities and can assist in getting your home back up and running the way it was before damage originally occurred.
How Storms Can Affect The Quality Of Your Water
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
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.
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
Fire Prevention Tools Everyone Should Have!
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!
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.
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