Commercial Solutions: How To Recover From Damage
Running a business is tough work -- it requires much of your time during the day and night, and can lead to long, stressful weekends as well. Even more stressful than that can be facing the damage sustained from a storm, water, fire, and more. Recovering quick from these issues is imperative and can save your business from tons of lost profit!
Call Someone Fast
The longer you’re closed without customers calling, the less profit you have the chance of making. Ensure that at the first sign of any damage -- big OR small -- you’re calling someone to come assess and help out with fixing your damage. A few hours or proactive effort can mean earlier opening times and more business as usual!
Assess Your Business
Make sure that, as a business owner, any property that may also have been damaged is accounted for! It’s important to get all of this looked at and documented early on in order to avoid any issues with replacements, which down the line, can also hurt business flow. This is critical in getting back to normal as soon as possible.
It’s stressful and we understand that. However, the damage has already happened and you’re only able to move forward. The important thing to know when it comes to your business getting back open is that the right team can make all the difference. Trust someone who can help you no matter what the issue is and also make sure it was done correctly and right - the first time.
There are sometimes emergency situations that cannot be avoided, even with proper care. If your business falls victim to commercial damage of any size, 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 631-296-0463 for rapid response and service.
How Much Will Remediation Cost and How Long Will it Take?
After a disaster of any size, the rebuilding process at home or the office is sometimes overwhelming and stressful. Depending on the size of the damage sustained, the time frame can be shorter or longer — especially since weather and other factors can get in the way! But to understand the remediation process, how much it will cost and how long it might take, it is important to start at the beginning by understanding what goes into the process of emergency remediation.
What Goes into Remediation?
The process of remediation considers all of the details, therefore, it is in depth and covers all bases. This is what you would want, and expect, when it comes to making your home or business perfect again. The first step in remediating is to assess the issue and figure out what it’s going to take to make your space appear "Like it never even happened." From there, it’s important to also make sure that supplies are available and that you have a truly qualified team for the job. At SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, we’ve taken many hours of training and studied the books on how to take your remediation job and make it quick and efficient so that you can get back to living your normal life fast.
How Long Can I Expect Remediation to Last?
One of the top questions we get is “how long will this take?” — and with good reason! It’s not surprising that many home and business owners want to get back on their feet and back into their normal lives as soon as possible. Unfortunately, this is not an answer we can give you over the phone because every situation is different.
For smaller jobs, you might be looking at a few days of constant work before it’s deemed acceptable and finished, whereas larger disasters might warrant a lengthy remediation period that can be a bit longer than you would expect.
Rest assured, our goal is to get it done as quickly as possible. The most important thing to consider, during a time like this, is that SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma will be doing our best work, ensuring that every little detail has been combed over and perfected before it’s considered done.
Should you encounter damage at home, help is something you’re going to need. At SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, our goal is to get your home or business back up and running as it should. When you’re in need of an expert team, reach out to us for unparalleled results! We can be reached at (631) 296-0463 at anytime of the day or night!
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 631-585-0007
Commercial Damage To Look Out For
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
SERVPRO is With You!
SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need
During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.
We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.
The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:
- Kitchen/Food Areas
- Retail Spaces
- Water Fountains
- Sales Counters
- Carpets and Rugs
- Stair Handrails
- Elevator Cars
- Playground Equipment
- Fitness Equipment
The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.
Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning
If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma 631-585-0007
Helping Your Business Stay Healthy During The Colder Months
As a business owner there are a lot of things to think about when it comes to the day-to-day operations of your company. While customers and revenue are likely the most important, the wellbeing of your physical location shouldn’t be far behind. During the winter a number of weather related factors can lead to issues with your building, and it’s important that you address them swiftly. Below are a few things you should be looking out for this winter and what happens if you don’t.
We’ve learned all too well about the severity of snowstorms and what they can do to your business. Perhaps one of the worst things, however, is the notion that when melting snow and ice turns into water and begins seeping into your business or leaking through the roof, it can cause expensive damage. Make sure you’re keeping all of the snow and ice away from any open areas in which the moisture can move into. Also, consider removing snow and ice from flat surfaces such as roofs and awnings in order to prevent melting and leaks.
Mold can grow for a number of reasons. Perhaps it’s the lingering moisture from past seasons of high humidity and rain. Alternatively, it can also be caused due to the improper remediation after a storm. With solid attention to detail, it can be prevented! Choosing someone who is qualified in proper and effective mold removal and storm remediation is the first step to a cleaner and healthier business.
It’s easy to forget about the heat or the electric at your business during the winter. With the door constantly opening as new customers walk in and cold air taking over, turning up the thermostat or using a space heater is a likely solution for many. But without properly assessing what can happen if these things are left unattended, fire damage is much more likely to occur. Should this happen to you, make sure you are situated with a reputable company who can help remedy the issue quickly AND effectively!
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 we can help start 2021 off right and assist in your time of need, give us a call today! 631-296-0367
Winterizing your pipes during colder months
On Long Island, freezing temperatures are not uncommon during the cold weather seasons. With temperatures often dropping into the single-digits, staying warm is extremely favorable for many. What goes for you also goes for your home and more importantly, your pipes. It’s safe to say that a plumbing disaster is one of the last things on anyone’s weekend to do list. Below are a few ways to winterize your home and prevent water damage from taking over.
It doesn’t matter what your pipes are made of — cold temperatures can do serious damage. As the water that passes through your plumbing system gets colder, the possibility of it freezing becomes more likely. Should this happen, freezing water can and will expand, which can cause pipes to crack and burst, which can lead to expensive leaks. To prevent this, consider insulating your pipes or having heating components installed on them.
Turn Unused Water Lines Off
Similar to the above, it is very important to drain and turn off water lines that will go unused. With the grass dead and car show season over, there isn’t much of a need to keep the hose or sprinkler system running during the winter. While it might not seem like a big deal, these pipes run as much risk in freezing as other home water pipes. Make sure to drain them out and turn them off before the temperature drops below freezing.
Tune Up Your Water Heater
One of the best ways to prevent plumbing issues is to keep the water temperature regulated all season long. With proper care and attention, your water heater will be able to effectively run warm water through your pipes, which can aid in keeping your pipes from freezing. Contact your heating provider to have a technician perform an annual check-up on your system to prevent any potential mishaps.
Of course, there are sometimes emergency situations that even with proper care, 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 and get you back up and running. 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!
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!