Preparing For Storms Correctly
Along with the ownership of any home or business comes the reality that your investment is likely a large one, as well as an important one. For those on Long Island, it’s easy to understand why these investments are precious and important! When a storm barrels through the island and causes damage, it can be a severe blow to your morale. Below are a few ways to prepare for them and why it’s important!
Not only can a storm cause damage by things coming through windows, roofs and walls, but it can also creep in through entryways, with or without an invitation. Make sure your seals are properly installed, functioning as they should, and ready to prevent things like water and critters from getting in due to a storm. The last thing you need is damage on the floor that keeps your business closed for days at a time.
For many homes and businesses on the island, a loss of power not only means a loss of time and potential product, but it’s a loss of money! While your products might rely on electricity and refrigeration to stay in good shape, lacking a generator or power can prevent it from doing so.
Know Who to Call
When something happens at home, make sure you’re taking time to digest the damage and breathe. When everything is finished, there is someone who will be able to help you -- and that person is us! We have extensive history with mitigating damage of all types from storms, and we’re happy to help you as soon as you need us!
There are sometimes emergency situations that cannot be avoided, even with proper care. If your home or business has experienced any damage this Summer, 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 631-296-0465 for rapid response and service.
3 Necessary Steps to Take AFTER A FIRE Occurs
The impact a fire can have on you, your home or business is, of course, overwhelming. Losing property, keepsakes and sometimes even more, can be devastating. In addition to the reality of the destruction that a fire might cause, the rebuilding process is often believed to be 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 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 be allowed access, 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 done, 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. At this point you will be given the 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) 296-0462 or fill out our contact form and we will be happy to begin the conversation toward a cleaner future.
Three Common Causes of Electrical Fires
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 see that there are similar causes of these accidents. Mistakes happen, but some of these mistakes can be avoided if you take action on the items below:
One of the most common causes of in-home electrical fires is outdated or broken appliances. Coffee makers, toasters, hair straighteners and things like this 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.
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.
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 nearby 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 Long Island home, water damage will likely follow due to firefighting efforts. Fortunately for you, your friends at SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma have seen a similar scenario before and we know all the right moves to get your home back to normal.
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What You Can Do After Fire Damage
Fire damage is accompanied by water damage as well
So you’ve just experienced damage due to a fire -- and we know, this is likely one of the most devastating times of your life. While it’s perfectly normal to be upset at the effects of the fire, it’s also important to understand that while things may be damaged, you’re safe, which is most important. Your next steps to recovering after fire damage are crucial, and you’ll need a local Long Island company to make it right. Below are a few things we believe will help the most in your road to remediation.
Collect What You Can
In some cases, you’ll be allowed to re-enter your home or business to collect things and get on with your daily life as best you can. For this reason, it’s important that you exercise this action carefully, and only take what you need. For the most part, your insurance will cover the other items, and it’s best to leave them there for inspection.
Call Your Insurance Company
Let your insurance company know that quick remediation is important to you. This is something that you, above everything, would like to remain in the loop for. By doing so, they will know that any and all decisions that need to be made must go through you, and you’ll have your opportunity to voice your opinions, concerns, and much more.
Grab An Expert Company
When it comes time to fix your home, it’s important to have someone by your side that can do it with you. SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma has been working with families and business owners during recovery from fire damage for years, and we treat your space as if it were our own. We work with you to fix and replace as necessary, making sure no stone is left unturned, and no job is complete until you give us the sign-off. Our promise to you is providing the comfort and care you deserve and need during a time like this.
If you find yourself experiencing a fire, make sure your first step is to get everyone to safety. When it comes to managing the damage, make sure the team you call is professional and swift. SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is at the ready 24/7, no matter the emergency. To receive assistance for fire damage, get in contact with us today!
How Can Cold Weather Harm My House?
If there's one thing we know and can expect in the Northeast during the winter, it's frigid temperatures. Snow, ice and dry air make our skin all the more susceptible to the cold temperatures we are dealing with. It's an ongoing struggle but one we face each year. Besides just ourselves, however, our house has to be prepared for the battleground that is winter. While it may be obvious at first, the winter season can cause both home damage and water damage. Here are just a few of the potential consequences a house can suffer from, due to the cold temperatures.
Because a house tends to shift a lot with heat and cold, when the colder temperatures start to arrive, it makes the house shrink in on itself. This can cause certain parts of the exterior to crack and if not properly insulated, it can suffer greatly from the contraction of the house. Pieces can start to chip off, and the next thing we know, we have ourselves quite a bit of home damage.
Perhaps the biggest threat to the home is the plumbing. You've likely been told many times to regularly drain water through your pipes to keep them from freezing. There's wisdom in that suggestion. A pipe that freezes can't utilize pressure properly to push water through the pipe. Instead, all of that pressure is built up until it explodes and we have water pouring everywhere and a ton of nasty water damage.
Potential Fire Hazards Due To Heat Needs
To keep out the cold, we drive those inside temperatures up. However, the furnace isn't infallible. It can break down, or worse, start a fire. Furnace fires are not uncommon and it can engulf an entire house before anything can be done. Make sure you’re having this inspected at least once per year.
SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is a locally owned and operated business with the team and resources to handle disasters of any size. We know that issues like these can be stressful, especially inside your own home, and we are here to make the restoration process as seamless as possible. For mold restoration services, call us at 631-296-0367 or contact us online for immediate assistance!
3 Ways to Control Moisture
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.
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) 296-0462 at anytime!
Speed is CRUCIAL when Disaster Strikes
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. If you have not already identified its location, be sure to locate your main water valve NOW so that you know where to go when disaster strikes. When you find its location, label it and tell everyone in your household where it is. When damage occurs, Once you shut down the water in your home by turning off the valve, call 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.
When disaster strikes, call the SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma experts at 631-296-0465.
Is My Home At Risk For Water Damage In The Winter?
With cold weather here, and here to stay for a while, it’s important to assess the risks associated with the weather and understand if your home is going to be at risk during this time. While a winter snowstorm might seem like the only time damage is possible, it couldn’t be farther from the truth. Here are a few things that might tell you if your home is at risk for damage.
Do You Have Foundation Issues?
It’s important to understand the structure of your home or business and if there are associated issues with the foundation or anything that provides a structural help to the home. Because moisture, snow and rain can get between the cracks, ice can form, freeze and then expand. This is how it can pose a huge risk to your home.
Roofing Issues Can Be Costly
Having a roof over your head is possibly everyone’s goal -- however, when it begins to let water into your home, things can appear bleak -- and cold! When the layer of ice melts and begins to let water into your home, not only are you at risk for more roofing damage, but you’re now dealing with moisture, mold, and a hefty repair bill. Make sure to inspect your roof annually and make a call for a repair as soon a there’s any noticeable change that occurs.
Are Your Windows Sealed?
It might seem trivial to think that your window seals could be causing moisture and water damage -- but it’s not that far fetched! As moisture gets between the window and the frame, it can quickly be brought into your home or business and sit on the window, walls, or even seep into other materials such as the carpet. To combat this from happening and attracting mold in your building, make sure your windows and doors are properly sealed and defending against excess moisture from creeping in. If not, invest in a dehumidifier which cuts down the moisture in the air and can safely protect you from any damage.
Experiencing damage from a winter storm can leave you out in the cold and your home or business full of damage. If you’ve fallen victim to the wrath of winter this year, make sure to partner yourself with a team that can make the situation right the first time. SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma has been assisting home and business owners recover from damage for years, and we’d love to help you! Contact us today and we’ll show you how we can make everything right again. 631-296-0463
For Immediate Service in Ronkonkoma, Call SERVPRO
SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Ronkonkoma. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.
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Whether your Suffolk County home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:
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There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Suffolk commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.
Protect your Home from Melting Snow and Ice
Even though snow has been scarce so far this winter, this past weekend tells us that winter is upon us. With temperatures fluctuating and dipping low, seeking shelter in a warm area becomes our quick direction. However, the effects of cold due to the weather is something that many home and business owners don’t think of until it’s too late. While the snow and ice might look pretty when it’s fresh, it can cause big problems once it begins to melt. Instead of running the risk of water damage this season, check out a few quick home remedies below.
Move Snow and Ice
When it snows, safely shoveling it away becomes an extremely necessary task, however, many homeowners fail to remove it from key areas. Your driveway, steps and sidewalk are important, but there are other places in which it should be removed from as well. If your home has a basement with windows, or a lot of grass surrounding the perimeter, it might also be a good idea to remove it from there. When the ice begins to melt, excess water can find its way into cracks and crevices, as well as cause flooding in areas you don’t want to see water.
If you haven’t had your roof looked at in a while, make sure you’re checking it out as soon as possible and before the snow comes again. Melting snow can result in leaks from your roof, which cannot only harm your home, but cost a pretty penny to fix. The best way to fix this is to remove snow from your roof if possible. Think about having your shingles inspected at least once per year.
A great way to battle ice anywhere is to use ice melt to eliminate it and also brush the water away from your home. While this might sound a bit far-fetched, it actually keeps water away from areas that can sustain damage and reduces the chance of water refreezing in high-traffic areas!
Should you find yourself in a situation in which you’ve sustained water damage this season, keep in mind that quick action is key. Addressing the problem early on is imperative, and the team at SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is ready to handle your water issues at any moment. To learn more, call us a call today at 631-296-0367!