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How Can Cold Weather Harm My House?

12/30/2021 (Permalink)

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.

Exterior Damage

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.

Water Leaks

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

12/30/2021 (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) 296-0462 at anytime!

Speed is CRUCIAL when Disaster Strikes

12/30/2021 (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. 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?

12/29/2021 (Permalink)

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

12/29/2021 (Permalink)

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.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 631-296-0367

Residential Services

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:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

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

12/29/2021 (Permalink)

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.

Roofing Inspections

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.

Ice Melt

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!

Signs Your Home Isn't Ready For Winter

12/29/2021 (Permalink)

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.

Look for

  • 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!

How Stagnant Ice Can Cause Water Damage

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

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.

Separation/Cracking

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.

Mold

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 be hazardous to breathe in, 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.

Water Damage

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) 296-0462 for rapid response and service!

Mistakes Made With Plumbing That Lead to Damage

12/28/2021 (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) 296-0465 for rapid response and service!

Fire Prevention During The Holidays

12/27/2021 (Permalink)

This holiday season, the last thing any homeowner wants to do is worry. When it comes to decorating your home, however, nothing is more unnerving than the thought of a house fire. As the Christmas tree becomes covered in lights, candles flicker on the table, and electrical outlets are stuffed full of plugs, the chances of a fire become much higher. Improper handling of these situations can lead to costly, and sometimes fatal incidents. To avoid this from happening, make sure you’re aware of some the fire hazards that come with the holidays.

Christmas Lights

We’ve all seen dazzling Christmas trees in the living room full of ornaments and twinkling lights, but we sometimes fail to see the danger in this practice. For one, a Christmas tree relies on water to stay alive, and failure to keep it alive will result in the tree drying out. Paired with hundreds of warm Christmas lights intertwined with the branches, this can become a recipe for disaster. To avoid this from happening, make sure you’re keeping your tree properly watered, and you’re investing in Christmas lights that do not give off heat when lit. It’s also important to periodically check that your tree is absorbing the water you’re putting in the base daily.

Lit Candles

While the pleasing aroma of a nice holiday candle can be nice, there’s always the risk that comes along with an open flame at home. Even if you’re certain it’s in the right spot, always consider different factors that may lead to disaster. Keep your candles in an open area with nothing above the flame, as well as away from anything else — including foot traffic. One piece of clothing or fabric is all it takes to ignite a fire that can cause serious damage to your home and to your guests!

Electric Outlets

Let’s face it, everyone loves looking at holiday lights and fixtures around and inside of your home, but the electrical drain can be massive. Consider how many different things you have plugged in at all times, and how much electricity is running through them. Instead of shoving everything into wall outlets, consider investing in a power strip with a surge protector. This way, you can safely keep your home lit for the holidays without worry.

BONUS:

In the colder months, we know keeping warm is important. Portable space heaters prove to be extremely dangerous, often causing a high percentage of home fires in the winter. If you must use these, make sure they are unplugged when not in use and there is no burning odor emitting from the fan or heating unit.

Should you be on the wrong end of a fire this holiday season, make sure your home is being taken care of and restored as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma has been providing emergency restoration services to homes and business for over 50 years. For 24/7 emergency service, make sure to keep our number handy and contact us with anything you might need! 

Tools to have on hand before a Storm

12/17/2021 (Permalink)

If your home or business is as important to you as ours is to us, we’re sure that you’d do almost anything to protect it during a storm. To do so, the right tools, materials, and most importantly time, are necessary to get the job done. If you’re planning on being prepared to protect your home from potential storm damage in your area, these are some of the most important things you need.

  • Wood Paneling. Available in large dimensions at your local hardware store, wood paneling and wood boards are extremely vital in order to protect small fixtures, windows, doors and more. This can prevent debris from coming into your home or flying around and causing damage.
  • If you lose power, you’re likely going to have a hard time keeping food fresh, using your appliances, and going about a daily routine. Having a backup generator with a bit of gas is usually the difference between a rough few days without power and a more comfortable post-storm experience.
  • Cutting Tools. It’s obviously not ideal to approach anything you’re not prepared to handle such as a downed power line, however there are steps you can take to clear the area safely. First check the area and ensue you’re not cutting where ther are any downed power lines.  If you are unsure, air on the side of caution.  If it is safe and you have a fallen branch or tree, grabbing your shears or chainsaw can help you fix some of the damage and keep it away from your home and family members within the home.
  • If for any reason you don’t have a generator, lighting is going to be important. Keeping spare candles and flashlights around are extremely important items to think about having at your disposal. Remember to always be extremely careful with open flames in your home!
  • If you know the power is going to go out, make sure to keep a spare bag or two of ice at home (or even create your own ice-packs). In the event your fridge’s temperature is rising too quickly, you can throw these frozen packs into the key areas to try and protect meat and dairy from spoiling quickly.

Last but not least, make sure that if you encounter any damage sustained by a passing storm, you’re making the call to a qualified company to help remediate the issue as soon as possible. While storms can be relentless in the initial damage they cause, the aftermath of their path of destruction can be far worse.

SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma has been helping local families and business 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 631-296-0367!

Why Choosing SERVPRO is Your Best Option!

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

Trust is something important to people -- and rightfully so! When it comes to you, your home, friends, family, and our pets, trust is something people look for when someone comes along and offers a product, service, or anything similar. That’s why when damage strikes your home or business, it’s important to choose someone that you can trust wholeheartedly. Here’s why SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is deserving of that trust.

Quality

Our team has SEEN just about everything life can throw at a building -- and because of that, we can FIX just about anything life throws at a building! Our team has been specially trained in countless areas that allow you to sit back and relax with less stress, knowing that we’re here to help you through every step of the remediation process, and we’ll do it right.

Tenure Counts!

Being around long enough to see a large variety of things happen and what they can do to a home, is worth a million! That experience is something unsurpassed when it comes to SERVPRO and we’ve got the time in, to prove that we’re up for any task. Our experience is not only top notch, but exactly what you’ll need when mitigating an issue is your priority

Care & Comfort

We know this is a difficult time for you -- and it’s important that the person you’re choosing is trustworthy and willing to go the extra mile when you need it. For us, there’s no place we’d rather be than helping you move past the incident and getting on with your lives -- and we’re sure you agree as well! 

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.

Protecting Your Home From Melting Snow & Ice

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

As we’re all aware, Winter has finally taken over as the dominant season across Long Island. With temperatures continuing to drop, seeking shelter in a warm area becomes far more desirable. However, adverse effects 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, 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.

Roofing Inspections

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. Melting snow can result in leaks from your roof, which can not 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, and have your shingles inspected at least once per year.

Ice Melt

A great way to battle ice anywhere is to use ice melt to eliminate it, and 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 timeliness 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, fill out our contact form or give us a call today at 631-296-0465 to learn more!

Choose us for mold remediation

12/9/2021 (Permalink)

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 631-296-0367

Top Causes For Winter Fires

12/8/2021 (Permalink)

During the winter, there’s always a push to stay as warm & cozy as possible — especially when the temperatures can reach below zero! But the efforts to keep your home or business warm can come at a price, and sometimes, that price can be very costly. As we turn heaters on and light our fireplaces, it’s important to be conscious of what can cause a fire, and how you can prevent them.

Avoid Space Heaters

We know that a centralized form of hot air can be soothing, especially when your little piggies are cold at night. The downside to these units is that they’re very easy to forget about, and if left on too long, can cause a fire. It’s important to make sure that if you MUST use these, they’re on a timer, and unplugged when not in use. Regularly checking the surrounding area for dust and flammable products is another way to prevent a devastating blaze.

Watch Your Outlets

Heated blankets, warming pads and space heaters are all ways to keep warm — and they’re also great ways to use a ton of energy. As your outlets draw more and more power, they can reach a point where they become overworked, which can cause a power surge and a fire. To battle this and prevent it from happening, limit the amount of appliances and electronics that you have plugged in during the day, and always use a surge protector.

Close the Stove

It’s common for many people to bake dinner, dessert, or a midday snack in the oven and use the heat for warmth. While it might seem like a good idea at first, it’s also extremely dangerous. Sure, that heat might be able to warm your surrounding areas, but it can also cause a fire should something uninvited make its way into the oven. In this case, it’s best to let the oven cool down on its own and turn up your thermostat a notch or two.

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, give us a call at 631-296-0463.

Ways to Prepare your Home for Cold Weather

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

On Long Island, there is no denying that the cold weather is here. This means we must make the changes that will lead to a safer home, business and family during the cold months.  We don’t want you to think it’s too late.  It’s never too late to take precautions prepare yourself for all situations and make sure your home is prepared for more inclement weather that is about to follow this weeks storm. SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma isn't just dedicated to helping you get back to normalcy after damage hits, we are dedicated to helping you prepare so that you aren't affected at all.  That said, here are some tricks to help so when the weather clears up this weekend, you can take some time to expedite that process.

Roofing and Gutters

It is imperative to check the roofing and gutters at your home or business, due to the fact that they are going to eventually take a lot of abuse, which may turn into damage. Make sure your gutters are free from leaves and debris, and shingles aren’t missing from your roof.  With more snow and rain combined with clogged gutters, there is now a potential to freeze as temperatures drop, a missing shingle or two can also prove to be pretty detrimental to your roofing and the interior of your home.

Floor-Level Windows

Before any precipitation and colder weather, make sure you’re keeping an eye on floor-level windows that usually lead into a basement or lower level. The seals, commonly found in Long Island basements, often take a bit of abuse as water can pool in these areas. Keep your home free from any big damage by making sure window seals aren’t cracked, dried out, disintegrating or even missing to ensure they are effectively holding up to any precipitation.

Check Your Heating

While this might not seem like a big deal, having your heating system inspected before the cold weather is important. This ALSO applies to those who have stored space heaters in closets and rooms since last season, as dust can get sucked into the filter and can cause a fire. It’s important to make sure that even when you’re trying to stay warm for the first few days after the cold hits the island, you’re doing so with precaution.

If you encounter damage due to the effects of cold weather, the most important thing to do is have it remedied before it becomes a larger issue and ultimately causing more damage and costing more money. SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is dedicated to helping you and your business get back on your feet ASAP. If you’ve experienced any type of damage due to the elements that fall 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 631-296-0465!

Common Damage You Might See

10/27/2021 (Permalink)

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.

Water Damage

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!

Mold

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.

Fires

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!

How Do You Restore Hurricane Damage?

10/21/2021 (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 keep abreast of Red Cross information, click here!

3 Things That Can Start A Fire In Your Home

10/20/2021 (Permalink)

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.

Oil

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?

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

retail clothing store picture 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

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

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:

Industry Leaders

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

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

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

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!

Boarding Windows

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.

Sealing Entryways

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.

Fire Safety

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

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

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.

Buy Sandbags

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!

Window Boarding

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

10/14/2021 (Permalink)

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

Storm Runoff

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.

Damaging Components

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!

10/12/2021 (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

The Most Common Fire Hazards In the Beginning of Fall

10/8/2021 (Permalink)

family icon with fire background These tips will help keep you and your family safe this Fall!

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 today!

Signs Your Business Has Sustained Fire Or Water Damage

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

As your business becomes busier, it’s sometimes hard to immediately identify when damage is occurring inside of your working space. However running a business requires more than just attention to the customer — your building cleanliness is also a huge factor! Below are a few tell-tale signs that your business has sustained some sort of damage — whether it be fire or water.

Fire

Most of the time, fire damage is easy to spot due to the sometimes unforgiving wrath it can have on buildings. However there are cases in which smaller damage can occur without you realizing. A great example being your employee coat closet, which just might have a hot lightbulb too close to the jackets being hung. Strong odors or damage to items close to light fixtures are telling signs that something in that area is at risk of burning, and can cause large destruction. Additionally, sparking or darkening walls near outlets are signs that something is happening behind the scenes, and should be addressed immediately.

Water

Water is much more common to see, and can be equally as destructive. If you’re noticing anything similar to discolored walls, ceiling tiles or an extremely humid atmosphere, water might be the culprit for this. What makes it difficult, however, is that water can be hard to trace back to the source. Additionally, your business can suffer from mold damage, and a rotten smell that can go along with mold damage. Should you feel as if this is a problem in your business, it’s important to act fast before it becomes a larger issue.

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

10/5/2021 (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

How SERVPRO Can Help Keep Your Doors Open

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

The holiday season on Long Island is typically a great time for businesses and business owners alike. Families come together to eat at restaurants, parents go shopping for gifts, and everyone can enjoy the atmosphere of togetherness. However, this season can also lead to a number of issues that can be detrimental to both business growth and profitability — which nobody wants. Here are a few things to look out for this season and how SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma can help, should they happen. 

Water Damage

The absolute last thing your business needs is water damage due to a cracked pipe. Freezing temperatures and stagnant water can cause pipes to burst, which in turn causes expensive damage. Should you find yourself experiencing any out of the ordinary water spots, make sure to have them inspected, as well as remediated as soon as possible!

Mold

Whether you’re a retail chain or a restaurant, mold can be the worst thing that can happen to a business. As a living organism, mold thrives in poor conditions and can spread rapidly, affecting everything in its path. Should you experience mold, make sure to give us a call and we’ll send out a team to get rid of this issue, and get your commercial business back up and running swiftly and effectively!

Fire Damage 

If you’ve read our previous blog as to the dangers of fires during the holidays, you know this doesn’t just apply to residential homes. As devastating as a fire can be at your business, it’s important to bring things back to normal, as soon as possible. At SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, we make sure to take care of both your business’s appearance, as well any safety concerns throughout the remediation process.

SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma has been helping all types of commercial businesses get back on their feet after damage, for over three decades. When something goes wrong, you’re going to need a company who can make it right. To learn more about how we can bring the holiday cheer and assist in your time of need, give us a call today! 631-585-0007

Commercial Solutions: How To Recover From Damage

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

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.

Breathe

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

9/1/2021 (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

SERVPRO is With You!

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

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.

Specialized Training

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
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

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

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

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.

Water Damage

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

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.

Fires

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

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

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.

Insulate Pipes

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!

Protecting Your Business From Winter Storms

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

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.

Backup Generator

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!

Smoke Alarm Types - Power Systems

12/20/2020 (Permalink)

The three main types of residential smoke alarms are as follows:

Conventional Batteries:

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!

12/19/2020 (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, 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!

SERVPRO ERPs - What Are They?

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

It’s important that as a tax-paying adult, you’re prepared for anything that comes your way and threatens your home or business. On Long Island, we’ve unfortunately seen a lot of the wrath that can be placed upon our island from both tropical storms, winter blizzards and everything in between. To us, we’re one big community and our commitment to you remains unsurpassed. It’s because of this that we’ve developed an Emergency Ready Profile that is custom tailored to you and your home/business - free of charge!

What is The Profile?

An Emergency Ready Profile is a uniquely tailored plan that we prepare for your building which allows you to prepare for the worst, before it happens. Our team at SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma provides a no-cost assessment of your property and facility, giving recommendations that will help you in the event of an emergency. This includes a guide that helps you understand what to do, and how you can get back to normal quicker. 

How Can It Help?

Oftentimes the result that comes from damage can place immense stress on the owner of the property, and anyone living in or near it. This plan allows you to understand not only how you can recover quicker, but also aid in the process to mitigate issues, and prevent further ones from happening. This can include locations for shut off valves, key things to look for and who to call in the event an emergency occurs. Additionally, you’ll be greeted by a professional and seasoned member of the SERVPRO team, establishing the trust and expertise you’ll come to expect, if and when you sustain damage.

If you’re interested in learning more about how we can help you with an Emergency Ready Profile, SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma would love to speak with you and help provide one – as a free gift from us! We have been providing emergency restoration services to homes and businesses for over 50 years. For 24/7 emergency service, make sure to keep our number handy and contact us at 631-318-6329, with anything you might need! 

SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma Helps Decorate Christmas Tree

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

Happy Holidays to All!

Every holiday season SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma helps the Ronkonkoma Chamber of Commerce setup and decorate the Christmas Tree and Menorah for the community. Although the ceremony wasn't able to take place this year, the tree and menorah are available for all to enjoy at Raynor Beach County Park. Raynor Beach has athletic fields, a playground area, a pavilion with comfort stations, a beach area and a covered stage. It's a great place to go with the family and enjoy the outdoors.  

SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma team members are proud to participate in many community related and philanthropic activities.  SERVPRO has a national footprint and enormous resources, but is composed of locally owned franchises that have their hands on the pulse of the communities they serve.

3 Ways Water Causes Damage

12/14/2020 (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.

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. 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! 631-296-0463

Don't Let Leaks Ruin Your Holiday Season

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

Holidays are right around the corner, and nothing brings everyone together like a cozy home with great company, food and relaxation. However, a fun holiday can quickly become a disaster if water gets in the way. What might seem like a small issue now can actually hurt your home and business down the line, with sometimes irreversible damage. Below are a few things to keep in mind when you notice a leak in your home or business.  

Mold Spreads Fast

Simply put, water damage can’t be ignored, even for a short period of time. When moisture spreads through any medium, mold is bound to pop up which can hinder a happy home or business at anytime. Not only can a foul odor present itself, but much work has to be done in order to get rid of it. Additionally, the last thing anyone wants to do is associate with a place known for mold.

Renovations Are Necessary

If there’s a leak that’s been left without repair for an extended period of time, the simple remedies sometimes just don’t work. Instead of replacing the source of the leak, gutting may become necessary based on the total amount of damage caused by the water. What began as a mild inconvenience is now a very large project — but it doesn’t have to be that way!

What Can I Do?

Regardless of the type of leak or damage, you must act fast on all fronts to ensure that everything remains the way it should. With SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, our on-call team is ready to assist you immediately with anything you might be experiencing at home or at your business. If water damage has taken over and is threatening your enjoyment of the holidays, make sure to have it taken care of before it’s too late.

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 or mold restoration services, call 631-296-0463 or contact us online for immediate assistance!

Tips to Cook Safely During the Holiday Season

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

We are entering into the 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!

Why Choose Us For Mold Damage

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Mold in house sheetrock Mold can cause health effects

Flooding can occur from various sources, including melting snow. As if that isn't already bad enough, there is always the lingering threat of mold damage as a result of the flooding. The SERVPRO Disaster Relief team stands ready to help during floods, storms, or any other severe weather event, 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 effects 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!

What Happens If A Storm Damages My Home?

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

An all too common occurrence for homeowners during a storm is the fear of damage in places where it’s expensive to fix. One of the biggest fears is the reality of a tree crashing through the roof of your home and not being able to prevent it. While storm damage can be devastating, it’s important to understand the steps you can take to fix the situation quickly, should you fall victim to its wrath.

Move Belongings

After checking that everyone is ok, it’s important to examine the house. Depending on the area, you might have expensive and delicate items near the spot of sustained damage. It’s important (if safe) to move them out of the way of any other danger and away from the area where the storm can cause more destruction.

Cover What You Can

If this storm also contains rain, it’s important to make sure that water damage doesn’t also become a huge factor. One way to do this, is to make sure you’re covering any areas that are exposed to the elements.  Water seeping in from these open areas can cause expensive and unwanted water damage inside your home.

Call Someone To Help

It’s important to understand that during these times, there will be people who are on your side and willing to help. A professional remediation company is there to help you during your time of need, getting your home back up and running as soon as possible. To make sure you’re getting the best service on your home, research your best options and select someone who can help the most.

Should you find yourself in a situation in which you’ve sustained storm damage, keep in mind that timeliness is key. Addressing the problem early on is imperative, and the team at SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is ready to handle your home’s issues at any moment. To learn more, fill out our contact form or give us a call today at 631-585-0007

What To Expect During Water Damage

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Whether you’re a home or business owner, there’s a huge importance in preventing damage before it occurs. During the months where higher precipitation is evident, water damage becomes even more likely than before and that same damage can be devastating. If you’re one of the many who are on the wrong side of water damage this season, see below and make sure you know what to expect starting from initial discovery, to making your call to us regarding remediation.

Detecting Smells

Water damage can oftentimes come with a foul odor that penetrates the airways in which it’s present. With sediment in the water and the eventual possibility of mold, you’re bound to smell something out of the ordinary when you’re faced with water damage.

Noticing Water Spots

Noticing water is also extremely common as soon as it begins entering your home or business. Water that seeps in will typically alter the color of your wall, ceiling, flooring or fixtures. This is due to stagnant and accumulating water beginning to penetrate wood, plaster, paint, carpet and more.

Seeing Bugs

As much as we hate them, many bugs love moisture and they’ll go to wherever they can to find it. If you start seeing centipedes, cave crickets, spiders or other unique looking bugs in your home or business, take this as a red flag that something’s wrong. Begin to look around, as moisture is likely getting into your home or business, infiltrating the air and other spaces.

While this all seems less than favorable, it can be handled as soon as possible when you choose the right company to help you. SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma has been dealing with water damage for years and is always available to help you with emergency water damage situations. To learn more, give us a call at (631) 296-0367 and someone will be happy to assist you at any time of the day or night.

Giving Thanks To Your Home

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

With the holidays upon us for another year, we may be thinking ahead to next years festivities (It’s never too early, right?!?). Besides giving gifts to family members and friends, remember, the house should also receive a few gifts itself, if you haven’t done so already.  By focusing on keeping up with maintenance on specific parts of the home, we can make sure our house lasts for decades to come. To reduce the amount of home damage and water damage our house receives, consider the following tips for having the house prepped for potential disaster.

Prep Exterior of Building

There are new innovations practically every year aimed at improving the durability of the exterior of the home. These can reduce the risk of developing home damage that occurs either due to extreme temperatures, storms or even tornadoes. Windows can also be put into place that offer better protection against shattering. This helps battle against water and storm damage which can creep into your home.

Tools You Should Have

If you are attempting to handle these disaster prep construction projects on your own, then it's prudent to know what tools you're going to need and how to properly use them. While these tools can help you prepare for damage that can occur due to inclement weather, it’s usually best to let someone handle anything that is considered to be minor to major repairs.

The Number of Someone Who Can Help

Speaking of professionals, for those who really want to ensure that their home is safe from water damage and future home damage, having a professional do their job is the best bet. At SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, we have extensive experience with damage remediation of all sizes, and can help your home or business in their time of need.

SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is dedicated to helping you enjoy your life quicker, without hassle. If you’ve experienced any type of damage due to the elements that summer brings, make sure to call us to learn more about how we can can assist when it matters most. Give us a call today at 631-296-0464!

What Can Be Restored After a Storm?

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

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When a disaster strikes, it is important to react quickly and effectively to limit damage. Our job is to clean up the mess. You can help by calling us quickly and taking the following steps: 

Things You Can Try

  • If it is being caused by a leaking pipe, the FIRST thing you should do is shut down the main water valve in your home to limit damage!
  • You can start with the obvious mopping and blotting techniques if this is applicable.
  • Try to wipe as much moisture as you can from any wooden furniture so that it doesn’t seep into the wood fibers.
  • Place aluminum foil or some kind of water resistant barrier between wet carpeting and your furniture.
  • Move expensive items out of harm's way.
  • Remove area rugs and hang them outside to dry.

Call in the Professionals

When water damage gets serious, there is really only one team to call-- SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma! Our team is highly qualified and trained in water restoration techniques and we LOVE helping people. Our team is currently in Florida lending a hand with relief efforts and this is the very reason why we love what we do. We help real people like you every single day!

  • We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • We provide 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • We are a Trusted Leader in the Water Restoration Industry
  • We are Locally Owned and Operated
  • We are apart of the larger SERVPRO family, which means we have access to the best equipment and technology in the business.

Every water restoration situation is unique and we treat them that way. Our experts will come in, assess your damage, take the proper remediation steps to limit damage and then work hand in hand with your insurance company to restore your home to what it was before. We are here for you in these very stressful times and we are only a phone call away!

To schedule water restoration services, call 631-296-0465 or contact us online for fast and easy scheduling.

How SERVPRO Can Help Prevent Mold

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage & Mold Mold remediation requires trained experts

As winter makes its permanent descent on Long Island, the harsh reality of the effects it can have on your home become more 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 year round and we’ve got a few of the main sources and causes below!

Moisture Attracts Mold

As you’re probably aware, mold is fueled by moisture, and when it’s in your home it can cause big problems. If you’re encountering 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’s even easier, 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 finding it too. 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. Too much humidity in your home, however, 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 sized 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 631-296-0462 or contact us online for immediate assistance!

What You Can Do After Fire Damage

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage is accompanied by water damage as well. Image of burnt home. 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!

Here are a few tips that will assist you in taking the proper action until the team at SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is able to assist you

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Here is an image of the source of loss for this particular home. A faulty electrical panel had caught fire Here is an image of the source of loss for this particular home. A faulty electrical panel had caught fire causing extensive damage to the home.

What To Do After a Fire:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash household plants on both sides of leaves
  • Change HVAC filter
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.
  • If the weather looks like it will remain dry you can open windows to ventilate your property and aid drying.
  • If you smell gas even in weak concentrations, leave the property immediately and contact the gas provider's emergency notification number. In the case of propane, close the supply valves on the tank(s) and have it professionally checked prior to usage.
  • Avoid contact with all live electrical circuits
  • Advise your insurance company of both your loss and your desire for urgent remediation. 

The SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma Emergency Response team is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help you regain control of your property loss quickly.

Have A Fire or Smoke Damage Emergency? Call 631-585-0007

SERVPRO - "Like it never even happened."

We'll Keep Your Restaurant Doors Open!

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restores fire damage in a restaurant We will have you cooking again in no time!

If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen. You know how the old adage goes, but what if that heat leads to a fire? This reality hits thousands of restaurant owners every year and if the damage is substantial, it can leave your business in jeopardy. Here is how SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma can help:

24-Hour Emergency Service

Whether the incident happens during business hours or not does not matter! We work around the clock to make sure you are in the right hands when disaster strikes. We have seen electrical and grease fires in restaurants before and we have a proven plan in place to get your business restored as soon as possible. We hope that your damage is minimal, bot don’t you worry, we can handle a fire of any size!

Restore vs Replace Mentality

We try to minimize costs as much as possible and we do so with our restore vs. replace mentality. We have the licenses, certifications and experience to restore damaged flooring, drywall and furniture rather than replacing it. This cuts costs dramatically and it makes it "Like it never even happened."

We Care About Your Business

We are business owners ourselves, so we know how nerve-wracking it must be to have your doors closed. We promise to get you feeding hungry customers again in no time and we are confident that we are the right team for the job.

If you want to learn more about our Fire Damage Restoration Process, you can find more information on our website!

To schedule fire restoration services for a business or home, call 631-296-0464 or fill out the form on our page.

How Do You Restore Hurricane Damage?

10/2/2020 (Permalink)

hurricane warning sign The busiest hurricane season since 2005

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, 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 work diligently 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. We have had restoration success after countless catastrophic events. We are here for you today and will be here for you tomorrow.

Is Your Home Prepared For A Storm?

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is ready to assist you with all storm mitigation issues Storm Damage on Long Island is Not Unusual!

Owning your own home comes with a ton of benefits, such as your own private space for relaxation, being able to decorate to your liking, and many more! However, there are also some drawbacks to owning a home and sometimes this is the reality that your home may sustain damage due to factors outside of your control. With storm season upon us on Long Island’s coast, we want to make sure that your home is prepared for a storm and help you get ready for anything that might come our way this year.

Keep Spare Wood Boards

The last thing anyone needs in their home is broken glass - and when a storm comes through, windows are an easy target for damage. Instead of having you worry about shard of glass on your floor, keep a few wooden boards in the garage or on the side of the house. If notice of a bad storm rolls in, secure it outside against the larger windows to prevent foreign objects from breaking the glass. Of course, you can always nail it into the siding for extra reinforcement, should the storm prediction anticipate stronger winds.

Grab Extra Gas For Your Generator

The last thing we want to see is you throwing out all of your food because the power went out and everything spoiled before it could be cooked. Instead of risking losing your weekly grocery store haul, grab extra gas from the gas station a few days before the storm and keep it by your side! This will help power your generator and keep your major appliances running for a few extra days until the power is restored.

Know You Can Call Someone

The best thing to have by your side before a storm is someone who can be at the ready and help your home immediately after. Unfortunately, we’ve all seen the damage that can occur due to storms like Hurricane Sandy, but that’s one of the best reasons to have someone like us on speed dial. When disaster strikes, our mission is to get you and your home back up and running quickly, alleviating stress and discomfort felt by nature.

When a storm is barreling toward Long Island, 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 damage, and your case is no different. To receive assistance with water, fire or storm damage, give us a call at 631-585-0007!

Business Space Damage You May Sustain

9/30/2020 (Permalink)

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When you first think about a fire or flooding problem, you may not immediately associate it with a business. However, they're just as susceptible to smoke damage and water damage as any home. One bad pipe might be all it takes to flood a bathroom and shut down the building for a day or two. This can greatly impact the profits of that business and cause quite a bit of stress for the owner. To find out what else may plague a business space and how to combat it, we’ve compiled a short list below.

Flooding

As mentioned before, one old pipe might be all it takes for a sudden flood to occur in a bathroom, the building's basement or main space. Depending on just how bad the flooding is, that business might not be open for a good deal of time. After all, if this is you, you'll have to deal with all of the water damage the building sustained due to the flooding. This can be quite a headache for any business owner to deal with and can severely affect profitability.

Mold Growth

Whether, as a result of that flooding or, just because the building has a lot of moisture in the air, it might see a bit of mold growth. This can be considered a health hazard and could have the business shut down until it is removed. Business owners should make the call to SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma to make sure that mold is taken care of quickly and effectively before the issue turns into a severe problem.

Fire

As seasons change, buildings can sometimes be more susceptible to fire breakouts than at other times. A furnace that hasn't been fine-tuned in awhile might cause a spark to form. If it's especially dry in the building, that spark could catch and before you know it, the building could be on fire. Hopefully, there's still enough of the building leftover for a restoration to take place.

If you find yourself experiencing 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 any type of damage, get in contact with us today!

Hurricane Season

9/29/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is ready to assist you with all storm mitigation issues Hurricane Season

The Busiest Hurricane Season since 2005

The official hurricane season is still in effect until November 30. SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is ready to assist on all aspects of post-storm mitigation. Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage, and SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma also has a full compliment of large commercial generators to provide power in the event of a loss. 

SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

For Immediate Commercial Service in Suffolk, Call SERVPRO

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Suffolk County. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Commercial Services

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. Learn more about our commercial services

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

four people two in servpro shirts looking under kitchen sink at water damage Don't panic ! SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma will come to your home at anytime

SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 631-585-0007

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma

SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

tall glass commerical building No matter the size of the job SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is here for you

Flooding and water damage events in Suffolk County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma

SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

When Storms or Floods hits Ronkonkoma , SERVPRO is ready!

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hits Suffolk County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 631-585-0007

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 631-585-0007

From Water to Fire SERVPRO does it all

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

We always come prepared! Give us a ring to see how we can help.

As the cleanup pros, we offer 5 areas of restoration services for #fire damages: Mitigation, Structural Cleaning, Contents Cleaning, Specialty Restoration, Reconstruction. Give us a call to see how we can help!

Keep not only your business safe but your home too!

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

Hard at work! Sweeping. Check out our team!

Check out our team doing what we do best ! YOU are our main priority. Not only do we sanitize businesses but we will also come to your home too. Keep an eye out for more photos to come!

Why our Expertise Shines Bright!

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

Something goes wrong, and your first reaction might be to panic -- and we understand that! We’ve been around to see the worst of the worst, at both homes and businesses across Long Island; but there’s one thing we will always be in lieu of that -- there for you. Below are just a few reasons why SERVPRO’s service shines bright above the rest, and how we can help you in your time of need.

Tenure

For decades, our team has meticulously and expertly worked toward creating a better life for those affected by all types of residential and commercial damage. It’s our overarching experience that provides us with the confidence in working on your home or business because simply put, we’ve been there before, and we know what needs to be done to get it corrected the first time around.

Team

When a professional enters your home, your expectations become a bit higher -- and for good reason! You’re expecting someone to come in, know what to do, and fix it. When a SERVPRO employee is appointed to work on your home, that’s exactly what you receive. Not just because it’s our job, but our team genuinely wants to help, you see in one way or another, we’ve been there before, and we know the hardship it causes. Trusting us with your family or business is what we strive for.

Long Term Recognition

There’s a reason people know the name SERVPRO. It’s not just because our colors are flashy or the logo is great -- it’s because our customers become customers for life, refer their friends and family, and broaden the network of people who trust us with their issues. We never wish the worst on your home or business -- but if mother nature gets the best of it, we sure want to be the ones you can call and count on to make things right again. 

If you’re a home or business owner who is in need of service, support or mitigation this winter, call SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma -- we have been providing emergency restoration services to homes and businesses for over 50 years. For 24/7 emergency service, make sure to keep our number handy and contact us at 631-585-0007 - with anything you might need!

Winter Storm Watch: Preparation You Can Take

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

white residential home with snow covering the roof and gutters snow on top of roof and gutters at residential home

At home, winter storms can take a toll on not only your home, but you as well! Hours upon hours spent shoveling, de-icing, and protecting your cars, roofing and other items adds up to one giant lengthy homeowners maintenance list.  While storms are hopefully few and far between, there’s always the inevitable -- which means there should always be a plan in place! Below are a few things to add to your list of things to do or compile at home to prepare yourself for a winter storm this season.

Rock Salt

It’s important to have something that can melt ice when temperatures drop. The last way you want to start your morning is on your back because the stairs were icy and you lost your footing. Keeping a small container nearby to place near your entryway is a great idea and can save you from injury and potential buildup of ice in areas where it shouldn’t be.

Generators

Winter storms are deceiving and what looks like a white wonderland one minute can cause power outages and spoiled meats rather quickly afterwards. Try to consider keeping a generator handy and nearby when a storm is expected to hit your area. Enjoying the cold outdoors isn’t as fun when your home is just as cold!

Special Tools

For those in an area where snow can hit hard, it might make a bit more sense to have something built to handle the onslaught of precipitation and freezing temperatures. Roofline snow removers and special shovels are great items to have nearby when snow hits. Additionally, make sure that you’ve inspected your gutters before the storm, to rid them of any debris that may otherwise cause clogging, pooling of water, which can also lead to freezing, cracking, and flooding once it’s thawed out. 

Don’t let potential damage from a winter storm leave you out in the cold and your home/business struggling to recover. 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. 631-585-0007

Plumbing Mistakes that can lead to Water Damage

1/21/2020 (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 would venture to say it’s not a good idea.  Some of the smallest ‘fixes’ have the potential to lead to big problems, which can lead to extensive and expensive water damage. Make sure you’re not making any of the 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.

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 on a  project on yourself, 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.

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 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!

What to Expect when you experience water damag

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

Whether you’re a home or business owner, there’s a huge importance in focusing on preventing damage before it occurs. During the months where higher precipitation is occurring, water damage becomes even more likely than before and that same damage can be devastating. If you’re one of the many who are on the wrong side of water damage this season, we invite you to keep reading to make sure you have some thoughts on what to expect; starting from initial discovery to making your call to us regarding remediation.

Detecting Smells

Water damage can oftentimes come with a foul odor that penetrates the airways in which it’s present. With sediment in the water and the eventual possibility of mold, you’re bound to smell something out of the ordinary when you’re faced with water damage.  If you do, take action and call.

Noticing Water Spots

Noticing water is also extremely common as soon as it begins entering your home or business. Water that seeps in will typically alter the color of your wall, ceiling, flooring or fixtures. This is due to stagnant and accumulating water beginning to penetrate wood, plaster, paint, carpet and more.  If you see paint bubbling or discoloration, take action and call.

Seeing Bugs

As much as we hate them, many bugs love moisture and they’ll go to wherever they can to find it. If you start seeing centipedes, cave crickets, spiders or other unique looking bugs in your home or business, take this as a red flag that something’s wrong. Begin to look around, as moisture is likely getting into your home or business, infiltrating the air and other spaces.

While this all seems less than favorable, it can be handled as soon as possible when you choose the right company to help you. SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma has been dealing with water damage for years and is always available to help you with emergency water damage situations. 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.

Halloween Decorations & Fire Hazards

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

Candles Lit On A Table For Halloween Dangerous Open Flame Candles On A Table Causing Fire Hazard

Halloween is one of the best times per year. Candy running amok, funny and creative costumes and of course, fall weather! But the decorations at your home are sometimes a bit on the dangerous side so it’s important to know when to take a step back and figure out if you’re posing a fire risk in the name of pumpkins and candy corn.

Lights & Webs

Hanging fake spider webs is great because it looks scary, and really sets the tone. Of course, all of the spiders you’ve shoo’ed out of your home will now be asking themselves why they weren’t able to hang out if you were just going to put up webs anyway -- but that’s a subject for another blog. Hanging these webs near light fixtures or near string lights with heat emitting bulbs can cause fires to start -- which can quickly melt that bowl of regular size candy on your stoop.

Wires

Similar to the lights above, tripping and falling on wires isn’t fun -- but it’s important that they’re somewhere on the lawn to power the inflatable ghosts, right? While we would love for you to have fun, make sure that all extension cords and wires are free and away from sharp objects, have no frayed or exposed wiring and are taped down safely, if they cross a walkway.

Candles

Lighting a jack o’ lantern is fun -- almost as fun as cutting it up to make a scary face! However, the idea of a long-standing open flame can be an issue. You might be thinking that pumpkins are burn resistant – however, everyone knows someone who’s left a pie in the oven for too long; they can definitely burn! Make sure you’re keeping that candle away from anything else flammable and it’s in a safe area, as well as being put out before you head in for the night.   Better yet, invest in a battery-operated light from a dollar store. They’re perfect for this haunting job…

There are sometimes emergency situations that cannot be avoided, even with proper care. If your home or business is victim to a Halloween damage fiasco 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.

Fall Fires And What You Can Do

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

burning leaves, flames and smoke Fire Found In Home Due To Improper Prep & Prevention

With the fall season comes change and new beginnings. This Autumn, make sure you are caught up with your knowledge on fire safety and the risks our different fall activities can pose. Change your habits and know what to do for each situation! 

Campfires

Fall is one of the more popular seasons for this outdoor activity. While you’re enjoying your s’mores and the warmth of the fire, keep in mind some safety tips. Keep the bonfire in an open location with all flammable objects at a safe distance.  Make sure the fire is controlled and that you don’t stand too close to it. Keep an eye on pets and children too! 

Halloween Decorations

With Halloween right around the corner, we are seeing more and more houses decorated for the occasion. However, there are some fire risks from these spooky decorations. Try to use a flashlight or fake candle for your jack-o-lanterns. Also, make sure your decorative lights are working properly and have no broken pieces or loose wiring. 

Fireplace

You are probably going to start using your fireplace more often, now that it’s getting colder outside! Make sure your chimney is up to date on cleanings. They should be inspected and cleaned every year! Never leave the fire unattended and use a fireplace screen to keep any fire debris from getting into your home. It’s important that you also avoid using lighter fluids to light the fire, since they can be extremely dangerous to use inside the house. 

Should you encounter fire 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) 585-0007 at anytime of the day or night!

Commercial Solutions: How To Recover From Damage

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

Collapsed Roof At Commercial Building Commercial Building With Roof Damage From Natural Disaster

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.

Breathe

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 631-585-0007 for rapid response and service.

Hurricane Prep At Your Business

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

Lost business time = lost profits -- and nobody wants that to be their reality. Of course, during hurricane season, the weather often has other plans and there isn’t much to be done that can prevent it from hitting your area. However, what you can do is prepare for damage as best as you can and make sure it is as little as possible. With your business in mind, here are a few preparation tips to consider this season! 

Protect Product

Are you a storefront that relies solely on the sale of tangible goods? When a hurricane is looming, it’s important to keep that product away from windows and protected from the storm incoming.  It is important to keep your business protected beyond the storm, as well, considering the possibility of any looting. I’m sure these thoughts are sending your thoughts spinning and you are realizing that there are many factors that go into the planning.  That’s good, we want you to be prepared because it’s important to make sure you’re covered, and your products don’t suffer a poor fate. 

Board Up

As stated before, damage can occur anywhere and it’s imperative that you protect your area from damage at all costs. Sandbags at your entryways and wood on the windows is a great way to prevent objects and moisture from getting in, as well as from anything else the storm may throw at you. This small investment is a key factor in making sure you’re covered for whatever might get hurled your way.  Punn intended….

A Team To Help

When the storm passes and you’re left with damage of any size, it’s critical to have a team at the ready to help you when you need it most. Employing a damage mitigation team such as ours provides you with everything you need to make sure you’re back on your feet and operating as soon as possible! 

A hurricane cannot be avoided; We are subject to the way the wind blows…. If your home or business has experienced the wrath of a hurricane, 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!

How Much Will Remediation Cost and How Long Will it Take?

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

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) 585-0007 at anytime of the day or night!

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

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!

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!

How Can I Stop Mold From Growing

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

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, so below we have listed a few tricks for you to keep up your sleeve in the event you see any signs of mold…

Turn Up The Heat!

As stated, mold thrives off of moisture so the more that’s in your home, the easier it will be for the mold to continue to grow. To combat this from happening, make sure that there is an ample amount of heat in your home and you’re watching the humidity levels. During the winter, we have to ensure we add moisture to our environment with humidifiers, try to find a humidifier that monitors the humidity in your home.  On the flip side, if you have those dark, cold and damp areas in your home, a cheap dehumidifier is a great option for your home if the mold is secluded to one area.

Promote Solid Ventilation

Stagnant moisture has to go somewhere for the mold to go away, therefore, promoting ventilation is a great place to start. Opening your windows and turning on fans is a perfect solution in getting the air moving outward and away from the mold growth. This way, you can make room for dry air which will help kill some of the mold 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, thereby 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

Mold Danger After a Storm!

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Mold can be dangerous if it isn't dealt with right away!

Flooding after storms like Hurricane’s Florence, Michael 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 extremely 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!

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

BBQ Safety Tips To Follow This Summer

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

With nice weather and summer holidays finally approaching, it’s no secret that many people will be spending their weekends and days off outside. In addition to opening up the pool and walking on the beach, BBQ’s are also going to become one of the more popular activities at homes and even businesses across the island. But, a nice grill session can turn into a devastating, even deadly fire in a matter of minutes -- which is why safety should also be a top priority during this time! To ensure you’re well prepared for a potential BBQ disaster this season, we’ve compiled a few tips and guidelines to follow.

Know Your Grill’s Safety Zone

Firing up the grill, for many, is a great experience that allows you to bring out your inner chef, while also catering to guests of your party. But far more goes into the process of cooking than just flipping a few burgers. For starters, make sure your grill isn’t positioned anywhere near your home, on a dead patch of grass, or under low-hanging trees. Regardless of what kind of grill you’re using, one spark or flame too close to another object is all it takes to start a fire. For good measure, keep your grills on cement fixtures or away from anything flammable

Keep Fire Extinguishers Nearby

Whether or not this is the first time you’re using the grill this season, make sure it’s still in operable shape for a cookout. Thoroughly clean the grates and inspect the gas line for leaks. Should a fire start from faulty lines or too much grease, you’ll need something to help extinguish the issue. A small fire extinguisher is always great to keep nearby, and can suppress an issue before it becomes unmanageable and damaging -- just make sure your fire extinguisher is appropriately rated for this particular situation.

Of course, there are always circumstances that you’re either not prepared for, or not fit to handle on your own. If you do happen to experience an issue in which your home is sustaining fire damage, immediately call your local fire department to have them take control ASAP.  

SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma has been helping the Long Island community get back on their feet after fire damage for years. 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

Preventing Spring Shower Disasters

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

While we know April showers bring May flowers, it’s also apparent that April showers bring water damage to homes — which as we know, nobody wants. In an effort to make sure that this water doesn’t damage your home, it’s important to do what you can to prevent it. Below are a few ways you can prevent a spring shower disaster at home and avoid water damage.

Check Your Roofing!

One of the first things to do when you notice a ton of rain is to check the first place it hits --your roof! If you’ve got old or worn out shingles from the winter, they might be giving way to rain which can lead to water damage. Make sure to have this checked (and especially near your chimney) before anything to ensure no damage occurs.

Your Foundation Matters

An older house can sustain cracks in the foundation or sinking ground, which can also lead to pooling and damaging water. To prevent sustaining water damage from any of these, make sure you’re checking your home for signs such as puddles, leaks, moisture on the walls, windows and more.

Sealing Your Home

As rain pours onto your home, moisture can get into your home which can cause water damage and even mold growth. If you’re experiencing this in your own home, it might be a good idea to re-caulk windows and door seals before it becomes a costly issue. Unfortunately, water is usually unforgiving and shows no mercy once it’s entered your home.

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!

DIY Ways to Battle Mold

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold in your home is one of the worst things to encounter. It smells bad, it doesn’t look great at all, and it can penetrate almost any surface requiring a replacement. What most people fail to understand is that moisture levels in your home play a huge role in the suppression of mold growth, and eliminating moisture can help kill mold. Below are a few ways you can eliminate mold in your home without breaking the bank.

Turn Up The Heat

As mentioned before, mold thrives in moist climates — so to get rid of mold, get rid of the moisture! If you can, turn the heat up in the room where you’re seeing a bit of mold and try to eliminate the area conducive to mold growth. For added benefit, add a dehumidifier into the room which will surely suck any extra moisture out of the air. This is a great way to eliminate a thriving mold environment

BONUS: Have any cave crickets in your home? They thrive in the same climate! This same tactic will help get rid of those nasty insects as well.

Move Firewood

Are you using firewood to keep warm in the winter? What about recently cut trees? If this is something you’ve done in the past and you’re keeping it near your home, mold might be growing because of this! Freshly cut trees emit a ton of moisture after they’re cut down, and this is food for mold spores.

Check Your Fixtures

Have you ever wondered why there’s moisture on the windows in your home? This might be due to poorly caulked and sealed areas. As this moisture makes its way into your home, the stagnant nature of it can cause mold to begin growing. If not caught early, it can spread into nearby walls and behind fixtures, causing extensive damage.

SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is a locally owned and operated business with the team and resources to handle a mold 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 631-585-0007 or contact us online for immediate assistance!

Don't Let Leaks Ruin Your Thanksgiving

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Holidays are right around the corner, and nothing brings everyone together like a cozy home with great company, food and relaxation. However, a fun holiday can quickly become a disaster if water gets in the way. What might seem like a small issue now can actually hurt your home and business down the line, with sometimes irreversible damage. Below are a few things to keep in mind when you notice a leak in your home or business.  

Mold Spreads Fast

Simply put, water damage can’t be ignored, even for a short period of time. When moisture spreads through any medium, mold is bound to pop up which can hinder a happy home or business at anytime. Not only can a foul odor present itself, but much work has to be done in order to get rid of it. Additionally, the last thing anyone wants to do is associate with a place known for mold.

Renovations Are Necessary

If there’s a leak that’s been left without repair for an extended period of time, the simple remedies sometimes just don’t work. Instead of replacing the source of the leak, gutting may become necessary based on the total amount of damage caused by the water. What began as a mild inconvenience is now a very large project — but it doesn’t have to be that way!

What Can I Do?

Regardless of the type of leak or damage, you must act fast on all fronts to ensure that everything remains the way it should. With SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, our on-call team is ready to assist you immediately with anything you might be experiencing at home or at your business. If water damage has taken over and is threatening your enjoyment of the holidays, make sure to have it taken care of before it’s too late.

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 or mold restoration services, call 631-585-0007 or contact us online for immediate assistance!

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