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Mold Danger After a Storm!

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Danger After a Storm! 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

How Do You Restore Hurricane Damage?

12/2/2018 (Permalink)

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

Safety Always Comes First

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

A Dedicated Work Force

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

A History of Success

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

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

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

The Most Common Fire Hazards In the Beginning of Fall

12/2/2018 (Permalink)

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

Halloween Decorations

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

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

Fall Scented Candles

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

Malfunctioning Electrical Appliances

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

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

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

Why Choose Us For Mold Damage

12/2/2018 (Permalink)

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

How Can Mold Form? 

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

Some Health Risks Associated With Mold

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

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

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

Water Damage Can Spread Fast

12/2/2018 (Permalink)

Plumbing issues and storms can cause water damage but there is no time to cry over spilt milk. Your home needs your help and the SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma professionals are waiting to come in and save the day. Speed is everything when it comes to water and remember, we are “Faster to Any Size Disaster!”

Early Effects of Water Damage 

Water is a pest. It can get into the smallest of cracks, it can spread quickly and it can cause costly damage to your home. When a pipe bursts or a storm infiltrates your home, the following things can occur within a few hours:

  • Moisture can start to spread and lead to the early stages of mold reproduction.
  • Furniture can start to become discolored and delaminate.
  • Carpeting could be permanently damaged.
  • Humidity increases and odors become more pungent.

Long Term Water Damage

Water damage can become mold damage pretty quickly, especially if the issue is being ignored. When mold spores start to gather on furniture, carpeting or drywall, they reproduce quickly when there is increased humidity inside of a water damaged home. Here is what can happen in your home if water damage is ignored:

  • Mold growth can worsen.
  • Minor restoration techniques may  be passed over for a complete gutting of the home.
  • Microbial growth leads to possible dangerous conditions.

Call in the Professionals

The key to defeating water damage is speed and choosing the right team for the job. If you call in the SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma team immediately, we can use our equipment to limit the damage and halt mold growth before it becomes an issue. Water moves fast, so you need to move fast to defeat it!

SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is a locally owned and operated business with the team and resources to handle any size disaster. We know that issues like these can be stressful, and we are here to make the restoration process as seamless as possible.

For water restoration services, call 631-585-0007 or contact us online for fast and easy service!

Speed Is Crucial When Disaster Strikes

12/2/2018 (Permalink)

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

Speed Limits Water Damage 

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

Preparation Limits Fire Damage

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

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

SERVPRO Limits All Damage

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

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

3 Common Causes of Electrical Fires

12/2/2018 (Permalink)

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

Old/ Faulty Appliances

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

Light Fixtures

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

Space Heaters

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

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

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

3 Common Causes of Electrical Fires

12/2/2018 (Permalink)

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

Old/ Faulty Appliances

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

Light Fixtures

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

Space Heaters

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

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

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

Tips to Cook Safely During the Holiday Season

12/2/2018 (Permalink)

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

Prep Food Ahead of Time

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

Seek Help for Other Chores

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

Keep Others Out of the Kitchen

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

Beware All Towels

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

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

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

We’ll Keep Your Restaurant Doors Open

12/2/2018 (Permalink)

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 631-585-0007 or fill out the form on our page.

Don't Let Leaks Ruin Your Holiday Season

12/2/2018 (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!

3 Tips To Control Moisture In Your Home with SERVPRO Tips

12/2/2018 (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!

Fire Prevention During The Holidays

12/2/2018 (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! 

Winterizing Your Pipes During The Colder Months

12/2/2018 (Permalink)

On Long Island, freezing temperatures are extremely normal during the winter 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 holiday wishlist, and for good reason. 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 likelihood of it freezing becomes greater and greater. Should this happen, frozen 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 is 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 just as much of a risk in freeing as anything else, and can cause expensive, sometimes irreversible damage. Make sure 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) 585-0007 for rapid response and service!

How SERVPRO Can Help Keep Your Doors Open

12/2/2018 (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)

3 Steps To Take During A Storm

12/2/2018 (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.

Protecting Your Home From Melting Snow & Ice

12/2/2018 (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 631-585-0007 to learn more!

How SERVPRO Can Help Prevent Mold

12/2/2018 (Permalink)

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 631-585-0007 or contact us online for immediate assistance!

Helping Your Business Stay Healthy During The Colder Months

12/2/2018 (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 swifty. 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 2018 off right and assist in your time of need, give us a call today! (631-585-0007)

What To Expect When You Experience Water Damage

12/2/2018 (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) 585-0007 and someone will be happy to assist you at any time of the day or night.

Damage Prevention at Home & What It Means For You

12/2/2018 (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.

Choose Us For Mold Damage Remediation

12/2/2018 (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 stated, mold thrives off of moisture, and the more that’s in your home, the easier it will be for the mold to continue growing. To combat this from happening, make sure that there’s an ample amount of heat in your home and you’re watching the humidity levels. 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, so 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, 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

Common Damage You Might See

10/19/2018 (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 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 To Prepare For Cold Weather Damage

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

On Long Island, cold weather is (unfortunately) only a few short weeks away. While we’d love to revel in the warmer weather for a bit longer, we also must make the changes that will lead to a safer home, business and family during the cold months. While there aren’t too many things to worry about just yet, it’s important that you prepare yourself for all situations and make sure your home is prepared for the inclement weather that may follow. Here are a few tricks to help 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’re 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 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 them free from any damage by making sure that seals 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, 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 631-585-0007!

Mold Damage & Water Issues

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage can be a huge red flag to someone at home, and mainly because most of the time, it means more damage is going to occur. Mold is something that everyone should be looking out for, and if you’re lacking in the search, it’s important to make sure that you have someone who can help the situation quickly.

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!

How Storms Can Affect The Quality Of Your Water

10/11/2018 (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

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

3 Things That Can Start A Fire In Your Home Quickly

5/2/2018 (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?

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

As a business owner, the wellbeing of your establishment is, and should be extremely important to you. This is why when a problem arises, it’s up to you and your employees to handle the situation as soon as possible. But as a business owner, how can you do this? Depending on the type of damage you’re trying to prevent, there are a few things you can do.  

For 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 to humidity levels throughout the day. If you do think you’re experiencing the onset of any mold, it’s important to address this as soon as possible to prevent further damage from occurring.

For Water Damage:

Similar to mold, water damage occurs mainly due to….water! To prevent this 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 be dried water spots, a funky smell, or warped paneling. It’s important to prevent this before it becomes an issue!

For Fire Damage:

To prevent fire damage, it’s important to know what you might be doing that causes fires in your business. Open flames, dry air and clutter can all eventually contribute to a fire, especially if there’s 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 willing to help you at the drop of a dime. 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 631-585-0007!

Things Your Home Needs To Have Before A Storm

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

If your home or business is as important as we think it is, we’re going to guess that you’d do almost anything to protect it during a storm. To do this however, 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 flying around and causing damage to the specific area.
  • Generator. If you lose power, you’re likely going to have a hard time keeping food fresh, using your appliances, and go 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 a bit. If 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.
  • Lighting. If for any reason you don’t have #2, 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 careful with open flames in your home!
  • Refrigeration. 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 631-585-0007!

Signs Your Home/Business Won't Withstand A Storm

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

Preparing for a storm can be extremely hard, especially when it’s short notice and barreling toward your home or business. As you’re dusting off the generator and preparing to move things indoors, it’s also important to consider if your home will actually be able to withstand the storm itself without sustaining damage. Below are a few things to check for and have fixed, if they’re not up to spec.

  • Siding - If your siding looks loose or worn down, it might be a good idea to have it checked or repaired before the storm hits. This is because flying debris can cause a lot of damage to your home, as well as the potential for rain to cause water damage during the storm.
  • Windows - If your windows are less than perfect, it might be a sign to do something about it. Consider replacing the panes before the storm or boarding them up to protect the ones you have -- which can prevent water from trickling in and broken glass becoming a danger.
  • Creaky Roofs -  If your roofing has seen better days and makes a ton of noise during each storm, it might be an indication that it won’t withstand heavy wind or precipitation.

Should you experience any sort of damage due to a storm, know that there is a local company willing to help you at the drop of a dime. 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 631-585-0007!

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!

Fire Prevention Tools Everyone Should Have

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

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 begin to rip through a building causing irreversible damage, which is why preparation is extremely key. If you’re able to, using tools 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

It’s no surprise that this is number one — but you’d be surprised at how many people actually don’t have one of these in their home or business! 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 this in your building, in an easily accessible place for potential future use.

Proper Extension Cords

Plugging in 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 power cord 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.

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

Warning Signs For Mold

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

A mold problem in your home is likely one of the worst things you can experience. The worst parts about finding an issue like this are that you’re not sure where the mold started, where else it might be, and knowing 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, causing mold. Make sure that if you see any signs of moisture inside, you’re making an effort to seal it up and dry out moisture before it becomes mold.

Declining Health

If you’re feeling different than normal, it also might be a sign of mold inside your home. Congestion, watery eyes and coughing can be signs of mold that are often confused with the common cold and flu. If you’re experiencing something similar to this and have the hunch that mold might be the issue, 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!

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!

How Long Will Remediation Take?

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

After a disaster of any size, the rebuilding process at home is sometimes stressful and drawn out. 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 and how long it might take, it’s important to understand first what goes into the process of a remediation.

What Goes Into Remediation?

The process of remediation is typically very in depth, and covers all of the bases when talking about 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’ve got a qualified team for the job. At SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, we’ve 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.

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, 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 expected.

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, 24/7/365! 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!

3 Steps To Take After A Fire

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

The impact a fire can have on your home or business is oftentimes overwhelming. Losing property, keepsakes and sometimes even more,  can be devastating to one’s life. In addition to the reality of the destruction that a fire might cause, the rebuilding process is often seen as a lengthy and stressful project. However, it doesn’t have to be. With the right plan and tools, getting back on track after a fire can be easier than you might think.

Step 1: Secure What You Can

We know that a fire can rip through a home or business and leave nothing left in its path. Should you be fortunate enough to go through the area after a fire marshall has given the OK, make sure that you’re practicing safe measures. In addition, salvaging what you can from the home is probably best taken out as soon as possible. Depending on your limitations, you might not have access to the area once remediation work begins.

Step 2: Call Your Insurance Company

If you haven’t already reported the fire, this is a very important next step. This helps them gather the information they need in order to begin the claim process, and provide you with a claim number to give to your remediation company.

Step 3: Select A Reputable Company

When choosing a company to help with the remediation, they have to be reliable. It’s important to ask for referrals, read reviews, and conduct your own research in order to find the best company to help get your home or business back to the way it was before the damage occurred.

At SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, we take great pride in our remediation and have been helping Long Island families and businesses get back on their feet for years. If you or someone you know has experienced damage caused by a fire, please call us today at (631) 585-0007 or fill out our contact form and we will be happy to begin the conversation toward a brighter future.

Plumbing Mistakes That Can Lead To Water Damage

3/5/2018 (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) 585-0007 for rapid response and service!



Teaching Your Employees To Prevent Disaster

2/25/2018 (Permalink)

As a business owner, you’re tasked with checking over a number of things before you open up shop, during 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 as anything — 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 bursts and it enters your walls and ceilings however, it can be a little harder to notice with just a glance. Make sure you and your employees are all checking for signs of water damage, which can also include a musty odor as well.

Fire Hazards

Once a fire starts, it’s almost impossible to stop on your own. To prevent fires from happening, make sure you’re checking areas that are near heaters, open flames, or 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 in your place of work.

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

What Happens If A Storm Damages My Home?

2/21/2018 (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.

Top Causes For Winter Fires

2/9/2018 (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 631-585-0007.

3 Ways Water Can Enter Your Home & Cause Damage

1/26/2018 (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 wors, 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! 631-585-0007

Signs Your Business Has Sustained Fire Or Water Damage

1/18/2018 (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

Damage Prevention at Home & What It Means For You

1/16/2018 (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.

What To Expect When You Experience Water Damage

1/11/2018 (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) 585-0007 and someone will be happy to assist you at any time of the day or night.

Helping Your Business Stay Healthy During The Colder Months

1/9/2018 (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 swifty. 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 2018 off right and assist in your time of need, give us a call today! (631-585-0007)

Protecting Your Home From Melting Snow & Ice

12/29/2017 (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 631-585-0007 to learn more!

3 Steps To Take During A Storm

12/18/2017 (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 SERVPRO Can Help Keep Your Doors Open

12/14/2017 (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)

Winterizing Your Pipes During The Colder Months

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

On Long Island, freezing temperatures are extremely normal during the winter 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 holiday wishlist, and for good reason. 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 likelihood of it freezing becomes greater and greater. Should this happen, frozen 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 is 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 just as much of a risk in freeing as anything else, and can cause expensive, sometimes irreversible damage. Make sure 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) 585-0007 for rapid response and service!

Fire Prevention During The Holidays

12/5/2017 (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! 

3 Tips To Control Moisture In Your Home

11/29/2017 (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!

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!

We’ll Keep Your Restaurant Doors Open

11/8/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial We’ll Keep Your Restaurant Doors Open 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 631-585-0007 or fill out the form on our page.



Tips to Cook Safely During the Holiday Season

10/26/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Tips to Cook Safely During the Holiday Season Don't let this be you on Thanksgiving!

We are entering into Thanksgiving 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!

3 Common Causes of Electrical Fires

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 3 Common Causes of Electrical Fires Electrical fires can sneak up and strike at any minute.

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

Old/ Faulty Appliances

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

Light Fixtures

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

Space Heaters

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

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

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

Speed Is Crucial When Disaster Strikes

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Speed Is Crucial When Disaster Strikes Call in the SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma experts at the first sign of trouble.

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

Speed Limits Water Damage 

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

Preparation Limits Fire Damage

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

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

SERVPRO Limits All Damage

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

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

Water Damage Can Spread Fast

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Can Spread Fast This could be your home if you don't act fast!

Plumbing issues and storms can cause water damage but there is no time to cry over spilt milk. Your home needs your help and the SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma professionals are waiting to come in and save the day. Speed is everything when it comes to water and remember, we are “Faster to Any Size Disaster!”

Early Effects of Water Damage 

Water is a pest. It can get into the smallest of cracks, it can spread quickly and it can cause costly damage to your home. When a pipe bursts or a storm infiltrates your home, the following things can occur within a few hours:

  • Moisture can start to spread and lead to the early stages of mold reproduction.
  • Furniture can start to become discolored and delaminate.
  • Carpeting could be permanently damaged.
  • Humidity increases and odors become more pungent.

Long Term Water Damage

Water damage can become mold damage pretty quickly, especially if the issue is being ignored. When mold spores start to gather on furniture, carpeting or drywall, they reproduce quickly when there is increased humidity inside of a water damaged home. Here is what can happen in your home if water damage is ignored:

  • Mold growth can worsen.
  • Minor restoration techniques may  be passed over for a complete gutting of the home.
  • Microbial growth leads to possible dangerous conditions.

Call in the Professionals

The key to defeating water damage is speed and choosing the right team for the job. If you call in the SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma team immediately, we can use our equipment to limit the damage and halt mold growth before it becomes an issue. Water moves fast, so you need to move fast to defeat it!

SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is a locally owned and operated business with the team and resources to handle any size disaster. We know that issues like these can be stressful, and we are here to make the restoration process as seamless as possible.

For water restoration services, call 631-585-0007 or contact us online for fast and easy service!

Fun Halloween Activities in Suffolk County

10/19/2017 (Permalink)

Community Fun Halloween Activities in Suffolk County Have some Halloween fun in Suffolk County this weekend!

Here at SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, our community means everything to us. Our employees, clients, families, and friends all live and work in this community that we call home. When it comes to celebrating Halloween, Suffolk County takes things to the next level. Here are some of the places and events that we love to attend during this ‘spooky season:’   

Woodside Nursery 

N Patchogue, NY

631-758-1491

This nursery has all of the family activities you could want and it is a great way to spend a spectacular Fall day. There is a Scooby Doo Mystery Machine exhibit and a replica of the World’s Largest Pumpkin. There are also plenty of real life pumpkins for you and your family to take home as well!

Haunted River Tours

Brookhaven, NY

631-803-8698

This river ride up and down the Carmans River is going to have some evil twists and turns along the way. There will be ghosts and monsters waiting in the forests for you and maybe even some surprises in the river itself.

The Great Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Sail

Belmont Lake State Park, North Babylon

October 28th

Fifty professionally carved jack-o-lanterns float down the lake as children and families participate in crafts, games and Halloween activities. It is a beautiful sight to see at night and people continue to return year after year. This is a great way to celebrate Halloween as a family!

Darkside Haunted House

Wading River, NY

631-369-SCAR

This should NOT be your go to family activity for these last few weekends of October! This Haunted House is bigger and scarier than ever and even the most brave souls have trouble finishing the route. It’s a great place for date night or a friends night out, but you don’t want to scare the little ones for life!

Enjoy your Halloween and if you are ever in need of fire, water, storm, or mold restoration, the SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma team has your back!

The Most Common Fire Hazards In the Beginning of Fall

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Most Common Fire Hazards In the Beginning of Fall 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 or book an appointment on our website!

What Can Be Restored After a Storm?

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What Can Be Restored After a Storm? Our team is hard at work cleaning up the mess in Houston and Florida!

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 631-585-0007 or contact us online for fast and easy scheduling.

How Do You Restore Hurricane Damage?

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

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

Safety Always Comes First

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

A Dedicated Work Force

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

A History of Success

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

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

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

Why You Should Choose SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why You Should Choose SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma Our team is Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Whether it be fire, water or mold issues you are dealing with, we are here to help! Our staff 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 make it “Like it never even happened.”

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.

If you have recently dealt 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 in Ronkonkoma, Hauppauge, Islandia or Central Islip, we look forward to helping you through this unfortunate situation. 

To schedule an estimate, call 631-585-0007 or request help online for faster service!

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