Recent Storm Damage Posts

Protecting Your Business From Winter Storms

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

During the cold winter months, there’s always the danger of a winter storm taking out power or causing injuries at your place of business. Luckily, there are things you can do to prevent water damage or personal injuries in your commercial or home business location. These things can save you and your business a ton of hassle during periods of inclement weather, when serious attention to safety is pivotal.

Backup Generator

Having a backup generator is a great way to keep your employees, customers, and yourself safe if there’s a dangerous storm or power outage. A backup generator will keep your heat on and allow you to power specific appliances and fixtures to continue business as usual.

Snow and Ice Removal

It is important to have a plan of action and to take care of snow removal on a regular basis when there is a heavy winter storm coming through. Clear walkways and make sure that there is no build up of snow against buildings, and on weak areas of your roofing. Preventing leaks and damage from these harsh elements is imperative to keeping your business safe during periods of inclement weather.

Fortify Your Building

Make sure that you’re checking for a number of potential issues that may arise during the winter in your building. Slow flowing water is an indication that pipes may be freezing, and a higher heat bill may indicate gaps in your walls, windows or door frames. Not only can this let cold air in, but it can allow moisture and snow to find its way into your home and cause different types of damage.

Winter storms can be unforgiving and it’s important to know that damage can, and sometimes will happen. Should your business suffer from winter storm damage, make sure you’ve equipped yourself to battle the damage and get your business back up and running as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is a locally owned and operated business with the team and resources to handle disasters of any size. For restoration services, call us at 631-585-0007 or contact us online for immediate assistance!

How Can Cold Weather Harm My House

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

If there's one thing we know and can expect in the Northeast during the winter, it's frigid temperatures. Snow, ice and dry air make our skin all the more susceptible to the cold temperatures we are dealing with. It's an ongoing struggle but one we face each year. Besides just ourselves, however, our house has to be prepared for the battleground that is winter. While it may be obvious at first, the winter season can cause both home damage and water damage. Here are just a few of the potential consequences a house can suffer from, due to the cold temperatures.

Exterior Damage

Because a house tends to shift a lot with heat and cold, when the colder temperatures start to arrive, it makes the house shrink in on itself. This can cause certain parts of the exterior to crack and if  not properly insulated, it can suffer greatly from the contraction of the house. Pieces can start to chip off, and the next thing we know, we have ourselves quite a bit of home damage.

Water Leaks

Perhaps the biggest threat to the home is the plumbing. You've likely been told many times to regularly drain water through your pipes to keep them from freezing. There's wisdom in that suggestion. A pipe that freezes can't utilize pressure properly to push water through the pipe. Instead, all of that pressure is built up until it explodes and we have water pouring everywhere and a ton of nasty water damage.

Potential Fire Hazards Due To Heat Needs

To keep out the cold, we drive those inside temperatures up. However, the furnace isn't infallible. It can break down, or worse, start a fire. Furnace fires are not uncommon and it can engulf an entire house before anything can be done. Make sure you’re having this inspected at least once per year.

SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is a locally owned and operated business with the team and resources to handle disasters of any size. We know that issues like these can be stressful, especially inside your own home, and we are here to make the restoration process as seamless as possible. For mold restoration services, call us at 631-585-0007 or contact us online for immediate assistance!

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!

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.

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.

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!