Recent Water Damage Posts

What Causes Water Damage in a House?

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

What Causes Water Damage?

Whether the damage is minor or major, it’s unsettling. Homeowners across the country can agree that one of the worst things they can run into is water damage. And while it may seem as if H2O seeps into your house out of nowhere, there are a few common scenarios as to how it causes damage in the first place. 

The Suffolk County water damage repair and restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma share a few of those most common situations with you.

Blocked Gutter

As it’s known, your gutters play a very important role: They carry rainwater away from your home in the event of a storm. However, if these “H2O highways” are clogged or have an obstruction, your gutters will do the complete opposite. In other words, any water collected within the reservoir of the gutter will have nowhere to go except trickle down the side of your home. As a result, you may find yourself with water-damaged walls, floors, and even ceilings when this happens.

Powerful Storm

Speaking of storms, if severe weather were to sweep through your neighborhood, it could cause damage to your home. More specifically, if you live in an area prone to flooding and do not have a sump pump in your abode, you could be knee-deep in water. 

Another situation to consider: If the storm causes severe damage to your roof, water will easily be able to trickle into your house — and you might not notice it until it’s too late. Either way, Mother Nature tends to be a top cause of why homeowners experience water damage.

Plumbing Pipe Damage

You might have seen this coming, homeowners, but damaged plumbing pipes are also to blame for water damage. Daily, pipes go through a lot of wear and tear, and if they’re not cared for properly over the years, they can fail when you least expect it. To ensure your pipes won’t cause a stir unexpectedly, examine them regularly and be on the lookout for any signs that may indicate a problem (e.g., moisture on the ceiling).

Old Appliances

Sticking with the plumbing theme, if you have older appliances in your home, there’s a chance they could cause water damage. How so? Simple: Appliances, such as a dishwasher, have a series of hoses to transport water to and from your plumbing system into the unit to wash your dishes. 

Over time, the hoses can weaken (especially if hard water is present in your abode) and rupture when you least expect it. To help lessen the chance of this from happening, consider rinsing your dishes and utensils before putting them in the machine. Another tip is to put a quart of vinegar inside the appliance and let it run to help break up anything in the hoses.

Water Damage Restoration Services in Suffolk County

Having served local communities for over ten years, the water damage repair and restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma are here to clean the damage “Like it never even happened.” Our trained staff of remediation professionals pays close attention to detail and works efficiently to ensure your property will be up and running in no time.

To schedule an appointment, give our Suffolk County team a call at (631) 585-0007.

How to Avoid Burst Pipes in Winter

1/27/2022 (Permalink)

How to Prevent Burst Pipes

Winter is the perfect time of year for sledding, drinking hot chocolate, getting cozy by the fire, and cleaning up the aftermath of a burst pipe. While the last point isn’t something any homeowner looks forward to, it is something you should keep top of mind, as the colder months tend to lead to an increase in this unexpected scenario.

The Long Island water damage repair and restoration team at SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is here to share a few helpful tips that can keep your home in the clear:

Open Your Cabinet Doors

We hate to break it to you, but the drain pipe underneath your kitchen or bathroom sink is not insulated. And if the sink is attached to an outside wall of your home, the drain pipe can leak, freeze, and potentially burst during a severe temperature drop. To lessen the chance of this from happening, leave the cabinet doors underneath your sink open. Doing so will allow warm air to flow into the space and help prevent the pipe from freezing.

Keep the Thermostat Consistent

If you know freezing temperatures are on the way, it’s critical to adjust your home’s thermostat ahead of the chill. To avoid a complication with your pipes, set your thermostat to seventy degrees Fahrenheit and ensure your home remains at that temperature around the clock. 

Also, something to keep in mind: If your thermostat runs on batteries, make sure to have a fresh set on hand. Should you need to replace them at any given moment, you’ll already be prepared and won’t have to worry about trekking to the store when the weather is at its worst.

Let the Faucets Drip

Sure, a leaky faucet gets a bad rep — but during a temperature plummet, it can help save the day. If a faucet is installed along an outside wall of your home, slightly twist the knob and let hot water trickle overnight. By doing this, you’ll keep H2O moving through your plumbing system and help lessen the chance of the line freezing.

Find and Seal Leaks

One thing that can be overlooked in a home is air leaks. Whether they’re coming from a dryer vent, around an outlet, or a window, anything that allows cold air to drift inside your home under the radar can cause an issue for your plumbing system, as well as hinder the efficiency of your HVAC system. To ensure all leaks are sealed properly, thoroughly locate any “problem areas” ahead of a freeze and use caulk or insulation to seal them up.

If a Frozen Pipe Bursts, We’re Here to Help

If your home or business sustains water or flood damage, SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is nearby and ready to save the day. Our highly trained property damage restoration team is equipped with the knowledge and experience to restore your property to its original state. 

To schedule your residential or commercial service, call us today at (631) 585-0007 or contact us online — we look forward to serving you.

Is My Home At Risk For Water Damage In The Winter?

12/29/2021 (Permalink)

With cold weather here, and here to stay for a while, it’s important to assess the risks associated with the weather and understand if your home is going to be at risk during this time. While a winter snowstorm might seem like the only time damage is possible, it couldn’t be farther from the truth. Here are a few things that might tell you if your home is at risk for damage.

Do You Have Foundation Issues?

It’s important to understand the structure of your home or business and if there are associated issues with the foundation or anything that provides a structural help to the home. Because moisture, snow and rain can get between the cracks, ice can form, freeze and then expand.  This is how it can pose a huge risk to your home.  

Roofing Issues Can Be Costly 

Having a roof over your head is possibly everyone’s goal -- however, when it begins to let water into your home, things can appear bleak -- and cold! When the layer of ice melts and begins to let water into your home, not only are you at risk for more roofing damage, but you’re now dealing with moisture, mold, and a hefty repair bill. Make sure to inspect your roof annually and make a call for a repair as soon a there’s any noticeable change that occurs. 

Are Your Windows Sealed?

It might seem trivial to think that your window seals could be causing moisture and water damage -- but it’s not that far fetched! As moisture gets between the window and the frame, it can quickly be brought into your home or business and sit on the window, walls, or even seep into other materials such as the carpet. To combat this from happening and attracting mold in your building, make sure your windows and doors are properly sealed and defending against excess moisture from creeping in. If not, invest in a dehumidifier which cuts down the moisture in the air and can safely protect you from any damage.

Experiencing damage from a winter storm can leave you out in the cold and your home or business full of damage. If you’ve fallen victim to the wrath of winter this year, make sure to partner yourself with a team that can make the situation right the first time. SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma has been assisting home and business owners recover from damage for years, and we’d love to help you! Contact us today and we’ll show you how we can make everything right again. 631-296-0463

Protect your Home from Melting Snow and Ice

12/29/2021 (Permalink)

Even though snow has been scarce so far this winter, this past weekend tells us that winter is upon us.  With temperatures fluctuating and dipping low, seeking shelter in a warm area becomes our quick direction. However, the effects of cold due to the weather is something that many home and business owners don’t think of until it’s too late. While the snow and ice might look pretty when it’s fresh, it can cause big problems once it begins to melt. Instead of running the risk of water damage this season, check out a few quick home remedies below.

Move Snow and Ice

When it snows, safely shoveling it away becomes an extremely necessary task, however, many homeowners fail to remove it from key areas. Your driveway, steps and sidewalk are important, but there are other places in which it should be removed from as well. If your home has a basement with windows, or a lot of grass surrounding the perimeter, it might also be a good idea to remove it from there. When the ice begins to melt, excess water can find its way into cracks and crevices, as well as cause flooding in areas you don’t want to see water.

Roofing Inspections

If you haven’t had your roof looked at in a while, make sure you’re checking it out as soon as possible and before the snow comes again. Melting snow can result in leaks from your roof, which cannot only harm your home, but cost a pretty penny to fix. The best way to fix this is to remove snow from your roof if possible.  Think about having your shingles inspected at least once per year.

Ice Melt

A great way to battle ice anywhere is to use ice melt to eliminate it and also brush the water away from your home. While this might sound a bit far-fetched, it actually keeps water away from areas that can sustain damage and reduces the chance of water refreezing in high-traffic areas! 

Should you find yourself in a situation in which you’ve sustained water damage this season, keep in mind that quick action is key. Addressing the problem early on is imperative, and the team at SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is ready to handle your water issues at any moment. To learn more, call us a call today at 631-296-0367!

Signs Your Home Isn't Ready For Winter

12/29/2021 (Permalink)

When the temperatures start to drop and the icy cold winds of winter appear, it is important to have your home prepared to stop major problems from occurring. By taking care of your home as early as possible, you can feel confident that you are ready for the cold weather to arrive and take up residence. Safety and prevention are the keys to a good winter, so we’ve compiled a few things you can look out for in order to do so.

Watch Out for Exposed Pipes

Whether you have pipes outside of your home that are exposed to cold weather or inside that are uninsulated, it’s important to make sure that pipes that are not covered are ready for the temperatures to drop. Check outdoors, your attic, in crawl spaces and anywhere else that holds exposed pipes. Make sure that these pipes are covered BEFORE the temperatures drop to freezing to avoid frozen pipes, pipe bursts and major water damage.

Take Care of All Small Problems

Small leaks, clogged drains, and other issues can get worse if they are not taken care of at the first sign of trouble. To get ready for winter, go ahead and take care of the minor problems that you may have noticed before they turn into major home damage issues. This can be anything from chipping exterior fixtures, small leaks, water spots and more.

Look for

  • Leaky Faucets
  • Leaks coming from around your hot water heater or other areas around your home
  • Clogged drains

SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is a locally owned and operated business with the team and resources to handle winter-based disasters of any size. We know that issues like these can be stressful, especially inside your own home.  We are here to make the restoration process as seamless as possible. For all restoration services, call 631-296-0465 or contact us online for immediate assistance!

How Stagnant Ice Can Cause Water Damage

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

There's a lot of ground water in the soil surrounding a home, it is likely that there is lingering water in the gutters and there's water in the pipes and in other reservoirs. When temperatures start to fall, however, that water solidifies into ice. While we may not think much about it because it isn’t obviously visible to us, that ice could be causing a lot of home damage without our realizing it. To understand just how ice can cause home damage, here are a few methods to watch out for this year.

Separation/Cracking

Although the water has solidified into ice, in a way, it is still moving. Pressure and marginal temperature differences cause the ice to expand and contract. This can force the surrounding area to move, separate and can even crack or chip. It can also make pipes or whatever is holding that water become brittle and fragile. When the ice eventually melts, that separation may still be present which can cause water leaks and further damage.

Mold

No one likes the idea of mold in the home. Just because water has frozen into a solid form doesn't mean that the lurking mold within is gone. Because mold spores are always present, if anything, it can actually be preserved. That mold can then quickly be spread as the ice slowly melts. As such, this mold can take over an entire wall if not treated quickly. This type of mold can be hazardous to breathe in, and can even begin to eat away at the walls/interior of the home. Regardless of season, it’s important to understand that mold can be prevalent at any time.

Water Damage

Perhaps the most obvious problem stagnant ice can cause is water damage. Once that ice melts, that water begins leaking everywhere. Through the cracks that the ice caused by its pressure and shifting, that water can reach other parts of the home and damage them completely. This can become an issue that leads to costly damage and may keep you out of your home or business for an extended period of time.

Even with proper care, emergency situations happen, are sudden and cannot be avoided. If

your home or business has experienced water damage this season, there’s only one company

who can quickly and effectively restore the area. With SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, we take

pride in our fast and effective response team, dedicated to getting you back up and running as

soon as possible. Contact us at (631) 296-0462 for rapid response and service!

Mistakes Made With Plumbing That Lead to Damage

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

We’ve all seen quick fixes for plumbing issues online, or heard of DIY remedies from friends and family.  While these cures might work, they’re generally never long-term solutions to life’s plumbing problems. When something is acting up within your plumbing system, is it really an ideal solution to go at it yourself? We think not! Some of the smallest ‘fixes’ can always lead to big problems, which can lead to extensive and expensive water damage. Make sure you’re not making any of these mistakes below.

Heating Up A Pipe

When your pipe freezes, there are certainly a few moments of panic. What if it bursts? Surely this is the worst case scenario — and a leak is the last thing you need behind the walls. But if you’re going to take the classic ‘just heat it up’ advice, make sure you’re doing it correctly. If you’re using something to heat up the pipe, make sure your heat is not too hot. The quick change in temperature on something like copper can actually cause the pipe to expand rapidly and crack. Gradually increase the temperature around the pipe will eventually begin to melt the frozen water.

Disconnecting Fixtures

Sometimes, removing small fixtures is simple and is easy to do on your own. Repairs however, can be a different story. Without properly disconnecting pipes and shutting off water lines, your quick DIY project can turn into a disaster in the blink of an eye. Make sure if you choose to take this project on yourelf that all of the preliminary boxes are checked off and you’re triple checking your own work to ensure that you’re not putting your home or business at risk for unnecessary water damage.

Ignorance

Plain and simple, the ignorance of a potential issue is one of the worst mistakes to make in your home or business. If something seems like it’s not working the way it once was, get it checked out! There’s no harm in being proactive to a situation you’re unfamiliar with, and that type of tenacity just might save you hundreds, if not thousands in repair costs. However, keep an open mind and triple check to make sure that everything in your home is operating the way it should and is monitored closely if it isn’t.

If your home or business has experienced water damage this season, there’s only one company who can quickly and effectively restore the area. With SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, we take pride in our fast and effective response team, dedicated to getting you back up and running as soon as possible. Contact us at (631) 296-0465 for rapid response and service!

Protecting Your Home From Melting Snow & Ice

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

As we’re all aware, Winter has finally taken over as the dominant season across Long Island. With temperatures continuing to drop, seeking shelter in a warm area becomes far more desirable. However, adverse effects due to the weather is something that many home and business owners don’t think of until it’s too late. While the snow and ice might look pretty when it’s fresh, it can cause big problems once it begins to melt. Instead of running the risk of water damage this season, check out a few quick home remedies below.

Move Snow And Ice

When it snows, shoveling it away becomes an extremely necessary task, however, many homeowners fail to remove it from key areas. Your driveway, steps and sidewalk are important, but there are other places in which it should be removed from as well. If your home has a basement with windows, or a lot of grass surrounding the perimeter, it might also be a good idea to remove it from there. When the ice begins to melt, excess water can find its way into cracks and crevices, as well as cause flooding in areas you don’t want to see water.

Roofing Inspections

If you haven’t had your roof looked at in a while, make sure you’re checking it out as soon as possible, and before the snow comes. Melting snow can result in leaks from your roof, which can not only harm your home, but cost a pretty penny to fix. The best way to fix this is to remove snow from your roof if possible, and have your shingles inspected at least once per year.

Ice Melt

A great way to battle ice anywhere is to use ice melt to eliminate it, and brush the water away from your home. While this might sound a bit far-fetched, it actually keeps water away from areas that can sustain damage, and reduces the chance of water refreezing in high-traffic areas! 

Should you find yourself in a situation in which you’ve sustained water damage this season, keep in mind that timeliness is key. Addressing the problem early on is imperative, and the team at SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is ready to handle your water issues at any moment. To learn more, fill out our contact form or give us a call today at 631-296-0465 to learn more!

Winterizing your pipes during colder months

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

On Long Island, freezing temperatures are not uncommon during the cold weather seasons.  With temperatures often dropping into the single-digits, staying warm is extremely favorable for many. What goes for you also goes for your home and more importantly, your pipes. It’s safe to say that a plumbing disaster is one of the last things on anyone’s weekend to do list. Below are a few ways to winterize your home and prevent water damage from taking over.

Insulate Pipes

It doesn’t matter what your pipes are made of — cold temperatures can do serious damage. As the water that passes through your plumbing system gets colder, the possibility of it freezing becomes more likely. Should this happen, freezing water can and will expand, which can cause pipes to crack and burst, which can lead to expensive leaks. To prevent this, consider insulating your pipes or having heating components installed on them.

Turn Unused Water Lines Off

Similar to the above, it is very important to drain and turn off water lines that will go unused. With the grass dead and car show season over, there isn’t much of a need to keep the hose or sprinkler system running during the winter. While it might not seem like a big deal, these pipes run as much risk in freezing as other home water pipes. Make sure to drain them out and turn them off before the temperature drops below freezing.

Tune Up Your Water Heater

One of the best ways to prevent plumbing issues is to keep the water temperature regulated all season long. With proper care and attention, your water heater will be able to effectively run warm water through your pipes, which can aid in keeping your pipes from freezing. Contact your heating provider to have a technician perform an annual check-up on your system to prevent any potential mishaps.

Of course, there are sometimes emergency situations that even with proper care, cannot be avoided. If your home or business has experienced water damage this season, there’s only one company who can quickly and effectively restore the area and get you back up and running. With SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, we take pride in our fast and effective response team, dedicated to getting you back up and running as soon as possible. Contact us at 631-296-0367 for rapid response and service!

Water Damage Can Spread Fast!

12/19/2020 (Permalink)

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

Early Effects of Water Damage 

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

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

Long Term Water Damage

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

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

Call in the Professionals

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

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

For water restoration services, call 631-296-0469 or contact us online for fast and easy service!

3 Ways Water Causes Damage

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

The last thing anyone wants to see in their home is an unwarranted visit from something that doesn’t belong.  This can be bugs, debris, and worse, water. While we’re all spending precious time on preventing this from happening, sometimes these things can get into your home unknowingly. Below are a few specific ways that water can get into your home without you noticing — until it’s too late.

Cracks

In times of high rain and excess water runoff, this moisture seems to always find its way into structures where it doesn’t belong. Cracks in walls, foundations and other parts of a fixture can lead to water getting in, which can lead to costly damage. A telling sign of water infiltration would be excess moisture, as well as a discoloration of walls, ceilings and more.

In The Air

While it might not seem like a big deal, moisture that gets into your home through passageways can actually be annoying to deal with, as well as damaging. This is because the moisture that passes through the air can end up on walls, windows, and other materials, where it would become stagnant. Not only can this cause an annoyance, but it also contributes to mold growth, foul odors, damaged flooring and more.

Plumbing Leaks

Cold temperatures can be a nightmare. Cold temperatures causing cracked and leaking pipes; an even worse nightmare. Making matters worse, this can cause large amounts of water to enter your home, resulting in tons of expensive damage. Battling this can sometimes be tough, but it’s important to be proactive and prevent it from happening in the first place.

If your home has experienced any type of water damage, it’s time to act fast to remedy the issue. SERVPRO has been helping residents of Long Island get back on their feet after damage for over 30 years. To learn more about how SERVPRO Of Ronkonkoma can help fix your water damage woes, give us a call today! 631-296-0463

Don't Let Leaks Ruin Your Holiday Season

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

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

Mold Spreads Fast

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

Renovations Are Necessary

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

What Can I Do?

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

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

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

What To Expect During Water Damage

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

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

Detecting Smells

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

Noticing Water Spots

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

Seeing Bugs

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

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

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

What to Expect

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

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

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

About SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma

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

Plumbing Mistakes that can lead to Water Damage

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

We’ve all seen quick fixes for plumbing issues online, or heard of DIY remedies from friends and family.  While these cures might work, they’re generally never long-term solutions to life’s plumbing problems. When something is acting up within your plumbing system, is it really an ideal solution to go at it yourself? We would venture to say it’s not a good idea.  Some of the smallest ‘fixes’ have the potential to lead to big problems, which can lead to extensive and expensive water damage. Make sure you’re not making any of the mistakes below.

Heating Up A Pipe

When your pipe freezes, there are certainly a few moments of panic. What if it bursts? Surely, this is the worst case scenario — and a leak is the last thing you need behind the walls. But if you’re going to take the classic ‘just heat it up’ advice, make sure you’re doing it correctly. If you’re using something to heat up the pipe, make sure your heat is not too hot. The quick change in temperature on something like copper can actually cause the pipe to expand rapidly and crack.

Disconnecting Fixtures

Sometimes, removing small fixtures is simple and is easy to do on your own. Repairs, however, can be a different story. Without properly disconnecting pipes and shutting off water lines, your quick DIY project can turn into a disaster in the blink of an eye. Make sure if you choose to take on a  project on yourself, that all of the preliminary boxes are checked off and you’re triple checking your own work to ensure that you’re not putting your home or business at risk.

Ignorance

Plain and simple, the ignorance of a potential issue is one of the worst mistakes to make in your home or business. If something seems like it’s not working the way it once was, get it checked out! There’s no harm in being proactive to a situation you’re unfamiliar with, and that type of tenacity just might save you hundreds, if not thousands in repair costs. However, keep an open mind and triple check to make sure that everything in your home is operating the way it should and is monitored closely.

If your home or business has experienced water damage this season, there’s only one company who can quickly and effectively restore the area. With SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, we take pride in our fast and effective response team, dedicated to getting you back up and running as soon as possible. Contact us at (631) 585-0007 for rapid response and service!

What to Expect when you experience water damag

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

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

Detecting Smells

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

Noticing Water Spots

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

Seeing Bugs

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

While this all seems less than favorable, it can be handled as soon as possible when you choose the right company to help you. SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma has been dealing with water damage for years and is always available to help you with emergency water damage situations. To learn more, give us a call at (631) 585-0007 and someone will be happy to assist you at any time of the day or night.

3 Ways To Battle Water Overflow

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

Moisture and water at home are sometimes two things that don’t necessarily mix well, and can be synonymous with a disaster at any time during the year! Especially when it comes to your home’s moisture, keeping it within a comfortable region becomes imperative, and there are a few ways to be able to do so. See below for some tips, tricks and items to use to prevent water and moisture from overcrowding your home!

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It’s important to turn on your exhaust fan (if you own one) whose sole job is to pull air & moisture out of your home.Many bathrooms and other rooms that have water fixtures are equipped with these, and they can realistically be used for many surrounding rooms as well! Keeping them on during a shower or cleaning day can help draw moisture and chemical gases out of your home, keeping both your family and home safe!

Dehumidifiers Work Wonders

Humidity can cause peeling paint, swelling floor tiles, and many more things that are just plain painful to see and have to fix. This ALSO increases the chance of mold forming, which is the cause of stagnant moisture. We can assure you that short of other destructive damage, moisture and mold are the last things you want to endure at home. Make sure you’re keeping humidity levels in check throughout the rooms that may be exposed to excess.

Watch Your Carpets

Carpet can sometimes be the cost-effective solution to many other flooring options -- which is never an issue! But what can be the issue however, is that carpet is highly absorbent and can lead to moisture and mold buildup very easily. We’re going out on a limb in assuming that tearing up carpet and cleaning mold damage isn’t the way you thought you’d be spending your gorgeous Saturday afternoons.

Should you encounter a moisture problem, help is something you’re going to need. At SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, our goal is to keep your home or business up and running as it should, 24/7/365! If you’re in need of an expert team, reach out to us for unparalleled results! We can be reached at (631) 585-0007 at anytime!

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!