Common Fall Hazards You Should Look Out For At Home
Fall is here on Long Island, and while we’re upset summer is over, we’re certainly looking forward to the cooler weather and changing leaves! At home, this might mean turning down the air conditioner, and preparing for a weekend of raking leaves -- but on the flipside, fall comes with a number of examples where the attention you give to your home needs to be turned up a notch. On Long Island, we’ve certainly experienced the hardship of what fall weather can bring, and this year is no different.
No stranger to storms, your home is at risk more than ever during this season. This is when hurricanes run the risk of passing over Long Island, which can bring rain, wind, snow and damage to your home or business. Because of this, it’s important to be aware of weather alerts and take the necessary steps in preventing damage from occurring in the first place. Prepping with sandbags, plywood and other easily purchased items can be the difference between a ton of storm damage and a mild inconvenience.
With fall comes the colors associated with it, and we know how beautiful Long Island looks during this time. However, when you pair falling leaves with rain and wind, this can quickly become a damage-ridden season in the blink of an eye. Monitor all of your surrounding trees for broken or loose branches and regularly rake up any leaves in the area -- especially if it has rained! These falling branches can damage roofing, cars, and even you; while wet leaves can hoard and cover up moisture that seeps into your home.
Protecting your Nassau County home this season is and should be your #1 priority, and should something happen, help is always around the corner. Whether storm, water, mold or fire damage, SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury is at the ready to take on all remediation efforts to get you back on your feet faster! To receive more information, get in contact with us today!
Is Your Home Prepared For A Storm?
Owning your own home comes with a ton of benefits, such as your own private space for relaxation, being able to decorate to your liking, and many more! However, there are also some drawbacks to owning a home and sometimes this is the reality that your home may sustain damage due to factors outside of your control. With storm season upon us on Long Island’s coast, we want to make sure that your home is prepared for a storm and help you get ready for anything that might come our way this year.
Keep Spare Wood Boards
The last thing anyone needs in their home is broken glass -- and when a storm comes through, windows are an easy target for damage. Instead of having you worry about shard of glass on your floor, keep a few wooden boards in the garage or on the side of the house. If notice of a bad storm rolls in, secure it outside against the larger windows to prevent foreign objects from breaking the glass. Of course, you can always nail it into the siding for extra reinforcement, should the storm prediction anticipate stronger winds.
Grab Extra Gas For Your Generator
The last thing we want to see is you throwing out all of your food because the power went out and everything spoiled before it could be cooked. Instead of risking losing your weekly grocery store haul, grab extra gas from the gas station a few days before the storm and keep it by your side! This will help power your generator and keep your major appliances running for a few extra days until the power is restored.
Know You Can Call Someone
The best thing to have by your side before a storm is someone who can be at the ready and help your home immediately after. Unfortunately, we’ve all seen the damage that can occur due to storms like Hurricane Sandy, but that’s one of the best reasons to have someone like us on speed dial. When disaster strikes, our mission is to get you and your home back up and running quickly, alleviating stress and discomfort felt by nature.
When a storm is barreling toward Long Island, know that there is a local company ready to help you at the drop of a dime. SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury has been helping local families and businesses recover after all types of damage, and your case is no different. To receive assistance with water, fire or storm damage, give us a call at 516-334-2927!
Why Choose SERVPRO of East Meadow?
When it comes to having someone work on your home, whether it’s a simple air conditioning tune-up or a total remediation from flood damage, trust is one of the biggest factors in deciding who to work with. The quality of work also becomes a large factor, and while it’s important to understand that larger jobs take time, the end result should always be as good, if not better than it was before! With our Nassau County communities in mind, SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury should be your go-to choice for all things remediation-based -- here’s why:
Serving Long Island for years, SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury has extensive experience in the remediation game. So, how does this help you, you ask? Well for one, we’ve been proudly working on homes AND businesses in both Nassau and Suffolk County, bringing families and business owners back to a state where their damage is now a thing of the past. Through all of the fire, water, mold and storm jobs we’ve undertaken, our experience reigns unmatched and we’re ready and capable of handling any job, big or small!
We’re Human, Too
Working with SERVPRO is less of working with a business and more working with a family. We understand your home or business means a lot to you, and we take great pride in providing meticulous and seamless results when providing remediation work. Our team works with you, on your schedule, and efficiently enough to have you operating at your maximum potential as soon as possible. Whether it’s water or fire, our goal is the same quick and quality turnaround we’d expect on our own homes.
There are a number of factors that can contribute to damage in your home -- even if you can’t see it. If you think your home or business has sustained any type of damage, we’d love to talk to you about it. Our experts can provide assessments to the affected area and quickly begin the process of fixing any issues that may have popped up unexpectedly. We remain firm on our promise to keep you happy and reverse the damage -- “Like it never even happened!”
SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury is a locally owned and operated business with the team and resources to handle a disaster 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 more information about our restoration services, call 516-334-2927 for immediate assistance!
What Can Be Fixed At My Home After A Storm?
A storm passes through, and some of your home gets affected by the high winds, rain and flying debris -- we’ve all feared it, and some of us have already been there. For many people who are victim to the damage that comes with a storm, there are a ton of things that have to be done in order to maintain order without sustaining even more damage afterward. And what is comes to the sensitive areas of a home, it’s important to assess them immediately. If your home or business has sustained damage, it’s important to monitor what can and can’t be fixed.
It’s important to have the walls of your home professionally assessed before having any repair attempts made. The last thing we’d want to see at your home is damage due to water or mold AFTER an attempt to fix has been made. Specifically, when you choose SERVPRO for your work, our job is to investigate each area of damage to determine if the wall or ceiling can be salvaged or needs to be completely replaced. Our promise to you is getting the work done correctly the first time, to prevent any worry and ensure that your home is back to how it was, before the damage!
Ceiling & Roofing
High winds and flying debris can cause damage to your roofing and ceiling fixtures, which not only can let water in, but it an require an entirely new roof, beam, joists and more. It’s important in this instance to have the area carefully assessed. If wind damage was the only thing that occurred and the shingles are missing, you can probably get away with a simple replacement. We’re adamant on making sure that everything you need fixed is properly addressed in order to prevent any further damage.
For the most part, heavy storms can cause heavy water, which can easily flood homes and businesses. In many cases, it’s impossible to salvage a floor once it’s been submerged, especially because wood and other materials are great at absorbing all of these materials. When your home or business unfortunately sustains this kind of damage, we’ll look to replace the area with something that matches your remaining flooring in order to minimize the differences pre/post damage. Our goal is to work with you and to make everything as stress-free as possible.
When a storm is barreling towards Long Island, know that there is a local company ready to help you at the drop of a dime. SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury has been helping local families and businesses recover after all types of damage, and your case is no different. To receive assistance with water, fire or storm damage, give us a call at 516-334-2927!
3 Activities That Lead To Water Damage
Enjoying your summer includes being able to enjoy the sunlight and heat in the comfort of your own home -- and conversely, there are also a ton of ways you can enjoy cooling down! While we are never opposed to a super soaker battle to cool off, we’re always conscious of the water we use and how it can actually end up causing damage if we’re not careful. To prevent a summer disaster at your home, we’ve compiled a list of things for you to look out for to prevent water damage while you’re having fun in the sun.
Watch Water Lines
With the sprinkler on a lot more during the summer than the rest of the year, there will be a ton of water flowing through the pipes of your home, which means there’s a potential for water damage. Are you using your hose and water lines more this year? Make sure you don’t have any cracks in your piping, slow drips, or anything of the like. Additionally, it’s important that you’re being gentle with your garden hose and whatever’s connected to the water line, as too much yanking and tension can cause leaks to spring, which can quickly cause water damage.
It’s so inviting to take a long, cool shower after a long hot day. However, even though it feels like it might be the best remedy life has to offer, sometimes, too much of a good thing really isn’t good, even for your home. Excess use of water can lead to flooding and pooling, which if you’re not careful, can cause water damage. The stagnant water and excessive moisture in your shower is something to closely monitor, as it can lead to mold growth and damage.
Your home is full of things that need hydration, and your landscaping is part of that! Make sure you’re keeping your plants and flowers watered and fed with what they need in order to keep them growing. However, be sure to monitor how much water isn’t being absorbed by the soil and plants, as this excess water can seep through crevices and cause damage to your home’s foundation, create sinkholes and more. Experiencing this problem? It might be time to get it checked out!
Should you encounter any sort of damage at your home due to water, know that there is a local company ready to help you at the drop of a dime. SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury has been helping local families and businesses recover after all types of damage, and your case is no different. To receive assistance with water, fire or storm damage, give us a call at
How To Prepare For Summer Flash Storms
Picture this: One minute you’re tending to the garden outside, the windows are open in the house, and everything seems fantastic. The next minute, a flash storm is clouding the sky and the rain begins to unload ferociously onto your street -- what do you do? For many of us on Long Island, we’ve experienced the wrath of a flash storm -- and unfortunately, maybe the damage as well. With that in mind, knowing how you can prepare for something like this is extremely important! If you know ahead of time what you need and how WE can help, should something occur that is more than anticipated, it can save you from expending a lot of time and energy and from experiencing some heartache.
Don’t Leave Things Opened
Have you ever gone outside the morning after a storm only to realize you left your car window open? It’s certainly happened to the best of us -- but it can be prevented! Whether it’s your car or your home, create a habit to double check that you haven’t left things open; especially if the inside can become damaged. In a storm, a closed and sealed window can be the difference between no damage and endless cleaning for days after.
Prepare Your Home
Is your home’s area known for flooding or pooling water? If so, make sure you take the necessary measures to prevent it from happening during the next storm. Keep sandbags and other items close by so that during the next storm, you’re ready with whatever you need in order to prevent damage from occurring when you need it least.
Always Know Who To Call
Have you experienced damage to your home or business due to a flash storm? Unfortunately, this can happen at any moment. Should it happen to you, it’s important to make sure that you’re prepared with everything you need in order to have it remedied ASAP! SERVPRO Of East Meadow/Westbury is committed to helping home and businesses owners on Long Island get back on their feet and their space to look like it never even happened!
If 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 East Meadow/Westbury has been helping local families and businesses recover after all types of storms and your case is no different. To receive assistance with storm, fire or water damage, give us a call at 516-334-2927!
How to Prepare your Home for Hurricane Season
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How to Prepare your Home for Hurricane Season?
The third quarter of the year has just begun and if you live in a country having frequent hurricanes in the season, it is the high time to get your home prepared to avoid potential losses. Getting your home prepared for hurricanes takes money and time, but since the storms are still weeks away, you can reduce your potential expenses by early planning. The measures you take to prepare your property for expected hurricanes, safety-proof landscaping and plan insurance coverage, make you and your family safer in the season and in years to come.
Understanding Hurricanes Basics
Hurricanes, also called typhoons and cyclones, are high-scale storm systems developed over the oceans or seas, striking lands. They usually accompanied with heavy rainfall, high-speed wind, flooding (inland & coastal), storm surfer, tornadoes and rip currents. The United States, especially all Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Pacific Coast, states in Southwest and Pacific U.S. areas, face coastal storms, heavy rains, floods and hurricanes every year. The Atlantic hurricane period starts from June, running till November end, with peak periods from mid of August till October.
Getting Your Home Prepared
There are numerous ways to get your home prepared to withstand the downpours and high-velocity winds brought by hurricanes. Some are very easy to adopt. For instance, cleaning our gutters, repairing leakages, creating indoor storage spaces for putting outdoor furnishing under shelter etc.
Fasten the roof of your home to the home’s frame by using hurricane clips or straps. This reduces potential roof damage.
- Use Head & Foot bolts on doors
Putting head and foot bolts on your entry doors give them extra protection against rain and wind. Install bolts both at the top and bottom.
- Use Window Covers & Storm Shutters
Commercially made windows covers or storm shutters made from heavier and reinforced marine plywood, should be used to cover windows and sliding doors.
Make sure that your carports, decks, porches, sheds and entry canopies are well-maintained and firmly attached.
This implies trimming your shrubs and trees, if you have a lawn or a garden around. This makes them more resistant to wind, helps saving plants and reduces the extent of damages from windblown limbs or falling.
Replace gravel with the shredded bark to refresh gravel paths and drive. This is because windblown gravel may damage structures.
Keeping a portable generator helps avoid problems arising out of power outages during hurricanes. Keep generators and other power/heat sources outdoors, at least 20 feet away from your windows and doors. Put them under some shelter to prevent them from moisture.
Caution: Never power your home wiring by plugging your generator into a wall outlet.
- Keep an Eye on “Hurricane Watch”
Hurricane watch implies the probable conditions within next 48 hours. Follow these guidelines during hurricane season:
- Listen to local officials’ news about your evacuation routes
- Keep your disaster supply kit complete and updated in view of household needs and family members’ requirements
- Follow Hurricane Warning on Time
Hurricane warning implies the probable conditions within next 36 hours. Follow these guidelines during hurricane season:
- Follow evacuation orders as announced by the local officials
- Check-in by using social media or texting friends
- Follow Hurricane checklist, based on when the hurricane is expected and its impacts
- If you are living in a non-evacuation area, stay at home during hurricane
- Stay away from glass doors and windows
- Put refrigerator and freezer to the coldest temperature and don’t use them unnecessarily
- Keep listening news about latest updates and emergency situations
- Keep your communication devices in a working condition.
After the Hurricane…
- Don’t walk through flood waters
- Watch out for downed power lines and debris
- If you have an insurance coverage, take snaps of damages in a safe manner
If you are aware of the expected damages and plan your home’s safety before hurricanes actually strike, you can surely keep your family and property safe and sound. Call SERVPRO’s of East Meadow / Westbury's professional home emergency restoration technicians and experts for consultation and tackling emergency situations.
Commercial Building Maintenance Checklist
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Commercial Building Maintenance Checklist
Do you own or manage a commercial property? Maintaining a commercial building is indeed more complicated than that of homes, requiring a bigger scale, multi-faceted and on-going maintenance plan. Commercial building maintenance thus becomes a matter of systemized and scheduled processes for managing and maintaining the defined standards of sanitation and safety. Following an updated and commercial building, maintenance checklist leads to a cost-effective maintenance while creating the processes required to bridge the gap between expectations and avoiding damages and injuries. Here we bring the maintenance checklist for some of the most important areas of commercial buildings where facility managers can’t afford any negligence.
A strategically designed and timely implemented roof asset management program helps avoid recurring roof issues and sudden failures. The checklist includes:
- Check the entire roofing at least semiannually, especially after hurricanes & storms
- Maintain a detailed roofing file for your building, which also includes warranty information
- Keep the roof drains free of debris as these damages are not covered by warranties
- Check sheet metal, copings and sections repaired before
- Inspect roof-wall connections and flashings at penetrations, curbs etc. This helps to identify tearing and wrinkles if any
- Singly-ply roofs may need re-caulking at face-mounted termination bars
- Bituminous roofs may have splits in stripping plies, which must be fixed immediately
- Prevent metal roofs to corrode. Corrosion often caused by condensation from copper coils of rooftop HVAC units.
- Don’t cause shocks or put heavy traffic or load on the roof as it damages the membrane
- Take extra care of your green roof, through timely trimming, weeding and watering.
- Carry out moisture inspection once a year to detect and fix leaks
- If you have rooftop solar panels, use mount ballasted systems over a pad to shelter roof membrane
Leakages and wet insulations are the biggest plumbing problems that impact the entire building, and are often invisible. Follow these guidelines for timely checking and fixing:
- Inspect the entire building, especially bathrooms, at least once a year, for leakages
- Lubricate the local water booster and pumping system annually
- Check couplings for leaks
- Conduct flue-gas analysis for fire-testing heaters and boilers on occasional basis
- Lubricate drinking water chillers’ condenser fan motor bearings annually
- Replace oil in compressor oil reservoirs including traps, strainers, and filers
- Replace sump and sewage pumps on a timely basis. Lubricate exposed pumps annually
- Check public fixtures on a regular basis for leaks
- Maintenance of HVAC System
Maintaining your HVAC systems not only keeps their efficiency intact but also reduces building’s annual HVAC cost significantly by working efficiently.
- Conduct annual analysis, including inspection of latch updates, gasket repairs, and screw replacements needs.
- Recharge U-bend and P-traps water traps periodically
- Hire a pro to inspect and maintain seasonal PM of boilers and chillers
- During an inspection of cooling towers, disassemble access panels and screens. Inspect support structure, tower fill, spray and sump nozzles, drive coupling, gearbox, motor bearings, fan blades, and wiring.
- Lubricate pumps annually, inspect unusual noises.
- Clean and replace air filters of all HVAV units as per manufacturer’s instructions.
- Keep a periodic check on HVAC units’ energy efficiency and especially check compressor, refrigerant charge and thermal expansion valve
- Check direct pressure systems for optimal temperature ranges
Poorly maintained lighting fixtures raise energy cost and lower quality.
- Inspect lighting periodically with group re-lamping
- Check luminaries having control gear, transformers, accessories
- Inspect exterior lights and their hardware
- Replace burned out lamps
- Make sure that each lamp has same color temperature
- Clean lamps and lens surfaces
- Recycle the waste
- Higher-Scale Maintenance Areas
- Make your electrical systems inspected by a licensed pro within every 3 years.
- Clean and lubricate overcurrent devices
- Check fusible switch units
- Keep parking garages’ surfaces cleaned with annual maintenance and coating replacement within every 5 years
- Use power washing where applicable since it a cheaper and easier protective method
- Crack of pavements must be filled and seal-coated regularly.
Though this checklist is not completely customized to any specific commercial building, yet it is comprehensive enough to help commercial property owners and facility managers, in general, to take care of the building and keep it well-maintained.
For further information and expert consultation, call SERVPRO of East Meadow / Westubry's licensed professionals.
Is mold in your house affecting your health?
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With summer, comes mold. An excessive moisture level enables household mold to grow on floors, walls, ceilings as well as in furniture, posing serious health risks on building occupants. Mold can turn out to be an uncontrollable problem in your home if not detected and eliminated on time. If there is a constant source of humidity or moisture in the space, it makes the conditions favorable enough for mold to take a complete hold on your home walls and flooring. The problem worsens if any of your family members is sensitive to allergies and/or mold specifically.
How house mold becomes uncontrollable
Mold is a natural fungus found in our environment. It is also found in buildings where dust, moisture, and dirt accumulates. While most house molds don’t bring serious problems, the little mold spores in your home can rapidly multiply in number of moist and damp environment and bring health concerns.
You must have seen mold growing on plants and food. The same way, mold grows on wood, paper, fabric and home building items such as dry wall and home furniture like carpets. All mold needs to thrive, is the moisture.
Home molds can instantly find a favorable breeding setting in homes if there is:
- High humidity level from humidifiers
- Poor venting of clothes dryer
- Too much steam-cooking
- Backed-up sewer
- Leakage in roof
- Constant dampness in crawl spaces and basements
- Water pooling from overflowing toilet or bathtub
- Leaking plumbing
It is to be noted that if leaks are detected on time, water is cleaned up from flooded basements, and areas are thoroughly dried out, the mold spores present in the air can be prevented to make a home in your building. Furniture or carpets that get wet, should be immediately dried in order to prevent mold growth.
How House Mold Can Cause Health Concerns
Almost all kinds of mold lead to respiratory problems. People having a sensitivity to mold get a negligible reaction, while those who are specifically allergic may have more noticeable symptoms. Certain kinds of mold are more hazardous than others since they cause severe health problems. The mold containing chemical named mycotoxin, is highly risky if inhaled.
Generally, the home mold may cause the following symptoms:
- Nasal problems such as sneezing, running nose and congestion
- Throat problems
- Wheezy, difficulty breathing
- Frequent cough
- Worsening allergy response
- Skin rashes
- Irritation in eyes
- Asthma attacks
The Vulnerable People from Mold
Though mold affects the health of everyone, yet following are the people are more vulnerable to health problems caused by home mold:
- People having asthma, allergies and/or other respiratory problems
- People having weak or affected immune system, for instance, patients having HIV
- People who are on chemotherapy medications
- People passing through or recently had organ transplant
- Elderly people since they have weaker immune system
- Toddlers, infants, and young children
How to Encounter Mold?
To control mold growth and stop the health problems caused by it, you must first strive to get rid of sources of moisture in your home. Household mold is often visible and many cases don’t require mold testing. Mold may leave a fuzzy, velvety and leathery appearance, along with shade from yellow to green to black, sometimes looks like a discoloration or stain. If you find mold or sense a musty smell, take steps to block moisture sources. The cleaning of small spaces affected by mold can be done by brushing and vacuuming or you can also hire a pro for this purpose. During brushing away mold, wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, rubber gloves and safety goggles.
Take prompt action and you can successfully kick the mold off your home to have a healthy mold-free living environment. For expert consultation and mold removal services, SERVPRO of East Meadow / Westbury's skilled technicians are just a call away.
HVAC Maintenance Checklist
HVAC Maintenance Checklist
The HVAC system makes a critical component of any home. It provides comfortable living to you and your family in summer and winter alike. If your HVAC system doesn’t get regular maintenance and inspection, chances are you are going to face sudden AC shutdown when you need cooling the most or malfunctioning heater during cold breezed winter. Such HVAC problems don’t just cause a great deal of frustration but also huge cost of maintenance or complete replacement. Even worse, certain HVAC problems may result in dangerous home emergency conditions like home fire, short circuit, water flooding, mold growth etc. Following this HVAC maintenance checklist on annual basis ensures that your system works at its peak and keeps you and your family safe and comfortable all through year, while considerably cutting down your energy bills.
Checking the HVAC System Indoor Unit
The indoor segment of your HVAC unit is based on a number of moving components that must work well in unity to deliver effective performance. Include the following in your checklist:
The HVAC air filters must be vacuum cleaned monthly and replaced after every three months. This maintenance prevents dirt and dust to accumulate and clog the filters.
This includes blower motor, blower wheel and housing. Vacuum clean these parts every month to ensure free airflow.
Burner assembly usually needs occasional cleaning with a small vacuum attachment or brush.
Clean the exterior of HVAC unit i.e. its shell, by proper dusting.
Make sure that there is no fire hazard in the interior segment of HVAC unit.
- Combustion Blower Housing
This part can accumulate small debris and lint easily and must be cleaned regularly.
Inspect ductwork leaks that cause air to escape outside. Especially check attics and basements. Sealing and insulating the ductwork helps prevent leakages and ensures optimal performance. Hire a pro for insulation.
These include electrical disconnect box that must be installed with care and have correct power rating and wire connections. Inspect the power rating and wiring on frequent basis.
Make sure that the furnace is attached properly. If there is corrosion, it needs replacement.
If your HVAC system is based on natural gas, inspecting gas leaks on a regular basis is mandatory to prevent potential safety hazards.
If your HVAC system runs on an old motor, you should lubricate it regularly. Also check if fan’s belt is working properly or needs a replacement.
Your HVAC system comes with safety devices that should be in working condition.
Checking the HVAC System Outdoor Unit
Base pan must be checked to ensure that its drains are not blocked.
Cabinet housing should be free from leaves, debris and dirt.
Coils should be checked to clean twigs, leaves and dirt that accumulate in coils and reduce their longevity and efficiency.
The compressor along with its tubing should be check to locate damages. These components must operate within accurate levels of volt draw and amperage, for which properly working wire connections should be ensured.
Check blades and motors for damages. Just like indoor motor, the outdoor motor also needs timely lubrication. Also check belt tension.
The HVAC system’s refrigerant must operate with proper pressure and at correct level. Excessive refrigerant is a wastage while too little means system is not working efficiently.
Your HVAC System Can Save Money
In certain cases, the only way to save your money is to replace the system or its parts, as necessary. Go for energy-efficiency HVAC units and use refrigerants approved by Environmental Protection Agency, since these save up to $115 or more every year. Use a programmable thermostat that typically saves up to $180 a year.
Once you read this checklist, you can start the inspection. If you need a pro, call SERVPRO of East Meadow / Westbury for professional consultation and home restoration services.