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How SERVPRO Makes A Difference At Your Business!

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO knows that running business operations smoothly should be a goal strived for by many -- and on Long Island, good business is key to a comfortable life!. When a problem arises, typically you or your employees act as the first line of defense, keeping everything in ship shape. But when things become a bit too much to handle, it’s important to call someone who can do the things that require a bit of meticulous expertise -- and we’re the team for the job!

Mold Damage

Take into consideration almost every aspect of your business when thinking about mold damage. If conditions are great for mold, they’re bad for business. Whether this consists of a leak above your ceiling or residual effects from constant rain, mold needs to be handled as soon as possible. Our team employs state of the art tactics for mold suppression and removal to make sure your business is ready for customers and normal operation as soon as possible.

For Water Damage:

Water damage is no stranger to many businesses, and it can happen with rain, humidity, leaks, cracks, and so many more things on a daily basis. Whatever the case is, water damage can get in the way of a sale, or prevent people from coming back to your establishment. SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma uses state of the art technology to pinpoint the location of water damage and remove it at the source for a lasting impact leaving your business dry.

For Fire Damage:

Fire damage is best prevented by observing for any risks, and limiting them from becoming larger risks at the source. Electrical outlets and appliances are usually the culprits, and while you’re not able to check every wire and plug each day, you should get into the habit of inspecting them periodically. If you do happen to experience fire damage, SERVPRO can assist with the remediation by cleaning things up and making repairs in order to prevent it looking like there was ever damage in the first place! 

Should you encounter any sort of damage at your business, know that there is a local company willing to help you at the drop of a dime. SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury 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 516-334-2927

How Likely Is A Home Fire This Winter?

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

The winter -- associated mostly with cold weather, snow, annoying wind and early darkness -- but rarely does the topic of fire come up during the winter. In your home or business, while it’s cold and wet for much of the season, a fire can be just as common, if not sometimes more prevalent during these months. While you might be wondering why, it’s simply due to the need for heat and fire to help warm homes and business on a constant basis. Space heaters, home heating systems, candles and more are used to so much more during the winter than they are in the summer -- and with that comes the risk for more fire. 

How Likely Is A Home Fire?

We would like to help you make it less likely, so in order to properly answer a question like this, let’s assess the risk factors associated with a fire and make some changes, if necessary. 

  • If you have open flames, such as candles on tables and desks, even for decorative purposes, make sure they’re away from materials that can easily catch fire. This includes fabric, plants, and anything else that is dry and could get in between your candle’s flame and home. 
  • A space heater can be a great way to keep a specific room or rooms warm during the winter months -- but they use electricity, and some of them aren’t as safe as they seem. The metal grills on some heaters can come in contact with fabrics and cause fires, as well as an accidental tip-over causing an issue as well. Both of these are huge risks, so make sure you’re keeping them in check when operating
  • Is electricity going to be running constantly? If so, make sure all wires are properly tucked and not in the way of anything that could get wet, or cause compromise to the electrical system. This is mainly because, electricity and water simply don’t mix. Not only can this lead to a fire, but it can also seriously injure someone who comes in contact with it.

If you’re in need of immediate damage restoration for any reason, make sure to partner yourself with a team that can make the situation right the first time. SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury 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. 516-334-2927

Minimize Storm Damage in your Commercial Space

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

Massive flooding, especially in regions like Long Island, NY, bring devastating impact on the livelihood of its residents and economy. Casualties, destructed crops, damaged properties, livestock losses, defective infrastructure and the rise of waterborne diseases are some of the consequences of floods. Commercial properties, involving millions of dollars’ in investment are also prone to flooding. The costs of rehabilitation, shifting of commercial property from damaged areas to new regions, and relocation of displaced people and employees can divert a massive amount of money from these businesses.

Floods on Long Island like Hurricane Sandy, and others across the country like Harvey, Irma, Michael and Maria have resulted in devastating losses, both residential and commercial, monetary and non-monetary. These losses have been noted to have a monetary loss from $15 - $125 billion.

Causes of Flooding in Businesses

To prevent commercial property and business losses, advance preventative measures can be made to determine and prevent water damage.

  1. Rising Water

It is one of the biggest risks to island areas like Long Island.

  1. Moving water

Moving water brings greater risks in areas that are located near rivers or in coastal storm surge areas since it results in much larger lateral forces on the buildings.

  1. Overtopping

Overtopping, opening of levees, dams and other flood stopping mechanisms, which are made to divert flood water flow to ensure protection, result in more significant flood damages than if these mechanisms were never installed.

  1. Flash flooding

Flash flooding occurs in almost every region due to slow-moving storms or unusually heavy rainfall arising out of any storm system.  This is particularly common on Long Island and the main culprit for commercial property damage on Long Island. 

Factors to Determine Property’s Exposure to Floods

  • Flood waters must be able to recede. The most common cause of structure flooding is poor drainage.
  • Flood waters’ depth, if higher than 3 feet, hydrostatic pressure against walls will lead to cracks in foundations. Resulting in horizontal foundation cracks and potential collapse.
  • Increases in water velocity will result in more pressure exerted against the building. Coastal locations are exposed to waves coming from a storm surge.
  • Flood water is usually contaminated, containing a lot of hazardous elements like industrial waste, toxins, pesticides, sewage, animal wastes, oils and chemical and non-chemical materials. This contamination breaches flood protection and brings intensive damage to property.

Ways to Tackle Flood

Drainage

The best solution to prevent flooding is to ensure that all drainage systems surrounding the parameter of your building have been installed and operating properly. Compromises in your drainage system can cause devastating damage to your commercial property.

Elevation

Having adequate elevation will prevent against coastal flooding. Safety margin against flooding is enhanced by raising the elevation of the building above 500-year flood elevation. Though, in regions like Long Island, these locations are hard to find.

Dry Floodproofing

Many waterproofing strategies, techniques, systems and materials exist to help seal the building or property’s foundation to prevent water from entering. Protecting the foundation by coating its exterior with a subterranean membrane that prevents flooding waters from entering the structure. This is not a quick fix and can be a complicated process that requires professional expertise.

To know more about the best solutions for minimizing flood damages to your commercial property, call the experts at SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury for specialized flood management and emergency restoration services on Long Island at: 516-334-2927

Air/HVAC Duct Cleaning

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

HVAC Duct Before and After Cleaning HVAC Duct Before and After Cleaning by SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury

SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury Now Cleans Ducts!

More and more people on Long Island are becoming aware of indoor air pollution.  It is definitely an area of growing concern and is something that can easily be prevented with air duct and HVAC cleaning. In fact, you’ve probably seen some companies promote this service which will improve your indoor air quality on T.V. or received advertising to this effect in the mail.

How does cleaning the air ducts and HVAC system help to improve indoor air quality? When one of our qualified technicians cleans your air ducts and HVAC system, they typically check and clean various cooling and heating system components.  These can include but is not limited to grilles and diffusers, supply and return ducts, cooling coils, heat exchangers, fans, motors, and condensate drip pans.

When one or more of these components is not properly maintained, the parts can become contaminated by pollen, other debris, and dust.  If there is moisture present, it can increase the chances for mold growth and spores to be released into the indoor air.  These contaminants can cause a reaction or symptom in the people who are exposed to them. 

If you decide that you are going to have your air ducts and HVAC system cleaned, be sure that the vendor is going to be cleaning all the components of your system.  If one or more elements aren't cleaned correctly, it can result in a re-contamination of the entire system once it is energized. 

While there are various methods that can be used to clean your air ducts, standards have been established by industry associations.  Typically, special tools will be used to remove any dirt and debris, and then a high-powered vacuum will be used to vacuum the dirt and debris out. 

Once the air ducts have been thoroughly cleaned, our service technician may want to apply chemical biocides, which will kill any microbiological contaminants.  This would be applied inside the ducts and to the other components of the system.  And in some instances where there are signs of mold growth, a chemical treatment may also be required to cover the surfaces of the air ducts.

So how do you know if you need your air ducts and HVAC system require cleaning?  What you can do is to do a visual inspection to see if there are any mold or dust deposits or if there is a musty odor, or if someone is suffering from allergies more than normal.  These are all signs that a professional air duct-cleaning specialist should come out and inspect your systems.  

Air ducts and HVAC systems should be regularly cleaned to help keep dirt, dust, and mold from being spread throughout the building and degrade the indoor air quality. With proper maintenance performed by a qualified air ducts and HVAC cleaning professional, you will ensure that the indoor air quality stays as high as possible. 

Call SERVPRO of  East Meadow/Westbury today to schedule your free assessment: 516-334-2927

Prepare Your Building For Winter Weather

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

Winter snow storm street scene SERVPRO of East Meadow Westbury Commercial Winter Storm Restoration

As per the last few years, it has been observed that winters can be a highly unpredictable time in the United States. Some years, it remains quite moderate with no or negligible snowfall, while other years are just freezing cold, with major blizzards and harsh windy weather. Irrespective of what winter decides to do, building managers and their maintenance staff must make sure that their buildings are fully prepared to embrace the coming winter. This implies taking care of winterizing activities before the harsh and cold weather hits. Following are some of the great tips to prepare your building for cold weather.

It is never too early to start

The winter is indeed the hardest season in terms of damages and wear-and-tear it brings to the buildings. Ice accumulates in spaces and cracks between masonry and bricks contribute to deterioration of a façade. The salt eats away the concrete and metal. Colder temperatures also bring higher electrical and heating bills. Due to these and other factors, it is advised that building managers must start early.

Prepare Windows

Windows are surely a weak point for loosing heat and letting in water. Window sashes and frames must be examined and fixed before winter comes, preferably in the fall season. Sealant and caulking must also be assessed, as it may become weaker with time. In addition, the steel lintel, which is a piece of metal on each window’s head that supports brick above it, must also be checked. If lintels are rusting, they will eventually buckle and fail, leading to weakening of the bricks above them and water penetration. To avoid associated damage, the lintel inspection should be made before the winter season since their repair can take some time.

Keep the heat in

Due to higher energy prices and building managers’ difficulty to keep pace with the tight budgets, conservation of energy has become a critical aspect for both building managers and occupants. A lot of measures can be taken by building staff and occupants to make sure that heat remains inside. Areas where heat is able to escape must be checked, such as outside doors and windows. Also, check the openings or gaps between the doors’ bottom and the saddle, and also the gap around the frame of the doors. For a few cents, you can weather-lock the doors, not just to save money, but to have better comfort level inside the building.

Don’t forget the basement! Check to ensure that no heat or air is escaping. If the building has boiler system, it must be checked and cleaned on an annual basis. The building staff should also monitor fuel consumption regularly.

Don't forget the roof

Another critical part of the building to resist the cold is its roof. Flat roofs must have an ultraviolet roof coating. This process should begin in October, since it takes time to apply. This petroleum based coating is relatively cheap as it’s simply painted onto the roof. This coating holds reflective silver additives that develops a barrier to insulate the building and protect it from ice and snow. In addition, roof drains must be cleared to  avoid blockages that may lead to ice damming, icy build-up and leaks.

Pitching In

Along with building managers, the building occupants can also take few measures to better prepare the buildings for winters. They can lower the thermostats a few degrees to save significant energy, and alert the manager or staff of anything that needs to be fixed.

It’s wise not to wait until the harsh cold weather strikes to preparing your building for winter. These simple tips are great to keep your buildings protected against the harsh winter weather. If you experience any damage to your commercial building due to the harsh winter weather, call the expert home emergency restoration professionals at SERVPRO of East Meadow / Westbury right away.

What SERVPRO Provides That No One Else Can

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

Quality Assured

When you need service done on your home, for any type of damage, it’s important to choose someone who can help you correctly the first time. With SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury on your side, our wide array of services, emphasis on support and care, and experienced team, you have a recipe for damage restoration like no other. Dive into the finer details about what we offer your home and business that others just can't match.

Services Offered

If your home has endured fire or water damage, it’s important to know that we can help you remediate, restore and rebuild. We also offer commercial restoration for all of our services.  These services range from fires and floods to storms and mold, we’re happy to cover any and all damage you’ve sustained and help you bring your home or business back to its original state.

Support/Care

We want our clients to feel like they are part of the family -- and as such, our service does just that. We offer 24/7 support for any emergency that your family might have. If a disaster has left your home or business with extensive damage, you can expect our team to show up quickly, provide support and get to work.

Experience

Our team is thoroughly and extremely trained to deal with any problem that your house might be suffering from. We have specialists on hand that are consistently participating in classes to better their skills in restoration, cleanup and much more. We’re proud to offer decades of restoration experience and apply it to every job we take on -- which includes yours!

No matter what damage may plague your home, you can count on SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury to help fix it and make it “Like it never even happened.” If you’re interested in learning more about how we can help you, give us a call at 516-334-2927!

How does the Cold Affect Water Damage

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

If it’s never happened to you before, you may not think twice about the possibilities of water damage. With winter officially upon us, rain will be turning into snow, which will begin to accumulate on and around your home. A real possibility is that it will then turn into ice, which is even harder to keep away from your home. Below are a few ways the cold weather can cause damage to your home this winter season and how it can pose a threat.

Ice

When you first think about ice, the immediate dangers may not be obvious. However, ice that is packed to your roof, on your driveway, or even against your siding can slowly damage those areas over time. Chips can form, which can expose your house to the outside elements. All of that heat you're trying to keep within the home can now actually leak outside, while moisture can find its way inside. It’s best to monitor condensation and any changes you see within your home.

Cracks/Leaks

Ice can also cause cracks when it's lodged inside of something. Again, that expanding and shrinking that ice does with varying temperatures causes any surface to move with it. This can cause that area to crack or bend in response, which can impact the integrity of your home. When the ice eventually melts, that water can leak right into those cracks and cause both water and mold damage wherever it goes.

Exposure To Mold

One last aspect that you might not consider is the role of mold. While mold requires a certain temperature and moisture to spore and grow, it's still alive within the ice. You may not think twice about it if you notice a bit of ice in your home, but it’s important to be weary. When that ice melts, the mold bacteria can be released inside of your home and cause damage, odors, and costly repairs.

If you or someone you care about experiences damage this winter, make sure your first step is the right one. When it comes to managing the damage, make sure the team you call is professional and swift with their efforts. SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury is at the ready 24/7, no matter the emergency. To receive assistance for water damage, get in contact with us today at 516-334-2927!

Winter Damage Your Business May Sustain

2/7/2021 (Permalink)

During the winter, there is a lot of damage that can occur to your business due to the harsh effects of the season. While there are some things you can preemptively do in order to prevent this home damage, it is important to know that there are some instances that are beyond your control, or skillset to repair. Learning about these damages will help you effectively prepare for damage and potentially minimize the impact it has on you.

Ice

Ice dams are one of the most common types of ice damage that you can have at your business. Ice dams happen when the snow on your roof melts as the temperature rises for a few hours, generally during the day and then refreezes when the temperature quickly drops again.  This melted ice moves into your gutters and under your shingles and causes a damn as it refreezes. This can cause additional water damage due to the fact that the water doesn't have any place to go. These ice dams can damage your shingles, roof and gutters to the point where they will need to be replaced if the ice dam isn't taken care of quickly. Additionally, it can cause interior leaks, which can lead to costly repairs and mold growth.

Snow

If you let snow build up on your walkways and driveways, this can lead to personal injuries and create a big problem. When snow gets stuck in the cracks of concrete, it can melt and eventually turn into ice. Once it turns into ice, it will expand and has the potential to crack or dislodge the concrete that makes up your walkways -- the same thing goes for the exterior walls of your building! This damage can be expensive, and most importantly, can cause a loss in profits as your business operations are halted.

Leaks/Flooring Damage

If you have leaks in your roof, you are more than likely also going to have some serious flooring issues due to the water traveling once it’s inside. This water damage can leak down on wood floors, causing weakened beams and planks, which can result in irreversible damage. This is a danger to your business that should be addressed quickly -- especially before it affects the livelihood of your operating hours, and ultimately, your sales!

Dealing with the reality of home and business damage can be devastating, and we know first hand how hard it can be to return to normal life while this is going on. At SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury, our goal is to relieve your stress by handling the entire process of remediation from start to finish. If you’re interested in learning more, give us a call at 516-334-2927 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Classes of Fire - A, B, C, D, and K

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

Fires are classified by the types of fuel they burn.

Class A

Class A Fires consist of ordinary combustibles such as wood, paper, trash or anything else that leaves an ash. Water works best to extinguish a Class A fire.

Class B

Class B Fires are fueled by flammable or combustible liquids, which include oil, gasoline, and other similar materials. Smothering effects which deplete the oxygen supply work best to extinguish Class B fires.

Class C

Class C Fires. Energized Electrical Fires are known as Class C fires. Always de-energize the circuit then use a non-conductive extinguishing agent. Such as Carbon dioxide.

Class D

Class D Fires are combustible metal fires. Magnesium and Titanium are the most common types of metal fires. Once a metal ignites do not use water in an attempt to extinguish it. Only use a Dry Powder extinguishing agent. Dry powder agents work by smothering and heat absorption.

Class K

Class K Fires are fires that involve cooking oils, grease or animal fat and can be extinguished using Purple K, the typical agent found in kitchen or galley extinguishers.

SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury stands ready to assist with fire damage, small or large events, residential and commercial.

Is My Business At Risk For Ice Damage?

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

When winter sets in, business owners have to make changes on how to accommodate customers. Safety is always at the top of the list for businesses, just as it should be. After all, you need to make sure that people can come and go without issue. Ice build up is a major problem, especially on Long Island, and it can cause safety issues and even damage as it melts.

Why Ice Forms in Certain Areas

  • Leaking gutters. As snow melts, the water has to flow somewhere! If you have a leak or clog in your gutter system, that water will turn to ice as it comes into contact with the ground below. Not only can this pool in high-traffic areas, but the water can travel and find cracks and crevices to get into, which can lead to damage behind walls, in roofing, flooring and more.
  • Snow packed walkways. The more people that walk on the snow on your walkways, the quicker it will pack down and form into ice. Staying on top of shoveling snow out of the way and applying calcium chloride to the walkways, is the best way to keep snow from turning into ice. Too much ice in one area can lead to water damage as the ice melts, which can cause slip & falls and damage where you want it least.
  • Snow plows. Sometimes a snow plow will pile the snow up on your sidewalk, in front of your driveway and access ramps, as it clears the roads. Not only does this create more work for you, but it presents the danger for heavy ice to compact itself down on walkways and up against your building.

Nobody wants to have to deal with ice and water damage this season. If you find that there are certain areas of your home or business that have been damaged due to ice or snow, make sure to call someone who can help. SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury can help protect your home against the damage water can cause. Our process is to make everything brand new again, “Like it never even happened.” If you’re interested in learning more about how we can help you, give us a call at 516-334-2927!