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Winter Damage Your Business May Sustain

2/13/2019 (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!

Common Causes of Home Fires

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

No one wants to endure the effects of a fire at home -- and especially the water damage that comes from putting it out. In many cases, there are a ton of ways to prevent fires - and most of the fixes are fairly common! Below are just a few things that cause fires and a number of ways to prevent them from occurring in your home or business

Space Heaters

Like you, we enjoy the comfort that space heaters provide on chilly winter days. However, these appliances are a leading cause for destructive fires across the country. First, you need to keep anything flammable at least three feet away from the heater, as well as keeping items that can knock into it, far away. You should always turn off your space heater when you go to bed or leave the home. Make sure to set a timer if you’re going to be sleeping, and monitor the filter for anything that can cause a fire.

Dry Air and Flames

Since winter brings dry air, it's important to watch out for home damage that can be caused by fires due to dry air in your home. A fireplace screen is a must while enjoying your time near the heat. When the fire is done, place cooled ashes in a metal container and store them away from your home. Don't forget to put the matches you used to start the fire out of reach of children. Any embers, open flames or hazardous material that could help start or spread a fire should be brought outside of your home or safely suppressed.

Let’s face it -- almost everyone loves the smell of candles this time of year, but make sure the flame stays at least one foot away from anything that could burn or catch fire. The National Fire Prevention Association says that 11% of candle-caused home fires involved someone falling asleep while the candle was lit, so if you’re getting to the end of your evening, it might be a good idea to put out the candle preemptively.

Appliances

Any appliance with a frayed cord poses a fire hazard and you should stop using it immediately. We recommend you take extra care with heat-producing appliances to ensure total safety. Microwaves, irons, dryers, hair tools and stoves should be turned off before you leave home. PLEASE REMEMBER, while you're cooking, the stove should never be left unattended.

When damage occurs to your home it's only a matter of time before the damage worsens.  Call us at 516-334-2927 to schedule time to speak with us at SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury and we’ll make sure that your damage is handled appropriately, in no time!  

Fire Prevention Tips For Home and Business Owners

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

When you own residential or commercial property, you must prevent the potential for fires at all costs. Business and home damage from fires is much more complex than it seems, due to problems from smoke, soot and water damage. While you may remember to have smoke detectors or water sprinklers in a building, there are additional ways to prevent dangerous fires.

Prevention Tip 1: Open Flames

If you have fireplaces in your home or business, you should use extra precaution to cope with the dangers from open flames. Make sure to have a fire screen in front of the fireplace at all times. In addition, you should have nonflammable materials next to the fireplace rather than having rugs or carpeting that can begin to burn quickly. Keep any open flames secluded and away from dry, flammable material.

Prevention Tip 2: Common Hazards

You should have a concern about the most common fire hazards in a building, including faulty electrical wiring, poor storage of combustible materials and smoking on the premises. Make sure to have an electrician check the electrical wiring in your building, check for potential issues with power surges, and store any dangerous materials in a safe area.

Prevention Tip 3: Seasonal Issues

There are frequent fires in buildings that are caused by having too many decorative light strands or leaving lighted candles in dangerous places. If you’re someone who enjoys the Christmas lights up all year, it’s important to address the potential for a fire, Additionally, all of the space heaters used, gas on hand for snowblowers, fireplaces and more can cause a destructive blaze.

At SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury, we know that fire damage isn’t limited to just the blaze. If you’ve experienced the unfortunate wrath of a fire at your home or business, it’s important to get in contact with a company that knows what to do in order to restore the damage. To learn more, call us at 516-334-2927 or contact us online for immediate assistance!

Is My Business At Risk For Ice Damage?

2/13/2019 (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!

SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury is an IICRC Certified Firm

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury is an IICRC firm. The institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. Only IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified LOGO.

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to customers and conduct business with honesty and integrity
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up to date on the latest changes in the industry
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation.

For further information, please visit the IICRC website, http://www.IICRC.org , to obtain further information regarding the standards and protocols of this organization.

3 Ways Water Can Creep Into Your Home

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

While we rely on water for many facets of daily life, we certainly don't need unnecessary water in our home. Standing water can break down the components that make up our home’s foundation and cause a great deal of damage in the process. It's far easier for water to enter the home than you might realize. Here are three ways that water can creep into the house and cause water damage.

Ice

It may not be obvious how ice can seep into your home since it's a solid, but it certainly does before it freezes. Water can trickle into the home through a crack or leak, freezing and hardening up into ice as the temperature drops. This ice can cause a great deal of home damage before eventually melting once more, and pooling somewhere in your home. Ice also has the ability to break apart your homes construction, like your roof and leave your attic accessible to further water.

Rain

If you have a roof with less than perfect shingles, you can be sure it's letting in rain and excess water That rain can collect in your attic and cause a whole bunch of unpleasant water damage, mold growth and more. If you notice that your roof is starting to sag, then the damage has reached critical levels and it’s time to act!

Runoff

One last aspect that water may be leaking into your home is through cluttered gutters and excess runoff at ground level. Without the gutters able to perform their duty in sending rain away from the home, that water begins to collect and saturate the soil. It can leak into your basement, through your foundation and actually flood. You'll be left with quite the mess and likely an exposure to mold as well.

Guard Against Water

At SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury, we 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!

Warning Signs of Property Damage

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

As a business owner or homeowner, you receive peace of mind in knowing that the roof over your head is secure. However, what if your business or home is less safe than you realize? You may be missing out on the signs that your property is actually damaged. There could be an assortment of home damage and water damage that is slowly taking its toll without your knowledge. To determine if your property is damaged, consider some of these signs.

Exterior

Sometimes the damage is actually quite noticeable such as in the case that the exterior is damaged. We may notice that shingles are missing or torn off on the roof and siding. Discoloration of the roof could indicate to us that it is in need of a cleaning or repair. Home damage from an exterior point of view could indicate that the house or business has done its job in protecting the interior, but it could use a bit of help to continue to do so.

Abnormal Air/Smells

With deterioration comes a certain kind of smell. If water damage has occurred in your home or business, then it's likely that the wood could be rotting. This is especially true if mold and mildew have taken up residence in the wood. If you notice a particular odor in your home, and it is not your loved one, then your house may be trying to tell you something.

Cracks

Because the house shrinks and expands with the varying temperatures, it isn't uncommon for cracks to emerge. In places where support resides, these cracks could be problematic. Having a professional team like ourselves inspect those areas could help keep your house clear from further damage.

When damage occurs to your home it's only a matter of time before the damage worsens.  Call us at 516-334-2927 to schedule time to speak with us at SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury and we’ll make sure that your damage is handled appropriately, in no time!  

Business Space Damage You May Sustain

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

When you first think about a fire or flooding problem, you may not immediately associate it with a business. However, they're just as susceptible to receiving home damage and water damage as any homeowner. One bad pipe might be all it takes to flood a bathroom and shut down the building for a day or two. This can greatly impact the profits of that business and cause quite a bit of stress for the owner. To find out what else may plague a business space and how to combat it, we’ve compiled a short list below.

Flooding

As mentioned before, one old pipe might be all it takes for a sudden flood to occur in a bathroom, the building's basement or main space. Depending on just how bad the flooding is, that business might not be open for a good deal of time. After all, if this is you, you'll have to deal with all of the water damage the building sustained due to the flooding. This can be quite a headache for any business owner to deal with and can severely affect profitability.

Mold Growth

Whether, as a result of that flooding or, just because the building has a lot of moisture in the air, it might see a bit of mold growth. This can be considered a health hazard and could have the business shut down until it is removed. Business owners should make the call to SERVPRO to make sure that mold is taken care of quickly and effectively before the issue turns into a severe problem.

Fire

As seasons change, buildings can sometimes be more susceptible to fire breakouts than at other times. A furnace that hasn't been fine-tuned in awhile might cause a spark to form. If it's especially dry in the building, that spark could catch and before you know it, the building could be on fire. Hopefully, there's still enough of the building leftover for a restoration to take place.

If you find yourself experiencing damage, make sure the team you call is professional and swift. SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury is at the ready 24/7, no matter the emergency. To receive assistance for any type of damage, get in contact with us today!

Give Thanks By Choosing SERVPRO

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

There are many reasons to be thankful during the cold season, and throughout the year. At SERVPRO, we do whatever it takes to make certain that you are a happy customer of ours, and back safely in your home or business. If you are experiencing any type of crippling damage, we are ready to be of assistance.

Why Us

SERVPRO is a reputable company that can handle damage with ease. We have the right tools and equipment to quickly and safely detect where damage is, where it is affected the most, and resolve the issues quickly. Whether you are dealing with water damage from a pipe burst, storm damage, mold or fire, we’re here to help with everything you may face.

Our Experience

Our technicians all have extensive experience and training in the home remediation industry. Our team's expertise can help resolve your problems in a timely manner, and correctly the first time. We want to make sure that your home is quickly assessed, cleaned up and restored to its original condition before bigger problems appear.

What We Provide Over the Competition

There are many benefits that come with choosing us for your home damage repair needs. We are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week to help with any type of emergency. We use advanced technology and skilled technicians to make certain that your problems are resolved as fast and efficiently as possible with the best remediation team available.

If you notice that your home has been damaged in any way, It is important to get help as fast as possible since problems only get worse if they are not treated in a timely manner.

Dealing with any damage can be devastating, and we know firsthand 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!

Is Mold An Issue In My House

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

As seasons shift to colder temperatures, we may not worry so much about things like mold and mildew. Even as snow falls and covers the lingering leaves which start to deteriorate on the ground, we may not think twice about the mold that is clearly spreading over it and eating it away. After all, that's outside. Unfortunately, mold can easily invade the home in the winter just as much as it can in any other season. Below, we cover how mold does just that, what you should look out for, and what you can do when you see mold.

How Mold Forms

It's important to understand what mold is and how it spreads. Mold, is essentially a fungus. It spreads itself through spores that settle on surfaces and remain relatively dormant until the right temperature and amount of moisture enter their atmosphere. By that point, the fungus starts to eat and spread even further by deploying more spores. There are species of mold which can be activated in the temperatures typically associated with early winter. You can expect home damage as it spreads should this be something occurring indoors.

What To Look For

While mold comes in varying colors and species, the mold primarily seen in homes is black. It can spread quite quickly as it’s given moisture, which can turn into devastating damage rather quickly. This is why mold is quite common in places that have seen water damage and it’s important to be conscious of environmental changes and ensure effective cleanup. Because mold can eat away at the surface it is attached to, it's important to have it removed quickly by someone who is well-versed in mold restoration.

What You Should Do

When you first notice mold, you can attempt to safely clean it away with bleach or another harsh cleaner, if the amount is small. This helps you limit the amount of home damage caused by the mold and allows for potential containment.  Keep an eye on the area you cleaned, if you notice the mold returning, this means you could have a deep rooted below the surface. You should also keep an eye on the areas where water damage has occurred as these are the key areas mold will grow. If this looks like something you’re not totally confident handling, make sure you have it handled by someone who can.

Dealing with the reality of mold damage can be devastating, and we know firsthand 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!