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Is Water Lurking In My Home? A Guide

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

At home, it’s important that you’re always conscious of the environment you’re living in, and you’re aware of any potential changes to the spaces in which you’re occupying. For those reasons, it’s important to know when things are going wrong, or begin to be conscious of the small changes that can point to an issue. When it comes to water damage, your eye must be very keen to understand what may be occurring, and how you can prevent damage in its tracks. See below for a few telltale signs that you may be experiencing water damage at home and how to stop it!

Musky Smells

For the most part, you know what your home smells like, and sometimes it has no smell at all due to it being familiar! However when something begins to permeate through the air, it can be very noticeable. If you experience a musky, humid odor, it’s a sign that in that room or the surrounding area, some type of moisture is present. In order to prevent this from becoming an issue, make sure to have someone come in and inspect the area for water damage, and conduct a search on your own.

Signs Of A Leak

If you’re seeing discoloration in the walls, ceiling, or anything similar, water might be the cause, which can lead to mold growth or permanent damage. It’s important that if this looks like it’s been happening or it’s brand new, you turn off the water supply to stop it from worsening and get it inspected as soon as possible before more damage occurs.

Bugs

A bug infestation usually points to a few possibles. Either you left fruit out too long, or there’s something they like inside your home -- water being one of them. If this happens to you, it’s important to try and source where they’re originating from and take the necessary steps to stop them from getting in and feeding off of whatever it is they are finding.

Dealing with the reality of water 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 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!

Fire Hazards You Should Look Out For

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

When summer is in full swing and temperatures at their hottest, there’s always the possibility of a fire starting from seemingly nothing at all. While we understand fire damage can be devastating, it’s important to identify and understand what can actually cause the fire damage as well. Below are a few changes you can make to your home to help prevent the devastation and damage that comes from a fire.

Outlets

With the air conditioner and fans on during the hot months, your electric units sure get a ton of work -- which can take a toll on the entire system! While plugging in your surge protector can be a big help, it can still eventually become too much for your breaker and cause a surge, or start a fire. Should this happen to you, big or small, make sure you have trained technicians on-site to assess and repair any of the damage.

Dry Air & Brush

It’s important to also note that the area surrounding your home or business should also remain clear and free of debris and brush. Whether it’s a dropped cigarette or a spark from the firepit, a dry day can turn the entire area into a fire hazard. Make sure loose lawn clippings, branches and leaves are all raked up and recycled properly in order to promote less of a fire risk in your area!

The summer temperatures can be unforgiving, and it’s important to keep yourself well hydrated, as well as keeping your home safe

If you find yourself experiencing a fire, make sure your first step is to get everyone to safety. When it comes to managing the 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 fire damage, get in contact with us today!

What You Can Do After Fire Damage

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

So you’ve just experienced damage due to a fire -- and we know, this is likely one of the most devastating times of your life. While it’s perfectly normal to be upset at the effects of the fire, it’s also important to understand that while things may be damaged, you’re safe, which is most important. Your next steps to recovering after fire damage are crucial, and you’ll need a local Long Island company to make it right. Below are a few things we believe will help the most in your road to remediation.

Collect What You Can

In some cases, you’ll be allowed to re-enter your home or business to collect things and get on with your daily life as best you can. For this reason, it’s important that you exercise this action carefully, and only take what you need. For the most part, your insurance will cover the other items, and it’s best to leave them there for inspection.

Call Your Insurance Company

Let your insurance company know that quick remediation is important to you. This is something that you, above everything, would like to remain in the loop for. By doing so, they will know that any and all decisions that need to be made must go through you, and you’ll have your opportunity to voice your opinions, concerns, and much more.

Grab An Expert Company

When it comes time to fix your home, it’s important to have someone by your side that can do it with you. SERVPRO of Westbury/East Meadow has been working with families and business owners during recovery from fire damage for years, and we treat your space as if it were our own. We work with you to fix and replace as necessary, making sure no stone is left unturned, and no job is complete until you give us the sign-off. Our promise to you is providing the comfort and care you deserve and need during a time like this.

If you find yourself experiencing a fire, make sure your first step is to get everyone to safety. When it comes to managing the 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 fire damage, get in contact with us today!

What Type Of Water Damage Do I Have?

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

After a storm, it’s important that as a home or business owner, the first thing you do is assess the type of damage that your building may have sustained during the ordeal. We know that coming home to a damaged area can be extremely stressful, which is why it’s also important to go through everything quickly in order to understand the extent of the damage, and get to work at figuring out how to fix it. Before you can begin the process of fixing the damage you have, it’s important to understand what the damage actually is, and how serious it can become.

Stagnant Water

One of the worst things to have in your home or business is stagnant water. This can occur due to flooding and heavy rainfall, which causes water to pool and not go anywhere until water is pushed away or the levels decrease. Because the water is sitting still, it’s able to deeply embed itself in flooring, walls and fixtures, which can cause extensive damage, promote mold growth and more. We understand this is a serious concern, and this is why part of our process revolves around making sure that any damage is handled before it causes more!

Spreading Damage

Let’s assume your shingles have been torn off by a storm, allowing water to pass into the house. As this happens, there are a ton of components inside your home that become damaged as the water travels through them. Similar to stagnant water, water that moves through crevices can impact multiple areas at once, causing extensive damage in the process. This can be devastating to a homeowner, and it’s important to understand that it should be fixed as soon as it’s noticed to prevent further damage from occurring.

Dealing with the reality of water 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 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!

Long Island Storm Preparation Steps

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

On Long Island, especially if you’re near the water, it’s important to know how to prepare both yourself and your home for incoming disaster. This type of occurrence can happen in a flash, and just like that, your belongings and buildings can be at risk. We’re here to help you become well-rounded at knowing what to do in the event of a storm, and how you can safely keep your home, family, business, and belongings safe!

Observe Changing Conditions

We’ve all looked up at the sky at one point or another and said “this doesn’t look good” -- but how many times have you acted on it? In these situations, it’s important to think about what’s happening around you. If you think it looks bad, it might be worth checking one or two weather apps for an update on the current system in your area. This helps give you peace of mind or can help you prep for the weather you’re about to endure at home.

Keep Tools Handy

During adverse storm conditions, you can lose power, watch trees fall, and experience flying debris due to wind. Remember, your home is supposed to be a safe area, however it’s hard to protect it without the right tools! Keeping candles, a generator, wooden boards and flashlights are just a short component of the laundry list of things that you can use to better prepare yourself for what’s coming, or already here.

Have Professionals You Can Call

In the event you sustain damage, it’s imperative that you continue on with keeping your home in tip-top shape, and make any necessary repairs as soon as possible. At SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury, our job is to help you after the storm, providing everything you’d need to successfully make it through any ordeal. A company that treats you like family is few and far between, but we’re proud to be one of them!

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 storm damage, get in contact with us today!

Common Fall Hazards You Should Look Out For At Home

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Storm Season

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.

Trees

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?

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

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?

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

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:

Experience

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?

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Walls

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.

Flooring

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

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Long Showers

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.

Overwatering Plants

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

516-334-2927!