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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!

Give Thanks by Choosing SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

There are many reasons to be thankful during the cold season and throughout the year. At SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury, we do whatever it takes to make certain that you are a happy customer of ours, and 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 home 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!

Preventing Snow Mold

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

Recently we have witnessed our first snow of the season! This is now an appropriate time to discuss the subject of snow Mold. Snow Mold is caused when there is snow on the ground that is not completely frozen. Snow Mold has also shown to be found under leaves that have not been cleaned up that should have been moved once more before winter set in, or removed altogether.

How is snow Mold prevented?

  • Avoid excessive nitrogen fertilizers in the fall
  • Mow the lawn until it stops growing
  • Clean up leaves in the fall
  • Manage thatch to avoid accumulations of more than 2"

Although it can look really gross in the early spring, most snow mold damage will recover in time. Once the area has dried, the infection will end and the grass will grow out and renew itself.

Preventable Water Damage Tips

12/27/2020 (Permalink)

frozen downspout Keep Your Downspouts Unclogged to Prevent Ice Buildup

Every year water damage on Long Island causes millions of dollars in damages. It can be the result of pipes bursting, leaks, or natural disasters. Even though water can cause a lot of damage, there are several things you can do to reduce the severity of the damage.

Simple Prevention Techniques
With some simple prevention techniques, you can prevent or dramatically reduce water damage costs. When you leave your home for vacation, turn off your main water line. This will ensure that flooding will not be the result of a  frozen pipe that has burst, or a hose. When the weather is frigid, allow your faucets to drip slowly but regularly, that way any water that freezes will have room to expand without bursting a pipe.

Make sure to clean gutters and downspouts frequently, so clogs from leaves, dirt, and other debris don’t cause gutter damage or any overflowing water to enter your home. Always have your hose connections checked yearly and regularly check on your appliances, especially those that have a water supply. This will be more cost and energy efficient, and it could also prevent a major catastrophe.

Look around for Small Signs of Water Damage
Also, pay close attention to any signs that water damage is occurring. If you notice a water stain on the ceiling or water spot on wood, that could be a sign of a leak. That leak could continue to warp various building materials until you have significant damage inside the structure of your home. Make sure all appliance hose fittings and connections are properly tightened and sealed. This could be a refrigerator ice maker line, washing machine hose, dishwasher, etc. Remove and replace all old caulk and grout around sinks, tubs, and tile work. It's prudent to always check for leaks around faucets, drains, and water supply lines. Test your sump pump at least once each season to ensure that it will properly transport water out through a drainpipe and away from the building.

Protect Your Furnishings and Other Valuables
Keep valuable items and furniture off of areas that are prone to flooding by placing them on tables or supporting them in another way. If a flood occurs, at least some of your property will be protected by being higher than the floor. Inspect your roof carefully for any shingle or flashing damage , especially near chimneys. Ensure that your R insulation factor is sufficient for your attic. This will all but eliminate the potential for ice damming on the roof and gutters. By completing these simple fixes, you can save yourself from potential water damage costs later.

Weatherproof Your Home
Before winter begins, be sure and disconnect all water hoses from around your home and turn the interior water valves off completely. Invest in foam covers for your outside spigots. This  fix will insulate the area around the taps which will help prevent freezing and water damage. Furthermore, be sure to seal around window cracks and sealants around doors to further prevent water from entering your home during a storm or flood.

If, after all of your proactive efforts, water damage becomes an issue, call SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury for an immediate response to mitigate any damage, and save you time and money. We can restore your property to preloss condition "Like it never even happened."

We Use The Latest Advanced Drying Equipment and Techniques

Restoring your home after a fire or water damage event requires specialized equipment, expertise, and products. This advanced equipment allows us to remove the water and even hidden moisture, quickly and efficiently from your home. Call SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury 24/7 for a prompt response. 516-334-2927