How to Prepare Your Home for a Hurricane
How Do You Prepare Your Home for a Hurricane?
If you live on Long Island, you’re aware of how important it is to prepare your home for a hurricane. And while you may know hurricane preparedness measures like the back of your hand, it’s always a good idea to have a quick refresher course. The Nassau County storm damage cleanup and restoration professionals at SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury share some of the most important tips.
Remove Branches and Limbs
Before hurricane season is in full swing, walk around your property and locate any branch or limb that may become dangerous should the wind pick up during a hurricane. If you do not, there’s a chance they could snap and create a very dangerous situation for you and your loved ones. Of course, if you cannot safely remove any limbs or branches yourself, you should seek assistance from a professional.
Tidy Up the Gutters
Believe it or not, your gutters play a very important role: They help keep water away from your home. However, if there’s an obstruction, H2O can begin to collect and seep into your home. As a result, this can lead to water damage and mold or mildew growth, should the issue go unseen. To help lessen the chance of this from happening, you must clean your gutters and remove any lingering debris within them. If you’d like to go the extra mile, consider adding gutter guards to prevent future foliage from settling inside the channels.
Put Outdoor Furnishings Away
Whether it’s a lawn gnome or a lawn chair, put all of your outdoor furnishings away if you know a hurricane is on the way. Unfortunately, if the winds pick up speed, something as seemingly harmless as a patio chair could go airborne and cause damage to your home. If you’re unable to store your lawn furniture away by some chance, consider finding ways to secure them in the ground or on a nearby permanent structure.
Seal Your Windows and Doors
Over time, the elements will eat away at any weather stripping you have placed around doors and windows. To ensure your home is sealed as tight as possible during a hurricane, walk around your property and inspect the weather stripping around your windows and doors. If something looks like it could use some new caulking, don’t hesitate to reapply it as soon as you spot the problem area.
Map Out Your Evacuation Plan
Although this tip doesn’t relate to your home, it’s still crucial to consider. Before a hurricane arrives, you must map out your evacuation plan. Planning ahead of time will keep you and your loved ones calm in an emergency; you’ll know exactly where you need to go and what you should bring with you should local government officials say you need to evacuate your home.
Some of the things you should include in your plan are:
- The location of your nearest emergency shelter
- Various routes you can take to get there
- A list of emergency contacts
- Copies of important documents
- An emergency kit filled with gallons of water, non-perishable food, first-aid supplies, and more
Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration Services in Nassau County
If your home or business sustains damage from a hurricane or storm, SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury is here to help. Our team has the tools and expertise to restore everything to its original state “Like it never even happened.” We can handle it all, from drying water damage to repairing structural damage. If you need assistance with storm-related damages, please call us at (516) 334-2927.
What Should You Not Do After a House Fire?
What Not to Do After a House Fire
One of the most unfortunate events a homeowner can endure is a house fire. Whether the blaze was big or small, it’s not something that can be taken lightly. And although you may feel inclined to enter your home after the incident and begin picking up the pieces, you should avoid doing that at all costs.
The Long Island fire damage and restoration professionals at SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury share a few suggestions of actions you should not take immediately after a house fire.
Do Not Re-Enter the Home
You mustn’t re-enter your home until your local fire authorities have declared that it is safe. For instance, although your humble abode may appear fine on the outside, there could be hidden structural damage on the inside — and one wrong move could lead to a very dangerous situation. Another thing to consider is that there may be asbestos contamination unbeknownst to you. Regardless, avoid going back into your home until the coast is clear.
Do Not Turn on Utilities
Even if it appears the fire caused minor damage, do not turn on the gas, water, electricity, or other utilities in your home until you’ve received the “green light” from the Fire Marshal. For example, since you will not know the extent of damage caused to your home’s electrical system at first glance, it could spark another fire or create another dangerous situation should you turn it on without having it inspected by authorities.
Do Not Clean the Damage Yourself
Once you’ve contacted your insurance company and the Fire Marshall has stated that you can re-enter your home, do not start cleaning the damage yourself. While it may seem simple at first glance, it can be much more dangerous than what meets the eye. For instance, fires bring along a variety of hazards — sharp objects and broken glass, to name a few — and without the proper tools and techniques, you could injure yourself.
Another important thing to consider is that a professional fire damage repair and restoration company will be able to restore a multitude of items. From flooring to furnishings, a team of experts will be able to assess the damage to each item properly and, in most cases, revive them as if nothing had happened in the first place.
Fire Damage Repair and Restoration Services in Nassau County
Locally owned and operated, SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury is a trusted leader in the restoration industry. We understand how devastating a fire of any size can be and only employ the utmost empathy before, during, and after the process. If your Nassau County property has sustained fire damage, call us at (516) 334-2927.
Six Spring Cleaning Tips for your Commercial Building
With the arrival of warmer days of Spring, it’s the time to prepare your commercial buildings for the season. We have come up with great Spring cleaning tips, which are not only good around homes, but also around commercial buildings. After all, commercial buildings have also been through a harsh, cold winter. Try out these Spring cleaning tips and make sure that your commercial buildings are ready for the warmer season.
1. Neaten your landscaping
The extreme weather in winter badly wrecks the landscaping around commercial buildings. Spring brings a great time to start restoration measures and enhance summer landscaping. Doing so would make your business look more appealing to potential clients as well as staff. Some landscaping steps that you should try this year include:
- Fertilizing the grass surrounding the building
- Planting new seed in dead grass areas
- Watering existing plants and grass
- Assessing the walkways and parking lots on your property
- Filling patches, holes or big cracks
You can always call a pro like SERVPRO for commercial cleaning services, who can efficiently handle these handyman jobs to help maintain your commercial buildings all through the year.
2. Flooring Enhancement
Winter, accompanied by ice melt, road sand and more, brings excessive damage to flooring, making it look dull and rough with time. Consider a deep cleaning for revitalizing building’s carpeting and tiles. The methodology for floor enhancement is often based on a blend of professional services including high-pressure steam, heat, extraction and agitation, which helps:
- Removing dry particulate soil
- Delaying costly replacement
- Restoring floors to a brand-new condition.
3. Inspect Water Damage
Spring is the season of rain showers. Therefore, an important part of your spring cleaning and maintenance strategy is to make sure that your commercial building is water-proof against all rain showers and floods. The inspection for finding a water leak is a time stealing process, which should be started at least a month before the arrival of the Spring. Generally, a pro contractor like SERVPRO, offering efficient and reliable commercial cleaning services, helps you give your building a professional and detailed inspection, taking notes of existing or potential leakages and ensuring necessary repairs on time.
4. Pest Control
Spring is indeed beautiful, yet with it comes the favorite season for pests. Spring is the high time for the growth of unwanted pests in your commercial property. Beetles, roaches, rodents and ants can eat up your foundations fast and result in hazardous health conditions if left untreated. Therefore, for the coming few weeks, keep spraying around your building with high-quality pest spray on a frequent basis. Also, make sure to have careful visual inspection of your building to determine gaps and holes where critters can gain access. SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury is recognized for its reliable commercial cleaning services. We are the contractor around town that uses green products and pesticides for cleaning projects.
5. Be Environment friendly
Are you one of the many household or commercial property owners who prefer contractors who use green products and follow environment-friendly practices? Our products are Green Seal certified and meet the requirements set by EPA’s Design for the Environment Program (DfE). Being a commercial property owner, you can execute green cleaning strategies yourself like using dilution control chemical dispensers and reusable wipes or mops to reduce environmental impact.
6. Take care of AC Units
Before the Spring and hot sunny days of summer arrive, the building patrons and facility managers must have a comprehensive HVAC inspection and AC units cleaning services. Poorly cleaned ACs lead to allergies, unpleasant odors, shorter lifespan of air filters and high energy bills. Call SERVPRO’s HVAC experts for complete inspection and maintenance of your AC units right away.
For more information about our vast range of commercial cleaning services, call SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury’s 24/7 helpline at 516-334-2927.
Why Should I Have My Air Ducts Cleaned?
The Benefits of an Air Duct Cleaning
Spring is on the way, and it’s time to start getting your home ready for the warmer days ahead. And while you may have started piecing together this year’s spring cleaning checklist, there is one important area of your humble abode that usually doesn’t make the cut: your air ducts.
If you have an HVAC system, chances are, your air ducts (and overall system) have not been sparkling clean since the day they were first installed. And although it’s not necessary to have your air ducts cleaned monthly, it is important to have a professional clean them annually.
The Nassau County air duct and HVAC cleaning professionals at SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury share a few reasons why you should schedule a cleaning with our team this year.
Improves Indoor Air Quality
We regret to inform you, but there’s a chance your indoor air quality has seen better days. And if you haven’t had your air ducts cleaned in quite some time, you could be doing more harm than good to not only your HVAC system but your well-being, too.
According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), approximately 90 percent of Americans spend a majority of their time indoors — and some of the pollutants they’re faced with are two to five times worse than those found outdoors. Keeping this in mind, it’s possible that common indoor allergens — such as pet dander, dust, and dirt — have infiltrated your air ducts and are being dispersed every time you use your air conditioner. Additionally, if there is mold present in your unit’s condensate drip pan, that could spell trouble: mold growths and spores will be dispersed throughout your home — not a good situation to be in.
In a conscious effort to help you and your loved ones breathe fresher, cleaner air, it’s imperative to consider scheduling an air duct and HVAC cleaning with our team. When one of our trained technicians examines your air ducts and HVAC system, they check and clean the air ducts, as well as several other components (e.g., cooling coils, motors, fan, etc.) of your central comfort unit to make sure you’re in the clear.
By giving your air ducts and HVAC system a “spa day” from our team, you can look forward to a noticeable difference in your indoor air quality, as well as a much more efficient system.
Prolong Your HVAC System’s Lifespan
Speaking of efficiency, when an HVAC unit is properly maintained over the years, it can last anywhere between 10 to 15 years. However, failure to keep up with routine maintenance — such as annual tune-ups and cleanings — can make it short-lived; this means you’ll have to replace it much sooner than you had originally anticipated.
The reason behind a shorter lifespan is that when your air ducts are caked in various allergens (e.g., pollen, dust mites, fabric remnants, etc.), it will make it much harder for your HVAC unit to “breathe” easily and produce the comfort you’re looking for. Furthermore, the unnecessary strain can break down essential components quicker, as well as gradually increase your monthly energy bills.
In addition to your annual tune-ups from your HVAC service provider, it’s imperative to schedule air duct and HVAC system cleanings with our team. Using a series of special, high-quality tools, our professionals will free up dirt and debris, followed by using a high-suction vacuum to ensure your entire system is spotless from head to toe. Additionally, depending on the situation, our technicians may apply a chemical biocide (this helps eliminate other microbiological contaminants) to further “seal the deal.”
Air Duct and HVAC Cleaning You Can Rely On
If you’re looking for a professional air duct and HVAC cleaning specialist, you’ve come to the right place — the team at SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury is here to help! Give us a call at (516) 334-2927 to schedule a consultation with our team today.
Fire Hazards to pay attention to.
When winter is in full swing, temperatures are cold and we are using our fireplace or space heater to keep us warm, keep aware that these items can cause damaging house fires. However, there’s always the possibility of a fire starting from something other than this and from what may seem like 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. Below are a few changes you can make to your home to help prevent the devastation and damage that comes from a fire.
With holiday decorations, space heaters (we know you use them…) and all of those new electronic presents you received, these items can take a toll on our entire electrical 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 to clean up those empty delivery boxes, that the residual fall leaves are all raked up and recycled properly in order to promote less of a fire risk in your area!
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 by calling 516-334-2927, today!
Fire Prevention at your Business
Though chances are slim, there’s never a reason to totally rule out the possibility of a fire occurring during the winter at your place of business. What might be your dream job could easily turn into a nightmare, if fire and flames get to it without protection. Below are a few ways to prevent fires from occurring that can help you move past the season without a hitch.
Emergency Ready Profiles
Available to you from us for FREE, a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile. This is an overview of your property and brings to light those important items that might be missing in case an emergency occurs. In this comprehensive report, you’ll not only have a complete overview of all building shutoffs, emergency exits and more, you will be able to note if you are missing fire extinguishers emergency exit signs, etc.
Even if you’re not a retailer looking to set a mood within your building, lighting a candle is extremely common among people during the colder months. We get it, this provides a cozy atmosphere with its nice warm light, but also brings a fresh aroma to the room it’s in. Keeping these away from any flammable material is an imperative step in preventing a damaging and potentially deadly fire from ripping through the four walls surrounding your home/business.
We understand that some buildings and rooms are just harder to heat than others. With that, you might have something like a space heater on, plugged into an outlet on the wall, or even a surge protector. Although you might think you’re safe with something like this, it’s important to keep a regimen of unplugging the device when not in use, 30 minutes prior to leaving, and never allowing it to run unattended. This is because while considered safe, these heating elements use a lot of energy, can cause a fire within the unit itself and if not well rated, can cause a potential surge of power leading to an electrical fire.
If you’re a home or business owner who is in need of service, support or mitigation this winter, call SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury -- we have been providing emergency restoration services to homes and businesses for over 50 years. For 24/7 emergency service, make sure to keep our number handy and contact us at 516-334-2927 - with anything you might need!
How SERVPRO Makes A Difference At Your Business!
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!
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 East Meadow/Westbury 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
Commercial Building Maintenance Checklist
Commercial Building Maintenance Checklist
Do you own or manage a commercial property . Maintaining a commercial building is indeed more complicated than that of homes, requiring a bigger scale, multi-faceted and on-going maintenance plan. Commercial building maintenance therefore becomes a matter of systemized and scheduled processes for managing and maintaining the defined standards of sanitation and safety. Following an updated, and commercial building minded, maintenance checklist leads to cost-effective maintenance while creating the processes required to bridge the gap between expectations and avoiding damages and injuries. Below we have created a starter maintenance checklist for some of the most important areas of commercial buildings where facility managers cannot afford any negligence.
A strategically designed and timely implemented roof asset management program helps avoid recurring roof issues and sudden failures. The checklist includes:
- Maintain a detailed roofing file for your building, which also includes warranty information.
- Check the entire roofing at least semiannually, especially after hurricanes & storms.
- Keep the roof drains free of debris as these damages are not covered by warranties.
- Check sheet metal, copings and any sections previously repaired.
- Inspect roof-wall connections and flashings at penetrations, curbs etc. This helps to identify tearing and wrinkles, if any.
- Single-ply roofs may need re-caulking at face-mounted termination bars.
- Be aware that metal roofs can corrode - Corrosion is often caused by condensation from copper coils of rooftop HVAC units.
- Don’t cause shocks, put heavy traffic or heavy load on the roof as it damages the membrane.
- Take extra care of your green roof, through timely trimming, weeding and watering.
- Carry out moisture inspection once a year to detect and fix leaks.
- If you have rooftop solar panels, use mount ballasted systems over a pad to shelter roof membrane.
Leaks are the biggest plumbing problems that can impact the entire building, and they can be often invisible. Follow these guidelines for timely checking and fixing:
- Inspect the entire building for leaks at least once a year, especially bathrooms.
- Lubricate the local water booster and pumping system, annually.
- Check couplings for leaks.
- Conduct flue-gas analysis for fire-testing heaters and boilers, on occasional basis.
- Lubricate water chillers’ condenser fan motor bearings, annually.
- Replace oil in compressor oil reservoirs - including traps, strainers, and filers.
- Replace sump and sewage pumps on a timely basis. Lubricate exposed pumps, annually.
- Check public fixtures for leaks, on a monthly basis.
HVAC System Maintenance
Maintaining your HVAC system keeps its efficiency intact and by keeping the system efficient, you can also reduce the building’s annual HVAC cost significantly.
- Hire a pro to inspect and maintain seasonal PM of boilers and chillers.
- A semi-annual inspection should include latch updates, gasket repairs, and screw replacements needs.
- Recharge P-traps or U-bend water traps for condensate drain pans.
- During an inspection of cooling towers, disassemble access panels and screens. Inspect support structure, tower fill, spray and sump nozzles, drive coupling, gearbox, motor bearings, fan blades, and wiring.
- Lubricate pumps annually, inspect unusual noises.
- Clean and replace air filters of all HVAV units as per manufacturer’s instructions.
- Keep a periodic check on HVAC units’ energy efficiency and especially check compressor, refrigerant charge and thermal expansion valve.
- Check direct pressure systems for optimal temperature ranges
Poorly maintained lighting fixtures raise energy costs and lower quality.
- Inspect lighting, quarterly.
- Check luminaires that have transformers.
- Inspect exterior lights and their hardware.
- Replace burned-out lamps.
- Make sure color temperature is consistent with all lamps.
- Clean lamps and lens surfaces.
- Remember to recycle any waste from lighting maintenance, responsibly.
Higher-Scale Maintenance Areas
- Have your electrical systems inspected by a licensed pro every 3 years.
- Clean and lubricate overcurrent devices.
- Check fusible switch units.
- Keep parking garage surfaces clear with monthly inspections and overall annual maintenance and coating replacement, every 5 years.
- Pavement imperfections and cracks must be filled and seal-coated regularly.
Though this checklist is not completely customized to any specific commercial building, it is comprehensive enough to act as a starting ground for commercial property owners and facility managers to build on, to aid in taking care of the building and keeping it well-maintained.
For further information and expert consultation, call SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury's licensed professionals at 516-334-2927.
Why a Commercial Cleaning Company is Beneficial
What a Commercial Cleaning Company Can Do For You
Keeping your workplace safe and clean should be at the forefront of your to-do list this year. While standard cleaning services seem to be effective, it's a professional commercial cleaning company that will come in to deep clean and remove all the hidden dirt and allergens throughout the building.
The team here at SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury has some examples of why the help of a high-quality, professional commercial cleaning company is needed in addition to your standard cleaning crew.
Deep Clean the Carpeting
You may not realize it, but carpets can hold years of gunk and dirt because they are extremely absorbent — almost like sponges. Aside from potentially harvesting mold and moisture build-up, carpeting also houses debris transferred from the soles of shoes. And while using a standard vacuum to clean your carpeting regularly is great for preventative maintenance, matters below the surface level might need a little more TLC.
To get to those hard-to-reach germs and grime that are deeply embedded in the fibers, you'll need to rely on the help of a commercial cleaning company. Using top-notch equipment, a professional cleaning team can go beyond eye level and help remove layers of build-up that may be contributing to the rise of indoor allergies and poor indoor air quality in your building.
Remove Strange Odors
You never want strange smells to linger in a professional space since they can harm your employees’ well-being. And while there may be a plethora of reasons why an odor forms in the first place (e.g., lingering mold, chemical usage, etcetera), you don’t want to leave the mystery unsolved and mask the odor with a temporary solution.
When entrusting the help of a professional team of odor removal and deodorization specialists, you can rest assured knowing that they’ll be able to save the day in no time. Having completed IICRC technical classes, a professional can help identify the odor, discover where it’s coming from, and help remove its presence over time with several professional-grade odor removal products that do more than cover it up.
Spruce up the Upholstery
Whether it’s a waiting area full of chairs or a sofa in the break room, your upholstery needs to be professionally cleaned periodically. Regardless of whether it appears to look fine at the surface level, just like carpeting, upholstery can absorb dust, dander, and other particulate matter over time.
Having your furnishings cleaned by a commercial cleaning company is a surefire way to eliminate upholstery odors and dirt build-up on a deeper level. Additionally, relying on the help of an expert can preserve your upholstery — slowing down the visibility of wear and tear for the years to come.
Commercial Cleaning Services You Can Count On
SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury offers a wide range of commercial cleaning services on Long Island. Our team is trained to use the latest and greatest cleaning methods, products, and equipment to help your commercial space look spotless.
Give us a call at (516) 334-2927 or visit our website to learn more about our cleaning services.
SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile
As a leader in restoration and disaster prevention, the professionals at SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury has the best interest of your business in mind.
One of the ways we are looking out for your business is by offering a Free Emergency Ready Profile. The creation of an emergency ready profile allows you to work with a qualified SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury representative to develop a plan of action for when disaster strikes.
1. What is an ERP?
An Emergency Ready Profile is a file created for your business that contains an emergency plan of action. This profile allows you to minimize any prolonged service/business interruption by ensuring that SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury is ready and prepared to help immediately with a simple phone call.
2. How Can It Help Me?
The ERP helps provide you with a level of security and stability that many businesses do not have after experiencing a Fire or Water loss. After one of our reps assesses your facility, identifying a hierarchy of command and establishing an emergency profile, you will know that when disaster strikes, a qualified professional is your partner and has your back, and already knows just what to do and who to contact.
3. Does It Matter to Your Business?
After a fire or water loss, many businesses — about half — have to close down, some for an extended period of time. Having an Emergency Ready Profile in place allows SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury to take action immediately following a fire or water loss. Taking fast action is the key to limiting business interruption, meaning that you can get back to doing what you do best as quickly as possible.
4. How Can I Get Started?
You can get started creating your emergency profile by contacting a SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury representative at 516-334-2927. Once you have initiated contact, an experienced and qualified representative will reach out to find out the best time to schedule your facility’s free assessment.
An ERP is an excellent way to help protect your business....and it's Free!