Fire Prevention At Home
The last thing any homeowner wants to do is worry about a fire -- although it has a convenient way of creeping into our minds on a semi-daily basis -- or more! When it comes to preventing fires, everyone knows the basics, and not to leave stoves on, hot things plugged in, and the whole nine. But during the warmer months, this can be a bit different, and may need more attention. Below are a few ways to prevent summer fires at your home!
Check the Dryer
Hot dry temperatures and dry flammable products usually don’t mix well, and your dryer can be a big risk. Make sure that your dryer’s lint tray is always emptied and never left unattended when running. This seemingly harmless appliance is actually the cause of many home fires, and it can do big damage!
Let’s face it, looking for another outlet to plug in a fan to cool down is a mindless task completed by many, but sometimes without thought of surges. Think about how many things are plugged in and running, and compare it with the limits of your breaker and outlet. The last thing you need on a hot day is a power surge which leads to a fire tearing through them home. Not cool -- get it?!
Should you be on the wrong end of a fire during the warmer months of the year, make sure your home is being taken care of and restored as soon as possible. SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury has 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 with anything you might need!
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.
What Type Of Water Damage Do I Have?
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.
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!
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!
Prevent A Storm Surge From Affecting Business
Flash floods -- we’ve all been there, watching water levels rise at an alarming rate right in front of our eyes. And typically, there’s no telling when or if the issue will stop, which leaves you with the question -- what can I do in a time like this? For businesses who are fearful of storm surges in their area, we’ve got a few things you can do to prevent damage from occurring!
Know Your Entry Points
For the most part, you know any and every place in your business where you can walk in, open the window, and so on. To this point, you know the general areas where a surge of water might be able to make its way into the building if a storm happens. For this reason, make sure your seals are all up to par, and keep a few bags of sand or comparable items nearby to send the water off in a different direction, if possible.
If you’re a storefront with sensitive items or product on the floor, it might be a good idea to keep those items on something slightly elevated, or on a mobile cart, just in case. This makes everything easy when you begin to see signs of water getting in, as you can move the items away or pick them up to be situated higher than normal.
Call for Help!
When water gets in, so does the possibility of bacteria mold and other major damage. Remember that even in your time of troubles, there’s someone here to help you along the way, and we’re always by your side!
Should you deal with any water damage from a storm this season, don’t panic! SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury has been providing homes and businesses with water damage mitigation for over 50 years, and we’re just getting started! For 24/7 emergency service, make sure to keep our number handy and contact us at 516-334-2927, with anything you might need!
Fire Hazards Due To Storms
The average rainstorm typically doesn’t seem like it poses too much of a threat, right? Of course not! However, in many cases, everything from a torrential downpour to a full-on hurricane can become an issue. While, you might not think of these situations as important or dangerous, they really can pose a threat to you and your home. See below for things you should be looking out for to prevent fires after a storm!
The power goes out, so naturally the solution might be…. Lighting those awesome and aroma-full candles that haven’t see a flame in years! While this might seem like the best solution for light (and sometimes it is), you need to exercise caution when working with open flames. Make sure these are free of any collected dust, as well as away from anything that could catch fire due to a flickering flame. The need for some sort of lighting is pertinent, but a standing house is even more important.
An electrical fire can often be a huge issue for those who’ve suffered power outages. Breakers that have blown, downed wires near water, and so on. These are big issues that should be addressed by staying away and shutting your main source of power off once you’ve seen it happen near you. The last thing you need is a current running live somewhere that may not only pose an electrical threat, but an unwanted fire as well. Make sure that if you can, you call your town and/or power provider to inform them of the downed wire, as soon as possible.
Storm season is here! It’s important to be protected at all costs by someone you can trust. SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury has been providing emergency restoration services to homes and businesses for over 50 years. For 24/7 emergency service, make sure to keep our number hand. Connect with us at 516-334-2927 for anything you might need!
Who can help with storm damage?
Storms are not only dangerous for us, they can create dangers for our homes too. That’s why it’s important to know key signs to be aware of so you can to prevent damage as best you can. One bad storm can be all it takes to cause serious home damage. Because this can greatly impact the integrity of your home or business, it's crucial that you bring in the right team to help with storm damage, should it occur to you.
Besides being one of the most trusted storm damage remediators around, we have an experienced team made up of water restoration specialists who can help with the inevitable water damage that your house received during the inclement weather. We're first on the scene to help you remediate, rebuild and restore and we do so quickly and efficiently. Our main goal is to help bring your home back to a beautiful state as quickly as possible, allowing you to carry on with your day-to-day processes.
How We Can Help?
Since our team is specifically trained to help you recover from damage causing events like storms, we can deploy almost immediately after your call. We provide a 24/7 emergency service, so no matter what time it is, we can assist you. Home damage is a serious concern of ours, and we want to make sure your home is safe at all times -- especially if you’ll be inside!
What Should Your Plan of Action Be?
After a life altering storm passes, the first step is to make sure everyone is okay and get yourself to safety. If it is safe to do so, you should turn off the electricity and water in the event that there are electrical wires touching the water. If your house is dangerous to inhabit, entering is not advisable -- rather make a call to someone and have them determine if it’s safe to reenter and gather some of your belongings.
At SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury, our goal is to relieve your stress by handling the entire process of remediation from start to finish. As soon as you make that call to us, we'll put a plan of action into full gear and get ready to repair your home. If you’re interested in learning more, give us a call at 516-334-2927!
Warning Signs of Property Damage
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.
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.
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.
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!
Fire Prevention Tips For Home and Business Owners
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 snow blowers, 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 for immediate assistance!
Common Fall Hazards You Should Look Out For At Home
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.
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.
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!
5 Most Common Causes of Basement Flooding
Long Island home with a flooded basement caused by a broken pipe
Basements are usually used as storage spaces or for additional living space. Because of their subterranean nature, the basements are susceptible to a lot of moisture issues, in particular, in the regions where there is lots of seasonal rain and low elevation level. Homes on Long Island, NY, also come in the same category, and thus are more vulnerable to basement flooding. Flooded basements are not only stressful to handle, but they can also result in high restoration costs as they are a major source of property damage and mold growth. For Long Island Homes, especially, it is helpful to be aware of the most common causes of basement flooding in order to take preventive steps and act promptly to minimize the losses. In this article, we will highlight the 5 most common causes.
- Heavy Rainfall
The topmost cause of basement flooding is heavy rainfall, and prolonged stormy weather. Homes on Long Island are faced with storm rage for extended periods of time. Long Island and similar regions also experience significant rainfall over a shorter span of time.
This water naturally drains downward and likely to flood basements if the home’s drainage system is not set up properly. Oversaturated earth overwhelms basement waterproofing if conditions are favorable, pushing water through foundation cracks, porous concrete and tile grout.
- Water Leakages
Water leakages arising out of obstructed, leaky or broken pipes, is another major cause of basement flooding. Unfinished basements usually have exposed plumbing, leaving them vulnerable to flooding from pipe freezing and malfunctioning drains and pipes. Older homes on Long Island, tend to have original metal based plumbing that corrodes with time. When temperatures fall below 32 degrees, these unprotected pipes may freeze and burst, leading to a flood. Damaged or clogged sewer lines cause sewage backups and submerge basements with contaminated water.
- Unprotected basements
Unprotected basements are exposed to greater risk of flooding. You can try some tips to keep rainwater away from your basement. For instance, seal the doors and egress windows properly. Keep downspouts and gutters free of debris. Install downspout extenders, a sump pump and perimeter drain.
- Leakage from Water Heaters
The water heater often becomes a source of basement flooding. Irrespective of the cause, the leakages from a water heater can lead to huge problems, eventually causing failure of the tank. There is an endless water supply since tanks are made to be filled continuously. This is a huge amount of water flowing through your home if you don’t stop it. Any leakage must be inspected and repaired on immediately.
- Inappropriate home location
It has been observed that many home on Long Island were built on unsuitable locations. In addition, the overall low elevation of the region is another problem. If the grading of your home is not properly designed, surface drainage can be directed towards your building, causing basement flooding. Reshaping of your yard so that storm or rain water can flow away from home’s foundation can help.
If you want to know more about the best preventive ways to tackle basement flooding or are seeking for highly specialized and professional home emergency restoration services, call one of the best emergency restoration companies on Long Island, SERVPRO of East Meadow / Westbury, right away.