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Interesting Water Damage Facts

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

Old home water damage Water Damage in Homes is on the Rise

According to the American Insurance Association, “Water damage claims have been growing faster than other components of homeowners insurance.” Water damage can come from natural disasters, plumbing failure, and a range of other sources. Water damage in homes most typically comes from the following causes:

  • Frozen pipes
  • Leaking pipes
  • Leaky roof
  • Broken washing machine hose
  • Plumbing problems
  • Insulations issues

The following are some of the most interesting Water damage statistics:

  • Almost 40 percent of all homeowners have said that they have experienced loss from Water damage.
  • About 93 percent of all Water damage can be prevented.
  • Water damage is the second most frequently filed insurance claim in the United States.
  • 250 gallons of Water is released a day due to a 1/8-inch crack in a pipe.
  • About 20 percent of all insurance claims related to Water damage of some kind.
  • Billions of dollars in property losses are spent each year as a direct result of water damages.

SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury has the experienced and properly trained team to take care of any possible level of water damage, large or small. We have the equipment and the team at the ready 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

If you or your family has experienced Water damage call SERVPRO East Meadow/ Westbury (516) 334-2927 today.

What Can Be Fixed At My Home After A Storm?

10/13/2020 (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!

Business Space Damage You May Sustain

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

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

Flooding

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

Mold Growth

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

Fire

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

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

What's the Most Overlooked Cause of House Fires?

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

The hidden danger of candles The hidden danger of candles

The first step to preventing house Fires is being aware of the main sources of the Fires. These can include everyday items that you may frequently forget about and before you know it you're calling SERVPRO to help clean up the damage.

An often overlooked cause of house Fires is from candles. Everyone loves the glow and smell of candles but are they really worth it? The NFPA says there was an average of 10,630 Fires in the U.S. causing 115 deaths, 903 injuries and approximately $418 million in property damage. Guess what these Fires were started from? That's right, candles! That is an average of 29 candle fires per day. Of course you can still use candles but use them responsibly. Some steps you can take are:

  • Never leave a candle burning near flammable items.
  • Never leave a candle burning in a child’s room or an unoccupied room.
  • Make sure candles fit securing into candle holders so they won’t tip over.
  • Blow out any candles before leaving a room or going to sleep.

SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury wants you to know how to easily prevent a Fire in your home. If you should experience a fire, we stand ready to help with smoke and soot remediation as well as water damage restoration.

Tips to Prepare Your Commercial Property for Winter Weather

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Meadow / Westbury Commercial Building and Property Emergency Restoration Services SERVPRO Commercial Building and Property Emergency Restoration Services

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 winter. This implies taking care of winterizing activities before the harsh and cold weather hits. Following are some great tips to prepare your commercial 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 on your commercial building or property. Ice accumulates in spaces and cracks between masonry and bricks, contributing to the deterioration of façades. The salt eats away the concrete and metal all over your commercial property. Colder temperatures also bring higher electrical and heating bills. Amongst these factors, it is advised that building managers must start early.

Prepare Windows

Windows are surely a weak point for cold air and 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.

Allow 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 can escape must be checked, such as outside doors and windows. Also, check the openings or gaps between the doors’ bottom and the saddle, and 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.

Keep the cold out

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 inexpensive 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 only a few degrees, 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.

Preparing For A Thunderstorm

10/7/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury is ready to assist you with all storm mitigation issues; image of storm over water Fall Thunderstorms Can Cause Substantial Damage!

Thunderstorms can be more dangerous than you think! They happen often and can cause a lot of damage to your home. Of course, there are ways to help prevent this. To prepare for a thunderstorm, you should do the following:

  • You should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
  • Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
  • Get inside a home, building, or hard top automobile (not a convertible).
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.
  • Unplug any electronic equipment well before the storm arrives.

Here are some facts about thunderstorms!

  • They may occur by themselves, in clusters or in lines.
  • Some of the most severe occur when a single thunderstorm affects one location for an extended time.
  • Warm, humid conditions are highly favorable for thunderstorm development.

We at SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury are here for you should you sustain any thunderstorm damage. We have the team, the training, the experience, and the resources to handle any size or scope of thunderstorm damage. 

Please contact us at: 516-334-2927 

We can be reached 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Basic Disaster Kit

10/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO recommends a disaster kit like this--backpack full of supplies All homes and isolated businesses should have a disaster kit

Everyone needs to prepare for the unexpected. Your family members and friends might not be together when Disaster strikes. Will you know if your children or parents are safe? How will you find each other? You may have to evacuate your home. You should put together a basic Disaster supplies kit and consider storage locations for different situations.

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
  • Tape
  • Plastic sheeting
  • A whistle

SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury stands ready to serve home and business owners when a storm strikes.

Mold Damage & Water Issues

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage & Mold Water & Mold Damage

Water damage can be a huge red flag to someone at home, and mainly because most of the time, it means more damage is going to occur. Mold is something that everyone should be looking out for, and if you’re lacking in the search, it’s important to make sure that you have someone who can help the situation quickly.

Mold Spreads Fast

Simply put, water damage can’t be ignored, even for a short period of time. When moisture spreads through any medium, mold is bound to pop up which can hinder a happy home or business at anytime. Not only can a foul odor present itself, but much work has to be done in order to get rid of it. Additionally, the last thing anyone wants to do is associate with a place known for mold.

Renovations Are Necessary

If there’s a leak that’s been left without repair for an extended period of time, the simple remedies sometimes just don’t work. Instead of replacing the source of the leak, gutting may become necessary based on the total amount of damage caused by the water. What began as a mild inconvenience is now a very large project — but it doesn’t have to be that way!

What Can I Do?

Regardless of the type of leak or damage, you must act fast on all fronts to ensure that everything remains the way it should. With SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury, our on-call team is ready to assist you immediately with anything you might be experiencing at home or at your business. If water damage has taken over and is threatening your enjoyment of the holidays, make sure to have it taken care of before it’s too late.

SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury is a locally owned and operated business with the team and resources to handle any size disaster. We know that issues like these can be stressful, and we are here to make the restoration process as seamless as possible.

For water or mold restoration services, call 516-334-2927 or contact us online for immediate assistance!

Commercial Fire Damage

9/29/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury is ready to assist you with all fire and smoke mitigation issues SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury has the team, training, and expertise to get your business up and running fast after a fire

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike you commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. When the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services here: https://www.SERVPROeastmeadowwestbury.com/commercial-restoration-services

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  SERVPRO - "Like it never even happened."

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 516-334-2927

Hurricane Season

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Westbury is ready to assist you with all storm mitigation issues Northeast Hurricane Season is Active Until November 30

The Busiest Hurricane Season since 2005

The official hurricane season is still in effect until November 30. SRRVPRO of Westbury is ready to assist on all aspects of post-storm mitigation. Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage, and SERVPRO of Westbury also has a full compliment of large commercial generators to provide power in the event of a loss. 

SERVPRO ofWestbury specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.