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Fire Prevention at your Business

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

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.

Open Flames

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.

Electrical Overload

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! 

Commercial Risk Factors

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

This winter, it’s important to make sure that above all else, you’re putting the wellbeing of your business before anything else. The reason for this advice, during such a cold time, is due to damage -- which if not treated immediately, can cause thousands in repairs and keep your doors closed for extended periods of time. Below are a few things to consider that can cause damage if not treated.

Weak Seams

With older buildings come fixtures that can become a bit loose over time, thus creating a break in the seal. While this might not seem like such a huge problem, allowing moisture to get into your place of work can cause mold, foul odors, and tarnish the products you rely on in your business. Consider testing your humidity levels inside during the colder months to prevent this from happening.

Fires

Everyone wants to keep warm, but it’s important to understand that what comes with warmth, is the risk for damage due to the things that can keep you warm. Keep a close eye on your outlets for overloading, materials near open flames, and anything else that otherwise might cause a spark or a blaze to occur.

Water

Should we experience a ton of snow, the second thing that comes after an afternoon of shoveling and snowball fights is clearing the rest off of a roof. This proves important because not only can heavy ice and snow cause sagging, it can leak through weak shingles and cause water and mold damage over time. Remain vigilant and keep an eye out for things that look out of the ordinary! 

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!

What is a Furnace “puffback” and How Does it Make a Sooty Mess

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

A puffback is a result of serious damage in a homes heating equipment, which many homeowners can be unaware of.  Below is some valuable information regarding puffbacks and how to help prevent heavy potential losses.

What is a furnace puff-back?

The term “puff back” represents technical damage that usually occurs in oil fired heating equipment.  It is an explosion of un-burned oil, taking place in the combustion chamber of the furnace, water-heater or boiler.  Based on the amount of oil being ignited, the puffback may radically damage the boiler, leading to soot spread all through the premises. Though most puffbacks are seen in oil-fired heating systems, the extent of damage is bigger in boilers and furnaces that are fueled by gas, since the explosion here is usually of larger in scale.

The Causes & Spread of Sooty Mess

The puffback explosion occurs due to the ignition of unburned oil lying in the bottom of the heating equipment combustion chamber. The degree of this explosion and its impacts on the building differ on the basis of:

  • Amount of ignited oil
  • Heater type
  • Design of the equipment
  • Heating conditions
  • Building construction and spaces
  • Doorways
  • Ductworks, etc

Puffbacks may also result due to a partly cracked or clogged nozzle, inaccurate nozzle angle, cracked electrodes, improper adjustment of air-fuel mixture, a faulty spark transformer, low-grade or dirty fuel or shorted ignition cables.

Before a puff back occurs, most heating equipment systems start to show signs of a potential issue. Common indications include unpleasant odors and soot and smoke in your home. In addition, if you are hearing noises when the oil burner begins each run cycle, maybe a small “bang” or louder “puff” means that unburned oil is being ignited.

If you observe black debris or soot on the top of your furnace, boiler or water heater, and black soot streaks on walls or ceilings in your home’s furnace room, boiler room or living areas, it means you have a poorly maintained system that requires immediate attention and repair. The Puffback is not the main problem in itself, it’s the aftermath. Ceilings, walls, furniture, curtains and carpets, all are coated with a thin film of oil residue and soot. Generally, the damage becomes worse with a forced central air conditioning or air heating system, since the duck work gives a route for the soot to travel through the house, even into closets.

How can you avoid a puffback?

The best means to avoid dangerous and damaging oil burner puffbacks are:

  • Have all your heating equipment serviced on a regular basis, preferably twice a year. Obtain the services of your home heating oil provider, licensed HVAC repair service or a home restoration company to do smoke damage cleaning and inspection.
  • Stay alert for all noises, odors, soot in the furnace room, boiler room or anywhere in the home. Call professionals for inspection and diagnosis if any unusual condition is observed.
  • Take preventive measures to avoid oil leaks on the oil piping systems and in the oil burner. Oil leaks may also cause air leaks.

Lack of timely inspection and regular service of oil-fired heating appliances will bring enormous risks such as loss of heat and related damages in your Long Island home, black walls and sooty mess all around, and the potential for more dangerous puffbacks in the future. If you are encountering any of these problems, call our home restoration emergency professionals at SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury (516-334-2927) right away, to get your system checked and repaired.

How Water Can Ruin A Home

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

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Water, right? It gets things wet, you clean it up, nothing to worry about.  Not really! While it might seem like water isn’t a huge issue, it can be one of the most damaging things that creep into your home -- and it’s silent! Below are a few ways water can ruin a home and some things you should be looking out for in order to protect it from happening.

Mold

When stagnant water sits for too long it can breed bacteria, which can then form mold inside your home. Not only can this happen behind walls without you knowing, but different types of mold grow in different areas depending on the type of bacteria -- and some of them can be VERY dangerous. Keep a close eye on anything that looks wet, has a foul odor, or begins to change color.

Water Damage Alone

Water damage can affect the structural integrity of many items in your home. It can weaken a structure by affecting the walls and beams.  The high humidity caused by excess water can breed bacteria, cause peeling of paints and other items. Excess moisture is certainly something not to play with or take lightly, and it’s imperative that it’s treated as soon as possible to minimize potential damage. 

Flooding

Flooding, which is one of the types of water damage you can see, can be detrimental to those who have valuable items in their home and have other things within their four walls that do not do well with water. Something you may have never thought about is knowing what appliances in your home can cause flooding and how you can prevent that from happening. 

If you’re in need of immediate damage restoration for any reason, make sure to partner yourself with a team that can make the situation right the first time. SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury has been assisting home and business owners recover from damage for years, and we’d love to help you! Contact us today and we’ll show you how we can make everything right again. 516-334-2927

How Likely Is A Home Fire This Winter?

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

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The winter -- associated mostly with cold weather, snow, annoying wind and early darkness -- but rarely does the topic of fire come up during the winter. In your home or business, while it’s cold and wet for much of the season, a fire can be just as common, if not sometimes more prevalent during these months. While you might be wondering why, it’s simply due to the need for heat and fire to help warm homes and business on a constant basis. Space heaters, home heating systems, candles and more are used to so much more during the winter than they are in the summer -- and with that comes the risk for more fire. 

How Likely Is A Home Fire?

We would like to help you make it less likely, so in order to properly answer a question like this, let’s assess the risk factors associated with a fire and make some changes, if necessary. 

  • If you have open flames, such as candles on tables and desks, even for decorative purposes, make sure they’re away from materials that can easily catch fire. This includes fabric, plants, and anything else that is dry and could get in between your candle’s flame and home. 
  • A space heater can be a great way to keep a specific room or rooms warm during the winter months -- but they use electricity, and some of them aren’t as safe as they seem. The metal grills on some heaters can come in contact with fabrics and cause fires, as well as an accidental tip-over causing an issue as well. Both of these are huge risks, so make sure you’re keeping them in check when operating
  • Is electricity going to be running constantly? If so, make sure all wires are properly tucked and not in the way of anything that could get wet, or cause compromise to the electrical system. This is mainly because, electricity and water simply don’t mix. Not only can this lead to a fire, but it can also seriously injure someone who comes in contact with it.

If you’re in need of immediate damage restoration for any reason, make sure to partner yourself with a team that can make the situation right the first time. SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury has been assisting home and business owners recover from damage for years, and we’d love to help you! Contact us today and we’ll show you how we can make everything right again. 516-334-2927

How To Prepare For A Winter Storm

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

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It’s common to look at the forecast, see snow and think “I’ll just break out the shovel and rock salt” and claim everything will be ok. Unfortunately, in many cases, that arsenal of goods simply isn’t sufficient for a large snowstorm with a combination of wind, ice, snow and other factors. Fortunately for you, there are many things you can equip yourself with in order to prepare for winter months and the eventual storm coming towards your home or business. Below are a few key tips to consider when preparing for the next big winter storm.



Tarps

As crazy as it might sound, a tarp might be your best friend in the event there’s a ton of leftover ice expected after a storm. Try this: Place a tarp down on your stairs before the snowfall begins. Achor it down with a few heavy items on the corners and wait for the storm to subside. Once over, grab the ends of the tarp and either fold it over itself, or pull it away from the stairs. You’ll be happy to know that your stairs are mostly moisture and ice-free!

Keep Power Nearby

It’s common to lose power during a major storm -- and sometimes, regaining that power can take days, even weeks! Make sure you have adequate power supplies nearby, including chargers, batteries, generators and anything else needed to get you through the storm as it passes -- it can greatly increase livability during the dark times!

A Person On Call

After the storm passes, you might notice damage in your area -- and while it’s unfavorable, keeping your head up and reacting fast is the easiest way to mitigate the issue before it spirals and becomes something much larger. A phone number or contact of someone ready to help can be the quick difference between high costs and just a bit of general cleanup. 

If you’re in need of immediate damage restoration for any reason, make sure to partner yourself with a team that can make the situation right the first time. SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury has been assisting home and business owners recover from damage for years, and we would be honored to help you! Contact us today and we’ll show you how we can make everything right again. 516-334-2927

Can I Protect My Business With SERVPRO?

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

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One thing many people ask when something goes wrong is “what are the next best steps?”.  While this is the right question to ask, especially when something is going astray, it’s usually a bit easier when you have a team already picked out.  SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury has a track record of greatly helping out with everything needed for damage remediation. When it comes to us, our assistance in helping businesses with damage remains unsurpassed. See a few reasons below how we can help your business. 

Emergency Ready Profile

Something that sets our team way above the rest is our willingness to help you before something happens, and remain proactive about keeping you safe. Our personalized and FREE emergency ready profile is there to ensure that when damage occurs, we can stop it quicker.  An added benefit to going through the exercise of an ERP is that it creates a time where we may be able to help you pinpoint things you should be doing to protect your business.

Responsiveness

Something goes wrong, and your immediate thought is panic, right? Of course, why wouldn’t it be? We of course know that the moments after damage discovery are critical and we’re here to help as soon as possible. We deploy teams out to the field at any time of the day or night.  We are always ready to jump into the work at a moment’s notice! The timeliness affects your profitability, so we know how much a few moments can mean to you.  

Quality of Work

At the end of the day, working with us is a security blanket everyone deserves after they’ve experienced damage. Our professionalism and ability to remediate issues back to their original, pre-damage state is what makes our team the one to choose when something goes wrong. 

If you’re in need of immediate damage restoration for any reason, make sure to partner yourself with a team that can make the situation right the first time. SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury has been assisting home and business owners recover from damage for years, and we’d love to help you! Contact us today and we’ll show you how we can make everything right again. 516-334-2927

SERVPRO CARES! Why Picking Us Is The Right Choice

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

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When things that are beyond your control, go wrong in your life -- it’s disheartening, frustrating, and sometimes even emotionally draining. Those raw emotions can certainly be felt when something as serious as damage to your home or business occurs.  In your time of need, it’s important to understand that there are solutions to these problems, and the right team can help you work through them with ease and as little interruption as possible. See why SERVPRO can be that company for you.

Our Care

We understand that damage not only displaces you from your home or business, but it can also mean less profits for business, or eating up the family budget with higher and unexpected living costs when you’re forced to live somewhere else for a bit. With this in mind, we treat every job like it’s our own property. Why? Because we know that your needs are important and safely getting back into your home or business, as quickly as possible, remains at the top of your list. We handle your needs the way we would want someone to handle these issues for us. Quick and effective remediation

History

It took decades to build the rapport and trust we have with our community, and we continue to tirelessly work day in and day out to strengthen that bond between them all. As such, the time and effort we’ve placed into our jobs in years prior have prepared us for what is to come, and it only benefits you! With our expert knowledge and tenure, you are always in good hands.

Dependability

When you ask someone to do something -- especially when it’s time sensitive, you expect it done. We know that, and we employ only the best on our team to the job site when things are in need of quick and meticulous repair. When you call on SERVPRO, you’re also getting the security that comes with our name, and a stamp of trust and quality that comes with our work.

If you’re in need of immediate damage restoration for any reason, make sure to partner yourself with a team that can make the situation right the first time. SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury has been assisting home and business owners recover from damage for years, and we’d love to help you! Contact us today and we’ll show you how we can make everything right again. 516-334-2927

SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury is an IICRC Certified Firm

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury is an IICRC firm. The institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. Only IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified LOGO.

IICRC Certified Firms must:

  • Present accurate information to customers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up to date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation.

For further information, please visit the IICRC website, http://www.IICRC.org, to obtain further information regarding the standards and protocols of this organization.

Why Choose SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

When it comes to having someone work on your home, whether it’s a simple repair or a total remediation from flood damage, trust is one of the biggest factors in deciding who to work with. The quality of work also becomes a large factor and while it’s important to understand that larger jobs take time, the end result should always be as good, if not better than it was before! With our Nassau County communities in mind, SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury should be your go-to choice for all things remediation-based -- here’s why:

Experience

Serving Long Island for years, SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury has extensive experience in the remediation game. So, how does this help you? Well for one, we’ve been proudly working on homes AND businesses in both Nassau and Suffolk County, dedicating ourselves to bringing families and business owners back to a state where their damage becomes a thing of the past. Through all of the fire, water, mold and storm jobs we’ve undertaken, our experience reigns unmatched and we’re ready and capable of handling any job, big or small!

We’re Human, Too

Working with SERVPRO is less of working with a business and more working with a family. We understand your home or business means a lot to you and we take great pride in providing meticulous and seamless results when providing remediation work. Our team works with you, on your schedule, and works efficiently to have you operating at your maximum potential, as soon as possible. Our goal is the same quick and quality turnaround we’d expect on our own homes.

There are a number of factors that can contribute to damage in your home -- even if you can’t see it. If you think your home or business has sustained any type of damage, we’d love to talk to you about it. Our experts can provide assessments to the affected area and quickly begin the process of fixing any issues that may have popped up unexpectedly.

SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury is a locally owned and operated business with the team and resources to handle a disaster of any size. We know that issues like these can be stressful, especially inside your own home, and we are here to make the restoration process as seamless as possible. For more information about our restoration services, call 516-334-2927 for immediate assistance!