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Battling Fires By Preventing Them

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

No matter the time of year, a damaging and sometimes deadly fire is likely last on the list of things that you’re going to want to deal with -- no matter where it occurs! In order to prevent fires from happening in the first place, there has to be a plan in place that has been proven to work, and doesn’t require outweighing efforts. Below are a few fire prevention tips you can use at your home or office this summer to monitor and keep fires from happening.

Inspect Electricity

We know that due to the heat outdoors, the air conditioning is likely going to be turned on, and set to a low temperature. With this in mind, it’s important to monitor how many things may be running at any given time, and inspect your breaker box, outlets, power strips and more for wear & tear, or decreased performance. These small changes in how they operate may be indicative of an issue that lies within your electric. Failure to notice and have these diagnosed may lead to an electric fire, which can spread fast, and be very costly. 

Prevent Dry Air & Surroundings

Making sure that already hot air doesn’t pose a fire risk can seem tricky, but it isn’t as hard as you may think. Continuing with the inspection theme from above, make sure that the surroundings of your home aren’t becoming too dry and are not at risk for a fire. Plants and shrubbery that sit in direct sunlight can be an issue when they’re exposed for too long and become counterparts to a fire. 

Know Where Your Emergency Equipment Is

If you haven’t done it already, make sure to know where and to utilize emergency equipment on a frequent basis. Whether this is in your car’s trunk or in the kitchen in an accessible spot, a fire extinguisher is a great piece of equipment to have handy. This can prevent a small fire from becoming a larger one, which can save your home, and even lives.

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! 

Protecting Your Business This Season

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

Encountering damage in your place of work can cause stress, concern lost profits, and a ton of other issues not readily planned for when it comes to normal operations. Because these things can happen in a short amount of time with little to no planning, it’s important to know what to do, how to handle situations, and who to call when the time is right. See below for a few tips as to how you can protect your business this season, and get back to work as soon as possible should anything occur. 

Think About Your High Costs

Electricity can be a huge issue when it comes to businesses and their buildings, so it’s important that if you believe a surge, flood, or fire are possible, you unplug all electronics in preparation. This can also be easily achieved by turning off the breaker to prevent surges and any electricity from running into these machines. Damage to these pieces can cost in the thousands to repair, which can mean less profit in the long run.

Inspect Everywhere

Make sure you’re going through every area of your business with a fine-toothed comb for anything out of the ordinary. It’s important to document any and all changes to make sure that nothing has caused or sustained damage at the most inopportune time. At SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury, we know this is a big factor for commercial damage, which is why we use state of the art property damage claims software to help expedite the process.

Always Stay Safe

Safety is and always should be a top concern for you at your business, and your employees should know that. Reiterate that safety is always your priority, and that you’ll do what is needed to keep business operations running just as they should. Quickly addressing and fixing damage leads to a workforce that trusts you have their interests in mind, which translates to less loss profits in the long run and getting back on your feet quicker. 

If your business sustains any type of damage in Nassau County, or anywhere on Long Island, make sure someone is there to help you fix it and get everything back to normal. At SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury our goal is to relieve your stress by handling the entire process of remediation from start to finish. If you’re interested in learning more, give us a call at 516-334-2927!

How SERVPRO Makes A Difference At Your Business!

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

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!

Mold Damage

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 Ronkonkoma 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

How Likely Is A Home Fire This Winter?

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

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

Minimize Storm Damage in your Commercial Space

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

Massive flooding, especially in regions like Long Island, NY, bring devastating impact on the livelihood of its residents and economy. Casualties, destructed crops, damaged properties, livestock losses, defective infrastructure and the rise of waterborne diseases are some of the consequences of floods. Commercial properties, involving millions of dollars’ in investment are also prone to flooding. The costs of rehabilitation, shifting of commercial property from damaged areas to new regions, and relocation of displaced people and employees can divert a massive amount of money from these businesses.

Floods on Long Island like Hurricane Sandy, and others across the country like Harvey, Irma, Michael and Maria have resulted in devastating losses, both residential and commercial, monetary and non-monetary. These losses have been noted to have a monetary loss from $15 - $125 billion.

Causes of Flooding in Businesses

To prevent commercial property and business losses, advance preventative measures can be made to determine and prevent water damage.

  1. Rising Water

It is one of the biggest risks to island areas like Long Island.

  1. Moving water

Moving water brings greater risks in areas that are located near rivers or in coastal storm surge areas since it results in much larger lateral forces on the buildings.

  1. Overtopping

Overtopping, opening of levees, dams and other flood stopping mechanisms, which are made to divert flood water flow to ensure protection, result in more significant flood damages than if these mechanisms were never installed.

  1. Flash flooding

Flash flooding occurs in almost every region due to slow-moving storms or unusually heavy rainfall arising out of any storm system.  This is particularly common on Long Island and the main culprit for commercial property damage on Long Island. 

Factors to Determine Property’s Exposure to Floods

  • Flood waters must be able to recede. The most common cause of structure flooding is poor drainage.
  • Flood waters’ depth, if higher than 3 feet, hydrostatic pressure against walls will lead to cracks in foundations. Resulting in horizontal foundation cracks and potential collapse.
  • Increases in water velocity will result in more pressure exerted against the building. Coastal locations are exposed to waves coming from a storm surge.
  • Flood water is usually contaminated, containing a lot of hazardous elements like industrial waste, toxins, pesticides, sewage, animal wastes, oils and chemical and non-chemical materials. This contamination breaches flood protection and brings intensive damage to property.

Ways to Tackle Flood

Drainage

The best solution to prevent flooding is to ensure that all drainage systems surrounding the parameter of your building have been installed and operating properly. Compromises in your drainage system can cause devastating damage to your commercial property.

Elevation

Having adequate elevation will prevent against coastal flooding. Safety margin against flooding is enhanced by raising the elevation of the building above 500-year flood elevation. Though, in regions like Long Island, these locations are hard to find.

Dry Floodproofing

Many waterproofing strategies, techniques, systems and materials exist to help seal the building or property’s foundation to prevent water from entering. Protecting the foundation by coating its exterior with a subterranean membrane that prevents flooding waters from entering the structure. This is not a quick fix and can be a complicated process that requires professional expertise.

To know more about the best solutions for minimizing flood damages to your commercial property, call the experts at SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury for specialized flood management and emergency restoration services on Long Island at: 516-334-2927

Air/HVAC Duct Cleaning

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

HVAC Duct Before and After Cleaning HVAC Duct Before and After Cleaning by SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury

SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury Now Cleans Ducts!

More and more people on Long Island are becoming aware of indoor air pollution.  It is definitely an area of growing concern and is something that can easily be prevented with air duct and HVAC cleaning. In fact, you’ve probably seen some companies promote this service which will improve your indoor air quality on T.V. or received advertising to this effect in the mail.

How does cleaning the air ducts and HVAC system help to improve indoor air quality? When one of our qualified technicians cleans your air ducts and HVAC system, they typically check and clean various cooling and heating system components.  These can include but is not limited to grilles and diffusers, supply and return ducts, cooling coils, heat exchangers, fans, motors, and condensate drip pans.

When one or more of these components is not properly maintained, the parts can become contaminated by pollen, other debris, and dust.  If there is moisture present, it can increase the chances for mold growth and spores to be released into the indoor air.  These contaminants can cause a reaction or symptom in the people who are exposed to them. 

If you decide that you are going to have your air ducts and HVAC system cleaned, be sure that the vendor is going to be cleaning all the components of your system.  If one or more elements aren't cleaned correctly, it can result in a re-contamination of the entire system once it is energized. 

While there are various methods that can be used to clean your air ducts, standards have been established by industry associations.  Typically, special tools will be used to remove any dirt and debris, and then a high-powered vacuum will be used to vacuum the dirt and debris out. 

Once the air ducts have been thoroughly cleaned, our service technician may want to apply chemical biocides, which will kill any microbiological contaminants.  This would be applied inside the ducts and to the other components of the system.  And in some instances where there are signs of mold growth, a chemical treatment may also be required to cover the surfaces of the air ducts.

So how do you know if you need your air ducts and HVAC system require cleaning?  What you can do is to do a visual inspection to see if there are any mold or dust deposits or if there is a musty odor, or if someone is suffering from allergies more than normal.  These are all signs that a professional air duct-cleaning specialist should come out and inspect your systems.  

Air ducts and HVAC systems should be regularly cleaned to help keep dirt, dust, and mold from being spread throughout the building and degrade the indoor air quality. With proper maintenance performed by a qualified air ducts and HVAC cleaning professional, you will ensure that the indoor air quality stays as high as possible. 

Call SERVPRO of  East Meadow/Westbury today to schedule your free assessment: 516-334-2927

Prepare Your Building For Winter Weather

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

Winter snow storm street scene SERVPRO of East Meadow Westbury Commercial Winter Storm Restoration

As per the last few years, it has been observed that winters can be a highly unpredictable time in the United States. Some years, it remains quite moderate with no or negligible snowfall, while other years are just freezing cold, with major blizzards and harsh windy weather. Irrespective of what winter decides to do, building managers and their maintenance staff must make sure that their buildings are fully prepared to embrace the coming winter. This implies taking care of winterizing activities before the harsh and cold weather hits. Following are some of the great tips to prepare your building for cold weather.

It is never too early to start

The winter is indeed the hardest season in terms of damages and wear-and-tear it brings to the buildings. Ice accumulates in spaces and cracks between masonry and bricks contribute to deterioration of a façade. The salt eats away the concrete and metal. Colder temperatures also bring higher electrical and heating bills. Due to these and other factors, it is advised that building managers must start early.

Prepare Windows

Windows are surely a weak point for loosing heat and letting in water. Window sashes and frames must be examined and fixed before winter comes, preferably in the fall season. Sealant and caulking must also be assessed, as it may become weaker with time. In addition, the steel lintel, which is a piece of metal on each window’s head that supports brick above it, must also be checked. If lintels are rusting, they will eventually buckle and fail, leading to weakening of the bricks above them and water penetration. To avoid associated damage, the lintel inspection should be made before the winter season since their repair can take some time.

Keep the heat in

Due to higher energy prices and building managers’ difficulty to keep pace with the tight budgets, conservation of energy has become a critical aspect for both building managers and occupants. A lot of measures can be taken by building staff and occupants to make sure that heat remains inside. Areas where heat is able to escape must be checked, such as outside doors and windows. Also, check the openings or gaps between the doors’ bottom and the saddle, and also the gap around the frame of the doors. For a few cents, you can weather-lock the doors, not just to save money, but to have better comfort level inside the building.

Don’t forget the basement! Check to ensure that no heat or air is escaping. If the building has boiler system, it must be checked and cleaned on an annual basis. The building staff should also monitor fuel consumption regularly.

Don't forget the roof

Another critical part of the building to resist the cold is its roof. Flat roofs must have an ultraviolet roof coating. This process should begin in October, since it takes time to apply. This petroleum based coating is relatively cheap as it’s simply painted onto the roof. This coating holds reflective silver additives that develops a barrier to insulate the building and protect it from ice and snow. In addition, roof drains must be cleared to  avoid blockages that may lead to ice damming, icy build-up and leaks.

Pitching In

Along with building managers, the building occupants can also take few measures to better prepare the buildings for winters. They can lower the thermostats a few degrees to save significant energy, and alert the manager or staff of anything that needs to be fixed.

It’s wise not to wait until the harsh cold weather strikes to preparing your building for winter. These simple tips are great to keep your buildings protected against the harsh winter weather. If you experience any damage to your commercial building due to the harsh winter weather, call the expert home emergency restoration professionals at SERVPRO of East Meadow / Westbury right away.

What SERVPRO Provides That No One Else Can

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

Quality Assured

When you need service done on your home, for any type of damage, it’s important to choose someone who can help you correctly the first time. With SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury on your side, our wide array of services, emphasis on support and care, and experienced team, you have a recipe for damage restoration like no other. Dive into the finer details about what we offer your home and business that others just can't match.

Services Offered

If your home has endured fire or water damage, it’s important to know that we can help you remediate, restore and rebuild. We also offer commercial restoration for all of our services.  These services range from fires and floods to storms and mold, we’re happy to cover any and all damage you’ve sustained and help you bring your home or business back to its original state.

Support/Care

We want our clients to feel like they are part of the family -- and as such, our service does just that. We offer 24/7 support for any emergency that your family might have. If a disaster has left your home or business with extensive damage, you can expect our team to show up quickly, provide support and get to work.

Experience

Our team is thoroughly and extremely trained to deal with any problem that your house might be suffering from. We have specialists on hand that are consistently participating in classes to better their skills in restoration, cleanup and much more. We’re proud to offer decades of restoration experience and apply it to every job we take on -- which includes yours!

No matter what damage may plague your home, you can count on SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury to help fix it and make it “Like it never even happened.” If you’re interested in learning more about how we can help you, give us a call at 516-334-2927!

How does the Cold Affect Water Damage

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

If it’s never happened to you before, you may not think twice about the possibilities of water damage. With winter officially upon us, rain will be turning into snow, which will begin to accumulate on and around your home. A real possibility is that it will then turn into ice, which is even harder to keep away from your home. Below are a few ways the cold weather can cause damage to your home this winter season and how it can pose a threat.

Ice

When you first think about ice, the immediate dangers may not be obvious. However, ice that is packed to your roof, on your driveway, or even against your siding can slowly damage those areas over time. Chips can form, which can expose your house to the outside elements. All of that heat you're trying to keep within the home can now actually leak outside, while moisture can find its way inside. It’s best to monitor condensation and any changes you see within your home.

Cracks/Leaks

Ice can also cause cracks when it's lodged inside of something. Again, that expanding and shrinking that ice does with varying temperatures causes any surface to move with it. This can cause that area to crack or bend in response, which can impact the integrity of your home. When the ice eventually melts, that water can leak right into those cracks and cause both water and mold damage wherever it goes.

Exposure To Mold

One last aspect that you might not consider is the role of mold. While mold requires a certain temperature and moisture to spore and grow, it's still alive within the ice. You may not think twice about it if you notice a bit of ice in your home, but it’s important to be weary. When that ice melts, the mold bacteria can be released inside of your home and cause damage, odors, and costly repairs.

If you or someone you care about experiences damage this winter, make sure your first step is the right one. When it comes to managing the damage, make sure the team you call is professional and swift with their efforts. SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury is at the ready 24/7, no matter the emergency. To receive assistance for water damage, get in contact with us today at 516-334-2927!

Winter Damage Your Business May Sustain

2/7/2021 (Permalink)

During the winter, there is a lot of damage that can occur to your business due to the harsh effects of the season. While there are some things you can preemptively do in order to prevent this home damage, it is important to know that there are some instances that are beyond your control, or skillset to repair. Learning about these damages will help you effectively prepare for damage and potentially minimize the impact it has on you.

Ice

Ice dams are one of the most common types of ice damage that you can have at your business. Ice dams happen when the snow on your roof melts as the temperature rises for a few hours, generally during the day and then refreezes when the temperature quickly drops again.  This melted ice moves into your gutters and under your shingles and causes a damn as it refreezes. This can cause additional water damage due to the fact that the water doesn't have any place to go. These ice dams can damage your shingles, roof and gutters to the point where they will need to be replaced if the ice dam isn't taken care of quickly. Additionally, it can cause interior leaks, which can lead to costly repairs and mold growth.

Snow

If you let snow build up on your walkways and driveways, this can lead to personal injuries and create a big problem. When snow gets stuck in the cracks of concrete, it can melt and eventually turn into ice. Once it turns into ice, it will expand and has the potential to crack or dislodge the concrete that makes up your walkways -- the same thing goes for the exterior walls of your building! This damage can be expensive, and most importantly, can cause a loss in profits as your business operations are halted.

Leaks/Flooring Damage

If you have leaks in your roof, you are more than likely also going to have some serious flooring issues due to the water traveling once it’s inside. This water damage can leak down on wood floors, causing weakened beams and planks, which can result in irreversible damage. This is a danger to your business that should be addressed quickly -- especially before it affects the livelihood of your operating hours, and ultimately, your sales!

Dealing with the reality of home and business damage can be devastating, and we know first hand how hard it can be to return to normal life while this is going on. At SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury, our goal is to relieve your stress by handling the entire process of remediation from start to finish. If you’re interested in learning more, give us a call at 516-334-2927 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Classes of Fire - A, B, C, D, and K

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

Fires are classified by the types of fuel they burn.

Class A

Class A Fires consist of ordinary combustibles such as wood, paper, trash or anything else that leaves an ash. Water works best to extinguish a Class A fire.

Class B

Class B Fires are fueled by flammable or combustible liquids, which include oil, gasoline, and other similar materials. Smothering effects which deplete the oxygen supply work best to extinguish Class B fires.

Class C

Class C Fires. Energized Electrical Fires are known as Class C fires. Always de-energize the circuit then use a non-conductive extinguishing agent. Such as Carbon dioxide.

Class D

Class D Fires are combustible metal fires. Magnesium and Titanium are the most common types of metal fires. Once a metal ignites do not use water in an attempt to extinguish it. Only use a Dry Powder extinguishing agent. Dry powder agents work by smothering and heat absorption.

Class K

Class K Fires are fires that involve cooking oils, grease or animal fat and can be extinguished using Purple K, the typical agent found in kitchen or galley extinguishers.

SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury stands ready to assist with fire damage, small or large events, residential and commercial.

Is My Business At Risk For Ice Damage?

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

When winter sets in, business owners have to make changes on how to accommodate customers. Safety is always at the top of the list for businesses, just as it should be. After all, you need to make sure that people can come and go without issue. Ice build up is a major problem, especially on Long Island, and it can cause safety issues and even damage as it melts.

Why Ice Forms in Certain Areas

  • Leaking gutters. As snow melts, the water has to flow somewhere! If you have a leak or clog in your gutter system, that water will turn to ice as it comes into contact with the ground below. Not only can this pool in high-traffic areas, but the water can travel and find cracks and crevices to get into, which can lead to damage behind walls, in roofing, flooring and more.
  • Snow packed walkways. The more people that walk on the snow on your walkways, the quicker it will pack down and form into ice. Staying on top of shoveling snow out of the way and applying calcium chloride to the walkways, is the best way to keep snow from turning into ice. Too much ice in one area can lead to water damage as the ice melts, which can cause slip & falls and damage where you want it least.
  • Snow plows. Sometimes a snow plow will pile the snow up on your sidewalk, in front of your driveway and access ramps, as it clears the roads. Not only does this create more work for you, but it presents the danger for heavy ice to compact itself down on walkways and up against your building.

Nobody wants to have to deal with ice and water damage this season. If you find that there are certain areas of your home or business that have been damaged due to ice or snow, make sure to call someone who can help. SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury can help protect your home against the damage water can cause. Our process is to make everything brand new again, “Like it never even happened.” If you’re interested in learning more about how we can help you, give us a call at 516-334-2927!

Give Thanks by Choosing SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

There are many reasons to be thankful during the cold season and throughout the year. At SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury, we do whatever it takes to make certain that you are a happy customer of ours, and safely in your home or business. If you are experiencing any type of crippling damage, we are ready to be of assistance.

Why Us

SERVPRO is a reputable company that can handle damage with ease. We have the right tools and equipment to quickly and safely detect where damage is, where it is affected the most and resolve the issues quickly. Whether you are dealing with water damage from a pipe burst, storm damage, mold or fire, we’re here to help with everything you may face.

Our Experience

Our technicians all have extensive experience and training in the home remediation industry. Our team's expertise can help resolve your problems in a timely manner -- and correctly the first time. We want to make sure that your home is quickly assessed, cleaned up and restored to its original condition, before bigger problems appear.

What We Provide Over the Competition

There are many benefits that come with choosing us for your home damage repair needs. We are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week to help with any type of home emergency. We use advanced technology and skilled technicians to make certain that your problems are resolved as fast and efficiently as possible with the best remediation team available.

If you notice that your home has been damaged in any way, It is important to get help as fast as possible since problems only get worse, if they are not treated in a timely manner.

Dealing with any damage can be devastating and we know firsthand how hard it can be to return to normal life while this is going on. At SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury, our goal is to relieve your stress by handling the entire process of remediation from start to finish. If you’re interested in learning more, give us a call at 516-334-2927!

Preventing Snow Mold

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

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

How is snow Mold prevented?

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

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

Preventable Water Damage Tips

12/27/2020 (Permalink)

frozen downspout Keep Your Downspouts Unclogged to Prevent Ice Buildup

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We Use The Latest Advanced Drying Equipment and Techniques

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

Damage From Melting Snow

12/25/2020 (Permalink)

Regarding recent snow falls, many people don't know about the risk of your house flooding due to the snow melting. The weather can go from snow one day to 50 degrees the next. This causes all the snow to melt quickly which can put your home in danger. The water from the snow can melt and seep into your house. Now, what can you do to prevent this from happening? Do the same think you'd do to keep rain water out of your basement. Keep it away from the foundation in your house if at all possible. Did you know 1 cubic foot of snow produces around 3/4 gallon of water!  If you have a couple of feet of snow piling up against your foundation, you’ve got a ticking time bomb that will result in a flooded basement if not dealt with. What if it's too late and you already have water in your basement?  

Call SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury to help!

516-224-2927 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Protect New Construction projects from Future Mold Growth

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO construction services Protect Your New Home from Mold!

Did you know that exposed studs, beams and new construction lumber, when exposed to the elements, are prone to future mold growth and contamination?

It’s inevitable that most wood gets wet or is exposed to moisture during the framing process – before the new construction is sealed with insulation and sheet rock.  

SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury supports builders and homeowners with a full decontamination service that will prevent future mold growth in new construction projects that have been exposes to moisture and/or water before walls and ceilings are sealed. 

SERVPRO uses a 100% organic disinfectant that kills 99.99% of germs. Other disinfectants typically use quaternary ammonia, bleach or even synthetic thymol to kill germs. Made from only food-grade plant extracts and essential oils, our antimicrobial disinfectant has NO toxicity warning because it poses NO heath risk toward humans or animals. 

In some instances, we also seal wood framing with a clear acrylic material in high moisture areas such as garages, basement ceiling joists, and bathrooms. This process will help ensure that vulnerable areas are continuously protected over the lifetime of the property. 

Call us any time at: 516-334-2927 

Our Highly Trained Specialists will restore your Home or Office

12/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO fleet picture We are an IICRC Certified Firm!

SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) establishes  standards for the restoration industry and provides certification and training to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms may and often do display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Conduct business with honesty and integrity, and present accurate information to consumers and businesses alike.

• Require a certified technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests for the given discipline.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on all updates and the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain sufficient liability insurance to protect all parties in the unfortunate event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint system/policy and agree to the Better Business Bureau or equivalent arbitration to resolve disputes, and must also agree to accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the vast majority of industry standards and accepted reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take many years to develop and require the coordination of acknowledged experts in the field: manufacturers, industry and trade organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, licensed contractors, and public health officials.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated as necessary. The water damage restoration field standards must evolve to keep pace with rapid advancements in technology and science. 

About SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury

SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after fire, smoke or water damage. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in and practice continuous training. This includes initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility as well as regular IICRC-industry certification. You can rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property in a professional manor.

Please call us at: 516-334-2927, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Smoke Alarm Facts

12/19/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke alarm with fire Smoke Alarms Save Lives!

We all know that Smoke Alarms save lives. Smoke alarms must be installed and maintained properly, however, to be effective. Here are some facts and stats from the NFPA:

  • A closed door will slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Smoke alarms should be installed in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home. 
  • Smoke alarms should all be interconnected, when one sounds, they all should sound. 
  • Large homes will generally need extra smoke alarms.
  • Test all of your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press and hold the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • Today’s smoke alarms are more technologically advanced and may respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms.
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, immediately get outside and stay outside.
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years regardless of technology type.

Smoke Alarm Statistics 

  • In 2012-2016, smoke alarms sounded in more than half (53%) of all the home fires reported to U.S. fire departments.
  • Almost three out of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (40%) or non working smoke alarms (17%).
  • No smoke alarms were present in two out of every five (40%) home fire deaths in the US.  
  • The death rate per 1,000 reported home fires was more than twice as high in homes that did not have any working smoke alarms compared to the rate in homes with working smoke alarms (12.3 deaths vs. 5.7 deaths per 1,000 fires).
  • In fires in which the smoke did not work, more than two of every five (43%) of the smoke alarms had missing, or disconnected batteries. 
  • Dead batteries caused one-quarter (25%) of all of the smoke alarm failures.

Safety is a job that's never finished. We at SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury are the experienced experts on smoke and fire damage.

Please call us at: 516-334-2927

Winter Storms and Preparation

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

stormy sky picture Severe weather can occur in any season!

On Long Island, especially if you’re near the water, it’s important to know how to prepare both yourself and your home for incoming disaster. This type of occurrence can happen in a flash, and just like that, your belongings and buildings can be at risk. We’re here to help you become well-rounded at knowing what to do in the event of a storm, and how you can safely keep your home, family, business, and belongings safe!

Observe Changing Conditions

We’ve all looked up at the sky at one point or another and said “this doesn’t look good” -- but how many times have you acted on it? In these situations, it’s important to think about what’s happening around you. If you think it looks bad, it might be worth checking one or two weather apps for an update on the current system in your area. This helps give you peace of mind or can help you prep for the weather you’re about to endure at home.

Keep Tools Handy

During adverse storm conditions, you can lose power, watch trees fall, and experience flying debris due to wind. Remember, your home is supposed to be a safe area, however it’s hard to protect it without the right tools! Keeping candles, a generator, wooden boards and flashlights are just a short component of the laundry list of things that you can use to better prepare yourself for what’s coming, or already here.

Have Professionals You Can Call

In the event you sustain damage, it’s imperative that you continue on with keeping your home in tip-top shape, and make any necessary repairs as soon as possible. At SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury, our job is to help you after the storm, providing everything you’d need to successfully make it through any ordeal. A company that treats you like family is few and far between, but we’re proud to be one of them!

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 storm damage, get in contact with us today!

Why SERVPRO for Mold Removal?

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

The Importance of Fast Mold Removal

Business owners need to have confidence in their buildings when they place orders to supply their shops with goods. While you might have made a substantial investment a long time ago, many items that you have for sale within the shop represents part of that financial arrangement that you have with your vendors/suppliers to make good on your end of the agreement. When water loss incidents occur within the property, you need to act immediately to protect your investment from irreparable damage. Our professionals stand ready and available to help!

  • While no one can predict when they might need water or mold removal, the faster that you can secure this service and appropriately clean the area, the less of the items and stock throughout your business that will become directly impacted. Our SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury professionals work quickly to offer effective mitigation solutions including fast removal when you need it the most.
  • When we first come into your building, some team members work to set up the extraction equipment required to begin the restoration efforts while other  crew members work to remove at-risk contents from the affected area. Often times these moved items can get stored in a different area of your store unless they require focused drying and cleaning attention.
  • Our SERVPRO technicians determine the best equipment for the scope and severity of the water damage, ranging from mobile wet-vacum units with extraction wands, to gas-powered pumps and our specialized extractor truck. After the removal of excess water, our team can get to work on thoroughly drying the damaged area and focusing on protecting your building from potential reconstruction or remediation needs.

While there are many concerns when your business suffers a water loss incident, the investment that you have made and contents of the property is our top priority for our SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury teams. We have state-of-the-art extraction and drying equipment to get your doors back open quickly. Give us a call anytime disaster strikes at: 516-334-2927

SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

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!

Christmas Tree Fire Prevention

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

After saying goodbye to Christmas later this month, many people have trees that start to die and are at risk of starting a house fire. On average, one of every 34 Christmas tree fires result in a death. That is compared with an average of one death per 142 total reported home fires. Some basic precautions can eliminate many of these incidents.

  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any type of heat source, such as fireplaces, radiators, heat vents and especially candles.  
  • Ensure that all lights are in good working order, discard any with frayed wires or without proper electrical certification.
  • The NFPA, or National Fire Protection Agency, notes that one in four Christmas Tree fires start from electrical issues, and an additional one in four start from heating devices placed too close to the tree. 
  • The NFPA recommends that trees be removed once they lose their fresh smell and all their needles begin to fall. The NFPA would recommend you to not lean the tree against the home as that is also a Fire hazard. Most trash services will pick up old Christmas trees placed next to receptacles at the curb over the next couple of weeks. Dying Christmas trees are just a fire waiting to happen and you'd rather be safe than sorry!

5 Most Common Causes of Basement Flooding

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

Long Island Home with a flooded basement caused by a broken pipe 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

Do's and Don'ts When Pipes Freeze

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

Frozen copper pipe leaking Don't Let Your Pipes Freeze! SERVPRO of East Meadow / Westbury is here to help!

Frozen pipes are a common problem for home owners during the winter months. Causing a lot of trouble and havoc in our homes. However, do you know the reasons behind frozen pipes and pipe bursts? Knowing so can help prevent your home’s pipes from freezing and rupturing. 

You will be surprised to know the cold weather is not the major reason for frozen pipes! The actual factor is the internal pressure that is built inside the pipes. However, the cold weather does play a role in developing this pressure. The freezing process expands the water molecules into different shapes, in turn, occupying more space within the pipes than what they occupy in liquid state. Because of this expansion, they force water towards an appliance, for instance the faucet, leading to significantly higher water pressure. When immense pressure is developed, the pipe finally freezes or ruptures, resulting in severe water damage.

There is no need to worry about it now, since there are certain ways to minimize the loss. Let take a look at the different ways you can prevent frozen pipe bursts.

Things to do when pipes freeze

  • Check uncovered pipes

Check the water pipes outside of your home that are not covered by anything or those placed in unheated areas. Make a list of uncovered pipes.

  • Insulation

Insulation of pipes is a proven and well recognized means to avoid pipes from freezing. You should insulate pipes by putting foam on their outer surfaces. A professional home emergency restoration service like SERVPRO of East Meadow / Westbury can help prepare your pipes for winter.

  • Covering

For the pipes that are uncovered, put a dome or some other kind of insulating cover on spigots or outdoor faucets. These are readily available at most local hardware stores.

  • Water flow

Going away for a few days? This technique really works. Let a little quantity of water to flow or drip through the faucets. It prevents the pressure from building in the pipes. If the weather is extremely cold, it is advised to keep either one or two faucets running slowly all the time. Water passing through the system can prevent the freezing as moving water can’t freeze.  

  • Heat

Supply some heat to the pipe areas by using electric hair dryer or heating pad. You may also use towels soaked in warm water.

  • Air leaks

Examine the air leaks around dryer vents, pipes and electrical wiring. Use insulation or caulk to keep the cold air away from pipes. In extremely cold weather, even the smallest opening may let the cold air enter the pipe, causing it to freeze.

  • Pipe section

Make sure you properly examine the section of the pipes between faucet and frozen area. Monitoring the status of pipe is critical to avoid pipe freezing.

Things NOT to do when pipes freeze

Most of the people incur more damage by following the wrong tips. It is advised not to do these things when your home’s pipes are freezing. In addition, if you avoid these things, you can also minimize the chances of pipe freezing.

  • Never leave a space heater set up under the home, unattended or turned on. This is extremely dangers and one of the main causes of home fires.
  • Don’t use a propane heater, blowtorch, charcoal stove and any open flame device as an insulation or heating mechanism.
  • Close faucet or stop water flow until the pipe is thawed completely and the water is able to flow freely

If you have any doubt or not confident in you abilities to execute any of these tips, or you are simply not sure what your are doing, you must call an expert home emergency restoration professional like SERVPRO of East Meadow / Westbury. Frozen pipes don’t always result in ruptures and bursts. If you take precautions on regular basis, monitoring your home’s pipes and taking action when required, you can surely prevent your home from looking like a swimming pool and the consequential water damage restoration expenses.

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

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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

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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

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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.

For Immediate Service in East Meadow/Westbury, Call SERVPRO

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SERVPRO crew in cleaning gear in front of fire department We provide service day or night, big or small in East Meadow/ Westbury

SERVPRO of East meadow/Westbury provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in East meadow/Westbury. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

For more than 30 years, SERVPRO has been the preeminent provider of professional fire, water, and mold restoration and remediation services.  SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury has the experienced team and resources to handle virtually any size and scope of remediation project. Our crew is trained in all the top industry standard best practices, insuring positive outcomes for our customers, both large and small. We stand ready to help 24 hours a day, please call us at: 516-334-2927

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

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soot on house walls/molding Look familiar ? call SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury today and we'll take care of the rest

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

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.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today –
631-585-0007

When Storms or Floods hits East Meadow/Westbury , SERVPRO is ready!

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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 hits, 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.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 631-585-0007

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

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teach and customers looking under kithen sink at water No matter where or what size SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury is here for you

SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 631-585-0007

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

Restoring Your East Meadow/Westbury Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

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Flooding and water damage events at East Meadow/Westbury commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury

SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property

SERVPRO wants to thank East Meadow Fire Department

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

Thank you to ALL our first responders at East Meadow Fire Department Thank you to ALL our first responders at East Meadow Fire Departme

SERVPRO is in this with you and to show our appreciation we had the honor of cleaning and sanitizing all of East Meadow Fire Departments first responder vehicles. We want to thank all our fire fighters and first responders for putting their lives on the front lines everyday! Look out for more photos & contact us today to see how we can help your local departments today! 

SERVPRO is in this with you!

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Let us give you peace of mind during this time. Our cleanup procedures are in accordance with the CDC recommendations. The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line meet this standard and carry the EPA-registered emerging pathogens claims.

We are here and ready to aid you in your time of need, providing these services so your facility can be cleaned and ready for business to resume. We are in this with you.

Business Space Damage

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

tan floor with water spots, gray walls, white ceiling, dehumidifiers and fans in large open space Damage Restoration in Progress

When you first think about flooding or a fire issue, you may not immediately associate it with a business. However, businesses are just as susceptible to receiving home damage and water damage as any homeowner. One leaky or broken  pipe might be all it takes to flood a bathroom and shut down the office or the building for a day or two. This can greatly impact the ability of that business to operate efficiently and can cause quite a bit of stress for the owner. Here are some of the major causes of business disruption.

Flooding

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

Mold Growth

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

Fire

As seasons change, buildings can be more susceptible to fire than at other times. A furnace that hasn't been professionally serviced in a while might cause a spark to form. That spark could catch and before you know it, the building could be on fire! With any luck enough of the building leftover for a restoration to take place.

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

Fire Prevention at your Business

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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

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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)

black mold damage on white wall near interior door with moisture on window black mold damage on wall & molding near interior door with moisture on door window

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 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?

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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

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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

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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!

Three ways Water can slip into your home...

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

While we rely on water for many facets of daily life and want and need it around, we certainly don't need unnecessary water in our home. Standing water can break down the components that make up our home’s foundation and cause a great deal of damage in the process. You might be surprised to know it’s pretty easy for water to creep into your house.  Here are three ways that water can sneakily slip in the house and cause water damage.

Ice

It may sound odd to say ice can seep into your home since it's a solid, but we have to remember that it begins as a liquid…. Water can trickle into the home through a crack or leak during warmer weather and then begins freezing and hardening up into ice as the temperature drops. This ice can cause a great deal of home damage before eventually melting once more and pooling somewhere in your home. Ice also has the ability to break apart your homes construction, like your roof and potentially leave your attic accessible to further water.

Rain

If you have a roof with less than perfect shingles, you can be sure it's letting in rain and excess water.  Here’s where your issue can come in, that rain can collect in your attic and cause a whole bunch of unpleasant water damage, mold growth and more.  If you notice that your ceiling or roof is starting to sag, then the damage has reached critical levels and it’s time to act!

Runoff

One last aspect that water may be leaking into your home is through cluttered gutters and excess runoff at ground level. Without the gutters able to perform their duty of sending rain away from the home, that water begins to collect and saturate the soil. It can leak into your basement, through your foundation and actually flood. You'll be left with quite the mess and likely an exposure to mold as well.

Guard Against Water

At SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury, we can help protect your home against the damage water can cause. Our process is to make everything brand new again. If you’re interested in learning more about how we can help you, please give us a call at 516-334-2927!

Where is water damage coming from

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

There are times it can be almost impossible to track down the entry of water causing water damage. This can be especially frustrating because the more water that enters the home, the more home damage you're going to notice. Until those sources have been fixed or stopped, the problem is going to arise again and again. To help you out, here a few key areas where water damage typically comes from.

Leaky Roof

Unless your roof is noticeably missing shingles, it's likely that you don't spend a lot of time examining your roof. You may not even realize that it's damaged. However, quite often, a lot of leaking water comes from the attic. A professional team can inspect your roof and attic to determine if the water is coming from a damaged hole or weak spot.  If that's the case, a simple repair can most likely keep your house from receiving further damage.

Cracked Foundations

As its name might suggest, the foundation is the cornerstone of your home. If it starts to deteriorate, then you can be sure you'll be seeing a lot of home damage. Water can seep into the foundation and slowly break it down by leaking in through the basement, crawl space, etc. This is typically a result of saturated soil. Sometimes it’s a case of clogged gutters which can no longer send the water away from the house and so the water starts to trickle into the foundation instead. This can be the root of extensive damage which can also find its way into flooring, beams, walls and more.

Faulty Plumbing

Whether your plumbing is compromised some place or the last repair job wasn't top notch, if you have faulty plumbing, then you're likely going to have water leaking in places you don’t want it to. This water can pool up and cause some serious damage to flooring, walls and your sentimental items. It's also a terrible source of waterborne diseases.

To keep your home from suffering from further damage, call us to find those sources of leaking water. We can remediate the problem, fix the damage that was caused and prevent further damage from occurring. SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury is dedicated to bringing your home back to a liveable state, as quickly as possible. If you’re interested in learning more, give us a call at 516-334-2927!

Ice hazards at home

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

While we know that driving on the road can pose dangerous risks during the winter season, once we reach home we feel safe and secure and don’t think twice about our journey home. Other than the driveway itself being a little icy, we may think our home is safe from hazards we just survived outside. Sadly, this is not the case. There are plenty of ice hazards at home that could cause not just bodily harm but home damage and water damage, too. Keep an eye out for the following ice hazards at home.

Sidewalks

This may be a no-brainer, but since sidewalks primarily are your responsibility to keep clear and ice-free, It’s important that you stay aware since they can certainly be a hazardous environment. If we're not regularly salting the sidewalks on our home's property, then we might end up getting someone hurt if they slip on it. We might even injure ourselves by walking over to the mailbox or just saying hello to a neighbor. Keep an eye out for the ice and walk safely.

Roofing

Here’s another aspect of ice hazards that isn't often thought about. However, ice can develop on the roof just the same as anywhere else. When water remains on the roof and then freezes, it can cause home damage by making those shingles chip and crack. As the ice melts, water can seep into the cracks and cause water damage within the attic and throughout the home as water has a way of winding around wherever it pleases.  It's best to have a professional team take care of any damage caused by a damaged roofing.

Windows

When the temperature drops outside so does the temperature of the glass windows in our home.  We all know how important it is to manage the humidity during the winter to help keep us and our homes healthy.  However, too much humidity, combined with leaky, poor insulated windows, can have us looking at one reason we can notice icy windows.  The moisture buildup on and around your windows can lead to water damage and mold growth. Be sure to be on the lookout for icy windows and have that issue repaired -- immediately.

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 at 516-334-2927!

A Fire has damaged your property…. NOW WHAT?  

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

What you do during the first 48 hours after fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury can help prevent fire damage from causing long-term damage.  Here are a few Fire Emergency Tips that will assist you in taking the proper action until the SERVPRO of East Meadow/ Westbury team is able to assist.

What TO DO After a Fire:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so you do not further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If the electricity is off, empty the freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After a Fire:

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury Professionals.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may actually set in the smoke odor.

The SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury Emergency Response team is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, to help you regain control of your property loss quickly.  Reach out to us ASAP after you’ve suffered damage, so we can help you with all of the TO DO’s to ensure you and your property end this tough time with a happy result.  Call us today at 516-334-2927

Fire Hazards you will want to pay attention to.

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

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.

Outlets

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!

Hurricane Prep Guide 2019

10/19/2019 (Permalink)

We’ve seen them cause damage before - and they surely will again…..HURRICANES... The dreaded word that most Long Islanders know all too well from recent years -- and while this year is unpredictable like the rest, it’s never too early to know what to look for, how to prep and most importantly, how to stay safe. Here are a few pointers for you to follow in 2019 for this upcoming hurricane season.

Don’t Ever Underestimate

We’ve seen predictions go out the window, and category predictions turn into nothing. But do not get feel like you are overreacting if you prepare. When a hurricane is on the way, always expect the worst, and always remain prepared for it to happen. If this means renting or buying a generator just in case, do it. If this means preemptively boarding up an old window, it’s worth it. The extra work in the beginning is peace of mind and provides you with less stress, when and if the storm does hit. 

Follow Protocol

Remember the last few storms? What did you have that proved to be useful? What did you wish you had? Times like these provide you with an opportunity to recall the things that helped you protect yourself and your family the last time something hit -- and will have you ahead of the curve this time around. If you’re in need of more light, make sure to grab flashlights. If your fridge is holding a ton of food, make sure to keep extra ice in the fridge to keep it all cold. These things are critical and just might save you a ton of money.

Breathe

The reality of a hurricane is stressful on everyone, and you’re certainly not alone in your thoughts. For this reason, make sure you’re taking the time out to keep everyone safe, and understand that for the most part, things may be a bit out of your control. Your preparation for the storm and what happens after is the most important -- and that’s what you should focus on. When the dust settles, we’ll be there to help you when you need us.

Hurricane season is finally here -- and so are we to help you. 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

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

Your 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!

Open Flames

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. 

Electrical Fires

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! 

When a storm hits, SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury is Ready!

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury 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. Whether you've experienced storm damage which can include, but is not limited to water damage, structural damage, fires or mold, we're capable of mitigating the issue with meticulous effort.

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

When storms hit, we can utilize our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. Although 2019 has been a rather slow season for major storms thus far, there is always the possibility of an occurrence late into the season. With this in mind, make sure you are fully prepared at all times and know who to call in the event of a disaster.

Have storm or flood damage? Call us today at 516 334-2927

Water Damage Caused By The Weather

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

Hot weather; we all love it, until it gets too hot, or causes unwanted damage. You might be asking yourself how hot weather can cause damage -- specifically water damage, there’s actually a mild science behind some of the issues that are repeat offenders of damage! As we’re still experiencing some of the weather that leaves us begging for the air conditioner, take a look below to see how it can affect and cause damage near or inside your home/business.

Humidity

Hot, moist air is the worst. It makes breathing harder, objects feel sticky, and it’s plain uncomfortable. In addition to how it makes you feel, your home/business can suffer from its effects as well! Humid air that lingers inside of a room or building can cause issues with the flooring, walls, windows, and everything in between. This moisture in the air can be a huge problem, leading to mold growth and other damage if left in the area for too long. Make sure to keep your air circulating or invest in a dehumidifier if possible.

Exterior Runoff

When the sun hits the soil or ground, it dries out -- and when you’re trying to water plants or the grass and it simply won’t absorb, the water finds another place to go, and that’s often anywhere it wants. Excess water runoff due to dry grounds can cause pooling water around your home, in areas where it shouldn’t sit, and many more issues. This, in turn, causes bug infestations, leaks, and sunken points in your yard that can lead to great problems down the line. It’s important to monitor the ground when you’re watering plants, the grass, and other things in and around your home or business. 


Should you deal with any water damage 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!

Is My Home At Risk For Rainshower Damage?

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

There are a ton of added benefits to owning your own home, such as private space for relaxing, being able to decorate the home how you’d like, and more! However when it comes to owning a home and having to deal with spring shower damage, there are different factors to consider and what to look out for when damage occurs. Below are a few notions that you may be at risk for spring shower damage and what you can do to prevent it!

Check The Top

One of the most important things to consider is where the rain is hitting your home first. Generally, this happens on the roof, or close to the foundation, which can be costly for both you and those who may also be tenants, if you happen to rent. Make sure you’re checking roofing shingles and the foundation for any adverse effects or anything that looks out of place, worn out, or broken.

How Is The Humidity?

Monitoring your humidity levels can be a great way to understand if your home is at risk for water damage due to a spring shower. Because water can creep into your home and cause more humidity than you want, it’s important to monitor levels and look for unexpected spikes after a storm. If this is happening in certain rooms, moisture is somehow getting in.

You Can Call Us

The best thing to have by your side after heavy rain causes damage is someone who can be at the ready and help your home immediately after. One of the best reasons to have someone like us on speed dial is that we are fast, effective, and can make your home look “Like it never even happened”. When disaster strikes, our mission is to get you and your home back up and running quickly, alleviating stress and discomfort felt by nature. 

When rain is barreling toward 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!

How SERVPRO Makes A Difference At Your Business!

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

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!

Mold Damage

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 Ronkonkoma 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

How Can Storms Hurt My Home?

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

A spring storm, while somewhat expected, can also strike quickly and hard without warning. A simple afternoon of relaxing outside can immediately turn into a home-soaking downpour leaving everyone within earshot in a panic. For us on Long Island, we know the issues that come with a flash storm -- and unfortunately, maybe the damage as well. Below are a few things that can be done to prevent damage, and what may happen if it isn’t. 

Think About What’s Left Open

Remember cutting vegetables and leaving the window open last night? A flash storm ran through town and your entire kitchen counter is now soaked -- great -- now what?! Whether it’s your car or your home, make sure you try and remember to close things after using them; especially if the inside can become damaged or stolen from. A flash storm like this can send tons of water into your home, causing water damage, mold growth in tight places, and bad smells from all angles!

Try and Prepare

Is your home the community pool after a hard rainstorm? What about past experiences with leaking roofing that resembles that of an extra, yet unwanted showerhead? If this is you, make sure to call someone and have it inspected! Collect sandbags or create runoff channels around your home as well as preparation. The last thing you need is more water than you asked for. Everyone loves spending a few extra minutes in the shower; but showering in the living room isn’t exactly a desirable feature.

Always Know Who To Call

If you’ve been on the wrong side of a spring shower and need assistance, the first thing to do is call someone who can help you with the situation as best as possible. Fixing damage and preventing it from happening the next time is something SERVPRO is no stranger to handling -- and your home is just as important as our own.

Should you experience any sort of damage due to a storm, 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



Fire Prevention At Home

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

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! 

Electric Outlets

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! 

Avoiding Water Damage The Easy Way

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

It’s all too common that during the summer months, the sight of excess water is followed up with the famous “the sun will dry it up” line. And while sometimes this is true, that extra pool of water can lead to expensive damage that is not so easily cleaned up as it was once thought to be. Below are a few different ways to avoid water damage in areas that it may occur in around your home or business. 

Observe Water Levels

Watering the grass? That seems like an easy task, right? Sure it does! But it’s not as simple as moving the sprinkler to a desired location and turning it on. Watering your grass and plants is far from a ‘set it and forget it’ system, and requires much more to be efficient. Make sure that you’re watering at a time where your plants can absorb the water without burning off too quickly, and also keep in mind that too much can be an issue. Check your ground every 15 minutes depending on the surface area for spongy soil. Once it saturates enough, turn it off! Too much water near a home can lead to bugs and indoor water damage not usually seen by the naked eye.

Don’t Overuse

Similar to the above, using too much water during the hot months can be an issue once humidity becomes a factor. It’s important to make sure that you’re keeping your water usage in check in places like your bathroom, kitchen and more. This type of damage occurs when too humid of air meshes with too much moisture coming from faucets and showers, which leads to water in areas such as on the wall, behind fixtures, in cracks and more. This, among other things, can lead to mold and mildew formation.

Lose The Humidity!

It’s important to monitor your humidity levels everywhere in the house -- and not JUST because it causes you to stick to the couch! These high levels of humidity can be tracked in from outside and leave foul odors and moisture on the walls. To prevent this, an inexpensive dehumidifier can be a real benefit!

When heat/humidity is barreling toward 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!

Staying Safe: Beat The Heat!

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

Staying out of the heat (for the most part) this summer can be the easiest way to stay safe -- especially when that AC dial is cranked down low! But most of us on Long Island want to enjoy what our county has to offer, and that usually includes the beach, lots of sunlight, parks, and our own backyards! So in the spirit of summer and staying cool, we’ve got a few ways to beat the damage from heat, while enjoying it as best you can, safely!

Don’t Forget Water!

While the summer of alcohol-infused seltzer drinks are upon us, it’s important to not forget about that other clear liquid in the cooler -- water! Staying hydrated while doing almost anything is an imperative part to a healthy and safe summer. Be sure to consumer at the very least, one half-gallon of water per day in order to keep yourself functioning properly. 

Watch Out For Dry Patches

It’s important to note that even though you’re not lighting a fire near plants and shrubbery, that they can’t ignite with the right conditions. Make sure you’re planning on watering your plants and greens at LEAST once per day, when there isn’t direct sunlight overhead. This prevents the risk of them drying out, and becoming an accomplice to a rather harmless fire that spiraled out of control.

Monitor Your Humidity

Checking your humidity levels is just as important as anything else, since that can lead to costly repairs, extensive damage, and other issues if not treated! The best way to battle humidity indoors is to invest in a quality dehumidifier and eliminate unwanted moisture in the air. Additionally, make sure you’re staying cool outdoors and out of humidity as much as possible! The thick air can make it harder to breathe, and can cause uncomfortable situations under your clothing!

For over three decades, SERVPRO has been helping all types of homes and businesses fight against the conditions that summer brings. When something goes wrong, you’re going to need a company who can make it right. To learn more about how SERVPRO Of East Meadow/Westbury can assist in your time of need this summer, give us a call today! 516-334-2927



Six Spring Cleaning Tips for your Commercial Building

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

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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.

Commercial Building Maintenance Checklist

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Roofing Maintenance

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.

Plumbing Maintenance

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

Lighting Maintenance

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.

Checking your Smoke Detector!

3/16/2019 (Permalink)

With daylight saving time upon us, this is one of the best times of year to ensure your smoke and fire alarms are up and running! The smoke alarm is only beneficial to you if it functions properly, which means the alarm goes off when smoke is detected. Smoke alarms must be tested at least once a month. This can be done by pressing the test button and ensuring that the alarm beeps. If it does not, you need to fix or replace it immediately so that it is operational. It is important to note that a smoke alarm should never be tested by bringing a flame or heat source near the alarm. The elderly  and those with disabilities who cannot reach the smoke alarms with ease can consider getting special smoke alarms installed. Be cautious that you do not damage your hearing while conducting this test.

Common Causes of Home Fires

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

No one wants to endure the effects of a fire at home -- and especially the water damage that comes from putting it out. In many cases, there are a ton of ways to prevent fires - and most of the fixes are fairly common! Below are just a few things that cause fires and a number of ways to prevent them from occurring in your home or business

Space Heaters

Like you, we enjoy the comfort that space heaters provide on chilly winter days. However, these appliances are a leading cause for destructive fires across the country. First, you need to keep anything flammable at least three feet away from the heater, as well as keeping items that can knock into it, far away. You should always turn off your space heater when you go to bed or leave the home. Make sure to set a timer if you’re going to be sleeping, and monitor the filter for anything that can cause a fire.

Dry Air and Flames

Since winter brings dry air, it's important to watch out for home damage that can be caused by fires due to dry air in your home. A fireplace screen is a must while enjoying your time near the heat. When the fire is done, place cooled ashes in a metal container and store them away from your home. Don't forget to put the matches you used to start the fire out of reach of children. Any embers, open flames or hazardous material that could help start or spread a fire should be brought outside of your home or safely suppressed.

Let’s face it -- almost everyone loves the smell of candles this time of year, but make sure the flame stays at least one foot away from anything that could burn or catch fire. The National Fire Prevention Association says that 11% of candle-caused home fires involved someone falling asleep while the candle was lit, so if you’re getting to the end of your evening, it might be a good idea to put out the candle preemptively.

Appliances

Any appliance with a frayed cord poses a fire hazard and you should stop using it immediately. We recommend you take extra care with heat-producing appliances to ensure total safety. Microwaves, irons, dryers, hair tools and stoves should be turned off before you leave home. PLEASE REMEMBER, while you're cooking, the stove should never be left unattended.

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!  

Is Mold An Issue In My House

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

As seasons shift to colder temperatures, we may not worry so much about things like mold and mildew. Even as snow falls and covers the lingering leaves which start to deteriorate on the ground, we may not think twice about the mold that is clearly spreading over it and eating it away. After all, that's outside. Unfortunately, mold can easily invade the home in the winter just as much as it can in any other season. Below, we cover how mold does just that, what you should look out for, and what you can do when you see mold.

How Mold Forms

It's important to understand what mold is and how it spreads. Mold, is essentially a fungus. It spreads itself through spores that settle on surfaces and remain relatively dormant until the right temperature and amount of moisture enter their atmosphere. By that point, the fungus starts to eat and spread even further by deploying more spores. There are species of mold which can be activated in the temperatures typically associated with early winter. You can expect home damage as it spreads should this be something occurring indoors.

What To Look For

While mold comes in varying colors and species, the mold primarily seen in homes is black. It can spread quite quickly as it’s given moisture, which can turn into devastating damage rather quickly. This is why mold is quite common in places that have seen water damage and it’s important to be conscious of environmental changes and ensure effective cleanup. Because mold can eat away at the surface it is attached to, it's important to have it removed quickly by someone who is well-versed in mold restoration.

What You Should Do

When you first notice mold, you can attempt to safely clean it away with bleach or another harsh cleaner, if the amount is small. This helps you limit the amount of home damage caused by the mold and allows for potential containment.  Keep an eye on the area you cleaned, if you notice the mold returning, this means you could have a deep rooted below the surface. You should also keep an eye on the areas where water damage has occurred as these are the key areas mold will grow. If this looks like something you’re not totally confident handling, make sure you have it handled by someone who can.

Dealing with the reality of mold damage can be devastating, and we know firsthand how hard it can be to return to normal life while this is going on. At SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury our goal is to relieve your stress by handling the entire process of remediation from start to finish. If you’re interested in learning more, give us a call at 516-334-2927!

Winter Storms That Can Damage Your Home

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Living in the Northeast means we can see a lot of different kinds of storms. What might start out as something small can quickly ball into something quite damaging. Because of that, it's always an excellent idea to make sure our homes are prepared for any sort of storm that rears its ugly head. For those who are curious about what kind of storms can cause the most home damage and water damage, this article will go over three main types.

Hurricanes

It's to no one's surprise that a hurricane can pack quite a punch. Even for those who aren't living right on the coast, a hurricane can have a large effect on the surrounding area with extremely violent storms. The strong winds and rain that comes with these storms, can put the protective measures of your home to the test. Roofs can be removed, siding can be stripped and windows can be damaged, letting in water and causing a whole slew of water damage to the surrounding areas. They're dangerous and deadly.

Noreasters

While you may have heard of Noreasters from legend, they're more common than you might like to think. These are cyclones taken to the max that manage to reach land. Wind and rain are common staples of a Noreaster. They also typically emerge in the Winter and Spring months, though just like any other weather, they can happen at any time. The wind from these cyclones is especially adept at causing home damage.

Wind/Rain

Besides just the extremely dangerous weather anomalies, the Northeast area can see its share of heavy storms, too. These storms can sometimes be just as powerful as any Noreaster or hurricane. They can cause your roof to leak and damage the interior of your home. You should never underestimate the power of a simple storm.

Dealing with the reality of home and business damage can be devastating, and we know first hand how hard it can be to return to normal life while this is going on. At SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury, our goal is to relieve your stress by handling the entire process of remediation from start to finish. If you’re interested in learning more, give us a call at 516-334-2927!

Managing Snow Mold

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Recently we have witnessed our first snow of the season! This brings to mind the subject of snow Mold. Snow Mold is caused when there is snow on the ground but the ground is not completely frozen. Snow Mold is also found under leaves that have not been cleaned up that should have been moved as part of a final fall landscaping cleanup, before winter set in.

How is snow Mold prevented?

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

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

Black Mold Prevention

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Black mold is a problem found in many homes. It has many bad effects on humans and precautions should be taken to help reduce the risk of coming into contact with it. To prevent black Mold add the following to your routine home checks:

- Check under sinks and around garbage disposals and dishwashers.

- Check visible water pipes throughout your home, for leakage and sweating.

- In the basement, check the faucets and fixtures of the washing machine and furnace

- Check the attic on regular intervals, especially during months that are humid or damp.

- Don’t forget the crawl space whether you have interior or exterior access.  These are dark spaces where mold thrives.

- Simple solar powered attic fans can be installed to help air exchange and eliminate moist conditions.

 - For around $30, A simple instrument can be purchased at home centers to check humidity levels in moisture laden rooms, such as the basement, bathroom, and kitchen.

Is Water Lurking In My Home? A Guide

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

At home, it’s important that you’re always conscious of the environment you’re living in, and you’re aware of any potential changes to the spaces in which you’re occupying. For those reasons, it’s important to know when things are going wrong, or begin to be conscious of the small changes that can point to an issue. When it comes to water damage, your eye must be very keen to understand what may be occurring, and how you can prevent damage in its tracks. See below for a few telltale signs that you may be experiencing water damage at home and how to stop it!

Musky Smells

For the most part, you know what your home smells like, and sometimes it has no smell at all due to it being familiar! However when something begins to permeate through the air, it can be very noticeable. If you experience a musky, humid odor, it’s a sign that in that room or the surrounding area, some type of moisture is present. In order to prevent this from becoming an issue, make sure to have someone come in and inspect the area for water damage, and conduct a search on your own.

Signs Of A Leak

If you’re seeing discoloration in the walls, ceiling, or anything similar, water might be the cause, which can lead to mold growth or permanent damage. It’s important that if this looks like it’s been happening or it’s brand new, you turn off the water supply to stop it from worsening and get it inspected as soon as possible before more damage occurs.

Bugs

A bug infestation usually points to a few possibles. Either you left fruit out too long, or there’s something they like inside your home -- water being one of them. If this happens to you, it’s important to try and source where they’re originating from and take the necessary steps to stop them from getting in and feeding off of whatever it is they are finding.

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!

3 Activities That Lead To Water Damage

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Enjoying your summer includes being able to enjoy the sunlight and heat in the comfort of your own home -- and conversely, there are also a ton of ways you can enjoy cooling down! While we are never opposed to a super soaker battle to cool off, we’re always conscious of the water we use and how it can actually end up causing damage if we’re not careful. To prevent a summer disaster at your home, we’ve compiled a list of things for you to look out for to prevent water damage while you’re having fun in the sun.

Watch Water Lines

With the sprinkler on a lot more during the summer than the rest of the year, there will be a ton of water flowing through the pipes of your home, which means there’s a potential for water damage. Are you using your hose and water lines more this year? Make sure you don’t have any cracks in your piping, slow drips, or anything of the like. Additionally, it’s important that you’re being gentle with your garden hose and whatever’s connected to the water line, as too much yanking and tension can cause leaks to spring, which can quickly cause water damage.

Long Showers

It’s so inviting to take a long, cool shower after a long hot day. However, even though it feels like it might be the best remedy life has to offer, sometimes, too much of a good thing really isn’t good, even for your home. Excess use of water can lead to flooding and pooling, which if you’re not careful, can cause water damage. The stagnant water and excessive moisture in your shower is something to closely monitor, as it can lead to mold growth and damage.

Overwatering Plants

Your home is full of things that need hydration, and your landscaping is part of that! Make sure you’re keeping your plants and flowers watered and fed with what they need in order to keep them growing. However, be sure to monitor how much water isn’t being absorbed by the soil and plants, as this excess water can seep through crevices and cause damage to your home’s foundation, create sinkholes and more. Experiencing this problem? It might be time to get it checked out!

Should you encounter any sort of damage at your home due to water, 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!



How To Prepare For Summer Flash Storms

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Picture this: One minute you’re tending to the garden outside, the windows are open in the house, and everything seems fantastic. The next minute, a flash storm is clouding the sky and the rain begins to unload ferociously onto your street -- what do you do? For many of us on Long Island, we’ve experienced the wrath of a flash storm -- and unfortunately, maybe the damage as well. With that in mind, knowing how you can prepare for something like this is extremely important!  If you know ahead of time what you need and how WE can help, should something occur that is more than anticipated, it can save you from expending a lot of time and energy and from experiencing some heartache.

Don’t Leave Things Opened

Have you ever gone outside the morning after a storm only to realize you left your car window open? It’s certainly happened to the best of us -- but it can be prevented! Whether it’s your car or your home, create a habit to double check that you haven’t left things open; especially if the inside can become damaged. In a storm, a closed and sealed window can be the difference between no damage and endless cleaning for days after.

Prepare Your Home

Is your home’s area known for flooding or pooling water? If so, make sure you take the necessary measures to prevent it from happening during the next storm. Keep sandbags and other items close by so that during the next storm, you’re ready with whatever you need in order to prevent damage from occurring when you need it least.

Always Know Who To Call

Have you experienced damage to your home or business due to a flash storm? Unfortunately, this can happen at any moment. Should it happen to you, it’s important to make sure that you’re prepared with everything you need in order to have it remedied ASAP! SERVPRO Of East Meadow/Westbury is committed to helping home and businesses owners on Long Island get back on their feet and their space to look like it never even happened!

If you experience any sort of damage due to a storm, 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 businesses 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!

How to Prepare your Home for Hurricane Season

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Meadow Westbury is #1 company on Long Island for hurricane and storm damage clean up.

How to Prepare your Home for Hurricane Season?

The third quarter of the year has just begun and if you live in a country having frequent hurricanes in the season, it is the high time to get your home prepared to avoid potential losses. Getting your home prepared for hurricanes takes money and time, but since the storms are still weeks away, you can reduce your potential expenses by early planning. The measures you take to prepare your property for expected hurricanes, safety-proof landscaping and plan insurance coverage, make you and your family safer in the season and in years to come.

Understanding Hurricanes Basics

Hurricanes, also called typhoons and cyclones, are high-scale storm systems developed over the oceans or seas, striking lands. They usually accompanied with heavy rainfall, high-speed wind, flooding (inland & coastal), storm surfer, tornadoes and rip currents. The United States, especially all Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Pacific Coast, states in Southwest and Pacific U.S. areas, face coastal storms, heavy rains, floods and hurricanes every year. The Atlantic hurricane period starts from June, running till November end, with peak periods from mid of August till October.

Getting Your Home Prepared

There are numerous ways to get your home prepared to withstand the downpours and high-velocity winds brought by hurricanes. Some are very easy to adopt. For instance, cleaning our gutters, repairing leakages, creating indoor storage spaces for putting outdoor furnishing under shelter etc.

  • Strap down your Roof

Fasten the roof of your home to the home’s frame by using hurricane clips or straps. This reduces potential roof damage.

  • Use Head & Foot bolts on doors

Putting head and foot bolts on your entry doors give them extra protection against rain and wind. Install bolts both at the top and bottom.

  • Use Window Covers & Storm Shutters

Commercially made windows covers or storm shutters made from heavier and reinforced marine plywood, should be used to cover windows and sliding doors.

  • Check Fixed structures

Make sure that your carports, decks, porches, sheds and entry canopies are well-maintained and firmly attached.

  • Protect Landscaping

This implies trimming your shrubs and trees, if you have a lawn or a garden around. This makes them more resistant to wind, helps saving plants and reduces the extent of damages from windblown limbs or falling.

  • Use Shredded Bark

Replace gravel with the shredded bark to refresh gravel paths and drive. This is because windblown gravel may damage structures.

  • Arrange Power Sources

Keeping a portable generator helps avoid problems arising out of power outages during hurricanes. Keep generators and other power/heat sources outdoors, at least 20 feet away from your windows and doors. Put them under some shelter to prevent them from moisture.

Caution: Never power your home wiring by plugging your generator into a wall outlet.

  • Keep an Eye on “Hurricane Watch”

Hurricane watch implies the probable conditions within next 48 hours. Follow these guidelines during hurricane season:

  • Listen to local officials’ news about your evacuation routes
  • Keep your disaster supply kit complete and updated in view of household needs and family members’ requirements
  • Follow Hurricane Warning on Time

Hurricane warning implies the probable conditions within next 36 hours. Follow these guidelines during hurricane season:

  • Follow evacuation orders as announced by the local officials
  • Check-in by using social media or texting friends
  • Follow Hurricane checklist, based on when the hurricane is expected and its impacts
  • Other Measures
  • If you are living in a non-evacuation area, stay at home during hurricane
  • Stay away from glass doors and windows
  • Put refrigerator and freezer to the coldest temperature and don’t use them unnecessarily
  • Keep listening news about latest updates and emergency situations
  • Keep your communication devices in a working condition.

After the Hurricane…

  • Don’t walk through flood waters
  • Watch out for downed power lines and debris
  • If you have an insurance coverage, take snaps of damages in a safe manner

If you are aware of the expected damages and plan your home’s safety before hurricanes actually strike, you can surely keep your family and property safe and sound. Call SERVPRO’s of East Meadow / Westbury's professional home emergency restoration technicians and experts for consultation and tackling emergency situations.

Is mold in your house affecting your health?

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

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With summer, comes mold. An excessive moisture level enables household mold to grow on floors, walls, ceilings as well as in furniture, posing serious health risks on building occupants. Mold can turn out to be an uncontrollable problem in your home if not detected and eliminated on time. If there is a constant source of humidity or moisture in the space, it makes the conditions favorable enough for mold to take a complete hold on your home walls and flooring. The problem worsens if any of your family members is sensitive to allergies and/or mold specifically.

How house mold becomes uncontrollable

Mold is a natural fungus found in our environment. It is also found in buildings where dust, moisture, and dirt accumulates. While most house molds don’t bring serious problems, the little mold spores in your home can rapidly multiply in number of moist and damp environment and bring health concerns.

You must have seen mold growing on plants and food. The same way, mold grows on wood, paper, fabric and home building items such as dry wall and home furniture like carpets. All mold needs to thrive, is the moisture.

Home molds can instantly find a favorable breeding setting in homes if there is:

  • High humidity level from humidifiers
  • Poor venting of clothes dryer
  • Too much steam-cooking
  • Backed-up sewer
  • Leakage in roof
  • Flooding
  • Constant dampness in crawl spaces and basements
  • Water pooling from overflowing toilet or bathtub
  • Leaking plumbing

It is to be noted that if leaks are detected on time, water is cleaned up from flooded basements, and areas are thoroughly dried out, the mold spores present in the air can be prevented to make a home in your building. Furniture or carpets that get wet, should be immediately dried in order to prevent mold growth.

How House Mold Can Cause Health Concerns

Almost all kinds of mold lead to respiratory problems. People having a sensitivity to mold get a negligible reaction, while those who are specifically allergic may have more noticeable symptoms. Certain kinds of mold are more hazardous than others since they cause severe health problems. The mold containing chemical named mycotoxin, is highly risky if inhaled.

Generally, the home mold may cause the following symptoms:

  • Nasal problems such as sneezing, running nose and congestion
  • Throat problems
  • Wheezy, difficulty breathing
  • Frequent cough
  • Worsening allergy response
  • Skin rashes
  • Irritation in eyes
  • Asthma attacks

The Vulnerable People from Mold

Though mold affects the health of everyone, yet following are the people are more vulnerable to health problems caused by home mold:

  • People having asthma, allergies and/or other respiratory problems
  • People having weak or affected immune system, for instance, patients having HIV
  • People who are on chemotherapy medications
  • People passing through or recently had organ transplant
  • Elderly people since they have weaker immune system
  • Toddlers, infants, and young children

How to Encounter Mold?

To control mold growth and stop the health problems caused by it, you must first strive to get rid of sources of moisture in your home. Household mold is often visible and many cases don’t require mold testing. Mold may leave a fuzzy, velvety and leathery appearance, along with shade from yellow to green to black, sometimes looks like a discoloration or stain. If you find mold or sense a musty smell, take steps to block moisture sources. The cleaning of small spaces affected by mold can be done by brushing and vacuuming or you can also hire a pro for this purpose.  During brushing away mold, wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, rubber gloves and safety goggles.

Take prompt action and you can successfully kick the mold off your home to have a healthy mold-free living environment. For expert consultation and mold removal services, SERVPRO of East Meadow / Westbury's skilled technicians are just a call away.

HVAC Maintenance Checklist

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

HVAC Maintenance Checklist

The HVAC system makes a critical component of any home. It provides comfortable living to you and your family in summer and winter alike. If your HVAC system doesn’t get regular maintenance and inspection, chances are you are going to face sudden AC shutdown when you need cooling the most or malfunctioning heater during cold breezed winter. Such HVAC problems don’t just cause a great deal of frustration but also huge cost of maintenance or complete replacement. Even worse, certain HVAC problems may result in dangerous home emergency conditions like home fire, short circuit, water flooding, mold growth etc. Following this HVAC maintenance checklist on annual basis ensures that your system works at its peak and keeps you and your family safe and comfortable all through year, while considerably cutting down your energy bills.

Checking the HVAC System Indoor Unit

The indoor segment of your HVAC unit is based on a number of moving components that must work well in unity to deliver effective performance. Include the following in your checklist:

  • Air Filters

The HVAC air filters must be vacuum cleaned monthly and replaced after every three months. This maintenance prevents dirt and dust to accumulate and clog the filters.

  • Blower Assembly

This includes blower motor, blower wheel and housing. Vacuum clean these parts every month to ensure free airflow.

  • Burner Assembly

Burner assembly usually needs occasional cleaning with a small vacuum attachment or brush.

  • Shell

Clean the exterior of HVAC unit i.e. its shell, by proper dusting.

  • Combustible material

Make sure that there is no fire hazard in the interior segment of HVAC unit.

  • Combustion Blower Housing

This part can accumulate small debris and lint easily and must be cleaned regularly.

  • Ductwork

Inspect ductwork leaks that cause air to escape outside. Especially check attics and basements. Sealing and insulating the ductwork helps prevent leakages and ensures optimal performance. Hire a pro for insulation.

  • Electrical Components

These include electrical disconnect box that must be installed with care and have correct power rating and wire connections. Inspect the power rating and wiring on frequent basis.

  • Flue System

Make sure that the furnace is attached properly. If there is corrosion, it needs replacement.

  • Gas leaks

If your HVAC system is based on natural gas, inspecting gas leaks on a regular basis is mandatory to prevent potential safety hazards.

  • Motor

If your HVAC system runs on an old motor, you should lubricate it regularly. Also check if fan’s belt is working properly or needs a replacement.

  • Safety Devices

Your HVAC system comes with safety devices that should be in working condition.

Checking the HVAC System Outdoor Unit

  • Base Pan

Base pan must be checked to ensure that its drains are not blocked.

  • Cabinet

Cabinet housing should be free from leaves, debris and dirt.

  • Coils

Coils should be checked to clean twigs, leaves and dirt that accumulate in coils and reduce their longevity and efficiency.

  • Compressor & Tubing

The compressor along with its tubing should be check to locate damages. These components must operate within accurate levels of volt draw and amperage, for which properly working wire connections should be ensured.

  • Fan Motor & Blades

Check blades and motors for damages. Just like indoor motor, the outdoor motor also needs timely lubrication. Also check belt tension.

  • Refrigerant

The HVAC system’s refrigerant must operate with proper pressure and at correct level. Excessive refrigerant is a wastage while too little means system is not working efficiently.

Your HVAC System Can Save Money

In certain cases, the only way to save your money is to replace the system or its parts, as necessary. Go for energy-efficiency HVAC units and use refrigerants approved by Environmental Protection Agency, since these save up to $115 or more every year. Use a programmable thermostat that typically saves up to $180 a year.

Once you read this checklist, you can start the inspection. If you need a pro, call SERVPRO of East Meadow / Westbury for professional consultation and home restoration services.

Summer Means Mold Growth - where to look for mold

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

Long Island Mold Detection and Remediation Specialists.

Summer is the season of mold growth because of the higher level of moisture and humidity in the environment. The unhygienic or dirty surroundings in home further accelerate mold growth. Mold in your homes damage floors and walls and produce unpleasant odors. In addition, it becomes the source of bringing a number of health problems for you and your family. The first thing to get rid of mold in your home is to know the most common areas where mold grows. Once you know where to look for mold in your homes in summer, you can better adopt preventive measures.

The most common mold growth areas

Though mold can be found anywhere in your home having hot and damp environment on a constant basis, yet the most common areas are:

  • Basements

Most of the basements are sub terrain because of their foundation function for home; however, these basements have the most favorable mold growth conditions, including long term damp environment that usually remains humid and doesn’t get satisfactory air circulation. If you are residing in the areas faced with frequent floods, the water can easily seep through small cracks in foundation or enters the basement’s doorway. The trapped moisture increases humidity after being evaporated and creates a favorable place for mold to grow.

  • Bathrooms and Showers

Bathroom is the most humid areas in homes with high degree of moisture due to frequent use of water. Since moisture becomes the constant element of the environment, bathrooms may not have any chance ever to get optimum humidity level. In addition, hot baths also make your bathrooms vulnerable to mold. Bathrooms are usually devoid of adequate ventilation, lingering humidity, which becomes an ideal place for mold growth.

  • Attics

Inadequate ventilation leads to many issues in attics. Poor insulation installation raises low levels of moisture in home, which get trapped in attic. In addition, plumbing vents, dryer vents, kitchen and bathroom fans vented to attics continuously pump hot moist air into congested space. Installation of water furnaces or heaters in the attic is being widely seen in many large homes. If leaks are not identified and treated on time, or if the appliances are not properly installed, the risk of higher moisture level or line break increases significantly.

  • Crawl Spaces

Crawl spaces usually have higher degree of relative humidity that is favorable to hidden mold to grow, especially if these spaces have a bare earth floor. The soil absorbs and traps moisture. The relative temperature of these spaces make the soil dry through evaporation, adding the moisture into an air in the crawl spaces, which eventually cause mold growth. Moreover, in areas having high water table and suitable weather conditions, ground water may easily penetrate into crawl spaces.

The Quick Remedies to Prevent Mold Growth in Vulnerable Areas in Homes

Here are some important tips to prevent homes from becoming an ideal place for mold growth.

  • Controlling moisture level in your homes is the most important measure to stop mold growth. Any areas that are wet or damp, must be dried within 48 hours.
  • Check the condensation and wet locations. Identify and repair moisture sources on immediate basis.
  • Make efforts to maintain low humidity in your home; 60 percent RH maximum or below. Usually 30 to 50 percent RH is considered ideal. Try to maintain this level.
  • Keep your HVAC drip pans completely clean and flowing unobstructed.
  • Vent your moisture producing appliances and equipment, like dryers, to the outside.

If you are following many of these tips and still facing high mold growth, or if you are new to home repairs, you can consult Long Island's top mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO of East Meadow / Westbury for mold detection and removal.

Summer home maintenance checklist

6/15/2017 (Permalink)

Summer home maintenance checklist

Summer is at its peak and is surely going to bring heat, humidity, summer storms as well as heavy energy bills. This is the high time to take benefit of this weather to get your homes in tip-top condition and running smoothly all through the season. It is also the time to tackle various summer related home maintenance tasks. Here is the Summer home maintenance checklist for our readers. Following this checklist not just ensures great home maintenance in summer but also helps to tackle home emergency situations. Moreover, you can also save huge on your energy bills.

  • Check Refrigerator Coils

Do you know that dirty and dusty condenser coils of your refrigerator that absorb heat inside, can cost you up to $100 or more extra every year?

These coils are placed either on the back of the refrigerator or at the bottom behind kickplate. To clean your refrigerator coils, turn off the fridge’s power and then do vacuum cleaning.

  • Check Refrigerator Door Gasket:

Damaged magnetic rubber gasket fitted on refrigerator doors, reduces the fridge’s efficiency. Inspect the cracks and tears on the gasket and if found any, clean with a mixture of water and mild soap. Also, test its seal by closing door on some piece of paper and slowly pull the paper out. If the seal is fine, you will feel resistance, and if not, the paper will be pulled out easily and gasket should be replaced.

  • Check HVAC filters

Though many manufacturers recommend changing HVAC filters on a monthly basis, this is not the case of families living without allergies or pets. These homes can change filters in 2-3 months. Dirty filters; however, should be replaced immediately as clogged filters not only affect equipment’s efficiency and increase energy bills but also let the contaminated air in. As a simple maintenance technique, you can vacuum clean the filters yourself every month to prolong filters’ life.

  • Check Drainage

Summer rains are unpredictable. Are you sure that rain water will flow away from your house? In case if water doesn’t flow out or penetrates into the foundation, check your gutters that may require cleaning. Also, take the help of professionals to raise the pavement around your home so that water drains away from the home easily.

  • Check plumbing

Inspect all your toilets and faucets to detect leaks. If the water pressure is poor in the faucet, the aerator might need a fix.

  • Check Kitchen sink

You can use a number of ways to clean your kitchen sink disposal. One of the methods is to pour some vinegar in an ice tray and let vinegar freeze. Then run these ice cubes through sink disposal. This not only freshens it but ice also sharpens the blades.

  • Check range hood filters

If you have never cleaned the range hood filters before, here is the tip. Take degreaser, available on all auto parts store, and mix it with lukewarm water. Keep the filter in the mixture for 5-10 minutes and then wash them off. The filters are good to go.

  • Check Fire Extinguishers

This is probably the most neglected items in many households. We have always recommended keeping portable fire extinguishers in the home to handle home emergency fires. In few of our last posts, we have also highlighted how to use it. Always inspect your fire extinguisher on a periodic basis. Check if the gauge is showing adequate pressure and there is any sign of damage or wear and tear. Also, check for the expiry date, though most of the fire extinguishers usually have a long lifespan.

While our checklist is brief and may not contain many other items, yet it lists the most essential areas to look for as a part of your summer home maintenance plan. For consultation and home emergency restoration services, you can always call SERVPRO of East Meadow / Westbury's expert technicians, available 24/7.

Winter is Over but What’s the Damage? - Check your home for winter damage

6/9/2017 (Permalink)

Winter is Over but What’s the Damage

By the time winter ends, you are probably tired of harsh weather, colder days and, more than ready to enjoy the warmth of the coming season. But is your home also ready for this transition? Winter gets over by leaving a number of damages around. Rising temperature to melt snow and ice combined with rainstorms and spring showers can make your summer as difficult as winter. If you are not paying enough attention to winter- triggered damages and required remedies, chances are that water may wreak havoc on your home. SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury, has created the following checklist to help you check winter damages and take remedial steps.

Check the damage-prone areas

  • Gutters

Just like it is highly important to clean home’s gutters before winter arrives, it is equally vital to inspect them after the end of the season. Check if there are any leftover ice and snow. Use salt or melting tablets to get rid of solid chunks. Check the excess water flow through the home’s gutter system to ensure hassle free and smooth drainage while avoiding pooling around home’s foundation. Remove debris and foliage around drainage path and position the downspouts properly to let water flow easily.

  • Roof

As soon as the snow over the roof starts to melt, check for the pooling water that may soak into it or ceilings or attic. Examine missing or loose shingles and related spots inside the home for water damage. Inspect outdoor vents and remove any materials or moss that can clog the paths. You can use a high-quality moss killer for long lasting prevention.

  • HVAC System

The HVAC (Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning) system must be inspected and cleaned before the start of each season. By the end of winter, change air filters, if needed. Inspect the functionality and cleanliness of vents, ducts and whole HVAC system. Ductwork of your AC unit may be difficult and technical for you to check, so you may call SERVPRO’s HVAC professional for inspecting and cleaning the air ducts. In order to prevent clogging and blockages in HVAC system, clear all accumulated dust and debris from outdoor as well as indoor HVAC equipment, including rooftop AC units and vents.

  • Windows

Winter often brings cracks on windows and leaves tears on screens. Check if there is any damaged seal or peeling along trim. Replace all flawed parts. If there is a window well in your basement, replace water guard to prevent basement flooding. Dripping snowmelt and rainwater easily pass through little openings and damage the interior areas and surrounding walls. If this water damage is left unidentified or untreated, it may also lead to mold growth. Therefore, it is highly recommended to fix seals with a quick and timely window check.

  • Pipes

During winter, many households keep certain pipes wrapped to protect them from harsh weather. Once the season ends, uncover those and thoroughly inspect for cracks and damages. Also, check for dripping water in surroundings. Turn on spigots and faucets to detect leaks in the pipes.

  • Foundation

Before it gets warmer, shovel lingering snow from the base of the home; at least 3-5 feet away. Then, check the foundation for cracks or water pooled from snowmelt. Caulk all cracks to prevent more water from entering the home and to redirect the pooled water away.

  • Yard

Turn on water to outside spigots and rejoin the hoses. Uncover plants and outdoor equipment. If you have a garden or a lawn, fertilize its soil to ensure healthy plantation in spring.

If any sign of winter damage is found in your home, during or after winter, call SERVPRO’s expert home emergency restoration services right away.

Prepare your AC System for summer

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

Don't get caught in the heat this summer

Long Island homeowners are now gearing up for summer, a season for cookouts, BBQs, beach time and a lot of outdoor activities. Along with preparing for your outdoors, a part of your preparation should also include maintenance of your AC system to help gain relief from hot and humid days. On hot sunny days, you would never want to turn the switch of your AC on and find that it is not working. Since Air Conditioners remains idle throughout winter, it is highly recommended to prepare your AC system for summer. Since unused AC accumulates a lot of debris, leaves and dust, its timely maintenance is required before you give crank up the cool air.

Here are some great tips to prepare your AC System for summer.

  1. Clear debris around coils and condenser

Clearing debris accumulated around the condenser unit is the most important and best way to make your system ready for use. A clean condenser helps the AC unit trap heat from the air easily. However, before you start clearing away debris, make sure the unit is turned off. Remove clutter and debris from inside and close to condenser unit. You should do this every month while the unit is in operation.

  1. Clean interior ductwork

Just like debris needs to cleared from outside, you must clear it from the interiors of your homes or buildings as well. A bigger portion of the ductwork might not easily be seen or accessible since it is inside the ceilings and walls; therefore, a complete cleaning often needs to be performed by home by professional cleaning company with the proper duct cleaning equipment like SERVPRO of East Meadow / Westbury.  

  1. Air filters maintenance & replacement

Air filters are the most important components for any HVAC system, since the air entering the system passes through these filters for purification. Dirty or clogged air filters can easily damage the AC system and even lead to severe allergy symptoms and respiratory conditions. A filter may seem fine for a while; however, new filters should be installed at the beginning of every season and a few times thereafter until fall.   

If you are doubtful and need expert consultation, schedule an appointment with SERVPRO of East Meadow / Westbury clean team professionals today to develop a plan of action. You may be required to replace or clean your filter more frequently than you think. Many professionals suggest replacement at least twice in every three months.

  1. Check fan belts

Another important tip to prepare your AC system for summer is to check its fan belts and circulation motors. Belts make an important part of HVAC system and their proper functioning is necessary to ensure AC’s working.

  1. Proper Insulation

The insulation around the coolant pipe is often overlooked by many households. This insulation is important for making your system function properly. If your existing insulation is torn or damaged, replace it immediately.

  1. Don’t use humidifier

If your furnace contains a humidifier, turn it off. An AC system lowers the temperature of your building by removing humidity present in the atmosphere. An active humidifier will just cause excessive moisture that can lead to mold and mildew problems.

  1. Check AC thermostat

Once you set the temperature down on the thermostat and it reaches its “Cooling” state, the AC should start providing ample cooling. If it doesn’t, it’s the time to call a pro. Thermostat must be functioning well to ensure proper working of your AC.

 

  1. Turn Off your Heating System

Often overlooked, make sure that your heating system is turned off or lowered to 50 degrees to ensure that you are not wasting fuel, energy and hours by triggering the thermostat and heating a home once the temperature dips below 70 degrees.


Scheduling a proper checkup with a licensed HVAC technetium is never a bad idea. Check with your HVAC fuel or installation service provider to see if you contract includes annual maintenance or seasonal inspections.  Doing so could save you lots of money, time and frustration.  

 

Are you BBQ Season Ready? Safety First - Tips on how to have a safe BBQ season

5/10/2017 (Permalink)

Long Island BBQ Fail

Summer is calling for delicious BBQ sessions. BBQ is indeed our summer tradition as well as a great pastime. However, it can also be accompanied by a major risk of fire. You would be surprised to know summer BBQs are the source of a number causalities every year.  United States Fire Administration estimated that every year, outside grills cause over 6,000 fires, more than 5 fatalities & 170 injuries, with at least $35 million in property damage and loss. In this article, we have come up with a few tips on how to prep your home for safety and to prevent fires due to summer BBQs. These tips have been proposed in the light of preventive measures issued by the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control.

  1. Distance between Home & the Grill

The farther this distance, the better. Generally, a 10 feet distance is advised to be kept between your grill and home. This takes into an account the home sections such as porches, garages, and carports. Avoid wooden overhangs for grills since the fire can flare up in the structure. This is applied to gas as well as charcoal grills.

  1. BBQ Grill Cleaning

Grills must be cleaned on a regular basis. Without proper cleaning, fat and grease may accumulate all over the grill, providing fuel for the fire. Keep in mind that grease is the major cause of flare-ups and burnt steaks!

  1. Examine gas leaks

Always keep a close eye on gas leaks. If you are using a gas grill to BBQ, make sure there aren’t any leads in the tank, hose or burner. You can do this by rubbing your grill’s hoses and joints with a solution containing liquid dish soap and water in 1:1 ratio. Then open the grill lid and the turn gas on. Any bubbling will indicate the location of any potential leaks. Since gas leaks can easily catch a fire, it’s imperative that you replace any faulty parts, such as; hoses, valves, burners, joints or the entire grill itself. And NO, DUCT TAPE WON’T FIX THE LEAK. ;)

  1. Place a fire extinguisher nearby

A high-quality fire extinguisher is a helpful tool for handling emergency fire situations. Every household must keep at least one or two fire extinguishers on hand. In one of our previous posts, we explained how to make sure your fire extinguishers are ready for operation. If you are still not sure how to properly use a fire extinguisher, call SERVPRO of East Meadow / Westbury, Long Island’s leading home emergency restoration services provider, right away. Firefighters have reported that many fire casualties are the result of people trying to extinguish fires on their own, rather than calling 911 right away.   

  1. Keep furniture and decorations away

Watch your furniture and accessories. It is better to keep all of these at a significant distance from the grill. Decorations and accessories such as pillows, umbrellas, hanging baskets look great but they are also fuel for a fire. In addition, today’s décor is cheaply made from synthetic fiber, which can ignite much faster.

  1. Water Spray bottle

Keeping a handy spray water bottle with your grill can help tackling minor flare ups and prevents them turning into a larger fire. As soon as you see any flare up, you can instantly tame it with a quick spray of water. It helps tame pesky children as well!  The great thing is that water doesn’t spoil your delicious food, so you can use it without any fear of ruining your dinner.

Along with these tips to follow, keep in mind some of the don’ts to prevent summer BBQ fires, like don’t turn the gas on while the lid is open, don’t leave your grill unattended, don’t overload grill with food and never use grills indoor.

In the case of any fire, water or mold emergency on Long Island or for expert consultation, contact the pros at SERVPRO of East Meadow / Westbury 365/24/7.

April showers bring flooded basements

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Long Island flooded finished basement

Spring is almost here and the flowers are starting to bloom. Humid and warm weather is coming and you are about to break out your sandals and shorts. But along this warmer season comes lots of spring rain. Though this rain is highly beneficial for your garden and yard, it may not be a good thing for your basements.  April showers bring flooded basements and if your basement is vulnerable, you need some preventive tips. Water in the basement usually occurs in the case of heavy rainfall. With the tips given in this article, you can surely reduce the chances of basement flooded this season.

Check Cracks

Examine foundation and basement walls for any crack. Watermarks close to these cracks are usually the sign of current leaks and potential risks. You can apply concrete patches to repair the cracks or you can call SERVPRO of East Meadow / Westbury for leak detection and repair services.

Check sump pump

Check the basement sump pump. Make sure that it is releasing water appropriately and there is no debris inside. Debris can clog the pump. If any debris is found, remove it by pouring buckets of water into the sump pit. This helps to unblock the pump and makes it discharge water and shut itself off. If the pump is running on a continuous basis and not shutting off, there is some problem. Call our home emergency restoration services immediately as the pump may burn itself out and become defective if left as it is.

If the sump pump is used frequently, you can also install a battery backup unit that can be used in case of a power failure. 

Basement flood alarm

A range of battery operated and inexpensive flood alarms are available that can be placed in the basement close to the sump pump or in the areas that are susceptible to flooding, including the laundry room and places next to doorways, water heater etc. If there is water, the alarm will ring letting you act promptly. Protect your valuables by shifting them from the basement floor to elevated areas or shelves.

Check outside areas

Make sure that your roof gutters and downspouts are clean. Ensure that they are not clogged and able to channel water away from the home rapidly. Downspouts shout exit at least 6ft from the house. Inspect your yard drainage and the culverts and remove obstructions like leaves, debris to make sure easy and quick flow of runoff water. Check the flow of any street drains present in front of your building as all that rushing water can easily make its way into your home. 

Appliances in Basement

If you have placed some appliances like space heaters, washers or dryers in your basement, disconnect their power source in case of flood warnings. However, if these are submerged or level of water is higher, don’t go in basement and risk electrocution. In order to prevent interior accidental flooding, examine all appliances on a regular basis. If they are of over 10 years, it’s better to replace them. 

From time to time, pour gallons of water into the floor drains in your bathrooms, garages, patios and basements. If drainage is not occurring quickly, call the pros at Long Island's best restoration company - SERVPRO of East Meadow Westbury.  We are one of the leading providers of drainage, plumbing, water leakage detection and repair and emergency home restoration services. For more information and emergency guidance and help, call us right away.

 

 

 

Different Ways To Extinguish Different Fires(5)

3/9/2017 (Permalink)

 First thing you should do is call 911 when you are first threatened by smoke or fire. You should also know that there are many different types of fires, and almost as many different ways to fight them. Understanding how to fight a particular type of fire may mean the difference between extinguishing the fire and making it worse.

Heating Fires

  • Call the fire department if stovepipe is red or fire is in chimney. For furnaces, radiators, water heaters, immediately shut off. Smother if electrical. Use only water/Type A extinguisher if gas is the source. Douse a fire in fireplace with baking soda, water or Type A extinguisher if fire is up in the chimney.
  • Dispose of cool ashes in lidded metal container. Never leave fire unattended. When burning, keep damper open, keep flammable material away and glass door/screen closed.

 

Different Ways To Extinguish Different Fires (4)

3/9/2017 (Permalink)

 First thing you should do is call 911 when you are first threatened by smoke or fire. You should also know that there are many different types of fires, and almost as many different ways to fight them. Understanding how to fight a particular type of fire may mean the difference between extinguishing the fire and making it worse.

Storage Fires

  • Smother with blanket or rug to cut off air supply. Use Type B extinguisher for rags, charcoal, liquids/solvents, hair spray/glue and Type A extinguisher for newspapers.
  • Never put oily rags in a pile because they can ignite themselves. Store in labeled metal containers sealed with a tight lid.
  • Newspapers: Avoid storing in a damp, warm place because newspapers generate heat and can ignite themselves. Store in cool, dry place at least 3 feet away from any heat-generating source, such as a pilot light.

Different Ways To Extinguish Different Fires(3)

3/9/2017 (Permalink)

 First thing you should do is call 911 when you are first threatened by smoke or fire. You should also know that there are many different types of fires, and almost as many different ways to fight them. Understanding how to fight a particular type of fire may mean the difference between extinguishing the fire and making it worse.

Gas Fires

  • Shut off gas supply. Smother with rug, blanket or Type B extinguisher or cool with water. Ventilate the area to let out the gases. Call the Fire Department to have the area pipes checked for further hazards. Then call the gas company. If there is a gas fire, it may be better to let the gas burn rather than extinguish the fire, which would let the gas fill the room or house creating the potential for an explosion. Therefore, the primary key is to shut off the gas supply and call the fire department.

Different Ways To Extinguish Different Fires(2)

3/9/2017 (Permalink)

 First thing you should do is call 911 when you are first threatened by smoke or fire. You should also know that there are many different types of fires, and almost as many different ways to fight them. Understanding how to fight a particular type of fire may mean the difference between extinguishing the fire and making it worse.

Cooking Fires 

  • Shut off stove or oven, smother pan with lid, baking soda or Type B extinguisher.
  • Smother fire in oven by keeping door closed and/or throwing baking soda on food. Never Move the Pan. It will fan the fire or splatter grease. 
  • Avoid letting grease build up in any part of oven. A greasy broiler can catch fire even during preheating.
  •  Keep combustibles away from stove, especially loose sleeves or scarves.

Different Ways To Extinguish Different Fires (1)

3/9/2017 (Permalink)

 First thing you should do is call 911 when you are first threatened by smoke or fire. You should also know that there are many different types of fires, and almost as many different ways to fight them. Understanding how to fight a particular type of fire may mean the difference between extinguishing the fire and making it worse.

Electrical Fires:

  • Switch off appliance and pull out plug. Smother fire with blanket or Type C extinguisher.
  • Never use water because water conducts electricity and can cause an electrical shock.
  • If you need to use a portable heater, Use one with thermostat (not just switch) that shuts off by itself when tipped over.  Never leave on overnight. Use in an area free of combustibles and well ventilated for heat escape.

Flood Prevention

3/8/2017 (Permalink)

Believe it or not, Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States. According to the National Flood Insurance Program, between 2001 and 2010 it caused over $2.7 Billion in damage. Unfortunately, your homeowner's insurance policy doesn’t cover Flooding which means you need to buy a separate flood insurance policy. The main way to prevent Flood damage is to take precautions which usually can take only a few hours to a few days. Follow these tips to reduce the chances of Flood damage!

  1. Fix leaks immediately: When you see wet spots on the ceiling or cracks in the foundation, fix them as soon as soon as possible.
  2. Get extra roof protection.  install a rubber roof underlayment, a waterproof barrier that goes under the shingles and protects the roof from water intrusion.
  3. Close foundation cracks. with mortar and masonry caulk or hydraulic cement.

Are Your Fire Extinguishers Ready For A Fire?

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

In view of increasing number of home fires on Long Island, fire extinguishers have become a vital part of home safety plans. Electrical appliances, especially heating equipment, are finding more room in our life than ever before, and the result is that cases of home fire are being encountered on a more frequent basis. The inappropriate use of these appliances and negligence for their timely maintenance are the real culprits, which are considered as the most significant causes of home fires. In order to avoid huge losses that may potentially result in emergency situations, it is a MUST to have high-quality and properly maintained fire extinguishers installed in your homes.


The Placement


Every homeowner must have a safety plan that emphasizes on both preventing fires and taking actions if it occurs. Fire extinguishers must be included in this plan. A multi-purpose fire extinguisher must be placed on each floor of your home and in kitchen, garage and corridor. For fire extinguishers to be helpful, it is necessary that these are readily accessible when needed. In home fire situation, you don’t have time to move the stuff to get to the fire extinguisher. Even the minor flames and fumes take few seconds to spread all over and turn into a massive home fire.


In addition, fire extinguishers must be placed in highly visible locations. Consider placing a sign along with your fire extinguisher so it can be seen from a distance. Make sure that your fire extinguisher is maintained on a regular basis and is properly pressurized, so that it works efficiently in case of emergency.


How to use fire extinguisher


Many home owners have fire extinguishers installed in their homes, yet they don’t know how to use them properly. Home fires are emergency situations making it difficult for anyone to think properly. We have seen many cases on Long Island where home fire incurred heavy loses even in presence of fire extinguishers. This is all due to improper use of the equipment.


If you are using the fire extinguisher, stand back 6 to 8 feet and follow the acronym P.A.S.S:



  • Pull the pin

  • Aim at base of the fire

  • Squeeze handle

  • Sweep side to side


Most importantly, train your family members on how to use a fire extinguisher, so that they aid in home fire emergency situations.


The Replacement


One thing required to make sure that your fire extinguisher serves as a life safer in home emergency fire situations is proper inspection and regular maintenance. You must know whether your fire extinguisher is still working or need to be replaced. Here are some tips:



  • Though most of the extinguishers work for 5 to 15 years, you should check the expiration date with the manufacturer. Also, check the label from time to time.

  • Inspect the pressure gauge every month. If the needle of the gauge falls inside the green area, it means your extinguisher is still working. If it is falling anywhere else, it’s time to replace it.

  • If your extinguisher doesn’t have inspection sticker, replace it immediately, since each extinguisher must have this sticker, which shows the record of maintenance checkups.

  • Check for wear and tear, which may include ripped nozzles, racked hoses, missing lock pins, broken handles etc. If any of these conditions happens, replace your extinguisher.


Your safety and your family’s safety is the topmost priority in the event of a home fire. Materal items can be replaced - lives are lost forever. Hence, don’t think twice about installing a fire extinguisher in your homes to tackle home emergency situations. For information about fire extinguishers types, installation and maintenance, the ways to use them and their replacement, call our home restoration emergency professionals at SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury right away for complete service and guidance.

Why Winter is Home Fire Season

2/13/2017 (Permalink)

Home fire restoration Long Island, NY - Call the pros at SERVPRO East Meadow / Wesbury

With such cold and blustery weather, hibernation seems like a good idea. However, spending more time at home trying to stay warm brings some risks along with it. The winter season is fire season due to heavier indoor use of kitchen, electricity, furnaces, candles, space heaters, fireplaces and others. All these appliances enhance the risk of accidental fires, as stated by the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). Heating and cooking are identified as the two leading causes of home fires in winter. In order to avoid such great mishaps or fire accidents, which also often result in casualties or injuries, every home owner must be aware of why winter is HOME FIRE SEASON!


Home Heating


Home heating systems, boilers and furnaces are one of the primary causes of home fires, and related injuries and deaths in the U.S. homes during the winter season. Most of these cases are seen in the peak winter months - December, January and February. Space heaters are the most dangerous, causing the highest amount of home heating fires. Accounting for two out of every five home fire cases. Therefore, space heaters must be used carefully and never be left unattended.


Carbon Monoxide


Carbon monoxide, also called the invisible killer, is a colorless, odorless gas that is produced as a result of fuel burning like propane, coal and wood. In homes, heating and cooking appliances that burn fuel, are potential generators of carbon monoxide. Such incidents are usually seen during winter months in residential buildings.


Winter storms


Most homes in the U.S. are susceptible to winter storms, which may lead to risky and life-threatening conditions. Extreme cold, downed trees, frozen pipes, icy road conditions can all put havoc on one’s daily routine. This results in overwhelmed usage of heating equipment, and thus, higher chances of home fires.


Generators


A portable generators is indeed a great solution in case of power outages, yet a lot of homeowners don’t know that improper use of this equipment can be extremely hazardous. Some of the most common risks associated with portable generators include carbon monoxide poisoning, fire hazards and electrical shock. As revealed by Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report of 2013, 50 percent of generator related home fires happen in the coldest months of the year, from November till February.


Candles


December has been observed as the peak time of the year for home fires due to candles. The top four days for candle fires in December include Christmas, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Day, and New Year’s Eve. Every year, on average, 25 home candle fires cases are reported each day.


Electricity


Electrical appliances have also become one of the major causes of home fires in the U.S. Around 50 percent of all home electrical fires cases are based on lighting equipment or electrical distribution, while the rest are based on other types of appliances such as dryer or washer fans, and stationary or portable space heaters.


Cooking


Guests and family members tend to be in the kitchen together for meals, but it may turn out to be the most dangerous room in the home if you don't follow safe cooking practices. Hasty use of cooking equipment, especially stovetops and ovens, are leading causes of home fires and related injuries in the United States. Always be alert and maintain your focus while using stove. Don’t allow children near any heating device or electrical appliances.


Following these precautions and keeping your buildings ready to face winters, can help a great deal in making your homes safe from accidental home fires. If you or anyone in your neighborhood is encountering any problem that may lead to fire, call the expert home emergency restoration professionals at SERVPRO of East Meadow / Westbury right away.

Types of Storms (3)

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Due to the cold weather of winter, an area may experience ice storms. Ice storms produce freezing rain that coats everything in its path with a layer of glaze ice. Generally speaking, if a storm causes accumulation of more than a quarter inch on exposed surfaces, the storm can be classified as an ice storm.This type of accumulation can cause broken tree branches, power outages and other hazardous conditions. From 1982 to 1994, ice storms were more common than blizzards and averaged 16 per year. They are not violent storms, but instead commonly perceived as gentle rains occurring at temperatures just below freezing. For this reason people may be unaware of the danger if it happens overnight. In addition to hazardous driving or walking conditions, branches or even whole trees may break from the weight of ice. Falling branches can block roads, tear down power and telephone lines, and cause other damage.

Types of Storms (4)

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Another type of storm is the commonly known tornado. For many areas around the U.S., damage from severe tornadoes presents a very real threat. Most tornado damage is done by high winds, with recorded speeds exceeding 300 MPH and the flying debris propelled by these fierce winds. The most damage from tornadoes happens in "tornado alley" - a part of the U.S. that includes Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Missouri, etc.  A tornado is a violently rotating column of air that spins while in contact with both the surface of the Earth and a cumulonimbus cloud or, in rare cases, the base of a cumulus cloud. They are often referred to as twisters, whirlwinds or cyclones. Tornadoes can cause very minimal damage, such as ripping siding off of homes, to catastrophic damage, which can literally lift homes off their foundations. The type and severity of tornadoes are classified using the Fujita scale. On this scale, tornadoes are rated from F0 to F5, with F5 being the most dangerous and deadly.

Types of Storms (5)

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Lightning storms can be very dangerous and are often forgotten about. You may be surprised to learn that lightning is a major cause of storm damage in many areas around the country. The National Lightning Safety Institute estimates the cost of lightning damage in the $5 to $6 billion dollar per year range. Lightning that hits trees and the ground is a common cause of wildfires, structure fires, property damage and power outages. 8.6 Million. That's how many times, on average, lightning strikes the Earth every day. That's about 100 times each second. According to a 2004 study by lightning researchers, Dr. E. Phillip Krider and Kenneth Kehoe, the U.S. alone is hit about 30 million times each year by lightning.  With temperatures up to four times as hot as the sun (up to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit), concentrated into a channel often as slender as a pencil, it's no wonder lightning can be destructive and deadly.

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The next type of storm is Heavy Snow/ Blizzards. Blizzards are severe winter storms that combine heavy snowfall, with high winds and freezing temperatures. The combination of cold, wind and snow damages homes, businesses and automobiles. Heavy snow can produce dangerous conditions, including roof collapse. Blizzards generally cause blinding snow with near zero visibility, deep snow drifts and dangerously cold temperatures. When a blizzard occurs, it is important to be prepared. At home and in the workplace, the main concerns are shortage of supplies such as food and water and loss of heat, power or telephone service. Items such as flashlights, extra batteries, extra food and water, first aid supplies and an emergency heat source should be kept in an emergency kit. It is also important to keep a winter survival kit in the car.

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Not many know about this type of storm but its called a derecho storm. A derecho is a large, violent, fast-moving, complex of thunderstorms that follow one another along a path of at least 240 miles, with wind gusts of at least 58 mph. Although derechos are very difficult to predict, they often form along the boundary of a large, hot air mass near a jet stream air current. Derechos can produce winds as violent as a hurricane or tornado and cause similar damage, but they are not confined to the coastal areas of the United States. While derechos can happen at any time of the year during the day or the night, typically, derechos happen in warm weather, during June and July, and in the Northern Hemisphere.

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The next type of storm is a tropical storm.  Tropical storm is a type of storm system that develops in tropical environments. These storms are characterized by extremely low pressure systems and high speed, swirling winds. In order for a storm to be classified as a "tropical storm", a specific set of circumstances must exist. In order to be a tropical storm, the wind speed must be between 39 and 73 miles per hour. Lower or higher wind speeds would be another classification (lower: tropical depression, higher: hurricane). 

Tropical storms are a very powerful storm system, much like a hurricane. Although they are slightly less powerful than a hurricane, they can still cause tremendous amounts of damage. In the Southeastern U.S. alone, there has been more than $6 billion in damage in the storms that have hit since 1979.

The two primary causes of damage during a tropical storm are wind and water.

  • Wind Damage - high winds, flying debris, etc.
  • Water Damage - heavy rain, storm surges, large waves and swells, mud slides

 

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Another type of storm is a hurricane. A Hurricane is the most powerful classification given to a tropical cyclone. Characterized by low barometric pressure systems, extremely high winds, heavy rainfall and storm surges and swells - hurricanes that make landfall can be extremely destructive. 

Hurricanes are broken up into categories depending on their severity. Below is a simple explanation of how hurricanes are categorized:

  • Category 1 - Wind speeds between 74 and 95 MPH with likely storm surges up to 5 feet
  • Category 2 - Wind speeds between 96 and 110 MPH with likely storm surges up to 8 feet
  • Category 3 - Wind speeds between 111 and 130 MPH with likely storm surges up to 12 feet
  • Category 4 - Wind speeds between 131 and 155 MPH with likely storm surges up to 18 feet
  • Category 5 - Wind speeds greater than 156 MPH and likely storm surges up to 19+ feet

A hurricane is made up of several parts including the "Eye" which is the low pressure center of the storm. This part of the storm is usually an extreme contrast to the turbulence of the actual storm where wind conditions are calm with a clear sky above. Outside the "Eye" is the "Eyewall". The "Eyewall" is the storm area surrounding the eye which usually contains the most intense thunderstorms, the heaviest rain, and the greatest turbulence.

Types of Storms (1)

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For the next couple of days, the blog will be updated daily with all different types of Storms. We will start with the common hail Storms. Almost every US resident has already experienced a severe hailstorm and witnessed the damage hail can cause to homes, automobiles, businesses, and other property. It does the greatest amount of damage to the exterior of your home or property. Common types of damage caused by hail are roof damage, siding damage, shingle damage, window damage and automobile damage.  Hail can grow as big as golf balls, baseballs, and even soccer balls. Hail larger than 0.75 inches is considered large enough to cause serious damage in the United States. Per NOAA, hailstones can fall at speeds up to 120 mph. The largest hailstone ever recorded in the United States was 8 inches in diameter, weighing nearly 2 pounds. This hailstone was recovered in Vivian, SD on July 23, 2010.

Types of Storms (2)

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A very common type of Storm is a thunderstorm. Almost everyone has experienced a thunderstorm. Thunderstorms are storms that produce lightning and thunder. Thunderstorms can produce a variety of additional effects, such as high winds, hail, intense rain, sleet, and snow; but they do not necessarily have to produce precipitation. Thunderstorms come in many forms. Dry thunderstorms, or those that do not precipitate, often cause wildfires from lightning strikes in places like Colorado. The largest type of storm cell, a supercell, produces many hazardous weather conditions, including hail more than 4 inches in diameter and tornadoes. 

Damage commonly occurs to the following parts of houses and other structures.

  • Roof Damage
  • Window Damage
  • Siding Damage
  • Exterior Appliance Damage 

The National Weather Service recommends several precautions that people should take if thunderstorms are likely to occur:

  • People should know the names of local counties, cities, and towns, as these are how warnings are described.
  • Monitor forecasts and know whether thunderstorms are likely in the area.
  • Be alert for natural signs of an approaching storm.
  • Cancel or reschedule outdoor events (to avoid being caught outdoors when a storm hits).
  • Avoid open areas like hilltops, fields, and beaches.

Preventing House Fires

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House Fires start from many different sources and you can take many steps to make sure your home isn't in danger. 

Did you know...On average:

 

  • 7 people die every day from a home fire
  • 36 people suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day
  • Over $7 billion in property damage occurs every year

Can your family escape in just 2 minutes? You can keep your family safe with 2 simple steps:

Step 1. Practice your 2-minute drill. Make sure your family can safely escape a home Fire in under 2 minutes.

Step 2. Test your smoke alarms monthly. Make sure you and your family are alerted as soon as a Fire is detected. If the smoke alarm isn't working, change the batteries.

Also, make sure your everyday Fire starters are off like curling irons and candles!

 

Christmas Tree Fires

12/30/2016 (Permalink)

After saying goodbye to Christmas recently, many people have trees that start to die and are at risk of starting a house Fire. On average, one of every 34 Christmas tree Fires results in a death. That is compared with an average of one death per 142 total reported home Fires. The NFPA recommends that trees be removed once they lose their fresh smell and all their needles begin to fall. The NFPA would recommend you to not lean the tree against the home as that is also a Fire hazard. Most trash services will pick up old Christmas trees placed next to receptacles at the curb over the next couple of weeks. Dying Christmas trees are just a Fire waiting to happen and you'd rather be safe than sorry!

 

What Causes Water Damage In Homes? (4)

12/13/2016 (Permalink)

Believe it or not, toilets cause a huge threat when it comes to water damage in homes. Not many people seem to realise that toilets can overflow and cause a lot of water damage inside the house. Toilet failures in the IBHS study cost more than $5,500 per incident after the deductible was paid. One-third of all toilet failures in the study resulted from an overflowing or clogged toilet.

Ways to Reduce Damage

  • After you flush, make sure you wait for the valve to completely finish refilling the tank and bowl. If an overflow looks imminent, turn off the supply valve.
  • Twice a year, inspect a toilet’s components, such as the fill, supply and flush valves and the supply line.
  • Consider upgrading the toilet’s supply line to a sturdier braided steel hose.

What Causes Water Damage In Homes? (3)

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Leaking Pipes

If you have a leaking pipe then this can often lead to destructive Water damage in your home without your even being aware. What causes leaking pipes? There are actually a number of things. For instance, if your Water is the wrong level of acidity, then this doesn’t allow for the formation of a film on the inside of copper pipes. Ultimately this causes them to become dissolved. Sometimes it can be as simple as rust setting in or a valve or tap not being properly turned off.How do you know if you have leaking pipes if you can’t see the   water damage? One sign might be from your taps – if your water is discolored (brown or yellowish), or if the water pressure seems low, then this might point to a leak.

What Causes Water Damage In Homes? (2)

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Gutters

Often forgotten, gutter pose a huge threat to the safety of your home when it comes to water damage. Normally, your gutters have the job of directing water away from your roof and away from your building more generally as it runs off the edges. This will work fine though until the gutters become blocked with debris such as leaves and branches and thus another dam forms. Now the water will begin to overflow over the edges of the gutters and thus start running down the side of the house. This same problem can also be one of the causes of water damage in other ways. For instance, if there should be a crack or a hole in your gutter, then the water will leak down the side of the building even when there isn’t heavy rain.

What Causes Water Damage In Homes? (1)

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Flat Roofs

A flat roof should have a slight gradient to it. Flat roofs are not normally actually flat. A flat roof then is very slightly convex and that’s how it is able to gradually cause water to run off of it and into your gutters. This slight slope can sometimes be undermined by various issues or it can deteriorate and slightly give way to create a genuinely flat or even concave shaped roof. If leaves, branches and debris should build up on your roof. This can create enough weight in order to apple pressure to the weakest point of the flat roof, thus causing it to collapse inward slightly. Thus, all water will now pool on the top of the roof instead of running off of it. you now have standing water on your roof which can be one of the causes of Water damage and Mold to form on the ceiling and the roof itself and which can cause a crack and a leak in your ceiling. 

Preventing Black Mold

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Black mold is a problem found in many homes. It has many bad effects on humans and precautions should be taken to help reduce the risk of coming into contact with it. To prevent black Mold you should:

-Check regularly under sinks and around garbage disposals and dishwashers should be a routine task

-Check water pipes for leakage and sweating on a regular basis

-In the basement, check the faucets and fixtures of the washing machine and furnace on a routine basis

-Check the attic on regular intervals, especially during months that are humid or damp.

-Simple solar powered attic fans can be installed to help air exchange and eliminate moist conditions.

 -A simple instrument can be purchased at home centers to check humidity levels in moisture laden rooms, such as the basement, bathroom, and kitchen, for around $30.

Fire Waiting to Happen

12/13/2016 (Permalink)

There are things in your home that may be a ticking time bomb for Fire. Experts say that electrical panels may be a Fire just waiting to happen. The Clardy family remembered hearing a pop coming from the basement, their lights went out and they started to see many flames. The Fire spread all across their home and caused over $160,000 worth of structural damage. Can you believe it?! Dallas Fire-Rescue concluded that the Fire was started in the electrical panel in the garage. If you have one of these unsafe and outdated electrical panels, we highly recommend replacing them. At the very least, you should have an electrician inspect the panel to see if there are any signs of problems.

Keep Safe From Flooding

12/1/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States. According to the National Flood Insurance Program, it caused $2.7 billion in losses between 2001 and 2010. The key to reducing Flood damage is to take precautions. Many cases you can accomplish in a few hours to a few days. In case you need to leave quickly, it's good to have a bag with items that can be very important. This includes:

  • A few changes of clothing for you and family members
  • Insurance policy numbers
  • Phone numbers of your agent
  • Your insurance company’s main number
  • Essential toiletries
  • Money to get you through a few days

Some things you can do to prevent the actual Flood are:

  • Fix leaks immediately

 

  • Spring for extra roof protection
  • Close foundation cracks
  • Clear gutters and drains
  • Prevent sewer backup
  • Install French drains

 

 

Thanksgiving Day Fires

11/9/2016 (Permalink)

With Thanksgiving coming up, people should know that Thanksgiving is the #1 Day for Home Fires.  Thanksgiving has more than twice as many Fires as the next single day – December 25. “Thanksgiving is a wonderful family holiday, but the day can be ruined with a cooking or candle Fire, a burn injury or a carbon monoxide incident from long-term use of the oven,” said State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan.

Cooking Safety Tips:

  • “Stand by your pan" and stay in the kitchen when boiling, frying or broiling.
  • Use a timer when baking or roasting and never leave the house with the oven running.
  • The best way to respond to a stovetop Fire is to “put a lid on it” and turn off the heat.
  • The best way to respond to an oven or broiler Fire is to keep the doors closed and turn off the heat.
  • If the Fire is not quickly snuffed out, leave the house and call the Fire department.
  • Wear short or tight-fitting sleeves when cooking.
  • Keep children 3-feet away from the stove for safety to prevent burns.

 

Spill Something On Your Carpet?

11/9/2016 (Permalink)

If you get your Carpet dirty, don't worry because SERVPRO is here to help! We offer a range of specialized cleaning methods:

  • Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
  • Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
  • Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.

 

Our professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your Carpets. How often you’ll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, traffic, type and color of Carpeting. You should professionally clean your carpet every 12 months.

Call Today – (516) 334-2927 We can get the job done right!

 

Effect Mold Has On Humans

11/9/2016 (Permalink)

Being exposed to damp and Moldy environments can cause a variety of health effects. Some people are sensitive to Molds. For these kinds of people, Molds cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or, in some cases, skin irritation. People with Mold allergies may have more severe reactions. People with chronic lung illnesses may get serious infections in their lungs when they are exposed to Mold. These people should stay away from areas that are likely to have Mold, This includes compost piles, cut grass, and wooded areas.  Mold can enter your home through different ways. It can find its way in from open doorways, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems. Mold in the air outside can also attach itself to clothing, shoes, bags, and pets can and be carried indoors.

 

If you think you have Mold, Call SERVPRO of East Meadow/ Westbury! We can help fix the problem and keep your health safe.

#8 Most Leading Cause For House Fires

11/6/2016 (Permalink)

Last but not least, the 8th most leading cause for house Fires is cooking! According to the NFPA, 40% of all house Fires, or an average of 156,600 per year, start this way, causing approximately $853 million in property damage. Two-thirds of the Fires started because the food or other materials caught Fire. Some tips you can follow are:

  • Be alert when cooking and don’t leave food unattended.
  • Don’t throw water on a grease fire, put a lid on the pan to smother the Fire.
  • If an oven fire flares up, turn off the oven and leave the door shut until the Fire extinguishes itself.
  • Keep clothing, pot holders, paper towels and other flammable items away from Fires.
  • Having working smoke detectors in the house and keep a Fire extinguisher nearby just in case.

#7 Most Leading Cause Of House Fires

11/3/2016 (Permalink)

The seventh most common cause of house Fires are Christmas trees. Similar to candle Fires, Christmas tree Fires are more common during the holidays, 43% occurring in December and 39% in January. According to the NFPA, an average of 230 fires are attributed to Christmas trees each year. They are more likely to be serious because there are several factors that can contribute to the Fire. These include a dry tree, electrical lights and a fuel supply (gifts) under the tree. Christmas tree Fires cause an average of $18.3 million in property damage each year.

To prevent these Fires you should: 

  • Keep live trees well watered and dispose of them before they become dry.
  • Turn off tree lights before leaving the house or going to bed.
  • Check lights for any shorts or other electrical issues before putting them on the tree.

#6 Most Leading Cause Of House Fires

11/2/2016 (Permalink)

The sixth most common cause for house Fires is children playing with Fire. According to the NFPA, children start an average of 7,100 home Fires per year. This causes approximately $172 million in property damage. Did you know that most Fires caused by children are in the month of June? Also, males account for 83% of the Fires! Younger children under the age of six are more likely to start Fires inside, using matches or a lighter as the ignition source. Older children are more likely to start Fires outside.The most frequent sites for Fires are the bedroom (39%), kitchen (8%) and living room/family room/den (6%). Older children are more likely to start Fires outside. To prevent these Fires follow these steps! 

  • Keep matches, lighters, and other ignition sources out of the reach of children.
  • Teach children fire safety at an early age.
  • Make sure children have adequate supervision.

#5 Most Leading Cause For House Fires

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The fifth most likely cause for a house Fire is lightning. Most house Fires occur in the winter months. However, lightning caused Fires happen most in June, July, and August in the late afternoon or early evening. According to the NFPA, there was an average of 22,600 fires per year caused by lightning strikes. Lightning poses the greatest risk outside and usually strikes the highest point on a structure. It can also ignite wildfires. Some ways to prevent lightning Fires are: 

  • Stay away from doors and windows during an electrical storm.
  • Do not use corded phones, computers, TVs or other electrical equipment during storms.
  • Unplug major electronics – TVs, stereo equipment, computers and microwaves to minimize damage if there is a lightning strike close by.
  • Avoid plumbing such as sinks, baths, and faucets during a thunderstorm.
 

 

How Can You Keep Your Fall Pumpkins Free From Mold?

10/25/2016 (Permalink)

There are some simple things you can do to keep your pumpkins nice, fresh and free from Mold! 

  1. Get some silica gel packets. These are used to wick away excess moisture. Wonder what causes your pumpkin to start rotting and molding? Excess moisture. The two are a simple but effective combination. You can find these in some recent purchases including: Beef jerky, shoes and shoe boxes, and cat litter. 
  2. Remove silica beads from their packets. Make sure you don't leave any of these around! Even though the silica gel packets are non toxic, sometimes manufacturers add other toxic chemicals (for example, cobalt chloride) to the product.
  3. Embed the silica into the pumpkin. Open the top of the pumpkin, take a silica bead and embed it into the interior of the pumpkin. Use 3/4 grams of silica for every 100 cubic inches of pumpkin.

This simple trick can keep your pumpkins fresh and free from Mold for the fall season!

#4 Most Leading Cause Of House Fire

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Believe it or not, the fourth most leading cause of house Fires are washing and dryer machines! Even though it's hard to believe, these Fires accounted for 16,800 home structure Fires in 2010 and they did more than $236 million in property damage. In dryers, Lint/dust caused 29% of the Fires and clothing caused 28%. In washing machines, wire or cable insulation caused 26%, the appliance housing caused 21% and the drive belt caused 15%. The risk of fire is about the same for both gas and electric-powered dryers. Of course like anything else, there are safety tips you can take to prevent these Fires. Follow these guidelines and your house should be Fire free!

  • Clean the lint screen frequently and don’t run the dryer without it.
  • For gas and propane dryers, make sure there aren’t any leaks in the lines.
  • Vent the dryer to the outside of the house and ensure nothing blocks the vent pipe.
  • Clean the vent pipe and the area where the screen is housed.
  • Keep the area around the dryer free of combustible materials.

 

#3 Most Leading Cause Of House Fires

10/22/2016 (Permalink)

The third most common cause for house Fires is electrical and lighting Fires. These Fires can have multiple origins. Most Fires are caused by equipment malfunction, an overloaded circuit or extension cord, an overheated light bulb, space heater, washer, or dryer. The NFPA calculated that in 2001 there were about 47,700 homes set in flames caused by some sort of electrical failure or malfunction. Unfortunately, there have been 418 deaths, 1,570 injuries and $1.4 billion in property damage just from these Fires! Wiring accounted for 63% of the fires. Of course, there are steps that can be taken to keep you home safer when it comes to Fires. Here are some things you can do to prevent Fires from electrical and lighting: 

  • Don’t overload outlets or electrical cords.
  • Don’t ever leave Christmas lights, Christmas trees, or halogen lights on overnight or when not at home.
  • Make sure you have the right cord for the job – inside cords for inside, heavy duty/outside cords for outdoor use.
  • Have an electrician perform an annual checkup of your home’s wiring.

Stay Tuned for 5 more common causes for house Fires and how YOU can prevent them!

#2 Most Leading Cause Of House Fires

10/20/2016 (Permalink)

   The second most leading cause of house Fires is, can you guess it? Its Smoking! According to the NFPA, there were a whopping average of 17,600  fires per year resulting in 490 deaths and more than $516 million in property damage! And this happened all from smoking. Thankfully, the number of house Fires from smoking has dropped by 73% from 2008 to 2011. This is due to a decline in the number of smokers. Some new regulations created non-flammable mattresses, clothing and furnishings. This helped the drop dramatically. Almost half the individuals killed in these types of house fires were 65 or older. 

What can you do to stop these risks?

  • Smoke Outside.
  • Get a good, wide, sturdy ashtray to collect the cigarette butts and ashes.
  • Don't smoke in bed.

 

Halloween Sparks Most Vandalism Claims of the Year

10/19/2016 (Permalink)

Did you know the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) stats are alarming when it comes to the high number of Vandalism claims that are  filed on Halloween? In fact, Halloween had the highest number of Vandalism claims for any day by 81 percent. The average cost per claim on Halloween was $1,660, which is about 9 percent higher than the annual daily average cost per claim. If your house happens to get Vandalized this upcoming Halloween just call SERVPRO OF EAST MEADOW/WESTBURY for help! Not only can we remove spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls, we can also clean driveways, walkways, asphalt, metals, wood, glass, plastic, and masonry. We can offer the following services:

  • General cleaning and graffiti removal
  • Brick, stone, and concrete cleaning
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization 
  • Debris removal
  • Water Damage Restoration 
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Damage Restoration

 

Mold On House Plants? Who Knew!

10/18/2016 (Permalink)

Greenhouse White Fly

There are many ways to prevent the growth of Mold within your home. Small changes and adjustments to your environment can have some immediate effects on the growth or even the prevention of Mold. Mold can grow in places that you would least expect. For example, Mold growth on household plants is a rising issue in centrally heated homes. Household Mold travels in soil, on plants, and in the air. Luckily, there are ways to stop this from happening. First thing you can do is water plants deeply and infrequently. The reason for this is because shallow watering encourages growth near the soils surface, not at root level. Ohio State Univeristy recommends, keeping the humidity in your home under 85%, maintaining good air circulation, and using copper-based fungicides to control botrytis Mold. 

Keep checking our blog for more unusual facts!

Flooded basement in Westbury

6/9/2016 (Permalink)

A severe rain storm caused a basement in Westbury to flood. After all the water was pumped out, there was a mess left behind. Contents and personal items were affected. Theres no such thing as a small disaster, especially when the water you dont see contains bacteria or causes mold, rot and other unseen damage. SERVPRO of East Meadow/ Westbury understands how disruptive unseen water damage can be to your home. Water damage can affect the value of your property. So before you risk futher damage to the value of your home by attemting to clean up the mess yourself, call SERVPRO of East Meadow/ Westbury. We are trained professionals that can help you quickly take control while drying, deodorizing and protecting your home and its contents

SERVPRO of East Meadow Westbury provides Mold damage restoration services

5/9/2016 (Permalink)

Here is a prime example of mold growth due to moisture from a water leak. As you can see, the leaky valve is directly above the mold. YIKES!

What causes Mold in Houses and what does mold needs to grow?

Mold needs these conditions before it can begin to grow in a home:

  • Mold spores
  • A food source (wood, Drywall, cotton)
  • Darkness (mold cant grow under ultraviolet light)
  • Warmth (mold cant grow in freezing temperatures)
  • Oxygen
  • Moisture (water, leaks, humidity)
  • Enough time (most mold can begin to grow in 24-48 hours if th conditions are right)

Moisture is really the key cause of mold growth since the other conditions on the list are always going to be present in a home.

Essentially, the difference between whether or not mold grows in your home comes down to if you have a moisture problem.

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

5/6/2016 (Permalink)

Resulting damage from a water loss due to a broken pipe.

A water pipe break caused this home in Westbury to incurr severe water damage. This before picture shows the extent of the damage left behind after all the water had been extracted by our amazing team.

Sevrpro of East Meadow Westbury was called in to clean up the aftermath and remove any & all debris left behind by the water damage as well as to complete any necessary demolition to allow for reconstruction.

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

5/5/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Meadow Westbury is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small.

When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

Freezing temps mean freezing pipes. What can you do to prevent this?

1/6/2016 (Permalink)

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/winter-storm/preventing-thawing-frozen-pipes The frigid temps are finally here upon us! You come home from a long day, try to do a load of laundry, enter your basement and SPLASH! Suddenly you're immersed in a puddle of water. That's where we come in to help. But, how do you prevent the headaches and expenses of replacing damaged items and potentially costly reconstruction?

Here are a few tips from the American Red Cross to help.

Stay warm from your friend at SERVPRO of East Meadow / Westbury!

Holiday Fire Risk Increases After Christmas Day

12/22/2014 (Permalink)

Most homeowners are aware holiday decorations should be used with care. Each year, statistics tell the story of the fire danger resulting from frayed wires, proximity to heat sources, and lights left on unattended. But disaster recovery specialist SERVPRO of East Meadow / Westbury wants homeowners to know that the danger of fire caused by holiday decorating, and by Christmas trees specifically, actually increases after the holiday. Citing research from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the fire and water damage experts at SERVPRO of East Meadow / Westbury say while four out of five Christmas tree fires happen in December and January, the 10 days with the highest average number of fires were all after Christmas Day.

The American Christmas Tree Association quotes Nielsen research that says Americans purchased 21.6 million live Christmas trees in 2011. That number is significant because, according to the NFPA, Christmas trees remain the number one culprit in holiday fires. Forty-three percent of Christmas tree fires happen in December, but January is close behind, claiming 39 percent—numbers that demonstrate the danger of allowing Christmas trees to dry out during and after the holiday season. Tragically, Christmas tree fires are particularly deadly, claiming on average one life in every 40 fires compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home fires.

We encourage homeowners who choose to decorate with live Christmas trees to be diligent about watering their trees both before and after the holidays. When a Christmas tree dries out, it takes only a single spark from the fireplace or a draft that blows a candle flame too near to turn your holiday celebration into a disaster.  

As the holiday season moves into full swing, SERVPRO reminds homeowners to take common sense precautions based on a clear understanding of the potential danger to help prevent holiday traditions from turning into a holiday nightmare. For more fire prevention tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit www.SERVPROEastMeadowWestbury.com 

For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO in Westbury, NY

3/6/2014 (Permalink)

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