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Fast Action in Smithtown to Avoid More Water Damage

7/10/2022 (Permalink)

servpro green van parked The SERVPRO Green Fleet arrives at your Smithtown home stocked with equipment for water damage removal and mitigation.

Professional Grade Equipment: Why SERVPRO Makes Quick Work of Water Damage in Smithtown

When we train our managers and technicians in water loss mitigation and remediation products and equipment, we must help them understand why we use this inventory for our Smithtown customers. Although powerful equipment can make our job easier, failing to train our work crews properly could expose your home's structural components and contents to the risk of further damage from the force or intensity of the otherwise helpful tools.

Purpose of Professional Equipment and Proprietary Products

Water damage restoration in Smithtown goes more smoothly and efficiently when we match equipment and cleaning products to the specific requirements of your loss. At a minimum, following the manufacturer's instructions is essential. Professional products, including cleaners, abrasives, and disinfectants, must be mixed and applied as mandated on the label.

Equipment Inventory

The equipment needed when responding to a water damage project is stocked in our warehouse and Green Fleet.

Detection Devices

  • Moisture Sensors - used to establish the perimeters of the water loss and subsequent migration.
  • Moisture Meters - measure the moisture content of damaged structural components to set and monitor the achievement of drying goals.
  • Thermo-Hygrometers -- measure both temperature and relative humidity, and sometimes dewpoints. Help determine whether dehumidification equipment used contributes to an effective drying process.

Extraction Equipment

  • Pumps - usually gas-powered and submersible, used when water is deeper than two inches.
  • Truck-mounted extractors - most powerful and have their own power source.
  • Portable extractors - flexible use in tight spaces and areas far from entrances. The same cautions as truck-mounted equipment when employed for pulling water from materials that can sustain damage from robust suction and pressure.
  • Air Movers -- create airflow to facilitate evaporation and reduce drying time. Can be used to:
  • Float carpets for faster drying
  • Push warm air into cavities and under cabinets with the directional and concentrating help of shrouds
  • Wall Cavity Ventilating System - replacing moist air in cavities with vents or hoses attached to blowers, often with access provided by drilled holes in walls, baseboards, or toe kicks
  • Venting Box Fans (Axial Fans) - used to move larger quantities of air, perfect for removing malodors or fogging agents.

Dehumidifiers

  • Refrigerant dehumidifiers - efficient enough to lower the relative humidity in your home to the target of 40 gpp (grams of water per pound of air).
  • Low grain refrigerants (LGR) -- refrigerant dehumidifiers that work in cooler environments.
  • Desiccant dehumidifiers -- can lower relative and specific humidity to a much lower point and can operate at lower temperatures. We take care to avoid over-drying.

Our investment in a wide range of water damage restoration equipment is why SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown can deliver professional results. Call us at (631) 518-3720.

Repairing Wooden Floors with Mold Damage in Smithtown Properties

7/10/2022 (Permalink)

hardwood floor, poly sheeting SERVPRO removes mold from hardwood floors, using poly sheeting to prevent cross-contamination, in your Smithtown residence.

Effective Mold Cleanup in Smithtown by SERVPRO

Mold growing in homes indicates that there is a problem with moisture. When moisture problems go unnoticed for a considerable period, it may lead to mold growth. It can wear away materials, such as drywall, concrete, wood, carpet, wallpaper, and ceiling tiles. It may take time for the fungi to become rampant and cause large-scale damage to your home, but if not taken care of, the damage could worsen. When you discover signs in your Smithtown home, act immediately by contacting experts.

Mold damage remediation in Smithtown involves assessing the extent of the damage and containing the problem to prevent it from advancing. Also, attending to the moisture source halts the mold spread. The process of removing mold could stir up significant amounts of spores. SERVPRO adheres to EPA safety precautions minimizing the spread of mold spores through the structure. Our teams create a containment plan by hanging plastic sheeting and establishing negative air pressure.

You can control mold growth by:

  • Controlling humidity levels
  • Promptly fixing leaky roofs, windows, and pipes
  • Thoroughly cleaning and drying after flooding
  • Ventilating laundry and cooking areas

Removing mold from wooden floor Surface

Floors may get mold damage due to groundwater seepage or a leak that is not promptly fixed and cleaned. Removing most of the colonies on the surface is possible. But, when it is ingrained, SERVPRO must determine how far the mold has spread for appropriate removal. Often hardwood flooring is supported by crawlspace foundation joists. These must also be inspected and treated with an antimicrobial if mold is discovered.

Indicators of mold on wood floor

  • Warped and twisted floorboards
  • Discoloration
  • Musty smell

Besides the visual confirmation, SERVPRO technicians can check underneath the boards for mold by removing a small floor section. Our teams may have to peel back the damaged floorboards, dispose of them properly, then clean, treat, and dry the subfloor before replacement.

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown has certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) and offers effective mold damage solutions for homeowners. Call us at (631) 265-9200. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Removing the Smell of Fire Damaged Elements from My Smithtown Home

7/10/2022 (Permalink)

flames on wood floor Foul odors and fire damage restoration, including odor removal, done by our great SERVPRO crew for our Smithtown neighbors.

Harsh Odor Removal after a House Fire

Flames may engulf your Smithtown home, but you don't have to live with their memory forever. Once extinguishing agents get rid of the fire, you face the daunting task of restoring your fire-damaged home and sorting through your belongings. As traumatic as it sounds, trained technicians can help you sort through the damage and restore your home to preloss condition.

Fire restoration in Smithtown is a job for SERVPRO. Our crew knows the telltale signs of water and fire damage and works diligently to remediate them. As a homeowner, you can place your trust in our well-trained team and let us apply our industry expertise to your home. Call our 24/7 hotline and let us assess the damage and draw up an action plan.

What should I do to eliminate fire damage in my home? 

Homeowners are a crucial component of the restoration plan. Our SERVPRO team partners with you to decide on removing some items and restoring others. We can liaise with your insurance carrier to coordinate demolition and discarding of building materials and belongings. However, as industry professionals, we have access to specialized equipment, including the following-

  • Pumps to extract water
  • Air dryers and circulators to remove excess moisture
  • Hydroxyl generators to recombine airborne particles
  • Deodorizers to eliminate residual smells. 

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown can help. Call us at (631) 518-3720 and let us leave your home "Like it never even happened."

Commercial Fire Damage in Smithtown Requires SERVPRO’s Expertise

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke Cloud Don’t let fire damage overwhelm you, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown..

How to Hande Commercial Fire Damage in Smithtown

A fire in a commercial property like an office building can be more destructive than a fire in a home. This is due to its impact on the structure and the careers and lives of the staff. Every hour that businesses remain closed, they risk losing revenue and clients.

Commercial fire damage in your Smithtown property can cause corrosion from soot, toxic chemicals, and remaining smoke. SERVPRO understands that urgency is vital regarding getting businesses back on their feet. We can complete the fire restoration process quickly to reduce any revenue loss. Our fire damage repair process progresses as follows: 

  • Evaluating fire and smoke damage
  • Recovering and restoring ruined contents
  • Water extraction and drying 
  • Soot removal 
  • Deodorization
  • Reconstruction

Evaluating Fire and Smoke Damage

Our SERVPRO technicians can examine the ruined areas to evaluate the damage. We can develop a customized restoration plan specific to your needs. 

Recovering and Restoring Ruined Contents

Our team can sort contents and identify the salvageable ones. We can pack out salvageable contents and take them to our facilities for thorough cleaning. We can store them until the restoration project is complete and return them to the property. 

Water Extraction and Drying 

We can use extraction equipment to remove the water from firefighting efforts to prevent secondary damage like mold growth. Our team can dry the affected areas using air movers and dehumidifiers. 

Soot Removal

Fires progress through stages, generating both dry and wet smoke. Some fires produce a large enough proportion of one kind of smoke, characterizing the entire exposure as predominantly dry or damp smoke. Our SERVPRO team can clean your property and remove soot. 

Deodorization

Smoke can leave an unpleasant odor on affected structures and contents. Our team can deodorize the building using specialized equipment like thermal foggers. 

Reconstruction

Our SERVPRO crew can rebuild the damaged parts of the property to restore it to pre-damaged condition. This could be anything from minor repairs to a full-scale rebuild. 

Please call SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 for effective commercial fire damage restoration services. We can make the fire incident seem “Like it never even happened.” 

Winning Tactics for Water Damage Remediation in Smithtown

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded Home with Belongings Make sure to quickly deal with water damage in your home before it progresses to mold. Contact SERVPRO right away for best results.

Restoring Areas with Water Damage in Your Smithtown Property Lets You Increase Your Listing Price

New homebuyers often feel very excited about the houses they view in the Smithtown area. They want to buy a house their children can grow up in and where they can feel safe and pursue their dreams of making their new house into a home. One area that most new homebuyers take into consideration is the amount of maintenance a prospective purchase might require in the future.

After homebuyers discover a potential house in Smithtown has water damage, they often cross that property off their list. When several months pass without a serious, qualified offer, many realtors recommend lowering the asking price. However, solving the problem can reverse this trend and allow you to increase the price instead, especially if it involves noticeable water damage (stained walls, warped floorboards, musty smell), leaking pipes, a damp basement, or any number of other indications of a problem.

SERVPRO can assist your family with resolving these issues and making your house more attractive to prospective buyers. Our building services team, under General Contractor License # 51995-H, works alongside our mitigation and restoration teams to provide tailored services to our customers. 

Any area of your home that contains water damage can detract from its appeal and decrease offers. Walls and ceilings can become stained or moldy, deteriorate, crumble at the slightest touch, or flake paint, wood trim can warp, as can wood flooring, and other areas, like windows and doors, can swell and become difficult to open and close easily. 

The SERVPRO mitigation team also receives training in detecting the source of the water that caused the water damage. Small, tiny leaks can lead to vast problems, and we can often prevent these from occurring again by performing some maintenance or repair work. The effects can benefit your family and the future homeowners’ after the sale.

You can reach SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown by making a call at (631) 265-9200. We understand your desire to sell your home as quickly as possible, so we not only arrive swiftly but also work as quickly as possible. Water damage can make you lose an otherwise confirmed sale, but we can eliminate such damage for you.

How Can I Manage Mold on my Own in Smithtown?

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

Mold on Wall SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown is at your service when you detect mold in your home.

Mold in Your Smithtown Home Can Become a Greater Risk if You Fail to Involve a Professional Mold Mitigation Team

When you see mold in your Smithtown home, you must take it very seriously. Excess moisture can become a breeding ground for bacteria and mold, which can pose a health hazard for your family. Finding the water leak source is the first essential step toward the remediation process, but the cleanup that ensues is just as important. Give yourself peace of mind by delegating your mold remediation needs to specialists.

Mold damage in your Smithtown home can be overcome with the help of our SERVPRO team. We understand that time is of the essence, so we work quickly to thwart the growth of mold colonies throughout your home. As much as possible, we seek to isolate the affected area to prevent the dissemination of mold spores, all while we inspect each nook and cranny to verify their presence. Call our 24/7 hotline as soon as you detect the problem, and let us put our expert team to work for you.

What Are The Steps To Remove Mold?

At its most basic level, mold grows wherever there is excess humidity. Our SERVPRO crew concentrates on controlling the moisture by using dehumidifiers, air movers, extraction wands, and other industry techniques. We monitor our progress using state-of-the-art measuring tools, such as infrared moisture meters. Following our training at the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), we focus on the following steps during the remediation process:

  • Safety- this involves using personal protective equipment and limiting exposure to humans and the spread throughout your home.
  • Documentation- recording each step and its results make for a thorough and efficient process.
  • Finding the source- containing the start of the mold helps us reduce the airborne spread of bacteria, as does removing contaminated surfaces and materials as needed.

Once the cleanup process is over, we also set out to control your home's moisture levels to prevent a recurrence in the future.

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown is at your service when you detect mold in your home. Call us at (631) 265-9200 as soon as you suspect a problem and let us work to leave your home Like it never even happened.

SERVPRO's Fire Restoration Team for Smithtown

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

fire and smoke charred room Fire and smoke cleanup and restoration needed in your Smithtown home? NO NO to DIY! Call SERVPRO

Can My Smithtown Home Be Restored After a Fire?

Most residential fires are usually restricted to one part of the house, often the kitchen or garage. Physical damage from heat and flame is often minor, with most of the problems coming from the smoke particles left behind by burning material.

How are they able to clean my home, so it looks like it did before the fire?

Our technicians use commercial grade cleaners, tools, and training not available to most homeowners to attack the specific types of residues that can exist after a fire in Smithtown.

  • Dry smoke residues are the most common, and often can be cleaned off with a brush or sponge and only a small amount of cleaning agent in some cases. 
  • Wet smoke residues are stickier than dry smoke and require a stronger cleaner and a stiff brush.
  • Protein smoke residues occur when the fire burns beef and other meats. We use cleaners designed to break down the protein chains, which allow our technicians to remove them with little to no damage to affected surfaces.

Are there other residues?

Yes, there is also fuel oil residue, but that is rare in modern, private homes. Dry and Wet smoke residues can also be mixed, requiring more careful cleaning actions.

Is there anything I can do?

When it comes to restoration or cleaning, we advise no. Before our team arrives at your home, however, there are a few things you can accomplish:

  • Keep movement in your home to a minimum to avoid spreading residues. Lay down clean towels on carpets and floors before entering.
  • Empty freezers and refrigerators to reduce odors.
  • Cover the air registers to reduce the risk of soot moving through the vents. Cheesecloth is the best option if available.

At SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown, our goal is to restore each home affected by the fire to its original condition whenever possible. “Like it never even happened.” If you have had a fire of any size in your home, call us at (631) 518-3720 to learn what we can do for you and your residence.

Smithtown Homeowners Call SERVPRO for Flood Damage Removal

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

orange float in a flooded kitchen SERVPRO saves Smithtown homes after flooding

Flood Damage in Smithtown?

Homeowners in towns prone to flooding, like Smithtown, should identify a professional crew able to restore their homes after disaster strikes. Some think that cleaning with household disinfecting agents is enough to eliminate all traces of floodwaters, but it may not be enough. Floodwaters can carry bacteria and other waste products, polluting your home.

In Smithtown, SERVPRO can assist with flood cleanup. Our team trains to understand the full scope of work to achieve a successful restoration, and we apply that framework to what we do at your home. Eliminating water residue and debris, along with disinfecting the surfaces of your home, is essential to protecting you.

How can I disinfect after flooding?

When bacteria settle in your home, you should kill them, which is a step beyond simply cleaning a surface with disinfectant. Our SERVPRO team focuses on discarding items with severe damage while applying cleaning solutions to your home. In our arsenal of disinfecting methods, you can find the following:

Aside from the above, our SERVPRO team uses pumps, dehumidifiers, and other equipment to remove floodwaters from your home before they cause more damage.

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown protects you when disaster strikes. Call us at (631) 518-3720 and let us leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO is Available to Help Your Smithtown Business with Commercial Water Cleanup

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

A yellow background with a blue instrument with the words  we can help SERVPRO is always available to help. Give us a call at (631) 265-9200 any time.

Our Experienced Technicians have the Equipment and Certifications to Help you every step of the way

Finding out that a water leak sprouted overnight inside your business is never anything an owner wants to experience. You already understand that you need to protect your merchandise and start with cleanup, but what is the best way to begin? SERVPRO is here to make the process go as smoothly as possible, including ensuring your interior belongings get moved to a safe space free of moisture and high relative humidity (RH).

If you are looking at commercial water cleanup in Smithtown, excess water must be addressed first to lessen the damage and bring down the RH throughout your business space. Doing so helps to cut back on secondary damage like warped wallpaper and problems with the electronics throughout the building. 

 Extraction Begins

After calling SERVPRO and we formulate a plan, our skilled technicians use portable extractors to remove excess water. Most wood and tile flooring can repel water, so the damage may be less if you catch it quickly enough. However, standing water may allow water to seep into cracks and crevices of the flooring, making it more challenging to extract. In this case, our team places air movers strategically throughout the space to blow dry air in conjunction with the use of dehumidifiers that help draw out moisture from the air. 

We sometimes use portable electric heaters that help expedite the drying process by sending warm air over your flooring. Containing the impacted space with “tenting” constructed of plastic sheeting held into place with tape or sandbags also helps to streamline the drying process. Such action helps concentrate air movement so that the flooring is dried faster and helps cut back damage dramatically. Our team also makes sure to monitor the space, moving heaters as needed to ensure that over-drying does not take place.

If you have carpeted spaces within your commercial building, SERVPRO uses deep extraction tools that are either stationary or self-propelled. Such tools use weight to push the carpet and the padding below, which brings up excess water that our extraction equipment picks up. 

Throughout the commercial water cleanup project, we work to bring down the interior humidity to prevent damage to your furnishings and inventory. We know how essential it is for you to get your business back up and running, so we use all of our trusted methods for extraction, cleanup, and disinfection to ensure everything is “Like it never even happened.”

Call us at SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 should you require commercial water cleanup. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for commercial cleanup and restoration services.

Solutions for Diverting Flood Water from Smithtown Crawlspaces

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

Damage in an attic with white material on the floor At SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown, we are always ready to be deployed at a moment's notice.

SERVPRO Teams Work to Prevent Further Damage Caused by Flooding In your Homes Crawlspace

Recurring flooding is a situation that can plague many Smithtown homeowners. Despite the bulk of this rising water existing in the crawlspace of your house, there are considerable risks that many properties have already experienced when flooding occurs in this open area. The assessment of hazards to your property begins with the slow drying or ground absorption of standing water in the crawlspace, making it a threat that can persist for many days, or even weeks, under the right circumstances.

Long-lasting solutions must involve methods of preventing flood damage to Smithtown homes while protecting adjoining areas of the property as well. The most considerable concern with flooding in the crawlspace is the exposure of the flooring of the main level of the house. High humidity levels and wicking water into the wood supports and framing of this cavity beneath your house can increase the likelihood of secondary damages like mold and microbial growth. The presence of mold against the flooring of living space can be a direct path for this organism to get into the house and pose health hazards to its occupants.

Our SERVPRO professionals can work immediately on removing standing water from your crawl space with efficient extraction tools. With surface water removed enough to begin drying efforts, we can set up numerous air mover units throughout this confined space. Even with the limited access of our technicians, we work to ensure that all corners of this underside of the house get sufficiently dried to prevent lingering effects.

With a team of in-house residential contractors, we can work to provide lasting solutions for recurring flooding threats around your home as well. Our SERVPRO team can offer crawl space encapsulation services that can divert water away from your home with installed sump pumps and other division devices. Thick 6mil plastic sheeting coats every exposed surface to prevent more water penetration into the area the next time that creeks and streams rise and threaten the neighborhood.  

Permanent crawlspace solutions are possible when you contact our SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown team after a flood damage incident. We have the equipment to help your immediate problems and the experience to help your property moving forward. Give a call at (631) 265-9200.

Challenges of Tile Cleaning After Fire Damage in Smithtown Homes

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

Fire damage to white tile SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown will take on the full job after a fire damage.

SERVPRO Resources Simplify Fire Cleanup in Smithtown

Cleaning helps counter considerable effects of fire on a property. Many factors, including the choice of cleaning method and the physical traits of affected areas, influence the restoration process's overall outcome. If fire damage includes soiling of tiled surfaces, you may expect a smooth cleaning process because of its resilient qualities. However, issues like stained grout lines can increase the challenge of restoring your Smithtown home.

When cleaning floors affected by fire damage at your Smithtown home, you cannot rely on the normal damp-mopping or other mild methods that you normally use. The layers of soot, ash, and other residues that accumulate on the surface would quickly soil the cleaning medium making it impossible to eliminate soiling. SERVPRO has abundant resources to overcome such challenges. For example, fitting a portable or truck-mounted water extractor with a squeegee wand simplifies cleaning or rinsing tiled floors when heavily soiled. 

Other useful equipment

 After dealing with the accumulated soils, the next step is to resolve any stains and discoloration. The most likely problem is blotchy areas along grout lines. The easiest way to resolve such is to apply an acidic cleaning agent and then agitate the area. 

Additional cleaning headaches

Your fire restoration efforts can run into further headwinds if the cleaning solution you use damages the surrounding material. Acidic cleaners work by etching grout, thus eliminating blotchy patches. However, if it etches the surrounding tile or stone surfaces, it can ruin your efforts to resolve fire damage. 

Solutions for tile etching

  • Pretesting surface materials
  • Applying alkaline solutions after the acidic cleaners
  • Drying the area thoroughly after cleaning

Our SERVPRO technicians inquire whether you have any extra piece of tile in your house and use it to test whether the cleaning solutions we have can cause etching. One clear sign that a solution can etch the surface is changing color to a whitish tinge or foaming. 

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown can help you cope with expected or unexpected challenges after fire damage. Call us at (631) 265-9200. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Commercial Water Cleanup In Smithtown

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

a trash bucket holding water that is falling from the ceiling Water damage at your business location can certainly stop progress. Make sure to contact our certified commercial water damage remediation team.

Commercial Water Cleanup in Smithtown Office

When commercial water damage happens, particularly on a night or a weekend, when a business is not open, the potential for a more significant loss occurs when there is no active heat or moisture detection or monitoring available.

The goal of SERVPRO is always to limit loss in the event of a situation that needs commercial water cleanup in a Smithtown office building. However, getting the business reopened and creating a healthful environment for employees is also a crucial part of the restoration services.

Finding the Water

SERVPRO techs locate all areas where water migrated that may not be readily visible such as behind baseboards or within the subflooring using state-of-the-art moisture detection equipment. This ensures that areas of moisture do not get missed during the restoration of the property.

Extraction Methods are Key

The on-site wet/dry vacs that the regular janitorial service uses do not have the pulling power of the portable pumps used by SERVPRO. The equipment the techs bring enables them to remove enough water out of carpet and flooring that it expedites the drying phase of the restoration.

Necessary Controlled Demolition Actions

When the techs determine water migrated behind walls, the removal of baseboards for extraction and drying is a common tactic. Water wicks rapidly into sheetrock, and the only way to halt the damage is to cut away the ruined portion above the waterline, so the cycle stops.

Mold Prevention

The techs have intensive training and certification in mold remediation #0060 and know the early warning signs of an infestation. They can take preventative actions to stop mold damage before it starts through the application of antimicrobial cleaning agents and sealants.

Rebuilding for Reopening

Once the restoration services complete, the techs can offer any needed reconstruction with their general contractor license #51995-H. They have the skills to replace damaged sheetrock, baseboards, any painting, or other services to return the office to its preloss state.

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 is available 24/7 for commercial water cleanup of any size. The certified, experienced techs use their advanced techniques to make the loss “Like it never even happened.”

Rainstorms Increase The Risk Of Flood Damage In Your Smithtown Home

3/19/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded basement with water covering the floor Flooding can happen because of many causes. Should your home be facing such a situation, contact SERVPRO for effective water removal services.

Rainstorms Increase the Risk of Flood and Secondary Damage in Smithtown

As the season's shift and spring rains begin, homes in Smithtown, some near the Nissequogue River, face flooding. Basements and walkout lower levels suffer when the local sanitary system becomes overwhelmed, owners, coping with both an influx of water overland from the increased precipitation and high river levels.  You must also consider the risk of sewage backup.

Long Term Damage from Chronic Flooding Issues

If not addressed at the time, the saturation of building materials regularly can result in a progressive weakening of structural components. Also, unresolved moisture opens up the potential for significant mold damage. Flood damage in Smithtown requires a rapid response from professional mediation and remediation specialists to avoid permanent harm to your residence.

Appropriate Water Containment and Removal

Because floodwaters are by definition contaminated, hiring the experts from SERVPRO gives you confidence that the Category 3 water will be contained and disposed of appropriately. Your family's health might depend on this as the pathogens possible in sewage and the chemicals swept in from over road and land flooding can be hazardous. We rely on the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained crew members to bring a wealth of knowledge, research-based strategies, and experience to your unique situation. Our resources include high-efficiency pumps and extractors, followed by a range of drying tools to resolve the issues of persistent moisture involvement.

Wrap Around Restoration Services

During the completion of your flood mitigation and remediation project SERVPRO might find structural damage too advanced to restore without intensive repairs or rebuilding. We offer our construction division to help manage those aspects. If mold took hold while flooding our licensed and certified mold remediation technicians can contain and remove active colonies, and take steps to inhibit future problems. Fixing the moisture problems permanently can go a long way toward limiting further damage.

Rely on SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown to take on your flood damage problem from initial assessment to completion “Like it never even happened.” Call (631) 265-9200 as soon as practical to get the job rolling.

How to Properly Cleanup Fire and Smoke Damage in Smithtown Homes

3/13/2022 (Permalink)

a house with its roof and top floor on fire When smoke and fire damage has occurred on your property, the situation needs to be handled by professionals. Contact SERVPRO 24/7.

SERVPRO Uses Unique Methods in Smithtown Homes to Resolve Fire Damage

While fire consumes materials directly, smoke causes indirect damage by depositing residues. Depending on how severe smoke damage is, specialized equipment and chemicals may be necessary. To combat the different residues, professionals such as SERVPRO use unique cleaning methods to effectively restore both structure and contents in your Smithtown home to preloss conditions.

When performing fire and smoke damage repair in Smithtown homes, SERVPRO technicians consider factors like the type, age, and permeability of materials. Smoke residues tend to bond with the surfaces they contact, and when unfinished wooden or concrete surfaces are affected, they absorb most soot residues, thus requiring aggressive cleaning.

Various methods effective at dislodging soils from surfaces

  • Dry ice blasting
  • Dry-cleaning using sponges
  • Vacuuming

Challenges while cleaning smoke residues

To dislodge soils from unfinished wooden surfaces, we rub the surface with a dry cleaning sponge or a dust cloth working in the direction of the grain to reduce the rate of wear of the cleaning sponges. Working along the grains prevents residues from embedding deeply into the unfinished surface. However, if more agitation is needed, or when the sponges tend to smear soot, we apply a strong cleaning solution capable of cutting through grease using a clean towel to wipe off the residues.

Using dry cleaning sponges, our technicians remove loose soot from walls, floors, and ceilings. Starting from the ceiling is practical since the debris that drops off would re-soil other areas such as the floors if cleaning starts here. As cleaning progresses, the sponges become clogged with soot, so we skim it off to reveal a new cleaning surface.

Other challenges might include

  • Containing soot from spreading
  • Reaching soot in hard to reach areas
  • Cleaning soot with unique physical or chemical properties

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown offers an intense and detailed fire and smoke damage cleaning, returning surfaces to preloss conditions. Call us at (631) 265-9200. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How to Keep Microbes at Bay During Commack Water Cleanup?

2/25/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded bathroom with water covering the floor When your toilet overflows and floods your bathroom, it’s time to bring in the professionals. Our team has the experience and tools to help you.

Commack Residents Rely on SERVPRO for Water Damage Mitigation

Whether the water in a Commack home was from a pipe burst, toilet backup, or floodwater, the potential for microbes or spores is present.

The technicians from SERVPRO undergo extensive training for handling mold and microbes during Commack water cleanup. The techs know from years of experience that the use of products alone will not control the germination and growth of microbial elements. The key to eliminating the threat is:

  • A combination of antimicrobial treatments
  • Ensuring the interior air humidity levels are below 50% 
  • Contaminated materials have been moved off-site. 

While the drying equipment is running, the technicians take air readings to lower humidity levels. When a reading shows the process is slowing down, the techs quickly determine the reason, such as humid air from outside entering the area or if the worksite requires additional drying equipment to stay on track for hitting drying goals in the time quoted.

To further ensure that microbial growth gets controlled during the cleanup, drying the wet areas of the structure is crucial. The application of EPA-registered broad-spectrum disinfectants often requires exact mixing and dwell time (time to work) to render existing microbes inert.

It is common for the techs to treat a worksite before the mitigation service begins and then again at the end to inhibit the chance of mold or other microbial growth. This action can further be diminished by applying sealants over areas likely to harbor this type of colony growth. 

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 works to support the Commack community with water cleanup services. The certified techs are available 365 days a year for any size or type of water damage.

How Can Move-Outs Benefit Fire Damage Cleanup in Smithtown?

2/18/2022 (Permalink)

soot covering a fire damaged kitchen and furniture within it Whether fire affects your kitchen or another room in your home, cleanup has to happen right away. Contact SERVPRO for effective remediation.

SERVPRO Techs Perform Pro House Fire Mitigation in Smithtown

When a Smithtown property needs house fire cleanup services, property owners have several options for the contents. Using the benefits of a move-out can work in a homeowner's favor.

SERVPRO technicians perform move-outs regularly during fire damage mitigation in Smithtown properties. Although each fire cleanup and property has qualities that make it unique, the action of the move-out gets performed in much the same fashion for each job. The basic steps the techs do are: 

  • Scope the property
  • Pack, tag, and create an inventory list
  • Set up cleaning stations and sort items
  • Move out contents
  • Deodorize articles as needed
  • Move contents back into the home to their former locations

What Does Scoping Do?

During a house fire cleanup, the initial scope within the worksite helps determine the number of techs and supplies needed for this service. While an initial estimate may not get calculated during the early scoping of the damaged area of the home, this action is often enough for the insurance adjuster to create a projection as to the restoration service costs.

Creating an Inventory

The technicians carefully create a detailed report of the items getting moved out. The information creates a final inventory that includes detailed descriptions and barcodes to track individual objects. If the property owner needs an update on the whereabouts of an article, SERVPRO has no delays in locating the information simply by checking the report.

Cleaning Items for Reuse

The techs typically set up cleaning stations at the worksite to handle any restorative cleaning in real-time. Those items that were part of the move-out service may get cleaned and deodorized before getting repacked until the remediation completes. 

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 brings professional fire damage cleanup services to local Smithtown properties. The technicians have extensive training handling fire and smoke damage restoration as well as odor control to make the damage from the fire "Like it never even happened."

What Happens During Smithtown Professional Water Damage Mitigation?

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a water damaged ceiling with watermarks all over it Regardless whether the water damage affected the ceiling or the floor, time is of the essence. Contact our team to investigate the cause and help.

SERVPRO Technicians Handle All Phases of Smithtown Water Cleanup

When Smithtown residents experience the need for water cleanup in their homes, there are often numerous issues such as:

  • Wet building materials
  • Elevated interior humidity levels
  • The need for pack out to prevent further damage
  • Need for proactive mold prevention

Wet Building Materials

When water wicks into sheetrock, there is a very short period to get it dried before permanent damage occurs. If the technicians locate water damage behind a Smithtown home’s wall, actions such as opening the wall for drying, drilling weep holes, or using tools such as the InjectiDry system may get deployed.

Challenges of a Wet Room

One of the biggest issues in a wet environment is the effects on currently undamaged items. In particular, paper or electronics, both can get damaged beyond repair from long-term exposure to moist conditions. SERVPRO techs take steps to perform pack-outs or cover articles with heavy-gauge plastic to protect the items. In the cases of electronics directly exposed to water, the techs can arrange for an industry professional to inspect and perform any needed repairs. This action is usually done outside the scope of coverage at an additional cost.

On the Lookout for Mold

When there are constantly elevated humidity levels after a water damage incident, the environment can become favorable for sustaining mold growth. SERVPRO technicians stay on alert for mold spore germination and growth signs. The techs can apply many cleaning agents and sealants to inhibit mold colony establishment within the structure.

Alongside the actions that SERVPRO takes for property owners, the homeowners can also rely on the techs to communicate as needed with the adjuster. This step during a water cleanup job ensures that only covered actions get taken, so there are zero surprises regarding out-of-pocket charges.

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 supports Smithtown residents with professional water damage mitigation. The trained, certified technicians use professional equipment and methods.

How Can Commack Businesses Protect Equipment and Files During Commercial Water Removal?

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Call now! Water cleanup restoration services by SERVPRO are top-notch. We are ready 24/7 365 days a year.

SERVPRO Techs Professionally Extract Water From Commack Business Properties

When a Commack business has an issue that needs the assistance of water cleanup professionals, the property owner often has many questions. Including how to keep the business functioning during the restoration service.

One of the biggest issues for a Commack business needing water removal is what will happen to the computer equipment and important documents. SERVPRO technicians work one-on-one with business owners, so each phase of the restoration service is understood. This personalized attention allows the property owner to let the SERVPRO crew chief know what aspects of the structure or contents need attention from the owner's point of view. Frequently prized articles and items include:

  • Important documents
  • Computers, switches, and data hubs
  • Locally stored stock 

During a water damage restoration service, the technicians quickly remove the maximum amount of moisture within the structure. Actions such as weep holes or flood cuts get performed to open up more of the interior walls for airflow. The techs quickly determine what items can remain on-site and what articles need removal. The techs cover them in heavy gauge plastic sheeting to protect desks, chairs, and other contents remaining within the structure. 

What About Wet Documents?

Although many businesses use cloud storage so information can be accessed anywhere, there are also documents stored on-site that are vital. When crucial paper documents get saturated, the techs can use different methods to dry the papers, such as a vacuum freeze dryer which carries approval by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

Computer Equipment

When computer equipment of any type has come into contact with water or is exposed to high moisture conditions, SERVPRO recommends that an outside industry specialist inspect the devices before they are used again. This equipment should not ever be plugged in and tested due to the danger of permanent damage or electrical shock.

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 supports the local Commack community with commercial water removal services available 24/7.

What Are Common Restorations Needed During Smithtown Fire Damage Cleanup

1/20/2022 (Permalink)

fire extinguisher in front of fire Fire and smoke damage restoration for your home is a job for SERVPRO. We will be on-site within 4 hours of the initial call.

SERVPRO Technicians Can Fully Restore Smithtown Homes With Fire and Smoke Damage

When Smithtown homeowners get a peek inside their properties before the fire restoration services begin, nothing looks like it can be saved due to: 

  • A coating of black soot on most of the surfaces
  • A layer of water damage from the First Responders' efforts
  • Piles of wet possessions from fire control applications

SERVPRO technicians take many things into account during Smithtown fire damage restoration jobs. First and foremost, the technicians realize the homeowner has undergone a very stressful situation, and the goal of the techs is to save as much of the property and contents as possible through the use of their tried and true cleaning methods. 

Walls and Ceilings with Fire and Smoke Damage

Different types of smoke damage can affect this area within a structure. The techs test a small bit and then choose the appropriate removal method. When the walls or ceilings are too charred or damaged for a restorative cleaning, the technicians carefully remove only the ruined portion and leave the rest of the drywall intact. This reduces the number of repairs needed within the house. 

Extraction Can Be a Part of House Fire Restoration

The water used by the first responders can be left inside the structure in copious amounts. SERVPRO techs have the equipment to remove the moisture rapidly and dry the area to ensure there is no water damage on top of the damage by the heat and flames.

How are Repairs Made After Fire Cleanup?

This SERVPRO location holds a general contractor license #51995-H, and the techs can handle all aspects of the rebuilding, repairs, and more. Right down to the cosmetic touches needed to bring a home back to the same condition as before the fire happened.

The local Smithtown community relies on SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 for all types of fire damage cleanup services. The trained, certified technicians are available 24/7 for any size restoration service needed.

What Are Common Issues After Flood Damage in Smithtown Properties?

1/14/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Storm damage cleanup can be a hassle. Let SERVPRO specialists handle all the work for you from start to finish.

SERVPRO Can Handle Any Size or Type of Water Damage Cleanup in Smithtown

Water damage that affects Smithtown houses from storms can cause many different types of damage besides the need for water cleanup. SERVPRO technicians handle all aspects of a home restoration from the floor to the roof.

A Smithtown home with flood damage gets immediate attention from SERVPRO quickly after the property owner or adjuster makes the call. The technicians scope the house and determine where the areas that need assistance first are within the structure. Common problems after floodwater enter a home include: 

  • Weakened walls
  • Ruined carpet and flooring
  • Foul Odors
  • Mold Growth

What Do Weakened Walls Look Like?

When water wicks into a wall, initially, there is a small window of opportunity to dry the wall and avoid needing to remove it. However, once a portion of the wall takes on excessive moisture, it begins to buckle and deteriorate rapidly. SERVPRO technicians can remove the damaged part and leave the remainder of the structure intact. 

What are Signs of Ruined Carpet and Flooring?

Floodwater can affect carpets and area rugs in various ways. The water can cause fibers to shrink or bleed, and the backing has the potential to deteriorate to the point it does not hold the fibers in place any longer. Other types of floor coverings can lose adhesion and lift off of the subfloor or bend and warp from water exposure. 

How to Get Rid of Foul Odors?

The musty, distinctive water odor often diminishes when the structure and contents get dried. However, the technicians can address any residual smells remaining within the house, so there are no reminders of the water damage. This SERVPRO holds a mold remediation certification #0060 and can also handle any colony growth that may occur in the property.

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 serves the local community of Smithtown with all sizes of water and flood damage restoration services available 24/7.

Are There Any Mold Specialists Who Can Help me with Remediation in Commack?

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Got mold? Mold remediati0on services by SERVPRO are top-notch. We use EPA-registered solutions for all cases needed. Call now for the help your home needs.

SERVPRO Can Assist with Mold Inspections in Commack

Anytime a slow leak occurs in one of your water pipes, it is possible that organic materials around it can get wet. If wooden or paper items in your home remain moist for more than two days, fungi can form. Since mold can cause health effects, it is wise to remediate the issues as soon as you see a black fungus begin to develop.

When remediating mold damage in Commack, our SERVPRO technicians start by figuring out the source of the moisture. We can use non-penetrating moisture meters to trace the water to a leak. We can also utilize infrared imaging to use temperature changing to find the moisture source.

After we repair the source, we can then take steps to remediate the contamination. First, we can set up a containment chamber in the affected area to prevent spores from spreading. Once the affected region gets contained, we can conduct the following:

  • Bathroom Mold Remediation
  • Attic Mold Remediation
  • Black Mold Inspections
  • Applied Structural Drying (ASD)
  • Mold Debris Removal

If the black mold is visible on the surface of your building materials, we can use various methods to get rid of the contamination. We can use sanding, scrubbing, or soda blasting techniques to remove surface contamination. Next, we can then take steps to dry out your affected contents and building materials so that a fungus does not form in the same area in the future. We can conduct ASD by setting up a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers. The air movers help push moisture out of your building materials, and the dehumidifiers can pull water from the air and dispense it in liquid form.

If you ever happen to see a black substance forming on the surface of your walls or other items, call SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 518-3720. 

What Should I Do if There Is Water on my Floor after my Pipes Burst in Smithtown?

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SERVPRO equipment at work SERVPRO uses applied structural drying techniques for all water damage restoration projects. We are here to help 24/7 365 days a year.

SERVPRO Offers Water Removal Services in the Smithtown Area

Even if the amount is small, any time water gets on your floor; it is possible that your contents and building materials could get damaged. Moisture on your carpets could cause the fibers to separate from the backing forcing them to be replaced. Hardwood floors can buckle or cup when they get wet, possibly ruining them. If moisture reaches your subflooring, then mold could develop underneath your flooring.

Our SERVPRO technicians know that removing moisture in less than 48 hours can prevent fungi from developing when conducting water removal in Smithtown. Since it is easier to remove moisture as a liquid, we start with the extraction process. If there are more than two inches of standing water on your floors, we can begin the process using a submersible pump. After the standing water gets removed, we can then use a heavy-duty extractor to remove the remaining liquids from your carpets and other flooring materials.

When dealing with hard surface floors or glue-down carpets, we can attach a light wand to our truck-mounted extractor. For thick carpets, we can use a weighted extraction tool that uses the bodyweight of the operator to compress the carpet fibers. Once all of the liquid H2O is extracted, we can set up air movers and dehumidifiers for the applied structural drying (ASD) process.

Whenever we respond to your home after a disaster, our SERVPRO technicians' main goal is to prevent secondary damage such as mold from occurring. We can avoid secondary issues and help you return your house to its preloss state by conducting the following services:

  • Moisture Clean Up
  • Emergency Water Removal
  • Water Damage Repairs
  • Water Debris Removal

If you ever have a pipe break and water is visible on your flooring, call SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 518-3720.

What Steps Can I Take to Prevent Water Damage from Pipe Freezes in Smithtown?

12/20/2021 (Permalink)

Frozen pipes in kitchen sink Frozen water damage restor5atin is no easy task. SERVPRO technicians have the knowledge and experience for every phase needed for your home.

SERVPRO Provides Water Damage Restoration in the Greater Smithtown Area

According to several industry experts, when the temperature outside drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, the water lines inside your house are at risk of freezing and bursting. H2O has a unique property where it expands when it turns into a solid, which could cause your pipes to burst. However, sometimes the water can freeze inside your lines without causing the pipes to break. You can tell if this occurs when water slowly trickles out of your faucets or the pressure does not seem right.

Frozen pipes and ice damming in Smithtown can both cause your structure extensive damage. But, if you notice your pipes have frozen but have not yet leaked, it is a good idea to thaw them out before the lines break. First, determine which pipes have frozen by turning on your faucets one by one. If only one faucet has slow water coming out of it, follow the lines leading to it feeling cold sections. If all of your faucets are pouring slowly, then the frozen area is most likely near where the H2O enters your home.

Once you figure out where your pipes froze, inspect them for cracks, and if you find one, call a plumber to repair it before thawing. If there are no visible cracks, you can use a space heater, hairdryer, or heat lamp to warm up the pipes. However, if you are using a space heater or heat lamp, make sure there are no flammable materials nearby.

If you notice a water leak after you thaw out your frozen pipes, SERVPRO can help by providing fast 24/7 service. Our highly trained team can utilize the industry's most advanced technology to assist you in the following ways:

  • Repair Damage from Ice Damming
  • Water Removal Services
  • Cleaning Up after a Sewer backup
  • Basement Flooding Restoration

If you try to thaw out your pipes, but you still notice that moisture has leaked into your structure, call SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 518-3720. 

Can Technological Advances Help Eliminate Persistent Malodors After Smithtown Commercial Fire Damage?

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians have the training and manpower for any size commercial damage restoration project.

SERVPRO offers options to stop the stench of fire damage from destroying the reputation of your Smithtown restaurant

Although the visible effects of recent fire damage to your Smithtown eatery responded well to professional cleaning, an unappetizing odor remains. Permeating not only the kitchen area where the fire ignited but a foul smell also lingers in the dining room as well. Even loyal customers are unwilling to overlook this unpleasant reminder of the blaze and your business risks ruin.

How Do Professionals Solve Challenging Post-Fire Damage Odor Issues?

Kitchen fires involve protein-based soots, which are notorious for their adhesion to surfaces and their horrid smells. The sticky and smelly residues are a repellent coating of now-rancid menu items. SERVPRO crews learn strategies during the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training to clear away smoke damage and the resultant odors:

  • Removal of fire-damaged debris
  • Deep cleaning of fire and smoke damage using specialized oil-based cleaners that emulsify the greasy residues and break the bond of protein-based soot to surfaces
  • Use of advanced interventions that create chemical changes in odor-bearing particles to neutralize smells

What Innovative Techniques and Equipment Do SERVPRO Technicians Use for Smoke Odor Remediation?

  • Water-based deodorizer applied with a ULV mister
  • Solvent or water-based thermal fog deodorizers, recreating the conditions that caused fire damage, pairing with the odor-bearing particles to neutralize the stench
  • Air scrubbers using negative pressure and HEPA filters to remove solid airborne contaminants
  • Ozone machines creating molecules that react with malodor particles through oxidation
  • Photocatalytic oxidizers that use ultraviolet ray-produced hydroxyl radicals that break down the odor-bearing particles into carbon dioxide and water
  • Sealants that prevent vaporization of malodors absorbed into building materials

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown is ready to help local businesses recover from fire and smoke damage, including nearly impossible to remove odors. Call (631) 265-9200 to explore the fire damage restoration services we offer.

Can Homeowners Reduce Flood Damage Risk in Commack with Roof, Gutter, and Downspout Maintenance?

11/21/2021 (Permalink)

Standing in a pool of flooding water Storm and flooding damage restoration services by SERVPRO are second to none. Call now for fast and immediate service.

SERVPRO recommends keeping all Commack water drainage systems in good repair to minimize basement flooding cleanup

Proper roofing and gutter designs keep structural elements of your home in Commack protected from flood damage. Ensuring that torrential rains drain through a carefully planned system directing the fluids at least ten or more feet away from the foundation prevents the runoff from depositing into the dwelling’s lower levels. Grading the ground abutting the edges of your home at the rate of a one-inch drop per foot is best practice for the initial five to ten feet.

What Happens When Your Roof and Gutter Configuration Fails?

  • Precipitation falling on your roof needs structural guidance to limit a “waterfall effect,” allowing water to pound into the ground directly next to your home, leaking into the foundation. When SERVPRO crews arrive to answer a call for basement flooding cleanup, we determine the water source to mitigate damage. Missing or poorly maintained gutters and downspouts require repair. Otherwise, foundation flooding becomes a chronic condition. 
  • Roofing and gutter malfunctions also allow leaking roofs from storms and the thawing and refreezing of ice dams during the winter months. Ceiling repairs from the water damage become essential to prevent progressive destruction of building materials and the potential for secondary mold damage.

Who Can Manage Both Water Damage Repairs and Rehabilitating a Drainage System?

SERVPRO has crews of Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained technicians who use research-based interventions to complete a wide range of flood and water damage emergency services, including:

  • Water clean up
  • Basement flooding clean up
  • Sewage cleanup 
  • Applied structural drying

Our general contractor license allows the provision of the water damage repairs, rebuilding, and even new construction needed to restore or replace old or malfunctioning water drainage components.

Have confidence in the flood restoration and built-back teams at SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown. A call to (631) 265-9200 is the key to a wealth of flood damage solutions.

Contractor Licenses:

General: 51995-H

Mold Remediation: 0060

Who Offers Reputable, Licensed, and Certified Smithtown Mold Damage Recovery Services?

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Got mold? SERVPRO technicians use EPA-registered biocides for all mold remediation services. 24/7 365 days a year we are here to help.

Experience and training are why SERVPRO delivers reliable mold remediation without the hype in Smithtown

Mold damage concerns Smithtown residents, particularly if you have worries about whether mold can cause health effects. The growth of mold can follow inadequate water damage repairs. Mold inspections, remediations, and removal can be tricky interventions, why SERVPRO obtained New York licensure and advanced technician training, the use of innovative techniques, and adherence to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols.

What Are Signs of Mold Damage in Smithtown Houses?

How do you know if you have a mold problem in your home? Sometimes a rapidly multiplying mold colony covers visible surfaces with various colored fungi, organisms of many colors and appearances. Problems occur in hidden areas, resulting in attic mold and the need for basement and bathroom mold removal. Mold takes hold where moisture lingers for more than 24 or 48 hours. You might see staining, softening of building materials, or notice a distinctive musty stench when evaluating your home for black mold damage repairs.

How Do Mold Remediation Professionals Manage a Mold Infestation?

It is critical to address the underlying moisture issue to obtain sustained favorable mold removal results. Our experience with successful water damage restoration is why SERVPRO delivers desired mold remediation outcomes, as we also can provide thorough structural drying. After remedying the leak or seepage, we follow the EPA mold remediation checklist:

  • Locate the mold, employing trustworthy testing services if needed
  • Contain the moldy materials and affected area with impermeable polyethylene barriers and the action of negative pressure air scrubbing equipment 
  • Perform mold removal, including black mold damage repairs, using mechanical means such as brushing, scraping, and gentle blasting with dry ice or soda
  • Wipe up, vacuum, and bag mold materials for local legal hazardous waste disposal
  • Apply EPA-registered antimicrobials to inhibit rebound mold infestation

Commitment to proven black mold damage repairs and remediation procedures is why SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown crews rank highly as mold specialists. Call (631) 265-9200 for assessment and plan development.

Contractor Licenses:

General: 51995-H

Mold Remediation: 0060

Why is Professional Restoration Best in Smithtown When You Experience Flood Damage?

10/29/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded street with water in the foreground Flooding happens when you least expect it. Contact SERVPRO for effective water removal and flood damage remediation efforts.

SERVPRO Features Top-Notch Methods for Flood Damage Cleanup – Available to All Smithtown Residents and Businesses

There are times when storms may only leave an area with minor damage. Other instances may bring more significant damage where floodwaters enter the home and pose numerous problems. Liquid coming in from stormwater contains any number of contaminants, and it can get between flooring layers, behind walls, and soak into insulation while migrating. The best way you can ensure quality results is to contact SERVPRO for water removal services and industry-proven drying methods.

When handling flood damage in Smithtown, SERVPRO technicians have to address any contents or materials that may soak up water like a sponge. This includes:

  • Drywall
  • Subfloor
  • Carpeting and carpet padding
  • Sofas and chairs
  • Beds

Water may also wreak havoc with your personal belongings, important documents, and pictures. With SERVPRO, you get a team of IICRC-certified water restoration technicians (WRT) at your door within hours to perform top-notch water extraction in tandem with thorough drying and cleaning.

Mold Prevention with Proper Drying

In addition to treating all contaminants, we take the time to execute drying measures to eliminate secondary damage and the potential for mold and mildew growth. To dry your interior when flooding occurs, it takes more than a few box fans. We use industrial-grade centrifugal air movers, containment barriers, and dehumidification tools to help us achieve our drying goals.

Powerful Odor Removal

Musty, foul odors could linger without proper treatment during the flood restoration process. With thermal fogging, surface treatments, odor-control pellets, and countless other measures, SERVPRO makes it “Like it never even happened.”

Flood damage is no match for the experienced crew at SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown. We work with your insurance to ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible! Call us at (631) 265-9200 when you need us.

Prompt Water Cleanup Keeps Your Commack Business from Missing a Beat

10/22/2021 (Permalink)

a woman buying products from a bakery When your bakery has excess water, immediate water removal and cleanup is necessary. SERVPRO is standing by 24/7 for your emergency call.

Begin Commercial Water Cleanup As Soon As Possible With Help from SERVPRO in Commack!

Whether you have a bakery, retail store, or production facility, downtime hurts your bottom line. Rather than waiting when you notice water infiltration, you need to begin cleanup as soon as possible. Hiring a team of water restoration technicians not only ensures rapid water extraction, but you also have detailed drying and cleaning to make your business “Like it never even happened.” This is where you can count on SERVPRO to handle each phase of the water mitigation process!

Skilled technicians and proven methods translate into fast, efficient water cleanup in Commack. When we arrive at your commercial property, the crew chief begins assessment to determine best practices for containment and mitigation. Once we start with water removal services, you can expect:

  • Excess water extraction – We remove standing water with industrial-grade extractors and pumps capable of handling immense amounts of water, including any debris present.
  • Removal/disposal of saturated materials – Any saturated building materials pose a risk for mold development. We carefully remove and dispose of contaminated materials to have them replaced with brand-new materials using controlled demolition. General Contractor License #: 51995-H
  • Drying/dehumidification throughout – Proper drying and dehumidification restore relative humidity. We have a variety of equipment at our disposal to help us reach our drying goals. This includes Injecti-Dry to address hard to reach areas behind walls and the use of moisture detection equipment to ensure no pockets get left behind.
  • Sanitizing and deodorization – Nobody, commercial or residential, wants to have lingering foul odors left behind after a water restoration project. We carry EPA-registered cleaning agents and antimicrobials to leave all surface areas Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

When you need assistance with flood restoration or water cleanup at your commercial space, SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown is ready to help. You can reach us all hours of the day by calling (631) 265-9200.

Smithtown Residents Need Effective Safe Cleaning Methods to Handle Fire and Smoke Damage

10/17/2021 (Permalink)

smoke billowing from the windows of a house on fire Fire damage cleanup needs to happen quickly and be effective. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services and certified technicians.

SERVPRO’s Certified Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Efforts Ensure Your Property Gets Back to Normal Fast in Smithtown!

One wrong move during your house fire clean up, and you could have damage to your contents and building materials that would have otherwise been avoided. All too often, residents attempt DIY methods as a way to save money. However, SERVPRO wants Smithtown residents to know that our fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) have years of training on the best methods for getting your home back to pre-fire condition. All you have to do is contact us at any time of the day, and we will mobilize a crew to arrive at your door within hours to address your fire emergency.

It is best to remember that the faster you approach the fire and smoke damage in Smithtown, the more chance you have of salvaging belongings and materials throughout the impact zone. Soot and smoke residue have acidic properties, so the longer it sits, the more corrosion and secondary damage sets in. When mixed with moisture throughout the air from water used to extinguish the blaze, it becomes the perfect storm for damp, smeared residue, pitting, discoloration, and beyond.

SERVPRO features technicians who understand smoke residue characteristics so we can select the proper process for each situation. Some of the remedial actions we take to help get the fire, and smoke clean up started to include:

  • Vacuuming, scraping or blotting surface soiling
  • Testing various materials for colorfastness and sensitivity to water or cleaning products
  • Evaluating the pH of any impacted areas
  • Monitoring indoor air quality (IAQ) throughout the project

Of course, our Green Fleet comes packed with a broad range of equipment and products to use for your fire restoration project. This includes:

  • Wet and dry cleaning solvents
  • Furniture polish
  • Thermal fogging technology
  • Upholstery and carpet cleaners
  • Wood treatments, and more

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown has you covered when you need to tackle the fire and smoke damage in your home. Call us at (631) 265-9200 for emergency response.

What Does SERVPRO Use to Dry Commack Homes?

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burst pipe When water damages occur from a burst pipe don't worry. SERVPRO will be on-site within 4 hours of the initial call.

When In-Home Flooding Occurs SERVPRO Uses Powerful Tools as Part of Our Water Restoration Service in Commack

Water intrusions happen every day. A water heater springs a leak, pipe bursts, or the ice maker has problems, and your home ends up flooded. Water extraction is the first action once a scope takes place. When all the moisture gets extracted that our equipment can pull out, we move on to drying.

Powerful Commercial Drying Equipment

The drying phase takes place after we have removed as much water as possible. Our IICRC certified techs are trained to know what equipment to use and the correct ratio needed for optimum drying. Here is what we use for water restoration in Commack homes:

•    Dehumidifiers – We use several types of dehumidifiers depending on the job. They include:

  • Conventional
  • Refrigerant
  • Low grade
  • Desiccant

• Centrifugal Air Movers – These units replace moist air with fresh airflow. They get used alongside air movers. Carpet clamps can float carpets and allow air to flow from above and below.

• Axial Air Movers – Axials are larger than the centrifugal units and move more air. They can cover more areas too.

• Structural Drying Equipment – We have a number of tools that can direct warm, dry air in spaces that are hard to reach.

We also use air conditioning units and portable electric heaters to help dry out the premises. With a well-stocked arsenal, we can battle water damage with ease. For professional water damage services, contact SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Does SERVPRO Work with Homeowners’ Insurance in Smithtown?

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

Call Now! SERVPRO has the manpower and equipment for any size fire damage to your property. Call now!

SERVPRO Works Alongside Homeowners and Insurance Companies When There is Fire Damage to Smithtown Homes

When it comes to injuries, property loss, and death caused by fire, residential fires lead the way. Most homes are covered by insurance, but dealing with claims can be challenging. A professional water restoration company can assist homeowners in their claims. 

Fire Restoration & Parties Involved

When there is fire damage to a Smithtown home, your insurance company works with you to ascertain the damage and what gets covered for a loss. The process is a detailed one and involves:

  •   Homeowner – Impacted by the fire and has a loss due to the fire.
  •   Insurance Adjuster – Represents the insurance company on-site and works with the restoration company and the owner. 
  •   Insurance Company – Where the individual has their homeowners’ insurance policy.
  •   Fire Restoration Company – A vital part of the equation. Provides necessary information that helps with claims and restoration.

A Bridge Between the Adjuster & Homeowner

A fire is devastating and can turn your life upside down. The initial shock can leave the family wondering what to do first. Once your family is safe, contacting your insurance company is the next step. Once that gets done, contact SERVPRO. We provide emergency fire mitigation and work with your adjuster to make sure everything gets done correctly. Fire damage restoration includes:

  • Minimizing loss
  • Determine restoration plan
  • Assist adjusters
  • Provide scope details
  • Proceed with restoration
  • Ensure the customer’s satisfaction

SERVPRO works closely with the adjuster and homeowner and provides an invaluable service. What we do goes beyond simply restoring the home. We take the stress of fire damage restoration from the owner’s shoulder as we work alongside the adjuster. 

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown is here for owners and adjusters. Give us a call at (631) 265-9200 for more information.

What Inspection Tools Are Used When a Smithtown Apartment Has Water Damage?

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged flooring removed When an appliance goes wild and causes water damage to your floor, SERVPRO is the team to call. Water damage restoration is a specialty of ours.

Water Damage in Smithtown Is Handled by a Number of Professional Water Detection Tools

When a dishwasher or bathtub overflows in an apartment, it can mean problems for those living below and where the water intrusion happened. It is essential to get SERVPRO in quickly to mitigate the damage. 

What Inspection Devices Does SERVPRO Use During the Initial Scope?

When there is water damage to Smithtown condos, a scope of the premises has to get done before any restoration happens. A scope shows the techs what areas have been impacted by the water. Inspection equipment assists with that assessment. We use the following to locate and track moisture:

•    Infrared Cameras – Thermal imaging cameras get used in the initial inspection and to monitor the moisture in building material. They help find hidden moisture that has migrated behind structural elements.

•    Moisture Sensors – These sensors have a short probe and get used on carpet and padding. Tells the technician whether or not the water has penetrated the subflooring. 

• Thermal Hygrometers – Water removal is based on many factors, including humidity levels. Hygrometers measure the air mass temperature and relative humidity. We then know what moisture needs removing.

These are some of the equipment used in water restoration. We also use moisture meters, inspection cameras, and borescopes. We then use powerful drying equipment like air movers, portable electric heaters, and dehumidifiers. 

Professional Water Restoration Services You Can Trust

We take care of burst pipes, ceiling leaks, and other water intrusions. Even a small home flooding situation can cause problems, such as mold if left unattended. For more information, contact SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200.

Why Use SERVPRO in Smithtown for Detailed Black Mold Damage Repairs?

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

condensation in window Condensation provides an ideal environment for mold growth. Inspect your home often for signs of moisture and mold.

The SERVPRO Mold Specialists Address Damage Carefully, Ensuring Your Smithtown Property Gets Properly Restored

Whenever there is any black mold colonizing in your Smithtown home, there is either a water damage issue or problems with excessive moisture. Moisture is one of the main catalysts that bring on mold growth, so the chances are high that there is some water spill, pipe leak, or hidden moisture that is the culprit. Why contact SERVPRO for mold remediation and damage repairs? Because we come out fast, and we start working right away to restore your property to pre-event condition, “Like it never even happened.”

Why Does SERVPRO handle mold Damage in Smithtown Best?

Letting us inspect and assess your property pinpoints the areas impacted by mold growth in Smithtown and helps determine the cause. Rather than just cleaning the areas where mold is present, we ensure that the water damage repairs are complete and that your relative humidity (RH) levels are normal. Additionally, we approach each mold remediation project with the utmost care, ensuring the safety of our crew and everyone living within your home.

Some steps that the SERVPRO team takes once we arrive at your door include:

  • Construction of barriers and tarping for containment
  • Removal of any standing water
  • Inspecting the area for any slow or hidden leaks
  • Moisture detection with the help of sensors and other specialized tools
  • Use of fans and dehumidifiers to create the right amount of airflow for drying
  • HEPA filtration to remove any airborne particulates from the air within your home
  • Sanitization and deodorization to address any foul, musty odors

What is Relative Humidity?

The amount of moisture in your property that gets held at specific temperatures is relative humidity. If RH reaches high levels, it creates a mold and mildew breeding ground. Our technicians work swiftly to address both RH and your indoor air quality (IAQ) to help achieve our goals.

Call SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200, and we can be there ASAP to help with mold damage remediation and repairs!

Selecting the Right Fire Damage Cleanup Team for your Commack Business

8/16/2021 (Permalink)

outside corner view of multistory office Don't let fire damage disrupt your office. SERVPRO has the tools and training for fast, efficient remediation.

SERVPRO is Standing By 24/7 in Commack to Help You Get Your Business Back to Normal After Fire Damage

When you are responsible for a commercial building in Commack, you already have a lot on your plate. In addition to daily operations, fire and smoke damage from any size blaze puts even more weight on your shoulders. You must know best practices for preventing fire damage, but you also need to know who to call once an emergency happens. SERVPRO is available with skilled technicians on standby to tackle water & fire damage restorations of all kinds.

Any business that gets hit with fire damage in Commack might see a tremendous loss. However, the right fire restoration team will get the job done in a fraction of the time your staff clean-up crew can. The faster the damage gets addressed, the less downtime you have and the lower the overall cost of restoration.

By hiring SERVPRO for your fire and smoke remediation, you will get:

  • Our fully stocked Green Fleet at your door within hours of your call
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Detailed inspection of the fire zone for a thorough damage assessment
  • Boarding/Tarping up, if needed, to protect your commercial space from intruders or the elements
  • Building services to help you address any structural damage or materials that must get replaced – General Contractor License #: 51995-H
  • Odor control technicians to ensure no odors linger to remind you of the fire event
  • Assistance with all of your documentation to ensure your insurance claim gets filed smoothly

There is nothing like the peace of mind you get when you know you selected the right team for fire damage restoration. Call us at SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 when you need assistance.

Address Water Damage Right Away to Avoid Excessive Cost in Smithtown

8/9/2021 (Permalink)

Standing water in basement; Basements are common areas for water damage. You can trust the techs at SERVPRO for complete restoration.

SERVPRO Provides Smithtown Homeowners with Rapid Water Damage Assistance

Some Smithtown homeowners may try to pull up water after a significant spill or emergency with a wet/dry vac or a mop and bucket. You need to realize that these DIY methods alone can lead to a great deal of secondary damage in the form of rotting building materials or black mold development. Emergency water damage technicians from SERVPRO arrive at your door within hours of your call so that we can begin the water cleanup project.

Any standing water that gets left to linger can bring on immense secondary water damage in Smithtown. Common reasons why homeowners in your area call us for water removal services include:

  • Leaking or burst pipes
  • Basement flooding from a washing machine or water heater
  • Ceiling leaks or a leaking roof from storms that came through
  • Cleaning up after a sewage backup

There is no loss event too large or small for our certified water restoration technicians (WRT). We arrive in our Green Fleet of vehicles with all of the necessary equipment for the job. Some of the steps that you may see us initiating after arrival and assessment include:

  • Extraction of all standing water
  • Water damage mitigation by working to reduce saturation
  • Putting up containment barriers
  • Ensuring water does not migrate into dry zones of your home

With any water damage call, we take the time to ensure no moisture gets left behind with the help of industrial fans, air movers, dehumidifiers, and moisture detection equipment. Everything gets thoroughly deodorized, and your home gets left with the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned stamp of approval.

Call us when you need help with water damage at (631) 265-9200. SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown will ensure your home gets left “Like it never even happened.”

Why Smithtown Locals Should Consider SERVPRO for Fire Damage Assistance

7/29/2021 (Permalink)

Chair on fire SERVPRO Helps Smithtown residents after a fire strikes. We are here to help with cleanup and restoration.

Fire Damage Restoration with SERVPRO Saves Smithtown Residents Time and Money

Not only is a house fire clean-up a nightmare to wrap your mind around, but you have to think about all of the steps involved to ensure the best results. Rather than taking on the headache of DIY, SERVPRO is the trusted name in Smithtown to handle the restoration of fire damaged homes. Once you place your initial phone call, you can have our Green Fleet at your door ready to tackle the debris, structural drying, and smoke remediation necessary to bring your home back to pre-fire condition.

When handling fire damage in Smithtown, SERVPRO’s technicians follow safety protocols and proven methods to get you the results you deserve. Our objectives include:

  • Ensuring the safety of anyone coming and going 
  • Ensuring soot and smoke residue does not linger long enough to cause secondary damage and corrosion
  • Ensuring the site is fully prepared so that water & fire damage restorations can take place

Each fire event is unique, but our IICRC-certified technicians know how to adapt and adjust equipment and processes to reach the predetermined goals. Some of these goals include:

  • Performing a thorough building inspection for health and safety hazards stemming from fire and smoke damage
  • Tarping and board up of the structure to protect its contents
  • Drying of the structure where moisture is left from first responders extinguishing the blaze
  • Setting up emergency power should electricity be unavailable
  • Pre-testing of various surfaces and materials to prevent additional damage
  • Controlled demolition to replace any unsalvageable materials with brand-new materials – General Contractor License #: 51995-H

Fire damaged homes deserve prompt action and detailed restoration with the help of SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown. Call us at (631) 265-9200, and we can send out a team as soon as possible.

Smithtown Residents Need to Be Prepared for Flood Damage After Major Storms

7/23/2021 (Permalink)

Lightning strike/ Storm Storm damage in your Smithtown home? Don’t let moisture take over, call SERVPRO right away.

SERVPRO Features Professionals Ready to Address Flood Damage for Smithtown Property Owners

Severe weather can develop at any time, which can lead to flooding at your Smithtown property. Should you have water flowing into your ground level, basement, or crawlspace, you need to take fast action to begin water removal and drying. SERVPRO has a team of certified water clean up technicians ready to tackle water extraction and dehumidification to restore your property to normal once again. All you have to do is give us a call, and we can come out to tackle whatever storm damage you are experiencing.

Flood damage in Smithtown could come in many forms, including muck and debris coming into your garage or basement flooding that impacts your belongings or heating system. No matter what, you can count on our water restoration technicians (WRT) to get there quickly so we can thoroughly assess the damage and begin working. 

Water Damage Remediation with Industrial-Grade Equipment

SERVPRO arrives at each project prepared and armed with the latest equipment and technology. Some of the go-to technology and efforts we use most often for emergency services water damage projects include:

  • Pumps allow us to remove water that is deeper than two inches
  • Wanded extractors help address crevices and cracks
  • Moisture detection tools like thermal imaging equipment to measure moisture in porous building materials
  • Flood cuts and boreholes allow us to release water from behind walls quickly

It is important to note that floodwater from heavy rain brings contaminants into your home. This contamination may include vermin, fecal matter, chemicals, and other hazardous elements that call for careful handling during cleanup. Our team always wears PPE, and containment barriers get put into place to keep tracking to a bare minimum. 

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown is on your side when you need flood damage assistance. Call (631) 265-9200 to deploy a team to your residence.

Why Call Pros for Water Damage in a Finished Basement in Smithtown?

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

"Water extraction tools" SERVPRO has the tools and skill to bring your home back from water damages "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Arrives Quickly to Quell Water Damage, Ensuring Your Smithtown Basement Gets Back to Pre-Event Condition

When it comes to basement flooding, you already have a mess to think about. However, a finished basement poses unique challenges when it comes to building materials and areas where moisture may travel. SERVPRO acts quickly when called for basement flooding cleanup so that we can ensure your water damage remains as minimal as possible. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, bringing you peace of mind that our water damage remediation services will save you time and money.

Why Call SERVPRO for Emergency Services Water Damage Response?

Water damage in Smithtown is no match for our proven methods and specialized equipment. We take the time to consider all aspects of your water event, including:

  • Structural Concerns – Without rapid water removal services followed by drying, your basement could see immense damage. Water infiltration throughout the basement can impact walls, building materials, your foundation, or even the first floor of your home.
  • Contamination – Water infiltrating your basement can contain many contaminants even when it is a finished space. It depends on the cause of the water emergency and anything found in your basement. No matter what, our technicians treat the area carefully to ensure contamination does not spread as we work to extract water.
  • Hard-to-Reach Spaces – Fully trained and experienced, our team knows to seek out areas where moisture might have migrated. We take the time to inspect crawl spaces, ductwork, and other tight areas that DIY methods cannot reach.

We are Always Prepared!

Our trucks come with equipment that allows us to handle water cleanup quickly and efficiently. To restore relative humidity, we strategically set up air movers and dehumidifiers that facilitate drying while HEPA filtration addresses indoor air quality (IAQ).

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown is the team you want on your side regarding any kind of water damage. Call us when you need us at (631) 265-9200!

Who Can Commack Businesses Count on for Mold Remediation?

6/23/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing in the corner of a room When your business is affected by mold, quick action is necessary. Contact our certified SERVPRO team for mold damage remediation services.

SERVPRO Offers Commack Retailers, Restaurants, and Office Buildings Mold Inspections, Remediations, and Removal

No business person wants to see or smell black mold in Commack commercial buildings. Mold damage signals water incursions and the potential for building material or contents’ destruction. The presence of mold is off-putting to employees and customers and piques the unwanted interest and possible citations of municipal inspectors.

Is Obtaining Professional Mold Removal a Wise Business Decision?

You might hope your contracted or in-house cleaning crews can manage black mold damage repairs. Mold inspection and removal is a highly specialized skill, and because mold can cause health effects, ridding business spaces of it is recommended. Commack commercial landlords and building managers have confidence in SERVPRO’s mold specialists, who quickly:

  • Locate the mold
  • Contain the area needing mold remediation using
    • Plastic barriers
    • Negative pressure air scrubbing technology
  • Remove the mold by mechanical means 
    • Brushes 
    • Scrapers
    • Controlled abrasion with soda or dry ice
  • Apply EPA-registered antimicrobials to prevent mold growth rebound 

Why Is SERVPRO Uniquely Qualified to Complete Commack Commercial Mold Remediation?

SERVPRO managers and technicians master the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) course for Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT) and other state or local training to ensure high-quality mold removal and remediation. Our workers’ extensive experience with emergency services referencing water damage remediation comes full circle for Commack businesses as resolving water damage and lingering moisture is the key to inhibit further mold growth and damage.

The team at SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown is ready to help local businesses with mold inspections, remediations, and removal. Contact us 24/7 at (631) 265-9200.

Is Smithtown Ready for Flood Damage from Storm Surge?

6/18/2021 (Permalink)

an overview of a flooded neighborhood Flooding can quickly affect your area and there isn’t much that you can do to prevent damage. Contact SERVPRO for effective water removal.

SERVPRO Provides Smithtown Saltwater Flood Restoration and Other Storm Water Damage Repairs

The mouth of the Nissequogue River emptying into an estuary to the northeast exacerbates Smithtown flood damage with storm surge exposure. During significant weather events, storm surge significantly contributes to the challenges of basement flooding.

How Does Storm Surge Damage Homes in Smithtown?

Defined as an abnormal increase in the ocean's level paired with extreme weather, a storm surge can:

  • Beat the storms's arrival by  five hours 
  • Destroy low elevations and intrude into basements and lower-level living areas
  • Extend many feet high and sometimes miles wide
  • Harm Smithtowns's homes to as much or more than high winds

What Complications Occur Due to Storm Surge?

Storm surge flash flooding packs quite a punch, quickly inundating your home with seawater as well as residues and debris picked up as the flood rushes over land and pavement.  Salt in the water causes delignification of wood (cellulose), breaking down the cell walls, accelerating deterioration. Concrete and metal also break down faster after soaking in saltwater, plus the increased conductivity raises electric shock and fire risks. The damage is permanent and progressive if not remediated.

Are Special Water Removal Services Needed After a Storm Surge?

SERVPRO's trained crews secure the scene, shutting off electricity and other utilities for safety. During saltwater flood restoration:

  • Freshwater flushing of basement flooding decreases salinity of the standing and absorbed water, reducing long-term damage
  • Truck-mounted extractors speed water removal services
  • Professional-quality drying equipment returns moisture to normal levels

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown comes to the rescue when our community needs storm surge flood restoration. Call (631) 265-9200 for an assessment.

How Does Smithtown Kitchen Fire Damage Cleanup Challenge Homeowners?

6/13/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged kitchen stove with burned pots on top of it Kitchen fire damage can cause quite a mess. Contact SERVPRO for effective cleaning and remediation services.

SERVPRO Has the Training, Products, and Equipment to Achieve Protein-Based Fire Damage Restoration in Smithtown

Kitchens are often the space where Smithtown fire damage originates. The SERVPRO team is familiar with the unique needs caused by cooking fire and smoke remediation in a residence.

Why Is Kitchen Fire Restoration So Difficult to Complete?

Residues created during a kitchen fire are unlike the ash and soot produced by burning building materials. The coating left behind instead consists of dehydrated oils, greases, and other components of the superheated or burned food and is:

  • Incredibly smelly
  • Nearly colorless and tricky for homeowners to spot on structures and contents
  • Prone to drifting on the hot currents of air produced by the fire, quickly spreading throughout all spaces in a home
  • Extremely adhesive on affected surfaces  
  • Primarily oil-based and impervious to water-based cleaners

How Does SERVPRO Conquer Protein-Based Fire and Smoke Damage?

Matching cleaning products, tools, and techniques to the damage suffered by your Smithtown dwelling is vital. SERVPRO’s managers and technicians master advanced fire damage restoration interventions taught at the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). House fire cleanup of protein-based residues require professional care as workers:

  • Use solvents
  • Employ abrasive tools or cleaning products infused with grit to loosen the residues’ grip
  • Create agitation to dislodge the coating
  • Consider specialized equipment such as ultrasonic immersion tanks to destroy the residues’ bonds when contents and detachable fixtures  are covered in the shellac-like protein coating

Count on SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown for fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup. Call (631) 265-9200 to schedule a post-kitchen fire evaluation.

Contractor Licenses:

General: 51995-H

Mold Remediation: 0060

Challenges During Smithtown Retail Water Damage Recovery

5/31/2021 (Permalink)

Moisture meter Water damage in your business? Don’t let moisture take over, call SERVPRO right away.

Smithtown, we Want to be There to Help With Your Water Damage. 

Shared business spaces in Smithtown make it easier for shoppers and diners to experience various options without fighting traffic or wasting time. Stores and restaurants benefit from the proximity but also risk exposure to water loss from accidents, malfunctions, and negligence occurring in neighboring spaces. When we respond to your water emergency, our investigation often extends outside of your business’s walls. 

Interspersed Plumbing and HVAC Lines

Building cavities between the walls separating retail or restaurant units contain freshwater supply and waste pipes, and HVAC ductwork. A leak in one of them can affect businesses on both sides of the wall, spreading water damage throughout a Smithtown mall. Even persistent condensation issues in the heating and cooling configuration might lead to unexpected moisture issues affecting structural components and contents, including inventory, supplies, and business records.

Detection Tools 

Failure to consider the possibility that excess moisture might be migrating from other tenants’ or common areas in the shopping center interferes with effective mitigation and remediation of damage to building materials and goods in your commercial space. SERVPRO technicians are highly trained in both the expected and unexpected movement of intrusive water. We use the following equipment to locate trapped water and excess moisture to ensure the halt of progressive damage and avoidance of secondary damage from microbial growth facilitated by the dampness.

  • Moisture Sensor -- detects the presence of moisture, but not the amount. It helps us determine the extent of water migration.
  • Moisture Meter -- measures the moisture level in materials. Provides initial data for drying goals. Periodic re-metering monitors as we achieve these goals. 
  • Thermo-Hygrometer -- measures temperature and relative humidity. Assists as our technicians adjust airflow, heat, and dehumidification for optimal drying results.
  • Thermal Imaging Camera -- displays temperature variations that allow a trained technician to pinpoint hidden caches of water.

Water Removal and Drying Strategies

Once we locate hidden pooled water and map the extent of wet building materials and contents, the SERVPRO team uses some of the following techniques to remove liquid water from and dry out spaces otherwise challenging to reach.

  • Removing baseboards and drilling holes to release liquid water
  • Creating flood cuts several inches above the saturation line across all or a position of a wall
  • Using the drilled holes and cuts to permit extraction and drying equipment to gain access to the building cavities for water mitigation and remediation

Call SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 for an assessment and project plan for your water-damaged business. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, available to set up a consultation 24/7, 365 days a year.

In the Smithtown Area, SERVPRO Provides Rapid Responses to Mitigate Storm Damage

5/27/2021 (Permalink)

Rainstorm Our storm damage technicians have the equipment and experience to restore your property to pre-damage condition.

Violent Storms Can Damage the Roofs and Interiors of Smithtown Homes

Severe weather events threaten Smithtown homes throughout the year, including gale-force winds, hailstorms, and torrential rainfall. Under the right conditions, even a well-constructed roof can suffer substantial damages that leave the property vulnerable to leakage or direct flood penetration. When you become aware of these damages to your roof, a prompt response from our SERVPRO professionals can help to reduce subsequent water intrusion and damages.

Addressing flood damage to Smithtown homes is only a part of what is necessary to return a property to a preloss condition. Self-assessment can be misleading with roof damages, especially when you are not sure where flood water can enter the house. Emergency services that our SERVPRO team can provide not only address the immediate pressing saturation and standing water concerns in areas like the attic but also seek to help to protect your household by installing temporary construction barriers to prevent further water penetration.

Roof Tarping 

One of the initial actions that our licensed (#51995-H) general contractors can take when we reach your storm-damaged property is to install temporary protective barriers with tarps and wood framing on the exterior of the house. This tarping prevents the possibility of elemental damage from newly developing storm systems or access for vermin or curious passersby. Board-up services can quickly be started since we have a well-stocked inventory of materials and products in our warehouse.

Water Removal 

Flooding might not always mean standing water but can be equally devastating to construction materials that have absorbed this invading runoff and wind-driven precipitation. Because strong winds can damage or entirely remove shingles, underlayment like plywood becomes a penetration point for rainwater. When addressed quickly enough, we can direct centrifugal air movers at the damaged areas for efficient evaporative drying. Desiccant dehumidifiers can help to reduce moisture content in the environment to acceptable parameters to limit secondary effects like mold growth. 

Our SERVPRO ASD applied structural drying technicians can use moisture meters, sensors, and thermal imaging cameras to locate damp recesses in the attic crawl space. These devices can also discover water wicking through wall cavities and scissor trusses in multi-level structures. We have methods and equipment like the Injecti-Dry system that can be rigged with various hoses to both extract and drywall voids and the hardwood flooring when hooked up to drying mats.

After a damaging storm, our SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown restoration specialists can work to provide properties with a fast and confident response that saves both time and money. We can help after a disaster. Give us a call at (631) 265-9200. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Can SERVPRO Repair My Fire Damaged Home in Smithtown?

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo over fire SERVPRO is always ready and available to assist with fire mishaps around the clock. Don't wait, Just Call (631) 265-9200.

Does SERVPRO Provide Restoration Services After Fire Damages my Home in Smithtown?

Even a comparatively small fire can cause a great deal of fire damage in Smithtown homes. Contents and structures may be damaged by the fire and by the fire retardants used by the firemen. There is also smoke residue that spreads throughout the house and the smoke odor that you can smell everywhere.

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown can assist homeowners with all of this fire damage. We remove structural items and contents that are damaged beyond repair from your home. We maintain a record of everything for insurance purposes. Next, we remove any contents that require specialized cleaning to remove soot and odors. All non-porous items, including structures, are cleaned and deodorized.

We remove smoke odors by using deodorizing materials and equipment to remove the smell of smoke residue from the entire home, including HVAC systems. Our local franchise also has a general contracting license which helps us move seamlessly from fire and smoke remediation to repair.

Our Services include:

  • Smoke Damage Remediation
  • House Fire Clean Up
  • Fire Damage Restoration and Repair

Call SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown for fire damage restoration in Smithtown and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (631) 265-9200.

Arrange for Water Removal to Avoid Mold Growth in Commack

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

leaking dishwasher Water damage may affect the health of your loved ones. Call SERVPRO for fast and immediate water damage remediation services.

Need Water Removal Services in Commack – Call SERVPRO

Many consumers hesitate to arrange for water removal after a leak in Commack. They feel that the water will evaporate on its own, and their flooring materials and walls will dry naturally. They may not realize that mold infestations can begin to form after a short period, often in 24 hours or less.

SERVPRO can help you with water removal and mold removal in Commack if water clean-up has been delayed. The best approach is to immediately remove all excess water from flooring materials, walls, and cavities. We add dehumidifiers and air movers to dry the structure and contents thoroughly.

If mold is suspected, our technicians will utilize personal protective equipment for their protection, including:

Mold infestations can cause health effects, especially for very young people, the old, folks with respiratory problems, immune deficiencies, and those sensitive to chemicals such as disinfectants used to treat and remove mold.

Don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO to help with water removal and avoid water damage and mold growth.

Call SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown for water removal in Commack and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (631) 265-9200.

Do You Need Water Removal after Basement Flooding in Smithtown – Call SERVPRO

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged flooring SERVPRO will be onsite within 4 hours of the initial call to start your water damage restoration process for your property.

SERVPRO Provides Water Removal Services in Smithtown

Smithtown is part of the New York Metro area on the North Shore of Long Island. The population is approximately 116,000 people. Smithtown was known as Smithfield originally. The location was first settled in 1665. Local legend suggests that a man named Smith rescued a local chief's daughter. In return, he was told he could lay claim to the land he could encircle in one day while riding a bull. He accomplished this challenge on the longest day of the year to allow him the largest land claim. A statue of Smith's bull still stands today.

Situated on Long Island and close to New York City, there are many interesting things to do in Smithtown.

  • Harmony Vineyards
  • Smithtown Library
  • Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
  • Whisper the Bull statue
  • Hoyt Farms
  • Sweet Briar Nature Center
  • Blydenburgh Park Historic District

Harmony Vineyards

Harmony Vineyards are known for their waterfront tasting room, circa 1690, Bordeaux Red Wines, Chablis, and Chardonnay wines, along with a few Long Island Beers. Visitors can enjoy the harbor side terraces. The vineyard is only 70 minutes by car from Manhattan, and 3 min's by taxi from either St James or Stony Brook LIRR Stations.

Caleb Smith State Park Preserve

Caleb Smith State Park Preserve covers 543 acres. It offers hiking trails, nature programs, history exhibits, bird watching opportunities, cross country skiing in winter, fly fishing on the Nissequogue River, and meeting space for rent to groups at reasonable rates. There is a fee for parking and interpretive programs as well as fishing. The park organizes several events throughout the year. Check often for the latest activities.

Whisper the Bull statue

Visit the Whisper the Bull Statue at the fork of St Johnland Road and the Jericho Turnpike. The anatomically correct representation of Smith's bull reminds residents of Smithtown's history and how the city's boundaries were set.

Sweet Briar Nature Center

The Sweet Briar Nature Center on the Nissequogue River covers 54 acres providing access to gardens, woodlands, and wetland habitats. Dogs are not permitted on the grounds. There are regular events held at the center, such as Yoga sessions, egg hunts, paint nights, and discovery days. Check for themes and schedules.

Blydenburgh Park Historic District

The Blydenburgh Park Historic District is located in Smithtown and consists of eight buildings representing the town's history and the area. 

We Keep Your House Clean While Providing Water Removal Services

Whether floodwaters or burst pipes cause basement flooding, there is a lot of traffic in and out of your basement. Hoses and pumps have to be installed, and equipment carried in to clean, including dehumidifiers and air movers.

SERVPRO makes sure that your floors on the entrance level are protected during water removal in the basement of your Smithtown home. We use exterior basement windows if available for hoses, and we lay down protective rubber mats to protect your undamaged interior floors. Our team goes the extra step during water damage restoration to protect your home.

Our initial inspection includes:

  • What areas are undamaged and should be protected
  • What parts of the structure and contents will dry and clean to preloss condition
  • Identify structure and contents that will not dry to preloss condition
  • Areas of the structure and contents that require detailed assessment

Call SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown for water removal companies in Smithtown and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (631) 265-9200.

Need Fire Damage Restoration and Smoke Remediation in Smithtown – Call SERVPRO

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

smoke from a fire Smoke and odor issues are a job for SERVPRO. We use the latest technology and equipment for every job. Fire damage restoration is a specialty of ours.

Smoke Damage and House Fire Clean Up – Call Greater Smithtown SERVPRO

Even a small kitchen house fire can cause a lot of damage. Cupboards are singed. Chemicals or water used to quell the fire must be removed. Smoke odors in the kitchen and perhaps the entire home must be deodorized.

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown can help with fire damage clean up and smoke remediation in your residential home or business. The science of fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup depends on four factors:

  • The temperature of the cleaning solution
  • Agitation of the surface and the cleaning agents
  • Cleaning action of the solutions and ability to dissolve smoke residues
  • Allowing sufficient time for the cleaning process and agents to work

Every fire has different characteristics depending on the materials burned. For example, grease fires generate different smoke residues from wood. Each material also burns at different temperatures. As a result, smoke residues flow to other areas of the structure at different rates.

We train our SERVPRO team members to assess all of these variables and apply the best fire and smoke remediation techniques to restore your home.

Call SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown for fire damage in Smithtown and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (631) 265-9200.

Local Smithtown Businesses Count On SERVPRO for Commercial Water Removal

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO is Available 24/7 for Commercial Water Removal in Smithtown

Walking into a business that had a water damage incident overnight can seem daunting. SERVPRO technicians know that there are three critical elements for a company with this type of issue:

  • The business structure needs to be safe
  • Stock and equipment need to get preserved
  • Awareness for injuries such as slip and fall accidents needs to get addressed through the use of condoning off work areas

Protection of the articles in Smithtown commercial water removal jobs is a priority for SERVPRO techs. Even in areas where water is not an issue, elevated interior humidity levels can soften cardboard packaging, ruin electronic components, and ruin items. 

It is not unusual for seepage under flooring and wicking into walls to require removing the building materials. This SERVPRO holds a general contractor license #51995-H and can transition the restoration services into any rebuilding or repairs needed to open the business. Any items removed during the cleanup get returned to their exact location. 

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 handles commercial water removal in Smithtown properties 24/7 and makes the damage "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Helps Local Smithtown Residents with Fire Damage Cleanup

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SERVPRO vehicle parked in front of home SERVPRO professionals are trained to handle every level of fire damage, Including the odors that follow. Call us today, we are always available.

Smithtown Fire Damage Gets Professional Attention from SERVPRO

When a fire occurs within a property, it can leave a host of issues that make the cleanup a challenge, including:

  • Charred building materials that need removal
  • Smoke residues on surfaces
  • Water damage 
  • Inspection to determine if the heat ruined walls, ceilings, or furnishings

Smoke residues are a big issue facing SERVPRO technicians when they tackle Smithtown fire damage cleanup and restorations. The type of residue dictates the cleaning method needed as well as the surface it is on.

Dry particles are loose and move with ease. SERVPRO techs use hand vacuuming and manual applications such as dry cleaning sponges to remove this type of smoke damage from surfaces. Applying cleaning solutions can force that particulate deeper into absorbent articles and, in some cases, make the problem worse. 

Wet, heavier residues usually need the help of a solvent-based cleaning agent to dissolve the grip on the surface before a clean removal can happen as the solvent suspends the residue so it can then get wiped away. 


SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 is available 24/7 for fire damage restoration in local Smithtown homes.

SERVPRO Arrives Quickly to Smithtown Properties with Flood Damage

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SERVPRO Office SERVPRO professionals are trained to handle every level of storm damage. Call us today, we are always available.

Smithtown Residents Get Fast Storm and Flood Damage Help 

Smithtown got established uniquely. In 1665, a local settler named Richard Smith rescued a local Native American chief's daughter abducted by a hostile tribe. After his daughter's return, the chief told Smith that he would get granted all the land he could encircle within one day on a bull. The longest day of the year is the summer solstice in June, and that is the day Smith chose to ride and claim the land that he initially named "Smithfield." 

  • The name of the bull was Whisper 
  • There is a statue erected in his honor at Jericho Turnpike's fork, also known as New York State Route 25, and St. Johnland Road, also known as New York State Route 25A.
  • The bull statue caused drama when presented due to being anatomically correct

Harmony Vineyards

Smithtown has several interesting venues that appeal to both locals as well as visitors to the city. Harmony Vineyards has a gorgeous vineyard terrace that overlooks the planted grapevines and has a good view of the waterfront. This place has regular outdoor musical performances in months when the weather permits. Other fun activities include a regular movie night where guests can bring their own blankets, chairs, and snacks and enjoy watching a flick on the three-story outdoor movie screen while sipping the on-site produced wines. One of the most popular events is the "Tasting Notes Jazz Club," which happens on Thursdays and Saturdays where patrons can listen to different jazz genres while tasting various wines. A portion of sales gets donated to various charitable causes. 

Whisper the Bull

The Statue of Whisper the Bull was created in 1903 by Lawrence Smith Butler, a direct descendent of the town's namesake and founder, Richard Smith. Butler wanted to make the sculpture of the bull and set about training money for the task. The cost of the project was $12,000, and the casting was completed in 1923. The funds to shop the bull statue to Brooklyn did not materialize, and it remained in front of the Brooklyn Museum for several years. In 1921, Butler went back to Smithtown's town board and asked for the funds to create a concrete pedestal for the statue. The statue was moved by train to the town of Smithtown and set up in the square area to commemorate the town's founders. 

What Do Smithtown Homeowners Need to Be Aware Of After Storm and Flood Damage?

In the lapse of time between the flood damage in a Smithtown home and the arrival of SERVPRO, there are many actions a homeowner can take to lessen the number of ruined items in the house, such as: 

  • Remove paper-based items away from areas they can come into contact with water
  • Bring furniture into other areas of the home if it safe to do so
  • Turn off the power to the home if there are floor or low outlets
  • Look to see if there are water spots on walls or ceilings indicating exterior damage

SERVPRO technicians scope both the exterior and interior to determine if any emergency repairs need to get made. One of the most common is tarping over a damaged roof to halt any further water from entering. Once the restoration help gets completed, this SERVPRO location holds a general contractor license #51995-H and can offer repairs and reconstruction services as needed.


SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 brings years of experience and the professional equipment to restore local Smithtown homes from any size flood damage.

Why Hire Fire Damage Restoration Professionals?

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SERVPRO fleet ready for action 24/7 365 days a year. SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified for any kind of fire damaged property. Their techs are savvy and have the equipment for any job.

SERVPRO is prepared and ready to handle fire damage to restore your Smithtown interior fully

If you have a small fire in your home with minimal damage, you may think that you can begin DIY cleanup to get it back to normal. However, soot and smoke penetrate all porous materials, making it difficult to eliminate without skilled restoration efforts. SERVPRO has the tools and tricks-of-the-trade to get it done fast so you can get back to your life as usual.

Should you wonder why it is best to hire IICRC-certified technicians to handle your fire damage in Smithtown, we want you to know some of what we offer here at SERVPRO:

  • A full assessment of your interior and structural elements
  • Removal of all moisture left behind from water used to extinguish the flames
  • Powerful products and proven techniques for cleaning up smoke and soot residue
  • Execution of a detailed plan to restore your interior, which includes the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and smart containment strategies to keep contamination from traveling
  • Total deodorization and sanitization of your interior
  • Complete repair and restoration to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Fire damage and restoration are critical to ensure your interior gets back to pre-fire condition. Call us at SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown 24/7 at (631) 265-9200 when you need a rapid response. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Do You Have Hidden Water Damage?

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged ceiling, drywall removed SERVPRO will be with you from start to finish of the water restoration process. Our General Contractor is license and insured for any size job.

SERVPRO can help locate and address water damage and problem areas in your Smithtown home

Even though you might not see it, there could be trouble looming within your Smithtown property. Many homeowners do not notice slow leaks or drips until it is too late and the damage settles in. When it comes to detailed leak detection and water restoration, there is nothing like our skilled crew at SERVPRO. 

Water damage in Smithtown often remains unnoticed until you see signs that it is time to act. Some of the signs to keep an eye out for include:

  • Unpleasant, musty odors that point to bacterial and mold growth
  • The visible mold that may look like black spots, blotches, or fuzzy discoloration
  • Staining that develops on your ceilings or walls
  • Paint or wallpaper that begins to bubble or peel
  • Ceilings or walls start to sag
  • Buckling, bowing, or warping of your floorboards

Once our SERVPRO Green Fleet arrives, we get to work with moisture detection tools to located and eradicate hidden moisture. Any secondary damage that caused materials to deteriorate gets addressed right away. In many cases, unsalvageable materials must be entirely removed and replaced with controlled demolition. General Contractor License #: 51995-H

By calling (631) 265-9200, you will have access to our team's 24/7 emergency response here at SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown. With our prompt action and proven methods, we can tackle any water damage on your property to make it "Like it never even happened."

Why is Mold Damage Remediation Important?

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

Moisture meter checking a slab Mold will spread within 24 to 48 hours. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for the mold remediation services needed for your property.

Smithtown residents trust SERVPRO to handle mold damage with care and precision.

Located in Suffolk County, New York, the town of Smithtown is situated along the northern shore of Long Island with a population of 117,801 when the 2010 United States Census got taken. This is a census-designated place (CDP)

Fun Fact: Smithtown, New York, happens to be one of the oldest towns in all of Long Island, with founding dating back to 1665.

Taking a look at Smithtown's history, local legend says that the town was named after Richard Smith, who helped rescue the daughter of the area's Native American chief. This got done after Smith proved that he could encircle the area in one day while riding a bull. There is now a large statue within the town, which is anatomically correct, of Smith's bull. The bull's name was Whisper. 

Learning More About the Local Events in Smithtown, NY

Many annual events take place in the area, including many which are hosted by the Smithtown Historical Society. Some of the popular gatherings throughout the year include:

  • April is the time to enjoy the Spring Farm Festival
  • In September, the Heritage Fair is a time to honor local history
  • Various educational programs and school field trips are offered regularly
  • Local baseball is a prevalent pastime during the summer season
  • Summer Under the Stars is a great time to check out local music outdoors
  • The Brush Barn is an excellent event space in the area where you can rent it out for weddings and more

Of course, there are several very popular restaurants and watering holes throughout the Smithtown area. If you are looking for a night out with friends or you want to have dinner with family, some of the top destinations include:

  • Maureen's Kitchen – the ultimate place to go for mouthwatering breakfast and some of the best pancakes in the region.
  • Chop Shop – this restaurant offers a cozy, traditional steakhouse vibe with a modern menu and excellent meat cuts.
  • Javier's Café – whether you go for breakfast, lunch, or brunch, you have breakfast dishes available at all times. 
  • Café Havana Bar & Grill - is a great place to go if you are looking for a little bit of Latin cuisine and a full selection of craft cocktails. Be sure to ask for an extra side of plantains!

Why Should Smithtown Residents Look for Professional Mold Damage Cleanup? SERVPRO Gets the Job Done Right the First Time!

Once you suspect mold colonization in your home, you need to address it as soon as possible. The faster that you act, the quicker you can eliminate the potential health effects for everyone living within your Smithtown home. SERVPRO will ensure everything gets addressed to locate the source of the problem leading to mold growth, then handling all cleanups. 

The onset of mold damage in Smithtown could stem from a much larger issue. Some of the most common causes of mold growth within the home may include:

  • Water damage from flooding
  • Roof leaks
  • Water damage after a fire
  • Broken pipes or slow, undetected leaks
  • Water spilled due to overflowing tubs or sinks

Call SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown for help with mold damage cleanup at (631) 265-9200. We will ensure everything is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

Residents in Smithtown can Participate in a Zoom Seminar on America’s Most Important Beacon

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

A lighthouse off of a shoreline. Join Bill Bleyer for a seminar about Fire Islands Lighthouse history.

Smithtown Library is Holding a Zoom Session about Fire Island’s Lighthouse History

Learn from Bill Bleyer during this seminar on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, starting at 7 PM until 8 PM. You do not need to register for this free event. Fire Island’s Lighthouse was once one of the first landmarks immigrants saw when coming to the mainland. Learn about the construction, changes to its appearance, and how the lighthouse prevented tragedies and saved lives.

  • Attend by computer or by regular phone.
  • Computer users - Meeting ID: 890 3144 5129, password: SmithLib 
  • By telephone - (646) 558-8656 Use ID above, password: 64619292

When fire leaves your business smelling of smoke and charred materials, SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown provides Smithtown businesses with a tailored, scaled-to-your-needs approach. Call (631) 518-3720 to keep your business moving forward with a fresh, healthy start. Let us be your beacon in the night after a fire-damaging event.

Learn about the High-Flying Birds of Prey Living Near St. James

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

An american eagle flying over water. Sign up for Raptor Dans Educational tour, you get to exercise and seeing birds that are not visible on a daily basis.

A Short Distance from St. James, Raptor Dan Gives an Educational Walking Tour 

On Saturday, February 6, 2021, between 11:00 AM and 12:00 noon, Raptor Dan will provide an excellent, up-close opportunity to see several types of birds that hunt. These birds are rarely seen near people’s homes in St. James because they prefer to build their nests in high altitude locations. Dan explains about other aspects that make these birds unique compared to more commonly seen birds.

  • See a Bald Eagle, hawks, turkey vultures, and owls, amongst other gorgeous birds,
  • Pre-pay by calling (631) 979-6344, only $10 each adult with children 12 years old and younger charged half-price,
  • 62 Eckernkamp Drive in Smithtown, NY, 11787 at the Sweetbriar Nature Center.

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown is always nearby to help those in St. James weather the worst storms and floods. Call us at (631) 518-3720 for skilled professionals who can make your home warm and dry again.

An Active Lifestyle is a Fun Way to Stay Healthy in Smithtown

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO truck in front of a building. SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown supports their community staying healthy.

Outdoor Activities Never Need to Match Smithtown Founder’s Legendary Physical Abilities

Almost everyone needs exercise to stay healthy in Smithtown. Parents of new babies are told to move their newborns legs and arms during playtime activities. Physical therapists explain that movement is essential for rapid healing after an injury. Schools require students participate in Physical Education class activities. Health officials encourage adults to exercise regularly to help them stay fit and maintain a healthy weight. Exercising also increases bone density, helping older Americans avoid broken bones.

The rugged lifestyle required of the people living in the 1660’s no longer exists. Very few of us could ride a bull non-stop from sunup to sundown, no matter how much costly rich land was at stake. However, one of the best ways to get exercise is to walk or hike outdoors. In Smithtown, we have two wonderful areas where people can hike and enjoy the natural environment, as well as get some of the freshest air in the area. 

Two Large Parks for Enhancing Your Exercise and Outdoor Recreation Activities

Smithtown residents are luckier than people living in most other locations across the country when it comes to outdoor facilities. Here, we have two immense parks in our immediate vicinity. Hiking on trails is a wonderful way to relax, stay in touch with nature, refocus your thoughts, and exercise all simultaneously, year-round. 

Caleb Smith State Park Preserve 

Located on West Jericho Turnpike, Caleb Smith State Park Preserve offers hiking, bird watching opportunities, a butterfly garden, and warm-season fly-fishing. Because this is a passive use nature preserve, some activities are not allowed. These include camping, picnicking, horse-riding, or dog walking.

Fishing by those 16 and older requires a license, although children 15 and younger can fish at Willow Lake free of charge. Getting there is quite easy from the gate, and requires very little hiking. 

During the winter, hikers might want to gear up with snowshoes or skis and poles for cross-country hiking. In the Spring and Fall, precipitation can make trails slippery, so deep treads on boots or shoes are almost a necessity. 

To ask questions about operating hours, fees, and other information, you can call (631) 265-1054.

Blydenburgh County Park

Located on New Mill Road (just south of Caleb Smith State Park Preserve), Y\you can find Blydenburgh County Park. The lake here is 100 acres and contains many bends and curves.

Dogs and horses are permitted here, as well as camping and picnicking, making it more popular than the Caleb Smith State Park (where none of these activities are permitted). 

Hiking on the Stump Pond Loop gives hikers of all skill levels an almost 10 kilometer hike. The trail is well-traveled, creating a safe environment. Take a lunch or delicious snack to enjoy during a break and keep your energy levels high.

Call (631) 854-3712 for questions about spending time in the Park.

Staying Safe when Hiking is Important – Here are Some Essential Tips

Prepare for Your Excursion

  • Dress in layers that can be removed during hotter temps but put back on when needed. Avoid cotton and choose knits or lighter wool. Choose bright colors because although off-season is illegal, staying visible helps avoid accidents and can aid in your rescue if you become lost. Make sure shoes are comfortable and have good soles. 
  • Carry waterproof matches and portable fire starters, a flashlight with fresh batteries, a few days worth of medications, energy-dense portable food items, water filter and container, a few rolls of bathroom paper or tissues, a whistle and a small mirror, and a basic first aid kit.

Avoid Getting Lost

  • During an average year, forest rangers in New York search for about 200 lost or missing hikers in our State Parks. Their ability to find people quickly hinges on knowing basic facts, namely the individual or group’s intended hiking trail, and also when they can expect you to return. This makes informing family or a trusted friend of your itinerary essential to your wellbeing. Making changes can lead to difficulties in locating you, should you need a ranger’s help. 
  • Take your map, and keep it in a waterproof bag. Also, before leaving, learn how to use a compass, and combine it with a handheld GPS unit. Additionally, take note of landmarks you pass. Taking photos of these as you hike can also help keep you from becoming lost.

Why Residential Owners in Smithtown Rely on SERVPRO for all Their Water Cleanup Needs

Staying healthy and safe while hiking comes from sound preparation. Preventing problems, or keeping them from worsening after they happen, is also how SERVPRO helps our customers in Smithtown protect their property.

When water spills over the edge of your sink or tub, or when a water line to your washing machine slips off, water becomes the source of a mess. Left to just dry, even with a fan, your Smithtown home can sustain damage that later requires expensive repairs. 

Water sitting on your floors can damage electrical systems, furnishings, and carpeting and other flooring types. The introduction of water into a normally dry home can create a hospitable environment for the already-present (although dormant) microbes, activating them. SERVPRO can handle all of these, including explosive growth of mold and mildew.

During our work on your home, we use different machines and tools to make your house healthy and safe again. Here is a list of what you might find us using inside your residence after a water spill:

  • Water extraction wands for removing trace amounts of water from small areas (corners and under appliances),
  • Ride-on extractors for open areas that use weight to squeeze water out of carpets and padding,
  • Air movers that circulate air and direct it to open windows or 
  • Desiccant machines, which strip air passing through of moisture,
  • Heaters that help raise the temperature so evaporation happens at a more desirable rate.

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown is always ready to provide expert remediation, mitigation, and restoration services after an accident occurs inside your dwelling. Water cleanup must take place first, before other services can safely begin. We handle all your needs in protecting your investment, making everything “Like it never even happened,” for you and your family. Call our 24-hour emergency services line, (631) 518-3720, for fastest service.

Smithtown Residents are Honing their Painting Skills with Lessons at the Firefly Gallery.

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

a woman painting a picture of a tree that is in front of her It will be exciting to see the community at the Firefly Gallery classes!

Learn a New Skill From December 26th Onward with a Painting with Oils and Acrylics Class near Smithtown, NY.

Follow up the post-Christmas season with a new skill at the Firefly Gallery. The classes focus on introductory lessons, although more experienced practitioners can use the opportunity to hone their skills under professional tutelage. The courses are run by practicing artist Susan Gatti who demonstrates the core foundational techniques of working with oils and acrylics. Learn from the beginning by setting up your canvas correctly, mixing acrylics, and how to portray light through painting. Classes are suitable for all skill levels, and prices begin at $45 per class, including materials. Long term classes run for six weeks and offer a discounted price of $240

  • Class sizes are limited to ten people per session to ensure that all attendees get the necessary attention and tutelage.
  • Group bookings are available.
  • Learn how to paint in a spacious gallery environment with real-time feedback and tips.

Flash flooding can cause massive amounts of water to enter your home. Contact SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 for flood removal experts.

Take Part in a Good Cause this December with a Holiday Cornhole Tournament in Smithtown.

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

two cornhole boards with beanbags on them SERVPRO is looking forward to seeing the winners of the Cornhole Tournament!

On December 26th, the Bethpage Ballpark near Smithtown is Hosting a Cornhole Tournament with a Cash Prize of $100+

The game of Cornhole is a simple one where players take turns throwing bean bags and scoring points. This December, the bring-your-own-booze (BYOB) event occurs at the Bethpage Ballpark, with entrants choosing between competitive and social challenges. Teams are guaranteed three pool games with the opportunity to advance to later rounds and win a cash prize for winning. The minimum entry requirement for each team is at least two players, but groups are welcome. Partners for Cornhole can be found through the organizer's Facebook events page. The organizers are LI-Kick, who set up in 2013 and have helped 13,000 people meet friends, win tournaments, and socialize with Long Island residents. 

  • The tournament begins with local warmups and sign-ups at 11:30 am.
  • The event takes place on Saxon Avenue at the Bethpage Ballpark
  • The tournament's total length is around four hours, with first-place and runners up receiving 70% of the cash prize. 

Businesses this winter are at a high risk of sustaining mold damage. Contact SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 for expert commercial mold remediation.

Kitchen Fires Are Among the Most Common Housefires for St. James Residents.

12/13/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged bookshelves with soot covering them Fire damage can affect any room in your home. Contact our experienced technicians for efficient remediation service that even defeats the odors.

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown Can Provide Adept Cleaning and Restoration to St. James Residents All Year Round.

Suffolk County is one of the four counties that make up Long Island, New York. The main township along the North Shore is Smithtown, which is home to 117,801 residents. Smithtown is the namesake of Richard Smith, an early settler in Long Island who arrived on the northern shore in the mid-seventeenth century. Local Folklore suggests that a Montauk Chieftain offered Smith as much land as he could ride around in one day on his bull. The canny Richard Smith picked the summer solstice as the longest day of the year and covered the 10 square miles that make up the township today. While recovered deed documents from the period cast doubt upon the popular myth, the township has continued to embrace the legend by erecting a bronze statue at the intersection of Middle Country Road and Route 111. There is some circumstantial evidence to support the story of Smith's bull, 'whisper,' as the presence of horses in the region was not commonplace until the mid-eighteenth century, and Richard Smith would likely have used a bull to carry out tasks usually fulfilled by horses. 

Today, St. James is a residential community that attracts visitors due to its stunning period buildings, abundant kayaking opportunities, and vineyards. The Blydenburgh Park Historic District is a tribute to the area's growing contribution to the nineteenth century's agricultural revolution. Mills, homes, and farm cottages are mostly intact and among some of the oldest buildings in Long Island. Among the top places to visit are the state parks and wildlife preserves. During the winter months, many of the hiking trails in Caleb Smith State Park open up excellent cross country skiing opportunities. Several walkable trails are marked by difficulty, with blue and red paths offering around ten miles of terrain that vary from woodlands, ponds to large hills and excellent views over Long Island and the skyscrapers of Manhattan. 

  • The Nissequogue River State Park has 521 acres of wildlife conservation and runs alongside the Nissequogue river. The state park features all-year-round kayaking and canoeing activities suitable for families and individuals looking to explore the Nissequogue river. The river park was founded in 2000 on the grounds of the Kings Park Psychiatric Center. The park offers fishing, tours, and birdwatching for many visitors each year. 
  • The Long Island community has a growing reputation for wine-making, which ship throughout the US and the Globe. Harmony Vineyards is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the waterfront of North Shore Harbor in Smithtown with live jazz music and outdoor movie screening during the summer months. Head down to Harbor road to enjoy excellent local wines, food, and culture.
  • The Smithtown Center for Performing Arts is a real gem putting on performances throughout the year for residents. Many of the programs are targeted toward younger children, with shows on Shrek, Aladdin Jr, and Dr. Seuss being performed in the last year. An arts center focused on inclusivity ticketing is typically cheap, while food, drinks, and snacks are served during the intermissions. 

Wining and Dining in St. James, Smithtown 

The diverse demographics of St. James ensures that there is a wide variety of excellent restaurants in the local area. While most of these make use of the fresh fish caught in the bays and harbors, there is a right mix of traditional American, Spanish and Asian cuisines to sink your teeth into. The majority of restaurants and bars sit along the thoroughfare of the main street, making window shopping for food an ideal night out. If you want to book ahead, several eateries are highly recommended by the locals.

  • Maureen's Kitchen is something of an institution for St. James residents. Serving up delicious traditional American and Spanish brunches, this eatery takes full advantage of the nearby harbor with kippers and seafood brunches, a stalwart of the menu. Prices are typically inexpensive, while the French Toast is a local highlight. Maureen's Kitchen is situated on Terry Road just off the bypass.
  • H20 Seafood is another gem of the local area located on Main Street and serving up seasonal seafood to delighted guests. The night-time restaurant has a marble sushi bar for quick meals and outdoor seating and sit-down dining. Blue-fin tuna, Scottish Salmon, and the Pan Roasted chicken are among the delicacies here.
  • Cafe Havana on West Jericho Turnpike has a selection of Cuban-themed cocktails and seafood tapas. The choice of Paellas, Empanadas, Martini's, and Wines are a great way to introduce yourself to the local cuisine when visiting.

Smoke Residues Can Be Challenging To Remove Without Damaging Materials or Structure. SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown Can Send Experienced Professionals Within Four Hours.

When smoke comes into contact with colder surfaces, it can leave behind residues. These residues are unpleasant to look at and can often cause unpleasant odors to linger in the property. In high-pressure fires, smoke particles may penetrate the surface layers of walls and ceilings, making them even harder to clean. SERVPRO technicians have extensive training in removing stubborn soot and smoke residues. Our team has a full range of chemical cleaning products and solvents that they can use to return your home to its preloss condition. Our promise to residents of St James, Smithtown is to arrive at your property within four hours of notification of loss. 

  • Technicians can assess the pH level of soot and smokes then activate the necessary cleaning agents to remove them without causing excessive harm to the surface materials. 
  • Our range of oil and water-based solvents can be used to dissolve soot and smoke residues, which are then rinsed away from the wall. 
  • Staged carpet cleaning methods allow us to tailor our response depending on the extent of damage, helping clean up your home after a fire. 

Fires can be challenging to overcome without the correct selection of chemical agents and knowing when to use them. Contact SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200.

Give the Gift of Healing and Life in Smithtown This Holiday Season

11/15/2020 (Permalink)

overhead view of river and bay Smithtown Residents Contribute to the Blood Drive as SERVPRO helps with water damage mitigation

Participate in the New York Blood Center Blood Drive at Smithtown’s St. Catherine Of Siena Medical Center -- Donations Are Always Needed at This Time of Stress in the Health System

Donating blood if able is one of the most compassionate things Smithtown residents can do for others. Almost anyone can recall a time they or a loved one required blood or blood products to survive a surgery or overcome a health setback. Why not repay those selfless people who were there when others were in need by registering to donate blood to the New York Blood Center when they set up in Smithtown?

  • Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2020
  • Time: 7:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Location: Catherine of Siena Medical Center

50 Route 25A

Smithtown, NY 11787

Register through the New York Blood Drive website, clicking on “Donate Now,” and searching by zip code or using Smithtown as the requested city.

The team at SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown is always available, completing water removal fast and to the highest standards by following the industry’s best practices. Call 24/7 every day of the year at (631) 265-9200 to schedule an appointment.

Where Can Holiday Shoppers Find Unique and Unusual Gifts in St. James?

11/15/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO green van parked at building Smithtown homeowners count on SERVPRO to keep their homes cleaned up and safe after unfortunate fire-damaging events

Visit the St. James Smithtown Craft Fair for Hand Crafted Works and Holiday Decor

Nothing beats finding that extra-special one of a kind gift for your friends or loved ones’ holiday delight. To help with your search, consider the upcoming annual St. James -- Smithtown Craft Fair. The venue features dozens of vendors in a space large enough to observe current distancing requirements. Expect the unexpected as you peruse the wares, including:

  • Vintage and artisanal jewelry
  • Handcrafted soaps and candles
  • Wreaths and other holiday and general decor
  • Pottery and glassware

Dates and Times:

December 5 and 6, 2020                                    10:00 am -- 4:00 pm

Place: Smithtown High School

East 10 School Street

St. James, NY 11780

Contact: Telephone  631-846-1459

If your St. James holiday celebration includes an unfortunate accident with overturned artisanal candles or an ill-timed kitchen blaze, contact SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown for fast and professional smoke and fire cleanup. Contact our team at (631) 265-9200 any day of the year for the help you need.

Truth or Charming Traditions? Stories About the Origin and Boundaries of Smithtown Long Island

11/14/2020 (Permalink)

smithtown town hall Smithtown relies on SERVPRO for water damage cleanup and restoration

Learn About Smithtown Lore and Make You Own Decision About the Veracity of the Legend of Richard Smith and Whisper the Bull

Slightly to the west of the junction of West Main and St. Johnland Road is a proud and almost prancing statue of a bull in Smithtown, Long Island. The large and detailed work of art was commissioned in the early part of the 20th century and erected in 1941 by descendants of the town's founder Richard Smith. Recently the bull and its supporting masonry and landscaping were rededicated after an unfortunate vehicle accident on the iconic confluence of Routes 25 and 25A.

What Is the Story Behind the Whisper the Bull?

Many tall tales are told in various areas of the United States, and the story of Richard Smith (or Smythe) and his bull Whisper is widely considered in the Smithtown area to be one that joins their ranks -- and maybe even starts the trend. In contrast with stories about fictional characters like Paul Bunyan or Pecos Bill, this legend has a historical figure at its heart like Molly Pitcher, Johnny Appleseed, Davy Crockett, or Daniel Boone. Told repeatedly and memorialized by a significant monument right in the center of Smithtown, the fantastic story begins to feel as though it could be real.

What Set the Stage for the Antics of Whisper and His Master?

Richard Smith (Smythe, in some renderings) came to Long Island after some time in other areas of New England. He emigrated from England to Boston in roughly 1635 on the ship "John of London." Because land for settlement was already hard to come by in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Smith traveled to the relatively pristine wilderness of Long Island. The story goes that Smith was instrumental in saving a kidnapped indigenous woman who was a Montauk Sachem's (leader or chief) daughter. Some versions further embellish the story by naming the woman as "Heather Flower" and explaining she could not elude capture when a Narragansett band spirited her away to Connecticut. Richard Smith allegedly succeeded in returning Heather Flower to her family after his friend Lyon Gardiner rescued her and brought back to Richard Smith's dwelling.

Was There a Reward for Richard Smith's Achievement?

The legend goes on to set out the compensation received by Smith for this remarkable feat. In appreciation, the woman's father offered Smith ownership of a parcel of real estate on Long Island. In keeping with the fantastical story told to this point, Smith could not merely describe the borders he desired for the Montauks. He instead was challenged to complete an epic journey to trace the boundaries of his "win." The invitation given by the Sachem was as follows:

  • Richard Smith was granted one day to complete a circuit in the area of present-day Smithtown that would set the perimeter of his prize.
  • Smith could ride on his bull Whisper to ease the burden on his legs.
  • Only the land circled by man and bull would become Richard Smith's property.

What Strategies Did Smith Employ to Enhance the Fruits of His Labor?

Richard Smith is portrayed in the retellings as a savvy soul who used his wits to make the very best of this opportunity. Instead of jumping on Whisper and completing the task as soon as practical, he waited for the perfect circumstances:

  • He traveled around the desired track with Whisper's favorite cows the night before to lay down their appealing scent.
  • He chose the longest day of the year (the summer solstice) to complete his bull ride.

What Was the Route Putatively Followed by Smith and His Bull?

Beginning at the east end of modern Smithtown, Smith and Whisper headed south toward Raconcamuck, today's Ronkonkoma. A right took the pair to Hauppauge, followed by another right along the current Veterans Highway. Whisper and Smith then traced Town Line Road, or the western border of Smith's parcel, ending at the coast of Long Island Sound. Midway through, Smith munched on bread and cheese, immortalized in the authentic Bread and Cheese Hollow Road, in Fort Salonga, Smithtown.

How Likely Is It that the Tall Tale Is True?

Although stories that seize the imagination are always great fun, it is unlikely that this cozy tale has more than glancing bits of truth. The following parts are consistent, somewhat, with the legend:

  • Riding a bull was not uncommon during the mid-1600s and was probably necessary to make the way through the heavily woody and grassy wilderness in Long Island at the time.
  • According to written evidence, Wyandanch, a Montauk leader, gifted Lion Gardiner land in the area of modern Smithtown.

What Are Discrepancies in the Story?

The most telling issue with Whisper's traversing the Smithtown boundary is its 55-mile total length. Moving five or six miles every sixty minutes over 16 hours is more grueling than any bull could walk, especially through a wilderness. Also:

  • A deed exists that has Gardiner transferring the Smithtown region to Smith in 1663.
  • It is far easier to believe that Smith either bought the Smithtown site (he possessed other real estate and money) or won it in a card game.

Is There a Happing Ending for Burst Pipes in Richard Smith's Old Stomping Grounds?

As you enjoy dreaming about the legend of Whisper and Richard Smith on a cold winter night, ensure you have a plan if your Smithtown home suffers from frozen pipes. Plunging temperatures and placement of water lines in uninsulated exterior wall cavities can result in a horror story.

Who Can Intervene to Restore Cold Weather Plumbing Damage?

Be sure to hire a trained and experienced contractor when facing the nightmare of frozen pipes and water damage in Smithtown. SERVPRO crews are skilled at mitigating the water spread and remediating the damage done by both the water and the freezing temperatures, which can warp and deteriorate structural materials.

How Can SERVPRO's General Contractor's License Improve Restorations Outcomes?

Frozen pipes can destroy walls and severely damage other building materials. Once our crews remove the water and dry out the affected areas, our team can begin repairs and rebuilding. Upgrading insulation and considering replumbing away from exterior walls are ways we can avoid frozen pipes in your home during the next cold snap.

You can count on the highly-qualified team at SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown when pipes burst due to below freezing conditions. Call us at (631) 265-9200 for a fast response and to clear the pathway to "Like it never even happened."

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How Can Property Owners Handle Water Damage Caused by a Leaking Water Heater?

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

leaking water heater; water on floor Leaking water heaters account for major water loss events every year. SERVPRO knows how to quickly restore your home.

They Should Call an Experienced Restoration Firm Like SERVPRO to Perform Water Removal in their Smithtown Homes

A water leak in your Smithtown property can cause severe structural damage in the long run if it remains unattended for an extended period. The leak might seem slow, but water can seep into various surfaces within a short period. SERVPRO professionals can help stop further damage and restore your property to its pre-damage condition.

What should property owners do after finding out about the water leak?

After a water intrusion incident, you need to contact your insurance company and file a claim. Without wasting time, contact an experienced restorer to perform water removal in your Smithtown property. Before restorers get to your property, you can help prevent additional damage by:

  • Turning off the heater's water supply.
  • Containing the water using a towel and rugs.
  • Switching off the main electricity supply if some parts of your home are flooded.
  • Removing damaged items from the affected area.

What are some of the effects of water damage?

The effects of water damage begin to occur within 48 hours. If ignored more than that, the following may occur:

  • Decrease the overall property value.
  • You may incur high restoration costs.
  • Mold growth may take place in hidden areas.
  • Wallpaper and paint chipping may also occur.

SERPVRO technicians can help minimize the chances of the above effects from occurring. Our technicians work quickly to save as much property as possible. We know how to operate water removal and drying equipment efficiently and effectively to dry structures and contents.

Can you salvage wet furniture and carpets?

SERVPRO technicians can identify salvageable items and those damaged beyond repair. We can dispose of the severely damaged contents properly. We use the latest tools and techniques to ensure effective restoration. If water has seeped into your furniture, we can use centrifugal air movers to direct air to the furniture. The equipment increases evaporation on the surface, leading to fast drying. We can use a carpet clamp on this equipment to float carpets and blow air under them.  

How long does it take for odors to subside?

Construction materials are designed to absorb some level of moisture. However, when the moisture limit exceeds, the materials erode, releasing organic compounds into the air. The decaying continues until the moisture levels drop. That means that the odor can persist for an extended period. Our technicians can use ventilation box fans to generate an airflow of high velocity. The airflow not only removes odors from the structure but also dries hard to reach areas.

Conducting water removal without proper equipment and restoration skills can cause more damage to your property. Contact SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 to get your property to its preloss state. "Like it never even happened."   

Can a Smithtown Business Prepare for the Dual Devastations of Commercial Fire Damage and Temporary Shutdown During Recovery Efforts?

10/18/2020 (Permalink)

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Join with SERVPRO to Recover from Commercial Fire Damage -- Be Proactive Through the Development of a Pre-Crisis Emergency READY Profile and Plan (ERP) and Rely on Our Rapid Response for Smithtown Businesses

If there is a more pressing worry than how the interior and exterior of your commercial property in Smithtown can reemerge from the ashes of a fire, it might be the fear you feel that your customers will replace you with a competitor as you recover from the damage of the heat, smoke, and flames. Statistics show a nearly 50 percent failure rate when businesses close down temporarily to manage the tasks needed to clean up and rebuild after a fire. Knowing this risk, smart entrepreneurs plan for disaster. It is especially vital to design a way to meet the needs of those who rely on your business for services and products during the restoration of the burned structure.

Are There Ways to Prepare Your Business for the Disturbance of Commercial Fire Damage Restoration?
Fire damage recovery for Smithtown commercial properties involves a complicated agenda if all aspects get the attention they need. The first certainty is that a business should not manage fire damage cleanup by piling the tasks on the shoulders of its cleaning contractor or housekeeping staff. Developing an individualized response to the chaos of a potential fire or another disaster should be part of any business plan. You can read checklists and research recommendations, but relying on generic advice can leave you vulnerable because of the unique juxtaposition of the nature of your business operations and the building housing it.

How Can a Business Owner Implement Effective Ways to Prepare for Fire Damage and Other Property Disasters?
Set up a consultation with a reputable disaster mitigation and remediation company when no catastrophe is imminent. Although a reliable and experienced company like SERVPRO responds adequately during an unanticipated emergency, our interventions can be more focused and productive if we have a pre-existing idea of how your business operates and the specifics of your physical layout. Working together on our Emergency READY Profile and Plan (ERP) is an excellent opportunity for us to gain a comprehensive understanding of what your needs might be. Likewise, you can review the restoration options we offer local businesses.

What Is the Procedure for Developing an ERP?
You or your managers call SERVPRO to schedule an assessment. One of our project managers, experienced in fire damage and other restoration, arrives for a no-obligation consultation:

Our project manager walks through your commercial building or campus, sketching out:
    •    A blueprint of the physical layout
    •    The location of utility lines and shutoffs
    •    Locations of break rooms or kitchens (common sources of fire damage)
    •    The positioning of production or other equipment
    •    Location of inventory and storage areas

During the walkthrough, our project manager likely will take pictures and interview you or other knowledgeable individuals about the nature and day to day operations of your business.

Does SERVPRO Value My Opinions and Priorities During the Development of the ERP?
Our project manager's preliminary information-gathering forms the outline of the concise digital document that is the ERP. We also recommend you use our mobile app to fill in additional details to help our crews respond appropriately after fire damages your business:

    •    Clarify that SERVPRO is your preferred restoration partner to prevent delays in mitigation and restoration efforts
    •    Enumerate the identities and contact information of the vendors and contractors who designed and installed your business equipment and systems
    •    Designate individuals among your employees, family, or others who are authorized to act on your behalf if you cannot direct the recovery during the fire-damage aftermath

How Else Does SERVPRO Stand Out Among Other Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Companies?
Remember that one of the most troubling parts of fire damage recovery is the possibility that your loyal customers will find other sources during the restoration of your business. Because we gain a deeper understanding of your priorities and operations through the development of the ERP, we can:

Offer suggestions long before any fire damage that limits the possible effects of a disaster, including:

    •    Repairs and maintenance that reduces the likelihood of fire and other crises
    •    Adaptations in storage and inventory systems that protects contents from disaster
    •    Making good use of our general contractor's license to contain fire damage so that spaces within your commercial building can remain open for business
    •    Plan for temporary, short term alternatives to keep a viable business presence operating even as we restore the fire damage

Partner with the professionals from SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown to develop an ERP, the blueprint of a recovery both you and we hope never to need to follow if fire damage never occurs. Planning is always a savvy decision -- call us at (631) 265-9200 to schedule an assessment.

Who Can Clean Up a Water Damaged Property in Smithtown?

10/11/2020 (Permalink)

silver pipe leaking water Water damage to your property can happen without you even noticing. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for remediation and mitigation services to help you.

Winning Tactics For Dealing With Smithtown Water Damage

Water damage is something that can happen to anyone, even in Smithtown. Storms and floods happen. Fires need to be put out with drenching hoses. Pipes burst. Washing machines malfunction. You would not think something as passive as water could do much damage, but it does. It causes wood to rot, steel to rust and encourages some stuff you would rather not know about.

SERVPRO Is Ready for You At Anytime

Not only can water damage happen to anyone, it can happen at any time. That is why we at SERVPRO employ highly trained technicians who are ready to help you twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Just call us and we are there immediately to clear up the flood or water damage at your Smithtown property. We are efficient and experienced enough to get the job done as quickly as possible. We use technologically advanced equipment for inspection and extraction to find the water and get rid of it before it can do any more damage. Our local technicians meticulously monitor and document the drying process until you are satisfied that your property is back to the way you want it.

Here is How It Is Done

How do we do it? First, you call SERVPRO, at any time of the day or night. We ask you a few pertinent questions and be right over. We inspect the damage to determine what needs to be done. Then we get to work sucking that extra water right out and getting rid of debris. We use a drying process to get rid of anything we missed the first time. We do not stop there! We clean up and sanitize everything and restore your property to just the way it was before if not better.

Call SERVPRO Right Away

Our technicians eliminate water damage from Smithtown homes. The longer water is allowed to set, the more damage it can do. If you have water damage, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200. You will be happy that you did! 

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How Long is the Recovery Procedure for Smithtown Flooded Properties?

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

Standing water in a home. Call our SERVPRO team to tackle your Smithtown flood damage.

Recovering a Home with Flood Damage Can Take Months. SERVPRO Flood Damage Technicians in Smithtown Are Available Within Four Hours of Notification of Loss.

Where do you measure flood damage?

Qualified technicians in Smithtown can assess your home immediately after flooding. Ascertaining the extent of harm caused to property uses a range of equipment to answer a simple question: what is wet? When a large body of water enters a property, it begins to migrate. The longer water remains in the property, the more likely it is to migrate further and become absorbed into materials. SERVPRO recommends that you contact a qualified restoration service soon after securing your safety and getting your insurer. Areas that can complicate a restoration are floors, floor coverings, subfloors, walls, wall coverings, cabinets, and hidden places. Water penetration in these areas requires applied structural drying (ASD) technicians to recover losses. 

What equipment is useful for measuring flood losses?

An accurate assessment is crucial in the flood damage restoration of your Smithtown home. We use a moisture meter and a thermal imaging camera to determine the edges of water migration. Often it is necessary to remove fittings in the house to evaluate the condition of the structure. Carpets, for example, should be detached to assess both the front and back. SERVPRO technicians may look for signs of delamination to decide if a carpet is salvageable. We can also use this opportunity to assess the subfloor beneath the rug and plan the equipment needed to dry the subfloor. It is not uncommon for your home's removal aspects to be lifted, tested, and checked to discover the extent of water migration in the property.

What should I look for when assessing flood damage?

- Checking the levels of water contamination, either white, grey or black

- Assessing the types of materials in the home such as solid woods, pdf, or carpeting

- Taking moisture content readings to understand the extent of harm in the property

Acting quickly in an emergency flooding event can help to reduce the overall losses in your home. Contact SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200.

How Do You Clean and Restore Fire Damages After Puffbacks?

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

Bedroom ceiling Homeowners have to deal with many things which may include fire damage. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Our SERVPRO professionals help Smithtown homeowners to clean surfaces and remove residues after oil furnace puff-backs. 

When small explosions occur in the ignition chambers of oil furnaces heating Smithtown homes, a blast of ionized soot and particulates can be blown through the ductwork. While these situations can coat these air ducts with these residues, they can also have a direct impact on exposed surfaces and construction materials near the vents and registers throughout your house. Because drywall has become a common ceiling material, this painted or textured surface is often among the first to show puff back damage.

Oily residues that result from fire damage of puff back in Smithtown homes can be a challenge to remove. It is often the focal point of fire restoration companies like our SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown team to restore before replacement when it is cost-efficient. Because these threats can appear as a staining or discoloration of ceiling materials, ionized collections of particles that look like cobwebs, and more, removing and cleaning these exposed surfaces is not universal. 

What are the Threats of Leaving Puff-Back Damage Uncleaned? 

Cleaning up soot damage and residues left behind by oil furnace discharges involves several products in our inventory. With discolorations of materials like drywall, cleaning the surface with chemical solvents and agitative cleaning approaches can often remove much of the stain, but the material must often get repainted or resurfaced after deodorization treatment when necessary. Failing to address the need for cleaning up this puff back damage in your home can result in:

  • Staining
  • Marring 
  • Smoke particles 
  • Odors

An oil furnace can provide thorough heating of your home, but malfunctions in the ignition chamber can sometimes lead to puff back damage. Our SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown team can help. Give us a call anytime at (631) 265-9200.

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How Do I Deal with a Water Leak in My Smithtown Auto Parts Store?

8/29/2020 (Permalink)

flooded storage room Your store can be severely damaged if water damage hits. Contact SERVPRO for mitigation and remediation services.

SERVPRO Manages Cleanup in Your Smithtown Retail Shop

Walking into your Smithtown auto parts store on a Monday morning and seeing water on the floor from a restroom leak is certainly not how you want to start the week. Right away, you spring into action, knowing you do not want to lose business over this mishap. It is essential to pick up the auto parts off the floor, so they are not damaged. Even if the auto part itself is heavy-duty, you do not want the packaging damaged and unappealing to your customers. Ideally, you have room on upper shelves and other areas of the store to relocate affected merchandise.

Can I Keep My Store Running While Technicians are Cleaning and Restoring the Property?

SERVPRO Thoroughly Cleans Surfaces in Your Store Using Safety Protocols

When dealing with water damage in your Smithtown store, it is important first to consider safety measures. You need to make sure there are no electrical safety hazards. An extension cord running through a damp area spells danger. Technicians may remove merchandise containing chemicals or anything potentially flammable. The amount of damage and required cleanup determines your ability to remain operational. During a trying time like this, you may need to become creative to keep the business running by doing things like taking online orders while technicians perform the restoration.

The Floor is Concrete, How Do I Make Sure the Area is Clean?

  • Relocate merchandise to a higher area so that you can thoroughly clean the floor.
  • Mop and squeegee the floors to remove all excess water.
  • Use cleaning agents and disinfectants to limit microbial growth.
  • Remove excess moisture from the air with dehumidifiers and industrial-strength air movers.

For 24/7 assistance with water damage or any other commercial or home disasters, Contact SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200. Schedule an inspection and regular CERTIFIED SERVPRO CLEANED to keep your establishment safe and secure. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

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How Should I Handle a Biohazard Threat in my Smithtown Business?

8/9/2020 (Permalink)

office area flooded with a foot of water Storms and floods can appear and damage your business very quickly. Contact SERVPRO for professional flood damage mitigation.

Biohazard Threats to your Smithtown Business, Including Pathogens Brought in by Floodwaters, Should be Handled by a Professional Company

In a world where we are increasingly aware of the dangers of biohazard threats, we may forget that any water coming into our Smithtown business due to storms or floods can bring bacteria into our place. Besides engaging in the repair of roofs, windows, and openings, it would be best if you also considered how to kill microorganisms to protect your health. Only an expert team can guide you in a comprehensive restoration process that addresses water extraction, drying, and sanitizing. Household solutions are insufficient when you consider the needs of your commercial establishment.

In Smithtown, commercial flood damage is our expertise at SERVPRO. Our team is ready to take action once the emergency allows us to move safely. As soon as we arrive, we begin a thorough assessment of your restoration needs. Minimizing the time in which your business, inventory, and assets are underwater is a priority, which translates into mitigating your financial loss. Even as you explore how to file your insurance claim, you should reach out to our crew for help.

Are there biohazard materials in my business?

When flood water comes into your business, you should assume that it is laden with bacteria, debris, and microorganisms. Based on this premise, our SERVPRO technicians strive to remove any compromised items such as fabrics and carpets, as soon as possible before microbes multiply further. As we introduce pumps, air circulators, dehumidifiers, and desiccant to aid in drying your place, we also apply specialty drying solutions for your belongings, for example-

  • Injectidry technology to infuse warm air within your wall cavities
  • Freeze-drying of documents and electronics
  • Drying mats for subfloor materials

Once water evaporation is under control, we finish our efforts with a widespread application of antifungal solutions to eliminate microorganisms and prevent reproduction. 

When an emergency happens, call SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 and let us be your solution. Our team works hard, so your business looks "Like it never even happened."


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How Can I Protect My Home from Coastal Flooding?

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

dark basement with flood damage, wet Smithtown Property Owners Know to Call SERVPRO for Flood and Storm Damage Mitigation for Their Homes

Coastal Homes in Smithtown Need to Be Prepared for Flooding – Preparation Can Mitigate the Damage

Smithtown is a beautiful coastal town that is home to four pristine beaches. It is fifty miles outside of New York City and only a half-hour away from Atlantic Ocean beaches. This means flooding is something residents worry about every year.

What Causes Coastal Flooding?

Coastal flooding in Smithtown can occur from storm surges or rising sea levels. Sea levels can rise from hurricanes or tropical cyclones, resulting in storm surges. Over the last thirty-four years or so, Smithtown has experienced approximately a 5” sea-level rise according to Surging Seas Risk Finder. Flood damage here is a higher possibility as it is for any seacoast town. To compound flooding, saltwater intrusion can present its own set of problems like corrosion and rapid degradation of contents and building materials.

Am I Prepared for Flooding?

Even though you live in Smithtown near the ocean, it does not mean you have experienced flooding. You may be thinking, “I have never had that problem.” The reality of the situation is if it rains, it can flood. Just because it has never happened to you does not mean it cannot. If you live in a low-level area, you need to be prepared for a flood situation. Many factors can change the risk of flooding where you live, including:

  • Rainfall
  • Flood control measures
  • Topography
  • River flow data
  • Tidal surge data
  • New construction or development

Do You Have Flood Insurance?

Flood hazard maps can show the most significant flood zone risks to your community and help determine your coverage. Flood protection is not included in the typical homeowner’s policy.

What Can I Do to be Better Prepared?

Anyone who lives where coastal flooding is always a possibility should be doing certain things. Getting proper insurance, as mentioned above, is the first thing. Make sure you have emergency kits prepared should a flood warning occur, and you need to evacuate. Have a family plan in place for communication. Make sure you cover:

  • Where will we meet?
  • What if one of the family is not at home?
  • Who is responsible for babies and very young children?
  • What is an out of town contact you can use?
  • What if you are at work?

If you reside in a high-risk flood area, elevate the electric panel, furnace, and water heater. Consider doing the same for appliances such as the washer and dryer. You may want to have check valves installed to prevent floodwater from backing up into your drains. Use a waterproof sealant to protect basement walls. If you live right on the coastline, you might want to consider construct barriers, although it may not always be possible.

What Should I Do if My Home is Flooded?

First and foremost, always obey warnings to evacuate. Do not risk you or your family’s lives to save possessions. Never go back into your home until you are 100% sure it is safe to return. After you have contacted your insurance company, call SERVPRO immediately. The longer the flood damage sits, the worse the problem can become.

What Will SERVPRO Do If a Flood Happens?

Typically, an assessment gets done right away, but emergency mitigation can begin right away if the situation is bad enough. Flood water is always considered black water, which is contaminated water. The first step is removing any safety hazards from the job site. Signs are posted, and the crew wears the proper PPE gear. Then our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified technicians would:

  • Spray an EPA registered disinfectant on all affected areas.
  • Contain the area if it looks like contaminants could spread to other areas.
  • Remove any standing silt and debris. The crew can use shovels and rakes if necessary and then disposal according to local codes.
  • Extract excess water. If there is standing water, truck powered and portable pumps are available to remove the water.
  • Water can then be removed from the flooring. In a storm flood situation with mud and contaminated water carpeting and padding are not salvageable
  • The content and structure can be evaluated to determine if the items can be decontaminated or restored. Certain things may need to be removed and replaced.
  • SERVPRO always works with the homeowner and adjuster before discarding or replacing anything.
  • Clean and dry interior wall surfaces and other inaccessible areas affected. Controlled demolition of damaged building materials can be required.
  • Repeat disinfecting for newly exposed surfaces.
  • Continue the drying process with air movers and dehumidifiers.

Restoring Your Home

Once the above takes place, the restoration process begins. Our professional crew members consult with you every step of the way. Please understand that this entire service from water removal to build back can take from some days to weeks. Our goal is to return your home to you, “Like it never even happened.” We are licensed and bonded, Contractor Licenses: General: 51995-H and Mold Remediation: 0060.

Contact SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 for expert flood damage service. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What are Common Problems After a Home Fire in St. James?

7/19/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged kitchen counter with toaster oven that suffered fire damage Fire damage is a hard problem to solve and you sometimes need multiple things repaired. Contact SERVPRO for fire damage remediation in your home.

SERVPRO Techs Have Extensive Training and Comprehensive Knowledge to Clean Up Any Size or Type of Fire Loss in St. James Homes

When a fire happens in a home, there can be multiple levels of loss to address. Along with the charred elements within the property, other frequently seen issues include:

  • Pungent smoke odors
  • Water damage from the extinguishing efforts
  • Stains and smoke residues to clean up
  • Mold if the water did not get extracted and dried 

Can You Paint Over Sheetrock with Smoke and Fire Damage? 

When SERVPRO technicians assist St. James homeowners with the restoration from fire damage in their homes, the property gets a thorough inspection to determine the amount of loss within the structure. The most typical actions are:   

  • Removal of charred sheetrock and building materials
  • Extraction of water
  • Inspection of home contents item by item for restoration potential
  • Set up a cleaning station to handle restorable items

During the fire loss cleanup in your St. James home, the walls and ceilings get a careful going over. Different types of smoke residues need varying types of removal methods for the best outcome. Because soot is odorous, simply painting over it on a wall or ceiling ensures that the area of the home will continue to emit residual fire odors for the foreseeable future. SERVPRO technicians test the residues to determine if it is a dry or wet smoke type and choose the best cleaning method accordingly. When the particulate gets embedded too deep within the walls or ceilings, the techs use sealants to lock the odors within the materials, and then it is ready for priming and painting.

How Does SERVPRO Stop the Spread of Soot Throughout the Home? 

The techs are very careful during fire loss cleanup in your St. James home, particularly when only a portion of the structure got affected. They contain the area by partitioning it off with heavy plastic sheeting or the use of negative air chambers; the vents also get covered, so the ductwork within the home does not receive cross-contamination.

Air quality is paramount, and although the techs wear personal protective gear during the mitigation because soot is an irritant to both come into contact with or aspirate, they also run air scrubbers to capture airborne particulate and trap it within its labyrinth of HEPA filtration.

Once the techs complete the cleanup, they can inspect the ductwork in the home; this is particularly vital if the HVAC ran at any time post-fire. They have the specific equipment to remove even years of built-up dust and debris, which also helps the heat and air conditioner run more efficiently.

Can Mold Become an Issue Post-Fire? 

With their mold remediation certification #0060, SERVPRO techs know the early warning signs for a mold infestation. They work to extract any remaining moisture that migrated under a floor or behind baseboards to ensure nothing gets left behind. In cases where conditions are favorable for mold colony establishment and growth, the techs use protective methods such as confirming interior humidity levels are under 50% or cleaning surfaces with professional-grade antimicrobials.

What is the Best Way to Handle a Roof with Fire Damage? 

When SERVPRO techs arrive on-site, one of their initial actions is to determine if the residence needs any temporary repairs or security measures. In the case of a roof with charring or open areas, it needs protection from the elements to halt any further loss to the structure. The techs can place a heavy-duty tarp in place to protect the interior until the restoration services complete, and the final repairs can get made. The techs also can secure the property when they are not on-site through the use of boarding up doors, windows, and the placement of yellow tape to form a perimeter and keep unauthorized people out of the residence.

Once the home gets cleaned, dried, and deodorized, it gets prepped for any needed repairs. The techs hold a general contractor license #51995-H. This takes the heat off the homeowner for having to locate contractors, describe the actions taken during the restoration, and point out the repairs to be made. Because the crew handled the cleanup from start to finish, we are always aware of the rebuilding that needs to happen to restore the home.

Fire damage cannot wait, contact SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 as soon as the fire department says it is safe to enter your property. The certified technicians can handle the restoration and rebuilding as needed to return your home to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."

Can My Kitchen Counters Be Restored After Minor Fire Damage?

7/9/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen with fire damage Homeowners have to deal with many things which may include fire damage. Contact SERVPRO right away.

SERVPRO Can Restore Your St. James Kitchen to Its Pre-loss Condition with Early Fire Mitigation

Cooking fires are the reason for two out of five home fires. If fire strikes your St. James kitchen early mitigation can restore your kitchen, including the counters.

How do you clean the countertops?

Kitchen fires account for approximately 44% of all home fires. This is devastating to a family. Any home in St. James with fire damage needs fire mitigation quickly. Cleaning countertops is more straightforward than cleaning and restoring walls and ceilings. There is no paint and similar substances on counters to bond with soot, making it difficult to clean. Hot air rising carries more of the smoke and soot upward too. 

Counters not only have a layer of residue but can sustain fire damage from ash or burning bits of ceiling that fall. Cleaning them involves:

  • Covering the surfaces to prevent further damage.
  • Keep moisture away from counters.
  • Dry cleaning
  • Vacuuming
  • Using water-based cleaning agents, if necessary, after all the above gets done.

Restoring the Rest of the Kitchen

Not only can our fire and smoke restoration technicians (FRST) restore your kitchen counters, they can return your kitchen to its preloss condition. Our Green Team has one goal – to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.” Soot can be one of the biggest things to deal with, but our FRST techs have many methods at their disposal.

  • Chemical cleaning agents – these can be either oil-based or water-based, depending on the item.
  • Suspension solvents – these are useful for dealing with bonded soot that needs some dwell time.
  • Lubrication – Use to remove fuel and animal proteins. 
  • Powerful equipment – this includes equipment air whips, rotary machines, and hot water extraction.
  • Contractor Licenses: General: 51995     

Remember, restoration is more cost-efficient than replacing items. For professional fire damage service, Faster To Any Size Disaster contact SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265 – 9200. 

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Is The Flood Water In My Smithtown Home Contaminated?

6/21/2020 (Permalink)

flooded nursery within a home Regardless of the room affected, flooding can damage the walls and contents of your home. Call team SERVPRO today for services.

SERVPRO Experts Are Biohazard Experts Who Will Identify and Properly Treat Flood Waters in Your Smithtown Home

When experiencing water damage from flooding in your Smithtown residence, immediate mitigation is needed to control further damage.

Is there more than one type of floodwater?

Water removal in Smithtown is the first step in emergency mitigation. Before water extraction happens, determining the type of water is fundamental, as this dictates how the water will be handled and disposed of. There are three types of water from flooding:

  • Clean water – It has no contaminants and poses no immediate dangers. Flooding from rain, snow, toilet holding tanks, and appliances such as air conditioners or refrigerators is the usual source.
  • Gray Water – it has the potential for health risks from biological or chemical contaminants. Gray water leaks from aquariums, dishwashers, sinks, and washing machines.
  • Black Water – can contain any number of contaminants such as bacteria and viruses. Toilets are a source of black water. Floodwaters are another source due to the sewage and dirt collected as it flows.

Standing Water Can Be Detrimental

One of the reasons immediate water removal is crucial is because the status of the water can change. Clean water becomes gray after 48 hours, and the gray becomes black. The health risks increase the longer the water stands. Our SERVPRO Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) technicians are trained in the removal of all 3 types of water.

  • Clean Water – Extraction method depends on the size and depth of the flood. Truck pumps are used for large amounts of water, while portable pumps deal with more contained flooding. 
  • Gray Water – Technicians immediately spray with an EPA-registered disinfectant. If you have carpet, the padding will be disposed of properly. 
  • Black Water – items in black water may need disposed of and considered infectious waste if they cannot be decontaminated. Using proper PPE equipment and disinfectants assures decontamination.

The bottom line is to deal with floodwaters right away before the health risks increase.

Contact SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster

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What Can I Expect from Professional Fire Damage Restoration Efforts in My St. James Home?

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

Servpro tech consulting with customer We're Always Faster To Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO Follows Proven, Research-Based Mitigation, Remediation, and Restoration Protocols to Return Fire Damaged Residences in St. James to Pre-Loss Condition

When a fire disaster strikes in St. James, you likely have little or no experience as a homeowner with the shock and fear experienced during the aftermath. The damage overwhelms your senses, and you and your family are understandably on a roller coaster of emotions. The stress and confusion are substantial, and you need expert help from a reliable and capable company to get you through the recovery process.  

Do I Need One or Many Contractors to Bring Life Back to Normal After Fire Damage?

Finding one company with comprehensive training, licensing, certification, and experience to deliver wrap-around fire damage restoration in St. James is preferable. A full-service firm provides a streamlined approach, one phase of recovery following another in an efficient and effective order. Needed permits, appropriate containment, lawful disposal of hazardous residues and damaged materials, and attention to restoration of both structure and contents are all available from one source.

What Are the First Steps Fire Damage Restorers Take When Arriving at My Home?

Although we receive some details from you when you make the call, the bulk of the fire damage assessment occurs when our project manager inspects your home. After this initial safety review, the SERVPRO crews arrive with fully-stocked service vehicles ready to respond with emergency services. What does our crew chief look for during the safety evaluation? 

  • The amount and location of water and chemical damage and residue from firefighting efforts require extraction and structural drying before we begin aggressive soot and other residue removals
  • Evidence that the firefighting water collected in building cavities, including over ceilings and between walls, increasing the potential for collapse of these structures, necessitating controlled demolition to release the water for extraction
  • Signs of ongoing mold growth and damage, which adds mold remediation to our overall plan
  • Heat or burning and charring damage that weakened or destroyed load-bearing structural components including ceilings, walls, stairs, and floors, resulting in referral to our in-house construction experts or engineers in extreme cases
  • Evidence that hazardous materials such as asbestos, lead, or a wide range of chemicals were exposed during the fire, causing inclusion of a biohazard remediation phase to the overall project

After We Control for the Safety Issues, How Do Our Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) Attack Smoke and Soot Residues?

The ignition and combustion of building materials and contents create smoke, an airborne mixture of volatile gasses, water vapor, and other components, most of which are corrosive and many of which are toxic. The smoke usually has a “hue,” which reflects the incompletely combusted particles that eventually settle on surfaces as soot. After a home fire that does not involve furnace puff-back, our experts assign soot residues and typical cleanup methods into three broad categories:

Dry Soot 

This loose, ashy material is the result of a hot, fast paper or wood fire. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained managers and technicians use gentle agitation, not wet strategies that smear this type of soot, for removal:

  • Dusting
  • Brushing
  • Pressurized air
  • Vacuuming
  • Dry (chemical) sponging

Wet Soot

After an electrical fire or a slow smolder of plastic, rubber, or damp fabrics, a thick sticky coating covers surfaces. We pretest products on the soot and surfaces to determine whether to choose water or oil-based cleaner for best results Detergents can bridge the gap and help loosen the bond for both types of soiling.  Methods include:

  • Foam cleaning of padded surfaces
  • Spray and wipe
  • Flooding with rinsing
  • Immersion cleaning  

The strategies above ultimately used depends on the porosity of the affected materials. Adjusting dwell time and gradually increasing degrees of agitation and abrasive tools or additives are common adaptations to improve results.

Protein-Based Soots

A typical yet challenging type of residue is the coating deposited after a kitchen fire. The food, oils, and greases responsible for the soot dehydrate rather than burn, leaving behind an intensely malodorous and tenaciously adhered varnish-like residue. Our technicians use various options to loosen and remove the coating, including:

  • Solvents
  • Solvents plus abrasive tools (professional care needed to protect surfaces)
  • Ultrasonic cleaning by certified operators for loose and detailed items 

Can SERVPRO Help with Rebuilding?

Our wide-ranging services include repairs and build-back opportunities for severe damage. Our general contractors and mold remediation licenses give us the flexibility to meet your needs without resorting to hiring additional contractors. 

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown delivers not only superior fire damage mitigation and remediation, but also helps with any required repairs, reconstruction, and build-back. For turn-key restoration services after a fire loss, call us at (631) 265-9200.

Contractor Licenses:

General: 51995-H

Mold Remediation: 0060

A Faulty Dishwasher Has Led to Water Damage in My Nesconset House. What Should I Do?

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

Close up of water flooding on living room parquet floor in a house Our experts can make the water loss seem, “Like it never even happened.”

Call Restoration Experts Like SERVPRO to Restore Your Water Damaged Nesconset Property

It takes only a few inches of water to cause water damage in a Nesconset home. Prompt and reliable water damage restoration can significantly reduce the chances of property loss and expensive repairs. Our response team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to respond to our customer’s emergencies and prevent further damage.

What steps can I take to minimize water damage?

When handling water damage in your Nesconset residence, our dedicated team of technicians can offer on-site evaluation and work closely with your insurance company. We do that to make your restoration experience hassle-free. However, before we get to your property, you can take the steps below to minimize water damage:

    •    Turn off the water supply in your property.
    •    Disconnect the power supply to the affected areas.
    •    Remove all electronics and other valuable items from the affected area.

Why do I need professionals while my neighbors can help?

Cleaning up a property is an extensive and crucial task after water damage. Simple do-it-yourself techniques cannot remove the water and moisture effectively. Your walls, carpeting, and floor coverings can absorb a lot of water during the unfortunate incident, making it difficult for a simple cleaning to suffice. Thus, you need extensive water damage cleanup from professionals. Our team has gone through thorough training on what it takes to clean, dry, disinfect, and deodorize all affected surfaces.

How do technicians handle the drying?

We have access to high-tech equipment that speeds up the drying process. The process is essential since it is the only way to stop further damage. Since your walls, carpet, and floor coverings are porous, mold can grow if they are not dried on time. Our technicians can use structural cavity drying equipment to dry affected materials. This equipment allows our technicians to direct airflow into wall cavities to replace the cool, moist air with warmer dry air to increase the temperature in the surface and lower vapor pressure. That increases the rate of evaporation, which leads to fast drying.

What about the odor in my property?

Our technicians only leave a property after restoring it fully to its preloss state. Odors in the property can persist even after cleaning and drying the affected area thoroughly. Our technicians can use a ventilating box fan, which can move enormous volumes of fresh air into the affected property to eliminate the odor even in the hard to reach areas.

After a water intrusion problem, contact SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 immediately to prevent further damage. Our experts can make the water loss seem, “Like it never even happened.”

What is the Fastest Way to Reopen My Office After A Fire?

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

burnt out home office Fire-damaged offices in Smithtown get cleaned up and repaired by SERVPRO

Hire SERVPRO to Professionally Restore Your Smithtown Business

Commercial fires usually extinguish quickly thanks to sprinklers, limiting the physical damage to a small area. However, even a standard office set-up for a Smithtown financial advisor can require closing up shop for weeks due to other damage issues.

What are the Other Issues?

Smithtown commercial fire damage also includes smoke and soot particles that cling to surfaces as the fire cools. SERVPRO technicians carefully choose a cleaning agent that matches the type of residue for quick removal and also leaves the surface of the property item unmarred by their actions. Technicians also have to deal with the sprinkler water that soaks into carpets and other property.

My Carpet is a commercial product with no pad underneath, is there still a Problem?

Water can still soak into the fibers, loosening them individually. It can also soften the glue so the carpet pulls away from the floor, creating air and water bubbles. Our technicians can lift the carpet and use a set of air movers to generate a warm airflow that dries both the carpet and floor for safe reattachment. This process often does not succeed and then the floor covering must be removed, and new commercial-grade carpeting installed.

For professional fire restoration, call SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 today.

What is the Fastest Way to Remove Floodwater from My Home?

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

leaking ceiling from storm Don't know where to start on your home restoration from the damage from the storm? Call SERVPRO of Smithtown for the help you need.

Call SERVPRO to Clear and Restore Your Smithtown Residence

Every Smithtown home is vulnerable to the storms that strike our community each year. It takes a professional response to ameliorate the effects of millions of dollars in restoration costs each year.

Where Do You Even Start?

SERVPRO teams begin Smithtown flood damage control by spraying the water and affected surfaces with an anti-bacterial cleaning agent; which reduces the health threat from contaminants in the floodwater. Next, technicians extract the water from your home and begin cleaning all surfaces touched by the flooding. Then, they begin drying both walls and floors. Unfortunately, the presence of contaminants means we have to dispose of all carpeting and the pads underneath. This is a process that may take a number of days to complete.

What about the Debris left in my Home by the Storm?

Our technicians can demolish and remove anything left without causing further damage. That includes everything from cracking floor trim to roof tiles dropped into the attic by the wind. We cover the flooring along exit routes to also avoid trampling any dirt and other particles into the surfaces.

Even a small amount of water can cost you a large amount of money. Call SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 to learn how we keep costs at a minimum for you.

Can You Remove Water from Drywall?

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged drywall Do you have water damaged drywall in your Smithtown home? Call SERVPRO to mitigate your issue.

Drying structural materials is possible with the fast response of our SERVPRO team to damaged Smithtown homes. 

Restoring and drying your Smithtown home after a water loss can sometimes be more of a challenge than homeowners might realize. Identifying the extent of the damage and implementing counteractive measures is only part of this equation.

With hundreds of drying decisions made on every water loss situation, areas like drywall get inspected, and water damage to Smithtown homes gets cataloged. While it might be possible at times to dry or restore sheetrock wall systems, it might not always be a cost-effective solution. If we determine it is worth attempting, some of the specialty tools for this task might include:

What Happens When Drywall Cannot Get Dried? 

Being unable to restore drywall is a common scenario with widespread loss incidents, so we have in-house contractors that can perform controlled demolition. Removing only severely damaged portions of the drywall makes reinstallation faster and more efficient later.

It might not always be cost-efficient to take the time to dry and recover drywall when it could get replaced more quickly. Our SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown team can help with either of these scenarios by calling (631) 265-9200.

Do Professionals Use Store-Bought Extraction Tools? 

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Submersible pumps Need professional help in extracting water from your Smithtown home? Call SERVPRO for the job at hand.

Our team has industry-leading equipment for fast and efficient extraction of standing water in your Smithtown home. 

Understanding the difference between home improvement store stock for residential use and the level of equipment SERVPRO professionals use in Smithtown homes can showcase our efficiency.

While there are hundreds of potential options for both drying and water removal in Smithtown properties, we have a broad inventory of cutting-edge, industry-leading units and devices that can efficiently remove standing surface water and evaporate trapped moisture in structural materials and contents of your house. Some of these tools include:

How Do You Choose What Extractor is Best? 

Choosing the right extractor is not always as cut and dry as you might suspect. Solids in the water can make electric submersible pumps a poor choice when they might otherwise be the best. Inaccessible areas of the house might be ideal for wet vacuums and attachments, but the powerful 300-psi truck-mount extractors cannot reach. 

We have practical tools and equipment that can help us to gain control of loss situations quickly. Despite how you might want to shop around for restoration tools, our experienced SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown professionals come with the full measure of our inventory to get to work right away on restoring your home. Call us anytime at (631) 265-9200.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Smithtown, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown today at (631) 265-9200 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Should I Know if I Suspect My Commercial Building in Smithtown has Mold Damage?

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

mold damage on wall SERVPRO can mitigate your mold problem in your Smithtown business.

Many Management Companies Rely on SERVPRO for Mold Remediation

After heavy rains, incidents involving water, or slow leaks, mold, and other microbes can flourish. Mold damage can severely impact the healthy interior of any-sized building in Smithtown. SERVPRO uses industry-accepted methods to remediate mold and other microbes and make the environment inside businesses healthy again. There are different signs that mold is overgrowing and starting to become a problem.

Can SERVPRO get rid of all the mold inside my building?

Although we would like to, and many of our customers would, as well, there is no method that removes 100% of all microbes. Microbes exist in Smithtown and practically every environment. Individual microbes or their spores can travel on clothing, books, shoes, and within the air. One of the areas found to contain the highest number of spores is the windowsill, showing that microbes continually infiltrate buildings.

What should I know about mold damage in my business?

Normal environmental conditions keep microbial populations at non-harmful levels. The presence of excess water, including elevated humidity, often precedes population explosions of fungi. Our technicians can discuss the source of excess moisture found in your commercial setting after we perform a visual scan with our infrared cameras and check the air for excess moisture. Correcting such issues is the first step in keeping mold at acceptable levels.

Where should I look for signs of mold becoming a problem?

Mold can grow almost anywhere, as long as the area holds its basic requirements. These would be plant-based materials, moisture, and shelter from direct sunlight. Many locations inside your business might support microbial life. One sign that you might notice when mold becomes abundant is the odor it often causes. Other indicators of mold damage taking hold of your property’s interior include
• Discoloration of walls, carpets, and other porous materials,
• Tiny stains in a small group on uniforms and other textiles, and
• Visible patches of mold.

Call SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 for professional mold remediators who keep your employees’ health in mind during every step of the process. We also serve businesses in St. James, NY, and Kings Park, N Y.

How do I Restore My Home After a Fire?

5/17/2020 (Permalink)

technician fogging equipment cartoon Need Great IAQ? Indoor Air Quality after a house fire in Smithtown. SERVPRO Has the Solution

Restoration of Your Smithtown Home is a Job for a Professional Service

Restoring your Smithtown home after a fire can be a daunting task. Friends and family are likely eager to help, but coordinating the necessary steps and their sequence is a job for a professional water and fire restoration technician. Not cleaning thoroughly, or using inappropriate cleaning solutions can leave you with a bigger problem in your hands.

Members of the Smithtown community with fire damage to their homes can rely on SERVPRO for a job well done. Our expertise and training prepare us to identify problems in your home and prioritize their solution. From structural damage to the removal of charred items, our team can advise you every step of the way.

How do I clean the air in my home after a fire?

It is easy to determine whether smoke residue and soot are no longer present. Once our SERVPRO team cleans your surfaces with EPA-approved cleaning solutions, you should see a difference. Cleaning the air in your home, and eliminating the smell left behind by the fire is a different matter. To neutralize and obliterate smell molecules our team may choose to use special equipment such as-

  • Thermal foggers
  • Deodorizing pellets
  • Ozone generators

Fire damage restoration goes well beyond wiping down surfaces. Our SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown is ready to help in all aspects of the process. Call us at (631) 265-9200 and let our experts leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

What Can I Do To Get Rainwater Out Of My Furniture in Smithtown?

5/17/2020 (Permalink)

flooded room with man on couch calling someone from yellow pages for help Flooding can quickly overtake your home. Contact our certified SERVPRO team for water removal efforts.

SERVPRO knows time is of the essence when it comes to water removal from your furnishings in your Smithtown home

When big storms damage your Smithtown home and rain enters, there can be issues with sagging ceilings, wet floors, and drenched furnishings. There are actions homeowners can take to lessen the loss such as 

  • Removing small wood furnishings to another area, so the stain does not bleed onto the carpet
  • Picking up printed materials that can transfer onto wet floors
  • Moving out area rugs before they get touched by water

Can My Sofa Get Restored for Reuse After Water Damage from Storm or Flood Damage?

When loss happens in a Smithtown home from storm, flood damage, or another water event, the type of water that has soaked into the furnishings matters, if it came from in the home as rainwater and the cleanup efforts began rapidly; there is a high probability of restoration for the areas and items in the home affected. If groundwater is the issue, that is another story completely. This type of water needs handling as a biohazard, and things that absorb it need disposal as a loss.

Specialized Extraction and Drying Methods for Upholstered Furnishings

SERVPRO techs have extensive training in the restoration of furnishings with water damage. Besides the materials that make up the construction of the furniture, additional factors weigh on the outcome, including: 

  • If water has swelled or cracked the joints 
  • The potential for shrinkage of the fabric to be an issue
  • If the water within the cushions and upholstery is clean or black
  • How soon the cleanup efforts began
  • If evidence of mold growth is present 

The techs have attachments for their portable pumps to pull the maximum amount of moisture from within the furniture and then set up drying configurations. Commonly seen methods for drying furniture for the best outcome include tenting plastic with both air movers and dehumidifiers to capture the raised moisture or stacking the cushions on sofas and loveseat upright and tilted towards each other for drying on all sides. The cushions get rotated during the drying phase to make sure all areas get addressed.

Unsightly water spots are not unusual on both furniture and carpet. In most cases, the issue gets treated through a multi-layered approach such as lightly rewetting the top carpet fibers and then drying and cleaning. A follow-up with the application of deep steam cleaning, which not only deep cleans but also eliminates residues and odors in Smithtown.

Post-Drying Issues Commonly Seen After Water Damage

It is not unusual for a house after a roof leak to need several repairs. Once the technicians finish the mitigation efforts on the property, if the homeowner prefers, SERVPRO technicians have a general contractor's license 51995-H. They can handle any of the reconstruction needed to bring the home to its preloss condition. Sagging ceilings are a particular concern and can be dangerous. Soggy sheetrock gets removed during the cleanup phase of the restoration services and can easily get repaired seamlessly.

The flooring may require removal for drying and need re-installation. Whenever possible, the technicians dry flooring in place unless the substrate below shows signs of seepage. In those cases, the flooring types get inspected to determine if it has the potential for reuse after drying and disinfection. The techs can reinstall during the rebuilding phase and save the homeowner the cost of replacement.

Hardwood flooring gets inspected on a case-by-case basis for the restoration potential. A large number of determinants can change the outcome from restorable to a loss. One of the biggest is the type of wood construction of the boards and how long the exposure occurred. Wood reacts to water by cupping and crowning, and through the use of targeted drying applications such as drying mats, SERVPRO techs can turn the situation around. 

Proactive Solutions for Avoiding Mold

Although mold can be a common issue after a water loss in a home, it is not an absolute thing that will happen in every case. SERVPRO technicians have extensive training and hold certification for mold remediation #0060. They know the conditions that promote the germination of spores and what the early warning signs of colony growth are.

The techs ensure that all water-affected areas get addressed with both antimicrobial cleaners and in the cases of any interior elements such as studs or other exposed framework, the application of a sealant with antimicrobial properties assists to inhibit any mold growth.


SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 has the equipment and training to handle home disasters like storm, flood damage, and more. The certified techs can return your home to its pre-water loss condition.

Is Water Damage Covered by Business Insurance??

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

flood in computer terminal Dont worry about a water leak in your business. Let SERVPRO of Smith town take care of your leak.

Insurance Coverage for your Smithtown Business may Cover Water Damage

Water events can be disastrous, and when they affect your business directly, their impact is even more. Smithtown business owners should review their insurance policies for coverage of leaks and flooding. They should also identify a local water restoration team in case disaster strikes.

In Smithtown, water damage in commercial properties is a job for SERVPRO. We understand that time lost implies a loss of revenue, which is why we are available around the clock to answer your call. Once the area is safe to enter, we can begin our restoration process, including extraction, drying, and disinfecting as appropriate.

Should I hire a professional water removal service?

Businessowners should rely on a group like SERVPRO for water restoration. Our certified technicians not only perform the job but document extensively so you can present a robust claim to your insurance company. Our team is expert enough to understand that water extraction is not enough to protect you from future ramifications. As such, we focus on the following steps-

  • Extracting water with pumps of varying caliber to fit the wet area
  • Restoration of normal humidity levels by drying the area
  • Disinfecting using EPA-approved cleaning solutions

As needed, our team performs specialized drying tasks to preserve electronics and documents. Our plan depends on your needs and preventing cross-contamination.

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown can help in many ways. Call us at (631) 265-9200 and let us leave your business "Like it never even happened."

How Do I Safely Clean My Furniture and Carpet After a Water Spill in Smithtown?

4/26/2020 (Permalink)

water damage on floor in living room Water leaks can happen in the blink of an eye, leaving you unprepared. Contact team SERVPRO for effective remediation efforts.

SERVPRO Professionals Clean Textiles and Upholstery Effectively

After a water leak, you may find your furniture, rugs, and carpet with damage. Our restoration specialists use specialized techniques and cleaning agents to effectively sanitize your carpet while also restoring them to the preloss condition. 

My Carpets were Dirty Before the Spill, Can SERVPRO Still Clean Them? 

Yes, SERVPRO Professionals Clean Carpet Using Four Elements of Soil Suspension

Dealing with water cleanup in your Smithtown home requires adequate drying while also appropriately tackling dirt and grime. A clean water leak (Category 1) does not carry soil, however existing dirt and grime loosen and require additional cleaning of surfaces. Technicians dry affected textiles, while also using the appropriate cleaning agents and techniques to clean them. Drying the impacted area is essential in mitigating secondary damage.

What are the Four Elements of Soil Suspension for Cleaning?

  • Time: The amount of dwell time for a cleaning product's effectiveness
  • Agitation: Movement that brings dirt to the surface for easy removal
  • Chemical Action: Proper use of cleaning detergents with the appropriate pH levels
  • Temperature: Using the correct temperature of a cleaning product, usually heating the cleaning solution makes it work faster. However, heat can negatively affect enzyme cleaners, such as SERVPRO's Urine Odor and Stain Remover.

Are There After-Cleaning Treatments to Extend the Life of My Carpet? 

  • Soil Repellent: Fluorochemicals work on carpet to repel oil and water-based soils, making them easier to vacuum them away.
  • Soil Release Agents: Makes fabric more absorbent, allowing detergent to get into the fabric and work to release the dirt. Scotch Gard works in this way. 
  • Stain-Resistant Treatments: Products coming from sulfonated aromatic aldehyde that work to repel dye molecules. 

For help with any restoration, contact SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown 24/7 at (631) 265-9200. 

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Why Should I Hire Professionals for Water Removal in Smithtown?

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water damaged home We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

SERVPRO Reassures Homeowners that We Can Restore Your Smithtown Home to Normal with Our Water Removal Techniques

If you find yourself in an emergency water loss situation where water removal is required, SERVPRO features trained technicians fully certified for water restoration. We are ready and available to answer your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so that we can provide the prompt response and results you need. Calling the experts for restoration makes a difference, rather than trying to take on the drying and disinfecting on your own.

Why Can’t I Perform DIY Water Removal and Cleanup?
While you may have a wet/dry vacuum and a variety of cleaners at home, they never measure up to the specialized technology and equipment that our trucks come equipped with. Additionally, we feature technicians trained via the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) that holds us to high standards. We strive to uphold these high expectations, and our IICRC-Certified team in Smithtown formulates a plan of action to restore your home to its prior condition faster.

What Steps Do You Take to Address Water Damage?
Limiting the migration of water is first and foremost on our minds when we arrive at your Smithtown property for water removal. We work quickly to stop water from moving into other spaces and limit damage potentially spread by technicians on site. Our team wears removable shoe covers as we venture from one area of the home to another to inspect the damage. We also utilize moisture detection tools that are non-penetrating, which allow us to take readings without creating further damage.

What Resources Do You Have to Speed Up the Water Removal Project?
There are several distinct steps to water damage restoration, which includes:

    •    Water detection
    •    Cleanup
    •    Moisture Control
    •    Movement of Your Contents

Once we check the loss site, we do the full assessment to help determine which techniques and equipment should be used. Some of the equipment that we bring for water restoration jobs in Smithtown include:

    •    Moisture Detectors – These tools, including moisture sensors, moisture meters, and thermal cameras, help us to find areas where moisture is hidden within walls and small spaces. Locating hidden moisture allows us to ensure all areas are dry and that the potential for harmful mold or mildew growth gets reduced.
    •    Water Extraction Tools – Not only do we have truck-mounted extractors capable of removing thousands of gallons of water, but we also bring submersible pumps that we can place in a targeted spot to facilitate water removal.
    •    Inspection Cameras – This equipment, such as a borescope, allows us to check the inside of wall cavities without the need for removing them completely.
    •    Dehumidifiers – Proper dehumidification is essential for all water removal projects. We use industrial-grade dehumidifiers to help reduce the levels of humidity within the air in your home. This equipment works to remove the damp air from the space, pulling it inward and cooling it to condense the moisture. What this does is prevent the onset of secondary water damage such as the warping and swelling of furniture, floors, and walls. The air is then dried and redistributed throughout your home with the help of fans.
    •    Air Movers – In addition to various industrial fans, we also use high-speed air movers to create beneficial airflow across the carpets, padding, floors, walls, and furniture to accelerate moisture evaporation.

We Work to Perform Efficient Water Loss Remediation
Any water removal in your home calls for more than the removal of any visible water. There are many areas of the home where water migrates, including porous building materials like drywall, studs, carpet padding, and subfloors where water can migrate. Even if your floor seems to be dry after mopping, there may be hidden moisture in the subfloor below. This is why we use professional equipment for the detection and measurement of various moisture levels throughout your home.

Why Do I Have to Worry About Water Migration?
Any standing water must be cleaned up so that moisture detection and drying can begin. Leftover moisture hidden in cracks and crevices not only destroys building materials, but these hotspots pose a threat from the onset of dangerous mold and mildew growth. In some cases, it might be necessary to cut holes in walls or ceilings to allow for dry, warm air to flow through and facilitate drying.

No matter the level of water removal you require in your home, you can trust in our certified technicians at SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown to get the job done and make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a phone call today at (631) 265-9200, and we will send a team out as soon as possible to begin the assessment so that restoration can begin.

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SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown is trained in adhering to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

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SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown offer cleaning services including the removal of biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business.

About Coronavirus

The CDC is responding to an outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has spread to 60 locations internationally (as of this publication), including cases in the United States. The virus known as “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”)i is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person or through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.ii

Scope of Cleanup Protocol 

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown can perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection where the customer states that there is no active known threat of COVID-19 contamination or exposure. The customer will be required to acknowledge that cleaning and disinfecting will only apply to the current state of the structure and contents.  The structure would not be protected from future COVID-19 contamination if an infected person was to enter and occupy the building.

Cleanup Scope of Work and Planning 

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables at a minimum. These same surfaces are mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces as well, including:  

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving and Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Cleanup and Disinfecting Procedures

Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of waste.  

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar type organisms to COVID-19. 

SERVPROXIDE™, SERVPRO’s proprietary disinfectant, is a hospital-grade disinfectant that has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to COVID-19 on hard, non-porous surfaces. Currently there are no disinfectants that have been tested specifically for this particular emerging viral pathogen. However, per the CDC, this product can be used against COVID-19.  In addition, SERVPROXIDE™ currently has dozens of EPA-approved claims including Feline coronavirus, Canine coronavirus, Staphylococcus (MRSA), E. coli, Salmonella, Rotavirus, Swine flu (H1N1) and more. Porous materials like carpet, rugs, upholstered items, and draperies that are not water sensitive can also be wet cleaned using SERVPROXIDE™.

Rely on SERVPRO to Cleanup and Make Your Damaged Smithtown Home Whole Again

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3 panel cartoon showing hurricane, flooding, and a house fire Water, Fires, Hurricanes, Tornadoes, and Just Bad Luck Visited Your Smithtown Property? SERVPRO Can Make It, "Like it never even happened."

Smithtown Residents use Our Restoration Services to Overcome Water, Fire Mold and Storm Damages

Property emergencies can take an emotional toll on a homeowner. A situation involving water, fire, storm, or mold damages can be sudden and blindside residents, which makes it tough to find a restoration service you can trust with your property or contents. We have years of award-winning experience in this industry, and we know how to take a severely damaged property back to a preloss condition, "Like it never even happened." By working closely with the chamber of commerce for both King's Park and Smithtown, we can offer residents a transparent, accountable service provider that you can trust.

Storm

When storm damage strikes your Smithtown home, it can displace contents as well as displacing the homeowner. In this interim period away from the property, you need restoration services with the experience to overcome harsh and challenging conditions. SERVPRO has extensive experience in restoring and securing properties adversely affected by weather conditions. Using an array of emergency mitigation procedures, we can stop damage and put in place protocols to get your home back the way it was.

The first few days after a significant flood or storm damage is crucial to the success rate of home restoration. Your Smithtown home may require sub-contractors to perform remodelings, rebuilding, or specialist repair of items like electronics. But before any of that restoration procedure can begin, we need to provide a safe working environment for workers. SERVPRO technicians can enter a property, perform the necessary decontamination, draining and cleaning of your home as well a securing it against unlawful entry using emergency board-ups.

If your Smithtown home is flooded, there is a strong chance of it being a category two or category three water emergency. SERVPRO can use self-priming trash pumps to remove large bodies of water with solid-waste. We can also perform comprehensive structural decontamination of the building, pack out contents for exceptional cleaning and dispose of any waste responsibly and in-line with the environmental protection agency's (EPA) standard. Should you need sub-contractors, we can arrange them on your behalf, so you only have to deal with one point of contact throughout.

Water

Water is absorbed by many of the materials in your structure. When these materials absorb moisture, they can expand or become hotbeds for microbial activity. SERVPRO conducts an extensive review of a water restoration project to understand how far water migrates and the essential equipment needed to fix primary or secondary issues.

Subfloors can be at particular risk of water migration issues because hydrostatic pressure forces water to migrate downwards onto lower levels. SERVPRO can use penetrating moisture meters to gain an accurate picture of what is happening beneath carpets. If water migration is minimal, we can conduct in-place drying using weighted extraction tools and saving time by not having to remove various pieces of furniture or fixtures. In-place drying can effectively dry both exterior carpets and the subfloor pad beneath.

Sometimes the results of a moisture meter may show significant amounts of moisture migration in your Smithtown home. In these situations, SERVPRO technicians can remove carpets altogether as well as the carpet pad. Pads usually break apart easily with an introduction to moisture, so the most efficient solution is to dispose of them. Using rapid-air movers, we can dry the affected subfloor before replacing new pads and carpets to return your home to a preloss condition.

Fire

Many of the materials in your Smithtown home are combustible, and, under the influence of fire, they can release numerous chemicals, including carbon into the home environment. Some of these chemicals, such as carbon monoxide, can be fatal to humans, which is why you should always wait to receive an all-clear from a fire marshall before re-entering a property after the fire. Other chemicals that release during a fire may not be harmful but can cause unpleasant odors as well as staining, which is likely to be concentrated on walls and ceilings but also upholstery and furnishings.

Homeowners with fire damage in their Smithtown home need to be careful when approaching fire restoration. Different types of smoke residues require different cleaning methods and products. Some soils may even respond negatively to the introduction of moisture, and you can risk causing further, or even permanent damage. SERVPRO restoration services are available to provide meticulous content and necessary cleaning to your property.

Our restoration services include specialist upholstery and fabric cleaning technicians (UFT.) Depending on the scope of the project, SERVPRO may decide to clean materials onsite or at a content cleaning facility off-site. Smithtown residents can trust us with valuable upholstery because we always pre-test surfaces before carrying out any cleaning action. Some fabrics and dyes may bleed or discolor in the presence of specific cleaning solutions. By conducting pre-tests on smaller controlled areas, we can ensure that our restoration services do not cause unnecessary harm.

Mold

Microbial infestations can buildup over time, and often the noticeable signs of mold damage in your Smithtown home only appear after months of infestation. Spotting these signs can be as simple as noticing a persistent odor in some areas of the home. Many companies advocate for laboratory testing; however, this can be both expensive and time-consuming. Our approach at SERVPRO is that the visible signs of mold growth are enough to begin a remediation procedure.

The remediation of microbial growth is a tricky task. In the right conditions, mold can proliferate. This can present a problem for a remediation process that may take several weeks to complete effectively. SERVPRO technicians undergo an intensive applied microbial remediation technician (AMRT) with a nationally recognized independent body before carrying out microbial remediation in your home. This training allows us to ensure that our process is correct without risking causing further harm.

Uncontrolled microbial growth can affect your indoor air quality. When working on a mold growth project, our technicians wear respirators to avoid health effects from inhaling spores or other airborne particles. SERVPRO can set up air filtration devices (AFD) in the home, which are large units that work in a similar way to your air-conditioning unit- drawing air in from one side and exhausting it from another. However, rather than cooling air, an AFD passes it through several layers of high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters to remove any microscopic fungi spores or microbes from the indoor environment.

Our award-winning experience working with residents and commercial restoration services is essential to overcoming mold, water, storm, or fire emergencies. Contact SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265- 9200 now for expert assistance.

DID YOU KNOW THT THERE IS BEHAVIOR TO SMOKE?

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The damage to your property following a fire can often be complicated due to the unique behavior of smoke.  There are two types of smoke – wet ad dry.   As a result, there are different types of soot residue after fire.


SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown technicians are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration and know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns.  Knowing this information is vital to proper restoration.   Before restoration begins, SERVPRO will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from fire, smoke, heat and moisture on the building material and its contents.  The soot will then be tested to determine which type of smoke damage occurred.  Pretesting determines the proper cleaning method and allow SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown to focus on saving your precious items.

Smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor.  Their knowledge of building systems helps them investigate how far smoke damage may have spread.  The following points are additional facts you may not know about smoke. 

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

Types of smoke:

  • Wet Smoke – (Plastic and Rubber) Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky and 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.
  • Fuel oil Soot, (Furnace puff backs) While “Puff Backs can create havoc for homeowners SERVPRO can in most cases restore the contents and structure quickly.

Other types (tear gas, fingerprint power and fire extinguisher residue) Special loss situations require special care.

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown professionals are trained to handle even the toughest of losses.  If your home or business suffers fire or smoke damage, contact SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown to help make “Like it never even happened.”

Top Do's and Don'ts After a Fire

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These tips will assist you in taking proper action until SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown technicians arrive. Follow these Do's and Don'ts to help reduce the damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration.

DO:

  1. Limit Movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
  2. Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  3. Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas. 

DON'T:

  1. Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO.
  2. Do not attempt to clean electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  3. Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage. 

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

When Water Damage Strikes

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The First 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage.  Within four hours of loss notification, SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown will be on-site to help ensure a water damage is handled by completing the following steps.

Inspections:  SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning any work. 

Emergency Services:  SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown will take steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal belongings and other contents, from further damage by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying.  Our trained Crew Chief will explain the needed emergency services to you step by step. 

Monitoring:  To help ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, a SERVPRO Technician will monitor the drying process. The updates will be consistently communicated to you. 

Restoration Services:  SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown clean the affected areas for your property and belongings. A final walk through of the job site will be conducted with you to help ensure the property is returned to preloss condition.   

Every Second Counts

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Every second counts during a fire.  People have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out.   In a matter of moments, a small flame can become a major fire, making it critical to be prepared and have an escape plan in place.   Once a plan is developed, it is critical for everyone in the home or office understands the plan.   The best way to do this is by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year,  Increase your chance of surviving a fire by ensuring you have working smoke detectors in place, building and escape plan, and then practicing it,  The following are a few suggestions to help you develop and emergency escape plan. 

  • Draw a map on each level of your home or business show all the doors and windows.  Find two ways out of each room Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.
  • Consider escape Ladders for sleeping areas on the second and third floors.  Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by ad recognized testing laboratory.  Store them near the window where they will be used. 
  • Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they’ve escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting area on your escape plan.
  • Teach Children how to escape on their own in case you can not help them. Plan for everyone in your home or office, with special consideration for elderly or disabled individuals. 
  • Always practice your fire escape plan during the day and at night time.

Prepare before a Disaster

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As a business owner, insurer or property manager, you are a leader in your community and can set example for your employees, customers and community to follow.

Be Ready for Disasters.  You can become prepared for a disaster by taking three simple steps:

  1. Have a plan to stay in business.
  2. Encourage your employees to become ready.
  3. Protect your investment.

We must work together as a team to ensure that our families, businesses and places of worship, and our neighborhoods are ready for any type of disaster that can potentially affect our community.   Your can contact SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown to find out more on how to be ready when disaster strikes with SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile.  

Advantages of a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile:

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility
  • A concise profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back in your building following disaster.
  • Establishes SERVPR of Greater Smithtown as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing remediation of work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority contact information.

CARBON MONOXIDE: A Silent Killer

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You can’t see or smell carbon monoxide, but at high levels it can kill a person in minutes.  Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide (or CO) is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels, like gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas and propane burn incompletely.  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, each year more than 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning.  It is estimated another 20,000 visit the emergency room, and more than 4,000 are hospitalized due to CO poisoning.  All people and animals are at risk for CO poisoning, with some groups – including unborn babies, infants and people with chronic heart disease, anemia or respiratory problems – being more susceptible to the effects of carbon monoxide.

Symptoms of CO Poisoning

  • Dull headache
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Confusion
  • Blurred Vision
  • Loss of Consciousness

The Science of Drying

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Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying?  Having the knowledge of psychometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its preloss condition.  While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown are trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry-approved stands to help lower the chances of any secondary damaged.  If your business or home suffers a water damage, SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown will:

  • Inspect the building or home to detect every component that is wet to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
  • Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
  • Speed up Mother Nature by using profession drying equipment.

What exactly does it mean to help “speed up Mother Nature”? A wet building or home can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium.  When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material – but only if the air is drier.  The only problem is, nature often takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building or home is drying out.

SERPVRO of Greater Smithtown have the tools and equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls and much more.  We also use state of the art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business.

It’s not only the equipment but the technology too! SERVPRO has developed a DryBook, a proprietary tool that provides real-time documentation and updates on the drying process and helps ensure industry trying requirements are met.  With DryBook Mobile, you have the ability to know exactly where your property is in the drying process.

The bottom line? SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown has the professional training and equipment to help make water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Hoarding

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Many people with hoarding disorder do not find their habits to be a problem.

Hoarded items are often things others would throw away or look at as junk or garbage such as newspapers, junk mail and packaging.  Hoarding can lead homes filled with extreme clutter to full capacity from years of accumulation, making living conditions unsanitary and crowded.  Bugs, fleas’ rats and other vermin may be present.  

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown encounter hoarding situation several different ways.  Often when SERVPRO for a fire or water loss and find the hoarding situation when they arrive on site.  SERVPRO will communicate with the insurance company regarding contents coverage, and after approval contents can be packed out and possibly cleaned, dried and stored by SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown or relocated to a storage facility so work on the fire or water loss can begin. 

If you experience this, please call SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown 631-265-9200

Bio-Hazard Clean Ups

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Your disaster might not always be fire and water related but SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown is still here to help when it comes to other situations.

Bloodborne Pathogens: SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown professionals remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue, and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death.  Trained SERVPRO Franchise Technicians thoroughly clean disinfect and deodorize the structure.

Methamphetamine Labs: Many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs, such as methamphetamine, are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure.  SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown’s Professionals follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.

Crime Scene Residues: From fingerprinting powder and evidence gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown can clean and restore your property and contents.

Arson and Vandalism: SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown are recognized as leaders at helping property owners recover quickly from fire and water damage.  Your local franchise professional also provides general cleaning and deodorization services for situations resulting from vandalism including graffiti, egg, spoiled foods and humor or animal waste.

When disaster strikes make sure you have experienced professionals on the line.  No matter how big or small SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown will be ready to help make your property damage “Like it never even happened.”

Emergency Fire Damage Tips

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This kitchen sufferd a fire on the stove which caused microwave to go on fire and the cabinet.

These emergency tips will assist you in taking proper action until SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown to arrive.  Follow these Do’s and don’ts to help reduce damage and increase chances of a successful restoration. 

DO:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into carpet and avoid tracking.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from metal kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances.
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

DON’T:

  • Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown professional.
  • Don’t attempt to shampoo carpet, rugs or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown professional.
  • Don’t attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water.
  • Don’t consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. (They may be contaminated.)
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Don’t send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

When fire and water damage take control of your life, SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown will help you take it back.

Water Damage Types

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UNDERSTANDING WATER TYPES

When your home or business suffers a water damage, understanding what type of water your are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup.

There are three types of water.   Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean.   The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water.   Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous. Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more.   Black water is typically caused by sewage damage. Flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals.

Consider taking the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.

Damage from Clean Water

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a plumber to do so.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electrical shock. Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.   Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and table top item.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to safe place.
  • Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining.
  • Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as here is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Do not turn on the ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Damage from Contaminated Water

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact contaminated items.
  • Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
  • Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Do not use household fans to dry structure; air flow could spread contaminants.
  • Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminate areas.

When you have a water damage, don’t leave your property to chance. Call SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown 631-265-9200.

We specialize in Flooded Business Cleanup and Restoration

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We specialize in Flooded Business Cleanup and Restoration!

A business can have a flood at any time, although water damage most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to water intrusion because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level – this is also where businesses typically store important documents and inventory. There are a number of reasons why your business could flood, including:

  •  A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface Fire to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Fire supply-line break or hot-Fire tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about business Flooding?

Call Today – 631-265-9200

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your business's structure.  Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get. Not only that but the damage to inventory and important documents could be dramatic and irreversible.

The bottom line: a flooded business can jeopardize your health, safety, and your business’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Business Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Business Flooded? Call Us Today – 631-265-9200

Tips to prevent mold in your Long Island Bathroom

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Bathrooms are a common place for mold to occur in your home. Here are some tips on how to avoid mold in your Long Island bathroom. 

Tips on how to prevent Bathroom Mold

  • Use exhaust fans to remove moisture to the outside (not into the attic).
  • Use area rugs, which can be taken up and washed often instead of wall-to-wall carpeting.
  • Check for leaks around basins and tubs and have them repaired if necessary.
  • Open a window when showering.
  • Avoid leaving damp towels on the floor or in laundry hamper.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 631-265-9200

Personal Protective Equipment

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When it comes to SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown, our number one concern is safety: the safety of our clients and the safety of our employees.

To make sure the job is done right, employees need to take proper precautions when working in specific situations. Each job comes with its own safety concerns. For example, flood waters can come with contaminants from things like sewage; mold remediation jobs come with possible irritants to people’s eyes, skin and lungs; fire damage can come with worries like smoke inhalation and possible falling debris; and biohazard incidents can come with exposure to dangerous chemicals and bodily fluids.

SERVPRO teams are given the proper training and personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure they are prepared to safely handle each one of those incidents and a wide range of others. They follow specific guidelines laid out by our company and by the National Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Some of that PPE includes the following:

  • Tyvek Suits and Booties: which are made of a strong, but lightweight material that can protect a person from contaminants in the air. These suits cover a person from head to toe (except the face).
  • Dust Masks: which are lightweight masks worn around the nose and mouth to keep out less serious contaminants like typical, household dust.
  • Full Face Masks: which are more heavy-duty, plastic masks, seal off the entire face and include respirators. These are used in more dangerous conditions. The respirators filter out any harmful airborne pathogens and mold spores.
  • Gloves: different kinds of gloves are used depending on the situation. Nitrile gloves are used to protect from certain contaminants like bodily fluids. Whereas, stronger rubber gloves are used to protect when handling sharp or rough objects.
  • Goggles: are used to protect the eyes in dangerous conditions.
  • Hard Hats: are used to protect employees in situations where there is a risk of building collapse or falling debris.

By ensuring their own safety in the field, our team members are better able to ensure your safety and the safety of your home or business.

Remember, if you experience an incident that requires restoration work, you can count on SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown to get the job done in the SAFEST and most efficient way. Call us any time at 631-265-9200.

Water Damage Timeline

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

When flooding or water damage happens at your home or business, time is of the essence. The faster you call team SERVPRO for help, the less damage that unexpected water will be able to do.

According to the American Insurance Association, 37% of all homes will suffer water damage each year. Of the water damage that occurs, the association says 93% of that damage is preventable. According to the association, the first 24 to 48 hours are the most crucial when dealing with water damage.

SERVPRO has a timeline that lists the damage you can expect following a flood or water loss:

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

The message here is that if water ends up where it does not belong, you should NOT WAIT to call for help. Getting someone on the scene ASAP will only save time and money in the long run.

We’ve heard before that people will sometimes not even realize they’ve experienced a water loss until days, maybe even weeks later. For example, they may have a basement they don’t go into very often that floods. So, we recommend checking those isolated areas on a regular basis and after any major weather event, like torrential rains.

There are some steps you should also take while waiting for help to arrive. SERVPRO recommends as follows:

  • Stop the source of the water: if, for example, you have a broken pipe, make sure to turn off the water supply to prevent anymore leaking.
  • Remove items of value: move any valuables and furniture away from the water, to prevent permanent damage to those items.
  • Prevent the spread of moisture: as best you can, try to soak up any water by toweling or mopping the area. This will be a good temporary help. (Only do this if the water is clean!)
  • Take notes and photos for your insurance company.
  • Stay Safe! Make sure to turn off any electrical connections that could pose a danger in the flooded area. DO NOT mop or towel up any water that may be contaminated, if it came from a sewer backup, for example.

As we have said, time is not on your side when it comes to water damage. So, the sooner you call for help, the better!

You can always contact us a SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at 631-265-9200. We’re faster to any size disaster!

Flooding Can Happen Anywhere

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding can happen anywhere

According to the national Weather Service (NOAA).  Approximately seventy-five percent of all Presidential disaster declarations are associated with flooding”.  NOAA lists the most common flood hazard in the United States as: 

  • Flash Flooding
  • River Flooding
  • Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation from Tropical and Non-Tropical Systems
  • Burn Scars/Debris Flows (Caused by Wildfires)
  • Ice/Debris Jams
  • Snowmelt
  • Dry Wash (Caused by heavy rainfall in dry areas)
  • Dam Breaks/Levee Failure

Just because you haven’t experienced a flood doesn’t mean you won’t in the future.  In Fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities.  On average, Floods cost $3.5 billion in annual losses in the U.S. and commercial flood claims average more than $75,000 (NFIP).

When catastrophic water damage happens to you, SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown can help.  We can help you prepare ahead of time with an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP), or respond to any size disaster to begin cleanup and restoration to get you back in business as soon as possible. 

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown Professionals are ready to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Managing Mold

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

When there's a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown have the training, protective gear and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a "typical" mold removal process. Call the Team in Green The Mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown. A representative will ask a series of question to help determine the necessary equipment, resources and personnel needed. Inspection and Damage Assessment Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden prom plain view. Mold Containment Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. Air Filtration Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown technicians utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these spores while the mold remediation is in progress. Removing Mold and Mold Infested Materials The mold remediation process depends on the amount of the mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. Anti-fungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth. Cleaning Contents and Belongings SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. They are also trained to remove odors and deodorize using fogging equipment. Restoration Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, sub floors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in the home or business. SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business.  If you experience mold or water damage in your home or business please call SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown 631-265-9200

Hoarding

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them.  A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items.   Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs.  Many people with hoarding disorder do not find their habits to be a problem. 

Hoarded items are often things others would throw away or look as junk or garbage such as old newspapers, junk mail or packaging.  

Hoarding can lead to homes filled with extreme clutter to full capacity from years of accumulation, making living conditions unsanitary and crowded.  Bugs, fleas, rats and other vermin may be present, at which point an exterminator would need to be called.  At times, hoarding may spread to the outside of the home as well, to storage facilities, or even garage or yard.  SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown encounter hoarding situations several different ways.  Often, SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown is called for fire or water loss and find the hoarding situation when they arrive on-site.  SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown will communicate with insurance company regarding contents coverage, and after approval, contents can be packed out and possible cleaned, dried and stored by SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown or relocated to a storage facility so work on the fire or water loss can begin.   

Another way SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown encounter hoarding jobs is through calls from landlords, case workers, real estate agents, or family members, often after the death of a loved one.  In these situations, the crew will see if they should look for any items of importance while they clean the job.   Sometimes family members will come and try to help the hoarder sort through their contents as well.  

Each case is very different, and hoarding jobs are often sensitive situations, but SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown are here to help make "Like it never even happened." If you encounter a hoarding situation at one of your properties, or with your insureds, call SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown today.

Dryer Vent Cleaning

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

The importance of cleaning dryer vents.  According to FEMA, failure to clean home dryers causes 34% of home dryer fires.  Home dryer fires cause $35 million in property loss and can even cause injury  or death.   

To reduce the risk of these fires happening in your or your insureds home or business, SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown can help clean dryer vents and ducts that may have lint buildup.

Other tips for keeping your dryer vents clean from the National Fire Protection Agency include cleaning the lint filter before and after each load and making sure outdoor vent flap will open and is not restricted by snow, a birds nest, or other potential obstacles. 

For more information call SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown 631-265-9200 or email us and  check our Facebook page.

Storm Preparedness

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

This car decided to go through a large puddle and his car stalled during the storm.

Severe weather can happen any time, anywhere. We here on Long Island are experiencing Nor'Easter. Do you know the difference between a severe weather watch vs. a warning? Watch: Conditions are favorable for severe weather and it is possible. Remain alert for possible further warnings. Warnings: Severe weather has been spotted or indicated by radar. Take cover. Safety Tips: The safest place to be during high winds is indoors. Postpone outdoor activities if a wind advisory or high wind warning has been issued. High Winds can bring down trees and power lines and can turn unsecured objects into dangerous projectiles. To protect against the hazard of high winds, Long Islanders should: 

  • Check the area immediately surrounding your home or business for unsecured objects or potentially dangerous conditions. Tree limbs garbage cans, yard debris or other materials that can be moved by the wind are potential projectiles aimed at your home or parked vehicles.
  • Bring inside loose, lightweight objects such as lawn furniture, potted plants garbage cans, tools and toys.
  • Anchor objects that would be unsafe outside, such as a gas grills or propane tanks.
 If your driving during periods of high winds: 
  • Keep both hands on the wheel and slow down.
  • Watch for objects blowing across the roadway and into your path.
  • Keep a safe distance from cars in adjacent lanes, as strong gusts could push a car outside its lane of travel.
  • Take extra care in a high profile vehicle such as trucks , vans and SUVs, as these vehicles and more prone to being pushed or flipped by high wind gusts.
 Coastal Flooding Preparations:
  • Prepare a go bag that you can grab in case you need to leave your home in a hurry.
  • Learn the safest route from you home or workplace to safe, high ground in case you have to evacuate.
  • When outside, avoid walking and driving through flooded areas. As few as six inches of moving water can knock a person over. Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and possible stalling. One or two feet of water can carry away a vehicle.
  If you experience flooding and water damage to your home and need our help please call SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at 631-265-9200 ‌

When Water Damage Strikes

2/16/2018 (Permalink)

The First 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage.  Within four hours of loss notification, SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown will be on-site to help ensure a water damage is handled by completing the following steps.

Inspections:  SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning any work. 

Emergency Services:  SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown will take steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal belongings and other contents, from further damage by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying.  Our trained Crew Chief will explain the needed emergency services to you step by step. 

Monitoring:  To help ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, a SERVPRO Technician will monitor the drying process. The updates will be consistently communicated to you. 

Restoration Services:  SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown clean the affected areas for your property and belongings. A final walk through of the job site will be conducted with you to help ensure the property is returned to preloss condition.   

Dangers of Extreme Cold

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

According to the National Weather Service, $2.84 million dollars of property damage was caused by extreme cold in 2015.  

Even Scarier? Fifty-three people died and three were injured due to extreme cold the same year. 

It is important to be aware of the effect extremely cold temperatures can have on you.  The two main conditions to be aware of are frostbite and hypothermia.

Frostbite is caused when your skin is exposed to extremely cold temperatures.  Physical symptoms are white or grayish-yellow ski, skin that feels unusually firm, or waxy numbness. 

Hypothermia is when your body temperature falls to an abnormally low temperature, caused from long exposure to cold weather.  Signs of hypothermia include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness.  If someone's body temperature is below 95 degrees Fahrenheit , seek medical attention immediately.

To avoid these conditions, stay indoors if possible if not, dress warm in layers and try to keep dry, 

Frozen Pipes and Ice Damming

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

Winter weather can bring about more issues than just slippery roads and a sidewalk to shovel. If you live where temperatures sink below freezing level, you are also at risk for frozen pipes and ice dams, which can create a major disaster at your home or property. FROZEN PIPES Frozen pipes are often those exposed to the cold weather, such as those outside your house, or in cold areas such as basements, attics, garages or kitchen cabinets. A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the back-flow pressure between the water source and the blockage. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly. To prevent pipes from freezing, here a few steps you take, according to The American Red Cross: 

  • Be sure to completely drain water from swimming pool and sprinkler lines, as well as outside hoses.
  • Open kitchen cabinets to let warm air near plumbing.
  • When the weather is extremely cold, let water drip from faucets that may come from exposed pipes.
  • Keep your heat set to the same temperature both day and night.

 ICE DAMS

Ice dams can be a little-known, but major problem during the snowy season. They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still frozen ice. When the trapped water cannot safely flow or run into the gutter system, it can back-flow under the roofs shingles and into the structures interior areas, as well as causing gutters and shingles to move or fall. Icicles can be an initial sign of an ice dam, according to Travelers.com To spot ice dams inside, check for water stains or moisture in your attic or along the ceiling of exterior walls of your house. Water stains or moisture may be an indication that an ice dam has formed and water has penetrated the roof membrane. Removing and ice dam as soon as it is found is vital to helping prevent damage to your property and can be done using heated cables, a roof shovel, or calcium chloride ice melter. If winter weather causes water damage to you or your insureds property, SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown are only a call away 24/7, ready to restore to preloss condition. Call 631-265-9200

Types of Cleaning

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Mitigation requires quick action. The faster SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown arrives on site to perform fire, smoke, and soot cleanup and restoration, the better the results including lower claim cost. Within four hours of loss notification SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown will be on site to help ensure a fire damage is handled by utilizing the following services. Structural Cleaning:After smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough cleaning. SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown will pretest to determine the extent of damage, then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required toclean and protect the different types of surfaces found in your insureds structure. Content Cleaning:All of the restorable contents in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies, and upholstery. SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown can provide wet or dry cleaning services. Additionally, all the other restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to preloss condition. This includes electronics, art, wood furniture, kitchen items, clothing, bedding, and much more. Finally SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown can provide an inventory list of all "to be claimed" items for your insured. Deodorization:SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown provide specialized services that rid your insured's home or place of business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown do not merely cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; they seek out the sources of the odor and remove them.

Restoring your Commercial Property after a Water Damage Event

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Suffolk County 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 Greater Smithtown

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown 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.

Fire Prevention

10/30/2017 (Permalink)

OCTOBER IS FIRE PREVENTION MONTH Fire experts agree; people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it's too late to get out. In a matter of moments, a small flame can become a major fire, making it critical to be prepared and have an escape plan in place. The following are a few suggestions to help you develop an emergency escape plan. Draw a map of each level of your home show all doors and windows. Find two ways to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily. Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on second and third floors. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Store them near the window where they will be used. Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan. Teach Children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them. Plan for everyone in your home, with special considerations for elderly or disabled individuals. Practice your Fire Escape plan during the day and at nighttime, at least twice a year.  A Business Plan for Fire Emergencies.... Organize and Emergency Preparedness procedures review with you employees to review your company's emergency plans. You may wish to select an individual or team of individuals to lead and coordinate your emergency plan. Once a plan is developed, post evacuation procedures, including routes and exits, where they are easily accessible to all employees. Ensure all exits and routes are clearly marked and well lit, wide enough to accommodate the number of evacuating personnel, and unobstructed and clear of debris at all times. Conduct office evacuation exercises and drills. Designate a safe spot outside of the facility where employees can regroup, recover, and conduct a head count. Once completed, evaluate how well the plan worked and if additional training or exercises are needed. Please remember SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown is here for your emergency needs. Smoke Damage, Water Damage, Mold Remediation, we will make it "Like it never even happened." 631-265-9200

Happy Memorial Day

5/25/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown wishes you a very happy and safe Memorial Day.  Thank you to all who are serving and have served the Military.

Memorial Day – The Official Unofficial kickoff weekend for “pretty much almost might as well be summer”!  If you are planning to Travel, barbeque or spend a weekend in the sun, here are a few simple tips that will help you keep safe this Memorial Day.

Grill & Fire Safety – Grills and smokers, while creating delicious cookout fare, have a great potential for danger.  It is very important that a lit or hot grill is never left unattended; a responsible adult should stand guard as grill master to control flames and keep children and animals away from hot surfaces.  Before your first grill of the year and often during grilling season, make sure your grill ready for the job.  Keep it clean of grease, inspect propane fuel lines and position your grill away from structures, trees and high-traffic walkways.  You should also take any precautions in case a flare up or fire were to occur; keep an extinguisher nearby and make sure to know how to cut off fuel lines if you’re using propane.

Picnic Food Safety – Proper food safety during barbecues can help to avoid tummy troubles later.  Make sure to take safe food preparation precautions and avoid cross contamination with plenty of hand washing.  Take steps to keep foods at safe temperatures; cold foods should be kept on ice or refrigerated and left out no longer than an hour, and warm foods should be kept heated to at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit until served.  Keep all outdoor buffet dishes covered and try to keep insects from depositing germs onto your delicious meal.  If you do end up with any sort of digestion problems after a barbecue, stay hydrated and seek medical assistance if you experience serious symptoms.

Summer Sun Safety – If you spent time in the sun, be sun safe!  Use sunscreen of an appropriate SPF and make sure to reapply as necessary, especially if you are swimming or sweating.  Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and to keep cool.  Don’t forget your eyes – wear a hat and sunglasses.

Memorial Day Travel Safety – Tens of millions of Americans travel during Memorial Day Weekend, so it is especially important to include safety into your weekend travel plans.  Prepare your car for road trips by making sure your car is in top working condition; check your tire pressure and filly our tank before heading out on your trip and make sure you are equipped with emergency essentials.  Plan your drive ahead of time to choose direct routes on safe roads and keep an eye on weather forecasts to avoid driving with dangerous conditions.  Never drive after drinking, travel with anyone who has been drinking, or allow anyone who has been drinking to drive.  Of course, when you are driving, always wear your seat belt.

Deodorization

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized.  Fire, Smoke and soot damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems. 

 As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure, leaving odorous residues and deposits on the surfaces and in hard to reach places.  Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors.

 With Technicians certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown provide specialized services that can rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage.   SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown do not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; they seek out and remove the sources of the odor.  Once the source is found, SERVPRO’s own proprietary line of cleaning products is used to treat and prevent the odor from returning.  Any restorable item in affected areas will also be professionally cleaned and deodorized, including furniture draperies and upholstery, electronics, art,  flooring, walls ceiling, HVAC air ducts and more.

 Call SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown and we will explain the various deodorization methods available and which will work best for you.

If you or a customer suffer a fire damage or some other accident and require deodorization services, contact SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown.  Whether its’s fire, water or mold damage, or just a stubborn odor that refuses to go away, we’ll help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Emergency Ready Profile

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Profile App

Call the Cleanup Team that is faster to any size disaster

Flooding can happen anywhere

According to the national Weather Service (NOAA).  Approximately seventy-five percent of all Presidential disaster declarations are associated with flooding”.  NOAA lists the most common flood hazard in the United States as: 

  • Flash Flooding
  • River Flooding
  • Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation from Tropical and Non-Tropical Systems
  • Burn Scars/Debris Flows (Caused by Wildfires)
  • Ice/Debris Jams
  • Snowmelt
  • Dry Wash (Caused by heavy rainfall in dry areas)
  • Dam Breaks/Levee Failure

Just because you haven’t experienced a flood doesn’t mean you won’t in the future.  In Fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities.  On average, Floods cost $3.5 billion in annual losses in the U.S. and commercial flood claims average more than $75,000 (NFIP).

When catastrophic water damage happens to you, SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown can help.  We can help you prepare ahead of time with an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP), or respond to any size disaster to begin cleanup and restoration to get you back in business as soon as possible. 

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown Professionals are ready to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Spring is Here

4/12/2017 (Permalink)

Birds are chirping and the temperatures have warmed up - spring is finally here!  Spring Cleaning is a tradition allowing us to freshen our environment and get a head start on the hectic seasons of spring and summer.  While many people deep clean their homes, this is also a great time to clean and organize your business.  


SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown can help get your facility in tip top shape.  In addition to air duct and HVAC cleaning, SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown professionals are trained to use state of the art equipment and remove soils hiding deep within your carpet, as well as focused stain removal and stain resistance applications.   Other services include:  Upholstery and drapery cleaning, hard floor cleaning and care, and odor deodorization.  


 


A clean environment is a healthy environment!  Improve your living and work spaces this spring.  If you need a little help, don't worry, SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown have the tools to make your home or business sparkle in no time!


 


 Spring Cleaning your Workspace


 *Divide Your Workspace Into Zones:


 Determine how you want and need to use the space and set up zones for your daily functions. You may require a work-space for your computer, a library area for your research, a storage area for supplies and filing area for you archives.  This will provide a foundation for more efficient use of space. 


 *Keep Only What You Need at Arm's Length:  Boxes of pens, stacks of papers and old coffee cups need to go.  Rid your desk of visual clutter by paring down the items on top to the essentials only.  Supplies, paperwork and personal items should be kept in the zones you've established for the.


 *Sort Your Catch-All Drawer:  Use drawer dividers to give everything a place, lie compartments for paperclips and rubber-bands.  Go through the drawer every six weeks and clear out anything that is out of place or isn't being used. 


 *Eliminate Digital Clutter:  Digital clutter can be just as stressful as physical clutter.  Organize digital files and your email inbox just as you would paper files with a system of logical and clearly labeled folders.  Also, keep the icons on your desktop to a bare minimum, and trade in sticky notes on your monitor for calendar reminders. 


 

The #1 Reasons Homeowners File a Homeowners Claim

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage is responsible for more homeowner insurance claims than fires, storms or theft.  However, it is often easily preventable.  

 For example, four in 10 homeowners never bother to check a washing machine's hose line.  Chances are, sooner or later, those lines will fail.  The same follows for dishwasher hoses, automatic ice-make lines and hot water heaters.  As they age, they all pose hidden dangers. 

 

It is simply a matter of time before hose lines fail, and when they do, it's usually quite expensive.  Preventive maintenance is the best solution.  We advise:

  • Check hoses for kinks and cracks every time you do the laundry.  Replace your washing machine hoses every five years with a high pressure hose, preferably a durable metal-mesh hose.  These hoses cost only $5 to $10.
  • Check for signs of leaks, inspect flooring around your water heater and other fixtures or appliances. 
  • Inspect refrigerator, dishwasher and outside faucet lines for leaks and crimps.  If you move appliances to clean, please be careful not to overextend or pinch hoses. 

 The danger of a water leak is that if it's not addressed right away, even a small leak can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your floors and walls.  It's the water you can't see that may cause the most damage.  

 In the unfortunate event that you do suffer water damage, trust your home to the professionals. SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown knows that your home is a reflection of you.  We offer the very best of service at a fair price. Call us today for a free estimate.

Contact us for all your restoration needs 24/7 and for additional information call us 631-265-9200

 

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown is a Certified Firm

1/30/2017 (Permalink)

We are elated to announce that we are a Certified Firm with the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).  This is the highest certification a firm can receive in our industry.  It means we have completed all of their advanced training programs and course studies which in turn seaways to the optimum professionalism and expertise regarding all of our services. 


For all your restoration needs contact the professionals of SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown.


 

Smoke Alarms Save Lives

1/30/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

In homes:

smoke alarms should be in every bedroom.

Outside each sleeping area and on every level, including the basement. 

Extra Smoke alarms may be needed in large homes.

Test Smoke alarms monthly using test button.  Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years.   Other alarms need batteries replaced every year, and the unit replaced every ten years.  If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately.  Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm.  Almost half of the fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries. 

If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your spoke alarms, contact your local fire department, and electrician or the American Red Cross.

Be sure your home has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills with your family.

For more information on Emergency Preparedness, contact SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown @ 631-265-9200

Smoke and Soot Damage in Smithtown home

1/26/2017 (Permalink)

Soot Webs throughout the home

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 Greater Smithtown 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 – 631-265-9200

Winter Heating Hazards

1/17/2017 (Permalink)

Types of Heaters

Did you know 50% of all residential heating-related fires are reported during the Months of December, January and February?

Keep Anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or a portable space heater.  Have a three foot "kid-free zone" around open fires and space heaters.

Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room.  Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container.  Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.   

Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.  

Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.

Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.

Test smoke alarms monthly.  

If your property does suffer fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown to help make it "Like it never even happened"

Does Your Home Have a Mold Problem?

11/15/2016 (Permalink)

Mold damage was caused from a malfunctioned Hot water valve causing hot steam, mold to grow rapidly in this finished basement.

 

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

 

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 631-265-9200

 

We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration

9/13/2016 (Permalink)

A pipe broke above and caused this basement to be flooded.

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today – SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown 631-265-9200

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown 631-265-9200

Happy and Safe Labor Day

9/2/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown wishes you all a Happy and Safe Labor Day! Are you Ready for the upcoming Storm?  

10 Ways You Can Be Prepared:

If disaster strikes, will you be ready?  It is important to prepare before disaster occurs.  Consider the following steps to help you better prepare for and emergency situation.

- Sign up for local alerts and warnings, download apps, and or check access for wireless emergency alerts. 

-  Develop a test emergency communications plans.

-  Assemble or update emergency supplies.

-  Learn about local hazards and conduct a drill to practice emergency response actions.  

- Participate in a preparedness discussion, training, or class.   

-  Collect and safeguard critical documents.

- Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources. 

- Document property and obtain appropriate insurance for relevant hazards.  

-  Make property improvements to reduce potential injury and property damage. 

- Hold a scenario-based continuity of operations tabletop exercise for your organization. 

We hope you all had a great summer.  Thank you for your business.  Please feel free to call us with any questions.

Sincerely,

Frank Solano

631-265-9200

Will you be READY for 2016?

12/30/2015 (Permalink)

The new year signifies a fresh start. With each new year, many people resolve to better themselves or some part of their life. This year, make a resolution to be READY. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can at least prepare for it. The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you are "Ready for whatever happens."

In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations, and priority areas. The ERP also establishes SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to over 45 years experience and a System more than 1700 Franchises strong. The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save you time and money in the future. By downloading the free SERVPRO READY App, this information is stored electronically and can be accessed using your mobile device, making help just a few taps away.

Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster. Don't wait until disaster strikes. Call SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown to establish your Emergency READY Profile, and be "Ready for whatever happens" in 2016.

Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise profile document containing only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Establishes your loval SERVPRO as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.

Eliminate heating hazards this winter

12/18/2015 (Permalink)

The winter season is in full swing! The days are shorter and the temperatures are lower. No matter where you live, winter brings a change in the weather. In an effort to keep our homes and workplaces cozy, many people use alternative heat sources like fireplaces, portable space heaters, and wood burning stoves. According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment is responsible for an estimated $893 million in property damage annually. Heating is the second leading cause of residential fire deaths, making it important to review ways to help reduce the risk of a heating-related fire.

  • Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater. Have a three foot "kid-free zone" around open fires and space heaters.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel-burning space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer's instructions.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly.

If your property does suffer fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Escape planning for your business in case of a fire

12/15/2015 (Permalink)

Before we touched on how to prepare for escaping from a fire in your home, but if you own commercial property it could be a bit different. And although an emergency escape plan is not required for all businesses, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends building an emergency action plan to protect yourself, your employees, and your business during an emergency situation. OSHA suggests the following steps when developing such a plan.

Organize an Emergency Preparedness Procedures review with employees to review your company's emergency plans. You may wish to select an individual or team to lead and coordinate your emergency plan.

Once a plan is developed, post evacuation procedures, including routes and exits, where they are easily accessible to all employees. Ensure all exits and routes are clearly marked and well-lit, wide enough to accomodate the number of evacuating personnel, and unobstructed and clear of debris at all times. 

Conduct office evacuation exercises and drills. Designate a safe spot outside of the facility where employees can regroup, recover, and conduct a head count. Once complete, evaluate how well the plan worked and if additional training or exercises are needed.

Tips provided by the National Fire Protection Association and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Be ready for a home fire by preparing an escape plan

12/15/2015 (Permalink)

October was Fire Prevention Month, but considering our last blog post, it seems like a good idea to talk about fire prevention and what to do in case it happens.

A house fire can happen to ANYONE, and every second counts. In a matter of moments, a small flame can turn into a major fire, mating it critial to be perpared by having an escape plan in place. A survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows only 26 percent of families have developes and practiced a home fire escape plan. Once a plan is developes, it is critical everyone in the home understands the plan; the best way to do this is by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year. The following are a few suggestions to help you develop an emergency escape plan.

Draw a map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows. Find two ways to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.

Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second and third floor. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Store them near the window where they well be used.

Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.

Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them.

Plan for everyone in your home with special considerations for elderly or disabled individuals.

Practice your fire escape plan at night AND during the daytime.

Steer clear of fires this year!

12/14/2015 (Permalink)

Here's a few facts about you might not know about fires during this season!

  • One of every three home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems.
  • A heat source too close to the tree causes roughly one in every six Christmas tree fires.
  • More than half (56%) of home candle fires occur when something that can catch on fire is too close to the candle.
  • December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. In December, 11 percent of home candle fires began with decorations compared to 4 percent the rest of the year!
  • Although Christmas tree fires are uncommon, when they do occur they are more likely to be serious.

The above facts are provided by the National Fire Protection Association.

Is your property ready for winter?

12/11/2015 (Permalink)

Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not properly prepared. Whether it is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damaging winds, sleet or snow, all can cause serious and costly property damage. While you cannot control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared and help take the sting out of winter weather.

To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property before colder weather hits:

  • Check your property for downed tree limbs and branches. Wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Roofs, water pipes, and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can lead to a damming effect, which can cause damage and interior water problems.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells, and entryways, and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
  • Protect water pipes from freezing by allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open to allow warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing the pipe.
  • Ask SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown about completing an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for your business. The ERP is a no-cost assessment to your facility, and provides you with a plan to get back in business fast following a disaster.

Avoid holiday hazards!

12/10/2015 (Permalink)

Review the following simple safety tips, provided by the National Fire Protection Association, to greatly reduce the fire risk in your home or business this holiday season. 

  • Two out of five home decoration fires are started by candles. Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that burns
  • Use sturdy candle holders that are not likely to tip over and place candles on clear, uncluttered surfaces. Consider using flameless candles instead of real candles.
  • Make sure your tree and decorations are at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, candles or heat vents.
  • Make sure you have the correct type of lights for your desired decor. Some lights are designed for only indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
  • Carefully inspect light strands before placing them. Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of lights sets.
  • Remember to turn off outside decorative lights and Christmas tree lights before leaving the house or going to bed.
  • Get rid of your tree after Christmas or when it is dry. Dried-out trees are a fire hazard and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home. Check with your local community to find a recycling program.
  • Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.

Everyone here at SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown wishes you a safe and happy holiday season!

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