Recent Storm Damage Posts

What Should I Do If My Basement in Smithtown Gets Flooded After a Thunderstorm?

9/13/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded Home Flooding in your basement can put a huge strain on you and your family. Contact SERVPRO for professional flood damage remediation.

For Flood Damage Mitigation Inside Your Basement in Smithtown Call SERVPRO

Whenever a rainstorm hits your neighborhood in Smithtown, water can build up in your yard. Once standing water gets deep outside your house, it can fill up your basement's window wells and leak into your house.

How Can You Get Water Out Of My Basement If It Is Deep?

During any flood damage project in Smithtown, our SERVPRO technicians start the restoration efforts by removing any standing water present in your basement. If the standing water is more than two inches deep, then we can use a submersible pump to remove it.

How Do You Know How Many Pumps To Use?

Before we start sucking up your standing water with sump pumps, we must figure out how many gallons we need to pump out to determine what types of pumps and how many to use. For example, if your basement is 20 feet by 50 feet in size and the water is six inches deep, then we make the following calculations to figure out how many pumps to use:

  • We start by calculating the cubic footage of standing water by multiplying the room's width, length, and depth of the H2O or 20' x 50' x 6" (0.5')= 500 cubic feet.
  • We then assess how many gallons are present by multiplying the square footage of your basement by the number of gallons in cubic feet of liquid (7.48) or 500 x 7.48=3,740 gallons.
  • Next, we can divide the number of gallons per hour (GPH) the pump can move to figure how long it will take and how many pumps we need to use to accomplish our time goal. For example, if we are using a 1,200 GPH pump, then we would divide the number of gallons by the pump's GPH to get a time amount of 3,740 ÷ 1,200 = 3.12 hours.

If the water gets deep inside your basement after a storm, call SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 24 hours a day.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

SERVPRO Arrives Quickly to Smithtown Properties with Flood Damage

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

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.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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 ‌