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Smoke Residue Removal Strategies for Fire Damaged Syosset Homes

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke damage on walls and ceiling Smoke residue is hard to remove. Call SERVPRO for fast. effective fire damage restoration.

How to Eliminate Smoke Residues After Fire Damage in Your Syosset Home

A fire of any size can produce much smoke, leaving soot and unpleasant smells that can penetrate carpets, clothing, upholstery, and other materials. After a fire loss, you can hire fire restoration experts from SERVPRO to help you deal with the problem. Our technicians can use different techniques to restore your home to normal, depending on the extent of the damage.

The fire damage in your Syosset home may include soot, smoke, and ash residues even in the rooms that the flames did not ruin. If you let the residues remain in the house for a long time, removing them can be more difficult. Soot can cause discoloration of clothing, draperies, walls, and ceilings the longer it stays without being removed. It can also discolor plastics and appliance finishes. Windows and glass surfaces may etch, and you may have to replace them.

Restoring your home after a fire requires special tools, enough workforce, and proper cleaning techniques. SERVPRO has the resources and skills needed to deal with soot damage. Our Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRTs) can assess the extent of smoke damage and inform you what we can do to bring back your home to its original condition.

Our technicians can use several strategies to clean up your home. We can pre-clean the affected areas through vacuuming or dry brushing to eliminate lingering dirt and ash. Our crew can then use general surface cleaners to wet-clean various surfaces such as appliances, painted walls, ceilings, hard surface furniture, countertops, plastics, and paneling. The alkalinity of general surface cleaners is low enough, and these products, therefore, do not ruin semi-gloss interior paint.

We can eliminate smoke residues from the interior and exterior surfaces of your home effectively. The fire may have severely ruined some structures in your home, such that it is impossible to restore them to the preloss state. Our restorers can dispose of the items that the flames have charred or heat has blistered. To eliminate odors, our technicians can use thermal foggers and air scrubbers.

We provide off-site restoration services for severely ruined contents. We offer move-out services, which involve removing affected items from the home and taking them to our facilities for complete smoke damage restoration. We return the items to a home after the restoration process. Regardless of the smoke damage cleanup services you need, we can coordinate with your insurer to minimize stress and provide you with peace of mind.

If you need to remove smoke residues after a fire loss in your Hicksville, Plainview, or Woodbury home, call SERVPRO of Hicksville / Plainview at (516) 733-1800 for prompt restoration. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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What is the Best Way to Dry Your Hicksville Hospital

10/5/2019 (Permalink)

Outside of hosiptal Water damage in your hosiptal? Call SERVPRO for fast remediation.

Assessing Drying Needs for a Hicksville Hospital 

Every water loss incident in Hicksville is not the same, though they do all share one similar characteristic – the first two days are the most critical for recovery and property protection. This fact is especially true when speaking of your area hospital. With hundreds of employees and patients at any given time in the facility, even minor water damage incidents can have a dramatic ripple effect that impacts the entire structure. Our professionals have premier equipment and products to address the drying needs of your hospital quickly. 

Water damage in Hicksville medical centers must get addressed immediately for multiple reasons. You cannot predict how even elevated humidity levels can affect unwell patients in the building. Prolonged exposure degrades and deteriorates construction materials and leave your facility and property management corporation open to lawsuits from affected individuals. 

Your hospital strives to stay as technologically advanced as possible and replaced many of the traditional tools and devices of the medical professional for electronic and digital versions. Unfortunately, these new tools are more susceptible to standing water or spiked relative humidity levels – which can negate your investment as these units become unusable or damaged. This threat is what makes slowing the migration of water effects a priority of our SERVPRO team arriving at your facility. 

Because water loss incidents vary in size and severity, the best approach to dry these effects varies too. In some situations, the use of air movers and dehumidifiers can address mild moisture concerns while other situations require light wand extraction and rapid drying techniques after establishing drying zones with plastic sheeting barriers. Whether it is a situation that we can address by extensive cleanup or a situation that requires monitoring over several days as our drying tools continually work, we can make these water losses “Like it never even happened.” 

When you are contending with a water loss incident, you might not always have the time or luxury to depend on your custodial staff to take care of the situation. Our SERVPRO of Hicksville / Plainview team can respond quickly, helping to clear up most water loss scenarios in as little as 72 hours. Give us a call today at (516) 733-1800. 

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Hickville Homes Having Mold Infestations Are Best Served with SERVPRO's Remediation Service

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

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Why You Should Not DIY Cleanup Mold Damage in Your Hicksville Home

The first emotion most homeowners have when they hear they have a mold damage issue in their home is either shock or overwhelmed at the thought of what to do about it. Mold has a scary reputation, and many people fear it.

When SERVPRO technicians tackle mold damage in a Hicksville property, they know mold is a symptom of an equally significant issue. It takes very little for naturally occurring airborne spores to germinate, but the conditions must be right.

The technicians undergo extensive training in the restoration services industry as taught through The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Once certified, they continue their education as advancements happen to stay on top of the latest technological breakthroughs.

Locating the Reason for Mold
When the SERVPRO technicians arrive on-site, they scope the property to discover the reason for the mold. Sometimes it is obvious, such as post-flood damage or not-so-obvious in the case of an inadequate ventilation system in the bathroom causing the steam from showers to collect in the attic. If there are issues that require repair setting the home up for mold infestations, the homeowner receives the cause plus solutions in a report compiled by SERVPRO.

Cleaning and Removal of Mold Damaged Items
Technicians examine both the structure and contents for signs of mold infestation. Non-porous items fare the best as they generally hold up to the cleaning methods required to eradicate mold from surfaces. Sheetrock and porous materials with mold growth are, unfortunately, often a loss. We try to preserve the drywall material rather than tear out and replace it whenever possible.

Careful Remediation Tactics
While each job for mold remediation has unique qualities, the technicians perform the safety precautions and processes in the same order. The prevention of cross-contamination, particularly of the ductwork is crucial. Containment is a standard procedure, as airborne mold spores have the potential to spread and germinate elsewhere in the home where conditions are ideal, meaning sufficient moisture or humidity. Technicians use air scrubbers to capture airborne spores and often used in tandem with negative air chambers to assist in stopping any further spore spreading during drying and the precise, manual removal of dried colonies.

SERVPRO of Hicksville / Plainview at (516) 733-1800 is available 24/7 to diagnose and remediate mold damage in local properties. They have specialized tools and knowledge to restore homes to their pre-mold condition and make it "Like it never even happened."

What is a Puff Back and How does it Cause Fire Damage to Syosset Homes?

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

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Puff Back is a Form of Fire Damage and can Affect Your Syosset Home's Interior 

Every season, homeowners across Syosset check different appliances to ensure they remain in proper working order. In the fall, furnaces come into use, and some residents find themselves looking for a new unit to heat their homes. Others slip through and seem fine for a month or two.

When loud bangs or small explosions start coming from your home's furnace in Syosset, soot and fire damage might not come to mind right away. Puff backs not only makes your furnace a source of strange noises, but it also dumps soot from partially combusted fuel into your home's living space.

Visual evidence of puff back appears around the walls next to vents and on the ceilings directly above them. Inside the ducts, a coating of soot gradually grows thicker every time your furnace heats your house. Because puff back is a sign of a failing furnace and repairs typically cannot sufficiently remedy the problem, a new furnace becomes the only way to fix puff back.

After the installation of a new furnace, SERVPRO's team of specialists can clean your home's interior of the darkened areas near vents. These surfaces might require more than cleaning if the deposits hardened. Slight abrasive action with a stiff brush might suffice. However, some cases require sanding and then repainting.

The items you have on display within your residence also become covered in a thin, slightly sticky layer of soot from a furnace with puff back. We use special cleaners that cause the soiling to disintegrate quickly and then rinse these items. Several items also become soot-free during a water bath in our ultrasonic machine. We have a method for practically every item in your home affected by soot, smoke, or fire damage.

Our building services team also assists us in restoring homes and businesses by cleaning the HVAC systems, including the ducts. These can continually release into the air loosened pieces of soot you and your family breathe. This contaminated air can also smell stale or heavy. A thorough cleaning of the vents and ducts eliminates this from continuing.

SERVPRO of Hicksville / Plainview can rid your home in Woodbury and Lake Grove of the residue left on your walls, ceilings, and other interior surfaces by a failing furnace. Call us at (516) 733-1800 for technicians who can arrive at your earliest convenience.

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Our Experts Can Restore Your Hicksville Home After A Fire

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

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Reducing Loss In Your Fire-Damaged Hicksville Home

We are mitigation specialists that train excessively in the latest techniques and practices that can save Hicksville homeowners time and money when they get faced with fire losses. No matter the damage or severity of the effects in your house, we have a qualified roster of professionals capable of responding quickly to help. When combined with our extensive inventory of recovery tools and products, we can make fire loss incidents, “Like it never even happened” for our customers.
Reducing your loss is the priority of our technicians from the time that you first call us to address fire damage in your Hicksville home. Our readiness for these emergencies gets exemplified with how quickly we can have field technician boots on the ground, leaving our facility with our production trailers, service vehicles, and trailered equipment in tow. From air purification and deodorization to soot removal products and equipment, we can help you through every phase of recovery.
Trusting our SERVPRO professionals to handle the fire loss incidents in your home is putting your trust in our years of experience and continued training in each facet and niche of fire recovery. Not only does our team obtain their Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician certification through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), but we encourage in house training and online coursework to ensure that our professionals are among the most well-qualified in the area to handle your crisis.
A substantial factor in the success that our team has had in the fire recovery niche over the years can get attributed to our commitment to having the top-tier equipment available in the industry. From thermal and UV foggers for deodorization to ultrasonic tanks and potent cleaning agents for soot and smoke residues, we know how to help your home return to preloss condition.
No matter the size or severity of a fire loss incident, you never have much time to get the right personnel working in the house. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, and we can start mitigation that protects your home and its contents from worsening conditions. Count on our SERVPRO of Hicksville / Plainview professionals to be ready 24/7 to help at (516) 733-1800.

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We Have The Best Techniques To Restore Your Hicksville Home

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Shelves of drying equipment in our warehouse If your home is affected by water damage, you will want to select a restoration company that can respond quickly and has equipment available 24/7.

Can You Protect Water Damaged Drywall in Hicksville Homes?

Not all water loss incidents affect Hicksville homes in the same way. With circumstances that present a larger volume of water damage, including standing water, a swift and confident reaction can help to limit the overall effects experienced. With how quickly elements like drywall, wallboard, or plasterboard can absorb moisture and standing water nearby, you have a limited amount of time to protect these elements if you can at all. Many turn to the experience and fast response of our SERVPRO professionals to help assess the damage and determine the best approach to protect exposed elements like sheetrock.

Protecting drywall installed in your home begins with mitigation tactics like water removal for Hicksville homes. We have a broad array of powerful extraction tools that can remove standing water quickly from damaged areas of your property. With multiple units ranging in size and power, we have machines suited to fit every level of severity our Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) might experience.

One of the best things that you can do, whether you intend on pursuing the experienced restoration professionals of our SERVPRO team or not, is to determine where damaged drywall exists. Part of the mitigation process for our team is preparing the property for the reconstruction efforts it could need based on the severity of the internal flooding. Ideally, the best approach here is to use a probing moisture detector. This equipment is not always something easy to find or even rent. An alternate approach involves removing baseboards and poking holes with a screwdriver. If the drywall is soft, it has become exposed to moisture.

With substantial water loss incidents, our SERVPRO team often employs a flood cut approach. Not only does this allow direct access to wall cavities for thorough drying, but it also removes all exposed portions of drywall. By not removing the entire panel of sheetrock, we can more efficiently replace the affected areas of construction materials.

We strive to provide our customers with the confident and knowledgeable response that they need in a crisis, and with a proactive approach by our clients, it is much more likely that more significant portions of drywall can get recovered and preserved. No matter how we can help, give our SERVPRO of Hicksville / Plainview rapid response team a call at (516) 733-1800.

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Storm Damaged Windows Allow Flooding in Hicksville

8/22/2019 (Permalink)

Fallen tree causes broken window Storm damage includes broken windows. Did you know that we provide emergency board up services? Call us today!

Broken Windows Can Allow Flooding in Hicksville Homes

Severe weather events threaten Hicksville homes in many ways. With a storm that can carry debris and gale-force winds, exposed windows are susceptible to getting destroyed, leaving the property vulnerable to flooding and other potential threats. As one of the leading storm response teams in the area, we strive to help our customers before they need us with helpful strategies to protect their investments.  We also have sound equipment and products once a disaster has already struck. 

Understanding the steps that you can take to avoid storm flood damage for Hicksville homes is critical. Restoration and recovery solutions can become very costly and time-consuming, leaving homeowners stressed that their properties might never look the same again. While our SERVPRO team has the training and expertise to overcome all levels of storm damage and widespread flooding, every homeowner should strive to avoid these circumstances when possible. 

Preparing for a storm can help you to ward off much of the damage that can result. If warnings suggest that a moving system can bring high winds, hail, and other threats, you can work to protect vulnerable areas of the house before the storm arrives. Because windows are such a commonly threatened construction element of your home, boarding up these areas can decrease the likelihood of shattering and exposure to the elements. 

Our SERVPRO team understands how quickly torrential rainfall can result in flooding of the exposed area. Even more detrimental is the spread of these effects to endanger the contents of your home and structural elements throughout the entire property. We arrive with rapid drying tools that can work to quickly drop relative humidity and moisture content beneath the established baseline to prevent unnecessary tear-out and reconstruction of saturated materials and belongings. 

Storm damages can become a quickly compromising circumstance that threatens not only your house but those that occupy it. Our SERVPRO of Hicksville / Plainview response team is We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, whenever strong weather systems threaten your property. Give us a call anytime you face an emergency at (516) 733-1800.

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A Leaky Industrial Dishwasher Can Leave Your Cafe in Need of Local Hicksville Water Removal Services

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Hicksville / Plainview is ready to roll to your business for water damage restoration.

SERVPRO is Ready to Remove Water From Your Business

As a business owner of any kind, needing to close your doors and call for professional water removal services is never a desirable situation for your shop. Running a cafe without a dishwasher is practically impossible. The entire purpose of your business is to provide a place for people to eat light foods and drink coffee, tea, and smoothies. Without dishes, it can be hard to provide people with food and drink, which is why it is so essential for you to reach out for help as soon as possible. 

When you closed up your cafe during the night, with the last load of dishes running, you did not expect to need to call for local Hicksville water removal services. Upon arriving in the morning and setting out to do your usual prep for the day, you found a puddle of water on your kitchen floor near your dishwasher. Unsure of how long the water was sitting, you knowingly got on the phone and called for help right away. Calling for professional assistance is the best thing you can do to help reverse any water damage that may have happened. Remember, whenever you find water damage on your property, never hesitate to get help. 

Here at SERVPRO, we know how valuable your time is as a business owner. Every moment that the water is inside of your kitchen is another moment you're losing business. For this reason, we build our schedule around yours. Whenever you need us, our Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) are ready to travel to your location as soon as possible. At SERVPRO, our technicians are excellently trained, we use advanced technology to fight water damage, and We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

When our WRT arrive at your cafe, they can get to work immediately, bringing in wet/dry vacuums to remove the standing water. While they work, some of our other technicians can check the dishwasher for any signs of rusting. Furthermore, they can check to make sure that the water did not short the dishwasher out. Should it no longer work, SERVPRO can help you file a claim with your insurance adjuster. Finally, our technicians can check for water damage and apply the proper remedy, using devices like dehumidifiers, heaters, and axial fans. 

If something goes wrong on your property and causes water damage, never wait. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Hicksville / Plainview by calling (516) 733-1800. No matter the time, we're always ready to help. 

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We Have The Proper Techniques To Restore Your Hicksville Home After A Water Damage Disaster

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage in Hicksville can be brought on very quickly and sometimes in large quantities. We have the equipment ready to restore your home.

Water Removal Tactics You Can Start Now in Hicksville Homes

Fast response to emergencies like water loss incidents can reduce the detrimental damages that these situations can have on your Hicksville home. With more widespread and substantial loss scenarios, pooling water can also become a threat to the house as well. Understanding what you can do immediately to reduce the severity of these water effects and to better protect your home is vital in helping restoration complete more quickly and for a less total out-of-pocket expense.

Effective water removal for Hicksville homes begins with an awareness of the damage and how best to approach drying and extraction. While our SERVPRO professionals can help our customers to overcome these effects in their houses, there are also strategies that you can employ as well to complete this essential stage of recovery without professional restoration services like our team can provide.

Before you become overwhelmed by pooling water in your property, here are a few tips from our SERVPRO team to you:

Find the Source – No matter how severe standing water becomes in your house, this water damage is only going to continually worsen until you locate the source of the loss incident and address it directly. With situations like plumbing or fixture breaks, you can often find helpful online content for DIY replacement.

Use the Right Tool for the Job – Our professionals do not approach any water loss incident without the full measure of our recovery and mitigation equipment. Not all extraction tools are ideal for each scenario, and you might find it is much wiser to rent a larger unit for more efficient water removal than to rely on the slower pace of tools like wet-vacs.

Know Your Limitations – As much as there are many situations where you can save your household money with a DIY approach, water loss can be a substantial challenge for even experienced hands. Know your limits and reach out to our professionals if you must.

Water loss incidents present a continual risk to area homes and businesses because of their plentiful sources and how quickly the emergency can get out of control. Give our SERVPRO of Hicksville / Plainview team a call at (516) 733-1800 anytime you need to make these water effects “Like it never even happened.”

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Water Can Destroy Your Hicksville Home Within Minutes!

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

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DIY Restoration For Your Water-Damaged Hicksville Home

Knowing what to do when disasters strike is something that can set many Hicksville homeowners apart. The push for DIY approaches for both repairs and restorations can save you time and money on getting your property back to pre-damage condition, provided that you are thorough and knowledgeable about how to accomplish the work. The earliest choices that you make when water damage begins in your house are among the most critical, and determine how challenging full restoration later becomes.

Water damage to Hicksville properties can occur in many stages and present unique risks, especially when you cannot immediately determine where the problem originates. Once you get the damaged element in your home shut off to the water supply, you can begin to set your sights on drying out the affected areas. Our SERVPRO team encourages customers to focus on keeping relative humidity levels low to protect construction materials, structural elements, and prevent microbial growth.

As much as many homeowners might be under the impression that cleanup of water loss incidents is sopping up standing water and drying areas naturally, there are many specialized tools that you might find are necessary. These reduce the time invested in restoring the property and reduce moisture and dampness before harmful secondary effects such as mold growth can take hold. Here are some tools, devices, and equipment our SERVPRO team uses that you might want to look to rent or purchase from local home improvement locations:

    •    Moisture Content Reader
    •    Infrared Camera
    •    High-Velocity Air Mover
    •    Desiccant and Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers
    •    Wet-Vacs with Extraction Attachments
    •    Engine-Driven Trash Pumps with Discharge Hoses
    •    Professional-Grade Carpet and Floor Cleaning Machines
    •    Deodorization Equipment

Not all of the equipment is going to be necessary to recover your property, as every situation is unique in the damages present and tools needed to overcome it. Our SERVPRO of Hicksville / Plainview team is always available 24/7 if you find that the situation has gotten out of your control or you need a second opinion. Give us a call anytime at (516) 733-1800.

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