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Can I Clean Smoke Stained Walls after Hicksville Fire Damage?

9/28/2022 (Permalink)

floor covered in soot damage After fire damage in your Hicksville home, our experts are able to help. Call SERVPRO, we are always available.

Professional Help is Preferable for Hicksville Fire Restoration

One of the most distressing parts about fire damage in your home is how unsightly your house might look after the blaze. It is hard to settle back into your home if you have soot-blackened walls and ceilings.

As well as blackening walls, fire damage in Hicksville homes also affects the air. The Environmental Protection Agency points out that burning materials release microscopic particles into the air. It is easy to see why it is better to clean up the sooty residue as soon as possible. But is it a wise idea to do the cleaning yourself? No. It is better to call SERVPRO first.

Why it is a Wise Idea to Call in the Professionals 

We understand that you want your home back to normal as quickly as possible. It is tempting to grab a bucket and sponge or some cleaning spray and start wiping down your walls immediately.

However, there are many benefits to calling our professional fire restoration technicians.

  • We train our technicians to Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards.
  • Our team can assess the marks on your walls and decide the best way to clean them.
  • We have access to industry-standard tools and products designed to deal with fire restoration.

If you use the wrong fire damage cleaning method, such as wet cleaning a wallpaper that is not suitable for this method, you could worsen the problem. There is a risk of stubborn stains that won’t come off or unsightly streaks.

SERVPRO teams know how to tackle soot-stained walls during fire restoration. We are available 24/7, and we aim to leave your home “Like it never even happened.” When you call, we will take details of your situation and call you back within the hour to let you know when to expect our team.

Why Does the Type of Wall Cover Matter?

Walls can have many types of covering: 

  • Wallpaper, both smooth and textured.
  • Wood paneling can be either finished or unfinished.
  • Metal or ceramic tiles.
  • Stippling or textured plaster or drywall. 

Some walls even have fabric, flocking, or carpet on them. 

The wall covering makes a difference in how easy it is to clean the surface and which cleaning method is most suitable. For example, it would not be good to use wet cleaning on a paper or fabric covering that would soak up the moisture. Abrasive techniques are fine for walls that are going to be repainted. However, because scrubbing can damage the surface, abrasive cleaning is not suitable for walls that will not be repainted.

SERVPRO technicians assess the cleanability of the wall and choose the most appropriate cleaning method. Dry sponge cleaning is often enough for light soiling on painted surfaces. More heavily soiled wood paneling might require wet cleaning. We can also use scrubbing and powerful HEPA vacuums to remove dry soot residue. Vacuum cleaning is usually the first choice to remove surface soot.

Whatever method we choose, we always test an inconspicuous corner to ensure the results are of the high standard you expect.

We also pay attention to the most effective order of cleaning. When dry cleaning, it is better to clean the ceiling first, if necessary, to avoid soot from the ceiling falling on freshly cleaned walls. However, when wet cleaning, it is better to clean the walls first. If we cleaned the ceiling first, cleaning fluid could drip onto the blackened walls and cause streaks. 

If your walls have smoke damage from a fire, trying to clean them yourself might make them look worse. It is better to call for help. Call SERVPRO of Hicksville / Plainview at (516) 733-1800, and we can assist you.

Can SERVPRO Save My Water Damaged Hicksville Wooden Floors?

9/28/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO fans on the floor of a water damaged laundry room No matter the size of water damage restoration needed in your Hicksville home, SERVPRO IICRC certified techs are ready at a moment's notice.

SERVPRO Technicians Tackle Water Restoration on Hicksville Floors

Wooden floors lend a touch of elegance to Hicksville homes. However, water from a leaking pipe, a broken appliance, or bad weather can damage floors. Thankfully, SERVPRO technicians know how to tackle moisture damage on floors.

If your wooden floors in Hicksville have water damage, call SERVPRO as quickly as you can. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we can dry out your floorboards and help prevent further damage.

How Does Water Affect Wooden Floors?

When boards get wet, they absorb moisture, which can cause:

  • Cupping: when the edges rise and form a cup.
  • Crowning: when the middle of the board rises to form a bump.
  • Buckling: when warped boards push against each other and buckle at the joints.

What is a Drying Goal, and Why Does it Matter?

If your floor gets wet, of course, you want it to be dry. But what exactly is dry? It might surprise you to know that dry is not a straightforward concept. What we consider dry here in Hicksville might be different than if we were in a more humid state.

Our technicians set a drying goal to know when the floor is as dry as it should be. We start by establishing a drying standard. The drying standard is the moisture reading we expect from a floor without moisture damage. We aim to dry the wet floor to that standard, typically about 8-11% of total moisture content.

Establishing a goal first makes for more effective water damage restoration because:

  • We are working with exact figures, and there is no guesswork.
  • We can see how well we are progressing towards our goal.
  • We know when we reach our goal and complete the job.

We measure dryness by the amount of moisture in a material. For wood, we measure dryness as a percentage.  

Why Do We Measure Humidity? 

We train our technicians to Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards. That includes the S500 Standard for Professional Water Damage Restoration. The S500 covers many aspects of restoration, including psychrometry and drying technology. Psychrometry sounds complicated, but it is just the science of how air, humidity, and temperature affect materials. A critical measurement for any drying process is humidity. 

Humidity means the amount of water vapor in the air. When drying water-damaged floors, humidity is a key indicator of how close we are to our drying goal. Our teams measure two kinds of humidity: Relative and specific. 

Relative humidity (RH) means the amount of moisture in the air at a given temperature. We are looking for a relative humidity of less than 50% for drying purposes. Our technicians use thermo-hygrometers to measure relative humidity. 

However, temperature significantly affects relative humidity. Warm air can hold more moisture than cold before it becomes saturated. Our team also measures specific humidity (SH), which tells us the amount of water vapor in the air as a ratio to total air, regardless of temperature. We take the relative humidity readings and plot them on a psychrometric chart to figure out the specific moisture levels. This process enables us to strategically position air movers and dehumidifiers to optimize water evaporation from wet surfaces.

How Can SERVPRO Dry my Floors?

We start by removing carpets or rugs on top of the floor. We also use extractors to remove surface water.

Our team uses their calculations to set up air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers. These tools help reduce the amount of humidity and encourage water evaporation from the surface of boards. We aim to restore your floors “Like it never even happened.”

As well as drying the floor, we can also sand it after it is dry to remove minor irregularities and refinish if necessary.

If you have water damaged wooden floors, assemblies, or contents, do not delay. Call SERVPRO of Hicksville / Plainview at (516) 733-1800 for assistance.

Is There a Risk of Mold Damage after Rain in a Hicksville Home?

9/28/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck parked on a street Why SERVPRO for mold damage mitigation in Hicksville? We have a dynamic team, equipment, and products to clean it all, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Stays on Top of Mold During Hicksville Remediation

Residents of Hicksville know that New York is a rainy place all year round. Even in summer, Hicksville can be a wet place to live. Unfortunately, rain can seep into your home through leaky windows, doors, or roofs and cause damage to your house. 

There are many considerations after water damage in Hicksville, including mold. You might also worry about the wooden door or window frames soaking up moisture and becoming warped. There is also the risk of water soaking into carpets or wallpaper.

How Does SERVPRO Restore your Home After Bad Weather?

Our team arrives ready to assess the damage to your home and advise you about the best course for restoration. Our approach includes:

  • Deciding which water damaged articles are salvageable and which are not.
  • Setting up safe and sanitary working areas for our technicians.
  • Measuring moisture levels in wet materials and humidity in the air.
  • Setting up air movers and dehumidifiers.
  • Cleaning furniture, linen, drapery, and carpets.

After our SERVPRO applied microbial remediation technicians (AMRT) have completed scoping, they follow professional protocols for restoring your property to its preloss state. 

What Does SERVPRO Do to Tackle Mold?

Part of offering a comprehensive service is being aware of the risks of a mold infestation. We take steps to remediate the fungi when we find them. Dormant spores grow whenever there is moisture and an organic food source such as cotton, cellulose, or even wood. 

Because fungus occurs naturally everywhere, it is not possible to completely eradicate it. However, we can take steps to contain these microorganisms where we find them. We can: 

  • Remove mold-infested materials that are not salvageable.
  • Use plastic sheeting and tape to set up containment.
  • Cover vents and seal doors and windows to prevent spores from circulating in the treatment area.
  • Set up negative air pressure and port to the exterior using air scrubbers.
  • Reduce humidity, so the environment is not as welcoming to fungus. 

We can also remove visible growth. We train our technicians in the best ways to use antimicrobial and antifungal treatments to remove mold. In some cases, the best option is to use soda blasting or dry ice pellet pressurized force to remove the colonies from the surfaces. HEPA filtered vacuums can help prevent the spreading of dust, debris, and spores to unaffected areas of the structure. 

Why is Air Filtration Important?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that air quality can be a concern when a home gets flooded or water damaged. The damp environment can encourage fungal growth, which quickly proliferates as time passes. Because spores are so tiny, they can easily escape into the air. Air filtration helps capture these loose spores. 

SERVPRO uses air scrubbers to help remove microbes from the air. Air scrubbers draw in air and use true HEPA filters capable of catching particles as small as 0.3 microns to trap mold. The machine then pumps pure, clean air back into the room.

Air filtration also helps remove musty and moldy odors from your home, thereby improving indoor air quality. We can improve IAQ through filtration and mechanical devices like air scrubbers and foggers. The placement of counteractant gels and beads can also help achieve a more rapid pleasant scent.  

If you are concerned about water or mold damage in your home, SERVPRO of Hicksville / Plainville is here to help. Call us today at (516) 733-1800 to learn more.

Mold Damage in Hicksville Needs Fast Attention

9/27/2022 (Permalink)

Mold Ceiling Corner Mold remediation is one of SERVPROs specialities. Their technicians are IICRC certified for any size mold remediation service needed.

Local Hicksville Property Owners Count on SERVPRO for Mold Damage Remediation

There are many reasons that a mold infestation situation may be set up in a home; stopping it usually requires addressing both the actual mold and the reason conditions sustain the colonies. 

There are numerous steps in remediating mold damage in Hicksville properties. SERVPRO technicians rarely recommend mold testing kits. Store-bought kits are generally unreliable and offer little in the way of prevention or remediation. Typically, a homeowner senses a mold problem without unprofessional efforts. This type of testing may indicate the following:

  • If there is a mold issue in the home--which is probably already apparent
  • Call attention to the presence of hidden mold--SERVPRO can visually inspect
  • Present a measurement of the air quality--IAQ can be remedied during the cleanup
  • Identify the species of mold within the structure--not of value, mold is mold, even black mold

SERVPRO has always offered professional and honest assessments of potential mold infestations within a Hicksville home. Scare tactics are unfortunately prevalent on the internet. We are available to inspect your home at no charge.

When local Hicksville residents need mold damage remediation, they rely on SERVPRO of Hicksville / Plainview at (516) 733-1800.

SERVPRO Experts Can Restore Your Hicksville Home After a Fire

8/20/2022 (Permalink)

fire damaged content and debris living room Fire damage requires professional cleanup and restoration. Hicksville homeowners always count on SERVPRO.

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 face 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 you first call us to address fire damage in your Hicksville home. Our readiness for these emergencies exemplifies 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. Our team obtains Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician certification through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) However, our company encourages 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 our team's success in the fire recovery niche over the years can be attributed to our commitment to having 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.

Water Damage and Hardwood Floors in Hicksville

8/20/2022 (Permalink)

wet, dark brown wood flooring Water damage mitigation done by SERVPRO ensures your Hicksville home appears "Like it never even happened."

When Is Hardwood Flooring Beyond Salvaging?

With any water intrusion affecting a Hicksville home, many materials can become saturated immediately upon exposure to water. Flooring is among the most commonly affected, as this is where the highest concentration of pooling and standing water typically exists. The longer elements like wood flooring are exposed to the standing water, the more saturated and damaged they can become. We work to provide our customers with an immediate response to these situations to protect these flooring materials, however possible.

Wood flooring, a common element of Hicksville homes, is particularly susceptible to water damage and saturation concerns when loss incidents occur. Our SERVPRO team has multiple options for addressing these conditions, beginning with our advanced equipment and extensive training in structural drying from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

As with any damaging water situation, arriving at the property as promptly as possible is critical. With the array of extraction tools that our team has at their disposal, we can quickly remove standing water continually affecting wood flooring. Once the excess has been removed, our technicians can set up rapid drying solutions like:

  • high-velocity air movers
  • desiccant dehumidifiers
  • Injecti-Dry system that can slowly draw moisture from saturated wood flooring

While getting professionals like our SERVPRO technicians on site and working towards immediate mitigation and recovery is critical, wood flooring typically takes a few days before saturation becomes so bad that the material warps and distorts. However, the faster that professionals can address the problem, the more likely that these materials do not require removal and reinstallation.

Fast response to any water spillage or leaking incident is vital to protecting your home and its contents, but the timetable becomes more defined when wood flooring gets involved. Our SERVPRO of Hicksville / Plainview restoration specialists has the equipment and the expertise to make water loss incidents “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (516) 733-1800.

We’re Available 24/7 To Restore Your Home in Hicksville After a Flood

8/20/2022 (Permalink)

24-hour phone ready cartoon SERVPRO can assist with flood damage cleanup and restoration to your Hicksville home. Just a phone call away.

A Fast Response Can Save Hicksville Owners Money After Flooding

Many Hicksville homeowners quickly decide once flooding begins on their property that they will shop around for the best rates or to consider the company with the best online reviews before choosing professional restoration. It is easy to be misled by offers that seem too good to be true from unknown companies without the appropriate credentials or insurance for the work they tell you they can do. Even with saying that, there are many reasons to act fast when flooding has occurred in your home.

Flood damage in your Hicksville residence will not take a hiatus simply because you want to find the best restoration company. In fact, with every passing hour, once materials become exposed to standing water, they become less and less likely to be able to get preserved and saved. Construction materials like drywall can become ruined entirely within 24 hours. Our SERVPRO professionals have a disaster relief team that can arrive at flood-damaged homes with the full measure of our recovery and restoration equipment to make a difference quickly.

 With our advanced extraction tools, we can remove the standing water from the main floors of the property, as well as in wall cavities with little incident. Our SERVPRO team can also set our sights on rapid drying solutions, even utilizing specialized equipment for pulling moisture from hardwood flooring, ceiling materials, and inside wall cavities.

Fast response to your home amid a flooding situation can help these damaging effects from reaching other areas of your property. With effective containment and drying solutions, we can protect many areas of your home that have not yet become damaged by spreading floodwater.

There are many reasons that a fast response to flooding is vital to saving our customers time and money, but it is essential to exercise caution. Our SERVPRO of Hicksville / Plainview rapid response team can arrive anytime you need us, 24/7, because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. Give us a call anytime at (516) 733-1800.

Controlling Water Damage in Hicksville

7/27/2022 (Permalink)

Water Soaked Carpet We aim to restore your property as quickly as possible, “Like It Never Even Happened.”

SERVPRO Can Perform Water Mitigation Services

Commercial properties can suffer from water intrusion issues from time to time. Usually, these issues directly result from overstressed plumbing and water drainage systems on the site. Unlike residential properties, commercial water intrusion can go unnoticed if it occurs out of hours, leading to stagnation, mold, or humidity problems. SERVPRO is here to help.

Performing water mitigation in Hicksville businesses requires expertise and training. All water sources contain microbes. These microbes -bacteria, viruses, and fungi- can proliferate in the right conditions, causing a contaminated water issue. In commercial restoration, there is a tiered system to categorize different levels of contamination: Clean, Gray, and Black Water. Clean water emergencies are generally the least damaging, while black water emergencies often contain biohazardous substances and require extensive restoration work. It is essential to understand that these categories are fluid, meaning there is a possibility of a clean water issue degrading into a black water issue over time. Our technicians are adept at dealing with:

  • Water contamination
  • Water restoration
  • Water mitigation

We understand how temporary closures can affect businesses which is why our technicians have extensive experience restoring water intrusion issues. We begin with an inspection of the damages and considerations of the category of water contamination. Drying the property is the surest way of preventing water degradation. To achieve this, our team uses truck-mounted water extraction equipment to remove hundreds of gallons of moisture from carpeted and hard flooring. We may also deploy dehumidification equipment to prevent humidity issues leading to mold. Microbes thrive in 60 GPP humidity. Our refrigerant dehumidifiers can control the indoor humidity levels below 60 GPP to reduce the likelihood of secondary damages. 

  • Anti-microbial chemicals and biocides like bleach are commonly used in mitigation procedures to stop microbes from growing or destroying them altogether. 
  • Fast-drying solutions often require powerful equipment such as box venting fans, truck-mounted extractors, and rapid air moving equipment. 
  • In large commercial spaces, we can daisy chain equipment to run most from a single power source. 

To protect your business, contact SERVPRO of Hicksville / Plainview for water mitigation at (516) 733-1800.

Our Specialists Can Restore Your Flood Damaged Hicksville Property

7/27/2022 (Permalink)

Chair Floating In Flood Call SERVPRO of Hicksville / Plainview at (516) 733-1800 for 24/7 service.

Damage Containment In Your Flood Damaged Hicksville Home

Flash flooding can be devastating for many homeowners. The damage occurs in minutes, damaging your home, the contents, and sometimes the structure. Secondary damage from contaminated areas spreading to uncontaminated areas can cause much more damage if biohazards and chemicals are involved.

SERVPRO provides flood damage cleanup to homes and businesses in Hicksville and surrounding areas. We understand how easy it is to spread contamination through airflow and foot traffic when proper procedures are not followed. We always assess the conditions and prepare a containment plan for our employees and the client to follow. We aim to minimize the amount of secondary damage by avoiding the spread of contaminated materials.

Containment Plans

The objective of a containment plan is to prevent the spread of contaminants to other areas of the building. This process also protects our SERVPRO team members as well as our clients. A containment plan may fall into one of three areas: Source Containment, mini-containment, and full-scale containment.

Source Containment

All contaminated materials are wrapped in plastic or sealed in plastic bags and removed from the building for disposal.

Mini-Containment

For small areas, a containment area is built and wrapped in 6-mil plastic. The area is large enough for a SERVPRO technician to work, clean, wrap, or remove contaminated materials. Every item is bagged and passed out of the enclosure for disposal or moved to a designated clean holding area.

Full-Scale Containment

We set up work areas to contain contaminants from spreading to other areas. We may create a decontamination area to decontaminate materials, workers, and equipment. An equipment room may also be needed to store items waiting for cleaning, decontamination, and processing. We store clean and uncontaminated items in a clean, uncontaminated room. There may also be rooms set up for cleaning & disinfecting contents and an area to load bagged contaminated materials on trucks for disposal.

While managing containment of contaminated materials may seem complicated, SERVPRO has a great deal of experience handling these flood situations. Protecting our clients and employees is a high priority while we clean your home after a significant flood.

Call SERVPRO of Hicksville / Plainview at (516) 733-1800 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Syosset, Lake Grove, and surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

What Does It Take To Defeat Mold Spreading Through A Hotel?

7/27/2022 (Permalink)

Hotel Sign If mold is left unchecked, it can spread very quickly. Contact our IICRC certified mold damage remediation team for an assessment today.

SERVPRO Helps Perform Mold Remediation in Hicksville Hotels with the Seriousness it Deserves.

You may be concerned, and with good reason, that guests would shun your hotel or cut short visits when they discover there is mold. Once you notice mold in a few sections of your facility, it is likely to spread fast to other areas if you do not take remedial action. SERVPRO helps hotel proprietors in Hicksville get ahead of the situation before it worsens.

What Aspect Is Most Helpful For Mold Remediation In Hicksville?

An abundance of skills is perhaps the most helpful thing because mold remediation in Hicksville requires a multipronged approach to ensure lasting results. When you engage SERVPRO, you have immediate access to certified technicians in several fields, including:

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialists
  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technicians
  • Water Damage Restoration Technicians
  • Odor Control Technicians
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

How Widespread Does Mold Remediation Have To Be?

You may notice mold only in a few sections of your hotel, such as areas close to the showers. However, the infestation is likely to affect more areas. Therefore, the removal process involves more than just cleaning the few areas where you notice mold spots. Our SERVPRO technicians take different actions, including: 

  • Tracing the mold growth all over your property
  • Checking humidity levels within the hotel
  • Removing mold residues and affected materials
  • Drying wet areas

Mold can thrive in concealed spaces such as wall or ceiling cavities before it exhibits signs on the surfaces. When our technicians take moisture and humidity readings, we can tell the areas are likely to be infested. Then we open small, 4-inch holes for further inspection or use borescopes to confirm the presence of mold. In carpeted areas, we lift the carpet to inspect the underside and tack strip.  

After identifying all the moldy areas, we perform controlled demolition to remove heavily infested porous materials and use various cleaning approaches to remove moldy residues from surfaces. 

A seemingly minor mold issue may be the tip of the iceberg. Call SERVPRO of Hicksville / Plainview at (516) 733-1800 to help deal with any level of damage "Like it never even happened."