Recent Storm Damage Posts

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.

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.

Our Team Is Prepared to Handle Quick Removal of Flood Damage In Hicksville

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

flooded street When you are faced with storm damage do no hesitate to call our experts. We are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Extreme Weather Increases the Risk of Contaminated Water Flood Damage in Hicksville

Heavy precipitation and high winds expose residential properties in Hicksville to catastrophic water loss. Some of the risks come from overland “flash floods,” but additional concerns arise from the wind ripping off roofs or uprooting trees and blowing debris that breaks windows and shred siding, allowing water inside. Regardless of how it happens, storms can result in significant quantities of water spreading through your home.

We can help with flood damage in Hicksville. Our team of hard-working employees can manage everything from tarping and board-ups to water removal and structural drying to cleanup and disinfection. Experienced project managers assess the situation, developing a comprehensive plan to remove the water, dry the structure, and clean and disinfect the soiled surfaces.

Our SERVPRO crews are familiar with restoration best practices, including containing Category 2 and 3 water filling your home during flooding. Overland flood waters are contaminated, filled with debris and residues from roads, fields, backed-up sewers, and other potentially hazardous items, making cleanup a job for professionals. Technicians don personal protective equipment (PPE) during flood remediation and rely on intensive training to collect and contain the tainted water, disposing of it according to local regulations.

Water that comes into your home because of exterior storm damage starts out relatively clean but picks up debris as it drains from top to bottom. Quick removal helps limit the contamination, but even a one or two-day wait to extract the water permits mold spores, household dirt, and pathogens to spread. SERVPRO workers also are on the lookout for signs of contamination. The excess water can mix with household chemicals. It can also cause a backup of your sewer pipes because of the stress on the local system.

If we determine the floodwater we manage after the storm is contaminated, we ensure a thorough cleanup and disinfection of the spaces affected. SERVPRO uses EPA-registered disinfectants to reduce the prevalence of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other pathogens. Comprehensive structural drying also must be completed before we consider the project finished.

Rely on SERVPRO of Hicksville / Plainview for help with the challenges of flood damage after storms strike. Our phone at (516) 733-1800 is answered 24/7.

The Areas Most Damaged by Flooding in Hicksville Homes

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

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Professionals Work Fast to Restore Hicksville Properties After Flood Damage 

It is important to realize how catastrophic flood damage can be to a home, in certain areas are more susceptible to wear and degradation than others. When floodwater enters your property, certain spaces could be at risk.

Flooring Materials

One of the areas most directly impacted by the flood damage in Hicksville homes or businesses is the flooring materials. When intruding flood water enters the property, it comes to rest on the flooring that ultimately absorbs it if the floor is porous enough. Some of the susceptible types include:

  • Hardwood
  • Engineered Wood
  • Carpets
  • Vinyl Plank

Wall and Ceiling Systems 

Migrating moisture within the house can impact wall assemblies and structural cavities. When standing water persists in openings between walls or the house's exterior, this prolonged saturation and absorption into porous materials results in the degradation of building elements.

Attics

Storm damages are often an attributing factor to flood effects entering the home. When flooding occurs in the attic space, this is a direct result of damage to the roof by storm or ice event. When the water reaches the inside of your home, it can spread quickly to the lower levels without prompt action.

Basements

The basement is one of the most regularly damaged areas of homes on account of flooding. Gravity plays a significant part in helping water find its way to the property's lowest level, and structural openings like port windows become entry points for intruding floodwater during events like flash flooding. We utilize several extraction and drying tools to help recover damaged basements.

While flooding can impact multiple areas of your home, certain spots are more susceptible to penetration and standing water than others. Our professionals are aware of the most sensitive zones of your property and work to address flood damage in these areas as quickly as possible. Our SERVPRO of Hicksville / Plainview roster is ready to help anytime when you call (516) 733-1800.

How Quickly Can Storm Water Threaten Plainview Basements?

12/13/2021 (Permalink)

Call now! Mitigating storm damage is no easy task. Leave the hard work for SERVPRO and their techs. Storm damage mitigatio0n is a job for us. Call now!

 The pace of water damage requires fast mitigation services for Plainview properties.

Mitigating the loss to your home after a severe weather event and subsequent stormwater infiltration requires the fast response of our experienced restoration team. With pre-stocked trailers and production vehicles, we can quickly implement emergency services where disasters occur.

Structural Damage from Infiltration

Stormwater mitigation in Plainview homes begins with determining how moisture enters the basement in the first place. Severe weather conditions can leave flooding in the region, and lower-lying homes become susceptible to water pressure against potentially vulnerable foundation materials. The structure can quickly become impacted by prolonged moisture damage, leading to a need for repair in specific areas like:

  • Flooring supports
  • Foundation walls
  • Finished wall assemblies

Standing Water Threats for the Basement

Fast mitigation services often hinge on water removal. Stormwater infiltration into the basement can quickly allow for water pooling on the floors, making extraction one of the vital services we must implement as soon as possible. Any standing water presents threads to exposed building materials and contents.

Mold Damage Threats

Mold is one of the underlying threats with persistent moisture in the basement level of your damaged home. Without quickly clearing surface water concerns and drying this lower space of your property, the moist conditions present the ideal environment for mold organism development.

Storm damage and flooding can be a rapidly worsening situation in areas like the basement. To counteract these effects and to protect the property from more substantial harm, our SERVPRO of Hicksville / Plainview team responds fast with mitigation solutions to help. We are ready to mobilize after storm losses 24/7 at (516) 733-1800.

What Demolition Steps Are Likely After Flooding in Plainview Homes?

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

storm damage street sign roof in background When storm damage happens in Plainview--the right call is to SERVPRO for cleanup and restoration

Natural flooding can impact specific materials installed in your Plainview residence.

The onset of flooding happens with little warning, and this intrusion of water can destroy certain contents and structural elements exposed. Understanding how certain materials can be impacted by flooding can prepare you for the professional restoration required to make these disasters "Like it never even happened."

Assessing the Scope of the Damage

Our technicians must first assess the flood damage in Plainview homes before work begins. Not only can we determine the need for water removal and extraction in flooded rooms, but also note and catalog the impact of exposure on the staples of modern residential construction like:

The Effect on Carpeting

Carpeting is a highly permeable and porous material capable of absorbing high volumes of floodwater. The effects to the upper layer of carpeting can happen shortly after exposure, as the composition weakens and delamination begins. Extraction and drying protect this upper layer, but also the padding and subflooring underneath.

Demolition of Drywall

Sheetrock/gypsum board is another material that is often quickly and thoroughly impacted by intruding water. Often, our technicians can prevent total demolition of drywall paneling with flood cut services. This approach removes several inches or even feet of installed drywall from the base of the wall up to eliminate moist materials and provide access for low-profile drying tools.

How Can SERVPRO Help?

Emergency services and mitigation are necessary elements of flood restoration for your home. Our experienced professionals accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) provide effective mitigation and cleaning solutions for damaged properties after a flood, including:

  • Water removal
  • Drying
  • Surface cleaning
  • Mold prevention

Flooding can be a considerably damaging event for area properties, and as a leading storm damage response team, many look to SERVPRO of Hicksville / Plainview to help when disasters strike. Our team is available 24/7 with powerful mitigation solutions when you call (516) 733-1800.

Where Can Property Owners Get Professional Flood Damage Restoration Services in Hicksville?

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

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They Can Contact a Reliable Restorer Like SERVPRO for Fast Flood Damage Restoration in Hicksville

A flood can cause severe, long-term damage. Structural damage can undermine the property's foundations and structural integrity. Therefore, it is vital to have professional restorers like SERVPRO to help handle the situation as soon as possible since the damage that is not visible is usually more severe than what is seen.

Most property owners are tempted to repair flood damage in Hicksville homes without proper tools and equipment, which leads to inefficient drying. The cosmetic fix can look reasonable for a while, but the damp trapped in the framing and framing materials reappears eventually after a few months. Throughout the day, seven days a week, SERVPRO experts are available to respond quickly to flooding emergencies and begin repairing the damage whenever possible. We offer specific restoration services for flood damage, including: 

  • Thorough inspections
  • Extraction of water
  • Cleaning structural elements and furnishings
  • Removal of odors
  • Dehumidification or air movement to dry materials

Unlike some flood damage repair companies, SERVPRO experts have the training and equipment to extract sewage and flood water quickly and efficiently. We can use self-priming trash pumps to remove floodwater. The diesel-powered equipment can pass solids less than 3" and leave the surface with only moisture. 

Our team of highly trained technicians works fast to minimize damage and get your property to its preloss state. During water removal, we check all areas, including behind drywall. Our SERVPRO restorers can use a hand drill to make a small hole where we can use inspection cameras to determine the presence of moisture. We can use structural cavity drying equipment to direct air behind the drywall and under stationary to ensure effective drying. 

When the unfortunate happens, contact SERVPRO of Hicksville / Plainview at (516) 733-1800. We can do our best to make the flood damage seem "Like it never even happened." 

Where Can Property Owners Get Professional Flood Damage Restoration Services in Hicksville?

9/28/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. When a storm strikes and causing damage don't worry. SERVPRO uses the latest technology and equipment for every size storm damage restoration job.

They Can Contact a Reliable Restorer Like SERVPRO for Fast Flood Damage Restoration in Hicksville

A flood can cause severe, long-term damage. Structural damage can undermine the property's foundations and structural integrity. Therefore, it is vital to have professional restorers like SERVPRO to help handle the situation as soon as possible since the damage that is not visible is usually more severe than what is seen.

Most property owners are tempted to repair flood damage in Hicksville homes without proper tools and equipment, which leads to inefficient drying. The cosmetic fix can look reasonable for a while, but the damp trapped in the framing and framing materials reappears eventually after a few months. Throughout the day, seven days a week, SERVPRO experts are available to respond quickly to flooding emergencies and begin repairing the damage whenever possible. We offer specific restoration services for flood damage, including: 

  • Thorough inspections
  • Extraction of water
  • Cleaning structural elements and furnishings
  • Removal of odors
  • Dehumidification or air movement to dry materials

Unlike some flood damage repair companies, SERVPRO experts have the training and equipment to extract sewage and flood water quickly and efficiently. We can use self-priming trash pumps to remove floodwater. The diesel-powered equipment can pass solids less than 3" and leave the surface with only moisture. 

Our team of highly trained technicians works fast to minimize damage and get your property to its preloss state. During water removal, we check all areas, including behind drywall. Our SERVPRO restorers can use a hand drill to make a small hole where we can use inspection cameras to determine the presence of moisture. We can use structural cavity drying equipment to direct air behind the drywall and under stationary to ensure effective drying. 

When the unfortunate happens, contact SERVPRO of Hicksville / Plainview at (516) 733-1800. We can do our best to make the flood damage seem "Like it never even happened." 

Flood Damaged Kitchen Restoration For Plainview Properties

9/10/2021 (Permalink)

Lightning strike/ Storm When storm damage impacts your property, call on our skilled experts at SERVPRO for assistance.

SERVPRO Can Disassemble Counters, Floors, and Other Assemblies to Ease Water Damage Repairs

Storms and other extreme weather can breach property, sending flood water into unwanted areas such as the kitchen in your Plainview home. Restoring the property to its preloss state can be a challenge. Professional assistance can simplify the process for you by tackling difficult tasks.

The room layout can affect the level of flood damage in your Plainview kitchen. Installations such as countertops, shelves, and cabinets limit access to the floors, walls, or other spaces affected by the intruding water. The materials, especially on the floor where most water collects, can complicate the renovation process. For instance, hardwood floor planks swell when wet unless moisture management is prioritized. The different steps SERVPRO takes help manage moisture at a flooded property.

A Typical Flood Restoration Task Involves Handling:

  • Leaking roof from storms
  • Ceiling repairs from water damages
  • Water clean up

The kitchen is one of the sensitive sections of your home, so it takes more than the removal of floodwater to accomplish full restoration. 

Other Important Restoration Processes Include:

  • Decontamination
  • Deodorization
  • Removal of deteriorated materials

Our SERVPRO technicians use powerful water extractors to remove any water pooling on surfaces within the kitchen. We also have specialized equipment such as drying mats to remove any water trapped beneath or between floorboards. Spraying EPA-registered disinfectants into the water pooling in the house helps control contaminants. 

Removing or stripping down some of the assemblies in the kitchen helps simplify the restoration. Our SERVPRO technicians disassemble cabinets and countertops and remove some floorboards to ensure swelling does not lead to permanent changes such as buckling.

SERVPRO of Hicksville / Plainview helps take all the necessary steps to manage the effects of flood damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (516) 733-1800.

Floods Can Wreak Havoc in Hicksville After a Storm

8/14/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Provides Fast Water Removal in Hicksville When Storms Strike

Storms can strike at any time and bring floodwaters surging through the town. That is when you need emergency services water damage aid from the pros at SERVPRO. We arrive fast on the scene and safely mitigate the flood damage.

Water Extraction Tools That Get the Job Done

Flood removal services in Hicksville depend on the depth of the water and the contaminants and solids within. We have a variety of pumps that perform specific jobs. Our professional water removal equipment includes:

• Self-Priming Trash Pumps – Perfect for floodwater with debris. It does have limited lift capacity but is used often for storm flooding.

• High-Pressure Pumps – When high-lift is called for, these are the pumps we pull into action. They do not get used for debris-filled water.

• Submersible Pumps – These pumps get used more often than any of the others. They are excellent for use in homes.

•    Moisture Meters & Probes – Detects hidden moisture and pinpoints the location of water.

Disinfecting & Sanitizing

Sanitizing is one of the main aspects of water removal services. The contaminants in floodwater are a biohazard. Everything it touches needs to be cleaned and disinfected. We use proprietary sanitizing agents to clean your home. We repeat this process throughout the cleaning and restoration process.

Salvage Whenever Possible

SERVPRO’s goal is to salvage everything possible. It is often more cost-effective than replacement, but some things cannot get salvaged after a flood—things like carpeting, upholstery, and permeable material such as gypsum. 

For flood removal services that give you back your home, contact SERVPRO at Hicksville / Plainview at (516) 733-1800.

When Do Storm Weary Hicksville Residents Call on the Professionals for Flood Damage Restoration?

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. Storm damage done to your home is not a total loss. SERVPRO has IICRC certified technicians and the experience for any size storm damage relief.

Whether Basement Flooding or Ceiling Leaks Challenge Hicksville Homeowners SERVPRO Has the Solution

Nestled about 17 miles away from Long Island Sound to the north and nearly equidistant from the Atlantic, behind barrier islands, to the south, basement flooding and water cleanup is a Hicksville storm season risk. The potential for significant harm is not remote, with memories of disasters like 2012’s Hurricane Sandy bringing extreme destruction and even loss of life to mind. 

Have Tropical Storms Damaged Hicksville Properties?

Every hurricane season, Hicksville residents watch the path of the giant storms. The intense weather systems create enough sustained energy to track the Atlantic coast, exposing Long Island and other New York communities to severe stormwater damage. Nearly every year, the tail end of these storms sweep through, usually dropping moderate to heavy rain that can lead to the need for Hicksville water clean up. Sometimes the system retains more force, with fierce winds accompanying the rain. For example, on August 4, 2020, substantial wind and water damage to Hicksville struck from Tropical Storm Isaias:

  • Wind gusts approaching 80 miles per hour
  • Uprooted and toppled trees
  • Scattered branches and other debris
  • Utility wires downed -- 4,400 residents lost power 

How Did the Hicksville Community Respond to Tropical Storm Isaias?

Firefighters and governmental workers answered more than 150 calls for assistance after the storm passed through Hicksville. One family needed the fire department to assist with evacuation, including saving their dog. Tree stabilization and removal and utility repairs helped residents grasp the extent of the damage. Roofs and exteriors sustained damage and let the rain in, causing waters to rise from both overland flooding and leaking roofs from storm rainfall. 

Who Can Help with Hicksville Water Emergency Services?

Water damage inside Hicksville homes concerns the hamlet’s officials, but ultimately mitigation and remediation are the responsibility of the property owners and their insurance companies. Damage remediation efforts are necessary to ensure properties avoid the ravages of persistent water damage, including the potential for black mold if moisture remains for more than 24 to 48 hours. Where can Hicksville families find flood and water damage restoration for their homes? SERVPRO is the basement flooding and water cleanup expert.

What Can Hicksville Flood Victims Expect from the SERVPRO Team?

If you are struggling with the consequences of high winds and torrential rains after a storm in Hicksville, basement flooding cleanup and water damage repairs throughout your home are on your agenda. The SERVPRO team comes to the rescue with highly-trained crews and state-of-the-art equipment, following a research-based protocol that gets your home back to "Like it never even happened,” fast. SERVPRO Storm damage remediation begins with a thorough assessment:

  • Safety Hazard Evaluation
  • Hazard Control
  • Containment
  • Use of Personal Protective Equipment
  • Water and Moisture Detection and Metering
  • Water Quality Determination
  • Sewer Backup
  • Overland Flooding into Basement

What Are the Post-Assessment Steps SERVPRO Takes for Hicksville Flood Damage Abatement?

Once SERVPRO determines the extent and location of the storm-related flood damage in your Hicksville home, strict adherence to best practices promulgated by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) inform the response. Everything from ceiling repairs from water damage to basement flooding cleanup could be on the list, including secondary damage if recovery faced delays because of safety issues outside or inside your Hicksville home.

  • Water Removal Services
  • Sewage Cleanup
  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Water Damage Repairs
  • Mold Inspections, Remediations, and Removal

Although your home withstands many weather events, if severe storms cause basement flooding damage, SERVPRO of Hicksville / Plainview is on alert, waiting with prepared crews and fully stocked service vehicles. Call us at (516) 733-1800 for your flood damage needs.

Extraction Solutions After Hicksville Residential Flooding

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. Storms cause major damage to homes in Hicksville. Call the pros at SERVPRO for their flood damage restoration services.

Flood mitigation is vital for area homes to prevent unnecessary damage and developing conditions.

As one of the cities on Long Island, Hicksville is continually contending with moisture conditions and groundwater that makes absorption of rain and other fast-falling precipitation challenging. When severe weather strikes, threats like flooding could develop rapidly, impacting hundreds of homes simultaneously. Because we are prepared for these emergencies, our SERVPRO team can mobilize quickly to begin vital mitigation efforts in flooded homes and prevent unnecessary damage or loss when possible.

Mitigation Solutions for Flooded Hicksville Homes 

Mitigation hinges most specifically on water removal of flood damage in Hicksville homes. Standing water can be a destructive force for the property, allowing the migration of loss effects throughout sensitive materials and porous surfaces. Once the water has penetrated structural cavities and subflooring, more widespread tear-out and demolition are required to resolve the threat and restore the property. Water removal tools include:

  • Trash pumps
  • Truck extractors
  • Wet vacuums

Flooding can be devastating for your home, but our SERVPRO of Hicksville / Plainview team can help when you call (516) 733-1800.

Take Your Syosset Film and Photography to the Next Level

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

light bulbs with tangled chords that begin to get untangled through the stages It will be exciting to see the community's new knowledge on photography!

Make Sure You Take Good Photographs of that Flooded Syosset Home!

Whether you want to someday work on a blockbuster set or make standard internet videos and social media pictures in your Syosset home, an understanding of professional techniques can make or break your success. One of the most vital elements in any film or photograph scene is the lighting. High-quality lighting can redefine a subject and make the viewer understand an entirely different aspect of it. However, there is much to learn about lighting, and few people willing to teach it.

Berger Bros is a local Syosset studio that occasionally shares its wisdom with the public. On the evening of February 9, the studio will offer a $60 class that goes over lighting fixtures, scene setup, and basic posing considerations. Such an opportunity can be hard to find, so if this sounds like something you might be interested in, we recommend calling in your RSVP before spots fill up.

Getting Help with Flood Damage in Syosset

After any major storm, SERVPRO of Hicksville / Plainview stands ready to help homeowners in Syosset and other local areas recover from flood damage. Call our 24/7 emergency line at (516) 733-1800.

SERVPRO Helps Local Hicksville Properties Win Against Storm and Flood Damage

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO business property Our crew at SERVPRO can restore your damaged property after any catastrophe!

The Trained, Certified SERVPRO Techs Are Available 24/7 for Any Size Disaster in Hicksville Homes

Most residents of the area might consider Hicksville a significant transportation center and, of course, home to the only IKEA on the East side of New York City. It is hard to envision the humble beginnings as a farming community looking around at the developed region when Robert Williams purchased 5,000 acres of land from Pugmpan, chief of the Matinecock tribe, in 1648. At the time, this part of the future state of NY was miles of prairie grass and little else. Williams did not develop the land he purchased. The area remained roughly the same for nearly 200 years until a businessman from Jericho, Valentine Hicks, decided to improve the property and created a land association in 1834. 

In the present, The Old Bethpage Village Restoration opened and currently occupies 209-acres that recreates what the original farming community looked like. This village has been open since 1970 and features dozens of historic structures that got saved from demolition by Nassau County. Within the town, actors in period costumes provide visitors a look at how local residents lived in the 19th-century and let visitors experience daily life for a blacksmith and a farmer as well as a hatter among other community members.

Hicksville Was Difficult To Get To

This new community that Hicks envisioned was in the middle of nowhere, and people had trouble getting there due to the lack of roads, and the railroad was not widespread. Hicks knew that people needed an easy way to travel and got appointed to the board of directions for the Long Island Railroad in 1837. A stop on the railway opened in the township that same year, particularly for cucumbers destined for the Heinz company.

Hicksville Gets a Fire Department

As Hicksville grew in terms of both population and businesses, the need for a fire department, the community could rely upon arose. The first fire department established in 1868 consisted of volunteers from the local area. At the end of the 1800s, three companies united to form the Hicksville Volunteer Fire Department, and ten years later, the first firehouse opened. The firemen depended on horse-drawn wagons to fight fires until 1925, when the first combustible engine truck was purchased for use by the volunteers. The two-story building still stands but serves as a restaurant after the fire department moved to a new building. In the present, the hamlet has 31 firefighters that serve and protect life and property. 

Hicksville Growth Boom

After World War II, Hicksville began to grow into the charming hamlet that many people would recognize today. By 1959, several changes had occurred, including: 

  • A population increase from 8,000 to near 50,000
  • Farmers switched from pickles to potatoes as the main cash crop due to cucumber blight
  • Many potato farms failed and became housing developments

Take In The Broadway Mall And More In Hicksville

Many visitors from the Long Island area flock to the Broadway Mall in Hicksville. Along with department stores, with IKEA being one of the largest. The Mall features specialty shops and many choices for where to grab a bite to eat.  Overall, there are over 100 stores to explore at the Mall. Other points of interest include the Hicksville Library, which features internet access, private reading areas, and entertainment such as puppet shows or tours featuring prominent writers. Cantiague Golf Course is a well-kept course that features nine holes instead of eighteen. Children will get a kick out of attending the Long Island Puppet Theater, where they can enjoy a fun, interactive venue where it is okay to get up and dance to the music. 

Hicksville Climate 

The hamlet of Hicksville has a reputation as a comfortable place to reside. This area of the state averages 44-inches of rain yearly, which is above the average for the rest of the United States. It tends to get less snow than other parts of the state and many days are cloudy and calm rather than sunny with around 173 days of sunshine yearly, compared to the rest of the U.S. with 205 days. Although not typical, this part of the state experiences the effects of both tropical storms and hurricanes from time to time resulting in flooding and damage to properties. 

  • Summers are comfortable with July high temps around 83 degrees Fahrenheit 
  • Winter low temps in January tend to hit around 25 degrees Fahrenheit 
  • Humidity levels tend to rise in the summer, especially in July and August

What Is The Best Method to Get Flood Damage Out of a Hicksville Home? 

There is no single best way to mitigate flood damage in a home. SERVPRO techs handle every flood water restoration service in Hicksville properties in a unique fashion. Using investigation techniques to determine the severity of the situation, including: 

  • Moisture detection equipment and probes
  • Visual inspections
  • Tracing migration paths of the water
  • Looking for signs of wicking outside the worksite

Fast action to get the moisture out of the home can work in the property owner's favor to limit the home's damage. The techs have a large selection of extraction equipment to use depending on the surface that needs their attention. Carpet, in particular, presents a problem; when contaminated by groundwater, it requires removal but is a hazard when full of water due to the sheer weight. The techs remove the water using weighted extractor heads on their pumps to pull the maximum amount of moisture out of the floorcovering to make it safe to handle. 

Opening the wall cavities is another common tactic seen during post-storm damage cleanup in a home. The techs need to expose the interior wall cavity for complete drying using their advanced drying equipment, followed up by the application of antimicrobial cleaners and sealants to inhibit mold growth. Suppose mold damage contributes to the home's problems. In that case, the techs can bring an industrial hygienist if requested to measure the particulate in the air and confirm the air quality once the remediation efforts are complete.

SERVPRO of Hicksville / Plainview at (516) 733-1800 stands ready to help local Hicksville property owners with any size flood damage cleanup and restoration needed. 

Join the Long Island Cares Food Drive at Sunrise of Plainview

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck parked in front of commercial property We love our community. Join SERVPRO of Hicksville / Plainview in donating to the community food bank.

Plainview Residents can Contribute Food Items

Residents can drop off food donations at Sunrise of Plainview on Nov 20 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to help those in need. Sunrise of Plainview is joining Long Island Cares to support the vision of a Hunger-Free Long Island. This food drive is an excellent opportunity to support our local community. 

Residents can also make cash donations online to help residents ensure that a family does not go hungry during the season. Typical food items most needed by many foodbanks include: 

  • Pasta – canned or dry
  • Pasta sauces
  • Peanut butter, soy, assorted nuts
  • Canned goods of all kinds, including soups and stews
  • Dairy products – canned or powdered milk
  • Canned vegetables and fruit 

All food donations should be non-perishable to enable prompt storage and distribution to families in need. 

SERVPRO of Hicksville / Plainview provides flood damage and restoration services to Plainview residential, business customers, and the surrounding area. Call (516) 733-1800. We are available 24/7to help with all flood damage needs.

What Should Syosset Property Owners Do After a Heavy Storm that Causes Flood Damage in their Homes?

10/25/2020 (Permalink)

flooded laundry room with buckets and clothes floating around Removing water from your home is something for Team SERVPRO to handle. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

They Can Hire SERVPRO Restorers in Syosset to Handle the Storm Flood Damage in their Properties.

Dealing with flood damage after a storm can be traumatic to any property owner in Syosset. If the flooding takes place during the night, you might not know where to begin. Thankfully, SERVPRO technicians are always available to respond to your emergency call, including in the middle of the night.

What happens after flooding occurs in a home?

Flood damage in your Syosset residence can start soon after floodwaters find their way into the property. If left unattended for more than 24 hours, it may cause damages such as:

  • Sagging and disintegrating of drywall.
  • Swelling and wrapping of wooden surfaces such as shelves and hardwood floors
  • Shorting out of your electrical systems causing shock and fire hazards.

Why should I handle flood damage immediately?

Standing flood water in or outside your home creates a suitable environment for pests such as mosquitoes and flies. The water can also promote mold growth, which can cause health effects for your family. The longer the water sits in your home, the more expensive and difficult it is to clean up the damage.

What do you do to avoid mold growth?

At SERVPRO, we have state-of-the-art equipment and tools that help us speed up the drying process. We begin by removing the standing water as part of the water extraction service. We can use several self-priming trash pumps to remove the floodwater depending on the intensity of the damage. The diesel-powered machine can pass solids that flood water collects and 10,000 to 60,000 gallons of water per hour.

How can you dry my home?

We can use drying equipment such as air movers, dehumidifiers, and ventilating box fans to dry your property faster. Our team can also activate site assets such as whole-house fans, ceiling fans, and exhaust vents to allow for faster drying. We monitor the drying process closely to meet the drying goals.

How can you remove the odor in my home?

Odors can affect the comfort levels in your home. Even after cleaning and drying the affected surfaces thoroughly, the odor can persist. We can use air filtration devices to extract airborne particles in your residence. The (HEPA) High-efficiency particulate air filters also capture large contaminants and debris and exhaust clean, fresh air back into the affected property.

Flood damage does not have to interrupt your way of life for long. Contact SERVPRO of Hicksville / Plainview at (516) 733-1800 for fast and effective restoration. “Like it never even happened.”  

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How Can I Ensure That My Hicksville Home is Safe to Live in Following a Flood?

6/28/2020 (Permalink)

water damage brown sofa If you ever need help cleaning and remediating your flood-damaged home, contact SERVPRO.

Floodwaters Carry Harmful Microbes, So Only a Professional Flood Damage Remediator Can Make Your Hicksville Home Safe to Live in After Flooding

Flooding is a fairly common occurrence on Long Island, and Hicksville is no exception to this. Yearly storms, ranging from strong coastal thunderstorms to Nor’easters and hurricanes, bring with them flooding torrential rains. As heavy rains overwhelm the area’s water drainage system, floodwaters pour onto local streets and into homes. These dirty waters commonly contain trash, human and animal waste, toxic chemicals, and other harmful substances. Lurking within all these are dangerous microbes that could cause health effects and degrade the structural integrity of your home.  The only real way to eliminate these microscopic threats following a flood is to enlist the aid of a quality flood damage cleaning and restoration company.

How Do Flood-borne Microbes Make My Home Unsafe?

SERVPRO, a local Hicksville flood damage restoration service, often deals with the adverse effects of the following flood-borne microbes:

    •    Bacteria
    •    Viruses
    •    Fungi
    •    Other parasites

All of these microorganisms cause a wide variety of issues. If they are breathed in, swallowed, or absorbed through the skin, they may promote health effects in humans and pets. Also, they could eventually undermine the structural integrity of your home, making it dangerous to live in. Dry rot, caused by certain fungi, might decay wooden flooring, walls, and ceilings over time. It may also wear away various support beams that keep your house from collapsing. Excess moisture in the air resulting from flooding could also affect attic rafters and your roof.

What Does SERVPRO Do to Help Eliminate These Microscopic Threats?

SERVPRO technicians are trained and experienced in effectively dealing with microbial threats. In their efforts to eradicate harmful microbes, they employ a wide range of high-tech gear and innovative methods. Some tools our experts use are:

    •    Heated water extractors that remove microbe-supporting standing waters and kill certain microorganisms
    •    Desiccant dehumidifiers to remove the moisture that microbes like mold need to thrive
    •    Low-grain refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifiers that: supercool interior air to remove moisture via condensation to levels well below forty grains/pound, and can kill microbes adverse to low temperatures
    •    Injectidry systems to dry subflooring, as well as areas behind walls and ceilings
    •    High-tech foggers to inject disinfectants and antifungals into materials and difficult-to-access areas
    •    A wide variety of EPA-approved disinfecting and fungus-eliminating chemical agents

SERVPRO professionals, armed with this state-of-the-art equipment, can sanitize your home, making it safe to live in and less likely to suffer future structural damage.

When remediating flood damage, our experienced workers use a variety of methods to neutralize microbial threats. They understand that microscopic pests require three things, namely a food source, the right temperature, and enough moisture to survive and proliferate. Therefore, when combating these microorganisms, SERVPRO technicians act to alter these three life-sustaining factors. In doing this, they:

    •    Immediately remove dirty floodwaters and non-restorable water-damaged items that could become microbial food sources  
    •    Inject disinfectants and antifungals into affected restorable surfaces with ultra-low volume foggers to kill bacteria and fungi feeding on them
    •    Use thermal foggers, which emit counteracting vaporized solutions, to neutralize airborne microbes
    •    Employ heated extractors, refrigerant dehumidifiers, and high-velocity box fans to alter interior temperatures so that they are less favorable for bacteria, viruses, and fungi
    •    Reduce the humidity of interior air to below 60% with desiccant and refrigerant dehumidifiers to hinder the growth of certain microorganisms.
    •    Further, dry all areas with air movers and Injectidry systems

Ultimately, all of these measures strike at the root causes of harmful microbial growth. By eliminating the food and moisture sources they depend on, as well as altering interior temperatures, SERVPRO is often successful in eradicating microscopic threats.

Everyday life in a peaceful suburb like Hicksville can be quite uneventful. However, that peace is broken a few times a year by troublesome storms. High winds and heavy rains can quickly cause expensive damage to your home. They can make tree limbs fall on your roof, causing roof leaks, flying debris to break windows, and floodwaters to rapidly inundate your property. Many times, these disasters cannot be predicted or prevented. Even the best preparations can be overcome by a powerful coastal storm. The best thing you can do before you have an issue is to know what local services are able to do if your home is affected by storm damage.

Also, it is important to take the proper precautions before the arrival of major storms. Repair roof leaks, routinely clean your gutters, fix foundation issues, board up windows, and strategically sandbag your property if necessary. All of these actions should help protect your home from the effects of many anticipated storms. However, when disaster does strike and flooding impacts your home, rest assured that nearby help is available.

If you ever need help cleaning and remediating your flood-damaged home, contact SERVPRO of Hicksville / Plainview at (516) 733-1800.

How Long Will It Take to Clean the Floodwater in My Home?

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

Inside of flooded home SERVPRO knows how hazardous flood damage can be to you and your Hicksville home.

SERVPRO Works Fast in Your Hicksville Home to Get the Flood Damage Taken Care Of

Flooding, no matter the extent, is the type of situation that Hicksville homeowners never want to experience, but it is often unavoidable, depending on the cause. Many floods bring standing water into your basement that could lead to immense damage if not addressed promptly. Calling in the help of IICRC-certified professionals ensures your home gets the prompt water restoration necessary to get it back to the pre-loss condition.

How Do You Begin Flood Damage Restoration?

When you call SERVPRO for help with flood damage in Hicksville, we arrive at your home in as little as four hours or less. We start right away on the assessment of the loss, always preparing for it to be worse than described. Any steady moisture penetrating the materials in your basement can become a catalyst for mold development as well as structural damage. This is why we have specialized plans in place that allow us to execute water restoration efforts quickly and efficiently.

How Do You Begin Water Removal?

Taking away any of the water that has pooled over the concrete flooring in your basement calls for careful selection of the best extraction devices. Our Green Fleet comes fully equipped with tools such as:

  •   Truck-mounted extractors that allow us to remove hundreds to thousands of gallons of water from the flood loss zone
  •   Submersible pumps that work best for removing standing water that is higher than two-inches deep
  •   Wet vacuums with wands that allow our team to address any remaining surface water

What Happens During the Drying Process?

We utilize a specialized formula for drying after a flood within your home. Our team formulates the best course of action that tells us exactly what and how many fans and air movers must be placed within the loss zone. Evaporative processes such as these usually include a combination of several types of drying machines:

  •   Air movers are critical throughout the drying process for any water loss
  •   Dehumidifiers are essential to help with basement drying, which are spaces in the home prone to elevated humidity levels
  •   Industrial-strength fans also help to keep the air circulating

Regardless of the number or type of drying tools used, our skilled technicians know how and when to move them around to get the best results.

Will I Need Any Repairs After the Flood?

With any ground infiltration during a flood loss situation, there can be immense damage to the blockwork that makes up the foundation of your home. This sometimes requires patches using hydraulic cement or full replacement of concrete masonry units (CMU). With strategic repair to areas of the walls that are most vulnerable, it is possible to help dry up the damp basement over the long term.

What If I Have Damage to Exterior Walls?

There are some cases after floodwaters recede that the high humidity levels within a basement can start to damage the walls. Even with the use of water extractors, dehumidifiers, and air movers, our technicians may need to move forward with further restoration efforts. 

  •   Flood cuts just above the waterline helps to expose water pockets within the walls while removing all damaged drywall. 
  •   Cinder Block construction homes could also hold water inside the walls. We use detection equipment to determine if there is hidden moisture that must be removed.

All of your exterior walls are checked using specialized moisture sensor technology. If high moisture levels are present, we drill holes along the bottom of the walls to bring out water from the cinderblock. Holes may also be necessary at the top of the wall to force air inside to remove moisture and expedite drying.

It may also be necessary to inspect the exterior of your home to determine if there is enough drainage going away from your building. What this does is help you to avoid high moisture conditions in the future so that water does not migrate back into the cinder block walls. Of course, our IICRC-certified technicians take note of all of these factors to share with you and your insurance company. 

Will There Be Lingering Odors?

Something many homeowners worry about is lingering foul odors after a water loss event. Our technicians understand that odors and mold are essential to address as part of the cleaning and restoration process. We take all the necessary precautions so that no issues are left unaddressed. Using sophisticated equipment, we trace all of the patterns of water intrusion, leaving no cavities unturned. Deodorization and sanitization using EPA-registered cleaning agents also help us to ensure that your basement is free of harmful microbial and bacterial growth.

Some of the tools that we use to look for hidden moisture include:

  •   Moisture sensors to help detect moisture that may be left behind in any soft materials, including carpets and any furniture located in your basement.
  •   Moisture meters that feature probes allowing us to check moisture content within wall cavities and other structural materials.
  •   Thermo-hygrometers that help to determine the relative humidity and temperature throughout your basement.

You need flood damage help fast, and you can count on our team at SERVPRO of Hicksville/Plainview to be available 24/7 for emergency service. Call us today at (516) 773-1800, and a team will be dispatched to make it just “Like it never even happened.”

We Have The Proper Techniques To Restore Your Hicksville Property After A Flood

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

One of our green trucks parked outside a property Our trucks are loaded with flood damage restoration equipment and ready to roll 24/7. Call us right away to prevent further damage.

Ensuring Structures are Safe after Flood Damage Incidents in Hicksville

Moving water is one of the most powerful forces, which can cause severe physical damages to property. Apart from causing damages through force, floods cause massive water intrusion leaving many items submerged in water, damaging them through wetness and contamination. When your Hicksville property floods, there is a need to confirm that it is safe before reentering.

Checking the foundation

Foundation problems can be one of the severe outcomes of flood damage incidents in Hicksville. However, in many cases, the signs that there is a problem with the foundation may not be obvious. The problems may also take years to materialize, and when they do, it might be too late to take remedial action. Depending on the intensity of a flooding incident, our SERVPRO technicians can help determine whether foundation problems are likely. Extreme flooding that leaves properties submerged for days is likely to result in foundation weakness. We also check for subtle signs such as bulging or dislodged sections, buckling walls, or new cracks near windows or doors.

Removing all traces of contamination

A flood damage incident is classified as a black water loss involving high levels of contamination ranging from chemicals to biological agents. Our SERVPRO technicians help deal with contamination in different ways, including removing all porous materials like carpet, pad, drywall, and insulation, which cannot be cleaned to sanitary levels. We also clean all hard surfaces with disinfectants and professional cleaning agents. Once we finish cleaning, we use specialized equipment such as luminometers to confirm the removal of all traces of contamination

Structural Integrity

Apart from the force of water pushing against the structure, wetness can affect the structural integrity of a building. Wood swells when it absorbs, and in some cases, alterations to physical form such as warping can occur. Wood can also rot from extended moisture exposure. All these aspects affect the structural integrity of a building. Our SERVPRO technicians use specialized equipment to monitor moisture levels and also dry any excess moisture. We can use borescopes or thermal cameras to check for wetness in hidden areas. We also have penetrative and non-penetrative moisture meters.

It is crucial to check the safety of property after flooding. Call SERVPRO of Hicksville / Plainview at (516) 733-1800 to help. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Act Fast In Hicksville After A Flood

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

A flood cut in this home removed reunited drywall material after a storm Seen in this photo is the method of using "flood cuts" to remove ruined drywall material after a storm soaked this home.

Flood Damage Hicksville –Protecting Your Family and Employees

Floodwaters pick up bacteria, viruses, and a variety of contaminants, including chemicals, as the floodwaters rage through your neighborhood and your home or commercial building. These organisms are health threats to your family and anyone exposed to these contaminants. Young people, older adults, folks with respiratory issues, immune deficiencies, and those who are sensitive to chemicals are at risk. It is essential to take precautions when dealing with contaminated buildings.

SERVPRO are experts in dealing with flood damage in Hicksville. Our team members have been trained to keep everyone safe, to practice safe procedures, and to remove all of the debris and contaminants from your home. We take this challenge seriously. We use the latest equipment as needed, including respirators, chemical resistant gloves, rubber boots, splash goggles, and full-body suits.

Floods and Sewer Back Flows

Neighborhoods that are prone to flooding often experience sewer backflows. While the flood damage may not touch your home, the pressure on the sewer system sometimes causes backflows into homes through drains in the basement or even from toilets. Sewage can contain highly infectious waste material.

Sewage may contain blood, body fluids, and tissue in addition to diseases such as cholera, tetanus, typhoid, polio, hepatitis, and other potential maladies that could affect your family and employees. There may also be sewer gas or methane gas, which can be difficult to breathe for many people. Many consumers begin cleanup of their homes after a sewer backup on their own. Please leave it to the experts. They are trained and have the equipment to remove and dispose of all materials that are contaminated.

Safety and the health of our clients is SERVPRO's primary concern in addition to restoring your home or commercial building to its original condition, "Like it never even happened."

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

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Groundwater Carries BioHazardous Elements--Let SERVPRO Remove Stormy Water from Your Syosset Property

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO box truck at a job site Storms Can Bring Biohazardous Elements into Your Syosset Home--Be Cautious and Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Sanitizing

Flood Damage Syosset – Managing Infectious Waste

Many consumers assume that cleaning up after a small flood is entirely safe and can be completed by family and friends who volunteer to help out. Unfortunately, floodwaters in Syosset can absorb many different infectious waste materials dangerous to their health, including but not limited to cholera, tetanus, typhoid, polio, and hepatitis. These diseases are possible anytime floodwaters pass over open ground or mix with sewer backups.

SERVPRO has the experience and equipment to deal with flood damage situations in Syosset and surrounding areas. We adhere to industry guidelines when dealing with potentially infectious diseases and biohazard situations. Our technicians are equipped with personal protective equipment PPE to protect themselves from potential danger.

Protect Your Family and Employees

Floodwaters can be contaminated. Avoid exposing your family members, friends, or employees to these potentially dangerous hazards. Also, silt and debris deposited inside the building present potential slip and fall conditions along with degrading structure and content materials.

Anyone entering the area with exposed skin, especially those with existing open cuts or abrasions carry a higher risk of infection. Also, a slip or fall can cause cuts or abrasions on the skin, exposing the individual to infection.

Containment Procedures

Hazardous material can be spread if procedures are not followed to manage moving equipment, materials, and waste in and out of the building. We remove contaminated water and trash bags containing waste following city and industry guidelines from the EPA and OSHA.

These guidelines are part of the standard process SERVPRO technicians follow to protect the occupants and themselves when dealing with potential bio-hazard conditions. Containment areas may be required to prevent spreading contaminants to other areas of the building. SERVPRO removes all contaminated materials and disinfects the premises.

Avoid placing your family, friends, or employees at risk. SERVPRO can clean up flood damage safely and securely, meeting all local and industry guidelines associated with biohazard cleanup.

Call SERVPRO of Hicksville / Plainview at (516) 733-1800 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Woodbury, Lake Glove, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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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Shelter From The Storm

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

A heavy rainstorm has finally stopped. Or maybe a long winter has finally ended, and the deep snows have begun to melt.

While good weather may seem like a relief, the potential for water damage may just be beginning. Storm water runoff can quickly overwhelm natural and manmade systems, leading to flooding and property damage.

The steps you take today to prepare your home and yard for proper drainage can help avoid time-consuming and costly repairs when the bad weather does blow through.

In a natural environment, storm water runoff is absorbed by soil, evaporates into the atmosphere or flows into bodies of water, such as streams, lakes or rivers. Homeowners may need to recreate the natural environment on their property to address storm water runoff. This includes planting trees and other vegetation, building rain gardens and installing rain barrels or cisterns to collect roof water.

How Can You Protect Your Home from Storm Water?

“The key to developing a yard drainage plan is to understand the specific characteristics of your property and implement the system that works best for you,” says Mike Koppang, a Travelers Risk Control professional. During a storm, you can go outside and observe how the water flows. Take note of the different grades and slopes and whether they divert the flowing water away from your home. Look for any low spots that collect or pool water and for any steep slopes that have indications of surface erosion.

Consider the steps needed to protect your property from water runoff. Rain that falls on roofs, driveways, patios, roads and other impervious areas moves across the ground surface at greater speeds. The property adjacent to these areas could be more susceptible to damage. Frozen soil can also increase risk of damage by preventing water from being absorbed by the soil. Replacing impervious areas with pervious surfaces, such as permeable paving stones or pavers, can also help.

Other questions you might consider:

Is storm water that falls on impervious surfaces diverted away from your house? This is the work of things like roof gutter downspouts, driveways, walkways and patios. Runoff from these surfaces should be directed to an area that has the ability to absorb or slow the surface flow, such as landscaped areas, and away from your house.

Does your house have a stream, pond or lake close by? Consider the flood potential and how it may impact your property. You can research local flood maps that will detail flood water levels for various storm events and their flood potential.

Does your driveway or other impervious surface have a negative pitch back toward the house? Consider installing trench drains or area drains to help prevent pooling and divert water away from the house.

Do you have retaining walls on your property? If so, it is important that the walls have a drainage system in place to alleviate pressure behind the wall. Periodically clean weep holes to ensure they are not clogged. Surface water should not be allowed to cascade over the top of the wall and instead should be diverted to the end of the wall or around it.

Is a portion of your house below ground level, such as a basement? Make sure any sewer and water lines, or any other pipes or lines that penetrate subsurface walls, and foundation cracks are properly sealed. Basements that are prone to water intrusion should have a water collection system in place, such as a sump pump system. This system should be maintained with a battery backup for continued operation in the event of a power failure. Consider elevating mechanical systems or installing curbs around areas that need protecting but cannot be elevated, such as finished areas and storage areas. Exterior basement window wells should have covers and the ground surface of the well should be below the well rim.

Do you have a sewer or septic system and property with known high water tables? Have the system checked by a professional. If the groundwater rises too high, it can affect the efficiency and operation of the system. In some cases, this may lead to sewer back up or waste leaching above the ground or back into the house.

Surface storm water is not the only consideration for protecting your home. It is also important to assess the functionality of your whole home envelope system. Make sure that your house exterior is maintained, including roofing, flashings, weather barriers, windows, doors and sealants.

While you cannot prevent against all damage from storm water runoff during large acts of nature, these steps can help protect your home when storms do hit.

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Winter Storms Headed Our Way!

1/17/2019 (Permalink)

This weekend will bring our first significant winter storms. PREPARE ahead of it. Along with the milk and bread be sure you have flashlight batteries, a radio, 2-3 days of food supplies, a tank full of gas and a properly working generator.

From News12 Long Island:

WOODBURY -

News 12 meteorologists are keeping an eye on two storms that are set to deliver a one-two punch to Long Island.

For tonight, expect light snow developing towards midnight. The snow will mix with sleet and freezing rain and will change to all rain towards Friday morning.

A coating to one inch is expected in most areas with a chance of up to two inches along the North Shore.

Weather Center I Radar I Traffic & Weather LIVE

Lows tonight will be near 29 degrees with temperatures rising above freezing after 3 a.m.

Friday morning’s commute will bring wet and slick roads. The early morning wintry mix will end as rain showers around noon. Breaks of sunshine is expected with highs near 42 degrees.

Temperatures will dip Friday night to 25-to-30 degrees. Some black ice is possible.

On Saturday, some light snow and wintry mix developing after 9 p.m. The wintry mix will change to all rain towards Sunday morning.

Snow accumulations, as of now, is 1-to-3 inches before a changeover to rain.

On Sunday, heavy rain is expected before noon. A total of 1-to-2 inches of rain is possible.

The rain will change to a wintry mix and snow during the afternoon and evening. There could be a brief period of moderate snow with some ice and snow accumulation.

Temperatures are expected to be in the 40s, but a flash freeze is possible as temperatures will drop to near 20 degrees by evening.

Dangerous travel conditions are possible during the afternoon and evening hours.

SERVPRO of Hicksville/Plainview will be available 24/7 should you experience an emergency. Keep our number handy-516-733-1800.

How To Prepare For A Winter Storm

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

Tips from the American Red Cross on how to protect your home:

  • Make sure your home heating sources are installed according to local codes and permit requirements and are clean and in working order.
  • Make sure your home is properly insulated. Caulk and weather-strip doors and windowsills to keep cold air out.
  • Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside to provide an extra layer of insulation to keep cold air out.
  • Consider buying emergency heating equipment, such as a wood- or coal-burning stove or an electric or kerosene heater.  - Stoves must be properly vented and in good working order. Dispose of ashes safely. Keep a supply of wood or coal on hand. - Electric space heaters, either portable or fixed, must be certified by an independent testing laboratory. Plug a heater directly into the wall socket rather than using an extension cord and unplug it when it is not in use. - Use a kerosene heater only if permitted by law in your area; check with your local fire department. Use only the correct fuel for your unit. Properly ventilate the area. Refuel the unit outdoors only, and only when the unit is cool. Follow all of the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Consider storing sufficient heating fuel. Regular fuel sources may be cut off. Be cautious of fire hazards when storing any type of fuel.
  • If you have a fireplace, consider keeping a supply of firewood or coal. Be sure the fireplace is properly vented and in good working order and that you dispose of ashes safely.
  • Consider installing a portable generator, following our safety tips to avoid home fires and carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Consider purchasing flood insurance, if you live in a flood-prone area, to cover possible flood damage that may occur during the spring thaw. Homeowners' policies do not cover damage from floods. Ask your insurance agent about the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) if you are at risk. More information on NFIP is available at www.fema.gov/nfip.

Hurricane Florence: Class Four to Class Three

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

In recent news, hurricane Florence has led a path of destruction. However, the once, category four hurricane has weakened to a category three hurricane. However, this does not mean that hurricane Florence will not wreak havoc on the Carolina's later this week. With winds up to 125 miles per hour maximum, Florence is forecasted to hit South Carolina by Thursday or Friday where the coast is anticipated to take the most substantial damage. But what is the difference between a category three hurricane and a category four hurricane?
Luckily, but unluckily for South Carolina, a category three hurricane has winds that reach up to 111 to 130 miles per hour. This can cause significant damage to people, property, and animals. With a category three hurricane, damage to poorly framed homes is common, and even damage to buildings framed with wood or steal is not unlikely. During the time after the hurricane lands, electricity and water will not be available for a few days.
Category four hurricanes, formerly hurricane Florence, winds range from 131 to 155 miles per hour. This kind of wind force causes catastrophic damage to all properties, peoples, and animals. If you think you are safe by having enough water and food for four days after a category four hurricane, you are wrong. Power outages and water shortages can last up to a month when a town becomes a victim of a category four hurricane.
Understanding the severity of hurricanes is the first step in preparing you, your family, and your home for any oncoming hurricane damage.
IF YOUR FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY ISSUES AN EVACUATION WARNING, PLEASE EVACUATE YOUR HOME AND FIND A SAFE PLACE.
For any other hurricane damage related issues, please call SERVPRO of Hicksville/Plainview so we can help stop the mitigation of the damage.

Holiday Cooking Safety

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where families gather to cook favorite recipes, share warm meals, and reconnect with each other, especially during the holidays.  Unfortunately, it’s also where two of every five reported home fires start.

  • Take steps to protect your home and family from cooking hazards:
  • Never leave cooking equipment unattended.  Turn off burners if you have to leave the room.
  • Supervise children closely in the kitchen.
  • Prevent fires by making sure your stovetop and oven are clean and free of grease and dust.  Clean the exhaust hood and duct over the stove regularly.
  • Keep the cooking area around the stove/oven clear of combustibles, such as towels, napkins, and pot holders.
  • Wear short or close-fitting sleeves. Loose clothing can catch fire.
  • To protect from spills and burns, use the back burners and turn the pot handles in, away from reaching hands.
  • Locate all appliances away from the sink.
  • Plug countertop appliances into Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)-protected outlets.
  • Keep appliance cords away from hot surfaces like the range or toaster.
  • Unplug the toaster and other countertop appliances when not in use.
  • Be sure to turn off all appliances when cooking is completed.

Fast Facts: 

  • Cooking equipment is the leading cause of reported home fires and injuries.  It is also the leading cause of unreported home fires.
  • During 2004-2008, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 154,700 home cooking fires each year.
  • Unattended cooking equipment is the leading cause of home cooking fires.

Cold Weather Safety Tips for pets

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Exposure to winter’s dry, cold air and chilly rain, sleet and snow can cause chapped paws and itchy, flaking skin, but these aren’t the only discomforts pets can suffer. Winter walks can become downright dangerous if chemicals from ice-melting agents are licked off of bare paws. To help prevent cold weather dangers from affecting your pet’s health, please heed the following advice from our experts:

  • Repeatedly coming out of the cold into the dry heat of your home can cause itchy, flaking skin. Keep your home humidified and towel dry your pet as soon as he comes inside, paying special attention to his feet and in-between the toes. Remove any snow balls from between his foot pads.
  • Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. If your dog is long-haired, simply trim him to minimize the clinging ice balls, salt crystals and de-icing chemicals that can dry his skin, and don’t neglect the hair between his toes. If your dog is short-haired, consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly. For many dogs, this is regulation winter wear.
  • Bring a towel on long walks to clean off stinging, irritated paws. After each walk, wash and dry your pet’s feet and stomach to remove ice, salt and chemicals—and check for cracks in paw pads or redness between the toes.
  • Bathe your pets as little as possible during cold spells. Washing too often can remove essential oils and increase the chance of developing dry, flaky skin. If your pooch must be bathed, ask your vet to recommend a moisturizing shampoo and/or rinse.
  • Massaging petroleum jelly or other paw protectants into paw pads before going outside can help protect from salt and chemical agents. Booties provide even more coverage and can also prevent sand and salt from getting lodged between bare toes and causing irritation. Use pet-friendly ice melts whenever possible.
  • Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol.
  • Pets burn extra energy by trying to stay warm in wintertime. Feeding your pet a little bit more during the cold weather months can provide much-needed calories, and making sure she has plenty of water to drink will help keep her well-hydrated and her skin less dry.
  • Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.
  • Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet, so keep your animals inside. If left outdoors, pets can freeze, become disoriented, lost, stolen, injured or killed. In addition, don’t leave pets alone in a car during cold weather, as cars can act as refrigerators that hold in the cold and cause animals to freeze to death.

Cold Weather Tips

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

When the temperature takes a nose dive, water in your pipes can freeze, causing them to burst. Water floods your home and ruins your furnishings, and you have to pay to have it all repaired and replaced. It’s costly and inconvenient. But it doesn’t have to happen if you follow these simple precautions.

Wrap Up for Winter
Wrap exposed pipes with insulating material.  Pipes under kitchen sinks, in crawl spaces, near windows or in unheated basements are areas susceptible to freezing. #WrapIt

Find Your Shut-off Valve 
Locate your inside water shut-off valve now!  The shut-off valve controls all of the water into your home.  If a pipe bursts, knowing the location of your shut-off valve and how to turn it off, can save valuable time and prevent water damage. Our video can help you find the water shuf-off valve.

The shut-off valve may be located in the basement, under the kitchen sink, in a utility closet, near the hot water heater, or even under the house in a crawl space.  If you cannot locate or do not have a shut-off valve, call your plumber. #TagIt

Try turning off your shut-off valve. Then turn on each of the faucets in your house, if no water comes out you found the main shut-off valve.  Once you locate the main shut-off valve tag it so everyone in your family can find it should an emergency occur.

Make Sure You Have it Covered

If your house has a crawl space, cover the outside vents to prevent winter winds from entering and freezing pipes.  Keep the garage door closed if you have a slab foundation.  Some water pipes are located under concrete floors in the garage .#CoverIt

Run a Small, Steady Stream of Cold Water
Keep the water running, especially if you’ve had problems with frozen pipes in the past. Try running a small steady stream of water from a cold water faucet in extremely cold weather. The cost of the water is small compared to dealing with the cost and inconvenience of frozen or burst pipes. Make sure you run the water from a faucet children don’t use, because they may inadvertently shut off the faucet after using it. #DripIt

Tips for Fall Home Maintenance

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

From cluttered gutters to fire hazards, protect your home this fall by making sure your it’s ready to combat the changing weather and potential dangers.

Check All Safety Devices

In order to ensure safety inside your home, take a moment and check all of your safety devices, making sure the batteries are charged and that they work properly. For example, test all your smoke alarms inside your home. Make sure the batteries are working properly and are fully charged. In addition, make sure to replace used and expired fire extinguishers.

Fire Up the Furnace

Turn your heater on before the temperatures really plummet so you can ensure it works. Contact a technician to inspect that it’s operating properly if you suspect it needs servicing. Keep all flammable materials away from your furnace. This includes clothing, paint products, toxic materials, cardboard and more.

Inspect the Insulation

When your home allows in cold drafts, it forces your furnace to work harder in order to heat your house, resulting in higher energy bills. Keep the cold air out by improving the insulation in your attic and walls.

Give the Heater Some Space

Make sure you read the instructions to see if your space heater requires venting, and if it does, make sure it’s vented to the outdoors. A good rule of thumb is to keep your space heater away from clothing, bedding, drapery and furniture. Remember to shut them off if you leave the house and don’t leave them unattended if you have children or pets. More importantly, don’t use your space heater as a dryer for hats, gloves and other articles of clothing, as they can catch fire.

Fire Safety

Before you relight your fireplace, check your chimney to confirm it’s free of debris and has proper ventilation. Make sure the bricks, mortar and liner are in good condition. Lastly, use a fireplace screen to keep the sparks from flying all over the place.

Doing laundry? Prevent dryer fires by cleaning filters after each load of wash and removing lint that collects in dryer vents. Like burning candles, never leave a load of laundry in the dryer unattended.

De-clutter the Gutters

Clean your gutters by removing all debris and leaves. Before burning leaves, check your city’s regulations, as it may be illegal where you live.  If you burn them, do so away from the house and use proper containers.

Trim the Trees

As plants begin to die in the cold weather, make sure you call a landscaping service to remove any dead branches or decaying limbs on the trees of your property. When weighed down by ice and snow, or blowing in the wind, they can become hazardous and fall on your house or vehicle.

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Storm Ready

9/2/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Basics

A thunderstorm is a rain shower during which you hear thunder. Since thunder comes from lightning all thunderstorms have lightning. A thunderstorm is classified as "severe" when it contains one or more of the following:

  • Hail
  • Winds in excess of 58 mph
  • Structural wind damage
  • Tornado

Tornado Facts

Tornadoes are arguably nature's most violent storms. Generated from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes generally appear as rotating, funnel-shaped clouds extending from the cloud base to the ground. With winds that can reach up to 300 miles per hour, tornadoes can cause massive destruction within seconds. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and fifty miles long. 

  • The average tornado moves southwest to northeast, but tornadoes have been known to move in any direction.. 
  • The average forward speed of a tornado is 30 miles per hour, but may vary from stationary to 70 miles per hour
  • Tornadoes can accompany tropical storms and hurricanes as they move onto land.
  • Tornadoes are most frequently reported east of the Rocky Mountains during spring and summer months.
  • Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3pm and 9pm 

Hurricane Facts

A hurricane is an intense tropical storm with powerful winds and heavy rain 

  • Other names for a hurricane include cyclone, typhoon and tropical storm. While they are essentially the same thing, the different names usually indicate where the storm took place. Tropical storms that form in the Atlantic or Northeast Pacific (near the United States) are called hurricanes, those that form near in the Northwest Pacific (near Japan) are called typhoons and those that form in the South Pacific or Indian oceans are called cyclones.

  • Hurricanes usually form in tropical areas of the world.

  • Hurricanes develop over warm water and use it as an energy source.

  •  Hurricanes lose strength as they move over land.

  • Coastal regions are most at danger from hurricanes.
  • As well as violent winds and heavy rain, hurricanes can also create tornadoes, high waves and widespread flooding.
  • Hurricanes are regions of low atmospheric pressure (also known as a depression).
  • The wind flow of hurricanes in the southern hemisphere is clockwise while the wind flow of hurricanes in the northern hemisphere is counterclockwise.
  • Flood rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert, there is a potential for suffering flood damage. 

 Before the storm 

  • To begin preparing, you should build an emergency supply kit and make a family communication plan.
  • Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a severe thunderstorm.
  • Postpone outdoor activities
  • Remember the 30/30 Lightning Safety Rule: Go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage
  • Get inside a home, building, or hard top automobile. Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.
  • Remember, rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide NO protection from lightning. However, the steel frame of hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal.
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds , shades or curtains.
  • Unplug any electronic equipment well before the storm arrives 

During the Storm 

  • Use your battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials 
  • Avoid contact with corded phones. Use a corded telephone only for emergencies 
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords. Unplug appliances and other electrical items such as computers and turn off air conditioners. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage
  • Avoid contact with plumbing. Do no wash your hands, do not take a shower, do not wash dishes, and do not do laundry. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
  • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.
  • Do no lie on concrete floors and do not lean against concrete walls
  • Avoid natural lightning rods such as a tall, isolated tree in an open area.
  • Avoid hilltops, open fields, the bench or a boat on the water.
  • Take shelter in a sturdy building. Avoid isolated sheds or other small structures in open areas.
  • Avoid contact with anything metal-tractors, farm equipment, motorcycles, golf carts, golf clubs, and bicycles.
  • If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle. 

After The Storm

  • Never drive through a flooded roadway.
  • Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk from the effects of severe thunderstorms
  • Continue to listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or local radio and television stations for updated information or instructions, as access to roads or come parts of the community may be blocked. 
  • Help people who may require special assistance, such as infants, children and the elderly or those with access or functional needs.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.
  • Watch your animal closely. Keep them under your direct control. 

Unexpected emergencies like severe weather call for immediate action. If you have storm damage to your home or business, call our SERVPRO Professionals for immediate action to your disaster. 516-733-1800 !

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Stay safe from summer storms

6/24/2016 (Permalink)

While the spring season is known for the potential to experience severe weather, the threat exists throughout the summer months as well,. In fact, the potential for severe weather even increases in some areas. Hurricane season in the Atlantic begins June 1st and runs through November 30th. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15th also ending November 30th.

While it may be difficult to prepare for the unpredictable, there are steps you can take now to ensure you are ready when disaster strikes. One way to prepare your business for any type of disaster, is to establish an Emergency READY Profile (ERP). Contact your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals to learn more about the ERP and how it can help you. Consider the following tips when preparing for an approaching storm. 

Before the Storm

  • Build an emergency supply kit and develop a communication plan.
  • Unplug any electronic equipment before the storm arrives.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.               
  • If you are outdoors, get inside a building, home or hard top vehicle (not a convertible).
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.

During the Storm

  • Use your battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials.
  • Avoid contact with corded phones. Cordless and cellular phones are safe to use.
  •  Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords.
  • Unplug appliances and other electrical items, such as computers. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
  • Avoid contact with plumbing. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
  • Stay away from windows and doors.

After the Storm

  • Never drive through a flooded roadway.
  • Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.

Below is a recommended items for basic emergency supply list

Emergency Supply Kit

  • Water (one gallon per person per day)
  •  Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)
  •  Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Clothing
  • Dust Masks or bandanas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Hygiene items
  • Important documents; copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information
  • Cash
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container

June 1st -Hurricane Season Starts

5/5/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO OF PORT JEFFERSON/STONY BROOK & HICKSVILLE/PLAINVIEW

Hurricane Season is amongst us starting June 1, 2016 – November 2016. It’s never too late to take simple steps to make your house and personal finances more wind-and water resistant. While hurricanes give us the advantage of knowing days in advance if they will hit, NOW is the time to get prepared so you can be ready in advance of such a storm, know what to do when a hurricane strikes and how to recover after the storm has left.

The American Red Cross provides tips and lists of materials you should have before a hurricane "Hurricane Checklist."