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Prevent Water Damage from Dishwasher Leaks.

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Prevent Water Damage from Dishwasher Leaks. A leak is inconvenient and even costly if you have to close down during cleanup.

Many restaurants in Farmingdale / Massapequa rely on dishwashers to keep things ticking over and ensure a regular supply of clean crockery for their customers. A dishwasher is a handy appliance for any eatery looking to save some time and make things run more smoothly. However, just like any appliance, a dishwasher might break down and cause water damage to your premises. A leak is inconvenient and even costly if you have to close down during cleanup.

SERVPRO recommends all restaurant owners take the following steps to take care of their automatic dishwashers and reduce the risk of water damage from leaks.

Tell Staff Not to over fill 
It is tempting to put lots of crockery and cutlery in the tray to get cleaner in each load. However, instruct your staff not to crowd the rack, as an over-filled dishwasher is much more likely to leak. It is better to do a couple of smaller loads than trying to fit everything into one big load.

Do Regular Maintenance On Doors 
Loose hinges, misaligned door latches, or broken seals, can all cause leaks. Sometimes the problem can be fixed by simply adjusting and tightening a few screws. You could use an epoxy patch kit to remedy minor seal breaks. However, if it is not possible to right the door or seal, it is better to replace it.

Check The Tub And Hose 
The tub and hose can both develop faults over time. Constant use might corrode the tub and make a hole, and aging hoses can become unstable or cease to fit properly. Check all the components of the unit regularly and replace it at the first sign of wear and tear.

Use The Correct Detergent 
Make sure every staff member knows which detergent is best. Always use a dishwashing detergent, and always follow the manufacturer instructions. The incorrect dishwashing detergent or too much of the correct cleaning agent might cause suds or even a blockage.

In the event of a leak, SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified technicians are on hand to help with cleanup. We extract water from your premises and use dehumidifiers and air movers to dry the surrounding area so you can resume business as soon as possible.

For help with water damage remediation in Farmingdale / Massapequa and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa at (516) 221-3666.
 

Pet Fire Escape Plan

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Pet Fire Escape Plan This poor fur baby got out of the home in the nick of time.

Fires involving structures occur every day, including homes with pets inside. Do you know how to react when faced with a home fire? Did you know that pets tend to panic and hide when faced with a house fire? The following tips are to help you save your pets when faced with a house fire:

  1. Notify rescuers that you have a pet in your home. You can purchase a sticker to place by your front door that details how many pets you have and what they are. This way, even if you are not there the pets have a chance of getting out.
  2. Design a fire escape plan: It is important to know where your pets usually are.  What are their favorite places?  Where do they tend to hide when scared?  In an emergency like a fire, there will not be time to waste looking everywhere for your pets.  You must have a concrete search plan with at least 3 locations where your pets can be found.  This entails creating a layout of your home and marking your pets’ “go-to” locations. You should also survey your home to identify potential pet hiding spots and indicate them on your layout.
  3. Be prepared: Keep all equipment you would need while escaping a fire close together. Keep dog leashes and cat carriers in the same place and make sure they are easy to get to.  Don’t bury carriers in the attic or the back of a closet.  In a fire, there won’t be any time to hunt for them. Fires are life and death situations – rapid response is critical!
    1. Practice makes perfect: Once you have laid out your plan, you will need to practice it using different scenarios. For example, practice what to do if the fire is in the kitchen; then if the fire is in a bedroom, and so on.  You should go as far as to practice your escape with your pets from a second story using a ladder.  (If you don’t have an escape ladder you should get one, as well as the appropriate equipment needed to assist you carrying an animal down a ladder.)  Practice finding your pets. Start outside, rush into the house, find your pet, and take them outside. Repeating this drill can help animals become familiar with process. You may even be able to train dogs to go to a certain area outside when the smoke detector rings.  Continue practicing until you are comfortable with your fire escape plan and it works efficiently.

    Since fires are traumatic and life changing experiences, prevent further disaster by creating a Fire Escape Plan for your home. Practice it frequently and continue to test yourself.

    Call SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa at 516-221-3666 after the fire is out and we will make it "Like it never even happened."

Mold damage - What to Do If You See or Smell Mold Damage in Your Farmingdale / Massapequa Home

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

What to Do If Your Nassau/ Suffolk Home Has Mold Damage 

For the vast majority of homeowners in Nassau / Suffolk mold damage does appear, at some point, in or around their property. And, a little spot of mold around the bathtub or the shower screen is nothing to be too concerned about. If it can be easily wiped away and does not produce a nasty smell, it is likely to be a good problem. 

However, if you have spotted creeping patches of mold, which has an unpleasant odor, and makes the room feel clammy and uncomfortable, it is time to call in the experts. It could indicate a serious problem with mold damage. If this is the case, it needs to be handled by a professional team who can make sure that the unhealthy material is completely removed. 

Understanding Containment 

The first thing that will happen, after you have consulted a professional Farmingdale / Massapequa mold damage restoration service, is a discussion about containment. This may mean a number of different things, depending on how extensive the mold is and what type of spores you have in your home. If the problem is severe, containment may have to involve you temporarily moving out of the property. 

However, this is quite a rare situation. Most homeowners take action early enough for it to be avoided. Partial containment helps restoration experts limit the mold damage in Farmingdale / Massapequa properties. They seal off the problem area so that movement cannot dislodge and carry mold spores to other parts of the home. It is where heavy duty equipment will be set up to dry, repair, and treat the affected space. 

Getting to Grips with Remediation 

The primary goal of mold remediation is to restore the property to its pre-mold damage condition. In some cases, this will not be possible. If the damage is very extensive, there may be some parts of the building which cannot be saved. This is extremely rare, however, and a skilled mold restoration team is almost always able to bring a home back to full health. 

The thing to remember is that the quicker you address the issue, the better the chance of a full recovery for your property. If you ignore what appears to be chronic mold, you risk the chance of it moving into walls and floors. This is much harder (and much more expensive) to repair, so invest your money in affordable prevention, rather than a costly cure. 

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If you would like more information on hiring a mold damage restoration team, call SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa at (516) 221-3666 today. 

Hidden Attic Mold Damage in Farmingdale / Massapequa

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Hidden Attic Mold Damage in Farmingdale / Massapequa Clogged gutters can lead to water intrusion and mold growth in your home.

Clogged Gutters Can Cause Water and Mold Damage

Gutters and downspouts clogged with leaves and other debris in the spring lead to the growth of attic mold colonies in Farmingdale / Massapequa. Water pools and does not drain, leading to the excess moisture entering your home in areas not often inspected. We are familiar with this phenomenon and have the strategies to remediate the current infestation and offer recommendations to avoid the problem in the future.

When water has its path impeded with materials that hold back the intended flow it must go somewhere. Damaged and poorly maintained gutter systems force pooled up water under shingles and through the siding, brick, or other cladding materials of your Farmingdale / Massapequa home, causing mold damage in attics and between interior and exterior walls. Calling for our services at this point does not even cross your mind because you are entirely unaware of the problem.

As this water intrusion goes unnoticed, the mold growth and subsequent damage are missed as well. Not until you smell the characteristic musty odor or see feathery or leathery mold colonies moving across ceilings and down walls in your living areas do you begin to make the connection. Whenever you suspect mold damage, SERVPRO is ready to lend a hand.

Not only do we remediate mold according to EPA protocols, but we also inspect for and locate the genesis of the mold colonies, evaluating how the moisture necessary for mold growth entered the picture. SERVPRO technicians are masters at following the clues water leaves, and we also help you understand why moisture is such an issue with mold growth and how to eliminate it as a growing medium for the tiny fungi.

Your outdoor gutter and drain system works wonders at keeping water out of your home when cleaned regularly and installed and maintained properly. When water flows off the roof and into a working drainage system, it is directed away from your foundation and walls leaving interiors dry. When blockages develop, or the gutters and drains are bent or leaking, the water takes the most accessible route right into your home. Slush, snow, and ice buildup in the gutters create ice dams, which force even more moisture into your attic or walls. SERVPRO technicians are trained to identify these issues and help you arrange to have the gutter system rehabbed so that the water stays out and mold has no fuel to grow.

SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa has the technical knowledge and tools needed to remediate a mold infestation. Call (516) 221-3666 to start the process in motion, resulting in mold abatement and restoration of a working gutter and drain system.

What to do when your commercial business has a fire?

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa For  Fast, Friendly Fire Remediation Service

The word “fire” strikes fear in the hearts of most people and for good reason. Whether it’s your home or business it can bring life, as you know it, to a screeching halt. 

If your business or commercial property caught on fire, don't panic. Instead, call the professionals of SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa and let us start cleaning up immediately. Acting right now is the key to limiting damages and expediting the restoration process, and choosing our team of industry specialists is the secret to attaining the sophisticated services you deserve. All of our IICRC-certified technicians will work with diligence and determination to get your commercial property back in pristine condition, so call us now at (516) 221-3666.

Knowing which steps to take in the face of a commercial fire can help prevent you from becoming anxious, losing money, and undergoing extensive property damages. To handle fire damage successfully and speedily, implement the following four tips:

  1. Call The Insurance Company Immediately.

Be sure that you call your insurance company once the fire is out. This step is important because your insurance agent will work with you to file a claim and determine how much coverage you'll attain for the commercial damages.

  1. Contact A Fire Remediation Expert.

    In addition to fire, smoke, and soot damage, your business may also suffer from water damage as a result of the firefighting efforts.

    SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your business to pre-fire condition. Don't ever attempt to handle any of the cleanups, drying, or restoration processes on your own. Doing so could put you in peril of injury and illness.

    1. Assemble Your Records.

      In addition to contacting a fire remediation expert, make sure that you assemble your business's essential records. You'll want to have this information with you when you start working with your insurance company. To guarantee that you can have your entire files ready in a safe place, make a point to buy a fireproof safe where they can be stored.

      1. Get Permission To Reenter The Building.

      Always ask the fire department or another local authority whether you can reenter your building. In some cases, a fire can weaken the structural integrity of the commercial property and make it subject to collapse. This is why you need to assure that reentry is safe for you and your employees.

COMMERCIAL FIRE RESTORATION

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Restoring a place of business after a fire is always a difficult task. Even a small fire can cause damage and immerse the surrounding areas with soot and a smell that will linger permanently if not treated correctly. SERVPRO® of Farmingdale / Massapequa is the area's most experienced disaster recovery team. We have decades of combined experience amongst our ranks and we extensively train each and every new crew member to utilize proven techniques and to optimally manage all drying equipment. Since we are a SERVPRO® Franchise we have access to new technology, equipment, and methods that are backed and tested by the nation's most reliable disaster relief franchise. Hopefully, you will never need our services, but if your commercial properties ever experience a fire we will be there when you call. 

Commercial Building Restoration Services

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa is available 24 hours a day to get your Long Island business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation. Learn more about our commercial restoration services:

Long Island Commercial Cleaning & Specialty Cleaning Services

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

COMMERCIAL CLEANING SERVICES

No need to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, call in SERVPRO® of Farmingdale / Massapequa. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on SERVPRO® of Farmingdale / Massapequa Professionals to make your workspace look its very best. Our Long island SERVPRO® Team will get the job done right and get it done quickly.

SPECIALTY CLEANING SERVICES

SERVPRO® of Farmingdale / Massapequa offers cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. They have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business.  Our cleaning services include the following: COMMERCIAL CLEANING SERVICES: Air Ducts and HVAC, Biohazard, Carpet and Upholstery, Ceilings, Floors, Walls, Drapes and Blinds, Odor Removal, Sewage, Trauma and Crime Scene, as well as Vandalism.  Contact us Today at 516-221-3666

Mold Remediation

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

What is Mold

Mold isn’t just a disgusting growth on a wall; left alone, spores will spread through an entire home. Mold can cause allergic reactions and respiratory problems, and can ruin a home’s structural integrity. It can grow on wood, carpet, food, paper, and insulation. That’s why it’s vital to call mold remediation experts as soon as you find it. The sooner the remediation process starts, the less time the mold has to spread.

What is Mold Remediation

Mold remediation is the process of finding, containing, and removing mold from an affected area and the air around it. It’s crucial to contain it to one area because spores are microscopic and can easily spread to other areas through the air or by attaching themselves to clothes or objects. Mold Remediation experts usually use air pressure and physical barriers to seal off the infected area, including ductwork. Sophisticated filters clean the trapped air before it gets into the home’s ventilation system. Moldy items such as furniture and carpet are cleaned if the infestation is light, or removed if it’s extensive. Damaged parts of drywall are removed, replaced, and repainted. Other items in the area must be cleaned and sanitized, even if they don’t have visible mold. It can grow behind wallpaper, inside books or files and other hidden places. Professionals have equipment and treatments for mold that aren’t available to the general public.

Commercial Mold Remediation

The Environmental Protection Agency has a guide for Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings on their website. The guide isn’t comprehensive, but serves to highlight some of the major issues to be addressed. Even though it’s geared towards schools and commercial buildings, it can help with home remediation too.

If you discover mold in your home or business in the New York area, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa. They are trained and registered by the State of New York to safely and effectively perform mold remediation services. They are locally owned and operated, and respond to emergencies 24 hours a day. Please call 516-221-3666.

Steps to Take Immediately After a Storm Damage

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm damage can occur at any time and can cause an immense amount of harm to your home. Heavy rains can cause flooding and powerful winds can cause roof damage and downed trees on your property. Some post-storm damage can create safety and health hazards as well, so having a strategy to deal with damage will help you to be ready to take steps immediately after the storm.

Take Safety Precautions

Heavy winds and rain can create physical hazards such as collapsed roofing materials, window damage, collapsed walls or standing water in the basement or home interior. In addition, moisture can soak into furniture, carpeting, and building materials making the perfect environment for mold growth that can cause health issues. Shut off the main gas line if you smell gas. Beware of broken glass, exposed nails, and other sharp objects on the property. Contact a reputable property restoration company to help do basic tasks to secure your property and make it safe to use. If necessary, arrange for an alternative place for you and your family to live while your property is being restored to safe living condition.

Photograph the Damage

If it is safe to move around your property, use your cellphone or a camera to photograph the damage so that you will have a record for your insurance company. This action will ensure that you are fully compensated.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Contact your insurance agent to notify them about the damage to your home immediately. The company will send out an adjustor to determine the extent of the damage so that payment for repairs can be made.

Look Into Federal Disaster Assistance

The federal government may have declared the area affected by the storm as a disaster area that is eligible for low-cost loans to help restore your property to normal. You will be required to file documents to receive these loans.

When a storm-related disaster strikes, it may seem overwhelming, but these steps can help you to begin the process of restoring your home, and your life, to normal. At SERVPRO Farmingdale / Massapequa, we provide 24-hour emergency disaster service. We specialize in the stabilization and restoration of homes and businesses that have suffered small or large loss from water, flood, wind, storm, fire damage, and smoke disaster. Call SERVPRO Farmingdale / Massapequa at 516-221-3666 for your disaster service.