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What is Soot?

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What is Soot? Soot will adhere to walls and any other surface that is cooler than the heart of the fire.

Smoke is the result of incomplete combustion, which produces tiny particles of approximately 2.5 microns in size of carbon in the air. When deposited, these particles are identified as soot. Soot particles may contain chemicals or metals making it hazardous because they are small enough to enter into your lungs.  To put into perspective, any particles that is 10 microns or larger gets trapped in the upper respiratory track.  Particles that are 5 microns or smaller can penetrate the lungs.

Soot will adhere to walls and any other surface that is cooler than the heart of the fire. If a wall is free from soot, which can help to indicate the area where the fire started and making the hottest area.

Different Types of Smoke:

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa  will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

 Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

 Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

 Have Questions call us at 516-221-3666.

Keep Your Rain Gutters Clean

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

The gutter will become heavier from the excess debris and water, potentially causing it to break. If your gutter breaks away from the house, you’ll have to cover the costs of a new gutter, as well as any damages done to your siding and/or windows. If the gutter is barely hanging to your roof and there is resting water, it can lead to the risk of rusting. Excess water in the rain gutter can lead to spilling over onto the house’s siding, and flooding in the basement etc.  These complications and costs of repair can be avoided by keeping your rain gutters clean.

 Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Call SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapqua at (516) 221-3666

Watch Out For Areas of Mold Growth!

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Watch Out For Areas of Mold Growth! Mold Growing on window sides.

We all know microbial growth in your home is not wanted but do you know where to even begin looking? Mold definitely has it's favorite places to thrive, if you were wondering where they are here are the  top places that our technicians have recorded. 

1. Basements and cellars after water damage

2. Kitchen and bathroom sinks

3. Your refrigerator

4. Air conditioning units

5. Windows 

Now, mold can grow anywhere that gives it a cozy home such as environments that are moist and cellulose. All homes have the key ingredients to house microbial growth, and if you suspect there is mold in your home you should always call the experts at SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa. We have highly trained technicians that are qualified to deal with the mold. 

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 516-221-3666

Do Your Employees Know How to Shut off the Water at Work?

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Do Your Employees Know How to Shut off the Water at Work? Get SERVPRO Ready!

Most of us know how to shut off the water in our homes, but not many of us know how to do it at work. Many workplaces rely on the facilities department or maintenance crew when something goes wrong. If a problem pops up when they are unavailable, does your staff know what to do?

SERVPRO® of Farmingdale/Massapequa will help you prepare for a disaster at your commercial property with our no cost Emergency Ready Profile. This comprehensive action plan shows employees exactly what to do in the event of an emergency. Available as a mobile phone app, companies can allow access to any employee they choose. The plan is also available in a printed format, which can be kept in a designated place for easy access. We recommend incorporating this information into your company’s training procedures. Clearly defined emergency procedures can help minimize the damage and cost of any sort of unplanned situation including fire, flood, storm damage, and vandalism.

Is your business ready for a disaster? With a SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile you will provide resources for your employees and provide critical property details. This no cost service is available to commercial properties in the Long Island areas.

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Fire Detection

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Detection Overview of Smoke and Fire Alarm.

SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa wants to make sure you know the keys to detection when it comes to fire.  Take a look at these Fire detection tips and make your home a safer place for you and your family to live.

  • SMOKE ALARMS : Replace every 10 years.
  • BATTERIES : Test monthly, replace yearly
  • Two-thirds of all fire deaths occur in home with no or non-functioning smoke alarms.
  • Have at least one smoke alarm on every floor, outside each sleeping area, and in every bedroom.
  • Be sure that you create a fire evacuation plan in your home and ensure that all members of your family are familiar with it. This means practicing it too!

SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa cares about you and your family.  Fire detection is key in saving lives! 

SERVPRO Helps Your Business Save Time & Money

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

When you need it done right and done fast, call SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa. Did you know when you hire us for maintenance cleaning, you get around-the-clock restoration services built with you in mind? Quality cleaning and quick response - that is the SERVPRO way.

Can't figure out how to get the job done? Call SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa for all your emergency restoration needs. When you experience a fire, water or mold damage in your home or facility, you need fast response and the expertise to get the job done right, ensuring you can get back into operation as quickly as possible. Through it all, you expect the most reliable information and the very best service at a fair price. 

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today – 516-221-3666

SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa Cares for your Commercial Property

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa understands the importance of maintaining a good appearance at all times. Appearance of the property is the first thing clients will see whether in person or online before doing business with you. SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa has the training and expertise to make sure your property is at its prime appearance.

Commercial Property Falls Under:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail Stores
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Schools

Commercial Restoration Services

SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa responds to commercial services 365 days a year. We have the training and experience to handle these situations in commercial property.

Services Provided:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation
  • Commercial Storm Damage Cleanup
  • Commercial Building Cleaning Services

Have Questions? Call Today 516-221-366

SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa Professionals are Trained in the Science of Drying

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa Professionals are Trained in the Science of Drying Dehumidifier

Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying? The knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its pre loss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa Professionals are trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chance of any secondary damages. If your business suffers from water damage, your local SERVPRO professionals will:

  • Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet, to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
  • Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether that materials are drying
  • Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.

What exactly does “speed up Mother Nature” mean? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material- but only if the air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is, nature often takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out. For this reason, the professionals at SERVPRO have been trained to use top-of-the-line equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more. SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa also state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business.

The bottom line? Your local SERVPRO have the training and equipment to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 516-221-3666

We can break the mold! Our SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa team of specialists will restore your property!

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

Removing A Mold Infestation

Typically, when we think of mold, we picture a green, fuzzy substance stuck on a hard surface. However, when it comes to mold damage, the mold in question is not always so visually significant. In fact, many homeowners dealing with (potentially dangerous) mold damage might not even be aware of the issue, to begin with. This is what is known as hidden mold. Now, although hidden mold is just that - hidden, this doesn't mean you can't find it, assuming you know what to look for. 

Do You Have Hidden Mold? 

If you have mold damage at your home in Farmingdale / Massapequa you can rest assured knowing that our team of professionals here at SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa can be at your doorstep nearly as soon as you find the mold in the first place. As such, your first line of action should always be to remove the mold as soon as possible with the help of a professional team. Not only is removing mold on your own a tricky endeavor, but it can also be downright dangerous. Of course, you'll first need to know whether or not you have mold damage to begin with. Let's take a look at some of the telltale signs of hidden mold damage. 

Firstly, have you noticed any water damage on your walls or ceiling? Although even the cleanest of water damage already seems bad enough, it often carries with it an even more grave danger - mold. No matter how light or seemingly-benign a house's water damage is, you can be sure that it will lay down the foundation needed for mold to thrive. Also, if you've noticed a musty smell in one or more rooms throughout your house, you may very well be dealing with hidden mold. 

Lastly, even if a surface *seems* sanitary, it may still carry the risk of mold. In fact, mold can even grow on soapy surfaces. As such, it's better to be safe and give us a call at the first sign of mold, no matter how unlikely it may seem. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Here at SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa, dealing with mold - hidden or otherwise - is one of our specialties. For immediate and thorough mold remediation, feel free to give us a call at (516) 221-3666 and we'll have our professionals at your doorstep in no time. 

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Farmingdale/Massapequa Home

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Farmingdale/Massapequa Home 2019 Firm Certificate

SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa has been an IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified firm for almost a year. The IICRC sets the gold standards for the Cleaning and Remediation industry, of which SERVPRO is an industry leader. The following is from the IICRC official website (

”IICRC Certified Firms have earned the right to display the cleantrust logo as a symbol of quality. In order to achieve IICRC-certified status, firms must meet a rigorous list of standards in business ethics and expertise.

"IICRC Certified Firms must:

"• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

"• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

"• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

"• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

"• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

"The IICRC actively pursues relationships with fiber producers, carpet and fabric mills, furnishing manufacturers and retailers, and others affiliated with the industry. The use of IICRC-certified service professionals is specified in leading manufacturers’ maintenance brochures and warranties.”

SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapeua is honored to count it among the select organizations to receive this certification. We will continue to offer the same standard of excellence that you have come to expect, but now we have the IICRC stamp of approval to back that up.