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Your BEST Defense

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa is your best defense for any size disaster. 

Your best defense for any type of loss in your home or business, whether it be a fire, smoke, flood or mold, is a team that is quick and highly trained.  This is where a call to SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa comes in.  Each member of our team is rigorously trained in all areas of fire restoration, water restoration, mold remediation,  carpet and upholstery cleaning, etc. Our technicians use state-of-the-art equipment and technology to restore your home, building, belongings and life back to normal conditions.

Emergencies happen everyday and they happen unexpectedly. Having a team that acts fast makes all the difference in restoring your home or business back to normal.

Hurricane Preparedness

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

The 2021 Hurricane season is upon us here on Long Island. The official start date for the Atlantic hurricane season is June 1st and continues through November 30th. The SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa team, is equip with the right tools and training to help you and your home or business after any size disaster. However, there are steps you can take before a storm strikes your Long Island business or home. Following thesetips ahead of time will help lessen your stress if a disaster is to occur.

  • Know your risks. Based on your location on the Island, know your risks for flooding and storm surge.
  • Know what your insurance does and does not cover.
  • Create a plan with your family in case of evacuation. Collect all important items and paperwork.
  • Make sure you have all important phone numbers, such as your doctors office and emergency contacts.
  • Be sure to have all important documents such as your ID and insurance policies.
  • Create an emergency kit.
  • Be informed. Get alerts from FEMA.
  • Know emergency evacuation routes.
  • Board up windows to prevent damage from wind and flying debris. Trim trees and Cut limbs that may cause damage if snapped.

When a disaster strikes your Long Island home or business SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa is just one phone call away. 516-221-3666

Potential Flood Hazards

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

If you experience a water loss or a flood in your Long Island home or business, SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa is here to help 24/7.  There are a few precautions you should take in the meantime before our SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa team members arrive at your home or business.  These precautions will help you identify potential hazards and prevent dangerous situations.

  • Check your ceiling.  A wet ceiling can be unstable and very dangerous.
  • Check for electrical shock hazards.  Lights on indicates that your power is on and the area is dangerous.
  • Be aware of contaminated water and hidden hazards in the water.  Do not go into the standing water if you think it is potentially contaminated or their could be a hidden hazard. 

Flood Safety Do's and Don'ts

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage is the 2nd most filed insurance claim in the US. Water damage can occur during any time of year whether it is due to a summer hurricane, a burst pipe in the winter or a backed up toilet.  SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa is here 365 days a year to help you with any water loss or flood.  Here are some do's and don'ts to help you during this time.

Don't:

  • Do not use your household vacuum to try and remove water
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet.
  • Do not leave wet fabrics up.  Hang furs and leather goods.

Do:

  • Turn air conditioner on for maximum drying during the summer time. 
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • CALL SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa at 516-221-3666

Here for our Community

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa is a family-owned company  that has served the  Farmingdale and Massapequa community and surrounding areas with pride for decades.  Our highly trained team is dedicated to providing excellence in service in our community.  SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa is the go to company for all your restoration needs. Whether it be a fire,flood, or specialty cleaning we are here to help- doing our part to help Long Island thrive during these unprecedented times.

SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa is active in the local community, being a member of the Farmingdale,Massapequa, and Melville Chamber of Commerce organizations.  SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa is a member of the better business bureau, participates in the Long Island Loyalty program and is a proud supporter of the red cross.  

We are part of a national network of over 1,700 franchises which allows our team to respond quicker and with more resources when disasters strike, "Like it never even happened."

FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER 24/7- Call our team (516)221-3666

Fire Safety

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

Fires are extremely unexpected and happen fast.  7 people die everyday from a house fire,  mostly impacting children and the elderly.  It is extremely important to know the risks of a fire in your home or business.  If a fire starts in your home or business you may have as little as two minutes to escape.  Be sure to make a fire escape plan with your family and employees and practice it regularly.  Early detection from a working smoke detector and a pre-thought out escape plan can save you, your family and your employees lives.  During a fire situation your safety as well as your loved ones, is the number one priority. 

If a fire tragically occurs to your Long Island home or business, be sure to call SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa at (516) 221-3666. We will be there to help you during these unprecedented times. 

Storm Disaster Kit

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

Natural disasters can be predicted but also come on quicker than expected.  NO matter where you live on Long Island you should always be prepared for an emergency storm situation.  SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa wants to help you, not only after disaster strikes but also to prepare for these unprecedented situations.

You can create a disaster kit at home with items you already posses, that will ease your stress during a storm. You can use a waterproof back pack or an old gym bag. 

Things you will need:

  • A roll of toilet paper
  • Water 
  • Ponchos
  • Extra cotton T shirts (can be used to cover your mouth and help filter the air)
  • glow sticks
  • spare house keys
  • box cutter / Swiss army knife
  • flash light and extra batteries
  • non-perishable food bars
  • duct tape 
  • first aid kit (keep prescription medication in easy to access spot)

How to Prevent Pipe Freezing

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

Cold temperatures can result in frozen pipes that can cause thousands of dollars in damage for home and business owners.  Frozen pipes can be prevented if the proper precautions are taken.  Some of the ways to prevent pipes from freezing include:

  1. Keeping your house warm

If you leave your property for any amount of time, ensure that your heat is set properly.  The heat does not need to be set as high as normal, but keeping the thermostat above 50 degrees Fahrenheit is a good way to keep enough warmth so that the pipes do not freeze and burst.

    2.Opening faucets

When temperatures are below freezing it can be a good idea to allow faucets to drip rather than keeping them closed in order to prevent a buildup of pressure that causes frozen pipes to burst.

   3.Insulation

Fitting your pipes with foam or fiberglass sleeves helps decrease the likelihood of freezing.  This is effective for pipes that are exposed but can be difficult for pipes that are behind walls.  Insulation can be added to walls in order to keep the temperature of the pipes within them above freezing.

Here to Help - When you need emergency services, call SERVPRO of Farmingdale/massapequa 24/7 : (516)221-3666

24/7 Emergency Service

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa operates locally allowing us to respond immediately to emergencies in our community.  Our quick response lessens the damage and reduces the cleaning and restoration cost.

We provide unmatched services for water damage, fire damage, storm damage, mold removal, and commercial services such as COVID-19 cleaning.  Our community first mindset allows us to respond faster to any disaster all over the Island.

SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa Professionals have the training and equipment to quickly restore your property - "Like it never even happened."  When unexpected disasters strike, you need exceptional service from a company that you can trust.  When your home or business is damaged,  we'll be the first to arrive guaranteed! For a stress free claim process, SERVPRO can help manage the insurance paperwork and process.

Faster to Any Size Disaster - call today 24/7: (516)221-3666

Commercial Building Restoration Services

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is a leader in the commercial building restoration industry.  Our team is available 24/7 providing the best restoration services in the industry at the times when our customers are most in need.

Our team at SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa responds quickly to commercial projects and provides restoration services for the following damages.

  • Commercial Water Damage
  • Commercial Fire Damage
  • Commercial Mold Remediation
  • Commercial Storm Damage CLeanup

There's never a convenient time for your business to be sidelined with fire, water or storm damage.  We know that every hour your business is out of commission is an hour lost of productivity and revenue.  When you need professional cleaning or restoration services, we have the training, expertise, and resources to handle any size disaster.

No commercial project is too big for SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa due to our connection to a national chain of over 1,700 franchises.  When disaster strikes your business, call SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa 24/7, for expert commercial restoration services, (516) 221-3666

Commercial Restoration Services

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

When emergency water or fire situations arise in your business,  SERVPRO of Farmingdale/ Massapequa is here to help!  NO job is too large!  We will be there fast to assure you don't lose any more productivity and revenue than you have too. 

Services we Provide

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation 
  • Commercial Storm and Major Events
  • Disaster Recovery Team 

Certified: SERVPRO cleaned, ensures that your business will be clean and safe for you, your employees and customers.  Whether you need odor removal or a deep clean due to water and fire damage, SERVPRO of Farmingdale/ Massapequa is here 24/7 to help you get back to business.  We cover all of Long Island and all five buroughs.  When disaster strikes your business give us a call at (516) 221-3666.

Water Leak Prevention and Detection

1/15/2021 (Permalink)

As homeowners  it is our resposibilty  to help prevent water leaks and water damage to our homes. Although this may not always be possible we can help reduse the risks. Water damage comes from a variety or sources. Some of these sources are Water heaters,sump pumps,frozen pipes,cracked foundations and worn appliances to name a few.

The follwing are some precautions that can be taken to reduse the risk of water damage.

  1. Check and replace appliance hoses when needed ( Washer, Dishwasher, Ice maker, Ect).
  2. Insulate pipes on exterior walls to prevent freezing.
  3. Keep Roof gutters clean and free of debris
  4. Seal foundation walls to prevent seepage and water intrusion.
  5.  Properly Maintain roof to prevent leaking.
  6. Install Leak detectors throughout your home.

In the event of and unforeseen problem SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa is always here to help!

Cleaning methods vary depending on the type of smoke damage.

1/15/2021 (Permalink)

Typically where there's smoke there's fire, however not all smoke damage is the same. Depending on the type of smoke, different cleaning methods and products may be used.

There are typicaly 3 main types of smoke. The type of smoke is determined by the material that's being burned.

  • Natural:This type of smoke is caused by burning natural products such as wood and paper. These materials produce a dry powdery soot. This residue easier to clean than other residues and repsonds well to vacuuming and dry wiping provided it is not set in.
  • Synthetic: These appear when oil based materials are burned such as plastic. These material produce a black thick smoke with a thick smeary residue. These are far more difficult to clean and often need a more agressive cleaning method.
  • Protein: This residue is caused by the burning of meats or food items. These items leave behind a yellow sticky residue that is very difficult to clean and often requires a detergent or degreaser to clean.

The experts at SERVPRO Of Farmingdale/Massapequa are highly trained in determining what type of smoke damage they are dealing with and what the best cleaning methods are.

Not all Storm Damage Is The Same

1/15/2021 (Permalink)

Storm Damage is a very broad category. There are many different types of storms that cause very different damages.

 Here are a Few examples:

  • Water Damage: Rain storm damage can effect your entire home. Heavy rains and flash flooding can cause basement flooding due to seepage  or sump pump malfunction. A leaking roof could cause severe interior damage.
  • Wind Damage: Heavy winds could cause damage to roofing, siding, fencing, and other areas of your property. Wind could also cause flying debris resulting in more damage.
  • Hail Damage: Although hail is more common in certain parts of the country it could happen anywhere. Hail effects roofs, siding, fencing, cars, and many other things. Large hail can break windows and skylights in homes and buildings.     

These are just a few examples of Storm damages. No Matter what the damage  SERVPRO is Always here to help our fellow Long Islanders recover and get things back to normal.

Storm Damage Restoration

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

Large storms can occur at the most unexpected times.  When storm damage catches you off guard, look to SERVPRO of Farmingdale/ Massapequa to provide all the storm damage repair services you need. 

SERVPRO of Farmingdale/ Massapequa has decades of experience restoring homes affected by storms and flooding.  We respond immediately with highly trained technicians and specialized equipment in order to return your home or business back to normal throughout Long Island. 

When a storm affects your home or business, you need service immediately and our SERVPRO team provides the quickest response on the Island and will return your property to pre storm conditions in no time!  Give us a call after any size disaster and watch your problems fade away. 

Faster to Any Disaster - call our team 24/7 , (516) 221- 3666

SERVPRO COVID-19 CLEANING

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

The coronavirus pandemic has placed enormous amounts of stress on business owners and families everywhere.  Knowing that your home or business has been properly cleaned can provide some peace of mind and confidence during these unprecedented times.  

Call SERVPRO of Farmingdale/ Massapequa for deep cleaning of your home or business. We have the fastest response times and best rates on the Island and will leave your building COVID-free!  With decades of experience, we specialize in all types of cleanings and provide exceptional service to all our customers on every job, no matter how big or small. 

Here to help!  If you need a professional cleaning service you can trust in order to keep your business open, don't hesitate to call the cleaning professionals at SERVPRO of Farmingdale/  Massapequa, (516) 221-3666

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

Durring the COVID-19 pandemic, life has changed drastically.  Brick and mortar businesses are struggling to overcome the uneasiness of consumers going back into stores.  Businesses need 100% certified cleaning in order to guarantee the safety of their pemises to their customers and employees. 

Certified:  SERVPRO Cleaned is our new defensive pathogen cleaning program.  The program utilizes our unique system of 3 C's: Consult, Clean, and Certify to bring unmatched cleaning to your building. 

Certified: SERVPRO  Cleaned utilizes EPA -approved  Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions to provide a deep clean to your building.  With over 50 years of experience in decontamination, you can count on SERVPRO of Farmingdale/ Massapequa to provide an expert clean that you can trust for your business. Here to Help! Call today!  (516) 221-3666

Water Damage Services

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

Severe water damage can be devastating and can happen at any time.  When disaster strikes, you need certified professionals that you can trust to provide the best service in the industry.  SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa provides unmatached water damage restoration services to its customers during the times they need it most. 

SERVPRO of Farmingdale/ Massapequa has been providing water damage restoration services to Long Island home and business owners for over 40 years.  SERVPRO has IICRC certified and highly trained Technicians that utilize the most state-of-the-art drying and monitoring equipment to restore your home or business.  The equipment ensures that our technicians can properly dry out your home or business, preventing secondary damage and getting your property back to normal ASAP!

When disaster strikes and you need water damage repair immediately, call SERVPRO of Farmingdale/ Massapequa to make it "Like it never even happened." Here to help:  Call us 24/7 (516) 221-3666

Fire Damage Services

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

Fire-Related disaster can wreak havoc on your home or business.  When these incidents occur you need the most certified professionals to make repairs and get things back to normal.  At SERVPRO of Farmingdale/ Massapequa, we will treat your property like it is our own and will ensure that the building is restored to its original state. 

The SERVPRO process for fire damage restoration will provide the best repairs for the best price on the Island.  We assess the damage to determine what cleaning procedures will be necessary to fully clean the area.

When the unheard of happens,  SERVPRO is here to help every time.  We will help guide you through this time and restore your property.  Our professionals have been helping Long Islanders with fire damage restoration for the last 40 years.  Faster to any size disaster! Call our team 24/7.  (516) 221-3666

Call SERVPRO of FARMINGDALE/MASSAPEQUA for Water Damages caused by Storms!

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

If your home or business gets affected by a storm don't wait--call in the professionals. We specialize in damage caused by Heavy Rains and Flooding. The longer you wait to start the Drying Process the more severe damages can get and the more expensive it can get.

Call SERVPRO of FARMINGDALE/MASSAPEQUA. We specialize in all types of Water Damage, dry outs and cleanups. We can help get your Home or Business back to normal. Don't wait for Mold to grow, call us!

We have over 40 years of hands-on experience in the water damage industry. All of our employees are IICRC certified water technicians and know how to get the job done right. So if Storm damage affects your Home or Business don't hesitate to call us!

Keep Your Rain Gutters Clean

9/22/2020 (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

Can Your Fire Damaged Belongings Be Saved

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Fires can be scary and emotionally tough on a  home or business owner. While a reputable emergency restoration company and your insurance company handles a majority of the paper work and details, property owners face a much tougher task. Adjusting to damage and the potential loss of belongings can be both heart breaking and emotional. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel! Depending on the fire, location, and the affected material, there is a chance of salvaging many items damaged by a fire.

Knowing the details of what caused the fire and how certain items burn can determine there ability to be restored. Every fire behaves and burns differently, potentially causing different damage. The behavior often depends on the fuel, the weather, oxygen and the environment that its burning in.

Other than completely scorching or burning materials, fire creates soot and odor. Again, depending on the material, soot and odor can seep into fabric, cracks, crevices, and porous surfaces. The material and extent of damage will determine the potential for cleaning and the cleaning process to be used.

A professional fire restoration company like SERVPRO of Famingdale/Massapequa has had many years of experience in fire damage. We can help you determine what items can be cleaned and salvaged. We can also help you inventory your non salvageable items for your insurance claim.  

SERVPRO Helps Businesses Save Time and Money

5/28/2020 (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

Do Your Employee's Know How to Shut Off the Water?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

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 even 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 companies 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 disaster?  With 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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What is Soot?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

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 your lungs.  To put into perspective, any particles that are 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 pre testing.  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 the 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

What To Do After a Fire

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa we run into a few different types of emergency situations.  Whether it be fire damages, water damages, mold cleanups, or document restoration the list goes on and on.  Below we see ways to kick start your home/business fire damage rebuild process. 

Contact your insurance company;

The first step in the process is to contact your insurance company within 24 hours of the incident.  Some insurance companies may be able to recommend a professional fire restoration company you can call SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa @ 516-221-3666 any time or night.

The Restoration company determines damage;

Once the restoration company arrives there are multiple different services they provide.  First they will provide services to prevent further damage occurring to your home.  They do this by putting up containment areas- so smoke and soot do not travel around and affect more of the home- and they begin placing boards down to walk on so the floors don't incur more damage from the company working.  Next they determine which of your personal belongings are able to be refurbished and which are not. After, they start to determine which structural items do and do not need to be replaced.  All of these items are then built into an estimate which includes the cost of the deodorizing process, the repairing of your home, and the cost for cleaning any of your items.  To make it easy as possible the restoration company sends their estimated directly to the insurance company, leaving no extra work for you, the customer!

Things to remember after a fire:

-After the fire do not use ANY electrical appliances that were in or around the fire.

-Do not wash drapes or other materials that may require dry cleaning.

-The more you move around in the affected area the more soot will move around and affect parts of your home.  Be sure to have a restoration company in right away to let you know what is, and what is not safe.

If a problem occurs, anytime, be sure to call SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa for all your restoration needs @ 516-221-3666

Identify The Three Types of Contaminated Water

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

SERVER of Farmingdale / Massapequa will inspect the contaminated water to determine the type of water and then plan the appropriate response.

Category 1: "Clean Water"

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet.  If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"

This water has significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided.  Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has  begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

Have any questions? Call SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa 24/7- 516-221-3666

Farmingdale 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small.  When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial.  A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today -  516-221-3666

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed and vulnerable.  You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time.  We specialize in water damage restoration -- In fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call,we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What cause the water damage (if known)
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa 

SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event.  Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration.  From initial and on going training at SERVPRO's corporate training facility to regal IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Many Types Of Storms Leave Damage In Their Path

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

Storm cleanup can be stressful without the certified technicians of SERVPRO leading the way.

Storm damage can lead to a catastrophic aftermath and destruction of property.  The sooner our experts at SERVPRO execute the rapid storm response to your area, the quicker we can preform an initial assessment of the damage and develop a plan of action to clean up the storm damage.  Extensive property damage can occur leading to expensive repairs and unknown down time.  Your team at SERVPRO values your time and understands that any delays in storm damage assessment will affect your bottom line.  Dealing with storm cleanup can be an emotionally taxing situation.  Our goal at SERVPRO is to perform a prompt restoration to get you back to normal in the shortest amount of time possible.

SERVPRO is well aware of the strength of extreme storms including tornadoes, hurricanes, tropical storms, and gale force winds.  These severe storms may cause free standing structures such as sheds and tress to be uplifted.  Large objects and trees have the potential to become airborne and be pummeled into houses.  Large scale Farmingdale / Massapequa storm damage can occur leading to down power lines, broken windows, crushed rooftops, and damage to cars nearby.  Wind lifted debris and rubble can become projectiles and airborne leading to unprecedented damage and emergencies.  Homeowners should realize the emergent nature of storms and remain sheltered until it is safe to come out.  Storm rooms are becoming increasingly popular as a safe haven to seek shelter during a severe storm.

Once the storm is over, our highly skilled storm cleanup experts will assess the damage from the storm and develop a plan of action for recovery efforts.  Some storms produce enough rain that flooding conditions may be favorable in low-lying areas.  SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa will step immediately to begin the water extraction process.

Never walk into standing water because experts need to determine if there are an downed power lines supplying and electric current tot he free standing water.  Our team of professionals also cautions you not to move furniture or other material objects saturated with water.  These objects will be heavier than you may expect due to water situation. 

Homeowners and residents should have an escape plan to leave the basement of their home if flooding occurs in the lowest area of the house.  Sometimes high winds have destroyed portions of the roof leaving the dwelling susceptible to water damage if it begins raining after the storm.  In the unfortunate event that a severe storm leaves you with storm damage, contact SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa to begin your storm restoration at (516) 221-3666

Preparing For A Thunderstorm

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms can be more dangerous than you think!  They happen often and can cause a lot of damage to your home.  Of course, there are ways to help prevent this.  To prepare for a Thunderstorm, you should do the following:

  • You should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
  • Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
  • Get inside a home, building, or hard top automobile (not a convertible).
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors.  If shutter are not available, close windows blinds, shades or curtains.
  • Unplug any electronic equipment well before the storm arrives.

Here are some facts about Thunderstorms!

-They may occur singly, in clusters or in lines.

-Some of the most severe occur when a single Thunderstorm affects one location for an extended time.

-Warm, humid conditions are highly favorable for Thunderstorm development.

When Storms hit SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa is Ready!

SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa Experience and Knowledge

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SERVPRO knows the biggest difference we can make is in our equipment.  It is measurable and reduces the loss on a claim report.  SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa is well equipped with the experience and knowledge to better service you during your home emergency loss.

It starts with Psychometrics, which is the study of air and its properties.  The properties of air include temperature, humidity, vapor pressure, and dew point.

We can measure these through:

  • Moisture meters are used to determine the actual moisture in the contents of the materials that may be wet 
  • Moisture sensors are able to detect moisture in carpets, walls, and baseboards
  • Thermohygrometers measure both the temperature and relative humidity,

Once all of this data is collected, the SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa Tech will be able to determine the humidity, dew point, and vapor pressure.  That will enhance the direction and equipment used to start the drying process.

SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa is faster to any disaster - our trained professionals assist businesses, organizations and residential clients every day 24/7 throughout Long Island, New York. Call us to learn more 516-221-3666 -to make it "Like it never even happened."

For Immediate Service in Farmingdale / Massapequa, Call SERVPRO

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SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to bing faster to any-sized disaster in Farmingdale / Massapequa.  We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians 
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated 
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

Have Questions? Call us 24/7 - 516-221-3666

Residential Services 

Whether Your Farmingdale / Massapequa home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best.  Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration 
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services 

Commercial Services 

There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your Famingdale / Massapequa commercial property.  Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.  So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

What to do When Your Commercial Business Has a Fire?

5/25/2020 (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 a 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 a 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 to that you call your insurance company once 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 again for the commercial damages.

2.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.

SERVER of Farmingdale / Massapequa specializes in fire and water damage restoration.  We have 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.

3.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.

4.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.

Fire Damage Cleanup and Repair... Hire a Professional

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SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa are your one stop shop for cleanup and repair of your fire damages caused to your home or business.  We are available 24/7 and answer your call when you need us most.

Fast and efficient fire damage cleanup can make your worst catastrophe a thing of the past.  No one expects or plans for a fire, but once it occurs it feels like a nightmare.  Not only do the flames tear through anything they can touch, but the damage caused by the smoke, ash, and soot cause major damage as well.  This is all before the fire department arrives and douses your home with water as well.  Smoke, ash, soot, and water...all specialties of SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa.

Professional fire damage repair will work quickly to get your home back up and running.  The main reason you call a professional to clean up after this type of mess is because ash is acidic and will destroy materials if it sits for too long by deteriorating them.  The smoke damage as well will cause an irritating smell and could be potentially harmful.  The average scope for a fire damage includes;

-Setting up containment areas to avoid further damage from soot spreading around the home.

-Bag up and clear out fire damaged materials.

-Begin cleaning/wiping down all floors, walls, carpets, ceilings, countertops, etc.  Anywhere the smoke could reach will need to be cleaned and that's what we're here for.

-Lastly, we need to clean out the home's HVAC system because the smoke will cause a harsh and irritating odor if not correctly cleaned.

After cleaning all ash, soot, and smoke damage the home will be free of any odors that will be irritating or harmful. Call SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa for all your fire damage cleanup needs @ 516-221-3666

SERVER of Farmingdale / Massapequa - The Flooded Basement Specialists!

5/25/2020 (Permalink)

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home's structure.  Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your homes's integrity.  It's worth making a call to SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa and allowing our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We Are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We're a preferred vendor to many national insurance companies
  • We bill the insurance directly-one less thing for you to worry about
  • Our technicians are highly-trained in water restoration techniques
  • We use s500 IICR restoration standards
  • Advanced inspection and extraction equipment

Basement Flooded? Call SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa Today- We're Ready To Help! 516-221-3666

Faster to your Farmingdale / Massapequa Water Damage Event

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Flooding and water emergencies don't wait for regular business hours and neither do we.  SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa, provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - including holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive.  Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately.  This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call us 24/7 - (516)221-3666

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finished may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1-24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods to spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa

SERVER of Farmingdale / Massapequa specializes in cleanup restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event.  Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration.  From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Suffolk County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

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Smoke and Soot is very invasive and can penetrate serious cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.

Smoke and Soot Facts;

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, keeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

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 up

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 about fire, smoke or soot damage? Call Us Today - 516-221-3666

For Immediate Service in Farmingdale / Massapequa, Call SERVPRO

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SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Farmingdale / Massapequa.  We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hoour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call us 24/7- 516-221-3666

Residential Services 

Whether your Farmingdale / Massapequa home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for a fire or water damage to strike your Farmingdale / Massapequa commercial property.  Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.  So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists Can Restore Your Farmingdale / Massapequa Home

5/25/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa is an IICRC firm.  The institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified logo.

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 Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation.  These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated.  The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with the advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa

SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial; property after a fire, smoke or water damage event.  Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm.  We believe in continuous training:  from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

COMMERCIAL FIRE RESTORATION

5/25/2020 (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.

Always Ready

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SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa Team

Our team at SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa is always ready to serve the long island community 24/7 with professional fire and water clean-up and restoration services; and disaster - catastrophic storm response. We also specialize in mold mitigation and remediation, as well as bio-hazard, crime scene, and graffiti removal. Count on our team for quick response time to help insure the damage  is contained and restoration begins promptly.                                               

SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa is faster to any size disaster! Our trained professionals assist businesses, organizations and residential clients ever day 24/7 throughout Long island, New York. Call us to learn more 516-221-3666- to make it "Like it never even happened." SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa is a proud member of The Better Business Bureau, Long Island Loyalty, The American Red Cross, The Farmingdale, Melville and Massapequa Chambers of Commerce. Additionally we are members of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning,and Restoration certification - IICRC

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

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Flooding and water damage events throughout Long Island, in Nassau and Suffolk County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, SERVPRO of Farmingdale-Massapequa works quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. SERVPRO of Farmingdale-Massapequa understands that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need, 516-221-3666.

About SERVPRO of Farmingdale-Massapequa

SERVPRO of Farmingdale-Massapequa specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

SERVPRO of Farmingdale-Massapequa is available 24/7 to help with Commercial Water Damage Events to make it "Like it never even happened."

What To Do After A Fire

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Floods happen so quickly that many are caught unprepared, and while floods often can’t be prevented, what you do after a flood can save you thousands of dollars on flood remediation and water damage repair costs.  Here are some tips to take after you notice flood damage.

  1. Stay Safe

Flood waters can be contaminated by sewage or household chemicals so do not go into the water without protection even if it is clear. If there is possibility of downed or live wires don’t risk it, wait for a professional. If it is safe to go into the water wear waders, hip- or waist-high waterproof boots. In addition, wear rubber gloves to remove water- damaged possessions and to avoid contaminants. Hiring a professional to do flood clean-up is the best way to ensure your safety and the safety of your possessions. Any food that came into contact with the flood waters should be thrown away. Boil all of your water until authorities declare the water supply is safe.

    2. Take Pictures

Before you remove any water or make any repairs, fully document the damage to send to your insurance company by taking photos or video. If you start removing water or making repairs before you photograph the damage, you run the risk of decreasing the extent of your coverage.

    3. Call Your Insurance Company

After you have ensured your family is safe, the first person you contact should be your insurance agent. If the floods have affected an entire region note that your agent might be dealing with their own flooding emergency and may not be available. If that is the case, contact your insurance company’s headquarters as they should be able to direct you to the right information.

Let your insurance company know the extent of the damages to your home and any repairs you intend to do immediately. Be sure to follow the insurance company’s direction about whether or not to wait for an adjuster to inspect the property before making repairs. Document the damage and conversations at every stage of the process.

    4. Call SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa

Our expert flood damage remediation specialists can help you recover from water damage. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete.

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

We are available 24 hours/day to get your Long Island business back up & running

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Building Restoration Services :

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:

Cleaning and restoring commercial properties require a unique blend of training, experience, and equipment. SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa has the resources and expertise to give you excellent results while minimizing the disruption to your clients. We can help make it “Like it never even happened.”

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

Call Us Today – (516) 221-3666

Call SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa to Help You Destroy Odors

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized. Fire, smoke, and soot damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems. As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure, leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and in hard-to-reach places. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors. With technicians certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IIRC), SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa Franchise Professionals provide specialized services that can rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa Franchise Professionals will not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; they seek out and remove the sources of the odor.

Other Odors that may require DEODORIZATION:

  • Cigarette Smoke
  • Pet Odors
  • Decomposition
  • Mold

Whether it's fire, water, or mold damage, or just a stubborn odor that refuses to go away, we'll help make it "Like it never even happened."

If you or a customer suffer fire damage or some other accident and require deodorization services, contact SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa Franchise Professionals @ 516-221-3666.

Steps to Take Immediately After a Storm Damage

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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.

Water Damage Prevention

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You can’t always prevent harm from coming your way. Sometimes disaster strikes and accidents happen. Some things, however, you can control. Giving these potential problem areas in your house some extra attention will help keep you and your home safe and dry!

1. Your Windows! Regardless of the season, a drafty window can end up costing you a fortune! To check for drafts in your home, use a lit candle against windows. If the flame flickers as you run it along the seams then you may need to reseal your window

2.Your Plants! Plants both in and around your home can be a problem if they are not properly maintained. In an effort to avoid the growth of mold or mildew on your property simply make sure that your garden areas have adequate drainage, and that you are trimming plants around the structure.

3.Your Gutters! As tedious as it may be, keeping your gutters clean is really going to help keep your home safe from costly water or mold damages. Cleaning out and inspecting your gutters regularly as well as keeping downspouts clear of any blockages will help keep the structure draining properly.

If you do find yourself dealing with the troubles of water damage in your home, give SERVPRO of Farmingdale/ Massapequa a call at (516) 221-3666. We’re available 24 hours a day to clean up the damage and restore your property.

Three Steps You Need to Take When You Have a Pipe Break

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

Three Steps You Need to Take When You Have a Pipe Break

If you are a homeowner, you are likely to know how to prepare your house for a hurricane, tornado, or even hail, but what should you do when you have a supply line break? Water in your home can be incredibly damaging, and if it's your first experience with a supply line break, you might be shocked at just how much flooding and water damage there is to handle. Fortunately, no matter how much experience you have with water in your home, there are three things you can do to handle a flooded home after a supply line break.

1. Stay Calm
if you come home to a flooded home, it's normal to panic. Try not to. Instead, remain calm as you face the problem of water in your home. Water cleanup, mitigation, and drying performed by your home restoration company will ensure your flooded home is returned to its normal state, but panicking won't make this happen faster. Remember that people around the globe have dealt with water in their flooded home. You, too, can handle this.

2. Get to Safety
when you have a supply line break, you might be tempted to try to fix it yourself. Keep in mind that a break is nothing to face on your own. Water in your Farmingdale / Massapequa home can quickly become a hazard, so it's important that you leave the area with water damage as quickly as possible. Water damage isn't simply structural. When you have a pipe break, the area becomes prone to mold growth and insects, as well. A restoration company can handle water cleanup, mitigation, and drying.

 3. Call a Professional Restoration Company
Your home may have flood damage after a pipe break, but a restoration company can help with water in your home. Flood damage can manifest itself visibly, but you may also have structural damage that a home restoration company can notify you about after mitigation, water cleanup, drying, and restoration. While the flood damage in your home might seem impossible when it comes to water cleanup and drying, the truth is that your restoration expert has seen this problem before, and he or she is fully equipped to handle this situation.

No homeowner wants to deal with flood damage, but unfortunately, flooding does happen. If you find yourself in a situation where you have river flooding or a pipe breaks, remember that you aren't alone. Your home restoration expert is ready to help you with mitigation to prevent flood damage from happening to you again. SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa will work with you to ensure you're safe and that your home is repaired after the damage. 

How to Choose a Restoration Professional
the person or company you use to restore your home after serious flooding should have experience handling water cleanup specifically. While most companies are familiar with handling a variety of damage issues, make sure you ask if the company is ready to assist with cleanup after water damage caused by a pipe breaking. When you reach out to the company, you need to provide as much information as possible. Was the flood water in your home caused by a pipe break? Has your area recently experienced high rainfall? Did a nearby dam break? If you aren't sure what caused the water buildup in your home, just let the company know and they will work with you to create a plan that will remove the excess water from your building and help you get back to your normal life. Call SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa at 516-221-3666.

Commercial Building Restoration Services

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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:

Cleaning and restoring commercial properties require a unique blend of training, experience, and equipment. SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa has the resources and expertise to give you excellent results while minimizing the disruption to your clients. We can help make it “Like it never even happened.”

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

Call Us Today – (516) 221-3666

Visit our website www.SERVPROfarmingdalemassapequa.com

Farmingdale/Massapequa Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

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This Farmingdale/Massapequa home’s basement flooded due to bust pipe.

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Farmingdale/Massapequa basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today 516-221-3666

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 516-221-3666

Keep Your Rain Gutters Clean

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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 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

Fire Detection

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Detector Placement 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 of Farmingdale/Massapequa Cares for your Commercial Property

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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)

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)

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 (http://www.IICRC.org).

”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. 

Top 3 Reasons Your Roof Might Be Leaking

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

Provide Roof Inspection To Avoid Water Damage To Your Home.

Roofs are often susceptible to water damage that can lead to structure and mold issues if not addressed.  There are several ways water can infiltrate building materials surrounding a roof and the top 3 are:

  • Age- Roofing material deteriorate with age and becomes less effective at keeping out water.
  • Debris- Building of debris such as twigs,leaves or pines needles can trap water against the roof and allow it to seep in by capillary action. Maintenance of roof cleaning is recommended. 
  • Missing Shingles- Strong winds can rip shingles from the roof.

Most of the issues relating to a roof leak can be avoided by doing routine inspections of the attic/roof area on a regular basis.

If you notice any damages and need professional repairs call SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa for help @ 516-221-3666

Preventing Your Pipes From Freezing

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

Frozen Pipes

Protect your pipes from cold temperatures. Frozen Pipes can result in costly repairs to you as a home or business owner. The good news is there are ways to prevent pipes from freezing. Here are some tips for this winter.Frozen pipes are a problem by themselves because they prevent water flow, but even worse, frozen pipes can eventually burst, causing damage and potential flooding. There are ways to protect your pipes from freezing. These include:

  1. Keeping your house warm - If you are leaving for a period of time, make sure that the heat is kept on at your property. You should inform them that the heat can help prevent pipes from freezing, and if pipes freeze and burst, it can cause a lot of water damage to the property and to their possessions. The heat doesn’t have to be kept as high as you normally would keep it if you were home but keeping it set above 50 degrees Fahrenheit at all times is a good idea. This should provide enough heat to keep the pipes warm and to prevent any water inside from freezing.
  2. Opening faucets - When temps hit the freezing level it is a good idea to allow faucets to drip. Allowing the faucet to be open like this will relieve pressure in the pipe. If a pipe freezes, it is actually the pressure that is created between the blockage and the faucet that will cause the pipe to burst. With the faucet open you avoid blockage in the pipes.
  3. Insulation is key - Pipes can be fitted with foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves to help decrease the chances of freezing. This can be an easy solution for pipes that are exposed but can get expensive if walls, floors or ceilings have to be opened in order to properly insulate the pipe. Additional insulation can also be added to walls and ceilings to keep the pipes warm.

Need Emergency Service? Call SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa 24/7 - 516-221-3666

Is Your Business Emergency Ready?

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Help Your Business Be Ready in Case of Emergency

How quickly your company can get back to business after a storm, fire, or flood often depends on the emergency planning done today. The regular occurrence of natural disasters demonstrates the importance of being prepared for any emergency. While each situation is unique, your organization can be better prepared if you plan carefully, put emergency procedures in place, and practice for all kinds of emergencies. The following are basic measures business owners and managers can take to begin preparing. A commitment to begin planning today will help support your employees, customers, the community, local economy, and even the country. It also protects your business investment and gives your company a better chance for survival.

Develop a Business Continuity Plan: Your organization's risk needs will vary depending on the specific industry, size, scope, and location. Begin by reviewing your business process flow chart, if one exists, to identify operations critical to survival and recovery. Carefully assess your internal and external functions to determine which staff, materials, procedures, and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating. You should also establish procedures for succession of management.

Review Insurance Coverage: Inadequate insurance coverage can lead to major financial loss if your business is damaged, destroyed, or simply interrupted for a period of time. Insurance policies vary; check with your agent or provider about things such as physical losses, flood coverage, and business interruption. Understand what your policy does and does not cover.

Prepare Your Emergency Plan: Your employees and co-workers are your businesses' most valuable asset. Communication is central before, during, and after a disaster. Include emergency information in newsletters, on your company intranet, in periodic employee e-mails and/or other communication tools.

Practice the Emergency Plan: Some disasters will require employees to leave the workplace quickly. The ability to evacuate workers, consumers, and visitors effectively can save lives. If your business operates out of more than one location, establish evacuation procedures for each individual building. If your company is in a high-rise building, an industrial park, or even a strip mall, it is important to coordinate and practice with other tenants or businesses to avoid confusion and potential gridlock.

Secure Your Facility and Equipment: Install fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, and detectors in appropriate places. Secure all entry and exit points and plan for mail safety. Plan what you will do if your building, plant, or store is not usable. Secure valuable equipment.

Improve Cyber Security: Protecting your data and information systems may require specialized expertise, but even the smallest business can be better prepared. Use anti-virus software and keep it up-to-date. Don't open emails from unknown sources. Use hard-to-guess passwords. Protect your computer from intruders by using firewalls. Back up your computer data and download security protection updates known as patches regularly.

Call Us Today – (516) 221-3666  Or

Visit our website www.SERVPROfarmingdalemassapequa.com

How To Check For Your Home Smoke Alarms

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Test Your Home Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.

Check for your home smoke alarms:

  • Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement.
  • Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms.
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove.
  • People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
  • Smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan.

Electrical Fire 101

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Your appliances are pulling too much electricity on one circuit, causing an electrical overload.

While there are many causes for fires in the home, electrical fires are a particularly difficult type to grapple with. To ensure that electrical fires do not become a big issue in your home, the SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa experts advise implementing the following safety strategies:

• Inspect your property for faulty wiring, shorts, and loose wires that could increase susceptibility to electrical fire. When you note any issues, call a certified electrician to fix them. Also be sure to make use of safety covers on any outlet that a child has access to. 
• Make sure that a smoke detector is installed on each level of your home. Also be sure that the smoke detectors are functioning properly. 
• Turn off any electrical equipment that produces an unusual spark, smell, or sound.
• Replace or repair frayed, cracked, or loose cords. Do not place your cords in high traffic regions of the home. Also refrain from placing them under rugs or carpets.  
• Make use of surge protectors to keep your appliances safe. 
• Keep flammables stored far from your electrical appliances. 
• Have an ark fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) installed in the house. These devices monitor circuits to assess any dangerous arcing conditions. 
• Do not allow children to climb any trees located near a power line. 

Smoke Alarms

Ask the following questions to ensure that your smoke alarms are functioning effectively:

• Did you test them?
• Are they working properly?
• Are there enough alarms in the home?  

Switches and Outlets

Ask the following questions to ensure that your switches and outlets are functioning effectively:

• Do the plugs fit correctly?
• Are they warm to the touch?
• Do they work properly?
• Do they make any unusual sounds? (sizzling, buzzing, or crackling)

Lamps and Appliances

• Are you using the right bulbs?
• Do you use space heaters safely?
• Are appliance cords protected from damage? 

Have Questions about any Fire prevention? Contact us @ 516-221-3666

Dangers from Hurricanes, Tropical Storms and Downpours.

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and Storms Happen in Farmingdale / Massapequa, Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

From time to time, Mother Nature takes its toll on the New York area. Hurricanes, torrential downpours, tornadoes, and other significant weather events can cause significant water damage in Farmingdale / Massapequa and surrounding communities

While it may be tempting to jump start the restoration process, here are 6 risks you must be aware of:

  1. Injury.  Flood waters in our area carry bacteria and significant amounts of debris. Prior to starting the cleanup process, proper protective clothing, eye wear, and a tetanus shot are highly recommended. Exposed skin that comes in contact with flood waters can cause infections and illness. If the electricity has not been turned off by the utilities company, you are at risk of electrocution. In addition, if natural gas has not been turned off, dangerous fumes may be emitting from dryers, kitchen ranges, space heaters and water heaters. Proceed with extreme caution before entering your home.
  2. Wildlife Injuries. Wildlife gets caught up in the flood too, and waters often carry poisonous snakes, insects, and rodents. When the flood waters begin to recede, it is important to do a thorough investigation into closets, corners, behind furniture, duct work, attics, and crawl spaces where wildlife may be hiding. Bites from wild animals can lead to serious injuries.
  3. Asbestos Dangers. Removal of items with asbestos must be removed and disposed of properly. This is not something that should be attempted by homeowners. A professional flood damage restoration team in Farmingdale / Massapequa and the surrounding areas is highly recommended. Asbestos is commonly found in homes with vinyl or linoleum floors and in some pre-1990 homes in drywall, duct work, and insulation. If you have an older home, proceed with extreme caution.
  4. Bacteria. After a flood, every surface and item in the home must be properly disinfected. As mentioned above, flood waters carry harmful levels of bacteria. Without thorough disinfecting, items in your home may remain hazardous.
  5. Mold. Often, construction after a flood begins too soon. If the humidity levels in the home are not brought down to safe levels, and drywall or other structural elements are not thoroughly dried prior to restoration, mold will develop. The best course of action for mold prevention in Farmingdale is proper dehumidification with advanced drying equipment.
    1. Severe Stress. Not to be overlooked is the time, money, and stress of attempting water damage restoration yourself. Your locally owned SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa has undergone extensive training, and we have the experience, and tools necessary to bring your home back to pre-storm damage condition. We work directly with insurance companies to ease the process, and we stand at the ready to help our neighbors, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
    In Farmingdale and Massapequa, water damage, storm damage, sewage backups, fires, and mold remediation can all be handled by SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa. When a disaster strikes, call us immediately at 516-221-3666. Our process begins the moment you call. Our team will them come and inspect and assess the property for damage, and begin the water removal, and drying and dehumidification process. Then, we move forward with the cleaning and repair, and lastly, we begin the restoration process when appropriate.

    About The Farmingdale / Massapequa SERVPRO

    SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa is Faster to Any Size Disaster, helping residential and commercial property owners when natural disasters, water damage, sewage backups, floods, fires, mold infestations, and other events happen. Call us at 516-221-3666

Prevent Water Damage from Dishwasher Leaks.

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

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)

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.

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.

Farmingdale / Massapequa Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Farmingdale / Massapequa Residents:  Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

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

Conditions in Farmingdale/ Massapequa Might Be Right For Mold

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

    Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

    If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Farmingdale/ Massapequa to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

    If you suspect mold, call us today at 516-221-3666 

    What to Do:

    • Stay out of affected areas.
    • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
    • Contact SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa for mold remediation services.

Emergency Fire Damage Guidelines/Tips

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Emergency Fire Damage Guidelines

  1. A SERVPRO Franchise Professional will contact you within one hour.
  2. A SERVPRO Franchise Professional will arrive at your home within four hours.
  3. The SERVPRO Franchise Professional will address your concerns and assess the situation:
    1. Identify the source of loss and safety issues
    2. What type of residue exists
  4. Pretesting for restoration will be conducted to determine:
    1. What is restorable and what method of restoration will be most effective?
    2. What items need special adjuster attention?
  5. The SERVPRO Franchise Profession will clean and deodorize soiled items:
    1. Walls, ceilings and flooring
    2. Upholstery and other contents
  6. The SERVPRO Franchise Professional will conduct a final walk through with you to ensure your satisfaction                                                                                                                                                Emergency Damage Tips   
    • Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces.
      • This may set the stains.
    • Watch for safety issues and be careful.
    • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
      • This stops food odors from developing inside your appliances.
    • Limit any movement in the affected area.
      • This prevents smearing of the soot particles
    • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire or water.
    • Do not use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water.
      • They may have been contaminated.
    • Do not turn on ceiling fan or electronics, including the television or personal computer.

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

1/29/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events throughout Long Island, in Nassau and Suffolk County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa works quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. SERVPRO of Farmingdale /Massapequa understands that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need, 516-221-3666.

About SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa

SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa is available 24/7 to help with Commercial Water Damage Events to make it Like It Never Happened!

Does Your Farmingdale / Massapequa Home Have A Mold Problem?

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

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

Commercial Mold Remediation

3/29/2017 (Permalink)

Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your commercial property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call  SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa, who will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation.

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Mold and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises
  • Highly Trained Mold and Water Damage Restoration Specialists

Have a Mold Problem? Call Us Today – (516) 221-366

Commercial Mold Remediation Presents Unique Challenges

Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated. SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, we will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. We have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition. Learn more about SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa training and certifications.

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician

 

Long Island Commercial Cleaning & Specialty Cleaning Services

2/23/2017 (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

Ted Isaacson, SERVPRO's founder - His Legacy lives on with our team

1/27/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa mourns the loss of Ted Isaacson, SERVPRO's founder, a visionary and legacy that will live on with our team.

SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa mourns the loss of Ted Isaacson, SERVPRO's founder, a visionary and legacy that will live on with our team.

It is with great sadness we announce the loss of SERVPRO’s founder, Ted Isaacson. After a sudden and brief illness, Ted passed away on Friday, January 20, 2017, surrounded by wife, Doris, and his family. May God Bless Ted and the entire SERVPRO® Family during this time.

Ted was deeply loved by his family and friends and words cannot express our gratitude for his lifelong love and leadership. We offer our condolences to the entire SERVPRO® Family, and want each of you to remember Ted’s passion and leadership was always focused on helping his legacy prosper in each and every one of you. You truly are a living legacy of Ted’s 84 blessed years.

Biohazard Cleanup and Restoration

12/28/2016 (Permalink)

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.

Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, we can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.

Need Biohazard Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (516) 221-3666

The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Specialized training and experience is key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances.

We provide cleanup and recovery services for many biohazard situations. These include the following:

We are available 24 hours a day with qualified trained professionals ready to respond to these incidents. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstance.

 

What to Do After a Contamination

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.
  • Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage.

What Not to Do After a Contamination

  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don’t use television or other household appliances.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

24 Hour Emergency Service

Biohazards like flood water or sewer backups should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of Farmingdale / Massapequa has water damage restoration specialists and has specific training and expertise to safely remediate biohazard contaminants.  Call us today, 516-221-3666.

Does Your Long Island Home or Business Have A Mold Problem?

10/28/2016 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate the mold infestation.

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

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