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Property in Glen Head, Groundwater Mess, and a SERVPRO Cleanup

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

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Stages of Removing Floodwater from Glen Head Homes

Water removal is rarely as simple as straightforward as Glen Head homeowners might like, but our experienced restoration professionals can help with an array of premier equipment and effective techniques. Extracting water from the house refers to more than the problematic standing water that could exist after a flood, so recognizing the stages of water removal can help our customers to maintain an understanding of the progress of our drying efforts.

Even before our SERVPRO professionals have discussed the full scope of the job and what is necessary for flooding removal in your Glen Head home with the homeowner and the insurance adjuster, initial removal techniques can begin. Extraction that occurs shortly after our team first gets notified of a disaster can help to reduce the total property loss. Waiting for long periods before contacting restoration, professionals can work against the restorability of the house.

In the initial phases of recovery, extraction plays a vital role in both allowing more direct drying efforts to begin and as a method of determining the extent of present damage. The need for debris removal and muck-out services is not fully appreciated until the standing water has gotten removed from the most damaged areas of the house.

Water removal from saturated materials is another critical element to mitigation, as this is the process that can be instrumental in allowing materials to stay installed when contamination is not a concern. In many cases, surface water saturation can get addressed with the direct output from centrifugal air movers and electric heaters. By manipulating temperature and airflow, our SERVPRO professionals can increase the productivity of evaporative drying. This immediate burst of warm air can also prevent cool barriers from forming along the saturated surfaces of materials that can slow the drying process.

Removing water from your home after a flood is a vital first step in gaining control of this loss situation. While there are many paths to clearing out excess floodwater, you can trust in the experience and cutting-edge equipment of our SERVPRO of Glen Cove / Jericho team to help. You can reach out to our rapid response team 24/7 by calling (516) 671-1919.

Maskers and Sealants for Glen Cove Residents with Fire Damage related Odor Issues

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

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How SERVPRO Works to Improve Air Quality in Your Home After a Fire Incident

Fire Damage Glen Cove

Sometimes the lasting impact of a property is fire is felt through the presence of charred odors that can linger in the air and contents of your home. Fire releases several chemicals in materials, some of which can also contain unpleasant odors. By opening windows and performing light vacuuming, you can remove odor-causing dry soot from the property altogether. However, wet soot deposits, which are usually greasy in texture and come from the burning of animal fats or synthetic materials, can be more of a challenge to rid from your home. 

Odor-control is a big part of fire damage restoration that Glen Cove residents benefit from by enlisting professionals. Odor eventually disperses naturally over time once the removal of offending material or materials from home is complete. This may include carefully bagging and sealing non-salvageable items such as burnt curtains or by cleaning surfaces, walls, or ceilings using chemical products. However, the natural dissipation of these volatile particles can take a long time to disappear altogether. SERVPRO odor restorers can help to speed up this process.

Sometimes an efficient and effective method of odor control is to mask the odor for a period until the particles themselves disperse and become no longer noticeable. SERVPRO technicians can use odor-counteracting beads, which release deodorants into the air over time. As these solvent-based beads release deodorant, it counteracts the unpleasant smells left in the air by burning materials. Placing these beads inside a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) unit can be an efficient method for dispersing masking agents until the odor-causing particles disperse.

Walls and ceilings may be a challenge to the restoration of properties with high-pressure fires. Smoke particles can enter and bond with porous surfaces like wall-paint as well as the drywall beneath. These situations require intervention since the odor-causing materials are not easy to remove. SERVPRO can apply an odor and stain blocker to the affected materials, which uses a thick acrylic to seal odor into the wall itself. This surface can then be repainted without staining or odor reappearing. 

Odors take a long time to dissipate naturally. To speed up the process, contact SERVPRO of Glen Cove / Jericho at (516) 671-1919.

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Cleaning And Refinishing Your Water Damaged Glen Head Property

2/7/2020 (Permalink)

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Cleaning and Refinishing Glen Head Hardwoods After Water Losses

Widespread water loss incidents can have a diverse impact on the hardwood structural elements it becomes exposed to in Glen Head homes. From cabinets and shelves to hardwood flooring, absorption often occurs more quickly than many property owners might think. While a swift response from our SERVPRO team can help to reduce the severity of this absorption and material degradation, lasting damage might have already taken place.

Water cleanup in Glen Head homes can encompass many areas of your home, but it can also include the restoration and recovery of specific structural elements and materials. In some situations, it is sufficient to dry and clean off any lingering residues from the surface layer of hardwood flooring and fixtures. However, it is also possible that these materials could require refinishing for more considerable aesthetic damages.

Cleaning
Cleaning off residues and soiling from hardwood materials throughout the home involves a range of our potent cleaning products and chemical agents. While cellulose in the wood can be the reason that flooring is so prone to absorbing standing water, the same concern exists with wet cleaners and higher acidic cleansers that can mar the finish of wood surfaces. Our SERVPRO team works to find the ideal balance between the present damage and the needs of the flooring or cabinetry to restore its original sheen and finish.

Refinishing
When marring of these surfaces already exists before our technicians can employ cleaning techniques and products, refinishing might be the only feasible route to making this water damage “Like it never even happened.” We can strip the finish where necessary and fall onto the skilled hands of our in-house residential contractors to repair and refinish these surfaces. Refinishing can almost always be more cost-effective and efficient than removal and replacement.

Restoring the hardwood in your home after a water loss incident involves more decisions and techniques than you might have thought initially. Our SERVPRO of Glen Cove / Jericho technicians can help to restore and recover marred surfaces to get your home back to preloss condition fast. Give us a call anytime at (516) 671-1919.

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What Can You Do to Prevent Storm Damage in Your Glen Head Home

1/19/2020 (Permalink)

flooded street with white home Basement flooding is a reality that many of our past and current clients have faced. Should your home be affected, contact Team SERVPRO 24/7.

Stopping Basement Flood Damage in a Glen Head Home

A whopping 98% percent of basements are expected to see flooding in their lifetimes. Disasters can be overwhelming and stressful experiences to endure, but modern technologies and methods ensure that there are more preventive measures available than ever to keep your possessions safe and dry in the event of a disaster.

If your Glen Head basement has experienced flood damage, SERVPRO professionals stand ready to aid you within hours of your call. These technicians possess the tools and know-how needed to restore your basement to a preloss condition, including extractors, EPA-registered antimicrobials, and industrial-grade drying equipment.

Protecting Your Possessions

  • Use waterproof storage. Plastic bins, especially stored on high shelving, can go a long way toward salvaging your possessions.  To prevent water from coming in, seal these boxes with duct tape. For sentimental items, heirlooms, and similar fare, consider storing in the attic, if possible.  For electronics and similar items, cover them in lightweight plastic and keep the seals as watertight as possible.
  • Protect your furniture.  Just 2 inches of floodwater can cost tens of thousands of damages for homeowners to repair.  Elevation methods like cinder blocks can protect your furniture from water damage by allowing a few inches of clearance between floodwaters and your possessions.
  • Check your basement regularly.  Water damage can happen anytime, so implement measures available to prevent basement flooding before it happens when you can.  Make sure to repair damaged floors, walls, and windows. Consider stocking up on sandbags or installing a sump pump to minimize damage to your basement.

What SERVPRO Can Do

SERVPRO technicians can get right to work on disinfecting and drying your home after flooding occurs.  While not everything can be salvaged due to the dangers posed by floodwaters, these damage mitigation professionals strive to provide homeowners with peace of mind through tried and true methods. 

If flooding is extensive, technicians have truck-mounted pumps available to remove high quantities of water quickly. They work in tandem with portable back-mounted extractors to remove water from hard-to-reach spots.  Before drying can begin, technicians clean with EPA-registered antimicrobials to prevent the spread of microbes through the air.

SERVPRO of Glen Cove / Jericho wants to ensure that your home looks, "Like it never even happened." Call (516) 671-1919 today for fast disaster cleanup.

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Glen Cove Properties Benefit from Water Mitigation Services from SERVPRO

1/18/2020 (Permalink)

Tub overflowing with soapy water from an open tap Water Accidents Happen in Glen Cove--That Is Why SERVPRO Is Ready to Help!

The Experience to Know What Water-Damaged Glen Cove Homes Need

You do not always have the time available to shop around for reputable and trustworthy restoration companies when water losses occur in your Glen Cove home. In most situations involving water emergencies, you have around 48 hours to resolve the bulk of the concerns, or more severe and threatening conditions could develop. Knowing the most efficient practices comes from experience and extensive training, our team has become a name to trust.

Our certified Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) on our SERVPRO team have more than thirty years of experience and continued education to address the water damage in Glen Cove homes with the latest resources, training, and technologies. No two-loss incidents are the same, and addressing the concerns of your household can maximize drying and recovery efforts across the board.

Damage assessments are the right way to determine what tools and approaches are necessary to return your property to preloss condition. Our process involves both an understanding of the drying sciences and the input of our customers to detail the state of their home before the water loss incident and their ultimate wishes in seeing the area restored. Because we have an in-house division of general contractors as well as restoration specialists, we have a full-service approach to recovery that can save time and money.

Because a majority of our professionals have the WRT certifications along with secondary endorsements for Applied Structural Drying (ASD), customers do not have to wait for skilled and knowledgeable water restorers. We have a 24/7 response, and because of our central location in Jericho, we can respond to most of the loss incidents in the area within hours. We can arrive with an array of specialty equipment, including extractors, drying mats, air movers, positive pressure systems, and light wands. We can address standing water concerns and move immediately to drying the moisture beyond the surface.

Experience matters when you are entrusting your home to restoration professionals after a water loss incident. Our SERVPRO of Glen Cove / Jericho team can help. Give us a call at (516) 671-1919.

Commercial Mold Damage Restoration In Glen Cove

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

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Commercial Mold Damage Restoration In Glen Cove Can Require Sodablasting Procedures

If moisture ever stays inside your Glen Cove breakfast diner for too long, fungi can develop on any of your building materials or contents that contain organic materials. If organic substances such as paper or wood stay wet for longer than 48 hours, commercial mold damage could occur inside your place of business. A fungus only needs excessive moisture, an organic food source, the right temperatures, and time to form and grow.

Anytime moisture gets left in an area inside your diner, spores that are naturally present could activate and cause your building to become contaminated. During commercial mold damage projects in Glen Cove, our SERVPRO technicians can utilize a variety of specialized techniques and equipment to remove all contamination. Once a fungus forms, it starts growing in all directions, and it starts to release reproductive spores into the air. The spores can then float around the interior of your breakfast diner and contaminate areas that were previously unaffected by moisture or mold.

Once fungi have developed and are visible, the first step our SERVPRO team takes is to contain the affected room or rooms so that spores cannot spread across your structure. Then, we remove the fungal contamination from any of the affected surfaces inside your business's building. Next, we can use chemicals to help eliminate spores so that mold cannot form anywhere else.

In some situations, the fungus could have grown deep into an item, and scrubbing and scraping methods do not prove to be effective. In these more severe cases, we can implement soda blasting techniques. Soda blasting removes contamination by spraying the affected region with pressurized baking soda. The process is somewhat abrasive, but it can be proven to be more gentle than sanding or other more abrasive removal methods. The baking soda also has properties that help neutralize any foul odors present within the contaminated items.

When running a diner, we know that cleanliness is one of the keys to being successful. For professional assistance with restoration services at your place of business, call SERVPRO of Glen Cove / Jericho at (516) 671-1919 24/7. We can help you restore your company's building to the way it was before, “Like it never even happened.”

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Soot and Smoke Cleanup and Malodors Elimination Needed for Your Glen Cove Home? Try Calling SERVPRO for Restoration

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage Glen Cove – Smoke Residues

Not all fires are the same, and the smoke from these fires is also different. The residue from different fires requires different cleaning approaches. Hot fires tend to produce dry smoke residues, while slower-burning or smoldering fires tend to produce wet smoke residues. Then there are the fires where food has been burned and may produce protein smoke residue. Fuel oil also produces smoke residues that require different cleaning methods.

SERVPRO has been providing fire damage services in the Glen Cover area since 1986. We have had experience restoring many homes and commercial buildings after a fire and are familiar with all the different types of smoke residues. We are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and trained experts that have worked with thousands of customers.

The speed of combustion, the amount of oxygen available to fuel the fire, and the type of material that is burning determine the type of smoke residue.

Cleaning Dry Smoke Residues

Since the particles produced by a hot fire are dry, surfaces are not stained as profoundly and are easier to clean. Nonporous materials can be wiped and cleaned. Porous materials may need to be washed, repainted, or replaced.

Cleaning Wet Smoke Residues

Wet smoke residue tends to contain more aerosols, varnishes, and solvents. Particles can work themselves into crevices and can discolor plastic materials. In many cases, contents cannot be restored due to discoloration, smearing, or smudging on the surface.

Cleaning Protein Smoke Residue

Fires involving food products tend to leave a greasy protein residue that can be distributed throughout the entire home. All surfaces in the home may require cleaning and restoration. Protein combustion often results in a highly pungent odor that is challenging for elimination; SERVPRO can help.

Fuel Oil Smoke Residue

A malfunctioning furnace often produces this type of residue. Blowback can deposit spider tags in cooler corners and upper areas of a room, looking much like spider webs. Soot particles are produced and distributed throughout the home by the heating system. Technicians can first vacuum away most of these ionized, dirty deposits. It may be black or grey in color and greasy. It is usually easy to remove; however, the entire home must be cleaned and deodorized. SERVPRO can help restore your home after a fire regardless of the type of fire and smoke residue.

Call SERVPRO of Glen Cove / Jericho at (516) 671-1919 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Upper Brockville, Sea Cliff, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Water Damage In Glen Head

12/15/2019 (Permalink)

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Cleaning Up Water Damage in Glen Head

Sometimes a pipe bursting in a nearby kitchen or bathroom can soak your wood flooring. Hardwood flooring can warp or buckle after water exposure. The longer the floor is wet, the more damage you may incur.

If you are experiencing warping or buckling of your flooring due to water damage in your Glen Head home, you most likely require professional assistance. Contacting SERVPRO right away may help mitigate secondary damage, such as further warping or mold growth in trapped pockets of moisture.

Removing excess water quickly is critical; the least amount of damage occurs when SERVPRO technicians remove water fast. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. They pull excess water out of the floors by using an extractor and doing multiple passes over the area. Then, they dry the floors. Technicians consider the permeance of the flooring and the exposure time when creating a plan to dry the area effectively.

Wood naturally contains moisture, typically around 10%. Technicians use non-penetrating moisture meters to determine the moisture levels in the wood. They take readings in an unaffected area to make sure the moisture levels are consistent on all the flooring in the same area of the home. Moisture readings are from the wettest part of the floor to ensure that everything dries before moving forward.

Trained SERVPRO technicians use special drying techniques to dry the floors, mindful of vapor barriers such as finishes that may lock moisture in or out of the wood surface. Finishes impact both absorption and evaporation rates. Air movers and dehumidifiers are sometimes used in crawl spaces under the floors to dry from underneath while also used above the flooring, attacking the moisture from both areas.

Floors should be within 4% of their regular moisture content to be dry. If overdried, crowning may occur, the wood arches and creates a bow shape, becoming very difficult to sand out. There may be some cupping, meaning that the sides of the wood warp up in a cup shape. This often indicates that water absorbed from the bottom and sides of the wood. After the wood is dry, technicians may sand and possibly refinish the floor to bring the wood back to the preloss condition.

SERVPRO of Glen Cove / Jericho is available 24/7 at (516) 671-1919 to help you restore your wood flooring. We make it, “Like it never even happened.”

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We Are The Leader In Glen Head Water Damage Restoration

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Our technician uses our drying equipment to dry the hardwoods in this home Our technicians removed the laminate floors, affected drywall and contents and then started the dry out process after water damage struck this home.

Debris Cleanup Can Reduce Restoration Costs in Glen Head

Among the many responsibilities and requirements placed on the administration and management divisions of our SERVPRO team, controlling expenses for Glen Head residents and their properties is vital. Every individual component of our response team and office staff involved in the recovery play a part in helping to keep costs low for the customer, but none have a more direct role in this than the crew chief. The leader of our field technician units has the authority to authorize preventative care and emergency services that ultimately reduce the cost of the restoration as a whole, such as removing loose debris and sediment. 

Preparation is an essential component to every project we begin involving water cleanup in Glen Head homes because so much can vary from one site to another. Direct exposure of structural elements like cabinetry and ceiling tiles can lead to warping, swelling, and deterioration. In some situations, these areas can collapse entirely under the weight of the loss incident, creating a dire circumstance where our technicians must work quickly to prevent further structural loss. Cleanup plays a vital role in reducing this permanent damage, and we have several direct approaches to help. 

Extraction

Standing water is a substantial threat to any exposed construction materials, contents, and other affected portions of your property. With structural degradation, debris can exist within this water that prevents the use of our traditional electric sump pump choice for water removal. We can utilize more powerful self-priming trash pumps to move water with solids inside. 

Controlled Demolition 

Our crew chief is responsible for the delegation of tasks when necessary, such as the deployment of our in-house general contracting division. These professionals can remove affected materials in part to prevent a more substantial full replacement of damaged surfaces and structure. 

Direct Removal Approaches 

There are certain materials and contents within your property that can amplify the destruction if not managed appropriately. Insulation above ceiling tiles and inside of walls can absorb moisture, causing this material to become too heavy for these weaker structural elements to contain. Our SERVPRO team can remove water damaged insulation with specially designed vacuum systems. 

Saving money on restoration is not only important to you. Our SERVPRO of Glen Cove / Jericho professionals have techniques and strategies for water recovery with the express purpose of reducing costs. Give us a call anytime disasters strike at (516) 671-1919.

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How In-place Drying can Reduce Inconvenience during Flood Damage Restoration of your Glen Head Home

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

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Let SERVPRO help take the inconvenience off your shoulders when it comes to your Glen Head home flood.

A flooded property or room does not necessarily mean that your furnishings, carpets, and access areas have to be removed or displaced. Our restoration services focus on repairing issues with minimum inconvenience to a homeowner. In situations where property flooding is the result of a clean water supply malfunction, for example, leaking sinks, bathtubs, or pipes, it is possible to perform in-place drying. In-place drying involves minimal disruption to the affected area. However, it is only suitable when flooding is less than 72 hours and shows no signs of water contamination. 

Homeowners that experience clean water flood damage in Glen Head may find it beneficial to incorporate in-place drying. These methods are less aggressive and involve drying carpets as well as subfloor pads without detaching or removing them. Furniture can remain in place while there is a reduction in the likelihood of delamination occurring. However, not all situations suit in-place drying, and they can be more time-consuming. 

A SERVPRO technician can decide on in-place drying during the inspection of flooded areas. We begin by moving furniture into the center of the room and using truck-mounted extraction wands to vacuum moisture from carpets close to the baseboard. This process prevents water migration, which can become a severe issue should moisture enter wall cavities or penetrate the subfloor. Once the outer regions of the room are dry, your technician may test a small area of the subfloor pad to make sure both carpet and pad are dry.

Central areas of the home can then be further dried using a weighted extraction tool. Weighted wands apply pressure onto soft fabrics, which can help to squeeze out residual moisture. After every drop of moisture is extracted, SERVPRO can place air-movers with dehumidifiers to create ideal drying conditions. This equipment helps to reduce the amount of time for flood restoration work to be completed as well as ensuring both carpet and pad are thoroughly dry. 

Clean water flood emergencies do not need to be a lasting disruption in your everyday life. Contact SERVPRO of Glen Cove / Jericho at (516) 671-1919 for in-place drying options.

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