Recent Storm Damage Posts

What is the Best Way to Get Floodwater Out of a Sunken Den?

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

submersible pump in a basement SERVPRO extracts floodwaters from basements in the Glen Cove area with advanced equipment like this portable submersible pump

SERVPRO technicians can remove the water quickly from your Glen Cove property

During a storm, there are numerous ways that water can enter a property in Glen Cove. When high winds damage a roof, the resulting leak is clean water, and as long as it gets cleaned up quickly, it poses no threat to inhabitants of the home. Groundwater is a far more severe issue. When this type of floodwater enters a home, it can have all kinds of bacteria, chemicals, and often sewage. Avoid coming into contact with it and get restoration services started as soon as possible.

What Should I Expect with Flood Damage Cleanup in My Home?

Flood damage in a Glen Cove den had numerous issues for SERVPRO technicians to address. Roughly an inch of water entered the home and quickly migrated into furnishings, flooring, and the structure. The technicians tested the water upon arrival to determine the nature of any bacteria or the presence of sewage (known as black water), so they could choose the proper cleaning agents to disinfect the worksite and make the cleanup process safer.

Part of Flood Loss Cleanup is Removal of Loss Items

The low-seated couch and loveseat in the den absorbed water from the wet carpet into the frame and stuffing and made them non-restorable as most porous items that take in black water cannot get returned to a sanitized condition for reuse. This meant they required removal as a loss with permission from the homeowner. Fortunately, a number of items had restoration potential. A solid wood coffee table got removed to another area for drying and cleaning. The accent pillows on the sofa remained dry and got moved outside the worksite with other items for cleaning and disinfection. The homeowner was pleased to find out the foosball table could get saved through washing with mild cleaners.

Frequently Seen Structural Damage After Flood Loss

Once water enters a home, the damage begins as it migrates and penetrates flooring and wicks into sheetrock. After quickly moving out the furnishings, the technicians scoped the den to determine all areas of water migration. They found it several inches into the sheetrock and wainscotting around the room. The techs measured over the water line on the walls and cut off the sheetrock several inches. This assists in drying the interior wall spaces.

Carpet wet from groundwater needs specific handling.

  • Once black water gets found within the carpet, it requires removal and disposal as a biohazard.
  • Due to the heaviness of wet carpet, the techs extract the water to make it safe to move.
  • Once the maximum amount of moisture gets extracted, they cut the carpet into strips to make it easy to handle. This action exposes the concrete substrate, which needs attention to ensure it dries completely.

What is the Fastest Way to Dry Flood Damage in a Home?

Floodwater brings elevated humidity to the loss area that needs multiple pieces of equipment to remedy. SERVPRO technicians carry in different types of devices to deal with the moisture in the den.

  • Portable pumps to pull as much water up as possible off most surfaces
  • Rovers are valuable for removing the water from the carpet before disposal
  • Squeegees work to push remaining water off the concrete
  • Air movers blow at high speed and cause a chain reaction that results in embedded moisture in the concrete to rise
  • Dehumidifiers seize this water vapor and remove it
  • Monitoring during the entire drying process to maintain timelines and achieve drying goals

Handling Concerns for Electronics Exposed to Floodwater

 After items such as the television and stereo equipment had exposure to the flood loss, the homeowner had concerns about their safety for reuse. Because it is not safe to test electronics with probable water exposure, the technicians arranged for a local industry expert to inspect the devices for the homeowner to reuse or if any repairs were necessary.

How to Removal Water Odors in a Home

Floodwater brings its own musty odor and may be made worse due to sewage or other elements in the water. Drying the property goes a long way towards lessening the foul scents in the home; however, the deodorizing cleaning agents also assist in the removal of any residual water odors. The use of antibacterial and antimicrobial cleaners as needed If needed, the technicians can use equipment such as air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators to capture any remaining airborne droplets and neutralize them. After the completion of these actions, the property is ready for the needed repairs to bring the den to its pre-water loss condition.

Flood damage needs immediate attention. Call SERVPRO of Glen Cove / Jericho at (516) 671-1919 for rapid action to restore your home and property.

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

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

small model house being wiped from the roof, cartoonish SERVPRO Cleans Flooded Homes in Glen Head from the Top Down!

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.

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.


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

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

Standing water around a garage. Your Glen Head flood damage is our focus, let us help you get above water.

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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SERVPRO Has Tailored Cleaning Products To Restore Your Glen Cove Home Safely

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

Flood demolitions and drying in a home near the stairs Black Water from flooding is contaminated and requires removal using safety equipment and the right air movers and dehumidifiers.

Relying on Potent Cleansers for Flood Recovery in Glen Cove

Depending on how flooding occurs in your Glen Cove home, you could have your household introduced to a wide array of bacterias, contaminants, and other threats. As detrimental as this might initially seem, our professionals have become trained in biohazard recovery and other cleaning niches to provide a confident and thorough approach to a flood loss incident in your property.

Much of our success in this niche of the industry focuses on having the right equipment, personnel, and products to remove flood damage from Glen Cove homes. As much as many homeowners believe that they can address the cleaning needs of their home after a flood loss, many property owners do not realize how hazardous lingering moisture and an elevated concentration of microbes on a surface can become. For this reason, our team relies on the dominant line of cleansers, disinfectants, and sporicides SERVPRO has developed to maintain a competitive edge in the field.

Because of how mold damage can develop and spread within 48 hours, our water restoration technicians, along with our remediation specialists, can apply antimicrobial solutions to structural elements that could become affected. Natural flooding can often require many directly exposed surfaces to get removed and replaced, but disinfecting supports and framework can help to make this reconstruction effort faster and more cost-effective. Antimicrobial solutions can stall the development of mold colonization and eliminate present mold spores on contact.

Even in situations where contamination is not a constraining factor, our cleaning products like hardwood oil and cleanser can help to restore the slight sheen to hardwood that years of foot traffic and the recent water loss incident have helped to dull. No matter what your home needs, our SERVPRO professionals have the potent product that can help.

Our professionals have extensive training through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in the niches of flood and water loss recovery. With the aid of our impressive line of tailored cleaning products, our SERVPRO of Glen Cove / Jericho team can make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (516) 671-1919.

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We Have State Of The Art Equipment To Restore Your Glen Cove Home

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Using the right equipment ensures your home is restored the right way and prevents further damage.

Get Efficient Flood Damage Cleanup for Your Glen Cove Home 

All homes in Glen Cove are vulnerable to sustaining damage after a natural disaster. Water damage from floods is one thing that comes to mind. It has not been long since a storm caused by the remnants of Hurricane Burry hit this city. Floodwater ruins the structure and contents of a home such as drywall, carpet, furniture, and belongings.

If there is flood damage in your Glen Cove home, create a record of all the destruction that has happened for your insurance firm. Some insurance policies do not cover flooding. Therefore, check with your insurer to know the reimbursements you qualify for. Take images of all the ruined structures and possessions and send them to your insurance agent. You should then assess the destruction in your property. Wear rubber boots so you can be safe from toxic materials. Flood damage can include some of the following issues:


Floodwater usually comprises silt, mud, and microbes like bacteria, fungi, and viruses. These contaminants can cause serious health problems if you do not clean and neutralize them promptly.

Damaged appliances 

If you did not unplug all your electrical equipment before the floodwaters entered your home, some might have sustained damage. If items like electric heaters, outlets, thermostats, wiring, computers, and light fixtures were submerged, you need to replace them. You may salvage some electronics, but make sure an electrician examines them first.

Mold growth 

If floodwater soaks into walls, floors, and furniture, it can cause mold to develop in dark, moist areas. Mold usually appears within a day or two of a flood and poses health risks.

Remember that the quicker you act, the better the chance you have for saving valuable items in your home. You can get started with cleaning up your home and restoring it to its former glory by contacting SERVPRO franchise professionals. Our water damage restoration technicians can clean up and dry your property to make the flooding emergency seem “Like it never even happened.”

As opposed to water damage from clean water, flood damage restoration requires sanitizing, decontamination, and deodorization of a home. Our water damage restoration technicians (WRT) have different equipment needed to restore a home to its pre-flood damage sate. We have powerful extraction equipment like portable pumps that remove water from buildings effectively to expedite the drying process. We also use air moving equipment to increase evaporation and dehumidification equipment to eliminate water vapor from the air.

Flooding can also cause your home to have unpleasant odors. Our SERVPRO technicians use deodorization equipment to apply professional products and treat odors. We can identify and remove widespread and overpowering odors using hydroxyl machines, air scrubbers, and fogging equipment.

After the unfortunate event of floodwater intrusion into your Glen Head, Jericho, or Oyster Bay home, contact SERVPRO of Glen Cove / Jericho for flood cleanup services. Our emergency hotline is (516) 671-1919, and we are ready to assist you 24/7/365.

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We Have The Equipment And Expertise To Restore Your Glen Cove Home After Flood Damage

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

We are available 24/7 to handle all your restoration needs. Please don't hesitate and call us right away to prevent further damage.

SERVPRO Strategies for Water Removal after Flooding-Related Power Outages

Extreme weather has many consequences, including loss of power and property loss from heavy rains and building damage. When flooding enters your residence or commercial building, it is crucial that the removal of the water occurs quickly and thoroughly. If flood water lingers inside for even a few hours, progressive damage to structural components and content increases the devastation and the expenses for restoration.

A challenge these property owners face is how to remove the water pictured when flood damage in Glen Cove causes power outages. Sump pumps without battery backup cease evacuating water when the electricity goes out, exposing them to the same risk as buildings without a sump system. Wet vacuums need a plug-in, and are not designed to remove the enormous quantities of water flooding can deposit in a basement or lower level.

SERVPRO plans for electrical outages during flood water removal by investing in equipment that uses alternative energy sources. The risk of electrocution in a wet basement filled with appliances as pictured is also significant, driving home the need for a safer way to get the water out of the flooded property.

Submersible pumps are highly efficient in diverting flood waters out of a property. SERVPRO uses gas-power models that require no electricity, although other types use extension cords to gain power from an outside generator. Our crew members closely monitor the pumps, ensuring they are positioned beneath the water and moved deeper periodically if necessary during the project. We follow local regulations when disposing of the flood waters exiting through attached hoses.

When the water level is less than two inches, SERVPRO turns to truck-mounted extraction units. Our service vehicles stock both water removal devices and power generation options to clean up remaining water despite electricity shut-offs that last hours or even days or weeks. The wanded extractors we use are powerful, but flexible enough to get into tight places where water might be hiding.

SERVPRO can complete structural drying using our alternative power generators for the air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers we employ to transfer absorbed moisture into the air as vapor. Our decades of experience in flood remediation means we know how to get the job done even when external factors like a power outage make things more complicated.

SERVPRO of Glen Cove / Jericho has the expertise and equipment to manage for flood water removal needs even when the power grid is down. Call us day or night at (516) 671-1919 for rapid recovery from a water disaster.

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SERVPRO Provides Emergency Repairing Services to Prevent Further Flood Damage in Glen Cove

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO offers emergency repair services to prevent further damage after storms.

Emergency Repairs to Prevent Further Flooding in Glen Cove Homes

Severe weather can strike with little warning, and with strong winds or torrential rainfall, the roof or exterior structure of your Glen Cove property could be at risk. When vulnerabilities or damages do occur during a storm, the likelihood for substantial loss incidents like flooding become challenging to avoid. To prevent the situation from continually getting worse until the storm subsides, you should reach out to our professionals for our fast 24/7 storm damage response team to help.

With storms that can lead to flood damage in your Glen Cove home, containment and stopping the spread of these effects throughout the property must become a priority once penetration points exist for floodwater. Our SERVPRO licensed contractors can address these concerns quickly and sufficiently by arriving at your property 24/7 with the expertise and the skills to board up or tarp over vulnerabilities in the construction of your house.

Boarding services are often necessary when windows, skylights, and other paned areas of your property have become damaged or entirely broken by debris or substantial storm activity. These points can often be direct exposure areas for rainfall and runoff to directly enter the property, and our SERVPRO contractors can utilize our immediate response to cover over these vulnerabilities to prevent further penetration.

Tarping is often the ideal approach to temporarily address holes or damage to the roof of your home. While ultimately we can address reconstruction and the full repair of these damaged areas of the property, the prevention of further floodwater flow and runoff coming into the attic or ceiling area of the house is critical to begin vital mitigation work inside of the house. Once the storm has passed and the mitigation work nears completion inside of your home, we can work on a full-scale repair or renovation of the damaged portions of the property.

Many concerns exist amid a torrential storm that can damage your property, but our SERVPRO of Glen Cove / Jericho rapid response team can arrive quickly to help. We have both licensed contractors and IICRC-Certified recovery technicians to make flooding “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (516) 671-1919.

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