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Why Do I Need To Clean My Home After A Pipe Bursts?

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

Burst water pipe Homeowners have to deal with many things which may include water damage. Contact SERVPRO right away.

SERVPRO Helps Ensure Water Cleanup Exercises in Glen Cove Address All Underlying Issues that Lead to Problems after Water Spills

It may seem absurd that you have to do extensive cleaning around your Glen Cove home when a pipe releases gallons of clean water that flows all over your house. However, a combination of several factors necessitates cleaning to restore the property to its preloss state.

What typical reasons compel people to perform water cleanup in their Glen Cove homes?

  • For the safety of the occupants.
  • To ensure a comfortable stay.
  • To protect the structure or contents. 

As the water pools around on hard floor surfaces such as tiles or concrete, it leaves them slippery, increasing the chances of slip-and-fall accidents around the house. Water intrusion also sparks microbial growth, especially if moisture management is postponed. Microbial growth can lead to respiratory issues if left to progress unhindered. 

Once water spills, evaporation starts immediately, which raises the humidity levels inside the house. At best, it is uncomfortable to stay in a house once relative humidity exceeds 60%. Bad odor can also develop in the house, especially when materials such as rugs or carpets are left wet for too long. When our SERVPRO technicians clean up your house, we can preempt the problems, guaranteeing your family a comfortable stay.

How does cleaning stop water from damaging the structure?

Water can cause materials to deteriorate in many ways. For instance, the cellulose in wood readily absorbs water leading to structural changes such as warping or swelling. Water exposure also causes many other problems in different materials, including:

  • Rotting
  • Mold development
  • Rusting
  • Discoloration and staining

The cleaning process removes standing water from the structure and manages the humidity levels in the air. If cleaning agents are utilized, their antibacterial and antimicrobial properties help limit microbial growth. Therefore, it is possible to stop or at least minimize the intensity of the problems that develop, unlike a case where nothing is done after the water spill.

Why involve someone else to do the cleaning?

The prospect of removing pools of uncontaminated water and then cleaning the house may not seem daunting. However, several reasons can compel you to consider involving a team of professional restorers like:

  • Lack of the right of cleaning tools.
  • To guarantee the safe use of cleaning products.
  • To expedite the process.

What you might consider a simple water removal process can turn into backbreaking work when using mops and buckets. Drying the wet materials is even more difficult because it works through evaporation, and opening windows and doors is not an optimal solution. Our SERVPRO technicians use wet vacs to remove the water then we set up powerful air movers and dehumidifiers to manage the drying process cutting down the effort and time it takes to complete the job.

Away from efficiency, a professional team also helps guarantee your safety during the cleanup process. The process of cleaning your home after a water spill can pose some risks, although they might not be apparent. For instance, a simple task such as mixing cleaning products can lead to injury if you mix ammonia and chlorine bleach due to the production of harmful chlorine gas. The spilled water might reach power outlets leading to electrocution if you step into the house without protective wear. Professionals are prepared to tackle these risks because of their training and experience dealing with similar loss sites.

What is involved in cleaning a house after a water intrusion?

If it is the first time dealing with a burst water pipe or other severe water spills, you might not have a true picture of what you are dealing with until you start performing the cleanup. Unfortunately, such an approach leads to delaying or missing some of the initial preventive steps that help keep the loss manageable. For most water spills, these actions are typical, so you should make plans on how to complete them before starting the cleanup.

  • Removing the water
  • Cleansing surfaces
  • Drying materials
  • Deodorization

Knowing the steps you need to take beforehand helps in planning, and in some cases, you can take the initiative to optimize the process. For instance, instead of waiting until you finish cleaning and drying your house, then you think of deodorizing if you smell a bad odor, you can incorporate deodorization in cleaning. Our SERVPRO technicians mix water-based deodorizers with the cleaning solutions to ensure the areas we clean have a sweet scent. We also maximize water extraction, thus simplifying the drying process since extraction is 1200 times faster than evaporation. 

SERVPRO of Glen Cove / Jericho can help you manage a water spill in your Glen Head, Jericho, or Oyster Bay home, "Like it never even happened." Call us at (516) 671-1919.

Did a Leaking Water Heater Damage Your Glen Cove Home?

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

leaking water heater. water pooling on floor Water heaters are a common source of water damage inside the home. SERVPRO can extract and remove the water and dry your home.

The Benefits of Professional Water Removal in Glen Cove Homes 

There are so many ways that water damage can hit a house. Some of the most common events include hot water tank failures, supply line leaks to appliances such as the fridge or washing machine, and plumbing issues. All these events have in common is they need cleanup efforts to begin as early as possible to lessen loss to the structure and contents. 

There are many perks for bringing a professional restoration service in for water removal in a Glen Cove property. One of the biggest is that it is almost impossible to do a comparable cleanup job using consumer-grade equipment and products.  

Differences in Setup

The techs scope the loss area to determine problem areas. We also place a barrier between furnishings with stained legs and wet carpet to stop the potential for any bleeding of the stain onto the damp carpet. 

Differences in Water Extraction

Homeowners that own wet/dry vacs can get ahead of the water loss in their homes. However, this machine type does not have the pulling power of the portable pumps and other water removal equipment that SERVPRO techs bring to the site. The certified techs know that the more moisture that gets pulled up lessens the needed drying time. 

Differences in Drying Equipment

When a homeowner has a wet carpet and sets up multiple fans to blow on it, the tops of the fibers may feel dry to the touch after a time. Should carpet's bottom backing and padding still retain moisture, a host of issues may develop from mold to unrepairable damage to the materials from prolonged exposure. SERVPRO techs use centrifugal air movers en masse to deliver high-velocity airflow. This airflow causes a reaction that forces embedded moisture to rise where the nearby dehumidification equipment is ready to port it away. Specialized drying devices and methods such as floating the carpet or drying mats to save expensive hardwood flooring give results that home-based efforts cannot attain. 

SERVPRO of Glen Cove / Jericho at (516) 671-1919 for professional water removal of any size in your home. The certified techs arrive quickly and make the loss to the property, "Like it never even happened." 

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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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Water Damage In Glen Head

12/15/2019 (Permalink)

water covering flooring after leak SERVPRO of Glen Cove / Jericho is available 24/7 at (516) 671-1919 to help you restore your wood flooring.

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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Steps for Drying Drywall After Water Damage in Your Jericho Residence

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

Water spots on the wall close to a door frame. SERVPRO knows no lengths when it comes to water damage in your Jericho home.

Let us walk you through every step of your Jericho water damage.

 A leaking pipe can cause the drywall in your home to get damp. The porous material of the drywall can absorb moisture rapidly and wick it up into the wall. The wetness can spread behind the trim, bleed under baseboards and saturate insulation. Although drywall is not load-bearing, its condition still affects the surrounding structures.

Soggy drywall can turn into a food source for mold colonies. To deal with the water damage in your Jericho residence, you can hire SERVPRO water damage restoration technicians (WRTs). You can take the following steps to prevent the situation from getting worse:

  • Stop the source of the leak immediately.
  • Remove paintings and wall hangings from the affected walls. If the walls have wallpaper, it may be necessary to remove the paper.
  • Check the wall or ceiling insulation. Remove and dry the insulation beginning from the ceiling to the floor. If the insulation is soaked, you can dispose of it.
  • Remove baseboards and molding to ensure that the drywall has proper ventilation. This can prevent moisture from getting trapped behind the molding and baseboard.
  • Increase air circulation in your home by opening doors and windows, and blowing fans on the damp arrears until the walls are dry.

Spotting damp areas on wall surfaces is easy. However, it is difficult to determine if the drywall below the surface is wet. It is impossible to rely on the eyes alone to identify subsurface damage. Our technicians can use thermal imaging cameras to identify the moisture problem. If there are only one or two layers of paint on the drywall, it cannot interfere with the dry out process of the wall surface. However, if a wall has high-gloss enamel, vinyl wallpaper, or more than a single layer of wallboard, it can take longer to dry.

Our SERVPRO technicians have expertise in drying any wall. We can establish an initial environment for satisfactory drying. Our team can manipulate temperature and humidity levels to create optimal drying conditions. For instance, we can place air movers and dehumidifiers near the surface of the walls to dry them before mold sets in.

If the walls do not dry effectively, we can drill holes into the surface to allow air to flow into the space between the wall studs (cavity). When air flows into the cavity, the rate of evaporation increases, and this expedites drying. Our technicians can also improve drying efforts further by using portable heaters to warm the surface of the walls.

If a water leak has caused your drywall to get damp, SERVPRO of Glen Cove / Jericho can help you dry the affected walls thoroughly. Call us any time at (516) 671-1919 for drying services in Glen Cove, Glen Head, or Oyster Bay. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Swift Response Can Save Your Water Damaged Home In Glen Cove

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

Water On Kitchen Floor In A Home “Like it never even happened.”

How Does SERVPRO Remove Water Damage In Glen Cove Homes So Fast?

When dealing with a water damaged home, often the water has receded or been blotted up by the homeowner using towels or mops. However, excessive moisture remains on surfaces, wicked into drywall, baseboards and sometimes it has made its way into the subflooring.

The key to saving as much of the structure and contents as possible during remediation of water damage in a Glen Cove home is the removal of as much moisture as possible. This action is done, so the drying phase takes less time.

Our skilled technicians use different types of moisture detection to find where moisture has collected and let the technicians "see" if they need to remove portions of drywall, also knowns as "flood cuts" and baseboards to allow for adequate airflow behind walls to properly dry the structure.

We have different types of equipment for water extraction from a property. Portable pumps are fast and efficient to take from room to room to quickly move out water as a team.

Weighted extractor heads push down on surfaces and push water to the surface where it is collected. The stand-on Rover units are as agile as a Segway and can remove volumes of water; they are especially useful on carpeted surfaces where the weight of the technician works to push water out of padding.

SERVPRO spends extra time extracting water from events because the more that is removed before the drying phase, the less time it takes to bring the affected area to a state of dryness for further restoration. Our technicians are certified in the study of water vapor and air and use that knowledge when they are setting up the air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the areas.

No home has 0% humidity, and drying goals are established by using readings in unaffected areas of the home. When entire homes are affected, drying goals are set using known healthy humidity levels. After drying, our technicians deodorize and disinfect the affected areas to leave the home with a fresh, clean scent.

SERVPRO of Glen Cove / Jericho is on call 24-hours at (516) 671-1919. Our emergency response team is ready to come to your home and use our knowledge and equipment to make flood damage “Like it never even happened.”

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When You Have A Water Damage Incident In Your Glen Head Home, Call Our Crew!

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

Call us at (516) 671-1919 for detection and resolution of hidden water damage.

Our Technicians Discuss What Is Essential In A Glen Head Water Damage Scenario

If you enjoy attending a murder mystery event at a Glen Head dinner theater, you are sure to appreciate the efforts of our skilled Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) when locating the source of a damaging leak in your home. Many of our calls require significant amounts of detective work because no major break or rupture is apparent. Rest assured we can find the problem and respond to all the damage flowing from it.

Small cracks in pipes, caulk, and hoses or malfunctioning pumps are frequently the cause of water damage in Glen Head homes. The moisture takes days or weeks for you to notice, and it is not uncommon for the seemingly minor water problem to hide a much more complicated damage scenario. Our team masters training in a variety of detection strategies.  We then use this knowledge to locate pockets of hidden water and provide data for drying goals after the water cleanup completes.

SERVPRO crews take the time to accurately map out the dimensions of a water loss to avoid progressive damage or secondary complications such as mold growth. We use thermal imaging cameras to pinpoint areas where water collected and needs release and evacuation, perhaps in cavities between walls or behind the kickboard of a kitchen cabinet. Controlled demolition techniques permit us to access the water and allow for better airflow during the drying phase.

SERVPRO invests in moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other devices that measure the levels and extent of moisture saturation in structural components. We sketch out the dimensions of the water damage and use the information as we set up configurations of air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to reduce moisture to normal levels in your home. Monitoring the measurements helps us adapt the positioning of the equipment and gives us feedback on when we can phase out drying operations.

When SERVPRO responds, you can rely on our experience and training to focus on your crisis. You deserve a better option than a cookie-cutter approach to water damage restoration. We individualize each project by using the tools and equipment in our extensive inventory.

SERVPRO of Glen Cove / Jericho is ready to uncover the facts and apply the solutions appropriate for your unique water loss. Call us at (516) 671-1919 for detection and resolution of hidden water damage.

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Our Technicians Discuss What Is Involved In Our Water Damage Restoration Process In Glen Head

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Glen Cove / Jericho is ready to help you cope with longstanding yet unexpected water damage.

What To Expect From Professional Water Damage Remediation In Glen Head

When you notice signs of harm caused by water in your Glen Head home, it is possible the problem existed for quite some time. Supply and waste plumbing lines are concealed behind walls, under floors, and above ceilings. Small leaks eventually turn into large losses. The response required to return your home to pre-water loss condition might prove to be more complicated than first believed. Our professional team has the training and equipment to assess and respond appropriately.

It is not uncommon for an owner investigating a minor leak to discover significant water damage in their Glen Head home. The extent of harm to flooring or cabinets in your kitchen or bathroom can be extensive, pockets of water trapped under fixtures or entrenched in several layers of subflooring. Often secondary damage such as mold growth flagged by its distinctive smell is your first alert of severe water troubles.

SERVPRO helps with the aftermath of this unwanted surprise. Our technicians master a variety of courses from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in preparation for assisting residential property owners with water damage and structural drying.

Our technicians employ sensitive moisture meters and thermal imaging to locate the hidden water damage. Removing toe kickboards allows SERVPRO crews access to the areas under vanities in bathrooms or cabinets in kitchens to expose spaces where water pooled. We use powerful wanded extractors to reach and remove the puddled water and use research-based psychrometry (drying) strategies to pull moisture out of porous materials such as subflooring, wooden cabinets, drywall, and framing.

The IICRC-approved Applied Structural Drying (ASD) course completed by some of our crew readies SERVPRO employees to achieve the balance needed among the elements of air movement, temperature, and dehumidification that results in efficient moisture reduction. We periodically check the moisture concentration in the structural components and fixtures during the drying process to ensure the materials eventually return to normal levels.

SERVPRO of Glen Cove / Jericho is ready to help you cope with longstanding yet unexpected water damage. Call us at (516) 671-1919 to have an experienced assessor review the scenario.

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Common Hidden Issues That Homeowners Realize After Water Damage in Jericho

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water can cause secondary damages in flooring and furniture. Call SERVPRO to restore your home correctly, the first time.

Addressing Hidden Issues after Water Damage in Jericho

Whether it is a pipe that bursts or another amenity that releases water into unwanted areas in your Jericho property, you are likely to experience widespread issues immediately after the incident, or long after the cleanup process. Water affected different types of materials, and it might take time before you realize all areas that it affects negatively.  

The point of origin of the spill can determine the outcome of an incident of water damage in Jericho. Water spilling from a high point such as the ceiling or a room upstairs can affect many contents including electronics, upholstery and other furniture. Reducing the period of exposure for such items can minimize the damages caused. Our SERVPRO technicians use plastic sheets to create containments over contents preventing severe damages. We also extract water fast from affected areas using water extractors and other sophisticated equipment.  

Floor materials such as asphalt tiles maintain a good bond with concrete even after water damage, so cleaning the white or gray areas that appear on the surface should be enough. However, such tiles or the glues used may contain asbestos, so it is essential to follow proper safety procedures during restoration. We certify our SERVPRO technicians in handling hazardous materials so they should restore your property without any difficulties. For wooden subfloors, warping and other forms of deterioration might complicate the restoration process, so we use non-penetrating moisture meters to determine the moisture levels in the subfloor before embarking on restorative processes. 

If the water from the incident affects furnishings, problems such as spots, cracking and weakening of joints can develop. Such problems mostly affect upholstery and wooden items. Our SERVPRO technicians can refinish affected items. However, we evaluate the cost of repair compared to replacing the item first ensuring you get the most cost effective solution.

When there is a water loss in your Glen Cove, Glen Head or Oyster Bay property, call SERVPRO of Glen Cove / Jericho to assist. You can reach us at (516) 671-1919 any time.

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