Tips for Preventing Water Damages to your Home
A flooded basement caused by a slow leaking washing machine hose
Whenever a water damage occurs in your home or business it affects everyone from the home/business owner, to the residents or customers that rely on the space. It could be something as minor as a refrigerator line popping off, or as large as a main water pipe breaking. Whether big or small these damages are a nuisance, and by following the steps below you will be on the right track to minimizing damages that may occur in the home;
- Make sure you and anyone who lives/works in your property is aware of where the shut off is for the main water supply. Stopping any further damage is step one in minimizing your costs for a disaster.
- Be sure to check all hoses, and pipes. During the winter it is imminent to shut off the water that leads outside, and to be sure that any pipes inside your home do not get too cold (to burst). The most common hoses that should be checked are the refrigerator, the dishwasher, and the washing machine. It is best to use stainless steel reinforced hoses if possible.
- Interior appliances and piping are not the only sources that water can come from, storms are a large cause of water losses that we see. The primary cause are shingles on the outside of your home, whether shingles be damaged or missing altogether it is best to check on them regularly to be safe. The biggest water losses we see occur when water runs from the top of the house (through the roof) all the way down to the basement, sometimes without the customer even knowing it’s happening!
The best way to avoid a water damage is to keep a keen eye on the above points. If by chance a water loss does occur in your home be sure to call SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside ASAP. We get you back up and running as quickly as possible and are available 24/7!
What is a “Puff Back”?
What is a “Puff Back”?
During the cold months when furnaces get turned on, one danger is the furnace puff back or blow back. This malfunction occurs when an explosion inside the burner chamber of the boiler or furnace causes built-up hydrocarbons to exit from vents, creating a sooty mess.
Oil-fired heating units are most prone to puff backs, and proper maintenance of your oil burner is the only way to prevent these unfortunate mishaps. Once a puff back has happened, you’ll often notice soot lining the areas in direct venting distance of your air vents. You may notice a soot blowout near the furnace itself. In any case, it will be hard not to notice your furnace has experienced a puff back and even harder to clean it yourself.
Puff backs can be tricky to clean up. We at SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside have a highly trained staff and use eco-friendly cleaning materials to get the job done quickly and efficiently, leaving no trace of soot or nasty odor.
Top Benefits of HVAC Cleaning
The National Air Duct Cleaners Association's rule of thumb for duct cleaning is "if your ducts look dirty then they probably need to be cleaned". Included in this page is a direct quote from NADCA's website listing the reasons and benefits to air duct cleaning.
Top Benefits of HVAC Cleaning
NADCA’s rule of thumb for consumers is that “if your ducts look dirty, they probably are,” and that dirty HVAC systems should be inspected by a reputable, certified HVAC professional. Below are some other reasons homeowners choose to have their air ducts cleaned.
Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air quality is one concern that homeowners have when they decide to investigate air duct cleaning. In a typical six-room home, up to 40 pounds of dust is created annually through everyday living. Your heating and cooling system is the lungs of your home. The system taken air in and breathes air out.
Through normal occupation in a home, we generate a great deal of contaminants and air pollutants, such as dander, dust, and chemicals. These contaminants are pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulated 5 to 7 times per day, on average. Over time, this re-circulation causes a build-up of contaminants in the duct work.
While dirty ducts don’t necessarily mean unhealthy air in your home, school or workplace, they may be contributing to larger health issues or harboring contaminants that could cause serious problems for people with respiratory health conditions, autoimmune disorders or some environmental allergies.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted. Contaminants in the heating and cooling system cause it to work harder and shorten the life of your system. Although filters are used, the heating and cooling system still gets dirty through normal use.
When an HVAC system is clean, it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature you desire. As a result, less energy is used, leading to improved cost-effectiveness.
Long Island Cares
We are just happy to see that we are able to give back to the community after Hurricane Sandy. People are still displaced and we look forward to helping any chance we can.
This is a picture of our trucks as we were pulling up to drop off the donations.
This past weekend we setup a food drive at Stop and Shop in Oceanside, NY and King Kullen in Island Park. We were able to collect over 700 pounds of food to help families in need. Thank you to anyone who helped this weekend; I know that it will be appreciated.
All of the 700 pounds will be distributed by Long Island Cares to various food banks throughout Long Island. If anyone needs would like to donate anything more for the holidays. You can reach us at 516-536-1801 and we will come pick it up for you!
Thanks again and Happy Holidays!
Categories of a typical water damage
A water damage can originate from many different sources including a broken water pipe, or a severe storm. Once the damage occurs the type of water is then classified into three different categories.
Category 1 is generally considered clean water and does not pose a threat to humans. Examples of these are considered broken water pipes or overflowing sinks. Category 2 water is considered contaminated also called "gray" water. This category typically includes water from a toilet bowl with no feces, water coming in through hydrostatic pressure, or a sump pump failure. The last category is category 3 or "black" water. This is grossly contaiminted and poses a substantial threat to humans. This category includes sewage, water from rising rivers, any outside water source, or water containing heavy bacteria and fungi.