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Essential Skills that Help Resolve Commercial Mold Damage Cases in Affected Oceanside Hotels

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

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We have the skills to assist your Oceanside hotels with mold damage

Mold development might not stop operations in your workplace immediately, as other incidents would. However, mold is associated with health problems and can even lead to lawsuits from employees or clients who patronize your establishment. A hotel with patches of mold on surfaces such as ceilings, walls, or under sinks might not indicate the most sanitary conditions, thus driving clients away. Taking steps to deal with commercial mold damage immediately you suspect or notice signs, is therefore essential.

Complete remediation of commercial mold damage cases affecting Oceanside hotels requires a combination of activities, which need a variety of skills. Our SERVPRO crews are made up of several technicians with different qualifications such as:

    •    Applied Structural Drying Technicians   
    •    Applied Microbial Remediation Specialists
    •    Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technicians
    •    Odor Control Technicians

Dealing with mold in a hotel requires a proper understanding of the moisture sources that fuel growth. Apart from traditional sources such as leaks, moisture can originate from facilities such as pools, saunas, or gyms within the hotel. Isolating areas affected by mold from the rest of the facility is also an essential part of the restoration process. Our SERVPRO technicians can use moisture detection equipment such as thermohygrometers to check humidity levels in various sections of the hotel, thus identifying likely sources of moisture.

Removing mold colonies and debris is a crucial part of the restoration process. With several rooms and probably more than one floor, a hotel has several hidden areas where mold can develop unabated. Our SERVPRO crews perform controlled demolition to reach into such cavities. Before opening up the walls, we set up containment using plastic sheets and run a negative air machine during the actual demolition to prevent debris from spreading. We remove all porous materials heavily infested with mold and clean the rest to remove settled spores and other debris. Ventilating and dehumidifying the property helps finalize the remediation process.

Guests would not want to spend time in a moldy Westwood, Century City, or Westwood Village hotel. Call SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside at (516) 536-1801 to restore your hotel to its preloss state. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Oceanside Properties Receive TLC from SERVPRO during Water Damaging Events

3/7/2020 (Permalink)

small air mover in a den drying water off the floor Need Water Removal in Your Oceanside Home? SERVPRO has the Team and Equipment--"Like it never even happened."

Water Removal Service Helps Oceanside Resident Salvage Most Possessions

As anyone familiar with Oceanside knows, local winter temperatures can get quite frigid at times.  These freezing periods are not only uncomfortable; they often cause serious problems for homeowners like Patrick, a local office worker, who recently had to deal with the devastating effects of a ruptured water pipe.  One morning, without warning, he awoke to inches of standing water in his house.  Fortunately, a water removal service like SERVPRO can save his home and salvage most of his prized possessions.

Patrick’s first reaction to this morning nightmare was panic. Concerned that irreparable damage had already been done, he was unsure if an Oceanside water removal service could save any of his waterlogged belongings.  After he got his bearings, Patrick searched on his phone for a service that might be able to help.  This was when, for this narrative, he found SERVPRO and learned about their extensive experience in mitigating water damage and restoring affected items.  This homeowner soon found out there is a science to rapidly drying out materials and surrounding air.  It takes the right technical knowledge and specialized equipment to do the job right.      

Shortly after contacted, SERVPRO can send their technicians to develop a drying plan for the affected parts of the Oceanside house.  They first established a drying goal, based on the moisture levels of unaffected rooms, which would return inundated or wet areas to their original dryness.  Progress toward this goal was monitored daily by measuring specific humidity and using moisture meters to check moisture contents.

SERVPRO started its drying project with extractors to remove as much standing water as possible since physical water extraction is over a thousand times more efficient than dehumidification.  Once they removed as much water as they could, company technicians brought in portable heaters to increase room temperatures to between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. This heating raised the moisture-carrying capacity of the air and facilitated increased evaporation.  Next, within twenty-four hours, workers used dehumidifiers to remove excess moisture from the air and reduce its relative humidity to below 40%.  Simultaneously, they strategically positioned air movers to draw in dry, warm air and blow out the damp.  All this sped up the drying process.  

After the process ended, Patrick was pleased to find that most of his belongings had been saved.  If ever faced with a similar situation, you can contact SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside at (516) 536 – 1801.            

Drying Out Structures after Removing the Water Mitigates the Losses for Oceanside Property Owners--So Call SERVPRO!

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

Wet bookcase in a home office wall unit When That Leak Shuts Down Your Oceanside Home Office Call SERVPRO--We Make House Calls!

Water Cleanup in Oceanside in a Home Office Has Special Challenges

Working from your Oceanside home has its perks; however, water damage can halt a home-based virtual business just as much as a brick and mortar facility. Fortunately, SERVPRO handles any type of water loss.

A home office transcription worker, after a pipe burst in her Oceanside home, caused a large amount of water to affect the area where she worked. The water soaked the carpet, and she was concerned about her equipment and files.

Why SERVPRO?
When the technicians arrive on-site, they approach each job with compassion for what the property owner is experiencing. They find out what is essential to the homeowner in the loss area and make that element of the restoration services a priority for removal and cleaning first. It does not matter if an item has monetary or sentimental value; if it is essential to the property owner, it is important to the techs at SERVPRO.

Move Out Contents as Needed
The computer, transcription equipment, and locked filing cabinet needed removal during mitigation as the cabinet was fabricated from metal with the potential for rust, and the homeowner wanted to have her computer and equipment tested to ensure the high moisture conditions did not damage it before using it.

Water Removal and Equipment
When the water loss occurred less than 24 hours before, there is often a good chance that the carpet can dry in place, sometimes using a method called "floating." The techs spend time extracting the water using weighted wands to assist in pushing out the moisture from the padding and carpet. This attention to detail helps lessen the time needed to dry.

Drying the Office in Place
Techs put the desk and chair up on blocks for drying as they showed zero signs of water loss and made of materials that would fare well to dry in place. Once the room dried, the techs set the office back up for the homeowner, so she could get back to the business of transcribing for her clients.

SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside at (516) 536-1801 helps property owners with any size water cleanup and makes the loss to the home "Like it never even happened."

Could You be Making This Mistake When Dealing with Commercial Fire Damage in Oceanside?

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged office area Don't let a fire in your shop close your doors for good. Contact SERVPRO immediately for effective fire damage remediation services.

Textile Cleaning for Oceanside Clothing Stores with Commercial Fire Damage

A high street retail clothes store is full of potentially flammable materials. A short-fusing circuit can be all it takes to trigger a property emergency. Electrical fires are reasonably common among commercial clients because stores typically run power through lighting, air-conditioning, or technology both day and, frequently, at night as well. A shop fire can leave behind smoke or soot damage on both the interior and the exterior of the structure. The transference of cold and hot air that occurs when materials combust creates pressure, which can force a trail of smoke out of the building and onto the exterior walls. 

Our team holds substantial experience in commercial fire damage restoration here in Oceanside. We believe that communication is vital throughout the service as well as working on-time and on-budget. SERVPRO crew chiefs have training from the Institute of inspection, cleaning, and restoration certifications (IICRC) in ultra-specific aspects of fire restoration. These may include fire and smoke damage restoration technicians (FRST) as well as odor control technicians (OCT.) 

There may be large amounts of clothing from your store that catches fire and is therefore non-salvageable. SERVPRO technicians can collect any debris from a fire site, seal it up and transport it to an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered waste facility. While clothes close to the fire may be materially damaged, many other fabrics or items of clothing sustain smoke, soot, and odor damage, which is often restorable. SERVPRO technicians can inventory clothing before sending them to our textile cleaning warehouse. 

Textiles are porous by nature and can, therefore, take on massive amounts of soot or smoke damages during a fire. However, by using mechanical cleaning methods, SERVPRO can restore up to 99% of soils. Esporta washings work by suspending a fabric in place while powerful rotary jet washers clean it with water pressure, water-based solvents as well as deodorants. We often find that mechanical cleaning methods can be far more valuable to our clients than a single replacement payout. 

If your clothing outlet suffers from an electrical fire, contact SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside at (516) 536-1801.

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What Items Commonly Get Disposed of After Fire Damage in Oceanside Homes?

2/16/2020 (Permalink)

A table in a kitchen with fire damage and soot all over the kitchen. SERVPRO will help you through every decision after your Oceanside fire damage.

Your Oceanside home will need more than a clean up after fire damage.

When a house fire occurs, even on a small scale, the potential for fire damage and long term effects on the structure and contents remains. One of the most painful decisions is deciding what items must go.

SERVPRO technicians clean up fire damage in Oceanside homes and know how to assess restoration potential. Although the goal is to save property owners from the cost of replacement, charred and soot-covered items often require disposal. When going through debris post-fire, SERVPRO technicians only dispose of things too damaged for restoration by cleaning with the approval of the adjuster or homeowner.

Items that Frequently are a Loss

Smoke damage and soot are an irritant to many people and can cause redness or itching on contact. It is almost impossible to clean and disinfect clothing, bedding, and other textiles for safe reuse in the home. Cosmetics and medications have the potential to change chemically after a fire and could be affected by contaminants and chemicals used to extinguish the fire. Drugs, in particular, can lose their potency and should be tossed. 

Food items exposed to soot in particular need disposal after a fire loss. Because soot particles can exist smaller than the human eye can see, they travel easily along screwtops of sealed foodstuffs contaminating them. The high heat can also cause the development of bacteria inside sealed food containers. 

Items that May Be Restorable

When SERVPRO techs mitigate fire loss, they look for things with restorability potential. Immersion cleaning works best on non-porous objects that can tolerate saturation in a liquid cleaning agent. This method thoroughly removes soot and smoke residues. Hardwood furniture without charring is not necessarily a loss. The techs have various cleaners to lift away the smoke damage from the wood. If necessary, the application of a sealant and restaining may get recommended to restore the furnishing fully. The techs wipe down surfaces using specifically chosen cleaning agents to ensure all traces of the fire get cleaned up. 

SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside at (516) 536-1801 has certified technicians and equipment to handle any size fire damage and make the loss "Like it never even happened."

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Commercial Water Cleanup In Your Oceanside Property

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

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Commercial Water Cleanup In Oceanside Can Involve Cleaning Spots and Stains

One day you could arrive to work at your office in Oceanside and notice that there is an excessive amount of H20 on your carpets. The first step to commercial water cleanup is to extract as much moisture as possible while it is still in liquid form. Next, any professional restoration company such as SERVPRO can set up drying equipment to remove moisture from your wet contents and building materials.

The last step to any commercial water cleanup project in Oceanside is to conduct a final cleaning of the negatively affected areas in your office. Whenever carpets get wet, it is likely that staining will occur. Sometimes the staining gets created by the H20 itself if it is dirty. Other times moisture can cause your carpets to stain with things like rust, or it can move soils from other areas onto your carpet.

Whenever we work towards cleaning stained carpets inside your office, our SERVPRO technicians clean the spots on your flooring before cleaning all of the carpets. We clean spots first because sometimes the cleaning process will discolor the cleaned areas and the regions of the carpet that were stained will look different than the rest of the carpet. General cleaning of all of the carpets, along with a rinse, usually removes this type of discoloration.

When cleaning stains and spots, the first step is to remove any excess soils. Sometimes the stains can be removed completely by acting fast and removing the soils by scraping, blotting, or vacuuming. To start, we use a mild detergent called carpet and upholstery cleaner and plain H2O to remove water-based soils. If there are oil-based soils present, then we can utilize a volatile dry solvent such as Solvent Spotter.

If all of the staining does not come out during the first attempt at cleaning the spot, then we next determine the type of soil that is causing the stain. Next, we figure out the type of fabric that makes up your carpet. Once we know the type of materials we are working with, and we determine what kind of soil is causing the staining, we can then figure out the best method to clean the stain. Most stains get removed by treating the soiled spot with a chemical agent and agitating it with a scrubber before the carpets get steam cleaned.

If you ever arrive at work and step into a puddle inside your office, it is wise to call SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside at (516) 536-1801 24/7. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Oceanside Restoration Professionals Talk About the Importance of Using Air Movement to Drying Water Damage

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged hardwood floor; SERVPRO drying equipment drying floor When you experience a water loss event, call SERVPRO. We are always standing by with the equipment to dry your water damaged home.

Air Movement Affects Drying in Damaged Oceanside Condos 

Drying any damaged property after a water loss incident can be a challenge, and when our professionals work on your Oceanside condo, we face several obstacles before finding success. One of the most significant hurdles that our water restorers must face is how different one water loss scenario is from another. While specific principles govern all drying, such as airflow, time, and temperature, the affected materials, and areas of the property demand a different balance of these conditions. 

In your condo, many of the construction materials are higher quality, making water damage in Oceanside condos more manageable when a fast response occurs. Hardwood cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms, for example, are more water-resistant and often cheaper to restore on-site than the cost of removal and replacement. Regulating airflow can be a significant component of the successful recovery of these premium construction materials and structural elements. 

The layout of the condo, including the placement of windows and doors that can open dictate how air movement must either enter or exit the damaged areas. We must also determine if unplanned openings like cracks or gaps (some of which that might have recently formed with the newly developing water loss) exist. Controlling and directing airflow can maximize drying, while mismanagement can lead to costlier material replacement and restoration. 

Our SERVPRO water restoration professionals have trained through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) that shows the greater a technician’s understanding of ingress, egress, and movement through a damaged property, the faster structures can get recovered. Our team must determine the presence of air coming into the environment, or infiltration, and where we can allow it to exit the premises to reduce humid conditions in the drying space. 

Controlling the airflow in a building can reduce the migration of water from your condo to a neighboring unit, and can also protect the exposed structural elements that must get dried to restore your property. Our SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside team can help to make water losses “Like it never even happened,” when you call (516) 536-1801. 

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Don't Just Sit There! Call SERVPRO Right Away to Start Flood Damage Remediation in Long Beach

1/19/2020 (Permalink)

flooded living room When flood damage affects your home, the situation can seem overwhelming. Contact our experienced team to help get a handle on the situation.

Compassionate Professionalism Is Why SERVPRO Delivers Peace of Mind after Long Beach Flood Damage

When our team first meets Long Beach homeowners, the fear and concern they feel after flood damage is palatable. Despite the reality and risks of living on a barrier island between the Atlantic and Wreck Lead Channel, you and your family can never be entirely ready for the disruption and devastation flooding can bring. From the moment we walk in, our job is to show customers that we care about the crisis they ensure by listening intently and communicating why we can help and how we intend to proceed.

We Follow the Customer’s Lead

Understanding that Long Beach flood damage uniquely affects each residence and resident is fundamental to our ability to provide quality services with sensitivity and a personal touch. Allowing you to walk us through the damage as you experience it helps create a partnership. We strive to set the tone of clear and transparent communication right from the beginning, why we take the time to explain the inspection and pretesting process. During these initial conversations, we: 

  • Follow a written protocol for consistency.
  • Look for safety and health “red flags.”
  • Listen and take good notes. 
  • Ask about your pressing concerns.
  • Document pre-existing damages, including mold.
  • Verify whether on-site electricity can be used without risk.
  • Explain the need for pretesting methods and products. 
  • Ask that you list jewelry, valuables, and heirlooms and recommend they be packed up and removed from the affected area for safety.

Disaster Recovery Is a Process

We are confident that our training and experience eventually will bring your residence back to preloss condition. Honesty and integrity require us to explain the steps and show you with results rather than make empty promises. Steady and reliable assessment, planning, and implementation follow the restoration industry’s expectation of best practices. Clear and consistent communication and continuing documentation and flexibility is why SERVPRO is recommended by many insurance carriers.

Documentation Protects Everyone

Emotions run high after a flooding event. During the first minutes and hours of our partnership, a meeting of the minds must complete, why SERVPRO employees review and explain the basics, and ask for acknowledgment and agreement from you. Expect to read through and sign forms that permit us to investigate and create a recovery plan, and then assign tasks to our employees to implement the restoration agenda.

Restoration of flood damage starts with information sharing and agreement on roles, why SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside spends time at the onset setting the stage by interviewing, investigating, and explaining the process. Call us at (516) 536-1801 to get the process rolling as soon as practicable after the storm.

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We Make Your Oceanside Home Safe To Live In Again After A Flood

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

A room covered in debris after a storm hit this home You can count on us to help restore your home and make it safe again after a storm hits. We respond right away to prevent further damage.

How to Restore Hardwood Flooring in Your Flood Damaged Oceanside Home

Global sea levels are rising because of melting glaciers, warming oceans, and ice sheets. This has increased the risk of flooding in areas close to beaches. Flooding is an issue in the low lying areas of Oceanside, NY, and it can lead to property damage and loss of valuable belongings.

Cleaning up your Oceanside home after flood damage is vital for your health and preventing secondary destruction. Floodwater can contain raw sewage, silt, and chemicals. Saturated building materials like drywall also become heavy and unstable and may collapse at any time. Rodents, snakes and stinging insects can also occupy your flooded home and pose dangers. It is vital to use proper flood cleanup methods to deal with this kind of disaster.

Our SERVPRO flood restoration experts can help you with removing the floodwater, cleaning, drying and sanitizing your home to restore it to its original state. Our restorers typically wear personal protective equipment like gloves, rubber boots, face masks, and goggles in the initial stages of the flood cleanup job.

Our crew can inspect your home to determine the magnitude of the flood damage. If your home has hardwood flooring, it might not be salvageable if it was totally submerged in floodwater for several days. However, in less severe scenarios, it may be possible to restore the floor successfully. If only a few boards have swelled against each other, cupped, warped and buckled, we can replace or sand them individually to restore a smooth, flat surface. To increase the chances of restoring hardwood flooring, some of the things we can do include:

Removing the water quickly using powerful pumps or wet/dry vacuums.
Thoroughly cleaning and using antimicrobial products to sanitize the wood floors before air drying to prevent mold infestation.
Running industrial dehumidifiers around the clock to minimize moisture content. We can also use high-volume air movers to circulate air in your home continuously to speed up drying.
Taking moisture content readings of the hardwood at regular intervals to determine when the optimal moisture percentage is achieved.

Our SERVPRO team can also monitor the subfloor when drying the hardwood flooring. Sometimes, hardwood floors dry, but the subflooring underneath them is wet. We can use penetrating moisture meters with long Teflon-coated probes to check if all the layers of the floor are dry.

After floodwater has entered your Long Beach, Atlantic Beach or Lido Beach home, SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside can help with the flood cleanup process. Contact us at (516) 536-1801 any time, any day for quick restoration services.

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Planning the Fire Restoration Work for Your Long Beach House

12/21/2019 (Permalink)

Fire and soot damage to the structure of a home. With smoke from the burning structure.  A fire damage can take over your Long Beach home in a heartbeat, let us be there to help you through the smoky burnt structure.

Your Long Beach home will need our help after a fire damage, we want to help.

When you consider the moving parts of a Long Beach home restoration project after a structure fire, it is easy to identify a need for careful planning. One of the steps in the overall organization of fire recovery is determining the scope. In plain words, the scope of a project is the work that must get performed. This determination includes all activities necessary to return home to a preloss condition.

The scope of a project begins with the determination of how severe fire damage in Long Beach properties is. The inspection of the house starts with the source of the disaster and works outward from room to room. During this assessment, our trained SERVPRO technicians can take stock of materials and items present in each area and which have already succumbed to the spreading fire effects. Noting current conditions can help our specialists to determine the necessary materials and personnel.

Depending on the work that needs to be done, our SERVPRO professionals must determine what areas we can accomplish on our own and which require subcontractors. As we have a full division of licensed general contractors with decades of experience, we can oversee nearly all of the stages of recovery your property needs, including repairs, drywall replacement, and debris removal.

Our scoping process is also vital to determining the coverage that your insurance offers the fire-damaged residence. To accomplish this, our SERVPRO team must compile accurate diagrams, photos, and even basic blueprints of the damaged areas. This accuracy can help us to make fire losses “Like it never even happened” despite catastrophic structural damages. We can develop the best repair plan by appealing to the wishes of our customers and the expectations of their insurance provider.

Planning and scoping are two vital areas of operation in the early stages of fire loss recovery for area homes. With decades of experience in helping homeowners after disasters, we have the equipment and expertise to address the situation confidently. Give our SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside team a call today at (516) 536-1801.

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