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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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Our Experts Discuss Dealing With Water Damage In Long Beach

12/15/2019 (Permalink)

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Dealing with Water Damage from an Overloaded Dishwasher in Long Beach Over the Holidays

Preparing dinner parties and lavish gatherings mean your Long Beach home's kitchen gets very busy during the winter holidays. All of these dirty dishes, pots, pans, and utensils need pre-rinsing before going into the dishwasher to prevent clogs. Using hot water can help melt any semi-solids beforehand. When you start cleaning up after guests leave, being tired might tempt you to only partly rinse plates and dishes, which can lead to clogs in the drain.

A clog in the dishwasher's drain line can leave your home in Long Beach primed for water damage. The hot water used to clean things up can speed up any damage, as well, dissolving any glues or backings holding your flooring together. Water at such high temperatures can also discolor carpets or wood floors, either by bleaching the area or by leaving water rings. Saturating your floor's underlay materials might cause warping, buckling, and weak spots. SERVPRO technicians know how to mitigate the damage, so these problems subside in scope, reducing the amount of restoration your property needs.

We want to get the water cleaned up to reduce the amount of drying time required. Because of the detergent used in the dishwasher, we rely on our building team to provide this step in the mitigation process. They bring in carpet cleaning equipment that can handle the mess and provide adequate suction to the area. Cleaning the rest of the kitchen floor, when carpeted, can cancel out any water rings, as well.

The looseness of wooden plank flooring lets a great deal of water to soak the underside of these boards. This is the primary cause of cupping. We might need to remove a few of these boards so our InjectiDry system can more efficiently withdraw the moisture trapped underneath. Infrared cameras can show us the extent of the water under the floorboards, allowing us to use only the number of mats necessary.

Our moisture meters help determine the progress we make throughout the job. Too fast and wet wood might split. Too slowly, and we run the risk of letting microbes flourish. Different materials also require different percentages of moisture, and each needs to reach a specific range again to prevent the migration of water vapor within your home.

SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside is always ready and nearby when residents in Atlantic Beach, Lido beach, or Point Lookout want mitigation and restoration of water damage. We handle all sizes of disasters, from dishwasher overflows to week-long broken pipes discovered after coming home from vacation. Call (516) 536-1801 to make your house “Like it never even happened.”

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What it Takes to Turn Around Kitchen Fire Damage in Long Beach

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

Two kids with ash on their faces, holding a burnt cake. Let SERVPRO be your fast moving fire recovery team. So we can get your loved ones back to cooking in your Long Beach kitchen.

Long Beach homeowners, SERVPRO will turn your Kitchen fire damage around.

Kitchen fires are one of the most common causes of fire damage in homes. A careless moment leaving an unattended pan on a stove or a roast in a too-hot oven burning are standard reasons. Another frequently seen source of this type of fire is frozen items such as a turkey placed in hot oil. The ice turns to steam immediately and fires up the blaze, which can spread quickly. 

Fire damage to a Long Beach kitchen leaves behind several challenges for SERVPRO technicians. In the case of a forgotten pan of grease, the fast-moving fire left smoke damage and charred debris to clean up along with much-needed odor control. 

Why SERVPRO

The technicians approach every job-site with equal parts, professionalism, and compassion for the loss the homeowners have suffered. They work to restore as much as possible through their cleaning agents and techniques to help homeowners avoid the replacement costs for items damaged in the fire.

First Actions After Fire Loss

To limit the spread of soot to other areas of the home, technicians can put up barriers to stop the spread of odorous residue. They remove charred items such as the stove and exhaust hood and other things too damaged for restoration. Any items removed as a loss get documented for photos and detailed descriptions to expedite insurance claims. 

Professional Cleaning Agents and Techniques

Not all smoke residues are the same and require various types of techniques for a successful outcome. Thick, greasy residues often need a cleaner with a solvent base to release their grip on surfaces while dry, powdery smoke residues require a light hand and the use of cleaning tools such as dry cleaning sponges. Using wet agents has the potential to drive this type of residue deeper into surfaces. 

Professional Odor Control Methods

It is impossible to burn candles or spray enough odor-covering products over the residual odors of a kitchen fire. SERVPRO technicians have different applications to neutralize odors at the molecular level leaving the kitchen without a hint of the smoke odor.

SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside is available 24/7 at (516) 536-1801. The technicians have extensive training and access to equipment to make the fire loss in the home, "Like it never even happened."

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Call Us To Schedule Rapid Flood Damage Restoration In Oceanside

11/21/2019 (Permalink)

Hard wood floors effected by flood damage You can count on the experts of SERVPRO to help restore your home and make it "Like it never even happened."

Flood Extraction Equipment to the Rescue at Your Oceanside Home

In just a matter of hours, flooding from severe storms or a substantial plumbing or appliance disaster can overtake your Oceanside home. Water damage demands a speedy solution. Conventional building materials like drywall and insulation absorb liquids fast, swelling and crumbling. Other materials like tile or cinder block can withstand a short immersion, but the likelihood of water migration through cracks or unsealed grout or mortar joints is high. Even a trace of moisture unaddressed can set the stage for mold damage.

Welcome the Calvary

When our team pulls up at your home in Oceanside, flood extraction is the priority. Although no two jobs present precisely the same way, we prepare for all contingencies, stocking our service vehicles with top of the line flood water removal equipment. The category and depth of the water inform the choice our technicians make on the initial intervention. We avoid delays in response because of our comprehensive inventory.

Submersible Pumps

Best water removal industry practice dictates the use of submersible pumps when water is deeper than two inches. Our technicians ensure that the pumps selected have adequate lift capability and volume capacity. When pumps are operating, the wastewater should go directly into a treated sewer, typically a toilet. SERVPRO crews vary from this practice only when a septic system is involved or if the flood fluids contain solid debris which could clog the equipment. If mud or sewer backups contaminate the flood water with solids, the team uses shovels and rakes to remove them, checking on local hazardous waste rules for disposal. Septic system complications might require a subcontract with a septic tank company.

Truck Mounted and Portable Extractors

As the water recedes, SERVPRO breaks out wanded extractors suited to the circumstances. Where the flood damaged waters are in confined spaces or higher stories of a multi-family dwelling, portable extractors are invaluable for accessing the fluids. When we face large quantities of water, truck mounted extractors have the necessary power and capacity to manage the task. The extractors do double duty when carpeting and upholstery show flood damage. If we feel confident these items can be sanitized, wanded extractors pull water out, both mitigating or halting the spread and remediating the harm.

When your emergency involves flood water extraction, SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside has the equipment to answer the challenge on board. Call us at (516) 536-1801 to schedule rapid flood water control and removal.

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Does Your Long Beach Commercial Space Struggle With Water Damage?

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

large commercial kitchen with copper pots hanging from hooks Make sure to call SERVPRO right away when water damage occurs in your commercial kitchen.

Addressing Commercial Water Damage in a Long Beach Restaurant

In the US alone, water damage is the second most common category of commercial insurance claim filed. Whether the source is a loose seal, faulty roofing, or a cracked pipe, water damage to your facilities can be costly to repair without proper mitigation. For restaurants, this can pose additional challenges. If a leak affects your food storage, for example, this can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars to replace supplies after cleaning out your inventory space. 

If you have an eatery that has suffered water damage in Long Beach, you have options. An IICRC-certified SERVPRO firm can send technicians to your business within hours of your call to return your facilities to a preloss condition. These professionals specialize in everything from disinfecting with OSHA-approved cleaners to odor control, so you can get a deep clean that is done to code. 

Protecting Your Assets from Water Damage 

Here are some tips for protecting your inventory from water damage:

  • Draw up a comprehensive inventory and take note of items in potentially risky areas.
  • Keep vulnerable items at least two to three feet above the floor and away from sinks, pipes, dishwashers, and other water sources. 
  • Keep a backup storage plan for emergencies. Partner with a sister restaurant if possible so you can store perishables and other goods in a safe refrigerated space. 
  • Fill staff members in on the plan, so they know what is expected of them when water damage occurs. Roles can include protecting food items during the shift or moving supplies to an emergency storage location. 
  • Keep a list of emergency procedures and contacts. If you are not on-site when a disaster occurs, make sure team members know whom to contact to repair damages. 

How SERVPRO Restores Your Business

SERVPRO technicians act quickly to remove water from your facilities so you can go back to business as usual. While water extraction is crucial to successful drying, disinfection with safe cleaning products is another important step in safeguarding your business. Technicians can use EPA-registered, pH-neutral cleaners on hard flooring surfaces as well as walls to sanitize your space without harmful chemicals and dyes.

SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside supports local businesses by being Faster to Any Size Disaster. If your business required disaster cleanup any time of the day or night, call (516) 536-1801.

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