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How Can I Limit or Prevent Potential Flood Damage at My Long Beach House?

9/12/2020 (Permalink)

House Flooded Remember, if you ever need assistance preparing for or cleaning up after a flood, your neighbors at SERVPRO are here to help.

You Can Lessen or Prevent Flood Damage Simply by Making it More Difficult for Floodwaters to Enter Your Long Beach Home and Ensuring that It Has an Effective Drainage System.

Long Beach has long served as a weekend getaway destination for those working in nearby New York City.  As such, several city residents have purchased beach houses on the barrier island for their weekend leisure activities.  The seaside community is super convenient, as it is only a few miles from JFK Airport and the NYC limits, and offers residents seemingly endless fun in the sun during the warmer months.  With that said, it can also be quite an inconvenient location when the big annual storms hit.  Throughout the year, hurricanes and Nor’easters routinely pound this community and others on Long Island’s South Shore.  As a result, the narrow barrier islands, battered by strong winds and their related storm surges, often become inundated by floodwaters.

How Can I Make My Home More Resistant to Stormwaters?
SERVPRO, a local service that remediates flood damage in Long Beach, offers some advice for safeguarding your home from flooding stormwaters.  The following are some of their suggestions for making your home more resistant to these bringers of disaster:

    •    Inspect your home’s foundation before storms strike and repair any cracks or other damage found to make it more difficult for floodwaters to enter your residence
    •    Examine your roof and fix any damage you discover, repairing holes and replacing missing tiles, to prevent rainwater from leaking into your home
    •    Make sure that your gutters and drainage systems are in good working order so that stormwaters are drained away from your structure
    •    Safeguard your home from windblown water by boarding up all windows, doors, and other openings

While it is exceedingly difficult, if not impossible, to prevent all storm-related waters from finding their way into your residence, the actions listed above should substantially lessen your overall flood damage.

What Can I Do Around My House to Make it Less Susceptible to Flood Damage?
After you have fortified your house against storm damage, there are some things you can do in your yard to further enhance its security from the effects of natural disasters.  SERVPRO professionals advise doing these things to make your yard safer during storms:

    •    Strategically sandbag the perimeter of your yard to divert floodwaters away from it and your home
    •    Remove dead trees and cut any tree limbs that may fall on or otherwise damage your house
    •    Bring lawn furniture and any other objects that may become flying projectiles in a storm inside
    •    Pick up and properly discard any lawn debris

These simple steps should further protect your home from exterior damage that may allow stormwaters to penetrate your residence.

Why is Your Neighborhood SERVPRO a Good Service to Call to Plan For or Remediate Flood Damage?
There are several reasons why SERVPRO is an excellent option when you need to plan for or deal with floodwater damage.  These reasons, which concern everything from our firm reputation to our innovative methods and high-tech equipment, include:

    •    We are widely recognized flood damage remediation experts that are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)
    •    Company technicians have specific credentialing in applied structural drying, water damage restoration, and applied microbial remediation
    •    Our firm has gained extensive experience from successfully dealing with such destruction as that caused by Superstorm Sandy
    •    SERVPRO professionals have access to all the latest and greatest cleaning and restoration tools currently available  
    •    Our company enables you to be better prepared for potential disasters by allowing you to file an Emergency READY Profile (ERP), which provides us with critical information about your property and helps us develop a clear plan of action before disaster strikes
    •    We are locally owned/operated and available at any time, so our technicians can often be onsite within four hours of your call

As these characteristics indicate, we have developed a remediation business that utilizes all the latest advanced training and technology to provide customers with the most effective service possible.

Living or weekending in Long Beach is often a pleasure, but it does come with an additional cost if you own property here.  At almost any time of the year, there is always a potential for strong storms and flooding.  Since our city is on a narrow, low-lying island, it does not take much rainwater or storm surge to inundate local homes.  With all that said, however, there are measures you can take to lower your risks of incurring catastrophic flood damage.  Simply by following some of the simple advice offered here, you can often avert the most serious damage.

Remember, if you ever need assistance preparing for or cleaning up after a flood, your neighbors at SERVPRO are here to help.  Call SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside at (516) 536-1801 whenever you need us.

Is Stained Wallpaper a Sign that My Salon Needs Mold Removal?

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

pink toned drawn image of a beauty salon Keep Your Long Beach Beauty Salon in the Pink with Mold Remediation from SERVPRO

Local Long Beach beauty shop owners are concerned about mold removal in their buildings

Long Beach salon owners want to keep their premises in tip-top condition. A clean, professional space is vital for making a positive first impression on customers. Customers who are happy tip more and are more likely to return and recommend you to their friends.

If you want to keep your salon clean and healthy, it is essential to call a Long Beach mold removal company as soon as you suspect a problem. There are many signs of potential mold problems. The state of your wallpaper is one such sign.

What can wallpaper or wall murals tell me about mold?

Mold is a fungus that grows wherever it finds moisture and a food source. Drywall, plaster, and wallpaper are all viable food sources. Mold on or behind your wallpaper might cause:

  • Deep green, black, pinkish or even white fuzzy mold growth on the surface
  • Paper peeling away from the wall
  • Damp stains on the paper
  • A musty odor

If you see mold growth, you know you need remediation. However, peeling, stains, or an odor are also signs, so SERVPRO recommends that you take action if you see any of those symptoms.

What should I do if I need mold removal?

If you suspect a mold problem in your salon, call us immediately. We can send a team of trained mold specialists to inspect and assess your property and carry out professional remediation. Our technicians can:

  • Test for moisture (mold loves moisture) using moisture meters and probes
  • Set up containment so mold spores cannot travel throughout your salon
  • Remove visible mold colonies utilizing a range of antimicrobial products and actions
  • Dry the area to discourage further mold growth
  • Deodorize afterward to ensure your salon smells fresh

What if the wallpaper cannot be salvaged?

Our teams can help with re-hanging wallpaper if necessary. It is always our aim to restore rather than replace, so you can rest assured that we will not suggest replacing the wallpaper unless needed.

Give your customers confidence – get your premises Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

For help with mold removal in your place of business, call SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside at (516) 536-1801.

Who Can I Call to help me Clean Up After a Fire?

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

Firefighter/Fire Big or Small Fire and Smoke Damage in the Oceanside Area--SERVPRO's Green Fleet Arrives as the Red Fire Trucks Leave!

SERVPRO is Available Around the Clock to Help you Restore your Oceanside Home After a Fire.

Most homeowners in Oceanside know that restoring their home after a fire takes time. The flames, smoke, and extinguishing agents left behind by the fire and first responders can leave your home in disarray. Do not let the mess intimidate you; instead, call a company certified to handle these situations. Only a professional group can help mitigate your loss as it helps you salvage, remove, and restore your home and your personal belongings.

For our Oceanside neighbors, fire damage restoration is a phone call away. Our SERVPRO team is available around the clock because we recognize that emergencies happen day and night. Our Green Fleet is ready to spring into action, assess the impact of the incident, and create an action plan for your home. Our goal is to erase this disruption from your life by doing a conscientious and thorough job of restoring your home.

How do I decide what to keep and what to toss after a fire?

Looking at the soot sitting on your furniture, books, and decor may leave a hopeless feeling in your heart, but don't jump to conclusions until you consult our SERVPRO experts. At its fingertips, our team has different options to restore documents, electronics, and flooring, among others. Fires also leave behind an acrid smell, which our team can address as well. At the core of our restoration process, we focus on the following-

Use of chemical agents to loosen soot and dirt while protecting the surface itself. Once the process of emulsion occurs, removing debris becomes easier.

Use deodorizing agents to neutralize and kill any smell molecules lingering in your home, including those that traveled through your ventilation system.

Use of extraction equipment to remove any remaining water used to extinguish the fire.

Our team at SERVPRO of Long Beach/Ocean Side is looking out for you when you need it the most. Call us at (516) 536-1801 when disaster strikes and let us leave your home, "Like it never even happened." 

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How Do I Find Oceanside Commercial Restoration Companies?

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment on a white background. SERVPRO has all your Oceanside commercial needs covered.

SERVPRO knows when your Oceanside commercial property needs cleanup and repair, it needs it now and their techs are available 24 hours for around the clock attention

It can be frustrating to view your Oceanside commercial property post-fire or after a water damage event from storms or plumbing problems. Even more overwhelming is handling the cleanup and repairs. In all of these situations, mainly if mold is part of the equation, to outsource the cleaning and remediation of the damage to a professional restoration services firm. Finding a local company can start on the Internet, asking friends and employees who they have used in the past and talking to your insurance agent. SERVPRO has a handy, free app that business owners can use to notate the location of access points, where the water main and electrical panel are located as well as who to notify in case of an on-property disaster.

Can the Use of Commercial Restoration Companies Save Money?  

In many cases local Oceanside restoration companies are a smart move, SERVPRO technicians save commercial property owners the cost of replacement through their fast action and advanced techniques for cleaning all types of damage. There are numerous benefits to outsourcing the cleanup of your building and contents:  

  • Time to handle on-going operations of your business such as marketing and getting the word out your structure has gotten closed for restoration
  • Peace of mind that all the water, mold or fire damage will get addressed
  • Your property gets returned to a sanitary standard even if the problem was a large-scale sewage backup
  • Removal of foul odors

Water Detection Equipment  

Finding all areas of water migration within a structure is impossible to do solely through visual efforts. SERVPRO techs bring equipment that can allow the techs to look under floors and behind walls to determine all areas of water collection. This initial scoping action ensures the complete area that needs extraction and drying gets identified and handled. Specific devices get used on different surfaces, and some are for measuring interior humidity levels to assist in setting drying goals such as:  

  • Moisture sensors
  • Thermal imaging cameras 
  • Moisture meters
  • Thermo-hygrometers  

Professional Water Removal Equipment Makes a Difference in the Outcome

SERVPRO techs bring several types of powerful extraction equipment to every job site in their green service vans. The portable pumps are one of the most familiar kinds of devices seen by most people. These units are easy to maneuver and have the ability to change wand heads to a squeegee or weighted for use on tile and carpet.

Controlled Demolition Tactics Can Save Portions of a Structure

SERVPRO team members commit to saving property owners as much time and money during the mitigation of fire, water, or mold damage. This can happen as articles from within the commercial property get cleaned for reuse to specific controlled demo actions such as the removal of a portion of sheetrock that wicked water, but the entire wall did not need to come down. The removal of the baseboards so the extraction and drying equipment can dry around the floor joints, while the baseboards get dried in another area for re-installation. 

Insulation Cleaning and Re-Installation

Another way to save money is through the restoration and reuse of fiberglass insulation. If the insulation has water damage, but it is not from contaminated water and mold is not present, SERVPRO techs can collect it in a specially fitted vacuum bag for cleaning through their proprietary methods.

Fire Damage Should Get Outsourced to Professionals Every Time  

Soot is an irritant and can affect different people in different ways. Water is often present and compounds the problem within the structure. SERVPRO techs know how to contain the soot while they get rid of the water, charred items, and eliminate the smoke damage and odors. 

Final Touches as Needed                                                                               Once the technicians complete the restoration services, the crew chief takes the property owner through the job site and goes over the actions taken by SERVPRO. This review goes over areas and items cleaned, disposed of, and the needed repairs to bring the building back to its original condition before the damage happened.   

If the technicians needed to perform any temporary repairs such as tarping a roof or boarding up any part of the facility, the property owner gets informed of any rebuilding or fixes needed. 

SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside at (516) 536-1801 serves the community as one of the top choices among commercial restoration companies. The trained and certified technicians can handle any type of cleanup needed and leave the property, "Like it never even happened."

Stormy Weather Caused Flood Damage in My Property. Whom Should I Call?

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

24 H Call our trusted teams at SERVPRO to help you, we have the tools and experience to assist in your homes restoration needs. We are always available.

Contact SERVPRO to Perform Flood Damage Restoration in Your Oceanside Property.

Floodwater can destroy your property and force you and your family to take refuge. If the water remains in your Oceanside property for over 48 hours, your valuable items can get damaged beyond repair. SERVPRO technicians are always available, and we respond fast to our customer’s emergencies.

What are the dangers of flooding?

Storm flood damage in your Oceanside property can cause health issues because floodwater may contain bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other microorganisms. Floodwater can cause other problems if you do not hire professionals to clean it up quickly. The risks associated with flooding include:

Structural destruction.

Electrical risks and damage.

The presence of sharp metals and broken glass in the water.

Contaminated drinking water.

SERVPRO technicians provide comprehensive flood damage mitigation and restoration to ensure that a property is safe to inhabit after the restoration process. We use advanced and approved cleaning products and techniques to ensure thorough cleaning.

Is the restoration service expensive?

Most people have the perception that restoration services are expensive. However, we offer restoration services at an affordable cost. We have decades of experience and a highly skilled team of experts who use advanced equipment to restore our customer’s property not only fast but also effectively.

How do you dry the property after water extraction?

The drying process is one of the most crucial parts of flood damage restoration. Our technicians use air moving and dehumidifying equipment to hasten the process. We can use structural cavity drying equipment that is attached to air movers. The equipment helps us direct airflow into hard to reach surfaces such as:

Wall cavities


Under cabinets

The equipment replaces the cold, moist air with dry, warm air to increase the vapor pressure and the rate of evaporation.

Can you clean the mud on my sidewalk and driveway?

Before we leave your property, we ensure everything looks as it did before the flooding incident or even better. We can use a cold-water power washer and a detergent to break the bond of the dirt on the surface. The machine provides a method for dispensing cleaning agents either under low or high pressure.

If your property has flood damage after a storm, call SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside at (516) 536-1801 for fast and effective restoration services. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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What is the Best Way to Get Muddy Water Out of My Long Beach Kitchen?

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

3D concept of contemporary interior flooding SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside at (516) 536-1801is available 24/7 to come to your property and clean up any size flood damage.

SERVPRO technicians can get the floodwater and mud out of your Long Beach home quickly

While homeowners try to plan against natural disasters such as flash floods or storm damage, there is no way to be 100% insulated from it happening. Microbursts and heavy thunderstorms occur, and when floodwater invades a Long Beach home, it needs addressing as fast as possible to limit the loss. This is one type of home disaster you should outsource to a restoration services company for the best outcome, including getting the muddy water out of your floors using professional equipment such as portable pumps or for large jobs, truck-mounted units.

Why is Flood Damage So Much More Harmful Than a Pipe Burst?

There is no real comparison between Long Beach properties with plumbing issues and flood damage. Water that erupts from a pipe is drinking water quality, and as long as it gets cleaned up within 24 hours, it poses no real health threat. Floodwater is a different story. The things typically found in this water type include:
    •    Mud and debris
    •    Contaminants such as sewage or chemicals
    •    Bacteria

In other words, it is filthy and can be harmful to come into contact with and should not get handled without full-body protective clothing.

Floodwater tends to hit flooring of all types the hardest and carpet in particular fares poorly when it absorbs this type of water, particularly so if sewage or mud is part of the equation. In these cases, the techs extract the moisture from the carpet and cut it into strips for safe handling during disposal. Once the techs complete the extraction, drying, and any needed controlled demo, they work to ready the property for repairs to return the home to its preloss condition.

SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside at (516) 536-1801is available 24/7 to come to your property and clean up any size flood damage. The techs have advanced equipment and extensive training to ensure your home gets the best outcome.

Is There a Way to Prepare for Not Just Storm-Related Flooding but Also Other Disruptions to My Oceanside Business?

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

ERP App on a Mobile Device Be Prepared for Flooding or Fire Damaging Events to Your Oceanside Business--Inquire About SERVPRO'S ERP PLAN

Nothing Prevents a Discussion with the SERVPRO Team Long Before Flood Damage Threatens Your Oceanside Business -- Call Us Now!

Oceanside business owners are busy with a myriad of issues daily. The urgent consistently pushes back at the necessary, and you might find yourself in a situation when you are knee-deep in a flooding crisis, you could have averted or minimized with some planning. Even when the source of the floodwaters is a natural catastrophe, there are still steps you can take to ready yourself, your staff, and your building for the onslaught. Because you want to keep your business up and running, even as we work to bring your building back to preloss condition, it is vital that we begin our partnership as soon as possible.

How Can I Forge a Partnership with a Restoration Company?

Oceanside flood damage is not exactly unexpected because of our community's proximity to the ocean and severe weather patterns that periodically hit our city. The timing of any flood devastation is, of course, up in the air, but predicting the types of harm that might befall your business is far easier for a disaster restorer to assess. Working with an experienced and reputable flood damage contractor ahead of time permits seasoned experts to inspect your business's physical workspace and learn a bit about your operations. This data helps create a plan that can ensure fast implementation and completion if the worst does happen.

Tell Me More -- Is the Plan "One Size Fits All" or Can We Individualize It?

SERVPRO offers potential restoration customers the chance to collaborate on an Emergency READY Profile and Plan (ERP). We urge our commercial customers to consider taking the first step and call for a no-obligation assessment. The preparation will give you peace of mind and our crews essential information on how to anticipate your needs during a flooding event and the best ways to meet them.

What Happens During the ERP Assessment? What Should I Do to Prepare?

One of our experienced project managers drops by your site armed with a mobile device capable of taking clear photographs of your interior and exterior spaces. We walk through your facility, noting utility shut-offs and equipment placement, plumbing, gas, and other utility lines. We review storage and inventory areas and offices, restrooms, meeting rooms, and break rooms. If you have available a blueprint that displays a current and accurate description of your space and the functions of each subspace, please share it with us. Be prepared to explain the daily, nightly, and overnight routine in your business, so we have a firm understanding of what happens at different times in your commercial building.

What Happens After the Walk Through?

During our review of your space, we are looking for potential disaster "hot spots," and thinking of ways you can alter your use of problematic areas to avoid damage and improve outcomes. We reach out with practical tips that could minimize the impact of a flooding event on your business. Examples include:

  • Use of protective storage bins for porous materials
  • Moving of vulnerable materials, including business documents, to upper stories of your building or off-site
  • Revising storage placement and methods of inventory
  • Cleanup of areas near utility shut-offs and spaces where overland flooding is likely to breach the walls of your property
  • Repair and maintenances of roofing and gutter and downspout configurations
  • Placing equipment and furnishings on blocks above projected flood levels
  • Installation or maintenance of a sump pump system

Can I Add Details to the ERP?

Use our mobile app to fill in details such as:

  • Establishing our firm as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider
  • Laying out a line of command for work authorization, including designating other to act on your behalf if you are unavailable for any reason
  • Sharing priority contact information, including the vendors and contractors who designed your space and systems

Once you complete your additions, the ERP is available to our management and crews as a concise digital document with critical space-specific information and advance solutions. The whole file permits you and SERVPRO to be "Ready for whatever happens."

A pre-disaster conversation with SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside can go a long way toward making flood damage recovery a more straightforward process. Contact us at (516) 536-1801 to see how we can streamline our joint response to any potential disaster.

A Storm Broke the Windows and Caused Flood Damage in My Property. Who Can Help Me to Restore it?

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

ligntning and heavy rain on blue background When storms damage your home, SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside is available.

Reach Out to SERVPRO Technicians for Effective Storm Flood Damage Restoration in Long Beach

A storm can cause costly damage to a home, including wind damage, flood damage, and structural problems. If left unattended for an extended period, floodwater can cause mold growth, wood rot, and health hazards, among other issues to the residents. Seeking professional help from SERVPRO within 24 hours can prevent secondary damage in your Long Beach property.

What should I be cautious?

When there is storm flood damage in your Long Beach property, it is vital to be cautious to avoid injury or infection. Water conducts electricity and can cause electrocution hazards in your property. Therefore, switch off the main power supply to your property. Also, minimize movements in the flooded area since the water may have hidden hazards like broken window glass, nails, sticks, and broken electronics. If you must move from one point to another, wear waterproof boots.  

How can you handle contamination caused by sewage?

Floodwater can contain sewage because it increases pressure on sewage systems, which could cause sewage back-ups. If sewage is visible in your home, our decontamination service can involve:

  • Extracting as much water as possible
  • Thoroughly cleaning debris or other solid contaminants
  • Taking measures to dry the contaminated areas
  • Applying disinfectants to kill microbes

Our technicians have access to advanced equipment and tools that help us conduct the drying process effectively—floodwater tags along with debris and dirt of various sizes. Therefore, we use equipment that can pass water together with the waste.

When dealing with contaminated water, it is usually impossible to restore carpets. Our technicians can remove your carpet and padding. SERVPRO technicians can use a knee kicker, power stretcher, razor knife or duckbill knife, and stair tool to remove the carpet and padding.  

Why does my property feel cold and damp?

Even after the extraction of excess water, moisture is still high in the air. We can use multiple axial air movers to drive in dry, hot air from outside and replace the affected area's moist air. The machine extracts moisture even in the hard to reach areas. The air movers deliver lower pressure at higher volume giving them the ability to cover a wide area of affected materials.

It is vital to take immediate action after a flooding incident to save as much property as possible. Contact SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside at (516) 536-1801 to get your property to its preloss condition. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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How Can We Continue Serving Customers in Oceanside As We Restore Water Damage?

6/27/2020 (Permalink)

line of electronic slot machines in casino Water damage and casinos are a bad mix. Make sure to contact SERVPRO if your casino is facing such a situation.

SERVPRO Can Help Perform Water Damage Restoration at Your Oceanside Casino with Minimal Inconvenience to Your Customers 

Since people visit casinos to hang out or for their regular fix of the gaming thrill, closure of your facility can leave many disappointed. Water intrusions might lead to short-term closure or leave damages that ruin the reputation of your Oceanside Casino if not appropriately managed. 

What solutions minimize inconveniences for business operations?

The effort put into commercial water damage restoration in Oceanside properties depends on the loss extent. For mild water spills, extraction, and drying of wet areas, is all it takes. For extreme losses, elaborate procedures, including demolition of parts of the property, might be necessary. For a business to remain operational, a couple of steps can help:

  • Setting up containments to limit the spread of damages
  • Placement of safety signs on risky areas including slick surfaces
  • Expediting the restoration process

Moisture migration or soiling of unaffected areas by people as they move around can amplify the loss unnecessarily, so it is crucial to strike a balance between locking people out and allowing full access. Some restoration processes, such as cleaning, can also damage items like gaming tables. Physical barriers, especially the 6-mil plastic sheets our SERVPRO technicians use to contain the wet areas help limit the spread of materials or accidental damage to contents during restoration.   

What challenges can impede restoration?

Security concerns in some sections of the casino, such as the gaming rooms, can impede the restoration of water damage without closing down because of the need to monitor players constantly. Solutions such as setting up barriers to allow partial access cannot work. However, our SERVPRO technicians can expedite cleaning and drying to finish restoration faster. We accomplish that by using sophisticated equipment such as:

  • Truck-mounted water extractors
  • Desiccant dehumidifiers for drying
  • Self-propelled deep water extractors for carpeted areas

Restoration of water damage should balance between immediate and future needs. Call SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside at (516) 536-1801 to help resolve an incident at your facility.

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How Do Content Management Technicians Protect My Belongings After a Fire?

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

stack of cardboard boxes SERVPRO Provides Oceanside Property Owners with Fire Loss Cleanup and Restoration--Even Pack-Out Services

Our restoration professionals can clean and restore damaged items on-site and in our Oceanside SERVPRO facility

Many actions must get taken to recover an Oceanside home after a fire loss incident, but our SERVPRO professionals have gotten trained to provide a fast and confident response. Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) can provide a wide range of corrective actions as soon as we arrive at a fire-damaged property.

Recovering fire damage in Oceanside homes and businesses can mean several different individual tasks. While homeowners might consider the most vital efforts to be approached like fire debris removal and clearing harmful soot from surfaces, it is equally important to consider what can and should happen to the contents of your home. Protecting your belongings involves careful assessments and choosing the ideal restoration approach based on affected materials, the damaged area, and the personnel involved. 

What Items Require Restoration and Recovery?

A thorough inspection and assessment can determine whether or not specific contents within your home require more concentrated cleaning and restoration. In many situations, outer lying personal belongings in less affected areas of the residence can be relocated elsewhere on the property to prevent damages. There are some specific conditions following fire losses that can require on-site restoration or more direct off-site recovery solutions at our SERVPRO facility. Some of these conditions include:

  • Residue/Soot Damage – Residues from wet smoke or soot can adhere to the surfaces of your belongings and become a threatening presence. With the acidic composition of soot, prolonged exposure can stain or destroy surfaces beneath the residue without prompt action. 
  • Odor Damages – Smoke odors can penetrate multiple areas of the damaged house after a fire loss. They can also become embedded and trapped in fabrics, textiles, carpeting, and specific contents of your home. 
  • Water Damage – Extinguishment is a valuable phase during a fire emergency, but it can leave many areas of the house contending with water damage. Saturated personal belongings require advanced drying efforts to return to their original conditions. 

Can You Help Protect Damaged Belongings?

Before our professionals arrive, depending on the potential hazards in the property, it is possible to relocate some of your possessions to safer areas of the house. If environmental or structural hazards exist, it is not advisable for you or other members of your family to remain on the property. Most fire recovery situations require our experienced professionals to don complete personal protective equipment from Tyvek coverall suits and gloves to respirators and boots.

What On-Site Recovery Options Exist?

It is always the objective of our technicians to restore your possessions on-site. We can appreciate how unnerving and overwhelming it can be to entrust your belongings to our team for off-site restoration, so we work to limit the number of items that meet these criteria when possible. Several direct strategies can prevent your belongings from being relocated by our pack-out procedure, including the following:

  • Surface Cleaning – Light soiling can often be wiped clean with our potent cleaning products. Assessments into the thickness and severity of residues and soiling must happen to ensure that smearing and staining do not occur.
  • Deodorization – Smoke and burning odors are not uncommon for the belongings in your house after a fire. With multiple restoration tools, including thermal foggers and hydroxyl generators, we can work to neutralize and eliminate these foul odors in the environment and the affected items. 
  • Drying – Because water damage can be a common threatening condition for your possessions after a fire loss, drying these belongings on-site can save time and money on more direct restoration efforts at our SERVPRO facility. 

Is Pack-Out the Best Approach for Content Restoration?

While it is not always the most sought-out approach in our restoration arsenal, pack-out focuses on the efforts necessary to overcome substantial losses to the contents in your home. With soot and odor threats, especially, there are advantages to the advanced stationary tools and areas of our warehouse for fire-damaged items. Some of the benefits of off-site recovery include:

  • Ultrasonic Tank (Soot Cleaning)
  • Ozone Chamber (Odor Removal)
  • Safe, Climate-Controlled Storage

Fire losses can be widespread threats in your property, which can quickly impact many of the belongings and possessions throughout the house. With experienced content management professionals, we can offer both on-site and off-site restoration solutions to help. Give our SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside team a call 24/7 at (516) 536-1801.