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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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A Primer on Air Movers and How They Dry Water Damage in Oceanside

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment on water damaged floor When water damage happens, you need more than towels to dry your home. SERVPRO is equipped and always on call for your restoration needs;

Why Air Movers Are a Standard in Oceanside Water Recovery 

Though there are hundreds of tools and devices available to our professionals to make a recovery as efficient and cost-effective as possible for Oceanside residences, specific machines and equipment get used more than others. In the realm of water loss recovery and drying, air movers are the standard choice for multiple reasons.  

A better understanding of how air movers work and what they can do for your home can help to appreciate their role in restoring water damage in Oceanside properties. Moving air, in general, is a positive solution for aiding in the faster drying of your property after water losses. Tools in this niche of restoration are designed to move a boundary of humid air from directly in front of or above naturally drying construction materials and contents. Without removing this barrier of cooler air, evaporation of the moisture in these materials can slow.  

This step is one of the primary purposes of multiple positioned air movers throughout a water-damaged residence. Each unit pushes moisture and moves this cool, moisture-laden barrier hovering above affected surfaces away to quicken drying procedures. Because our SERVPRO team has hundreds of these high-velocity devices at our disposal, we can position them in many points throughout a damaged address to make moisture removal more efficient. Daisy-chaining, or plugging one unit into the next in the line, can reduce a need for multiple extension cords and helps to maximize airflow in an affected region of the house.  

When dehumidifiers like our desiccants begin removing moisture from the damaged regions of your home, an exhaust hose reintroduces heated, drier air into the household. Air movers can also get used in these scenarios to help better disperse the incoming new air. A more consistent dispersal of drier air can also play a role in reducing the time drying takes.  

Drying your home is primarily linked to the tools and equipment used by the professionals that you trust. Our SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside team counts on our high-velocity air mover and dehumidifiers to help. Contact us anytime at (516) 536-1801.

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The Smart Thing to Do When Fire Damage Strikes in your Long Beach Home

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

water damage in the living room of a home Make your living situation right again after flood damage happens, call SERVPRO.

Why SERVPRO Technicians Test Your Home's Walls for Signs of Water Damage in Long Beach NY

Homes in Long Beach NY that contain higher than usual amounts of humidity generally develop more damage in the forms of microbial infestation, stained walls and ceilings, warped wooden components (especially wooden flooring and the treads on stairs), and an uncomfortable dampness. 

Often, the source of increased water vapor is unknown, which is why SERVPRO technicians inspecting homes in Long Beach NY for water damage use devices to find the source. These devices use infrared technology to reveal changes in the temperature of surfaces. Water, even slight amounts, can cause a cooling effect in drywall, plaster, wood paneling, and carpet. Following the images on our infrared camera can lead us to its source.

Quite often, we find slow leaks, drips from the elbow joint or other connection in the plumbing, or loosened feed lines on appliances to cause the problem. However, sometimes water from an accident in the bathroom or kitchen caused the original problem when the floor became soaked. This type of situation does not show up on our cameras like more recent or ongoing situations do. SERVPRO can still repair the damage left behind, and make your property just like it was before.

When we search your house's interior for water or moisture, we test the exterior walls, too. Outside sources from rain or snow can cause dampness in your home. Ice dams on the roof can create openings where melted water leaks into the attic, spreads through your insulation, and then soaks into the ceilings below. Water from the roof can also travel down through the hollow interiors of your walls. Our infrared cameras easily locate these leaks. 

Whenever we find that the roof needs repairs, our building services department helps out by making the needing repairs. Water damage can affect almost every part of your house, and when it does, mitigating the damage and repairing the cause gets your home back to preloss condition. 

SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside has water damage specialists skilled in detection and restoration of damaged areas in homes throughout Atlantic Beach, Lido Beach, and Point Lookout. Contact us by calling (516) 536-1801, day or night, 365 days a year.

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Let Us Handle Your Oceanside Property Water Damage Remediation Process

10/13/2019 (Permalink)

little boy with shovel in front of store Should flood damage affect your beachside business, contact SERVPRO right away for water removal.

Independent Oceanside Retailers can rely on SERVPRO for Commercial Water Damage Restoration

Independent retailers in Oceanside rely on the bustling tourist trade to survive throughout the year. However, the rainy season can often bring storms and flash flooding to the area causing unfortunate damage to the district's commercial businesses. Prolonged exposure to moisture can damage stock like clothing or beachwear and even high ticket items like surfboards, wetsuits, or snorkeling equipment. Stored items can warp, become infested by mold, or suffer other secondary damages if water reaches the stockroom. 

Often, a commercial water damage issue in Oceanside can occur after an initial flood or rainwater problem has been cleared away. Water migrates from wet to dry and can seep between floorboards or into the wall cavities of your retail store. Over time, these issues can become increasingly severe, causing unpleasant wet odors as well as bacterial damages on both the businesses structure and its stock supplies. We offer a premium service for thoroughly cleaning and drying your structure and contents to ensure you do not lose valuable stock. 

SERVPRO commercial teams are stationed locally in Oceanside and the surrounding area. We offer quick to call out times as well as expertise in the proper drying of a structure from start to finish. Applying chemical agents like biocides, sanitizers, and disinfectants during the restoration procedure can be a vital barrier against long-term issues. SERVPRO technicians begin by using detection equipment to find all areas of concern in the property to ensure our process is thorough. 

On arrival, SERVPRO can begin removal work by taking stock away from the affected area and storing it in a designated cleanroom or off-site. Our technicians are capable of speeding up evaporation times using a combination of dehumidification and air-moving equipment.Throughout the procedure, our technicians can measure the effectiveness and outcomes of the work being done to ensure your commercial property is given the care it needs. Structural cavity drying equipment can be brought onside while inspections of your heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) are carried out as standard. Stock can be dried- and where necessary mechanically cleaned- before being returned to the store, "Like it never even happened."

Keep service closure to a minimum by bringing in professional restorers for business damages, contact SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside at (516) 536-1801 for help.

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Our Certified Professionals Are Ready 24/7 To Restore Your Oceanside Home

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

oceanside Flooding, rain fall, lightening or high winds can all cause major damage to your home. We will arrive right away to prevent further damage.

Oceanside Flood Damage Leaves Mud and Odors in Home

Flash floods cause homeowners to suddenly find themselves wondering what to do with the sudden water intrusion and flood damage in their homes.

One of the worst types of flood damage that can hit an Oceanside home is groundwater that brings in sludge and debris. Imagine even a quarter of an inch of wet mud in your home, and you can understand how hopeless that situation can look to a property owner. On top of that, groundwater is a class three biohazard and has the potential to contain everything from harmful bacteria to sewage.

Flood Water and Sludge Removal Process

When SERVPRO technicians handle flood damage debris removal, they use hand tools such as shovels and equipment like a trash pump to drain away sludge and silt. They repeat extraction until no further debris is left. Technicians then do several passes to remove the remaining moisture and prep the structure for drying.

Cleaning Contents Affected by Flood Water

Porous items receive the most damage in a flood loss situation. When they absorb the water, they also take on whatever is in the water resulting in low potential for restoration. Upholstered furnishings and area rugs saturated with groundwater generally are not candidates for disinfection and reuse.

Items that have little potential for absorption of groundwater generally respond well to different types of cleaning. Immersion cleaning is the most reliable way to clean things that have come into contact with floodwater. Technicians dip the items in a cleaning solution bath to remove bacteria, sludge, and water spots.

Removing Water Odors

After the water cleanup, any needed controlled demolition for damaged building materials and structural drying, SERVPRO technicians address any needed odor control. Flood damage leaves behind strong odors and technicians have a diverse array of applications to choose from depending on the amount of scent treatment necessary.

SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside at (516) 536-1801 is available to clean up and restore homes with flood damage 24/7. As local residents, they care about the community and arrive quickly on-site because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Flood Damage Experts From Oceanside Teach Us About Scientific Methods.

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment in a room with wallpaper, and a wood beamed ceiling. We take pride in using our teachings to assist our Oceanside community.

Let our SERVPRO technicians break down our methods for your Oceanside flood damage.

If a storm strikes your Oceanside neighborhood, the wind can cause something to fly into your structure and break a hole that can allow rainwater to enter. Once moisture gets to the interior of a structure, flood damage can quickly take place. The best idea once you notice water inside your home is to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO for assistance. Our highly trained team provides fast 24/7 service.

When mitigating flood damage in Oceanside, our SERVPRO technicians utilize their knowledge of how moisture can affect a building. One science our team studies is psychrometry. Psychrometrics or psychrometry is defined as the study of air and its properties. By knowing how air and moisture interact with each other, we can figure out how to remove moisture in the fastest way possible.

Two main things that affect how fast the natural evaporation and drying process occurs are the humidity and temperature of the air inside your house. Wet items dry slower in environments that have high humidity levels. On the other hand, low humidity levels can help make the drying process go quicker. Temperature makes a difference because warm air can hold more water vapor than cooler air because it contains more energy.

These principles are why we monitor relative humidity levels while drying out a structure. The relative humidity is defined as the amount of moisture the air is currently holding at a given temperature. The amount is shown as a percentage of the maximum amount of water vapor air can hold when saturated at the same temperature.

Sometimes we calculate the humidity ratio, which is the actual amount of water in the air. Humidity ratios are measured by how many grains of moisture there is for every pound of air. The humidity ratio tells us how many grains per pound the air can hold at any given temperature. Whereas, relative humidity describes how much water is present compared to its capacity.

Flooding situations can be stressful, but you are in luck because our team of experts is just a phone call away and We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. When in need of restoration services, call SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside at (516) 536-1801 any time of the day.

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We Are Available 24/7 To Restore Your Oceanside Business After A Water Damage Disaster

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Drying equipment sitting in a room drying the wet floor We use our state of the art drying equipment to fix the damage to your home after a water damage disaster.

Steps for Faster Restoration of Commercial Water Damage in Your Oceanside Architectural Firm

Water spills in an architectural firm might not often happen since there is minimal interaction with water during daily activities. However, if it does happen, the outcome can be severe because there is a wide range of materials it can damage, including documents such as structural drawings, electronic equipment and building materials such as carpets. You can deal with commercial water damage better if you involve a professional restorer.

The level destruction after an incident of commercial water damage affects your Oceanside Architectural firm can vary greatly depending on the amount of water spilled, the period that passes before mitigation steps start and the types of materials in your office. If you have carpets or wood in most of the floors, you need to extract water fast before serious issues such as delaminating or buckling develop. Our SERVPRO technicians can arrive within a few hours and use different equipment to extract water fast. In our inventory we have

  • Electrical Submersible Pumps
  • Self-propelled Extractors
  • Water Claws
  • Light Wands
  • High-Pressure Pumps

Extracting pools of standing water damage is just half the task. Other steps are essential to help save items and restore normal operations. Water splashing on documents or high levels of humidity occasioned by evaporation can cause the ink to run and other issues. While reversing such effects is not possible, our SERVPRO technicians can help prevent severe deterioration by freezing the wet documents. We also use specialized techniques such as drying through sublimation in which ice changes directly to a gas, thus preventing damages as we dry the affected documents.

Drying all affected areas is also essential because moisture and high levels of humidity in the air can cause long-term problems. Drying mostly involves air movements and heat. Our SERVPRO technicians place air movers strategically within your premises for optimal air movement. We also use dehumidifiers, which extract moisture from the air. We also check external factors such as building envelope, which is the material separating the interior of the structure from the exterior. A tight envelope means conditions outside the building do not affect the drying process.

Resuming normal operations faster after a water loss in your firm is essential. Call SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside at (516) 536-1801 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Act Fast To Limit More Damage To Your Long Beach Home After A Flood

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

Drying equipment sitting in the hallway We have highly efficient equipment to dry out your home when a natural disaster such as a hurricane or storm hits.

How Professionals Can Help You Deal With Flood Damage in Long Beach

A flooding disaster can strike your home at any time, and the damage associated with it can be expensive to fix. Standing water is hazardous because of the many electrical components which exist within the walls of your house. Enough water poses the risk of electrocution and short-circuiting your electrical system. It is, therefore, necessary to cut off power from your home.

Floodwater can also ruin drywall, and cause mold growth and warping of the wood. You can prevent further flood damage to your Long Beach home by extracting the water and drying the building within a short time. If water lingers on the floor for a long time, it can ruin it. For instance, if your house has tile flooring, the floodwater can damage the adhesive on the tiles. It is vital to hire SERVPRO technicians to begin the restoration process.

Our priority is removing any debris a flood has left and clearing the wreckage. We also assess the damage, which could include destruction to roofing, windows, plumbing, and electrical systems. We also check for structural instability like leaning of walls, separation from the foundation, and diagonal cracks that could be a sign of a settling problem. Another issue with flooding is that there could be pests like rats and snakes hiding in the debris or unexpected places in your house.

We take photos to document the destruction. With this information, our technicians can come up with a plan to restore your home to its normal state. We categorize water damage into three levels of severity: extreme, substantial, and minor. Beginning the restoration process quickly can help you keep the flood damage to a minimum and subsequently save you money.

Our flood damage cleanup process is calculated and thorough. We remove standing water using pumps or wet/dry vacuum cleaners. Floodwater is usually contaminated because it may contain sewage, pesticides, and toxic chemicals. Our technicians wear different personal protective equipment (PPE) to stay safe when cleaning up a flooded building. They include:

· Full bodysuits

· Rubber loves

· Goggles

· Rubber boots

After removing the water, our technicians dry the affected areas using air moving and dehumidifying equipment. Dry air is vital for drying damp materials. Dehumidification or ventilation helps reduce humidity in a building, and this speeds up drying. We also use thermal imaging cameras and moisture meters to check if there is hidden moisture in a home. If moisture is present, we take steps to dry the areas thoroughly. Our SERVPRO crew also uses antimicrobial products to sanitize a home to make it safe to live in again.

Flooding is something that every homeowner dreads. However, if such an incident occurs, you can call SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside to help you clean up your home. You can reach us any time at (516) 536-1801.

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