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Can Water Intrusion or Flooding in Oceanside Lead to Microbial Growth?

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

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Water Incidents in Oceanside can provide the Conditions for Uncontrolled Growth of Bacteria, Viruses, and Mold

Oceanside properties are at a high risk of water intrusion and should seek professional assistance to limit secondary harm.

What are the leading causes of water intrusion for beachfront properties?

Homeowners may frequently require professional water removal services here in Oceanside. Proximity to the sea can increase the chances of groundwater eruption, saltwater intrusion, and floods. Sometimes these situations are linked to weather conditions like heavy rainfall, which can raise the groundwater level. Groundwater levels can also heighten when water from the sea enters the bay, a phenomenon known as a saltwater intrusion.

How can I tell if my home is victim to groundwater intrusion?

Groundwater travels in aquifers beneath the ground. These aquifers can overflow, which causes water to rise through the soil and reach the surface level. When water tables reach a certain height, they can begin to affect your property, starting in the foundations, moving up through crawlspaces, and, eventually, moving up through floors on the ground level. Controlling this type of water intrusion can be challenging because systematic methods, such as blocking entranceways, is less effective. In many cases, drains are unable to transport water away from the street or property because they, too, are overflowing. We offer water restoration technicians to oceanside residents that require emergency draining of the property as well as the transportation and disposal of large amounts of groundwater.

What makes groundwater flooding different from other types of water intrusion?

  • Water rises from the ground, rather than from rainfall or a water source like a burst dam
  • Groundwater brings silts, debris, and muds into the home, so we classify it as a blackwater emergency
  • Crawlspaces, foundations and subterranean areas of the house are the most affected by groundwater flooding
  • It can be challenging to drain properties in areas where aquifers are overflowing as they can limit the effectiveness of sewer and plumbing systems
  • There can be significant water migration into cavities and subfloors which are tough to dry out due to restricted accessibility for equipment

What professional services should I look for to restore groundwater intrusion?

When waters in Oceanside rise from the ground, they can cause significant harm in the structural cavities of your property. Particular areas of concern can be the subfloor, which is usually constructed of wood or concrete and can be adversely affected by water exposure leading to mold, warping or cupping of frames and jointing. Our roster of technicians at SERVPRO includes applied structural drying technicians (ASD) who are experts at finding and removing moisture from hard to reach areas. ASD technicians have an essential skillset for dealing with water intrusion.

How do I dry out the cavities of my home after water intrusion?

Your home is full of cavities that ventilate, structure, and store materials like sheetrock. These areas of the house can suffer significantly with water intrusion, which can lead to mold growth, rotting, and structural harm. There are physical barriers to restoring cavities as well, like drywall. Our technicians can perform a controlled demolition to remove obstacles and gain access to structural cavities temporarily. We can then circulate warm air into these areas to dry them thoroughly and reduce the chances of mold growth.

How can I find out if there is water migration into cavities?

  • You can place moisture sensors onto the wall's surface, which measures the temperature and provides an accurate reading water levels behind the wall.
  • You can probe the subfloor of your home by using a moisture meter. You can also use moisture meters to assess the water content of materials
  • Boroscopes provide exact information on cavity conditions. However, they do require some invasive procedures. Drill small holes into the wall to feed the boroscope behind drywall.
  • Hire thermal imaging cameras to assess larger areas of the wall without having to remove drywall
  • Remove small sections of drywall or carpet pads to perform a visual inspection of the cavity. Removal of physical barriers can aid in the drying process

Can you drywall cavities without demolishing drywall or remove flooring?

Some equipment like injectidry systems is less invasive when drying wall cavities. SERVPRO technicians drill small holes beneath the baseboard of the home. They can then attach injector nozzles to the wall and circulate warm air into the cavity. Floors can benefit from placing drying mats onto the floor. This equipment covers a larger surface area and uses a centrifugal vacuum to draw moisture out of the subfloor without removing it.

Water intrusion in your property can cause water migration into wall cavities. Without proper restoration, these cavities can become hotbeds for microbial activity, commonly leading to mold growth. By enlisting ASD technicians, you can ensure that these hard to reach areas receive appropriate drying treatment and limit the secondary losses to your home.

For specialist cavity drying technicians, contact SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside at (516) 536-1801.

What Should I Do After a Flood Hits My Oceanside Home?

5/10/2020 (Permalink)

floor covered with water in kitchen Flood damage can put you and your family in a very stressful situation. Contact SERVPRO to remediate the damage.

Have SERVPRO Professionals Provide Emergency Scoping and Mitigation Services

Long Island is a fabulous place to live with the advantage of being close to NYC. Still, sometimes, due to the proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, residents encounter flooding brought on by storms and high tides. After Hurricane Sandy in the fall of 2012, Long Island dealt with a massive cleanup. Having gone through it once, most residents understand the importance of a plan and professional assistance.

Should I Try to Clean the Silt and Debris Before the Professionals Arrive?

No, it is best to have professionals come to assist in the entire restoration process after flood damage to your Oceanside home for insurance documentation and your safety. Our SERVPRO IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) technicians have your well-being and safety in mind while also being available 24/7 for an emergency. They also have the required  training and knowledge, allowing them to best deal with the damage in your home. 

What are Technicians Looking for When They Assess the Damage?

  • Contamination: Is water contaminated? If so, is there a health risk? 
  • Restoration vs. Replacement: Which is the best route to take? If an 
  • Can part of the structure be pressure-washed to clean? 
  • How do we mitigate further damage?
  • How to dry impacted materials and belongings?

How Do Technicians Know What to Dry?

  • They use moisture detection equipment to detect water throughout the home. 
  • They check surfaces; if it is porous, it may sustain more damage since more water soaks in, whereas if a durable vapor barrier was in place, the surface might not be as wet. 
  • They inspect the HVAC system to see if they need to remove any excess moisture

After a natural disaster such as a flood, you as the homeowner is most likely in a state of shock. By allowing our professionals to scope the damage and communicate with your insurance company, you are taking a massive burden off your shoulders. Contact SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside at (516) 536-1801. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.


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Why Seek Professional Help to Secure Your Water Damaged Home?

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Experienced Water Damage Specialists for Oceanside Homes Mitigate Damage and Reduce Costs

It can be a considerable challenge for Oceanside homes to return to normal after a substantial water loss incident. Migrating water effects can penetrate porous materials and alter their molecular structure, warping and distorting flooring, wallboard, and trims. At the initial signs of water loss emergencies, many homeowners benefit from putting their trust in our SERVPRO team for our fast response, sophisticated approaches, and state-of-the-art equipment.

Why is speed so crucial for mitigation?

While we can say that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, water damage in Oceanside homes needs more than a fast response. Quickly arriving at a project site is only a small portion of what makes our reputable team a reliable choice for the damage in your house. Our extensive training to obtain Water Restoration (WRT) accreditation through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a process that nearly our entire field staff undertakes. In this way, we have skilled technicians available 24/7 to help.

How much does Experience matter?

Apart from our fast response during an emergency, customers look to our SERVPRO team to provide experience and confidence in the face of overwhelming circumstances. With years of hands-on training helping hundreds of homes and businesses through destructive water loss scenarios, we continue to command the damaged area by establishing drying zones, deploying our equipment, and managing on-site personnel to maximize mitigation.

Cutting-Edge Equipment

Water loss incidents get restored using premier equipment in our inventory. When we arrive at a damaged address, we can utilize any of dozens of devices and machines that all have a specific role in drying out compromised materials. Our READY trailers stay stocked with water mitigation tools, including:

• Axial and centrifugal air movers
• Desiccant and refrigerant dehumidifiers
• Surface moisture meters and thermal imagery cameras
• Submersible pumps and wet vacuums

Water losses are among the most common callout that our SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside team responds to, so staying prepared for these emergencies can help us to continue to be a fast-responding and confident team amid a disaster. Contact us anytime at (516) 536-1801.

Why Does My Oceanside Home Smell So Bad After the Fire?

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

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Our SERVPRO Team Can Help to Clean and Deodorize Your Damaged Home After a Fire Loss.

It is often not hard to understand that when there is a fire, many compromising effects can damage your Oceanside home. While structural concerns remain one of your top priorities, other conditions can get addressed during the mitigation phase. Our SERVPRO team has extensive experience and the use of sophisticated tools and potent deodorization products to maximize our efficiency in the recovery of your property.

Many people do not consider odors to be the most pressing fire damage in Oceanside homes, but it can be more of a challenge than you might want to believe. Combustion and burning during a fire can often generate smoke and other odors that could be difficult to overcome without industrial-grade deodorization products and delivery systems. Even with our experienced restoration technicians, we have multiple tools and devices that cater to specific situations, parts of your home, and affected materials. Every burning material can generate its foul odor for our technicians to need to overcome when we arrive, including:

Wood
Plastics
Fibers
Chemicals
Drywall

What Should Happen Immediately to Reduce Odors?

There are steps that you can take right away to help reduce the severity of odors in your homes after a fire, but many of these are not solutions that the average homeowner can provide on their own. Instead, many people have trusted the experience and fast response of our SERVPRO team to help. By arriving quickly to your emergency, we can focus our efforts on specific tasks that can lessen the severity of harsh odors that we encounter when we get there. Some of these initial actions might include:

Debris Removal - By using shovels and other methods of discarding our mitigation technicians and in-house contractors can work to remove charred remnants of structural elements and compromised contents. This action can reduce the concentration of both harsh odors and soot threats.
 
Soot Surface Cleaning - Cleaning surfaces that could be affected by soot is also one of the ways that we could reduce potential harsh odors present in your home. Also, this action can help to provide a safer environment for responding personnel.  
 
Controlled Demolition - Our in-house contractors can perform material removal based on structural damage attributed to the fire and migrating effects. Damaged structural elements can be a concentrated point for odors.
 
Ventilation - circulating air can help to reduce the immediate severity of odor concerns but might not do much to neutralize smoke scents lingering behind.

What Special Equipment Gets Used to Neutralize Odors?

Much of our success and the deodorization of a fire-damaged home gets attributed to the right tool getting used at the right time. When removing odors, our technicians must carefully decide which of our capable machines and devices is best suited for the current loss effects to maximize our productiveness. Some of our options include:

Thermal Foggers / Vaporizers
Hydroxyl Generators
Ozone Machines
Air Scrubbers with HEPA Filtration

The choice in what devices get used over other options is a determination of our project manager and crew chief scoping the work to get done in the property before mitigation begins. The choices can get narrowed based on the types of materials affected, the size of the damaged area, and if occupants from the house are still living inside.

Can Odors Go Away on Their Own?

After almost every loss incident from destructive floods to housefires, homeowners believe that some degree of damage will naturally correct itself. When it comes to odors, the production and the severity of harsh scents can mislead property owners to a belief that these effects are waning. In gaseous states, smoke odors can penetrate porous materials and become trapped when these pores shrink after temperatures return to normal after fires get extinguished.

Because odors do not go away on their own, our SERVPRO team needs to implement the right deodorization practices that affect both the open air and trapped odors in structural elements like wood framing, drywall, and ceiling materials. Powerful tools to accomplish trapped odor neutralization are the thermal foggers in our inventory. By heating deodorization compounds to a vapor, it can penetrate porous materials to eliminate odors on contact. Even when residual odors have been neutralized, as indicated by data-driven evidence, phantosmia can still mislead occupants into sensing that malodors remain.

While multiple damaging effects can result from housefires, often odors are among the least concerning of these for customers. In truth, this can be one of the most challenging hurdles to overcome in the recovery of your home. Give our SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside team call today at (516) 536-1801.

What is the Best Way to Deodorize After a Water Leak in Oceanside?

4/10/2020 (Permalink)

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Technicians Perform Water Cleanup including Deodorization in Oceanside Homes

Dealing with water cleanup in your Oceanside home after a water leak may be daunting, but it is critical to deal with it right away; otherwise, you may face secondary damage such as warped flooring or dangerous mold infestations. Sometimes a pungent odor remains, indicating an underlying issue. The water restoration specialists at SERVPRO skillfully uncover the issue and then proceed to eliminate it.

Why is There an Odor After a Water Spill?
Several things that may cause a smell after a water leak in Oceanside. It could be that the water itself was contaminated and considered gray (category 2) or black water (category 3). There is also the possibility that you missed drying a wet surface, causing an odor as the water soaks into the material.

What Do Technicians do to Keep Odors from Developing?
    •    Remove water using portable and truck-mounted extraction equipment
    •    Make multiple passes to suck up as much water as possible
    •    Dry the affected area with air movers and dehumidifiers

How Do You Deal with the Smell After Cleanup?
    •    Find and remove the source
    •    Use masking agents such as time-release beads
    •    Use filtration and absorption agents like activated charcoal
    •    Use disinfectant and sanitizers to stop odor-causing bacteria and fungal growth

In cases where the odor is strong SERVPRO technicians may use an Ozone generator that uses ozone gas to mix with odor particles. The extra oxygen changes the chemical structure of the odor particles and reduces the scent. The best defense against odor after a spill is to extract and dry right away, however, when odors develop, our technicians use multiple techniques that address each specific situation.

For 24/7 assistance, contact SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside at (516) 536-1801. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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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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Our Experts Discuss Dealing With Water Damage In Long Beach

12/15/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged wood flooring Call (516) 536-1801 to make your house “Like it never even happened.”

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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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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Why SERVPRO Expedites Water Removal in Your Long Beach Home

8/31/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment in a room that has water on the floor. Water can damage your Long Beach home fast, don’t wait we want to help.

We want to help with water damage in our Long Beach communities.

Water loss situations involving clean water may not seem very urgent since there is no contamination risk or other inconveniences such as bad odor. However, that should not be an excuse to let the water sit in your property over extended periods. You might not realize it, but given time, microbial growth happens even in situations involving clean water. Choosing an option that expedites the water removal process is, therefore, essential.

To Prevent Material Deterioration

Water causes different types of material degradation, which expedited water removal in your Long Beach home can help prevent. For example, soaked drywall discolors, wood swells, while carpets stain easily. These problems can progress to advanced irreversible levels if left unaddressed. Our SERVPRO crews include IICRC certified water restoration technicians, so we know the best ways to remove the water before these problems progress. For example, since extracting water in liquid form is 1200 times more effective than evaporation based extraction, we maximize extraction efforts before starting drying.

 To Allow You Full Access to Your Home Faster

Spilled water creates different inconveniences, including leaving contents or building materials wet. Such inconveniences can force you to look for accommodation elsewhere or at least limit access to some rooms within the house. Fast action, primarily relying on advanced equipment, helps restore normalcy faster. Our SERVPRO technicians use truck-mounted and portable water extractors allowing us to deal with several sections of the property conveniently.

 To Prevent Mold Development

Mold growth is a common outcome of water loss incidents. Growth can start within periods as short as 24-48 hours after a spill. Mold spores are omnipresent, requiring moisture and an organic food source to start developing. It, therefore, takes more than just extracting standing water to forestall growth. Our SERVPRO technicians use several units of LGR dehumidifiers and air movers strategically placed within your house to expedite drying.

Simple water loss situations can worsen if left unaddressed over an extended period. Call SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside at (516) 536-1801 to help with the removal. With our combined resources, we can resolve the incident, "Like it never even happened."

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We Can Save Your Oceanside Office From A Mold Infestation

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

Give our SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside remediation specialists a call anytime that you need us at (516) 536-1801.

Quick Tips For Assessing Mold Damage In Your Oceanside Office

Mold growth is nothing out of the ordinary for many businesses throughout Oceanside, mainly on account of elevated humidity levels and moisture content. Even with a sealed office building, moisture levels within the structure can rise to a compromising point, leaving the structure vulnerable to microbial growth. Knowing when a problem exists with certainty, however, might not always be as straightforward as it seems.

As Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians accredited through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), we want our customers and potential clients to understand the severity of mold damage in Oceanside businesses. With our extensive training and years of hands-on experience, we have an entire division of our restoration team qualified to identify mold growth and to eliminate colonization when it gets discovered. If you do not want to rely on the confident, thorough inspection of our SERVPRO professionals, however, there are ways that you can find microbial growth without sophisticated equipment.

Visual Assessment
A trusted way to identify the presence of mold in your office building is to take the time to inspect the entire property thoroughly. This assessment should especially take place in any subterranean storage areas, which could require moving old desks or equipment endlessly stored beneath the main level of the facility. You are looking for spotting, usually, which appears as irregular dots in a range of colors on hosting materials. Just because you cannot see colonization, does not mean it is not there.

Foreign Odors
You can often notice mold colonization long before you see it. Seating mold spores emit a distinctive musty scent, and this noxious smell can quickly illustrate your need for our SERVPRO remediation team. Be mindful of vacating the area where you suspect mold growth to be, as your presence in the area could lead to health effects from exposure to volatile organic compounds. Our professionals can address the growing colony once we arrive and utilize sophisticated equipment to address this lingering odor.

Mold growth is an underappreciated threat to your facility, especially with how quickly it can spread from one area to another. With a facility primary constructed of wood and drywall, your office building can rapidly fall under siege to the invasive and destructive organism. Give our SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside remediation specialists a call anytime that you need us at (516) 536-1801 so that we can keep your doors open if possible.

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We Make Your Oceanside Home Safe Again After A Fire

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

We have the equipment and expertise to restore your home right away to prevent further damage to your home.

Fire Damage in Your Attic Space Lets Smoke into the Rest of Your Oceanside Residence

Your Oceanside home's ventilation system can send smoke downward and into your family's living space when a fire starts in the attic. Your HVAC system can pick up smoke through air intake vents, or even be the cause of the fire. While filters catch a substantial amount, smoke can still pass through your system and into each room of your house. Tiny openings around your attic's entrance can also let smoke escape. 

While the smell of smoke alerts you, so your family escapes safely from your residence in Oceanside, fire damage continues to spread and worsen. The harm to your living space can become as costly to mitigate as the fire damage in the attic. We want to assure you that our specialists know the most efficient methods to mitigate smoke damage and repair the destruction caused directly to your attic.

Smoke travels through the path of least resistance, so doorways and windows often become bearers of the marks of fire. Corners of rooms also hold a denser coating of soot because of the way it can become trapped in this area. Wherever we find soot, ash, and liquid by-products, we use the method best suited for both the affected materials and the type of soiling.

Soot not only transfers easily from one surface to another, on clothing, hands, and objects, it also puts off a terrible odor. In addition to these two problems, soot also easily damages glossy surfaces when its sharp but microscopic particles etch fine lines into surfaces. To remove soot and fire damage from items in your home that could become permanently ruined, we perform an initial cleaning to prevent this from occurring. 

Our building services team can perform an HVAC inspection for you if desired, as this can save you time and money. Other services these specialists perform include electrical work and roofing repair. Attic fires can weaken the roof on the interior side, even when damage remains undetectable on the outside. A bit of snowfall in the winter can spell disaster in such situations.

While you might not find any soot as you did immediately after the fire, odors can linger because the fire's heat pushes smoke in the smallest spaces. As soon as the smoke in these locations cools, the solids fall to the next horizontal surface and remain there, slowly disintegrating. 

As these pieces get smaller, even weak air currents can pull these back into the air. This is where odors start. To counteract this, we use a method that mimics the smoke. Thermal fogging uses chemicals that form bonds with foreign matter, keeping it from disintegrating. Afterward, the particles become too heavy to make it back into the air.

SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside has teams of specialists ready for disasters involving fire and smoke. Call us at (516) 536-1801, so we can start working on making your Atlantic or Lido Beach home safe, clean, and odor-free again, “Like it never even happened.”

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Professional Tips for Removing Water from Long Beach Residences

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

You can DIY small water damage, but for large water damage events, you can trust the SERVPRO Brand.

A Guide to Performing Water Removal in Your Long Beach Residence

Water in unwanted places can ruin your pricey possessions and building materials in your house. If you remove the water quickly, you can minimize the damage and salvage your belongings. Depending on how long the water has settled in the home, you might save the furniture and carpets. However, if electronics have come into contact with water, they may malfunction.  

Performing water removal in your Long Beach residence immediately after a water loss incident can also prevent mold growth. Mold not only can cause health problems but also ruin the floors, draperies, walls, and carpets. To prevent further destruction to your home and possessions, you should unplug electronics and remove them from the affected areas. Also, remove other portable items like furniture to increase the chances of saving them.  

You should also take steps to extract the water such as using buckets, mops, and old towels to soak it up and then pour it down the drain. You can also use a wet/dry vacuum to extract the water and dry out the affected areas using fans and a dehumidifier, which you can rent. After drying and dehumidifying your property, you should sanitize and disinfect different areas, including drywall, insulation, and wood beams.  

It is also advisable to call SERVPRO franchise professionals to ensure effective water removal and drying of your property. We have sophisticated equipment like extractors with a heater, pump, and vacuum system. Our Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) remove as much water as possible to expedite the drying process. We then use air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the affected areas thoroughly.  

Our SERVPRO crew also monitors and documents the drying process to ensure that the water cleanup job is effective. We use moisture meters to detect if there is moisture underneath wood flooring and within wall cavities. Penetrating moisture meters can test individual layers while non-penetrating meters have sensors which produce readings when we place them on the surface of materials. If we detect any moisture, we can use an all-inclusive plan to get rid of it completely, quickly, and safely. As we dry your property, we can also look for pre-existing damages like mold growth and delamination. Our technicians can notify your insurance adjuster if we find damage, and if the adjuster approves, we can remove the damaged items like a carpet.  

When you experience water damage in your Oceanside, Atlantic Beach or Lido Beach home, SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside can help you to restore it to its preloss condition. Call us anytime at (516) 536-1801 for prompt water removal services. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Oceanside Homeowners Know SERVPRO Provides a Customized and Robust Restoration Service

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Water or Flooding Damage? How About Mold Infestations in Your Oceanside Home or a Fire? What to Do? Call SERVPRO for Restoration

Our Comprehensive and Efficient Approach is Why SERVPRO Hits the Mark for Oceanside Disaster Recovery

When your Oceanside home suffers from water, fire, mold, or storm damage you and your family long for the time before the disaster. Mitigating and remediating the harm done to the structural components of your residence is an enormous job, and if not done to the highest industry standards you might see lingering effects that can result in permanent damage in the long term. Our team prepares for all aspects of disaster recovery by completing rigorous training from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.)

Water Damage
Water damage in Oceanside does not need to have a dramatic backstory to cause significant concerns for the structural integrity of your home and the function of its contents. Small leaks over time might be unnoticed until an unpleasant odor and staining and bulging of walls, or weakened cabinet interiors reveal a long term problem. We have many services available to mitigate the spread of moisture and remediate the harm already done.

Our Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) are expert in tracing water damage back to the source. This skill is vital as unless we discover the site of moisture incursion and help you arrange for a repair, the problems resurface. We use sensitive water and moisture detection devices including thermal scanners and meters to find hidden pockets of fluids and collect data on structural moisture levels to inform our Applied Structural Drying (ASD) technicians when determining drying goals. Thoroughness in establishing the extent of the damage is why SERVPRO can provide successful outcomes.

Water can hide under cabinets and behind walls. We might need to remove kickboards under a sink cabinet or performed controlled demolition along sections of wet drywall to access water for removal and open areas up for more efficient structural drying. We move from water extraction to drying seamlessly, all required machinery waiting for use on our service vehicles to prevent any delays.

Fire Damage
Fire cleanup in Oceanside is a challenge difficult for even the most diligent homeowners to perform appropriately without professional help. The soiling and residues left behind after a fire are incredibly toxic, and the IICRC training our Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) bring to your house protects both your family and our team when we arrive to assist. Our technicians carry multiple certifications from the IICRC so we can manage the project start to finish.

The amount of water from fighting the fire is often a shock to homeowners. Our service vehicles stock a full complement of water removal and structural drying equipment, a reason why SERVPRO can avoid any delay when initiating a fire damage mitigation and remediation job. Once the water, typically considered Category 3 or highly contaminated, is contained and disposed of according to local regulations the crew is already moving on to characterizing and matching products and cleaning techniques to the different types of soot found in the spaces of your home.

We also have a range of cleaning options to consider when cleaning your home’s contents. Furnishings often respond to vacuuming or application of foam cleansers. Fire residues tarnish metal and get into every crevice of intricate decor and household goods. Our production facility technicians might use unique products and methods like immersion tubs or ultrasonic cleaning to deep clean items and restore finishes. Deodorization of both the spaces in your house and your possessions is crucial, and our employees use a multi-step protocol to clear the malodors away. Our resources include advanced technology such as ozone machines, hydroxyl generators, and thermal foggers that neutralized odor-bearing particles at the molecular level.

Mold Remediation
If you notice a stuffy, musty odor in your Oceanside home, mold damage is likely the cause. Mold and mildews can follow an incomplete water damage cleanup and are often a sign that a slow leak or other unnoticed water incursion has been occurring for some time. It is wise to consult with a reliable mold abatement provider rather than making matters worse by trying to clean up an extensive mold infestation yourself.

We invested in the training of our employees in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mold remediation protocol. Our mastery of the process is why SERVPRO is qualified to help with any mold damage concerns you have in your home. We seal the contaminated area off with plastic barriers sealed by the use of a negative pressure air scrubbing system. The air scrubber also clears the atmosphere in the work area of contaminants, trapping them with HEPA filters and venting to the outdoors.

Containment accomplished, our crew removes the moldy growth by mechanical means, scraping and brushing. If porous materials are infested, we can save them in many instances by using soda blasting, removing more of the mold organism and incapacitating it from further growth. The debris is vacuumed and gathered for disposal per local regulations. We use EPA-registered disinfectants to inhibit rebound growth in the affected area and seal surfaces with antimicrobial paint-like coating.

Storm Damage
Oceanside can expect to see damage specific to its location near the ocean when extreme weather arrives. In addition to the exterior damage that trees, high winds, and heavy precipitation cause to your home, your location near the ocean adds the possibility of storm surge, a situation with which the community contended during the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy in 2012. Seawater flowing like a river down the streets of Long Island brings a whole new variety of flooding contaminants into the mix.

When salt water floods into homes, any wood soaked can suffer from damage called delignification where the salt damages the cell walls of the building material, eventually, the wood weakens enough to risk the integrity of the structure. Concrete can also deteriorate over time when subjected to a storm surge.

Weather patterns with heavy precipitation also pull salt water out of the sea, raining a more saline dense than typical liquid down on top of our homes near the big body of water. Knowledge of the individual circumstances that can impact storm recovery is why SERVPRO is the company to trust. Our nationwide system of affiliated restoration companies ensures that our technicians receive training that covers unusual circumstances. Saltwater contamination requires thorough freshwater flushing before water removal and drying. We take whatever steps are needed to respond to the damage you actually suffer, not a “cookie cutter” approach that misses critical details.

Place your confidence in SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside without reservation. When you call for help at (516) 536-1801, we respond with a customized plan after a complete assessment of your current disaster.

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Call Our Fire Damage Experts To Save Your Oceanside Apartment

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Let our professionals help you make fire losses “Like it never even happened” by calling (516) 536-1801.

Contending With Fire Damage And Odor In Oceanside Apartments

With multiple effects that can exist after any fire loss incident, many Oceanside property owners get overwhelmed, attempting to keep up with the needs of an apartment after the disaster. From soot and smoke residue removal to deodorization, you need a team of certified professionals that can address each symptom and return your unit to its original condition. Also, apartment buildings are particularly susceptible to spreading effects and damages, meaning that a fire incident that originates in one unit can quickly move to damage several before extinguishment occurs.

While many property owners want to handle the needs of their residence on their own after a loss incident fire damage and odor in Oceanside apartments can become a situation that gets out of control after a short period. Our SERVPRO professionals can provide a fast response to all fire emergencies, arriving with a full roster of technicians certified in Fire & Smoke Restoration (FSRT) and odor control through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.)

Air quality concerns are pressing risks for any apartment after a fire. Even with smaller-scale incidents, the effects of soot and smoke particulates can continue to circulate and damage surfaces and contents of a source apartment. Purification equipment like hydroxyl generators and air scrubbers can help to reduce the presence of these particulates in the environment, limiting the buildup on surfaces and materials by pulling saturated air through onboard HEPA filters.

Odors are another concern that can spread through walls and cavities between apartments to damage multiple units. Deodorization involves intricate equipment such as thermal and UV foggers, which can help to eliminate harsh odors in open areas and what has become embedded in soft materials like furniture, drapes, clothing, and carpets.

While multiple effects can spread quickly throughout an apartment complex after a fire, our SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside specialists have containment and mitigation strategies to help. Let our professionals help you make fire losses “Like it never even happened” by calling (516) 536-1801.

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We Have The Advanced Equipment To Restore Your Oceanside Home After A Water Damage Disaster

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

We have the expertise and experience to restore your home right away to prevent further damage.

Water Damage in Oceanside Homes can Develop in Different Ways

Having friends come over for small, cozy dinners, holding a child's birthday party, or just spending quiet family time in your Oceanside home means you want to have a healthy environment inside your doors. Walls with flaking paint, carpet edges with fibers stiff from dry rot, and stale, musty odors can arise from situations that need a homeowner's attention.

When we work on an Oceanside home after water damage, we use cameras with infrared capabilities to locate the source of these and other signs of water damage. When we can mitigate every instance of a residence's damaged areas, we can keep it from spreading to adjacent areas. Early mitigation can reduce the amount of restoration required when moisture affects the more expensive elements of your home.

Drying out the house's interior must happen with the removal of destroyed materials to stop the damage from working its way into other places. Our skilled mitigation experts know highly effective methods for every stage in the mitigation process.

As water damage spreads, the odors detected by occupants can worsen. Summer weather can make odors more noticeable. The microscopic substances that cause the odor come from the same materials that water damage is destroying. These materials include wood components, drywall, carpeting, and even the upholstery on your seemingly dry furniture.

Before we use our dry fogging method to rid your house of this undesired scent, we clean the air of any particles with an air scrubber fitted with a HEPA filter. Our filtration systems remove pollen, dust, hair, tiny fibers from clothing, carpets, and the like, as well as microbes. Then, the fogger's mist can bond with any left-over particles and make them too heavy to get back into the air. After this occurs, odors no longer plague the air in your home.

Call SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside, a locally owned and operated company, at (516) 536-1801 to fully protect your home from known or suspected water damage in the Long Beach, Island Park, or Baldwin areas. We answer calls every day of the year, including holidays, weekends, and the middle of the night.

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Don’t Tackle Flood Damage Remediation in Your Oceanside Home Alone

6/16/2019 (Permalink)

Your kitchen can be completely taken over by flood damage and cause turmoil. Contact SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Cleaning Up Your Oceanside Home After a Flood

Cleaning is a vital component to restoration work that our team does for Oceanside homes after disasters like flooding. While there are always multiple concerns to address including structural degradation, saturation, contamination, and controlled demolition, cleanup and debris removal are essential services to make this disaster “Like it never even happened.” You can count on the experience and training of our skilled professionals to handle every aspect of this recovery with great care.

Cleanup after flood damage in your Oceanside home occurs at many different stages of recovery, and this is primarily because cleaning happens in many phases itself. Our experienced SERVPRO professionals must contain the spread of damages in the property, but we must also address air quality concerns, the potential growth of mold, debris and construction material degradation, and disinfection of the property. Each of these phases is a vital element to restoring your home after this disaster.

Containment is part of the mitigation process, and it can prove beneficial to your flood-damaged house in many ways. From preventing the spread of mold spores to reducing harsh odors that can come along with standing black and grey water in the property, physical barriers and the use of hydroxyl generators or ozone machines can help to keep damaging conditions contained to the most concentrated areas.

While flooding can often involve the controlled demolition of affected construction materials, someone has to clean up this mess that gets made. Dust and debris are common in demolition and even reconstruction, so our SERVPRO team stays active in reducing both the particulates in the air and keeping surfaces wiped clean. Once structural elements get exposed, we can also utilize this opportunity to apply disinfecting sprays and antimicrobial agents to protect the skeleton of your home from damaging conditions like mold or bacterial growth.

Every one of our technicians has a role in the recovery and restoration of your damaged property after a debilitating situation like flooding. You can count on the experienced and certified technicians of our SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside crew to do whatever it takes to get your property back to preloss condition. Give us a call anytime at (516) 536-1801.

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Our Professionals Can Handle Any Size Fire Damage Disaster In Your Atlantic Beach Home

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Just call us at (516) 536-1801 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

How Do I Tackle Fire Damage In My Atlantic Beach Home?

Time and time again, we learn that fire damage can happen to the most cautious of homeowners. It only takes an electrical failure or an unattended candle to spark a fire inside your home. Even when you detect it early and extinguish the flames with a fire extinguisher, there is residue to address. The smell, smoke, and leftover extinguishing agent can all leave your home in need of professional services.

If your home in Atlantic Beach is a victim of fire damage, SERVPRO is available to help. No fire is too small or too big for us to lend our expertise and restore your home. Our fire and smoke damage restoration technicians (FSRT) train specifically to take targeted steps depending on the origin of the fire, the nature of each material that burned and composition of remaining damage. More importantly, our team is available 24/7 and is agile in responding to your emergency.

For organic materials engulfed in flames, such as wood items, they leave behind fine dust that can be wiped down with cleaning solution and a wet sponge. Conversely, polymers, and other synthetic materials require a different approach as their remains tend to be stickier and harder to remove. Our SERVPRO technicians take a close look at the nature of the residue before taking action. Even carpet full of soot can be salvaged when treated appropriately. If there is ever a material saturated beyond repair, our team takes charge and removes it from your home.

Also frequent in fires of all sizes, is the smell they leave behind. Even when your belongings are in good shape, and the cleanup is minor, the lingering odor can be overwhelming. To counteract it, our SERVPRO crew has a variety of approaches to use, including deodorizing pellets, charcoal-activated filters, and even ozone air purifiers. By using one or several of these techniques, we leave the air in your home feeling fresh.

SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside is here to help. Just call us at (516) 536-1801 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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Call SERVPRO for Advanced Methods to Salvage Your Treasures after an Oceanside Water Damaging Event

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Trust SERVPRO to Salvage Water Damaged Photos and Books in Oceanside

Water Damaged Documents in Your Oceanside Home? - How Can You Save Them?

When we think of water damage to your home, we usually picture a broken pipe that has flooded your kitchen and caused damage to your hardwood floors. We may also think of carpeting drenched in water and how much it might cost to remove and replace it before mold starts invading your home. In extreme cases, we may also think of how cumbersome it could be to replace drywall that is saturated with water and how exactly do you find a contractor to fix it. However, one of the most valuable possessions a water incident threatens is documents and pictures that contain much of your personal history and memories.
 
If your Oceanside home is subject to water damage and you are unsure of who can help you, reach out to SERVPRO as soon as possible. Our technicians train specifically to help restore your home after there has been a water event. You can call us 24/7 and expect our team of experts to rapidly arrive to assess the damage and draft an action plan that can focus on returning your home to normal and minimizing the disruption to your daily life.
 
Aside from the infrared technology, we utilize to monitor humidity in your home, and the extraction and drying tools we use, our SERVPRO document recovery services are quite helpful. Most homeowners may try a do-it-yourself approach and dry any relevant papers by airing them out or using a hair dryer to remove the moisture. Our team has the know-how necessary to vacuum freeze documents and through sublimation achieve the conversion of frozen into gas directly, without it becoming liquid again. The goal is to have your documents return to as near as the original condition as is possible. Photographs and documents can have strong sentimental value; we try to preserve them for you.
 
SERVPRO of Long Beach/ Oceanside is here to help you at (516) 536-1801. Well beyond salvaging structural and ornamental elements of your home, we are your solution in restoring your most essential possessions. Give us a call and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Long Beach After A Fire

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to offer our experience, expertise and necessary equipment in restoring your home.

What to Expect from Fire Damage Remediation Professionals in Long Beach

Fires can cause extensive harm to a residential property in Long Beach, even if the blaze itself seems small and extinguishes quickly. The residues from the fire spread throughout a home on the superheated air currents and frequently through the HVAC system. Trying to mitigate the harm caused by a fire as a do-it-yourself project exposes your home to the possibility of permanent damage as most homeowners have neither the equipment nor the experience to complete the tasks appropriately.

Engaging a full-service disaster restoration company to remediate fire damage in Long Beach is the safest course. The soot and smoke carried from room to room inside your home are toxic and often challenging to remove. The training our crews complete from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) prepares them to use effective strategies that clean up the charring, soiling, and odors post-fire.

A fast response is critical as fire residues immediately damage structural components and contents, and the harm grows progressively worse and more expensive to remediate as time passes. SERVPRO is Faster to any size disaster, arriving at your home as soon as possible with a full complement of Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) and the products, tools, and equipment needed in our well-stocked service vehicles.

An experienced project manager assesses the fire site and other areas of your home for damage and devises a plan. Our technicians get right to work, no delays needed because of our preparations. SERVPRO crews match soot types with the products, tools, and equipment that best remove each. Dry, ashy residues vacuum and dry sponge away. Thick, sticky soot from electrical fires and slow combustion of fabrics or damp items need agitation and sometimes the addition of a cleaner with surfactants and wetting agents to loosen the coating.

Protein-based soot deposits a thin but hard to remove layer, common after kitchen and grease fires. SERVPRO technicians use solvents and abrasives to remove the highly-odiferous residue. Odor Control Technicians (OCT), our deodorization specialists, employ a range of methods to eliminate, not just cover up, the noxious smells left after a fire.

SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside stands ready to help when fire damage disrupts your life. Call us at (516) 536-1801 round the clock, 365 days a year for prompt assistance.

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Our Technicians Explain Our Water Damage Restoration Process For Your Oceanside Home

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

Call us at (516) 536-1801 for an evaluation of your water damage scenario.

Steps Professionals Take To Complete Water Cleanup In Oceanside

If water damages your Oceanside home, you might be unsure of the approach you need to take. The harm done by water incursion is immediate and progressive, moving quickly from a minor inconvenience to significant destruction of structural components within just a few hours. Engaging our team of water mitigation experts pays dividends as we respond fast and have the training and professional equipment to take care of all aspects of a water emergency.

Professional water cleanup in Oceanside is the best investment you can make to get your life back on track after a leaky roof, broken down plumbing, or appliance malfunction creates a water disaster. Our team of trained managers and technicians arrive within hours and assess the damage with an experienced eye, developing a remediation plan quickly. High-efficiency water extractors and submersible pumps are onboard our service vehicles, ready to assist our employees as we begin the tasks needed to restore your home.

Even if the electricity is shut down temporarily in the water loss spaces, SERVPRO’s equipment operates with gas motors or using truck-mounted power generation. Virtually no delay occurs between the assessment and the commencement of water removal. Our employees use sensitive moisture meters to establish baseline readings for water damaged structural components. We search for trapped water in building cavities, releasing it with methods such as flood cuts, wanded extractors with extensions, and drilling holes in mortar joints or ceiling tiles.

SERVPRO then creates a drying plan, retrieving air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers from the well-stocked green trucks. We establish an atmosphere of dry, warm air to move water absorbed into porous building materials into the air as vapor. Evaporative or desiccant dehumidifiers capture the moisture for disposal.

We clear away any soiling or residues left by the water damage and employ EPA-registered disinfectants to sanitize the affected spaces. Throughout the project SERVPRO employees are on the look-out for any mold growth, adding remediation of a microbial infestation to the water cleanup agenda if needed.

SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside has the crews and equipment needed to complete a professional cleanup after a water loss in your home. Call us at (516) 536-1801 for an evaluation of your water damage scenario.

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Oceanside Experts Discuss Water Damage Restoration

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

No matter the cause of the water damage, SERVPRO can restore your home to its preloss condition.

What to Expect When SERVPRO Helps with Oceanside Water Damage

Inviting a professional water remediation company to assess and help with the recovery of your Oceanside home after a water loss can feel intimidating. Gaining a bit of knowledge about our team approach to restoring your home offers you a solid idea about how the project might impact your day to day life and gives you confidence in our skills and training. Here are some things you might see or can expect. 

When water damage occurs in your Oceanside home, speed is essential to the best outcome. Our team is available 24/7 to assess the damage and make a comprehensive plan to handle all aspects of water loss recovery. After sharing the plan, we disclose any adaptations needed.  Clear communication is a priority between our customers and our team, including the people in our office who work with you on insurance and billing issues. 

Once SERVPRO settles on an agenda for your water damage restoration, our crews get right to work. Our service vehicles carry pumps, water extractors, and a full complement of drying equipment. Throughout the process of removing the water and carrying out structural drying, we measure and monitor moisture levels. We use the data gathered as a guide, helping us determine when the affected building materials return to preloss condition. We complete drying using air movers and heat to transform water absorbed by structural components into a vapor state. Dehumidifiers capture that vapor for disposal. 

We gather information about what caused the water loss -- plumbing or roof issues, overflowing tubs or sinks, storm damage, or more -- and help arrange for or make suggestions about the repair. SERVPRO keeps an eye out for any mold growth during remediation as fungal involvement can follow water damage and suggests adding mold remediation if necessary. The water damaged area is cleaned of soiling and sanitized with EPA registered disinfectants to inhibit any microbial infestation. 

You can rely on SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside to help with your water damage recovery needs. Call us at (516) 536-1801 to set up an evaluation. 

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SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside- Faster To Any Disaster

4/3/2019 (Permalink)

Why should you use SERVPRO when a disaster strikes your Long Beach/Oceanside home or business? 

  1. We are faster to any size emergency.
  2. We provide 24 hour emergency service 
  3. We have the training, the equipment and experience to respond immediately to your emergency.
  4. We work with your insurance company to help manage the insurance process and paperwork
  5. We are local members of this community!
  6. We deal with not only fire, water, storm emergencies! We also handle mold remediation services, general cleaning, Biohazard removal, Odor Removal and sewage removal!
  7. Our technicians are well versed in all aspects of restoration and are compassionate to your needs. We understand how upsetting these situations can be are are always here to help!

If your Long Beach/Oceanside home as been affected by a catastrophe be sure to give us a call today at 516-536-1801

Why choose SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside?

4/3/2019 (Permalink)

You might be asking yourself. Why SERVPRO? What makes them stand out among other restoration companies? Well here at SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside we specialize in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial properties after fire, smoke or water damage.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration! From initial to ongoing training at SERVPRO Corporate to e-learnings, continuing education classes, IICRC courses..we are constantly learning and evolving using the most innovative drying technology.

You can rest assured your home and the contents inside of it are in good hands! If your home or business has been affected by a fire, storm, water damage- need a mold clean up? General cleaning? Contact us at SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside today at 516-536-1801!

Workplace Emergencies that can Affect your Long Beach/Oceanside Business!

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

A workplace emergency is an event that occurs that could endanger your employees, clients, the public or causes damage and disruption to your workplace operations & environment. Workplace emergencies come in a variety of forms and understanding these types of emergencies that may occur at your business and the steps that should be taken to handle them is crucial to your Long Beach/Oceanside business!

Work-Related Emergency- These emergencies are caused by factors relating directly to the work conduction such as a chemical spill, machinery malfunction, or dangerous gas leak.

Natural Emergencies- this is the biggest type of an emergency that a workplace may experience & is also the hardest to plan for as weather can be extremely unpredictable. A natural emergency can occur as a result of flooding, fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, snow or really any type of severe weather condition. 

In order to minimize the damage in these cases is to have a well though out plan in place. The plan you create should e tailored specifically to your workplace. Have a clear chain of command as this will help prevent any confusion during an emergency. Make sure you have evacuation procedures in order and make sure all fire alarms are up to date.

If your business has been affected by a storm related emergency call SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside we'll handle the clean up so you can get back to your business in not time. Contact us today at 516-536-1801.

Have a Fire Prevention Plan in your Long Beach/Oceanside Home

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

The purpose of having a fire prevention plan is to prevent a fire from occurring in your home. Here are some great tips from http://home.nyc.gov/html/fdny/pdf/rcny/rcny_fire_safety_plan_2_emerg_info_sect.pdf on basic fire prevention.

  1. Your home should be equipped with a smoke detector and you should periodically check them to make sure that they work. Replace batteries in the spring and fall when you move your clocks forward and back. 
  2. Carelessly handed of discarded cigarettes are the leading cause of fire deaths. Never smoke in bed or when you are drowsy and be especially careful when you are smoking on a sofa. Be sure to extinguish every cigarette in an ashtray that is deep and wont tip over. 
  3. Matched and lighters can be deadly in the hands of children. Store them out of reach.
  4. Do not leave cooking unattended. Keep your stove top clean and free of items that can catch on fire. Before your go to bed, check your kitchen to ensure that your oven is off and an coffee or teapot is unplugged.
  5. Never overload electrical outlets. Replace any electric cord that is cracked or frayed. Never run extension cords under rugs.
  6. Prepare an emergency escape route with members of your household. Choose a meeting place within safe distance of your home where you should all meet in case you get separated during a fire.
  7. Exercise care in the use and placement of fresh cut decorative greens, such as Christmas trees and holiday wreaths. If possible, keep then planted or in water. Keep decorative greens away from any flames, including fire places. Do not keep for extended periods of time, as they dry, decorative greens become more easily combustible. 

If all else fails and your home is affected by fire damage be sure to contact SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside at 516-536-1801

Importance of Creating an Emergency Evacuation Plan for your Business

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

Office buildings are places where large numbers of people stay throughout their day at work. If emergencies occur management must ensure an ordered and timely evacuation. In order to do so, as management you should develop an emergency evacuation plan in which you post in key locations inside each floor of your building. Each employee in the building should be aware and familiar with escape routes. By being prepared your employees will not panic and will respond to an emergency as quickly as possible. 

As a business owner, you should observe each room of your building carefully. Find locations for an emergency phone, a fire hose and an extinguisher.

You should always discuss the plan escape routes and aim to identify at least two routes for each room.

By doing this you & your employees will be prepared and ready for action & to get out safely!

If your business has been affected by a fire, storm or water damage be sure to contact SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside today at 516-536-1801

Different Types of Water Damage that Can Affect your Long Beach/Oceanside Home!

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Soaked Garage in Long Beach/Oceanside

At SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside restore homes that have been affected by many different types of water damage. Here are the most common types of water damage that can affect your Long Beach/Oceanside home:

  1. Roofing- Most flat roofs use drains to evacuate water be sure to have these drains annually inspected and cleaned of any debris or sludge that may have accumulated especially during the winter months.
  2. Water Heaters- Corrosion can damage your tank and lead to leakage. 
  3. Overflow of sinks- leaving taps running over an extended period of time or blocks in your drain pipes can cause an overflow from your sink
  4. Sewer back-ups- Make sure that your main waste water pipe is fitted properly with a back-flow valve.
  5. Ground Water Infiltration- This is very common in our area. Consider looking into a sump pump drainage system.

If your home or business has been affected by any type of water damage be sure to contact us at SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside we will make sure your home will look "Like it never even happened." 

What Happens When Lightning Strikes your Long Beach/Oceanside Home?

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

While many homes are built to withstand lightning strikes without having any major damage..But there is always a change that this can happen to you! When lightening strikes your home it can travel in a number of directions. Roofing generally is the one that takes the biggest hit but also metal gutters can as well. The surge will usually take the path of least resistance, which means that the electricity can run through all of the wiring and plumbing in your home.. while some evidence of this may be obvious some times it is not and the affected plumbing and wiring may burn slowly inside the walls without you even realizing it!

If you're ever in the situation where your home has a fire due to a lightning storm be sure to contact SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside at 516-536-1801! 

Why Boarding up your Long Beach/Oceanside Home is Important After a Fire

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Fires can strike your home for various reasons this can be one of the most scary & stressful situations you ever experience in your life. We want our Long Beach/Oceanside residents to know that we are always here to assist and help restore your home.. But what is the first step to take after your home has significant fire damage?

Board-Ups!

Fires may leave walls, doors, windows and roofing compromised. This will leave your home or business extremely vulnerable to break-ins, looting, vandalism or further damage from whether elements. 

If your home or business has been affected by a fire be sure to contact us at SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside! We are highly trained technicians who specialize in fire damage restoration. We want to make the process easy for you so you can be back in your home with your belongings before you know it!

Contact us today at 516-536-1801!

Moisture or Humidity in your Home? Count on SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Warm weather is quickly approaching us! Having a lot of humid weather can not only be uncomfortable in your home it can also pose a threat to your homes structure and surfaces. 

Here are some helpful tips on how to cut excess humidity from your home for this upcoming summer:

  • Install vent fans in your kitchen and bathroom
  • Keep surface areas dry
  • Use ceiling fans to help with air circulation
  • Run a dehumidifier as often as possbile
  • Cover dirt floors in crawl spaces with a plastic vapor barrier
  • seal air and duct leaks
  • Choose house plants that adsorb moisture from the air such as Reed Palm, Spider Plant or Boston Ferns
  • Air dry your clothes or make sure your dryer is vented outside
  • Keep all air-conditioning drip pans and drain lines clean and clear
  • Fix all leaky pipes and faucets
  • Avoid activities that can add moisture to the air. Such as hot showers or using the stove/oven.

If your home has a flood or excess moisture is trapped in it be sure to contact SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside at 516-536-1801!

How to Detect Water Damage in your Long Beach/Oceanside Home

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

Some times water damage is hidden. It can be behind your walls, under the floor boards, or even on the outside of your home. Here are some great tips on what to look for if you think your home may have a small slow leak:

  • Accumulation- This is the most obvious sign that you have water damage. Standing or pooling water can results from old washing machines, water heaters or even toilets. Leaking water can be from your roof or drain pipe.
  • Discoloration- Look for water spots or stains on your ceiling. Walls may also have some cracks or bubbling.
  • Texture- When water seeps under your floor boards it will show a change in texture of your flooring. Keep an eye out for any sagging, warping or buckling 
  • Odor- Smells may come from basements, walls, or other areas that have been accumulating water over a long period of time.

If you notice any of these problems in your home be sure to contact SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside- With our expertise we can restore your home to preloss condition! Call us today at 516-536-1801

Do you Have your Emergency Plan?

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

We native Long Islanders are growing more and more familiar with storm watches and making sure to be prepared. Here are some great tips from https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/DocumentCenter/View/22536 on what to do before and during a hurricane:

Before a Hurricane:

  • Know your Zone: Find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation area by contacting your local government/emergency management office.
  • Have a Family Emergency Plan: Before an emergency happens, decide how you will get into contact with loved one, where you will go and what you will do. Keep a copy of this plan in your emergency supplies kit or another safe place where you can access it in the event of a disaster.
  • Put Together an Emergency Supplies Kit: Put together a basic disaster supplies kit and consider storage locations for different situations. Check emergency equipment such flashlights, generators, and storm shutters.
  • Review your Homeowners Insurance: Review your policy to ensure that you have adequate storm coverage for your home.
  • Understand the Difference Between Watches and Warnings: A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within your area. A watch is issued 48 hours before the anticipated tropical-storm-force winds. A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the specified area. A warning is issued 36 hours in advance of tropical-storm-force winds.

During a Hurricane:

  • Secure your Home: Cover all you home's windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8 inch exterior grade or marine plywood, built to fit and ready to install. Buy supplies before the hurricane season rather than waiting for the pre-store rush.
  • Stay Tuned in: Check the websites of your local National Weather Service office and Nassau County's emergency management office. Find out what type of emergencies could occur and how you should respond. Listen to the radio or TV stations for the latest storm news
  • Follow Instructions Issued by Local Officials: Leave immediately if ordered.

After it is safe to return home be sure to contact SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside for all of your storm restoration needs!

Use SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside for your Spring Cleaning!

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

As the seasons change and Spring rapidly approaches be sure to contact SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside for all of your spring cleaning needs!

Many of you know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire, Water Cleanup and Restoration.. but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened." 

We are highly trained and specialize in:

  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
  • Air Duct Cleaning
  • Odor Removal
  • Sewage and Bio-hazard Clean Up

We can perform these services not only in your home but at your place of business as we offer commercial cleaning as well! Dusty desks & ceilings, smelly carpets?  No job is too little or too large for us!

Be sure to contact SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside today at 516-536-1801! 

Have a disaster plan for your Long Beach/Oceanside Business when disaster strikes!

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

In the past few years we have seen one disaster after another. Natural disasters, such as hurricanes can cost your business a tremendous amount of money in damages. Here are some quick tips to help you prepare your business to survive the next emergency:

  • Preparation is the key- Document evacuation routes & escape procedures for your employees. Post emergency phone numbers and clear instructions in accessible locations. These plans should be reviewed with regular drills!
  • Review your insurance- You should regularly review your insurance package and make sure you have enough coverage for your business and that you have the right kind of coverage.  
  • Create a Communication Plan- Establish a plan to work remote & be able to keep in touch with your employees.
  • Protect your Company's Data- Try to back up all data to a cloud-based platform.

If your business has been affected by a natural disaster be sure to contact SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside. Our highly trained staff will restore your business & get you back to work in no time. Contact us today at 516-536-1801

SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside Quick Emergency Response

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

We here at SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside pride ourselves on our immediate response time. Restoring your Long Beach/Oceanside home is our businesses top priority. We strive to meet our 1-4-8 response guidelines.

Our 1-4-8 guidelines go as follows:

Within ONE hour from the notice of your loss, a SERVPRO professional will contact you to arrange service

Within FOUR hours from that a SERVPRO professional will be on-site to begin mitigation services.

Within EIGHT hours from our on-site arrival a SERVPRO professional will give you a verbal briefing of the scope of work.


We are here to assist you during what could be one of the most traumatic events in your life. From beginning mitigation services to helping you handle your insurance claims we will be with you every step of the way. 

Contact us today at 516-536-1801!

Why SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside we specialize in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial properties after fire, smoke or water damage. In addition to that, we also can mitigate mold from your home or business.

Our technicians and staff are highly trained and certified by the IICRC. 

What is the IICRC you may ask? IICRC is the "Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification." The IICRC's purpose is to establish and advance the standards and certifications for the inspection, cleaning, restoration and installation industries.

Not only are we highly trained but we have highly advance equipment and expertise to re-mediate your home to preloss conditoins!

If your home or business has been affected by a fire or storm be sure to contact us today at 516-536-1801!

Has your Long Beach/Oceanside Business been Affected by a Fire?!

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage is very devastating for a business owner or a commercial property. Not only do you have to deal with the fire and smoke damage but also significant water damage from firefighting efforts & fire suppression systems may occur. 

We here at SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside have the training, experience and equipment to handle your commercial fire damage emergencies. Whether it is at a restaurant, motel or office building, we will respond quickly to mitigate all damages and manage the restoration until its completion.

Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If your business has been affected by a fire loss contact SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside today at 516-536-1801!

Steps to Take if your Long Beach/Oceanside Home has Been Affected by a Storm!

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

We here at SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside understand that when your home has been affected by a serious storm it causes a huge obstacle in your life that sometimes can be extremely overwhelming and traumatic. 

Here are some great steps to take in the hours/days after a major storm to make sure your home is not only safe to live in but properly returned to your preloss condition.

  • Safety First- Be mindful of any harmful situations such as downed power lines, flooding, or problems with your gas lines. These situations may be hazardous!
  • Analyze your damage- Be sure to thoroughly inspect your home 
  • Document the damage- Be sure to take photos of the interior and exterior of your home so you can have plenty of evidence when it is time to file an insurance claim
  • Contact your insurance company- You will have to file a claim and get assigned an adjuster who will come assess your damages.

After those steps are all completed be sure to contact SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside for all of your fire, water, clean-up & restoration needs!

Snow Storms Expected-Make Sure your Snowblower is Prepared

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

As we settle into the middle of January we have not seen much snow yet around Long Beach/Oceanside but it is always smart to prepare yourself for the upcoming months of winter weather. One of the best ways to do that is by making sure your snowblowers are prepared for use.

Here are some simple tips on how to make sure your snow blowers is prepared for storms ahead:

  • Use Fresh Fuel- Always use fresh fuel that is no less than 30 days old & make sure you include fuel stabilizer. It will keep gas fresh longer and help prevent clogs.
  • Check the Spark Plug- Starting your snowblower will be a lot easier if that spark plug is in good condition. 
  • Inspect belts for wear- Wear and Tear? Cracks? If so, replace them 

If your home has been affected by any winter weather flooding or storm damage be sure to contact SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside at 516-536-1801

Has your Business been Affected by Catastrophe?

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

Has your Long Beach/Oceanside business been affected by a storm, fire, smoke or water? Contact us at SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside. We specialize in restoring all types of commercial property. Our highly trained techinicains are able to make your business look "Like it never even happened."

In addition to restoring your business we are also able to take out your contents & restore them! Whether it is office furniture or vital documents we can remove your important contents and store them for you while we are re-mediating your business.

We understand how stressful and life changing these types of events can be that is why you can count on us to help every step of the way! Contact us today at 516-536-1801!

Superstorm Vs. Hurricane how it Affects your Long Beach/Oceanside Property

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

What is a Super-storm? What is a Hurricane? Either way we all know that they can lead to devastating damage to both your property or business.

According to www.differencebetween.net here are the differences between Super-storms & Hurricanes:

"A super-storm is a storm system that does not have a specific meteorological definition. It is used to refer to storms that unusually intense and do not fit into any particular category. The term has been applied to storm systems happening in a variety of climates ranging from near the tropics to cold temperate latitudes. Meteorologists began using the term super-storm in the 1990's to describe especially powerful storms."

An example of a classified super-storm was super-storm Sandy which devastated our community. Although there are no clear meteorological definitions for super-storms there are some common characteristics which are typically extratropical cyclones. These types of storms do not occur frequently, usually only once every few decades. 

Hurricanes on the other hand:

"A hurricane is another name for a type of tropical cyclone. It is an intense storm that originates in the tropics and can migrate into subtropical and temperate climatic zones. It is characterized by powerful winds that go in a circular route around a clearly defined central “eye” of low pressure which is surrounded by higher pressure regions."


Hurricanes and super-storms do have some similarities which are that they both lead to powerful weather disturbances involving high wind-speeds and often of precipitation. 

When hurricane season arrives be sure to contact SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside for all of your storm damage needs at 516-536-1801

SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside Faster to Any Size Disaster

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside you ask? Because, our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's corporate training facility to regular IICRC industry certifications! Rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.


Our training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • E-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

Our on site technicians are Certified in:

  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
  • Mold Remediation 

In addition to our training we are also faster to any size emergency! In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. We understand how important it is to have your home restored quickly & efficiently.

Contact SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside today at 516-536-1801 

SERVPRO Here to Help Clean up your Long Beach/Oceanside Business

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

Your commercial property's appearance speaks volumes to your clientele. If your commercial property has been affected by a fire, storm, or just in need of general cleaning we here at SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside have the means to make your commercial property look "Like it never even happened"

We are highly capable of many cleaning services raging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing bio-hazard contaminants. We have specialized training an products to get your property back to business!

Our cleaning services include:

  • HVAC & Air Ducts
  • Vandalism
  • Odor Removal
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Trauma and Crime Scenes
  • Carpets and Upholstery
  • Sewage & Bio-Hazard 
  • Ceilings, Walls and Hard Doors

We also offer Commercial Water Damage Restoration, Fire Damage Restoration and Mold Remediation. 

No job is too large or too small for us contact us today at 516-536-1801 if your business has suffered any type of loss!

Protect your Long Beach/Oceanside Home from Dryer Fires

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that you are at higher risk of having a clothes dryer dire if you do not clean your lint filter and dryer vents.

Follow these simple safety tips from FEMA to prevent your home from a clothes dryer fire:
(https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/clothes_dryer_fire_safety_flyer.pdf)

  • Make sure your dryer is installed and serviced by a professional.
  • Do not use the dryer without a lint filter. Clean the lint filter before and after each cycle.
  • Do not forget to clean the back of the dryer where lint can build up.
  • Check the venting systme behind the dryer to make sure that it is not damaged, crushed or restricted.
  • Make sure that the outdoor vent covering opens when your dryer is operating.

If your home has been affected by a dryer fire contact SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside at 516-536-1801.

Puff Back in your Long Beach/Oceanside home? We're here to help you!

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

A puff back is an explosion inside the burner chamber of your furnace or boiler. Although these types of explosions are usually very small and confined to the burner chamber itself, they can do considerable damage to the heating system and to your home. 

Once a puff back has happened you will often notice soot lining the areas in direct venting distance of your air vents. You may also notice your walls, ceilings, carpets, furniture and curtains coated with a film of soot/smoky streaks. 

Oil-fired heating units are the most prone to puff backs but proper maintenance of your oil burner is the only way to prevent these unfortunate mishaps.

Puff backs can be extremely tricky to clean up. We here at SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside have a highly trained staff and use Eco-friendly equipment and cleaning materials to get the job done quickly and efficiently, leaving no traces of soot or any nasty odors. Contact us now at 516-536-1801 if your home has been affected by a puff back

New Year-New Disaster Plan!

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

As the new year approaches it's always a good idea to update your Weather Emergency Plans! Here are some great tips from health.ny.gov to Prepare for Extreme Weather: Food, water and Supplies Checklist https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/emergency/flood/docs/checklists.pdf:

  • Keep a food supply that will feed your household for 3-7 days. Having a reserve can relieve inconvenience and uncertainty until the storm passes or power is restored.
  • Buy easy-to-store and easy-to-prepare foods. Choose foods that don't need to be refrigerated and require little or no preparation or cooking
  • Plan to prepare familiar foods to lift morale and give your family a feeling of security in times of stress
  • Stock up on easy prepared food such as: ready-to-eat packaged/canned food, protein or fruit bars, dry cereal or granola, peanut butter, dried fruit, crackers, canned juice, nonperishable milk such as low-fat evaporated, canned, boxed or dry milk, baby formula, pet food.
  • Keep enough NYS-certified bottled water to last you and your family 3-7 days. This means having 2 gallons per person per day. Bottled water is the best choice for drinking & preparing food in the case that your water is contaminated. 
  • Basic supplies such as: Battery-powered or hand crank radio, flashlights, battery-powered portable cell phone charger, extra batteries, candles, oil lamps, matches, lights, cash, whistle (to signal for help), fuel, fire extinguisher.
  • Health & Hygiene supplies such as: First Aid Kit, Prescription/Non-Prescription Medications, Toilet paper, tissues, hand sanitizer, toothbrush, toothpaste, denture needs, contact lenses and supplies, extra eyeglasses, baby supplies (diapers, wipes).
  • Cleaning Supplies, such as: Dust Mask, Rubber Gloves, Broom/Dustpan, Mops, Buckets, Rags, Paper Towels & Heavy duty garbage bags.

When a disaster strikes we here at SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside know how devastating it can be for you and your family. Contact us immediately for all of your storm emergency needs at 516-536-1801

Types of Water That May Affect your Long Beach/Oceanside Home

12/13/2018 (Permalink)

There are three types of water when it comes to flooding in your home:

  • Category 1: "Clean Water" This type originates from a sanitary source and does not pose any substantial threat to humans
  • Category 2: "Gray Water" This type refers to a source of water that contains a significant degree of Chemical, Biological or Physical contaminants. Examples would be, sump pump failures or water discharge from dishwashers or washing machines.
  • Category 3: "Black Water" This type of water is grossly unsanitary. This water contains many harmful agents & bacteria's. This category includes water sources from sewage, seawater, rising water from rivers or streams, ground surface water or standing water.

Sometimes, Category 2 water that is not promptly removed from the structure may be re-classified as Category 3 water.

Luckily, here at SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside we are IICRC certified Water Damage Restoration technicians. If you have water damage in your home we would be happy to come & assess the category or water! Call us today 516-536-1801!

Damaged Hardwood Flooring in your Long Beach/Oceanside home? Let us help!

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

Damaged Hardwood Flooring in your Long Beach/Oceanside home? Let us help!

Flooding and hardwood flooring do not mix. For most of us Long Beach/Oceanside residents who live through hurricanes or reside in flood prone areas, this is no surprise. If a lot of water, flood related or not-comes into contact with your wood flooring, it will never be quite the same as new again. The sooner we attend to your wet floors, the better. Even if you believe your floors are so well finished that water cannot penetrate, believe us IT CAN. The key to saving your wood flooring is speediness. Here at SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside we are highly trained in removing water and restoring your hardwood flooring to preloss condition with our advanced water extraction & drying equipment. Contact us at 516-536-1801 we are open 24-hours 7 days a week!  

Keep your Long Beach/Oceanside Home Safe During the Holiday Season

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Keep your Long Beach/Oceanside Home Safe During the Holiday Season!

While holiday decorating is all about adding fun, sparkle and warmth to a very special season, it is very important to remember that many of our favorite decorations carry the risk of electrical injuries or fires if not used properly.

Here are some tips on how to keep your home/self safe when setting up lights/decorations:

  • Before you put them up make sure to inspect all lights, electric decorations and extension cor

  • ds for signs of damage to wire insulation, plugs and bulbs. If cords and plugs are damaged, discard and replace the decorations.

  • If you are planning on decorating outside, make sure to use lights and decorations that are rated for outdoor use. Putting indoor-only products outside in the weather can result in electric shocks and fire hazards

  • When hanging Christmas lights outdoors, reduce your risk of electric shock by passing up on metal ladders in favor for wood or fiberglass-reinforced plastic.
  • Always unplug lights before changing bulbs, replacing fuses or making any other repairs

  • If you need to replace a bulb in a string of Christmas lights, make sure that the wattage rating of the replacement bulb you’re using matches that of the light strand. Using a bulb with too high a wattage can cause the light string to overheat which creates a big fire risk.
  • DO NOT overload extension cords.
  • Make sure wires are not warm to the touch.
  • ALWAYS turn off all the lights & decorations before going to bed or leaving the house.

If your home has been affected by fire damage this holiday season be sure to contact SERVPRO or Long Beach/Oceanside at 516-536-1801

Reentering your Flooded Oceanside/Long Beach Home

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

When returning home after natural disasters such as hurricanes & floods you must be aware that your house may be contaminated with mold or sewage.

Here are some tips from the CDC on what to do when you first reenter your home after a water disaster:
(https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/after.html)

  • Try to return to your home during the daytime so that you do not have to use any lights. Use battery-powered flashlights and lanterns, rather than candles, gas lanterns, or torches.

  • If you have standing water in your home and can turn off the main power from a dry location, then go ahead and turn off the power, even if it delays cleaning. If you MUST enter standing water to access the main power switch, then call and electrician to turn it off. NEVER turn power on or off yourself or use an electrical tool or appliance while standing in water.

  • Have an electrician check the homes electrical system before turning the power on again.

  • If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the main gas valve & open all windows. Notify your gas company or the police/fire dept and do not turn on the lights or do anything that could cause a spark.

  • If your house has been closed up for several days, enter briefly to open doors and windows to let the house air out for a while before you stay for any length of time.

  • If your home has been flooded and has been closed up for several days assume your home has mold.

  • Throw away food that may have come into contact with flood or storm water, perishable foods that have not been refrigerated properly due to power outages.

  • Flood water can contaminate your drinking water. Some contaminates from surface water get into the groundwater and affect private drinking water wells and municipal water systems that use groundwater. Follow your local guidance on whether your water is safe to drink

Contact SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside at 516-536-1801 immediately if your home has been affected by water/mold after a flood in your home. We specialize in water restoration to restore your home to pre-flood conditions.

Smoke Cleanup in your Long Beach/Oceanside Home

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Once you and your family are safe from a fire in your home you will need to contact a professional smoke and fire clean up service to assess the damage. We here at SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside specialize in fire & smoke restoration.

Smoke damage comes in many forms the most noticeable being:

  • Electrical Damage- Wiring, cords, switches, fuses, breaker boxer and outlets may all be affected
  • Odors-Surfaces of your home, specifically fabric items, may not show visible sings right away but they may contain a smoky odor. The smell of smoke gets trapped in clothing, carpets drapes and other upholstered furniture. Unless these items are properly cleaned by a professional service they may retain the smoky smell for a long period of time.
  • Discoloration- On walls, ceilings and appliances throughout your home. Within a few short days walls and flooring can turn yellow. Plastic surfaces & wood can also become discolored and warped. Metal hardware can show signs of rust and corrosion. Counter tops/tiles that contain porous stone such as marble or granite can become permanently discolored if not treated.

Smoke can also cause:

  • Interior Damage- Smoke can permeate walls and ceilings and cause damage to the homes structure, insulation, air ducts and wall studs.

We at SERVPRO of Long Beach/ Oceanside use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls and other surfaces as well as cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting all restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment. Contact us at 516-536-1801 for all your fire restoration needs!

The Importance of Sump Pumps in your Long Beach/Oceanside Home

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

If the water table around your house is high enough, you’re going to have water that seeps into your basement/foundation. This is especially true during heavy rains and periods of excessive snow melt. Depending on the water table and other variables, this can mean either a little dampness or full blown flooding.

That’s where sump pumps come in. Sump pumps are installed underneath the floor of basements and crawl spaces to collect ground water before it can threaten flood to your home.

If you have a sump pump in your Long Beach/Oceanside home, be sure to check it regularly. Most sump pumps run on electricity, so a common issue is lost power. A battery backup is a wise investment to reduce the threat of power failure.

If your home has been flooded due to excessive snow melt or rain fall be sure to contactSERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside to assist in water extraction. We are highly trained professionals who will be onsite immediately.

Winter Weather Quickly Approaching Long Beach/Oceanside!

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

Winter Weather Quickly Approaching Long Beach/Oceanside!

As many of us native New Yorkers know, NY winters can often bring extreme cold, ice, sleet, heavy snow and freezing rain. It is extremely important to be prepared for these upcoming winter months!

Here are some tips from NYC Emergency Management on how to prepare for upcoming winter weather:
(https://www1.nyc.gov/site/em/ready/winter-weather-prep.page)

  • Install storm shutters on doors and windows; clean out gutters; repair any roof leaks
  • Insulate walls and attic. Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows. Install storm windows, or cover windows with plastic from the inside.
  • Have safe emergency heating equipment available. For residences with functioning fireplaces, keep an ample supply of wood. Utilize portable electric space heaters. Keep a fire extinguisher in hand.
  • Install and check batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Make sure you have sufficient heating fuel; you may have difficulty obtaining fuel in the immediate aftermath of a bad storm.
  • Service snow removal equipment, and have rock salt on hand to melt ice on walkways.
  • Let Faucets drip a little to help prevent freezing pipes
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Make a household disaster plan- Make sure all members of your household are familiar with how to contact one another in an emergency.
  • You should ALWAYS have an emergency supply kit & should be fully stocked to allow you to sustain yourself in the case you lose power.

If your home has been affected by water or fire during these winter months contact SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside and we will be onsite immediately to re-mediate any damages!

Plan Ahead! Tips on How to Make a Fire Escape Plan for your LONG BEACH/OCEANSIDE home

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Plan Ahead! Tips on How to Make a Fire Escape Plan for your LONG BEACH/OCEANSIDE home.

If a fire breaks out in your home, you may only have a few minutes to get out safely. Everyone in your family needs to know what to do and where to go if there is a fire.

Here are some easy Escape Planning tips provided by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association).

(https://www.nfpa.org//-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/EscapePlanningTips.pdf)

  • MAKE a home escape plan. Draw a map of your home showing all doors and windows. Discuss the plan with everyone in your home.
  • KNOW at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily.
  • HAVE an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole or mailbox) a safe distance from the home where everyone should meet.
  • PRACTICE your home fire drill at night and during the day with everyone in your home, twice a year.
  • PRACTICE using different ways out.
  • TEACH your children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • CLOSE doors behind you as you leave.
  • If the smoke alarm sounds GET OUT AND STAY OUT. Never go back inside.
  • If you have to escape through smoke, GET LOW AND GO under the smoke to your way out.
  • CALL the fire department from outside your home

If a fire does occur in your home be sure to call SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside at 516-536-1801 after the fire is out and we will make it “Like it never happened.”

Have Mold? Don’t Panic!

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Mold in Basement

Mold exposure is a lot more common than you think! Whether it’s that funky orange film that forms in your kitchen sink, black spots on your shower tiles/curtains, or even a few fuzzy patches on your basement carpet.

Here are some quick tips to prevent mold growing in your home:

  • Dry wet areas immediately
  • Prevent moisture with proper ventilation throughout your home
  • Equip your home with mold resistant products
  • Monitor the humidity indoors
  • Invest in equipment (Dehumidifiers)
  • Direct water away from your home
  • Shut Windows & Doors when your AC is on
  • Cover the floor in your Crawl Space
  • Keep an eye out for standing water in your Basement or Crawl Space
  • Last but not least, call a professional!!

Homes can quickly become infested with mold! Sometimes in as little at 48 hours, in some cases, where water is present! Fortunately, here at SERVPRO Long Beach/Oceanside we specialize in 24 hour emergency service for Mold Remediation.

If you have a Mold emergency contact us immediately & we will send one of our highly trained staff members to assess your home!!

Winter is Coming!!

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Before & After

As the seasons change and winter quickly approaches frozen pipes are a major concern for many homeowners.  The likelihood of a frozen pipe is dependent upon where the pipes are located in your home and how well they are insulated.

When water freezes in a pipe it expands. As frozen water expands the pipe will burst! This sometimes can cause serious damage to your home.

Here are some simple tips on how to prevent your pipes from freezing inside your home:
-Keep your thermostat set to the same temperature consistently day & night! Sometimes spending a little extra helps you save in the long run!
-Turn your sinks on! Running water through the pipe, just a small trickle will help keep water flow active & helps prevent the pipe from freezing.
-Open up your cabinets! This will allow warm air to circulate around all of your plumbing.

If your home has been damaged by water we have the expertise and equipment to quickly restore your property. Below are before and after images of a home that had significant damage due to a frozen pipe that burst in their attic causing all four floors of their home to experience terrible water damage. We at SERVPRO Long Beach/Oceanside arrived on the scene promptly & immediately provided service to this homeowner.

Make Sure Your Fire Extinguisher Is Up To Date

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fires are the most unpredictable disaster that can occur. Fires can start from malfunctioning outlets, faulty appliances, and even the slightest embers that were not fully put out. Think about it, how many different appliances are in your home/business? How many outlets to keep track of?

Most appliances, and outlets have safety surge protectors that don’t allow them to overheat. It’s always good to have backups and safety plans set for yourself, your family, and your employees in case an emergency occurs.

The specific fire safety equipment that is required for office buildings includes smoke detectors, sprinklers, fire alarms and extinguishers. While all of these items are necessary for fire safety and prevention, ensuring you have a fire extinguisher could be the most important. A fire extinguisher is the most direct way to stop a fire from spreading and causing more damage than it already has.

Be sure to check the link provided for the National Fire Protection Agency’s requirements on portable fire extinguishers.

Link:http://www.nfpa.org/codes-and-standards/all-codes-and-standards/list-of-codes-and-standards

Winter is approaching, beware of basement floods!

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

A basement entertainment room had a carpet ruined after a pipe behind the wall burst and water snuck underneath the wall.

At any point - and it usually feels like the worst - a disaster can occur. You flick on the basement lights and see the carpet glistening. Low and behold there is 2-3 inches of water covering your entire basement. The old couch you had in your first apartment, all the pictures of the kids that were stacked in cardboard boxes, and the custom knit hats from grandma, everything is ruined! There are a number of different ways that water can slip into your basement, such as;

  • Surface water from heavy rains that can pool around your home
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • A sewer pipe that is blocked or cracked
  • And many more

Basements are prone to flooding, and with the winter months approaching your pipes are in danger of bursting. If flood water is not handled in a timely manner not only will it cost you more money to fix, it will be dangerous to yourself and the people living with/around you. Don’t wait until the problem gets worse, call SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside and keep your home safe!

Call us anytime 516-536-1801

Long Beach Farmers Market Ending Soon

10/26/2017 (Permalink)

If you like pickles be sure to check out Herman's Best Pickles!

As the weather starts to change so does Long Beach’s access to fresh produce and custom made goods! The Long Beach Farmer’s Market located at Kennedy Plaza, 1 West Chester Street, Long Beach NY runs from May 6th to November 18th every Saturday between 9am and 2pm.

At the farmer’s market you can find a plethora of vendors from The Subtle Tea Co., St. James Brewery, or even Gianni’s Chicken Burgers. For the full list of vendors be sure to visit their website below;

https://www.ligreenmarket.org/currentvendors

Make sure to visit and pick up your fresh produce and crafts before the Farmers Market leaves for the year!

FEMA Emergency Supply Checklist

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

A toilet inside a classroom accidentally left running overnight floods out multiple rooms and the connecting hallway.

At SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside we like to make sure our customers are ready for any emergency situation they run into. Lately there have been many natural disasters such as the hurricanes in Texas and Florida. In case of an emergency here is the checklist FEMA suggests you keep handy in case of one of these catastrophic events;

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Local maps
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • First aid kit
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Complete change of clothing including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
  • Cash or traveler’s checks and change
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from ready.gov
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climates
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Paper and pencil

SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside Offers Free Service to Business Owners

10/19/2017 (Permalink)

An ERP is the best way to save your company money in case of emergency!

It is said that after a disaster more than 50% of business’ close down. That disaster can be anything from a fire/flood to natural disasters. It is important in case of one of these emergencies to have a protection plan in place to keep down time for your business as low as possible.

The service SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside provides to local business owners is an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). An ERP is meant to help minimize an interruption to your business such as flood/fire by having a clear and concise immediate action plan. The immediate action plan has the ability to save you money by setting up who to call and what to do in case of an emergency. By signing up for an ERP, fire and water damage are decreased due to starting mitigation sooner before more water/fire damage occurs.

If you’re ready to sign up for your business give SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside a call @ 516-536-1801

Fire Damage Cleanup and Repair...Hire a Professional

10/13/2017 (Permalink)

An old power strip with too many appliances plugged in and no surge protector catches ablaze and sets fire to 2 rooms.

SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside are your one stop shop for cleanup and repair of your fire damages caused to your home or business. We are available 24/7 and answer your call when you need us most.

Fast and efficient fire damage cleanup can make your worst catastrophe a thing of the past. No one expects or plans for a fire, but once it occurs it feels like a nightmare. Not only do the flames tear through anything they can touch, but the damage caused by the smoke, ash, and soot cause major damage as well. This is all before the fire department arrives and douses your home with water as well. Smoke, ash, soot, and water….all specialties of SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside.

Professional fire damage repair will work quickly to get your home back up and running. The main reason you call a professional to clean up after this type of mess is because ash is acidic and will destroy materials if it sits for too long by deteriorating them. The smoke damage as well will cause an irritating smell and could be potentially harmful. The average scope for a fire damage includes;

-Setting up containment areas to avoid further damage from soot spreading around the home

-Bag up and clear out fire damaged materials

-Begin cleaning/wiping down all floors, walls, carpets, ceilings, furniture, countertops, etc. Anywhere the smoke could reach will need to be cleaned and that’s what we’re there for.

-Lastly we need to clean out the home’s HVAC system because the smoke will cause a harsh and irritating odor if not correctly cleaned.

After cleaning all ash, soot, and smoke damage the home will be free of any odors that will be irritating or harmful. Call SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside for all your fire damage cleanup needs @ 516-536-1801.

What To Do After A Fire

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

House fire causes 2 story wall be burnt from top to bottom. SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside to remove all burnt material. Next step is rebuild!

Here at SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside we run into a few different types of emergency situations. Whether it be fire damages, water damages, mold cleanups, or document restoration the list goes on and on. Below we see ways to kickstart your home/business fire damage rebuild process.

Contact your insurance company;

The first step in the process is to contact your insurance company within 24 hours of the incident. Some insurance companies may be able to recommend a professional fire restoration company or you can call SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside @ 516-536-1801 any time day or night.

The Restoration company determines damage;

Once the restoration company arrives there are multiple different services they provide. First they will provide services to prevent further damage occurring to your home. They do this by putting up containment areas - so smoke and soot do not travel around and effect more of the home - and they begin placing boards down to walk on so the floors don’t incur more damage from the company working. Next they help determine which of your personal belongings are able to be refurbished and which are not. After, they start to determine which structural items do and do not need to be replaced. All of these items are then built into an estimate which includes the cost of the deodorizing process, the repairing of your home, and the cost for cleaning any of your items. To make it as easy as possible the restoration company sends their estimates directly to the insurance company, leaving no extra work for you, the customer!

Things to remember after a fire:

-After the fire do not use ANY electrical appliances that were in or around the fire.

-Do not wash drapes or other materials that may require dry cleaning.

-The more you move around in the affected area the more soot will move around and affect parts of your home. Be sure to have a restoration company in right away to let you know what is, and what is not safe.

If a problem occurs, anytime, be sure to call SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside for all your restoration needs @ 516-536-1801

The Timeline of Water Damage

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

A water damage from rainwater causes the floors of this business to flood all around their front desk!

It’s that time of year again for frozen bursting water pipes to cause flood and water emergencies. In our previous posts we’ve explained how to prevent a water damage from occurring, but in this post we’ll be explaining the water damage timeline. The water damage timeline shows how damage progresses with a water loss, and how waiting just a few days to act can greatly affect the amount of damage that occurs to your home.

Water Damage Timeline

Initial water damage

  • Depending on where the damage occurred the water will spread directly to whatever is in its path
  • Water is absorbed directly into sheetrock for the walls and ceiling. The carpeting, or even hardwood floors can have water seeping beneath it, and personal belongings are anywhere from slightly wet to soaked
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to crack or bend (depending on furniture) and a musty odor starts to come out of furniture
  • A musty odor appears.
  • Coloring from cloth and paper goods spread and stain any surfaces that surround them

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew are growing and spreading by this point
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Anything Wood such as floors, tables, cabinets  are swelling and warping.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp meaning they will now need to be replaced.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.

More Than 1 Week:

  • At this point a problem that could have been strictly sucking water out of carpets, or cutting away wet drywall is now far greater. Any moldy items and wet items will need to be replaced and are likely too far gone to restore
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside

SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside  are fully trained and certified in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial properties after fire, smoke or water damage. We are a 24/7 service that takes calls whenever your emergency occurs. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Tips for Preventing Water Damages to your Home

9/14/2017 (Permalink)

A flooded basement caused by a slow leaking washing machine hose

Whenever a water damage occurs in your home or business it affects everyone from the home/business owner, to the residents or customers that rely on the space. It could be something as minor as a refrigerator line popping off, or as large as a main water pipe breaking. Whether big or small these damages are a nuisance, and by following the steps below you will be on the right track to minimizing damages that may occur in the home;

  1. Make sure you and anyone who lives/works in your property is aware of where the shut off is for the main water supply. Stopping any further damage is step one in minimizing your costs for a disaster.
  2. Be sure to check all hoses, and pipes. During the winter it is imminent to shut off the water that leads outside, and to be sure that any pipes inside your home do not get too cold (to burst). The most common hoses that should be checked are the refrigerator, the dishwasher, and the washing machine. It is best to use stainless steel reinforced hoses if possible.
  3. Interior appliances and piping are not the only sources that water can come from, storms are a large cause of water losses that we see. The primary cause are shingles on the outside of your home, whether shingles be damaged or missing altogether it is best to check on them regularly to be safe. The biggest water losses we see occur when water runs from the top of the house (through the roof) all the way down to the basement, sometimes without the customer even knowing it’s happening!

The best way to avoid a water damage is to keep a keen eye on the above points. If by chance a water loss does occur in your home be sure to call SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside ASAP. We get you back up and running as quickly as possible and are available 24/7!

What is a “Puff Back”?

12/5/2016 (Permalink)

What is a “Puff Back”?

 

During the cold months when furnaces get turned on, one danger is the furnace puff back or blow back. This malfunction occurs when an explosion inside the burner chamber of the boiler or furnace causes built-up hydrocarbons to exit from vents, creating a sooty mess.

Oil-fired heating units are most prone to puff backs, and proper maintenance of your oil burner is the only way to prevent these unfortunate mishaps. Once a puff back has happened, you’ll often notice soot lining the areas in direct venting distance of your air vents. You may notice a soot blowout near the furnace itself. In any case, it will be hard not to notice your furnace has experienced a puff back and even harder to clean it yourself.

Puff backs can be tricky to clean up. We at SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside have a highly trained staff and use eco-friendly cleaning materials to get the job done quickly and efficiently, leaving no trace of soot or nasty odor.

Top Benefits of HVAC Cleaning

6/4/2014 (Permalink)

The National Air Duct Cleaners Association's  rule of thumb for duct cleaning is "if your ducts look dirty then they probably need to be cleaned". Included in this page is a direct quote from NADCA's website listing the reasons and benefits to air duct cleaning.  

Top Benefits of HVAC Cleaning

NADCA’s rule of thumb for consumers is that “if your ducts look dirty, they probably are,” and that dirty HVAC systems should be inspected by a reputable, certified HVAC professional. Below are some other reasons homeowners choose to have their air ducts cleaned.

Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality is one concern that homeowners have when they decide to investigate air duct cleaning. In a typical six-room home, up to 40 pounds of dust is created annually through everyday living. Your heating and cooling system is the lungs of your home. The system taken air in and breathes air out.

Through normal occupation in a home, we generate a great deal of contaminants and air pollutants, such as dander, dust, and chemicals. These contaminants are pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulated 5 to 7 times per day, on average. Over time, this re-circulation causes a build-up of contaminants in the duct work.

While dirty ducts don’t necessarily mean unhealthy air in your home, school or workplace, they may be contributing to larger health issues or harboring contaminants that could cause serious problems for people with respiratory health conditions, autoimmune disorders or some environmental allergies.

Energy Savings

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted. Contaminants in the heating and cooling system cause it to work harder and shorten the life of your system. Although filters are used, the heating and cooling system still gets dirty through normal use.

When an HVAC system is clean, it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature you desire. As a result, less energy is used, leading to improved cost-effectiveness. 

Long Island Cares

3/5/2014 (Permalink)

We are just happy to see that we are able to give back to the community after Hurricane Sandy. People are still displaced and we look forward to helping any chance we can.

Food Drive

11/20/2013 (Permalink)

This is a picture of our trucks as we were pulling up to drop off the donations.

This past weekend we setup a food drive at Stop and Shop in Oceanside, NY and King Kullen in Island Park. We were able to collect over 700 pounds of food to help families in need. Thank you to anyone who helped this weekend; I know that it will be appreciated.

All of the 700 pounds will be distributed by Long Island Cares to various food banks throughout Long Island. If anyone needs would like to donate anything more for the holidays. You can reach us at 516-536-1801 and we will come pick it up for you! 

Thanks again and Happy Holidays!

Categories of a typical water damage

8/7/2013 (Permalink)

A water damage can originate from many different sources including a broken water pipe, or a severe storm. Once the damage occurs the type of water is then classified into three different categories.

Category 1 is generally considered clean water and does not pose a threat to humans. Examples of these are considered broken water pipes or overflowing sinks. Category 2 water is considered contaminated also called "gray" water. This category typically includes water from a toilet bowl with no feces, water coming in through hydrostatic pressure, or a sump pump failure. The last category is category 3 or "black" water. This is grossly contaiminted and poses a substantial threat to humans. This category includes sewage, water from rising rivers, any outside water source, or water containing heavy bacteria and fungi.

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