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

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

What are the dangers of flooding?

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

Structural destruction.

Electrical risks and damage.

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

Contaminated drinking water.

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

Is the restoration service expensive?

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

How do you dry the property after water extraction?

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

Wall cavities

Ceilings

Under cabinets

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

Can you clean the mud on my sidewalk and driveway?

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

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

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

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

What should I be cautious?

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

How can you handle contamination caused by sewage?

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

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

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

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

Why does my property feel cold and damp?

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

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

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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! 

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!

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

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

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.