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Molds Love Water and Moisture, But Hate When SERVPRO Remediates the Damage in Seaford Homes

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Molds Love Water and Moisture, But Hate When SERVPRO Remediates the Damage in Seaford Homes SERVPRO Says Moisture from Leaks Leads to Mold Damage in Seaford Properties

Seaford's Mold Remediation Technicians Talk About Common Causes of Fungal Growth

A fungus only needs an organic food source, moisture and temperatures ideally between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit to develop inside your Seaford residence. Most houses are built with several different types of organic substances such as wood and drywall backing, and they are kept at around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, making mold proliferation likely once moisture is added. Often when a pipe breaks or water gets spilled inside the house, we notice the problem and take action to mitigate the leak damage by calling in a professional restoration company like SERVPRO. However, sometimes moisture may have made its way inside your structure, and you do not notice it until it is too late. As time goes by, mold damage can grow, spread and get more severe.
Microbial issues are the one type of problem that can be sneaky and you may not know that something is wrong. However, all cases of mold damage in Seaford can be traced to some sort of water-related problem that sat without being rectified for too long. Therefore, if our SERVPRO technicians find the source of the water leak, then they can figure out how to prevent the fungi from growing and spreading to other parts of the building. Once the original problem is fixed so that no sufficient moisture can fuel mold colonization in organic building materials, we can then work on removing the contamination that already exists.
One very frequent cause of mold problems is a leaky roof. Hail or wind can damage roof shingles allowing moisture to get in from above when it rains. In other cases, a fungus can form by there being improper ventilation in your attic. With improperly vented attics, moisture can build up in the eves and insulation.
Having poor ventilation in your bathroom can also be a source for mold problems. When people shower humidity in the room increases and water vapor needs a place to exit or fungi can start growing on your bathroom walls and other places. Leaky window seals can also be a problem that helps fungal contamination take place. Water can get into the wall cavity and make structural components in your walls wet. A working exhaust fan can significantly reduce the humidity levels in heavy water-usage rooms of your home.
If you ever see or smell mold in your house, call SERVPRO of Bellmore / Wantagh at (516) 809-9600 immediately.

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Preserving Your Seaford Home with Water Cleanup Services

9/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Preserving Your Seaford Home with Water Cleanup Services When your hardwood flooring gets affected by water damage, contact SERVPRO to dry it out correctly and reduce any warping.

Team SERVPRO Brings Their Experience and Tools to Every Water Damage Remediation Job

There are some incidents which occur in Seaford residences that the homeowners do not have the expertise or appropriate equipment to clean up or restore on their own. In these circumstances, professional restoration services can help you to not only get the situation resolved quickly but also ensure that the job gets done to industry standards to prevent further concerns in the immediate future.

When situations call for water cleanup services in your Seaford home, many homeowners fail to see the pressing need for professional restorers. Water damages, even on a smaller scale, begin to affect materials and surfaces immediately upon contact. The longer that these situations persist, the more damage that these materials sustain and the more saturated they become.

Hardwood floors are a serious concern for our SERVPRO technicians, as much as they are a staple in so many area homes. When water damage occurs on top of or in the vicinity of hardwood planking, this material begins to absorb the moisture and dampness of the area in a brief period. The more saturated this material becomes, the more warped and distorted it also becomes. If our professionals cannot get to material like this in time, in many cases, partial or entire removal of the flooring is necessary to make the incident “like it never even happened.”

Mitigation and fast action are two staples of the SERVPRO services that we provide. We work hard to ensure that the impact of an incident on your home is as minimal as possible, and get to work quickly upon arrival to preserve materials and contents that could be in harm’s way. We have the tools and equipment to help draw out water from sensitive materials and work to continually promote our approach of preservation and restoration over replacement and rebuilding.

While you might not consider a water cleanup job to have a severe impact on your home, even a smaller scale water incident could cause multiple issues for the structure of your home. Trust in our SERVPRO of Bellmore / Wantagh team of restoration specialists to respond quickly and get to work on cleaning this mess up to our high standards. Give us a call anytime at (516) 809-9600.

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Expediting The Fire Restoration Process For Your Wantagh Bar

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Expediting The Fire Restoration Process For Your Wantagh Bar Fire damages are one of the worst things for a Wantagh business owner to contend with and still attempt to keep their bar open to the regular patrons.

The Fire Restoration Process

As the owner of a Wantagh bar, you likely take care of most of the problems and maintenance requirements of the establishment on your own. When a significant disaster threatens your business, many owners find setting things back to the way they used to be requires more expertise and specialized equipment than they have to offer. In these circumstances, professional restoration can help you by working directly with your insurance company to expedite the process.

Fire damages are one of the worst things for a Wantagh business owner to contend with and still attempt to keep their bar open to the regular patrons. There are too many variables and potential hazards to navigate following the extinguishing of the blaze. It's for this reason that so many business owners conclude to call SERVPRO and allow our experienced technician's space and time to work as efficiently as possible to restore their building back to preloss conditions.

As one of the first calls that you make following the conclusion of first responder efforts, your insurance company is going to need some proof to your claim about the damage and documentation to detail the full scope of what needs to get restored and what items got ruined in the blaze. We have a SERVPRO estimator that comes out along with those dispatched initially to begin the thorough assessment of the facility. This process details the full extent of the damage to the structure, the contents of your bar, and a rough estimate of the cost.

Working directly with your insurance adjuster not only saves you time and legwork, but it expedites the entire claims process to ensure that restoration happens quickly. The faster that our experienced team can get to work on the damage that your building sustained, the less time that you have to spend with the doors closed to your customers.

Fires are never easy disasters to overcome, especially when there are structural damages to face. Our SERVPRO of Bellmore / Wantagh fire restoration technicians have the tools and expertise to overcome any of the obstacles we face in bringing your building back to the way it used to be. Give SERVPRO a call anytime at (516) 809-9600.

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Roof Damages Can Lead To Flooding In Your Seaford Attic

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Roof Damages Can Lead To Flooding In Your Seaford Attic Once there is even a single breach in this exterior defense for your Seaford residence, it now stands a significant risk for flood damages.

Roof Damages Can Lead To Flooding

Homeowners throughout the Seaford area are very familiar at this point with the unexpected severe weather. From the harsh winter months and their heavy snowfalls to the several inches of rain expected month to month during the warmer climate, severe weather can begin to take a significant toll on the integrity of your house.

Roof materials are particularly susceptible to this kind of degradation and wearing over prolonged periods of hard weather. Once there is even a single breach in this exterior defense for your Seaford residence, it now stands a significant risk for flood damages. Flooding in your attic space can cause a great deal of trouble and requires immediate response on your end to preserve construction materials and the contents within your home from irreparable damages.

Runoff and direct torrential downpours through a breach in your roofing material can allow high volumes of water into your attic space. With the natural progression of water damage and its inevitable spread, much of the materials leading to the ceiling and walls of the floor beneath your attic can quickly begin to saturate and adversely react to the damage. Reacting quickly can ensure that SERVPRO professionals can respond to the distress and work to reduce the overall spread of the effects from this disaster.

Many homeowners might think that attempting to seal off this breach in their roof is a suitable first step, but this is rarely something that you should do on your own. It does not take long for saturated materials to weaken and warp, which can result in collapse for those attempting to repair the damage without a working knowledge of potential risks and hazards, like our SERVPRO technicians, get trained to assess.

SERVPRO's commitment to our clients is to respond quickly. It has become such a staple in the work that we do that we have taken to asserting that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. You can count on our SERVPRO of Bellmore / Wantagh restoration technicians to arrive promptly and help to mitigate your loss and restore the damage the flooding has caused as efficiently as possible. Give us a call anytime at (516) 809-9600.

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High Humidity and Mold Damage in Seaford

8/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation High Humidity and Mold Damage in Seaford Finding mold in one or more parts of your home can be quite disconcerting. Call SERVPRO for an assessment and remediation plan.

SERVPRO Follows Both EPA and IICRC Protocols When Remediating Mold Infestations

Warm, sticky summers and cool, wet winters make Seaford and the rest of Nassau County an amenable environment for fungal growth. If the indoor temperature and relative humidity move out of balance, surfaces can provide enough moisture for mold spores to adhere and begin growing. We understand the life cycle of molds that are commonly found at significant levels and can help abate unwanted acceleration of overgrowth.
Mold damage in Seaford occurs because of the presence of mold spores, moisture, and an organic surface for the microbes to grow on and flourish. Humidity levels of more than 60 percent provide enough dampness for mold to begin its destructive trajectory. Many individuals are concerned about the health effects of mold, but they are rare and best discussed with your doctor. More troubling is the damage mold can do to a broad array of typical building materials, threatening things like wood framing, wallboard, insulation, and floors and subfloors with disintegration, weakening the strength and structural integrity of your home. Our focus is removing active mold colonies that consume materials in your home before the components give way.
SERVPRO adheres to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols when performing mold remediation. We locate and contain the mold, usually employing a combination of physical barriers and technological advances that prevent mold “drift” by using negative air pressure to form a vacuum sealing the containment area. Our team then dons personal protective gear to keep our employees safe during removal while also limiting the tracking of moldy debris out of the contaminated area.
Once contained, the affected area is cleared of mold growth by scraping, scrubbing with wire brushes, and using innovative techniques like soda blasting. When done correctly by our IICRC trained employees, we can save even porous materials previously thought ruined and requiring disposal. The contained space then receives disinfection with an EPA registered antimicrobial to inhibit the rapid regrowth of the fungi.
All SERVPRO hard work is in vain if the humidity issues are left unresolved. Keeping your home at a range of 30 to 50 percent humidity limits the risk of mold growth. During the summer, running an appropriately sized and maintained AC system helps, Dehumidifiers assist as well, while periodically steamy spaces like kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry areas need exhaust fans installed and used consistently to reduce moisture.
SERVPRO of Bellmore / Wantagh has the technicians and equipment ready to remediate your mold damage scenario. Call us at (516) 809-9600 for an assessment and plan to manage the mold and the moisture.

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The Advantages of Professional Restoration for Water Damage in Your Bellmore Residence

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Advantages of Professional Restoration for Water Damage in Your Bellmore Residence Water Damage in a Bellmore Home Is Mitigated with the Help of SERVPRO. Protect Your Hardwood Flooring.

Bellmore Home Owners Understand that SERVPRO Provides Professional Water Removal and Cleanup Services

Many causes could lead to damages from water in your Bellmore residence. From the plumbing giving way at connections or an appliance malfunctioning, you can find yourself at the wrong end of a substantial incident with very little warning. There are many benefits, however, to choosing the right professional restoration company to help you overcome these obstacles and restore the damage to your home.

While no homeowner wants to consider the lasting effects of water damages to their Bellmore house, this is, unfortunately, something that often gets overlooked in clean-up and drying efforts. Whatever the source of the water damage in your house, homeowners often feel inclined to attempt to correct these issues themselves rather than to seek the professional experience of a company like SERVPRO.

One of the first reasons that you should consider professional restoration services for the water damage in your home is the lingering effects. Many times the cleanup and drying efforts of homeowners prove inadequate, and moisture and dampness persist. This occurrence can lead to worsening conditions like weakening structural elements or mold and microbial growth.

Along with this same line of thinking, our SERVPRO technicians have the right tools and equipment to assess better the full scope of the damage that your home faces as they work out a project plan to restore these effects. Part of this process is determining the success of drying efforts by looking into challenging or constricted areas using thermal imagery. This technology can show the presence of moisture and help to determine where further attention is necessary.

Finally, our professionals can help to ensure that the source of the problem gets corrected by helping you to identify where the water damage originated. This discovery can help prevent further or future damages to the affected area.

While it might be a tempting thing to save money and try to clean up water damages in your home on your own, this is not always a wise decision to make. Inadequate drying and cleaning can lead to structural concerns and even mold growth, two costly occurrences that can prove time-consuming to restore and remediate. Avoid the possibilities of secondary water damage.

Instead, let our SERVPRO of Bellmore / Wantagh restoration technicians restore your home to original conditions quickly and without the added risks, "Like it never even happened." Give us a call anytime at (516) 809-9600.

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You come home from vacation to find water in your finished basement.

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

Who can you call to help you?  You may think of calling a contractor, but there are differences between contractors and professional Water Restoration Companies. As a professional Restoration Company, we try to restore, rather than replace, whenever possible.

A contractor’s job is to replace everything that is affected. This will often include all flooring, walls, cabinets and even furniture. SERVPRO of Bellmore / Wantagh technicians are certified in drying and cleaning water damage to industry standards. We will not remove materials unless it is necessary. The average time to dry is 3 days. This prevents further interruption to your daily life and also saves you money.  We try to mitigate the water damage, and restore when possible. Restoring your home is less expensive than replacing materials in your home.

Call SERVPRO of Bellmore / Wantagh at (516) 809-9600. We are available 24/7.

What should you Do if your Pipes Burst!

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

If you are unfortunate enough to have a burst pipe, follow these steps:

Turn off your water supply at the main valve. Your main water valve can be located in a variety of places. If you have a home with a basement or crawlspace, it is probably located on an interior wall near the front of the house. In this case, it is most likely hiding in plain sight. If your home was built on a slab, the valve might be located near the hot water heater or inside your garage. It may also be located in an underground cement box near your front curb. To learn where your main water valve is, consult your property inspection report or call your local utility company or plumbing professional.

If the burst pipe is a hot water line, make sure to also turn off the water valve at the top of your hot water heater.

Once you have turned off the main water valve, call a plumber.
If your water meter is frozen, contact your local Water Department. 

 If your broken pipe has caused water damage to your home or business, call SERVPRO of Bellmore / Wantagh at (516) 809-9600 to dry it out before it causes more damage.

How to Identify & Treat Unseen Water Damage

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

Everyone knows that the water damage that you can clearly see is causing damage to your home is not good and should be fixed as quickly as possible. However, do you know that even the smallest water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. SERVPRO Professionals have the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. Having the right equipment to use makes a significant difference when dealing with water damage. Here are a few examples of what our team uses to help any unseen water damage in your home:

Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.

Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials.

The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRO Professionals to monitor the drying process.

Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO Professionals can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.

Ultra Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas. Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor-causing particles.

If you are having any problems dealing with water in your home or property, call SERVPRO of Bellmore / Wantagh at (516) 809-9600. 

Keep an Eye on Your Roof to Prevent Costly Repairs

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Avoid the Financial Burden of Unexpected Roof Repairs |

Having to replace the roof on your home is a serious affair. Even if you choose to do the work yourself and buy the cheapest materials available, it can still cost thousands of dollars and many hours of grueling, dangerous labor. So, rather than only worrying about your roof when leaks start to show up after years of neglect, take the time to do some regular maintenance.

Even tile, slate, and metal roofs don’t necessarily last forever if they aren’t taken good care of. But, a well-maintained roof should last you between twenty and thirty years, depending on its composition. Here’s a short list of things that you can do to ensure that you’re getting as much longevity out of your roof as you possibly can.

Keep Your Shingles or Tiles in Good Shape

Get up on your roof at least once a year and inspect the quality of your shakes, shingles, tiles, or other roofing materials. Be safe while you are up there, and if you don’t believe that you can accomplish the inspection safely, then hire a professional to do it for you.

Replace any cracked or broken tiles, shingles, or shakes. Try to color-match any replacement roofing materials that you use, and remember it’s always a good idea to buy extra materials when you replace a roof. Last, be sure to re-anchor any loose roofing materials.

Inspect Your Chimneys, Replace Missing or Cracked Sealant and Damaged Flashing

While you are conducting your yearly roof inspection and maintenance, it is a good idea to take a good look at your chimneys, too. Inspect the chimneys and plumbing vents that emerge from your roof to make sure that they are not blocked or failing in some way.

Take a close look at where each of your chimneys and vents emerges from your roof. Inspect the flashing and sealants used to integrate them into the water flow off your roof, looking for cracks or other damage. Also, inspect the junction point of anything mounted to your roof—cooling units, telecom or television equipment, and any skylights.

Keep Your Gutters Clean and Your Roof Free of Tree Litter

It is a good idea to inspect and clean your gutters at least twice per year: once before the fall season, and once before the spring. Accumulated leaves, tree branches, and other detritus can damage the eaves and overhangs of your roof if water backs up behind them during a strong rain.

Make sure that you remove any downed tree branches from your roof as soon as possible. Do not let serious snow accumulation damage your roof either, especially if it is not pitched to handle such heavy loads. Also, make sure that you do not let moss, ivy or other plant material grow on your roof, as the root systems of such plants can cause irreparable damage.

Get the Maximum Amount of Years From Your Roof

Time and elements will eventually have their way with your roof. But, with a little due diligence and either a little elbow grease or the (comparatively) small expense of hiring a roof maintenance professional, you should be able to get two to three decades out of most roofing materials.

One last thing — never try to save money by roofing over old materials. Doing so decreases the life of the new materials, and increases the cost of eventually replacing the roof. It also increases the weight of your roof and makes it more likely to fail during severe weather events.