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What Can be Done to Remove the Smell of Smoke in a Wantagh Home?

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

smoke entering room under door; fire seen under door Smoke and soot travel throughout your home. SERVPRO has the know how to restore and deodorize your fire damaged home.

SERVPRO Helps Wantagh Homeowners Eliminate Fire Damage, Including its Smell

Most fires leave a trail behind. Even when you burn your breakfast toast, its smell lingers longer than most would think. Smoke particles travel easily throughout your home and settle upon every piece of furniture, curtain, and corner. Despite your best efforts, eliminating the acrid smell left behind by a fire is a job for a professional crew.

SERVPRO leads in fire damage restoration in Wantagh. Our expert team has access to industry-grade cleaning products and equipment to assist in the cleanup and deodorization of your home. For the restoration process to succeed, we typically need to take several steps to neutralize and eliminate smell molecules. Some of the steps crucial to the process include-

  • Cleaning your home of all soot and ashes contributing to the smell.
  • Use of thermal fogging to permeate all surfaces with deodorizing solutions.
  • Apply specialized sealant to some external areas to capture the odor and prevent its spread.

Having several cleaning and restoration options is essential to a job well done. 

When in need, call SERVPRO of Bellmore/Wantagh at (516) 809-9600 and let us leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

Protecting Hardwood Floors After Flood Damage to a Wantagh Home

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

Water damaged hardwood floor Have storms caused your hardwood floors to become damaged? Call SERVPRO for fast and effective remediation.

SERVPRO has the Expertise Needed to Dry and Restore Floors in Wantagh

Flood damage is overwhelming at face value, and when homeowners take inventory of each item affected by floodwaters, it gets even worse. Although some things are relatively simple to replace (bookcase, couch, etc.), others require a little bit more work. For instance, Hardwood floors benefit from a professional water restoration team's expertise.

Flood Damage to a Wantagh Home is Manageable With the Right Crew at Your Side

SERVPRO has the training and equipment necessary to address each facet of the Wantagh storm damage while striving to minimize your loss. Flooring material can absorb water and leave moisture trapped beneath it, which is why industrial-grade equipment is crucial to a successful restoration job. When you call our technicians, you can expect a professional approach to achieve the following-

  • Removal of standing water 
  • Drying of floors and subfloors and elimination of pieces beyond repair
  • Humidity control throughout the home
  • Application of disinfecting solutions

SERVPRO of Bellmore/Wantagh is vested in making the impact of the flood a distant memory. Call us at (516) 809-9600 and let our certified team bring the best of the industry into your home.

 

Can a Wantagh Home Survive Water Damage?

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

heavy rain on roof Be sure an inspect your roof for signs of wear and tear to help prevent the need for water removal services.

SERVPRO Provides Specialty Drying Solutions to Wantagh Homeowners

A trip to Wantagh on the Long Island Railroad takes you into a town with historic relevance dating as far as George Washington's Long Island tour. Before the American Revolution and indeed European settlements in the area, the Merokee inhabited the area. History establishes the Jackson and Seaman families as some of the oldest settlers, and their names are still associated with landmarks throughout the town. 

Wantagh is commonly known as "The Gateway to Jones Beach." Although the area focused mainly on farming until the early 20th century, two events marked its deviation from a rural community. Sunrise Highway and Jones Beach's construction solidified the town as a tourist destination and a viable suburban option. The culmination of the Long Island Railroad project in 1968 added connectivity to those searching for a home in Wantagh.

Jones Beach State Park is well-known to many, and for a good reason. Just south of Wantagh, it is miles of white sandy beaches, a boardwalk, restaurants, swimming pools, and countless entertainment options. The Jones Beach Theater also draws visitors looking for artistic performances, as do the roller-skating rink, playground, and sports fields. Arriving by car is simple, as is biking on the trail adjacent to Wantagh Parkway. A little over four miles long, cyclists can enjoy the path and safely stow their bikes on the available bike racks while they explore the Park.

Transportation in Wantagh

Moving around Wantagh is quite simple, whether you are staying in the area or want to venture to neighbor communities. Below are some of the often-used services-

  • The Long Island Railroad, featuring trains to Penn Station, taking you into New York City in about 45 minutes.
  • Shuttles to JFK have you within easy access to numerous international destinations.
  • Bus service runs along the main thoroughfare and connects Wantagh with nearby towns.

No matter if you are a history fan, an avid angler, or seeking suburban life close to a big city, Wantagh may be your answer. Let the beauty of the area be the backdrop to your family life.

Controlling Excess Humidity in Wantagh Homes

Proximity to the water and the age of many homes in Wantagh make the area vulnerable to water damage. A leaky roof or a poorly sealed window can allow humidity levels to rise and trigger unwanted consequences. Each surface in your home has specific needs during the water extraction process, but we are ready with the best in the industry, including-

  • Freeze drying
  • Wand extraction
  • Injecti-dry technology
  • Drying mats

Natural materials, laminates, and even paper products have the potential of being restored if the proper tools and techniques are applied. At SERVPRO of Bellmore/Wantagh, we are ready to bring the best in the industry into your home. Call us at (516) 809-9600 and let our professionals leave your home "Like it never even happened."

Meet Some Adorable Critters Near Wantagh This January

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Wantagh Residents Of All Ages Will Love White Post Farm’s Petting Zoo

If you are looking for something fun to do with the family near Wantagh this January, look no further than White Post Farm’s Petting Zoo. Kids will love getting up close with adorable animals, including giraffes, lemurs, marmosets, and potbellied pigs.

  • Meet and feed the friendly goats.
  • Use coin-operated feeding stations to feed the curious squirrel monkeys.
  • Get up close to lorikeets, lovebirds, budgies, and cockatiels who are tame enough to land on your hand.
  • Ride a pony and have your photo taken with it (please note the maximum weight is 65 lbs per rider.)

White Post Farm is currently open from 10 AM – 4 PM daily. The petting zoo is open from 10 AM – 4 PM on the weekends. Admission is $19.95, and pony rides and feed bags are at an additional cost.

Mold thrives in damp, enclosed spaces, whether on the farm or at home. If you see signs of mold damage, call SERVPRO of Bellmore / Wantagh at (516) 809-9600.

Bellmore Is The Perfect Base For Fun On Long Island

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

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From Historic Sites To Family Fun, You Will Find It All Near Bellmore

Bellmore is a lovely little hamlet on Long Island that has a long history. As far back as 1643, Bellmore was already established as a farming and fishing town. Back then, it was known as “New Bridge” and “Little Neck.” The majority of Bellmore settlers were Englishmen who had crossed Long Island Sound, including Preston Bowman, John Smith, and John Bedell.

In 1867 a railroad was built in the area, and the station was given the arbitrary name of Bellmore. Soon Little Neck and New Bridge were growing towards the railroad, and so both communities merged and adopted the name of Bellmore. The name became official in 1900, the same year the post office was established. By 1920 the hamlet had grown to a population of 3000 people, and there were several stores in the town.

These days the hamlet has a population of 16,218 and is a popular New York commuter town. It is also an ideal spot for visitors, providing a base for exploring Long Island and easy access to NYC. There are beaches and nature walks nearby, so whether you are looking for the bustle of city life or a relaxing break away from it all, you are sure to find something to love in Bellmore.

Meet The Local Fauna At Wildlife Attractions

Visiting families will love the range of wildlife attractions available near Bellmore, including:

  • Queens County Farm Museum, which sits on New York’s last undisturbed tract of farmland. Visitors can meet livestock, visit the orchards and greenhouses, and even feed the goats.
  • Queens Zoo is home to a wide range of beautiful and fascinating creatures, including alligators, bison, lynx, sea lions, bears, and elk.
  • White Post Animal Farm is a petting zoo where you can meet and even touch parakeets, ponies, marmosets, and more.

Take A Step Back In Time At Historic Sites

The Bellmore area is home to many historic sites, including Sagamore Hill, which was home to Theodore Roosevelt, and the Vanderbilt museum and planetarium.

No visit to local historic sites would be complete without a trip to Coney Island. It is just over an hour from Bellmore but well worth taking a trip out to see.

Coney Island first started getting popular as a resort in the 1830s and 1840s. It was far enough away from Brooklyn to give residents the feeling that they had been on a proper vacation, and close enough to Manhattan to provide all the excitement of visiting the big city. The advent of carriage routes and steamships meant traveling from the Brooklyn area to Coney Island was much quicker than previously, and the area became an increasingly popular destination.

In 1868, William A. Engeman started building the Brighton Beach resort. With a luxury hotel and a bathing pavilion, the resort soon attracted middle and upper-middle-class visitors to the area. By the time of the Second World War, Coney Island boasted three amusement parks and was well established as a beloved destination for those seeking sea, sun, and fun. The area fell into some decline after the war but saw a resurgence in the late 20th century and remains a popular destination for visitors from far and wide.

If you visit Coney Island, be sure to stop by these historic fairground rides, which all have Landmark status:

  • The B & B Carousell (that is how its creator spelled the name, and it is still spelled that way today) is a traditional carousel. The carousel was built around 1906 and featured a traditional fairground organ. 
  • The Coney Island Cyclone is a wooden roller coaster that opened in 1927. It is one of the oldest wooden roller coasters that is still operational today and the only operational wooden model in New York. It might be old, but it still provides plenty of thrills, including an 85 ft (26 m), 58-degree drop.
  • The Wonder Wheel is a steel Ferris wheel that opened in 1920. It can carry 144 riders and features both stationary and rocking cars.

Bellmore and Long Island Have Seen Their Share Of Fire

There have been several historic fires in the area. Some of these took place at Coney Island, and others in the Long Island Central Pine Barrens:

  • In 1995 there was a series of brush fires in the Pine Barrens. The fire closed the Sunrise Highway, burned 7000 acres of land, and threatened multiple homes and businesses. More than 400 people had to evacuate their families, and the fire wreaked havoc on the tourist economy, although thankfully, no lives were lost.
  • In 2012 a brush fire in the Pine Barrens burned 2000 acres and closed down the Long Island Expressway. It took 600 firefighters with 30 brush trucks, assisted by water drops from the New York Police, to contain the fire.
  • Coney Island has suffered multiple catastrophic fires. Steeplechase, Dreamland, and Luna Park amusement parks were destroyed or partially destroyed by fire in the early 20th century. These fires contributed to Coney Island’s decline before its more recent revival.

SERVPRO Helps Local Businesses Handle Fire Damage

The Coney Island amusement park owners learned to their peril how quickly a fire could destroy a business. SERVPRO was not around to help in 1904, but these days we are on hand to support local businesses with reliable fire damage mitigation.

Our Emergency READY Plan (ERP) helps businesses plan for the worst. Download the free app, set up an account, and follow the on-screen instructions to set up your ERP. You will be able to enter essential information such as who to contact and what to do in an emergency, and you can establish SERVPRO as your go-to fire damage mitigation company. That means that you can get in touch with us quickly in an emergency, and we can respond swiftly.

We understand that time is of the essence after a disaster. Your ERP helps you get up and running quickly and helps cut down on the losses your business will experience as a result of a fire.

Our skilled technicians take care of everything from securing your building to cleaning up soot and overseeing contents, cleaning, and building repairs. We also deodorize your premises.

If you are concerned about the fire damage to your business, SERVPRO of Bellmore / Wantagh is here to help. Call us today at (516) 809-9600.

Take Your Family To A Woodland Playground Near Bellmore This January

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

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Kids In the Bellmore Area Will Love Some Outdoor Fun

Even when the weather turns wintry, it is nice to get out of the house for some fresh air and exercise. Sands Point Preserve stands in a magnificent 216-acre park, and the stunning mansion was the inspiration for East Egg in The Great Gatsby.

However, you do not need a black-tie or a cocktail dress to enjoy their woodland playground.

  • Play on a cedar castle with turrets, tunnels, a spiral slide, and climbing walls.
  • Zoom down the zip line.
  • Explore swings and spinners, a geodesic dome, and a tetherball.

Admission costs $15 per car, and walk-in entries are $4 per person. The park is open from 11 AM to 5 PM Wednesday through Saturday and 9 AM to 5 PM on Sundays.

The woodland playground is open come rain or shine. However, water can do more damage at home than it can in the park. If you are concerned about water damage, call SERVPRO of Bellmore / Wantagh at (516) 809-9600.

Take Wantagh Gingerbread House Building to a New Level

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

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Adventureland Offers a Fun Getaway for Wantagh Families

Adventureland on Broadhollow Road in Farmingdale is holding a Ginger Bells event that lets Wantagh families built veritable gingerbread mansions. December 19 time slots run from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Guest capacity is limited to 35% (or up to 150 guests at a time) per house building session.

Individual tickets cost $49.95 per person and include:

  • Time to build and decorate your very own gingerbread house
  • A complimentary meal of chicken tenders, French fries, and a soft drink of your choice
  • Meeting Santa Claus and taking a family photo with him
  • Four ride tickets per person for the Holiday Train, Christmas Carousel, Helicopters, and NYC Race
  • VIP and group packages are also available

Adventureland staff adhere to CDC guidelines to preserve public health and safety while allowing families an outlet for holiday fun. Photos taken with Santa Claus can be delivered digitally via Facebook.

SERVPRO of Bellmore / Wantagh provides emergency-response groundwater removal for Wantagh homeowners 24 hours a day, seven days a week when they call (516) 809-9600.

New York’s Best Sneaker Convention is a Short Drive from Bellmore

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

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Bellmore Sneaker Collectors Can Check Out This New York Convention

Sneaker Fest 2020 is mere days away and only a short drive from Bellmore. The convention opens at the Long Island Sports Complex on Mill Road in Freeport on December 13 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The event houses over 100 vendors and expects over 500 attendees interested in fashion and collectible sneaker culture.

Brands showcased during this fashion- and sportswear-oriented event includes the following:

  • Yeezy
  • Adidas
  • Balenciaga
  • Supreme
  • Jordan

Other brands expected at the show include Nike, A Bathing Ape, and Virgil Abloh’s Off-White.

Sneaker Fest 2020 attendees are welcome to bring children, and kids under age ten receive free admission. Masks are to be worn at all times, and hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the venue. Temperature checks are performed at the door before entry.

SERVPRO of Bellmore / Wantagh protects Bellmore businesses with commercial mold remediation services. Call (516) 809-9600 to begin the cleanup process for your property.

SERVPRO Technicians Sanitize Bellmore Homes to IICRC Standards

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

Hurricane Sandy destroyed the Jersey pier. If you have storm damage to your home. Give the professionals at SERVPRO a call to get your home back to preloss condition in no time.

Call (516) 809-9600 for Fast-Acting Disaster Cleanup and Restoration in Bellmore

The Nassau County hamlet of Bellmore is a coastal getaway just east of Manhattan. It is home to approximately 20,000 residents as of 2010. This New York City suburb is situated along the southern coast of Long Island and, when grouped with North Bellmore and Merrick, is referred to as “The Bellmores.”

Bellmore got its start as two small fishing and agricultural settlements: Little Neck and New Bridge. Much of the Bellmores were occupied by English settlers. Development increased dramatically in the nineteenth century after a railroad was built in the region. The railroad station had been named Bellmore, but the town was not officially incorporated under that name until a local post office was established.

Prominent people who have hailed from or lived in Bellmore include:

  • Former CIA director William Casey
  • Taking Back Sunday frontman Adam Lazzara
  • New York Rangers player Matt Gilroy
  • Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actress Tatyana Marisol Ali
  • Yemeni-American YouTube sensation Adam Mohsin Yahya Saleh

Bellmore is also home to an important Supreme Court ruling on Ginsberg v. New York. This case cemented the state’s right to intervene in the interest of regulating adult materials to prevent distribution to minors.

The Indigenous Peoples of the Bellmores

Long Island, including Bellmore, was occupied by thirteen tribes at the dawn of seventeenth-century European colonization of the Americas. Many of these names may be recognizable as namesakes of modern-day New York locales. The indigenous peoples occupying this land originally were:

  • Canarsie, Nissequoge, and Merrick
  • Montauk, Manhasset, and Rockaway
  • Matinecock, Secatoag, and Massapequa
  • Corchaug, Setauket, Shinnecock, and Patchoag

In the relatively-recent Renneiu language, Long Island was referred to as Paumanok, or “The Land That Pays Tribute.” The tribes in this region thrived primarily on hunting, fishing, and foraging. However, some crops, such as corn and beans, were also cultivated. Game and fish in the early days of Paumanok was plentiful and included:

  • Venison, raccoon, and bear
  • Turkey, quail, duck, partridge, and goose
  • Freshwater and saltwater fish, as well as crustaceans

The widely-accepted currency among many Long Island tribes was wampum, or shells strung on sinew or adhered to elm bark. European settlers fomented a peaceful dialogue with the indigenous peoples of Long Island and eventually purchased land from them. Many tribes also helped colonists learn to hunt, gather, farm, and fish in the New World.

However, not all relations were equally amicable. While Amerindian tribes peacefully traded with most English settlements, Dutch fur trading outposts often proved more combative. A smallpox epidemic in the 1650s wiped out almost two-thirds of the Long Island tribes. The expansion of European lands and farming had driven most of the remaining inhabitants of Paumanok toward the mainland by the mid-1700s.

Climate and Flooding in Bellmore

Bellmore sees more precipitation than the annual US average of 38 inches but slightly less snow than the national average. The totals clock in at 46 inches of rain and 23 inches of snow. Bellmore also averages 169 rainy days and 125 days of precipitation per year. Flooding and flash floods are relatively common in this part of Long Island due to Bellmore’s proximity to the coast and the above-average rain levels.

Low-elevation neighborhoods like those south of Merrick Road are more vulnerable to the effects of potential flooding. One prominent example is the record-breaking 2012 Hurricane Sandy; a superstorm flooded south Bellmore and Merrick with three to six feet of water. 85-mile per hour gusts caused considerable property damage to home siding, decks, and fences, not to mention damage from felled trees.

Bellmore saw the effects of Hurricane Sandy before it even made landfall in New Jersey. The downpour quickly flooded storm drains and roads in the early morning hours on October 29, 2012. The flooding subsided somewhat until the evening that day before resurging and flooding residential areas in Bellmore-Merrick, including most of Merrick Road’s business district. Superstorm Sandy also caused massive traffic jams and power outages that saturated and submerged cars and single-story buildings at the peak of the flooding, aggravated by an 11-foot storm surge.

How Do SERVPRO Technicians Restore the Contents of a Flood-Damaged Home in Bellmore?

SERVPRO provides rapid-response flood damage mitigation for Bellmore properties and their contents to minimize loss and maximize savings whenever it is safe and feasible. This restoration-focused approach minimizes replacement while ensuring that your home is cleaned to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards.

SERVPRO professionals can perform a multitude of tasks aimed at restoring salvageable belongings in your home after a flood, including:

  • Pack-outs allow technicians to carefully document and move your property offsite to a designated SERVPRO warehouse for cleaning and restoration. This process also helps homeowners bolster their proof of loss claim. Inventory can be taken on paper or electronically
  • Document and electronics restoration services are also feasible. Documents are frozen while deciding the best method for drying to prevent further water damage or staining, while electronics can be sanitized and serviced by licensed professionals
  • Wood furniture and antiques can be carefully sanitized and restored. If additional care outside of the scope of SERVPRO services is needed, SERVPRO can help homeowners get in touch with licensed professionals that can assist them

Some items are automatically considered losses in a flood situation, including mattresses, insulation made of cellulose or cotton, and carpeting. These items cannot safely be returned to a preloss state and are much more cost-effective to replace instead of repair.

SERVPRO of Bellmore / Wantagh provides Faster To Any Size Disaster service for homeowners 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including all holidays. Call (516) 809-9600 to begin the restoration process within hours of your initial contact.

Safe Entertainment During the Fall and Winter Months

11/20/2020 (Permalink)

Male SERVPRO owner in front of the logo It will be exciting to see the community at the Bellmore Playhouse!

The Bellmore Playhouse Opens its Doors to Provide a Safe and Entertaining Option for Young and Old

Many of us spent most of 2020 avoiding crowds and finding entertainment in outdoor venues around Bellmore. As beautiful as our region is, there is a moment in which venturing into the cold for recreation seems overwhelming and counterintuitive. Luckily, the Bellmore Playhouse is ready to host its patrons in a safe setting while providing options for adults and families. When you visit this venue, you can expect-

  • Showings of classic and independent films
  • Comfortable seating in easily accessible theaters
  • A picturesque walk through Bedford Ave. where you can stop for a snack or meal as part of your movie outing

In November and December, you are invited to watch movies such as “The Croods: A New Age,” “Monster Hunter,” “Happiest Season,” and “Death on the Nile.” Each movie going experience is bound to be unique and welcome to break the past few months’ monotonies.

SERVPRO of Bellmore/Wantagh is committed to protecting our community organizations, such as the Playhouse, as much as we are committed to protecting your home. Whenever you need water removal or restoration services, call us at (516) 809-9600 and let us leave the premises, “Like it never even happened.”