Recent Storm Damage Posts

How Difficult Is It to Remove Flood Water from My Wantagh Home?

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

A basement floor with standing water. When a storm catches your Wantagh home by surprise, call SERVPRO.

For Professional, Thorough Water Removal in Your Wantagh Home, Call SERVPRO

Flooding can affect every home in our community. A clear sky today can turn into a major storm by tomorrow, sending water through Wantagh entire neighborhoods, affecting everything from basements to attics. 

What Kind of Damage Can I Expect from the Flood?

Flood damage to Wantagh homes can include cracked and split floorboards, ruined carpets, crumbling drywall, and even mold when the floodwater is not removed quickly and structural property not cleaned professionally. SERVPRO technicians train extensively with the latest equipment to restore these, and other, items to their pre-flood condition. 

What are the First Steps Technicians Take in My Home?

Since this is floodwater, it contains soil and other contaminants. Technicians spray the water and all affected surfaces in your home with an antibacterial agent to reduce the health risk to everyone who has to step inside. After that, team members take the following steps:

  • Inspect every room and space that took on the water; this includes the attic if there was damage to the roof. If the insulation was soaked by the water, we remove and replace it after cleaning the floor and drying the crawlspace completely.
  • Bring in commercial-grade pumps and extractors to draw the floodwater off the floors, out of carpets, and from between floorboards. Since we cannot guarantee a clean carpet after a flood, technicians immediately remove them for disposal. 

With the Floodwater removed, what is next?

SERVPRO technicians bring in fans to begin forcing the damp air out of the home. Once set up, they use air movers and dehumidifiers to draw moisture out of wood floors and drywall. This preserves the structural property and reduces the amount that team members have to replace. 

If a recent storm has sent any water into your home, call SERVPRO of Bellmore / Wantagh at (516) 809-9600 today. We are here to help you restore your home to its pre-flood condition. 

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How Can I Clean Up the Flood Damage in My Bellmore Home?

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded living room If you suspect your home needs flood damage restoration services, don't wait.

SERVPRO is Here to Help You When Your Home Suffers Flood Damage!

Living on Long Island puts you adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean and opens up your home up to the possibility of flood damage. In particular, harsh storms can wrack your home with significant damage and leave you confused about the best course of action.

What Should I Do if a Storm Causes Water Damage in My House?
Imagine going to sleep and then waking up to find your bathroom floor covered in water. You did not think much of the rain pouring throughout the night because you forgot that you left the small ventilation window open in your bathroom. Unfortunately, the open window allowed for water to soak the windowsill and floor. You must get help for your home as soon as possible because flood damage in Bellmore should never be left to sit.

What Are Some Signs of Flood Damage?
Water has a way of getting under every nook and cranny. Wood has a habit of absorbing water and swelling, causing splitting, cracking, and bubbling. Furthermore, should flood damage sit too long, it can begin to create other problems, such as mold damage. Always strive to address damage as soon as it happens, to avoid problems such as:

    •    Swelling wooden floors, vanities, and cabinets
    •    Swelling wooden framing
    •    Soaked insulation between walls
    •    Soaked baseboard underneath flooring

How Can SERVPRO Remediate the Damage in My Bathroom?
Our Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration-certified (IICRC) technicians can rush to your home after your initial phone call equipped with advanced equipment designed to remediate the damage inside of your home. We can begin as soon as possible and use devices and tools such as:

    •    Flood drying mats
    •    Extractors
    •    Dehumidifiers
    •    Antimicrobial agents

If you suspect your home needs flood damage restoration services, don't wait. Speak with SERVPRO of Bellmore / Wantagh by calling (516) 809-9600. We're here to help.

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Winning Strategies to Restore Your Flood Damaged Wantagh Home

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

Flood damaged basement. Standing water on floor When floodwaters invaded this home, SERVPRO answered the call. We quickly dried and restored the home.

How Flood Damage Can Affect your Wantagh Residence and How to Handle it

Flood damage can happen in your home because of a host of reasons, including hurricanes, storms, or a leaking roof during a torrential downpour. Flooding can affect many areas of your home, and it is challenging to clean up the debris and remove the water and moisture. Therefore, it is vital to call a restoration company to deal with the disaster.

Where there is flood damage in your Wantagh home, you and your family can face many hazards. For instance, water from heavy rain can cause the ceiling to sag. Contaminated water in your home can expose your family to health risks. The other ways that flooding can affect your home and life include:

  • Structural damage
  • Electrical system damage
  • Blocked sewage and drainage systems
  • Emotional hardship

When disaster strikes, it is vital to be safe. Significant flooding can even force you to relocate temporarily. If you need to enter your house, wear protective clothing like gumboots and gloves to avoid getting electrocuted or coming into contact with harmful chemicals, sharp glass or metal, and sewage.

Taking fast action can prevent floodwater from seeping further into your home. An experienced restoration company such as SERVPRO can offer speedy remediation to restore your home to its preloss condition. We can remove all furniture and other valuable belongings from the vicinity of floodwater to reduce water absorption and to pave the way for efficient water extraction. We have advanced equipment like self-priming trash pumps that remove floodwater effectively.

High moisture content in the air can cause the paint to peel and encourage mold growth in areas that did not flood. We offer quick drying services using air movers and dehumidifiers. This equipment expedites the drying process by eliminating moisture from structural materials and contents. We can also evaluate the effects of flood damage on contents and organize for the restoration of salvageable items.

Our SERVPRO crew can also use antimicrobial products to treat your property after cleaning the contaminated surfaces. Antimicrobial products work better as disinfectants when they contact microorganisms on clean surfaces. Our skilled staff ensures the efficient and smooth remediation and restoration process. We can make the flood damage look “Like it never even happened.”

When you experience flood damage, you need to hire a certified restoration company. SERVPRO of Bellmore / Wantagh can help you in removing the floodwater, drying, and sanitizing your home. Contact us any time any day at (516) 809-9600 for quick remediation services.

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Excessive Flood Damage In Your Bellmore Home

2/7/2020 (Permalink)

flood damage caused by ice dam If you ever notice that water has leaked into your house after an ice dam forms, call SERVPRO of Bellmore / Wantagh.

Ice Dams Can Cause Excessive Flood Damage In Bellmore

During the wintertime, it is possible that the Bellmore region could see a significant amount of snowfall. Once more than one snowstorm hits, sleet and ice can build up on your roof and eventually cause you extensive flood damage. When a large amount of frozen rain falls onto your roof, it can cause a section of snow to freeze up.

In some cases, the flood damage inside your Bellmore home could have been caused by an ice dam. An ice dam can occur when the snow on the edge of your roof freezes and turns into a solid block of ice. When this occurs, the phenomena is considered an "ice dam" because of how it blocks liquid H2O and keeps it from flowing off of your roof. Once the natural flow of water gets blocked, moisture can then soak into your roof and find its way into your structure.

Ice dams get caused by the surface temperatures of your roof not being uniform. When ice dams form a loss of heat from the house, the amount of snow cover and the outdoor temperatures all play a role. In order for the water to get blocked by ice, there must be a section of the roof that remains below freezing for some time and an area of the roof that is above freezing.

If an ice dam stays on the edges of your roof for too long, it could eventually saturate your structural components, such as your roofing materials or trusses. Once exterior materials get saturated, water can find its way into your attic and then possibly flow into your structure from the ceiling. Whenever dealing with problems caused by ice dams, our SERVPRO technicians know that the moisture will be coming from the top of the building and heading down.

If moisture stays inside your wooden structural components for too long, it is possible that mold could form. However, if the moisture inside your home gets removed by a professional company such as SERVPRO promptly, secondary problems can be prevented.

If you ever notice that water has leaked into your house after an ice dam forms, call SERVPRO of Bellmore / Wantagh at (516) 809-9600 24/7. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Winter Storm Damage can Lead to Additional Problems Affecting Your Seaford Home

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

Infrared Device After a storm, you will need the professionals to assist with storm damage on your property. Call us any time.

Thorough Water Damage Restoration in Your Seaford Home Can Prevent Further Damage

As the last storm blows cold, damp air around your Seaford residence, and your family stays warm and dry inside, the shell or envelope of your home works hard to maintain this interior environment. Modern building techniques allow for the exchange of air to aid proper ventilation while still keeping moisture from entering your property. Harsh weather can cause physical changes to the exterior that affect the interior, and your family’s comfort, later.

When winds gust through narrowed spaces between homes and buildings in your Seaford neighborhood, storm damage can happen when trees fall on your house, siding or gutters loosen or twist, or when flooding because of backed-up drains or streets clogged with debris occurs. A single storm is capable of creating different problems at a single time. SERVPRO can help with scalable services and get your home restored. “Like it never even happened.”     

A fallen tree can rip either wide gashes in your roof or make what seems minimal damage to shingles. Rainwater that enters attics or upper floors, either in large rivulets or tiny trickles, travels downward, dampening building materials and personal belongings. Immediate damage can happen, especially to books, wall hangings, and art. 

Even without seeing such destruction, undetected problems might develop. Damp conditions lead to dry rotting of wood frames, mold infestations, and overworked HVAC systems. SERVPRO technicians use infrared technology to pinpoint these dampened places and then follow-up with moisture meters that reveal how high the moisture content is elevated.

Finding these areas assists us in keeping costs low for you. When we dry only what needs our attention, we also can finish much faster than if we had dried your entire house and its contents. Our goal is to provide you with service tailored to your specific situation and restore as much as possible, reducing the need to replace as many items as we can.

Call SERVPRO of Bellmore / Wantagh at (516) 809-9600 when storms and flooding damage your North Bellmore, North Wantagh, or South Bellmore house and its contents. We can work with you to make things safe and habitable again, quickly, and affordably.

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When Floodwaters Enter Your Bellmore Home

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded street. High water and road closed sign Storms can bring floodwater and storm damage. The professionals at SERVPRO are always on call to handle your water damage restoration needs.

Call SERVPRO when You Need Swift Removal of Flood Water from Your Bellmore Home 

When water from the East Bay gets pushed into Bellmore, neighborhoods in the area can find themselves underwater. Basements can trap water, especially if electrical outages happen. Sump pumps might tip over during the initial incident from the force of the water, leaving them unable to perform typically.  

Once this happens to your house in Bellmore, the faster flood water removal happens, the less impact your family experiences overall. SERVPRO's specialists can help your family recover from any amount of flooding because our services are scalable to fit your needs, no matter where floodwater sits inside your house.  

Getting the water removed from your house happens quickly with our extraction equipment. We use the power of our truck-mounted pump to boost our InjectiDry mats, submersible pumps, and mid-size units. Depending on the type of extractor we use, the water removed from your property range from a few gallons to over a hundred gallons per minute. 

When we remove floodwater from a property, we  use highly efficient water extraction equipment sized to the specific area we are working on at that time. We also use high tech devices to help us find trapped pockets of water. These areas, if left alone, might become the starting point of microbial infestations, seep into areas otherwise assumed dry and cause water damage, and continue to create odors or cause problems with your electrical system. 

Our infrared imaging devices reveal hidden floodwater and our moisture meters and other moisture monitoring equipment show when your property achieves appropriately dry conditions. Because moisture content readings are essential in providing you with industry-standard service, our moisture readers play a role from start to finish.  

To get there, we do more than extract the water and rinse your floors, remove damaged, waterlogged drywall sections for the future reinstallation of new materials, and deodorize your home. We also bring in highly efficient air movers to keep evaporated water in the air so our desiccant machines can trap it and force wet air outside on warmer days. During the winter, however, this is often counter-productive. Our team is highly trained and utilizes the most effective approaches to get your house restored "Like it never even happened."  

SERVPRO of Bellmore / Wantagh also coves neighborhoods in and near Seaford, Levittown, and Merrick when residents need flood water removed from their property. Call (516) 809-9600 for fast service from skilled mitigators. 

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We Have The State Of The Art Equipment To Restore Your Seaford Home After A Flood

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

A "flood-cut" by our technicians minimized the demolition as our equipment worked hard to dry out the affected areas of the house.

What to Expect With Storm and Flood Damage Cleanup in Seaford

From the look of a home after it has a large amount of storm and flood damage, you might not feel that the house could return to its preloss condition. With the right equipment and restoration knowledge, it absolutely can. 

When SERVPRO handles storm and flood damage to homes in Seaford, we arrive quickly after the initial call. A statistic from FEMA states a mere inch of floodwater in your home can result in an average of $27,000 in loss to the property. To further compound the issue, groundwater carries a rating as a category three biohazard. It ruins most porous things it comes into contact with and is unsafe for humans and pets. Our technicians test the water to determine the nature of any toxins or sewage and wear protective gear during mitigation to avoid any kind of contamination.

Common actions include: 

  • Removal of debris brought in by flood damage.
  • Controlled demolition techniques to remove damaged sheetrock
  • It is common for delamination of tile to occur as most adhesives are unable to hold through prolonged exposure to excessive moisture.
  • Removal of all the damaged room items such as carpet, padding, trim, and baseboards as needed. 

If the material that makes up the baseboards is hardwood, they may have the potential for cleaning and reuse on a case by case basis. As we remove items from the house, they are photographed and cataloged for use by the homeowner to expedite their loss claim. We also document and photograph possessions that have restoration potential. Our exclusive Contents Claim Inventory System (CCIS) report is designed to lessen the stress on property owners during the insurance claim process.

SERVPRO has several different types of moisture detection equipment, and one of the most beneficial for scoping damaged sheetrock is our thermal imaging so we can easily find waterlines and leave undamaged building materials intact. Water extraction and drying happen as fast as possible to minimize damage. Afterward, our technicians clean and disinfect all water-affected surfaces remaining in the property. 

Floodwater has its own distinctive scent that often needs help to go away. If there are any residual water odors, we address those from among many different applications ranging from gel pellets for light scents to ultra-low-volume fogging to neutralize more intense odors.

SERVPRO of Bellmore / Wantagh at (516) 809-9600 is ready to assist residents with cleanup and restoration services from storm and flood damage and make it, "Like it never even happened."

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How to Dry Your Flooded Wantagh Basement

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

When storm water enters your basement, call SERVPRO. We have the equipment and training to dry your house fast.

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Mitigating Flood Damage in Basement Areas of Wantagh Residence 

After a flood, families in Wantagh who once enjoyed the extra space their basement provided begin to worry about the damages flooding can cause in their home's lowest living or storage space and how their belongings might suffer. Our job includes helping you get through the confusion with less stress while we restore your property through mitigation and restoration. Pointing you in the right direction for extra help from the community makes an enormous difference in how your family recovers after a disaster involving significant loss and change.

We have extensive experience working with the community in Wantagh in resolving disastrous situations like flood damage to all types of properties. Some properties contain both residential and commercial elements, and we work with all our customers, so when we complete the job, everything looks "Like it never even happened."

Arriving shortly after your initial call, we come prepared with our Green Fleet loaded with a wide assortment of hoses, extraction equipment, drying machines, foggers, and other tools needed to mitigate the damaged areas in your home. Our mitigation professionals hold certificates from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), ensuring that your walls, floors, and even the air inside your property all receive proper attention, according to industry standards.

When flooded basements do not drain because of clogged drains, coupled with damaged sump pumps, we handle the extraction required. Removing sediment covering your basement floor as a team means we clear the area quickly. Furniture, boxes, and crates of stored belongings and affected appliances require inspection, as well as some cleaning, before deciding on each item's prognosis.

Some things do become irreparably damaged from flooding, but we always do our best to restore as much as possible. We always discuss with you the reasons why any of your belongings require disposal. We list these as requiring replacement to help you with your insurance claim, as well as the task of finding suitable replacements. Cleaning damaged but restorable items happened either at your home, if possible, or at our facility.

Airing the basement out with air movers and flexible tubing also removes spores and other airborne microbes. As our equipment pushes air toward air scrubbers and into desiccant machines, the air loses both water vapor and contaminants, steadily becoming cleaner and drier. We also perform this within other levels of your home, where necessary.

SERVPRO of Bellmore / Wantagh can perform cost-effective flood damage mitigation for residents in Merrick and Seaford. Call our service line at (516) 809-9600, 24/7, any day of the year.

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Let Our Certified Technicians Restore You Seaford Home After Flood Damage

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

Stormwater can quickly wick up into sheetrock rendering it non-salvageable. Our technicians can do a "flood cut" that limits the demolition.

Black Water Emergencies caused by Flood Damage in Seaford

Heavy rainfall during the year can result in nearby road overflow. In some cases, these flood waters can enter your property causing significant damages. Older sewer systems can often become backed up by the increased level of rainfall. We provide emergency services to residents who need assistance with flooding or standing water in the home and can be contacted twenty-four hours a day by phone.

The likelihood of water containing harmful pathogens like animal carcasses or raw sewage is high. It is therefore vital that you seek professional assistance for flood damage in Seaford. Our technicians have access to the correct PPE for dealing with these type of damages including Hazmat suits. SERVPRO employees are also trained to recognize different levels of water contamination and respond appropriately.

The scale of water contamination ranges from clean water emergencies to black water emergencies- where water is heavily contaminated and poses a risk to health. In a black water scenario, the affected area may need to be quarantined. If damages are widespread, it may be necessary to relocate you temporarily while work is undertaken.

The types of services that SERVPRO use to remedy a black water emergency may seem extreme. Unfortunately, given the potential health risks, it is entirely necessary to exercise caution. Drywall must be removed and demolished. Carpets and subfloor also must be disposed of in line with federal and state guidelines. We have the necessary licenses and training required to dispose of Biohazardous substances correctly.

Once flood water has been removed, SERVPRO can replace carpets, subfloor pads as well as any sections of drywall that were treated. Using biocides in combination with disinfectant bleaches we can make your home safe from contamination. However, these chemical agents create a thick odor. Using thermal foggers, we can thoroughly deodorize your home removing both the smell of contaminated flood water and disinfectant cleaning products.

Exposure to black water is a severe health risk, contact SERVPRO of Bellmore / Wantagh at (516) 809-9600 for professional assistance.

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After A Heavy Snowfall, Our Crew Can Restore Your Bellmore Home

4/6/2019 (Permalink)

Give our crew a call anytime disaster strikes at (516) 809-9600.

Heavy Snowfall Can Lead To Flooding In Your Bellmore Home

With winter setting in for Bellmore residents, homeowners in the area are awaiting the consistently heavier snowfall to come. With these storm systems passing through the area, several inches of snow can fall throughout a day, putting a great strain on external elements of your house like its roof. While this occurrence alone can often allow water penetration from vulnerable points in the roof, ice damming and another phenomenon like it can compound this likelihood and cause significant structural damages on top of the water penetrating the attic of your house.

Every homeowner does not actively inspect their roof and its structural integrity before the winter sets in, but once flood damages have affected your Bellmore home, you need immediate action to preserve the threatened elements of your home and its contents. Our SERVPRO professionals can arrive quickly at the initial signs of flood damage in your house and have effective mitigation techniques to help protect saturated materials and prevent the spread of the penetrating water throughout new areas of the property.

Even for circumstances where the water damage does not spread beyond the attic space, many steps must get taken to prevent irreparable damage to stored items in this portion of the property. Many areas homes also have their HVAC systems and heaters in their attic space, and excessive water can cause these elements to short out and fail, which can be a dangerous situation in the middle of the winter.

Our SERVPRO professionals have fast extraction equipment that can pull excess water from the affected area quickly, and we also have many portable options to fully remove the floodwaters in an area of your home that is not always easily accessible.

Our franchise offers emergency board up and tarping for damaged roofs, and have the expertise for full reconstruction efforts once restoration work begins. Give our SERVPRO of Bellmore / Wantagh rapid response team the opportunity to show you how our advanced equipment and experienced personnel can overcome water damages throughout your property. Give our crew a call anytime disaster strikes at (516) 809-9600.

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We Have The Equipment And Training To Handle Your Levittown Flood Damage

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

When this basement flooded we arrived right away and pumped the water out and dried the area out with our advanced equipment.

Cleanup and Restoration for Your Flooded Levittown Basement

Whether a place for storage or a finished livable space, many Levittown homes have basements used for something. While these spaces can have their functions and uses, they are also the first affected space when disasters like flooding occur. When an area of your foundation blockwork allows water penetration or floodwater pours in through some other vulnerable point, a high volume of potentially contaminated water can pool quickly along the floors of this lowest level.

While many things must occur immediately to alleviate the pressing flood damage in your Levittown home, this begins with reaching out to competent professionals. It might be tempting to try and clean up the mess and extract floodwater on your own, but there are many risks associated with natural flooding that could prove hazardous to unprotected homeowners or unlicensed cleaners. Our SERVPRO team has the full measure of personal protective equipment along with industry-leading tools to quickly remove excess water, clean up the affected materials, and restore the damage entirely.

Our team assesses the full scope of the flood damage from the time that we first arrive, identifying the affected materials and areas of the basement that require focused attention. Extraction can help to reveal other exposed elements and materials, and can also allow our advanced equipment like moisture detectors and thermal imagery to be more effective in locating lingering moisture pockets in concrete and blockwork.

If the concrete flooring in your unfinished basement has already begun to absorb the floodwater, we must first dry out the saturation with our drying mats before we can disinfect and clean this material. Exposed drywall must get removed as this porous material can retain bacteria and contaminants from the flood, persistently promoting mold growth and health effects. We utilize controlled demolition techniques only to remove materials necessary to keep your family safe and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our restoration work.

Flooding can be an alarming situation, but with our SERVPRO of Bellmore / Wantagh professionals, we can make these effects “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime disaster strikes at (516) 809-9600.

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How Clogged Drains Can Cause Your Seaford Home to Flood

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

Clogged street drains can cause water to invade your home.

Salt and Other De-Icers can Leave Your Home with Flood Damage in Seaford

Keeping the roads in Seaford clear of ice means salt trucks traveling through your neighborhood. Other de-icers, such as sand, merely provide traction for vehicles without melting anything. Sand accumulates near drains and mingles with any debris already present.  

When drains along the streets become clogged, homes in lower areas of Seaford can sustain flood damage from rapidly melting ice. This flooding contains high amounts of road salt, as well as motor oils and other contaminants. SERVPRO Franchise professionals know highly effective methods at removing the pollutants from your home, making everything "Like it never even happened." for you, quickly and efficiently.  

Small amounts of flooding can make your home unlivable for different reasons. The heavy soiling caused by flooding means carpets and padding almost immediately become ruined. Lower portions of walls that absorb water can swell and develop cracks along corners, letting water to seep inside the interior space. Increased humidity means microbes can begin flourishing all over your home's interior.  

Destroyed materials can retain both moisture that prolongs the drying time required, causing equipment to work harder, and pathogens that put anyone present at risk of various health effects. SERVPRO franchise professionals work in teams to mitigate the damage caused by flooding. Getting your house's interior free of waterlogged items like flooring and soggy drywall decreases the amount of moisture left after we pump out any standing water.  

Drying your home's interior to reach normal moisture content levels includes removing trapped pockets of water which can happen behind cabinetry and built-in drawers. We drill holes to both drain trapped water and then to allow for tubing to circulate air inside the area. We use air movers for this and to also dry out the rest of your home.  

Our flood damage mitigation specialists make sure that all hard surfaces get a thorough wipe-down with antimicrobial cleansers. We want to make the interior space clean again for your family, so you do not need to worry about contamination.  

SERVPRO of Bellmore / Wantagh understands that winter in Merrick and Freeport also means melting snow and ice, which can cause flood damage in certain areas. If you experience this, call our 24-hour services number, (516) 809-9600, so we can help restore your home to pre-event condition.

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How to Reduce Cleanup Costs From Flood Water Damage in Your Seaford Home

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Storm water damage can occur without warning. SERVPRO has the expertise to safely remove the water and restore your home.

Recent Weather can Cause Flood Damage to Your Seaford Residence

Severe weather can happen any time of the year in Seaford, but the Fall brings periods of early snow, heavy rain, and days filled with temperatures that wildly fluctuate. We know homeowners want to protect their homes from the worst, so we look at our customers as our partners with the same goal. Early mitigation of damage caused by weather events beyond anyone's control can get things back to normal. The sooner work begins in this direction, the better.

Reducing overall costs in repairing your Seaford home after flood damage can save you a lot of frustration and excess financial hardship. SERVPRO works with your insurance company to help make the process as easy and straightforward as possible. Flooding already causes enough stress, so we do our best to help you afterward in making everything “Like it never even happened.”

When flood damage happens in your home, we check to see how things are when we arrive. Electrical problems require a certified electrician, and we work with different qualified partners. Plumbing can also face contamination, so we also partner with licensed plumbers. These other professionals work with us on a regular basis and understand how to work with us as part of our team. Also, we can save you additional money this way instead of hiring outside professionals.

Other aspects we consider when inspecting your home after a flooding incident involves the flooring types. Tiles may require removal if too many sustained damage. Carpeting requires replacement of the rug and padding. Wooden floors require unique drying methods to save it, whenever possible. SERVPRO technicians also must use specialized cleaning techniques to ensure we restore sanitary conditions.

As we inspect, we also take readings of non-affected materials in your house. These readings and those listed on industry standard sheets regarding moisture content of various materials help us restore normal dry conditions in your home. Mitigation of flood damage is more than tearing out sopping wet walls and carpeting and bringing in dry replacements. We treat your home as an entire unit that must receive the attention required.

SERVPRO of Bellmore / Wantagh can get your home back to normal after flood damage threatens to make your life unrecognizable. We understand that one event can cause uncountable changes, losses, and hardships. Contact us at (516) 809-9600, 24/7, any day of the year, so we can help you and your family get things straightened out.  

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Roof Damages Can Lead To Flooding In Your Seaford Attic

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

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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Are You Prepared for Severe Weather?

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Severe weather can happen anytime, anywhere. Being prepared to act quickly can be critical to staying safe during a weather event.  In 2013, there were more than 440 weather related fatalities and nearly 2,800 injuries. Deadly weather caused more than $8 billion in property damage and many businesses affected by major disasters never reopen–especially if they do not have an emergency plan in place. Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.

KNOW YOUR RISK. The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business and your family or employees. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.

TAKE ACTION. Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place. 

BE AN EXAMPLE. Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers and family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same. 

Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster and having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building faster following a disaster. Don’t wait until disaster strikes. Call SERVPRO of Bellmore / Wantagh t 516 809-9600 to establish an Emergency READY Profile® for your property and be “Ready for whatever happens.” [1]

Build an Emergency Supply Kit

Suggested items to include in basic emergency kit

  • Water (one gallon per person per day)
  • Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Clothing
  • Dust masks or bandanas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Hygiene items
  • Important documents; copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information
  • Cash
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container

Slight Flood Damage Can Cause Secondary Water Damage

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage from Flooding Can Expand Without Treatment

There are many different projects that homeowners and landlords can do to save substantial amounts of money. There are a few that should be left in the care of expert professionals. One of these is flood damage. Flood damage, once it has begun to occur, escalates and spreads in extremely expensive ways. The longer you wait to clean up flood damage, or any water damage, the more expensive it becomes.

Flood damage creates risks such as secondary water damage that do-it-yourselfers accept, even if they don't want to, or realize they are doing so. Secondary water damage is multi-faceted and can affect almost every area of a home or business which has had water or flood intrusion. Secondary water damage includes mold growth, bacterial colonies, fungi, and other infectious pathogens developing, and also structural problems with decay and other changes to the materials used in the structural components of the home or building. Flood damage is much more hazardous that clean water from a leak within your home, to begin with, but both can create substantial amounts of secondary water damage.

In addition to the health risks posed by living pathogens such as mold and fungi growing and eventually releasing spores into the air you and your family breathe, structurally, your home or business can suffer, as well sewage backup is often a result of flooding.

Warping of hardwood flooring is a common occurrence, but the buckling and curving of stairwell treads can also happen. This deterioration can create a dangerous climb up the stairs, and can make coming downstairs especially perilous. Door frames can also crack, or swell causing the closing of doors, both interior and exterior, impossible, creating security risks for your family and your possessions. Cabinets can also become warped and panels can buckle and crack. Doors and drawers can swell, sealing them shut, or keeping them from closing correctly. Other flooring types commonly found in bathrooms and kitchens, such as tile and linoleum, can lose their adhesive and mold can begin to grow on their undersides.

All of this is preventable when trained, and experienced professionals are employed to carry out IICRC approved measures to clean up flood damage. It only takes a tiny amount of leftover water to allow the problems above to develop, but SERVPRO the professionals at SERVPRO of Bellmore / Wantagh have that training. Along with that, we have the equipment and the experience to deal with any level of contamination from flood water. To prevent secondary water damage, and to clean up current flood damage, call SERVPRO of Bellmore / Wantagh at (516) 809-9600, 24/7.

Information About Flood Damage

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding is important to take care of quickly.

Rivers, streams, and lakes are almost always overflowing their banks, given a couple of rainy days. 

With only a few inches of water, you can have many hundreds to thousands of dollars’ worth of flood damage in your home or commercial building. A flash flood can often bring a wall of water that is 10 to 15 feet high. New construction in your neighborhood can change runoff patterns in the area and can increase our flood risks. Most insurance plans do not include flood damage, and this must be purchased separately, in most cases. 

Prevention Tips:

 The average cost of flood damage is around $5,000 to $10,000 depending on the type of damage and where the water came from, so any tips that can help prevent this has to be worth the time to try them.

  • An inspection and flushing your water heater once a year, by a plumber, can contribute to preventing it bursting on you and flooding the area.
  • Replacing the rubber hoses on all appliances that use water with metal braided ones can help to avoid the failing of the rubber ones as they can get hard and burst. Check all hoses; even the metal braided ones every year. 
  • Leaks from toilets are often indicated by a little leakage from the base. Ask everyone in the family to stand in the bathroom, after flushing and watching for any tell-tale leaks. 
  • Do you know where to locate the main water shut-off? If a pipe burst, inside, you need to be able to get it turned off quickly. 
  • If you have a sump pump, now is a good time to get it checked and think about a backup unit. 
  • Always be looking for signs of plumbing leaks, such as on ceilings and walls; you are looking for stains and moisture on those walls and floors. 
  • Leaking or even broken pipes are often gushing water, and it is not noticed because it might be hidden. Check out your water usage when no faucets are turned on; locate the water meter and take a reading, then use no water for an hour or so and read it again. Has it moved? If so, you have a leak someplace, so get a plumber to check it out. 
  • Always monitor your monthly water bill. If it goes up a lot one billing cycle, you might have the need for a plumber to come in and check all connections. 
  • Since a lot of water comes from inside your home and can damage many walls, floors, furniture and provide the moisture needed for molds to grow, doing whatever can be done to prevent leaks is a good exercise to undertake. 

Most Common Types of Storm Damage?

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

What Are the Most Common Types of Storm Damage?

Storm damage can occur in a variety of ways including flooding, wind damage, and even fire. Flooding rains can cause extensive amounts of damage to your home, lightning strikes can cause fires, and high winds can cause a number of structural issues.

But which is the greatest risk to your home and homes around the country?

The risk for each of these depends on the areas in which you live. If you live in low-lying areas or coastal areas prone to tropical systems, flood damage is going to be the mostly likely cause for concern. Fire damage from lightning strikes can occur anywhere at any time.

The Most Common Type of Storm Damage

Annually, flooding is the most common and extensive form of storm damage that occurs in the United States. Even during high wind events like tropical storms or hurricanes, the majority of the damage comes from the flooding rains from the storms and not the destructive winds.

Every year, insurance companies pay out billions of dollars to repair flood damage in the U.S.–and that number is only rising as property values increase and the number of homes in high risk coastal areas rise.

The amount spent on flood damage could continue to rise significantly in the future–especially if sea levels rise as predicted. If sea level rise occurs, thousands of homes in the United States will be at risk and potentially hundreds of billions of dollars will have to be spent to mitigate that damage.

Damage from flooding rains can penetrate every part of your home of business structure, requiring the gutting and replacement of much of the structural components inside, including walls, floors, ceilings, and more.

How Your Roof Can Lead to Costly Home Repairs

3/10/2017 (Permalink)

The roofs above our heads represent a physical barrier from the elements as well as an important psychological comfort. Yet, even though a roof represents one of the largest investments in our home, most homeowners do not maintain it as diligently as they would their car. This all-too-common problem, can lead to significant damage inside the home.

Roof maintenance needs to be on the annual to-do list for every homeowner and especially for those of us that live in climate with four seasons. During a harsh winter, our roof is exposed to the cold causing its components to contract. Hot summers have the opposite effect making the roof components expand and placing additional strain on its integrity. Dry and alternately rainy spells can all accelerate the degradation of the roof. 

When a roof fails there can be very obvious leaks from the ceiling. Far more insidious is the leak that is not readily apparent, usually as a result of a defect in a seam. Water may drip into the space between the walls and collect under tile, carpet or wood. By the time the defect is found, it may have already caused extensive damage that went largely unseen. Not only can this water intrusion cause physical damage to the home, but it can also create a mold contamination problem that can cause significant ill effects to occupants.

Some practical tips on maintaining your roof include 

  1. Get an annual inspection from a licensed, experienced roofer
  2. Ensure that all seams, especially those around chimneys and where a flat roof meets the pitched roof or a wall, are watertight
  3. Ensure that any structures attached to the roof including trellises, gutters and more are not rotting and are appropriately fastened
  4. Ensure that there is sufficient airflow into and out of the attic
  5. Ensure that any roof cleaning is performed by a professional with extensive experience. For example, using chlorine bleach to clean a roof can cause the degradation of the nails or screws used to fasten the roofing material to the deck as well as degradation of the roofing material itself
  6. Of course, do not wait to repair or replace the roof when needed

In the end, a minimal investment in ensuring that your roof is well maintained can go a long way toward helping avoid a disaster in the future.