How Should I Handle a Biohazard Threat in my Smithtown Business?
Storms and floods can appear and damage your business very quickly. Contact SERVPRO for professional flood damage mitigation.
Biohazard Threats to your Smithtown Business, Including Pathogens Brought in by Floodwaters, Should be Handled by a Professional Company
In a world where we are increasingly aware of the dangers of biohazard threats, we may forget that any water coming into our Smithtown business due to storms or floods can bring bacteria into our place. Besides engaging in the repair of roofs, windows, and openings, it would be best if you also considered how to kill microorganisms to protect your health. Only an expert team can guide you in a comprehensive restoration process that addresses water extraction, drying, and sanitizing. Household solutions are insufficient when you consider the needs of your commercial establishment.
In Smithtown, commercial flood damage is our expertise at SERVPRO. Our team is ready to take action once the emergency allows us to move safely. As soon as we arrive, we begin a thorough assessment of your restoration needs. Minimizing the time in which your business, inventory, and assets are underwater is a priority, which translates into mitigating your financial loss. Even as you explore how to file your insurance claim, you should reach out to our crew for help.
Are there biohazard materials in my business?
When flood water comes into your business, you should assume that it is laden with bacteria, debris, and microorganisms. Based on this premise, our SERVPRO technicians strive to remove any compromised items such as fabrics and carpets, as soon as possible before microbes multiply further. As we introduce pumps, air circulators, dehumidifiers, and desiccant to aid in drying your place, we also apply specialty drying solutions for your belongings, for example-
- Injectidry technology to infuse warm air within your wall cavities
- Freeze-drying of documents and electronics
- Drying mats for subfloor materials
Once water evaporation is under control, we finish our efforts with a widespread application of antifungal solutions to eliminate microorganisms and prevent reproduction.
When an emergency happens, call SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 and let us be your solution. Our team works hard, so your business looks "Like it never even happened."
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How Can I Protect My Home from Coastal Flooding?
Smithtown Property Owners Know to Call SERVPRO for Flood and Storm Damage Mitigation for Their Homes
Coastal Homes in Smithtown Need to Be Prepared for Flooding – Preparation Can Mitigate the Damage
Smithtown is a beautiful coastal town that is home to four pristine beaches. It is fifty miles outside of New York City and only a half-hour away from Atlantic Ocean beaches. This means flooding is something residents worry about every year.
What Causes Coastal Flooding?
Coastal flooding in Smithtown can occur from storm surges or rising sea levels. Sea levels can rise from hurricanes or tropical cyclones, resulting in storm surges. Over the last thirty-four years or so, Smithtown has experienced approximately a 5” sea-level rise according to Surging Seas Risk Finder. Flood damage here is a higher possibility as it is for any seacoast town. To compound flooding, saltwater intrusion can present its own set of problems like corrosion and rapid degradation of contents and building materials.
Am I Prepared for Flooding?
Even though you live in Smithtown near the ocean, it does not mean you have experienced flooding. You may be thinking, “I have never had that problem.” The reality of the situation is if it rains, it can flood. Just because it has never happened to you does not mean it cannot. If you live in a low-level area, you need to be prepared for a flood situation. Many factors can change the risk of flooding where you live, including:
- Flood control measures
- River flow data
- Tidal surge data
- New construction or development
Flood hazard maps can show the most significant flood zone risks to your community and help determine your coverage. Flood protection is not included in the typical homeowner’s policy.
What Can I Do to be Better Prepared?
Anyone who lives where coastal flooding is always a possibility should be doing certain things. Getting proper insurance, as mentioned above, is the first thing. Make sure you have emergency kits prepared should a flood warning occur, and you need to evacuate. Have a family plan in place for communication. Make sure you cover:
- Where will we meet?
- What if one of the family is not at home?
- Who is responsible for babies and very young children?
- What is an out of town contact you can use?
- What if you are at work?
If you reside in a high-risk flood area, elevate the electric panel, furnace, and water heater. Consider doing the same for appliances such as the washer and dryer. You may want to have check valves installed to prevent floodwater from backing up into your drains. Use a waterproof sealant to protect basement walls. If you live right on the coastline, you might want to consider construct barriers, although it may not always be possible.
What Should I Do if My Home is Flooded?
First and foremost, always obey warnings to evacuate. Do not risk you or your family’s lives to save possessions. Never go back into your home until you are 100% sure it is safe to return. After you have contacted your insurance company, call SERVPRO immediately. The longer the flood damage sits, the worse the problem can become.
What Will SERVPRO Do If a Flood Happens?
Typically, an assessment gets done right away, but emergency mitigation can begin right away if the situation is bad enough. Flood water is always considered black water, which is contaminated water. The first step is removing any safety hazards from the job site. Signs are posted, and the crew wears the proper PPE gear. Then our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified technicians would:
- Spray an EPA registered disinfectant on all affected areas.
- Contain the area if it looks like contaminants could spread to other areas.
- Remove any standing silt and debris. The crew can use shovels and rakes if necessary and then disposal according to local codes.
- Extract excess water. If there is standing water, truck powered and portable pumps are available to remove the water.
- Water can then be removed from the flooring. In a storm flood situation with mud and contaminated water carpeting and padding are not salvageable
- The content and structure can be evaluated to determine if the items can be decontaminated or restored. Certain things may need to be removed and replaced.
- SERVPRO always works with the homeowner and adjuster before discarding or replacing anything.
- Clean and dry interior wall surfaces and other inaccessible areas affected. Controlled demolition of damaged building materials can be required.
- Repeat disinfecting for newly exposed surfaces.
- Continue the drying process with air movers and dehumidifiers.
Restoring Your Home
Once the above takes place, the restoration process begins. Our professional crew members consult with you every step of the way. Please understand that this entire service from water removal to build back can take from some days to weeks. Our goal is to return your home to you, “Like it never even happened.” We are licensed and bonded, Contractor Licenses: General: 51995-H and Mold Remediation: 0060.
Contact SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 for expert flood damage service. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.
What Should I Do if My Basement in Smithtown Gets Flooded After a Thunderstorm?
Flooding in your basement can put a huge strain on you and your family. Contact SERVPRO for professional flood damage remediation.
For Flood Damage Mitigation Inside Your Basement in Smithtown Call SERVPRO
Whenever a rainstorm hits your neighborhood in Smithtown, water can start to build up in your yard. Once standing water gets deep outside your house, it can begin to fill up your basement's window wells and leak into your house.
How can you get water out of my basement if it is really deep?
During any flood damage project in Smithtown, our SERVPRO technicians start the restoration efforts by removing any standing water present in your basement. If the standing water is more than two inches deep, then we can use a submersible pump to remove it.
How do you know how many pumps to use?
Before we start sucking up your standing water with sump pumps, we must figure out how many gallons we need to pump out to determine what types of pumps and how many to use. For example, if your basement is 20 feet by 50 feet in size and the water is six inches deep, then we make the following calculations to figure out how many pumps to use:
- We start by calculating the cubic footage of standing water by multiplying the room's width, length, and depth of the H2O or 20' x 50' x 6" (0.5')= 500 cubic feet.
- We then assess how many gallons are present by multiplying the square footage of your basement by the number of gallons in a cubic foot of liquid (7.48) or 500 x 7.48=3,740 gallons.
- Next, we can divide the number of gallons per hour (GPH) the pump can move to figure out how long it will take and how many pumps we need to use to accomplish our time goal. For example, if we are using a 1,200 GPH pump, then we would divide the number of gallons by the pump's GPH to get a time amount or 3,740 ÷ 1,200 = 3.12 hours.
If the water gets deep inside your basement after a storm, call SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 24 hours a day.
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What are Common Problems After a Home Fire in St. James?
Fire damage is a hard problem to solve and you sometimes need multiple things repaired. Contact SERVPRO for fire damage remediation in your home.
SERVPRO Techs Have Extensive Training and Comprehensive Knowledge to Clean Up Any Size or Type of Fire Loss in St. James Homes
When a fire happens in a home, there can be multiple levels of loss to address. Along with the charred elements within the property, other frequently seen issues include:
- Pungent smoke odors
- Water damage from the extinguishing efforts
- Stains and smoke residues to clean up
- Mold if the water did not get extracted and dried
Can You Paint Over Sheetrock with Smoke and Fire Damage?
When SERVPRO technicians assist St. James homeowners with the restoration from fire damage in their homes, the property gets a thorough inspection to determine the amount of loss within the structure. The most typical actions are:
- Removal of charred sheetrock and building materials
- Extraction of water
- Inspection of home contents item by item for restoration potential
- Set up a cleaning station to handle restorable items
During the fire loss cleanup in your St. James home, the walls and ceilings get a careful going over. Different types of smoke residues need varying types of removal methods for the best outcome. Because soot is odorous, simply painting over it on a wall or ceiling ensures that the area of the home will continue to emit residual fire odors for the foreseeable future. SERVPRO technicians test the residues to determine if it is a dry or wet smoke type and choose the best cleaning method accordingly. When the particulate gets embedded too deep within the walls or ceilings, the techs use sealants to lock the odors within the materials, and then it is ready for priming and painting.
How Does SERVPRO Stop the Spread of Soot Throughout the Home?
The techs are very careful during fire loss cleanup in your St. James home, particularly when only a portion of the structure got affected. They contain the area by partitioning it off with heavy plastic sheeting or the use of negative air chambers; the vents also get covered, so the ductwork within the home does not receive cross-contamination.
Air quality is paramount, and although the techs wear personal protective gear during the mitigation because soot is an irritant to both come into contact with or aspirate, they also run air scrubbers to capture airborne particulate and trap it within its labyrinth of HEPA filtration.
Once the techs complete the cleanup, they can inspect the ductwork in the home; this is particularly vital if the HVAC ran at any time post-fire. They have the specific equipment to remove even years of built-up dust and debris, which also helps the heat and air conditioner run more efficiently.
Can Mold Become an Issue Post-Fire?
With their mold remediation certification #0060, SERVPRO techs know the early warning signs for a mold infestation. They work to extract any remaining moisture that migrated under a floor or behind baseboards to ensure nothing gets left behind. In cases where conditions are favorable for mold colony establishment and growth, the techs use protective methods such as confirming interior humidity levels are under 50% or cleaning surfaces with professional-grade antimicrobials.
What is the Best Way to Handle a Roof with Fire Damage?
When SERVPRO techs arrive on-site, one of their initial actions is to determine if the residence needs any temporary repairs or security measures. In the case of a roof with charring or open areas, it needs protection from the elements to halt any further loss to the structure. The techs can place a heavy-duty tarp in place to protect the interior until the restoration services complete, and the final repairs can get made. The techs also can secure the property when they are not on-site through the use of boarding up doors, windows, and the placement of yellow tape to form a perimeter and keep unauthorized people out of the residence.
Once the home gets cleaned, dried, and deodorized, it gets prepped for any needed repairs. The techs hold a general contractor license #51995-H. This takes the heat off the homeowner for having to locate contractors, describe the actions taken during the restoration, and point out the repairs to be made. Because the crew handled the cleanup from start to finish, we are always aware of the rebuilding that needs to happen to restore the home.
Fire damage cannot wait, contact SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 as soon as the fire department says it is safe to enter your property. The certified technicians can handle the restoration and rebuilding as needed to return your home to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."
Can My Kitchen Counters Be Restored After Minor Fire Damage?
Homeowners have to deal with many things which may include fire damage. Contact SERVPRO right away.
SERVPRO Can Restore Your St. James Kitchen to Its Pre-loss Condition with Early Fire Mitigation
Cooking fires are the reason for two out of five home fires. If fire strikes your St. James kitchen early mitigation can restore your kitchen, including the counters.
How do you clean the countertops?
Kitchen fires account for approximately 44% of all home fires. This is devastating to a family. Any home in St. James with fire damage needs fire mitigation quickly. Cleaning countertops is more straightforward than cleaning and restoring walls and ceilings. There is no paint and similar substances on counters to bond with soot, making it difficult to clean. Hot air rising carries more of the smoke and soot upward too.
Counters not only have a layer of residue but can sustain fire damage from ash or burning bits of ceiling that fall. Cleaning them involves:
- Covering the surfaces to prevent further damage.
- Keep moisture away from counters.
- Dry cleaning
- Using water-based cleaning agents, if necessary, after all the above gets done.
Restoring the Rest of the Kitchen
Not only can our fire and smoke restoration technicians (FRST) restore your kitchen counters, they can return your kitchen to its preloss condition. Our Green Team has one goal – to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.” Soot can be one of the biggest things to deal with, but our FRST techs have many methods at their disposal.
- Chemical cleaning agents – these can be either oil-based or water-based, depending on the item.
- Suspension solvents – these are useful for dealing with bonded soot that needs some dwell time.
- Lubrication – Use to remove fuel and animal proteins.
- Powerful equipment – this includes equipment air whips, rotary machines, and hot water extraction.
- Contractor Licenses: General: 51995
Remember, restoration is more cost-efficient than replacing items. For professional fire damage service, Faster To Any Size Disaster contact SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265 – 9200.
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Is The Flood Water In My Smithtown Home Contaminated?
Regardless of the room affected, flooding can damage the walls and contents of your home. Call team SERVPRO today for services.
SERVPRO Experts Are Biohazard Experts Who Will Identify and Properly Treat Flood Waters in Your Smithtown Home
When experiencing water damage from flooding in your Smithtown residence, immediate mitigation is needed to control further damage.
Is there more than one type of floodwater?
Water removal in Smithtown is the first step in emergency mitigation. Before water extraction happens, determining the type of water is fundamental, as this dictates how the water will be handled and disposed of. There are three types of water from flooding:
- Clean water – It has no contaminants and poses no immediate dangers. Flooding from rain, snow, toilet holding tanks, and appliances such as air conditioners or refrigerators is the usual source.
- Gray Water – it has the potential for health risks from biological or chemical contaminants. Gray water leaks from aquariums, dishwashers, sinks, and washing machines.
- Black Water – can contain any number of contaminants such as bacteria and viruses. Toilets are a source of black water. Floodwaters are another source due to the sewage and dirt collected as it flows.
Standing Water Can Be Detrimental
One of the reasons immediate water removal is crucial is because the status of the water can change. Clean water becomes gray after 48 hours, and the gray becomes black. The health risks increase the longer the water stands. Our SERVPRO Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) technicians are trained in the removal of all 3 types of water.
- Clean Water – Extraction method depends on the size and depth of the flood. Truck pumps are used for large amounts of water, while portable pumps deal with more contained flooding.
- Gray Water – Technicians immediately spray with an EPA-registered disinfectant. If you have carpet, the padding will be disposed of properly.
- Black Water – items in black water may need disposed of and considered infectious waste if they cannot be decontaminated. Using proper PPE equipment and disinfectants assures decontamination.
The bottom line is to deal with floodwaters right away before the health risks increase.
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What Can I Expect from Professional Fire Damage Restoration Efforts in My St. James Home?
We're Always Faster To Any Size Disaster.
SERVPRO Follows Proven, Research-Based Mitigation, Remediation, and Restoration Protocols to Return Fire Damaged Residences in St. James to Pre-Loss Condition
When a fire disaster strikes in St. James, you likely have little or no experience as a homeowner with the shock and fear experienced during the aftermath. The damage overwhelms your senses, and you and your family are understandably on a roller coaster of emotions. The stress and confusion are substantial, and you need expert help from a reliable and capable company to get you through the recovery process.
Do I Need One or Many Contractors to Bring Life Back to Normal After Fire Damage?
Finding one company with comprehensive training, licensing, certification, and experience to deliver wrap-around fire damage restoration in St. James is preferable. A full-service firm provides a streamlined approach, one phase of recovery following another in an efficient and effective order. Needed permits, appropriate containment, lawful disposal of hazardous residues and damaged materials, and attention to restoration of both structure and contents are all available from one source.
What Are the First Steps Fire Damage Restorers Take When Arriving at My Home?
Although we receive some details from you when you make the call, the bulk of the fire damage assessment occurs when our project manager inspects your home. After this initial safety review, the SERVPRO crews arrive with fully-stocked service vehicles ready to respond with emergency services. What does our crew chief look for during the safety evaluation?
- The amount and location of water and chemical damage and residue from firefighting efforts require extraction and structural drying before we begin aggressive soot and other residue removals
- Evidence that the firefighting water collected in building cavities, including over ceilings and between walls, increasing the potential for collapse of these structures, necessitating controlled demolition to release the water for extraction
- Signs of ongoing mold growth and damage, which adds mold remediation to our overall plan
- Heat or burning and charring damage that weakened or destroyed load-bearing structural components including ceilings, walls, stairs, and floors, resulting in referral to our in-house construction experts or engineers in extreme cases
- Evidence that hazardous materials such as asbestos, lead, or a wide range of chemicals were exposed during the fire, causing inclusion of a biohazard remediation phase to the overall project
After We Control for the Safety Issues, How Do Our Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) Attack Smoke and Soot Residues?
The ignition and combustion of building materials and contents create smoke, an airborne mixture of volatile gasses, water vapor, and other components, most of which are corrosive and many of which are toxic. The smoke usually has a “hue,” which reflects the incompletely combusted particles that eventually settle on surfaces as soot. After a home fire that does not involve furnace puff-back, our experts assign soot residues and typical cleanup methods into three broad categories:
This loose, ashy material is the result of a hot, fast paper or wood fire. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained managers and technicians use gentle agitation, not wet strategies that smear this type of soot, for removal:
- Pressurized air
- Dry (chemical) sponging
After an electrical fire or a slow smolder of plastic, rubber, or damp fabrics, a thick sticky coating covers surfaces. We pretest products on the soot and surfaces to determine whether to choose water or oil-based cleaner for best results Detergents can bridge the gap and help loosen the bond for both types of soiling. Methods include:
- Foam cleaning of padded surfaces
- Spray and wipe
- Flooding with rinsing
- Immersion cleaning
The strategies above ultimately used depends on the porosity of the affected materials. Adjusting dwell time and gradually increasing degrees of agitation and abrasive tools or additives are common adaptations to improve results.
A typical yet challenging type of residue is the coating deposited after a kitchen fire. The food, oils, and greases responsible for the soot dehydrate rather than burn, leaving behind an intensely malodorous and tenaciously adhered varnish-like residue. Our technicians use various options to loosen and remove the coating, including:
- Solvents plus abrasive tools (professional care needed to protect surfaces)
- Ultrasonic cleaning by certified operators for loose and detailed items
Can SERVPRO Help with Rebuilding?
Our wide-ranging services include repairs and build-back opportunities for severe damage. Our general contractors and mold remediation licenses give us the flexibility to meet your needs without resorting to hiring additional contractors.
SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown delivers not only superior fire damage mitigation and remediation, but also helps with any required repairs, reconstruction, and build-back. For turn-key restoration services after a fire loss, call us at (631) 265-9200.
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A Faulty Dishwasher Has Led to Water Damage in My Nesconset House. What Should I Do?
Our experts can make the water loss seem, “Like it never even happened.”
Call Restoration Experts Like SERVPRO to Restore Your Water Damaged Nesconset Property
It takes only a few inches of water to cause water damage in a Nesconset home. Prompt and reliable water damage restoration can significantly reduce the chances of property loss and expensive repairs. Our response team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to respond to our customer’s emergencies and prevent further damage.
What steps can I take to minimize water damage?
When handling water damage in your Nesconset residence, our dedicated team of technicians can offer on-site evaluation and work closely with your insurance company. We do that to make your restoration experience hassle-free. However, before we get to your property, you can take the steps below to minimize water damage:
• Turn off the water supply in your property.
• Disconnect the power supply to the affected areas.
• Remove all electronics and other valuable items from the affected area.
Why do I need professionals while my neighbors can help?
Cleaning up a property is an extensive and crucial task after water damage. Simple do-it-yourself techniques cannot remove the water and moisture effectively. Your walls, carpeting, and floor coverings can absorb a lot of water during the unfortunate incident, making it difficult for a simple cleaning to suffice. Thus, you need extensive water damage cleanup from professionals. Our team has gone through thorough training on what it takes to clean, dry, disinfect, and deodorize all affected surfaces.
How do technicians handle the drying?
We have access to high-tech equipment that speeds up the drying process. The process is essential since it is the only way to stop further damage. Since your walls, carpet, and floor coverings are porous, mold can grow if they are not dried on time. Our technicians can use structural cavity drying equipment to dry affected materials. This equipment allows our technicians to direct airflow into wall cavities to replace the cool, moist air with warmer dry air to increase the temperature in the surface and lower vapor pressure. That increases the rate of evaporation, which leads to fast drying.
What about the odor in my property?
Our technicians only leave a property after restoring it fully to its preloss state. Odors in the property can persist even after cleaning and drying the affected area thoroughly. Our technicians can use a ventilating box fan, which can move enormous volumes of fresh air into the affected property to eliminate the odor even in the hard to reach areas.
After a water intrusion problem, contact SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 immediately to prevent further damage. Our experts can make the water loss seem, “Like it never even happened.”
What is the Fastest Way to Reopen My Office After A Fire?
Fire-damaged offices in Smithtown get cleaned up and repaired by SERVPRO
Hire SERVPRO to Professionally Restore Your Smithtown Business
Commercial fires usually extinguish quickly thanks to sprinklers, limiting the physical damage to a small area. However, even a standard office set-up for a Smithtown financial advisor can require closing up shop for weeks due to other damage issues.
What are the Other Issues?
Smithtown commercial fire damage also includes smoke and soot particles that cling to surfaces as the fire cools. SERVPRO technicians carefully choose a cleaning agent that matches the type of residue for quick removal and also leaves the surface of the property item unmarred by their actions. Technicians also have to deal with the sprinkler water that soaks into carpets and other property.
My Carpet is a commercial product with no pad underneath, is there still a Problem?
Water can still soak into the fibers, loosening them individually. It can also soften the glue so the carpet pulls away from the floor, creating air and water bubbles. Our technicians can lift the carpet and use a set of air movers to generate a warm airflow that dries both the carpet and floor for safe reattachment. This process often does not succeed and then the floor covering must be removed, and new commercial-grade carpeting installed.
For professional fire restoration, call SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 today.
What Do I Restore or Replace in My Home After A Fire?
Let SERVPRO mitigate your fire damaged home in Smithtown.
Contact SERVPRO to Help You with Fire Restoration In Your Smithtown Home
Now that warmer weather is here, it’s time to start those DIY projects like cleaning out the garage and painting the trim on the back of your Smithtown house. Unfortunately, that also means an increased risk of fire if you do not move or store paint thinner and other chemicals correctly.
It looks like a Total Loss, what can You do?
SERVPRO technicians can often restore your fire damage Smithtown property when it seems impossible. The time it takes to restore an item is often cheaper to you than buying a replacement. As an example, we have cleaning agents that cut through the hardest layer of soot, yet still, leave the surface of a workbench intact and looking like you just bought it.
What about Replacing My Water Heater and Air Ducts?
Our technicians can do that as well. The only reasons our team does not install these replacements are if doing so voids the warranty of the new water heater or if your insurance carrier wants the new ducts installed by a licensed heating and air company.
Call SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 to learn more about restoring your home after a fire. You can schedule an inspection or a service call immediately.