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What is the Fastest Way to Reopen My Office After A Fire?

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

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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?

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

home 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.

What is the Fastest Way to Remove Floodwater from My Home?

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

leaking ceiling from storm Don't know where to start on your home restoration from the damage from the storm? Call SERVPRO of Smithtown for the help you need.

Call SERVPRO to Clear and Restore Your Smithtown Residence

Every Smithtown home is vulnerable to the storms that strike our community each year. It takes a professional response to ameliorate the effects of millions of dollars in restoration costs each year.

Where Do You Even Start?

SERVPRO teams begin Smithtown flood damage control by spraying the water and affected surfaces with an anti-bacterial cleaning agent; which reduces the health threat from contaminants in the floodwater. Next, technicians extract the water from your home and begin cleaning all surfaces touched by the flooding. Then, they begin drying both walls and floors. Unfortunately, the presence of contaminants means we have to dispose of all carpeting and the pads underneath. This is a process that may take a number of days to complete.

What about the Debris left in my Home by the Storm?

Our technicians can demolish and remove anything left without causing further damage. That includes everything from cracking floor trim to roof tiles dropped into the attic by the wind. We cover the flooring along exit routes to also avoid trampling any dirt and other particles into the surfaces.

Even a small amount of water can cost you a large amount of money. Call SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 to learn how we keep costs at a minimum for you.

Can You Remove Water from Drywall?

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged drywall Do you have water damaged drywall in your Smithtown home? Call SERVPRO to mitigate your issue.

Drying structural materials is possible with the fast response of our SERVPRO team to damaged Smithtown homes. 

Restoring and drying your Smithtown home after a water loss can sometimes be more of a challenge than homeowners might realize. Identifying the extent of the damage and implementing counteractive measures is only part of this equation.

With hundreds of drying decisions made on every water loss situation, areas like drywall get inspected, and water damage to Smithtown homes gets cataloged. While it might be possible at times to dry or restore sheetrock wall systems, it might not always be a cost-effective solution. If we determine it is worth attempting, some of the specialty tools for this task might include:

What Happens When Drywall Cannot Get Dried? 

Being unable to restore drywall is a common scenario with widespread loss incidents, so we have in-house contractors that can perform controlled demolition. Removing only severely damaged portions of the drywall makes reinstallation faster and more efficient later.

It might not always be cost-efficient to take the time to dry and recover drywall when it could get replaced more quickly. Our SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown team can help with either of these scenarios by calling (631) 265-9200.

Do Professionals Use Store-Bought Extraction Tools? 

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Submersible pumps Need professional help in extracting water from your Smithtown home? Call SERVPRO for the job at hand.

Our team has industry-leading equipment for fast and efficient extraction of standing water in your Smithtown home. 

Understanding the difference between home improvement store stock for residential use and the level of equipment SERVPRO professionals use in Smithtown homes can showcase our efficiency.

While there are hundreds of potential options for both drying and water removal in Smithtown properties, we have a broad inventory of cutting-edge, industry-leading units and devices that can efficiently remove standing surface water and evaporate trapped moisture in structural materials and contents of your house. Some of these tools include:

How Do You Choose What Extractor is Best? 

Choosing the right extractor is not always as cut and dry as you might suspect. Solids in the water can make electric submersible pumps a poor choice when they might otherwise be the best. Inaccessible areas of the house might be ideal for wet vacuums and attachments, but the powerful 300-psi truck-mount extractors cannot reach. 

We have practical tools and equipment that can help us to gain control of loss situations quickly. Despite how you might want to shop around for restoration tools, our experienced SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown professionals come with the full measure of our inventory to get to work right away on restoring your home. Call us anytime at (631) 265-9200.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Smithtown, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown today at (631) 265-9200 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Should I Know if I Suspect My Commercial Building in Smithtown has Mold Damage?

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

mold damage on wall SERVPRO can mitigate your mold problem in your Smithtown business.

Many Management Companies Rely on SERVPRO for Mold Remediation

After heavy rains, incidents involving water, or slow leaks, mold, and other microbes can flourish. Mold damage can severely impact the healthy interior of any-sized building in Smithtown. SERVPRO uses industry-accepted methods to remediate mold and other microbes and make the environment inside businesses healthy again. There are different signs that mold is overgrowing and starting to become a problem.

Can SERVPRO get rid of all the mold inside my building?

Although we would like to, and many of our customers would, as well, there is no method that removes 100% of all microbes. Microbes exist in Smithtown and practically every environment. Individual microbes or their spores can travel on clothing, books, shoes, and within the air. One of the areas found to contain the highest number of spores is the windowsill, showing that microbes continually infiltrate buildings.

What should I know about mold damage in my business?

Normal environmental conditions keep microbial populations at non-harmful levels. The presence of excess water, including elevated humidity, often precedes population explosions of fungi. Our technicians can discuss the source of excess moisture found in your commercial setting after we perform a visual scan with our infrared cameras and check the air for excess moisture. Correcting such issues is the first step in keeping mold at acceptable levels.

Where should I look for signs of mold becoming a problem?

Mold can grow almost anywhere, as long as the area holds its basic requirements. These would be plant-based materials, moisture, and shelter from direct sunlight. Many locations inside your business might support microbial life. One sign that you might notice when mold becomes abundant is the odor it often causes. Other indicators of mold damage taking hold of your property’s interior include
• Discoloration of walls, carpets, and other porous materials,
• Tiny stains in a small group on uniforms and other textiles, and
• Visible patches of mold.

Call SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 for professional mold remediators who keep your employees’ health in mind during every step of the process. We also serve businesses in St. James, NY, and Kings Park, N Y.

Should I Prepare My Property for a Possible Flood?

5/17/2020 (Permalink)

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Smithtown Residents Should Identify a Professional Restoration Service in Preparation of a Flood

Homeowners in towns prone to flooding, like Smithtown, should identify a professional crew able to restore their home after disaster strikes. Some think that cleaning with household disinfecting agents is enough to eliminate all traces of floodwaters, but it may not be enough. Floodwaters carry bacteria and other waste products, polluting your home and leaving your family's health in danger.

In Smithtown, SERVPRO can assist with flood cleanup. Our team trains to understand the full scope of work to achieve a successful restoration, and we apply that framework to what we do at your home. Eliminating water residue and debris, along with disinfecting the surfaces of your home, is essential to protecting you.

How can I disinfect after flooding?

When bacteria settle in your home, you should kill it, which is a step beyond simply cleaning a surface with disinfectant. Our SERVPRO team focuses on discarding items with severe damage while applying cleaning solutions to your home. In our arsenal of disinfecting methods, you can find the following-

Aside from the above, our SERVPRO team uses pumps, dehumidifiers, and other equipment to remove floodwaters from your home before they cause more damage.

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown protects you when disaster strikes. Call us at (631) 265-9200 and let us leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

How do I Restore My Home After a Fire?

5/17/2020 (Permalink)

technician fogging equipment cartoon Need Great IAQ? Indoor Air Quality after a house fire in Smithtown. SERVPRO Has the Solution

Restoration of Your Smithtown Home is a Job for a Professional Service

Restoring your Smithtown home after a fire can be a daunting task. Friends and family are likely eager to help, but coordinating the necessary steps and their sequence is a job for a professional water and fire restoration technician. Not cleaning thoroughly, or using inappropriate cleaning solutions can leave you with a bigger problem in your hands.

Members of the Smithtown community with fire damage to their homes can rely on SERVPRO for a job well done. Our expertise and training prepare us to identify problems in your home and prioritize their solution. From structural damage to the removal of charred items, our team can advise you every step of the way.

How do I clean the air in my home after a fire?

It is easy to determine whether smoke residue and soot are no longer present. Once our SERVPRO team cleans your surfaces with EPA-approved cleaning solutions, you should see a difference. Cleaning the air in your home, and eliminating the smell left behind by the fire is a different matter. To neutralize and obliterate smell molecules our team may choose to use special equipment such as-

  • Thermal foggers
  • Deodorizing pellets
  • Ozone generators

Fire damage restoration goes well beyond wiping down surfaces. Our SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown is ready to help in all aspects of the process. Call us at (631) 265-9200 and let our experts leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

What Can I Do To Get Rainwater Out Of My Furniture in Smithtown?

5/17/2020 (Permalink)

flooded room with man on couch calling someone from yellow pages for help Flooding can quickly overtake your home. Contact our certified SERVPRO team for water removal efforts.

SERVPRO knows time is of the essence when it comes to water removal from your furnishings in your Smithtown home

When big storms damage your Smithtown home and rain enters, there can be issues with sagging ceilings, wet floors, and drenched furnishings. There are actions homeowners can take to lessen the loss such as 

  • Removing small wood furnishings to another area, so the stain does not bleed onto the carpet
  • Picking up printed materials that can transfer onto wet floors
  • Moving out area rugs before they get touched by water

Can My Sofa Get Restored for Reuse After Water Damage from Storm or Flood Damage?

When loss happens in a Smithtown home from storm, flood damage, or another water event, the type of water that has soaked into the furnishings matters, if it came from in the home as rainwater and the cleanup efforts began rapidly; there is a high probability of restoration for the areas and items in the home affected. If groundwater is the issue, that is another story completely. This type of water needs handling as a biohazard, and things that absorb it need disposal as a loss.

Specialized Extraction and Drying Methods for Upholstered Furnishings

SERVPRO techs have extensive training in the restoration of furnishings with water damage. Besides the materials that make up the construction of the furniture, additional factors weigh on the outcome, including: 

  • If water has swelled or cracked the joints 
  • The potential for shrinkage of the fabric to be an issue
  • If the water within the cushions and upholstery is clean or black
  • How soon the cleanup efforts began
  • If evidence of mold growth is present 

The techs have attachments for their portable pumps to pull the maximum amount of moisture from within the furniture and then set up drying configurations. Commonly seen methods for drying furniture for the best outcome include tenting plastic with both air movers and dehumidifiers to capture the raised moisture or stacking the cushions on sofas and loveseat upright and tilted towards each other for drying on all sides. The cushions get rotated during the drying phase to make sure all areas get addressed.

Unsightly water spots are not unusual on both furniture and carpet. In most cases, the issue gets treated through a multi-layered approach such as lightly rewetting the top carpet fibers and then drying and cleaning. A follow-up with the application of deep steam cleaning, which not only deep cleans but also eliminates residues and odors in Smithtown.

Post-Drying Issues Commonly Seen After Water Damage

It is not unusual for a house after a roof leak to need several repairs. Once the technicians finish the mitigation efforts on the property, if the homeowner prefers, SERVPRO technicians have a general contractor's license 51995-H. They can handle any of the reconstruction needed to bring the home to its preloss condition. Sagging ceilings are a particular concern and can be dangerous. Soggy sheetrock gets removed during the cleanup phase of the restoration services and can easily get repaired seamlessly.

The flooring may require removal for drying and need re-installation. Whenever possible, the technicians dry flooring in place unless the substrate below shows signs of seepage. In those cases, the flooring types get inspected to determine if it has the potential for reuse after drying and disinfection. The techs can reinstall during the rebuilding phase and save the homeowner the cost of replacement.

Hardwood flooring gets inspected on a case-by-case basis for the restoration potential. A large number of determinants can change the outcome from restorable to a loss. One of the biggest is the type of wood construction of the boards and how long the exposure occurred. Wood reacts to water by cupping and crowning, and through the use of targeted drying applications such as drying mats, SERVPRO techs can turn the situation around. 

Proactive Solutions for Avoiding Mold

Although mold can be a common issue after a water loss in a home, it is not an absolute thing that will happen in every case. SERVPRO technicians have extensive training and hold certification for mold remediation #0060. They know the conditions that promote the germination of spores and what the early warning signs of colony growth are.

The techs ensure that all water-affected areas get addressed with both antimicrobial cleaners and in the cases of any interior elements such as studs or other exposed framework, the application of a sealant with antimicrobial properties assists to inhibit any mold growth.

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 has the equipment and training to handle home disasters like storm, flood damage, and more. The certified techs can return your home to its pre-water loss condition.