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Winning Tactics for Water Damage Remediation in Smithtown

3/21/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged home Make sure to quickly deal with water damage in your home before it progresses to mold. Contact SERVPRO right away for best results.

Restoring Areas with Water Damage in Your Smithtown Property Lets You Increase Your Listing Price

New homebuyers often feel very excited about the houses they view in the Smithtown area. They want to buy a house their children can grow up in and where they can feel safe, and able to pursue their dreams for making their new house into a home. One area that most new homebuyers take into consideration is the amount of maintenance a prospective purchase might require in the future.

After homebuyers discover a potential house in Smithtown has water damage, they often cross that property off their list. When several months pass without a serious, qualified offer, many realtors recommend lowering the asking price. However, solving the problem can reverse this trend and allow you to increase the price instead, especially if it involves noticeable water damage (stained walls, warped floorboards, musty smell), leaking pipes, a damp basement, or any number of other indications of a problem.

SERVPRO can assist your family with resolving these issues and making your house more attractive to prospective buyers. Our building services team, working under General Contractor License # 51995-H, works alongside our mitigation and restoration teams to provide tailored services to our customers. 

Any area of your home that contains water damage can detract from its appeal, and decrease offers. Walls and ceilings can become stained or moldy, or deteriorate, crumble at the slightest touch, or flake paint, wood trim can warp, as can wood flooring, and other areas, like windows and doors can swell and become difficult to open and close easily. 

The SERVPRO mitigation team also receives training in detecting the source of the water that caused the water damage. Small, tiny leaks can lead to vast problems, and we can often prevent these from occurring again by performing a little bit of maintenance or repair work. The effects can benefit both your family and the future homeowners’ after the sale.

You can reach SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown by making a call to (631) 265-9200. We understand your desire to sell your home as quickly as possible, so we not only arrive swiftly, but we also work as quickly as possible. Water damage can make you lose an otherwise confirmed sale, but we can eliminate such damage for you.

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SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown is trained in adhering to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown offer cleaning services including the removal of biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business.

About Coronavirus

The CDC is responding to an outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has spread to 60 locations internationally (as of this publication), including cases in the United States. The virus known as “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”)i is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person or through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.ii

Scope of Cleanup Protocol 

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown can perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection where the customer states that there is no active known threat of COVID-19 contamination or exposure. The customer will be required to acknowledge that cleaning and disinfecting will only apply to the current state of the structure and contents.  The structure would not be protected from future COVID-19 contamination if an infected person was to enter and occupy the building.

Cleanup Scope of Work and Planning 

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables at a minimum. These same surfaces are mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces as well, including:  

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving and Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Cleanup and Disinfecting Procedures

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 waste.  

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar type organisms to COVID-19. 

SERVPROXIDE™, SERVPRO’s proprietary disinfectant, is a hospital-grade disinfectant that has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to COVID-19 on hard, non-porous surfaces. Currently there are no disinfectants that have been tested specifically for this particular emerging viral pathogen. However, per the CDC, this product can be used against COVID-19.  In addition, SERVPROXIDE™ currently has dozens of EPA-approved claims including Feline coronavirus, Canine coronavirus, Staphylococcus (MRSA), E. coli, Salmonella, Rotavirus, Swine flu (H1N1) and more. Porous materials like carpet, rugs, upholstered items, and draperies that are not water sensitive can also be wet cleaned using SERVPROXIDE™.

Rainstorms Increase The Risk Of Flood Damage In Your Smithtown Home

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

flood damaged home “Like it never even happened.”

Rainstorms Increase the Risk of Flood and Secondary Damage in Smithtown

As the season's shift and spring rains begin, homes in Smithtown, some near the Nissequogue River, face flooding. Basements and walkout lower levels suffer when the local sanitary system becomes overwhelmed, owners, coping with both an influx of water overland from the increased precipitation and high river levels.  You must also consider the risk of sewage backup.

Long Term Damage from Chronic Flooding Issues
If not addressed at the time, the saturation of building materials regularly can result in a progressive weakening of structural components. Also, unresolved moisture opens up the potential for significant mold damage. Flood damage in Smithtown requires a rapid response from professional mediation and remediation specialists to avoid permanent harm to your residence.

Appropriate Water Containment and Removal
Because floodwaters are by definition contaminated, hiring the experts from SERVPRO gives you confidence that the Category 3 water will be contained and disposed of appropriately. Your family's health might depend on this as the pathogens possible in sewage and the chemicals swept in from over road and land flooding can be hazardous. We rely on the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained crew members bring a wealth of knowledge, research-based strategies, and experience to your unique situation. Our resources include high-efficiency pumps and extractors, followed by a range of drying tools to resolve the issues of persistent moisture involvement.

Wrap Around Restoration Services
During the completion of your flood mitigation and remediation project SERVPRO might find structural damage too advanced to restore without intensive repairs or rebuilding. We offer our construction division to help manage those aspects. If mold took hold while flooding our licensed and certified mold remediation technicians can contain and remove active colonies, and take steps to inhibit future problems. Fixing the moisture problems permanently can go a long way toward limiting further damage.

Rely on SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown to take on your flood damage problem from initial assessment to completion “Like it never even happened.” Call (631) 265-9200 as soon as practical to get the job rolling.

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Rely on SERVPRO to Cleanup and Make Your Damaged Smithtown Home Whole Again

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

3 panel cartoon showing hurricane, flooding, and a house fire Water, Fires, Hurricanes, Tornadoes, and Just Bad Luck Visited Your Smithtown Property? SERVPRO Can Make It, "Like it never even happened."

Smithtown Residents use Our Restoration Services to Overcome Water, Fire Mold and Storm Damages

Property emergencies can take an emotional toll on a homeowner. A situation involving water, fire, storm, or mold damages can be sudden and blindside residents, which makes it tough to find a restoration service you can trust with your property or contents. We have years of award-winning experience in this industry, and we know how to take a severely damaged property back to a preloss condition, "Like it never even happened." By working closely with the chamber of commerce for both King's Park and Smithtown, we can offer residents a transparent, accountable service provider that you can trust.

Storm

When storm damage strikes your Smithtown home, it can displace contents as well as displacing the homeowner. In this interim period away from the property, you need restoration services with the experience to overcome harsh and challenging conditions. SERVPRO has extensive experience in restoring and securing properties adversely affected by weather conditions. Using an array of emergency mitigation procedures, we can stop damage and put in place protocols to get your home back the way it was.

The first few days after a significant flood or storm damage is crucial to the success rate of home restoration. Your Smithtown home may require sub-contractors to perform remodelings, rebuilding, or specialist repair of items like electronics. But before any of that restoration procedure can begin, we need to provide a safe working environment for workers. SERVPRO technicians can enter a property, perform the necessary decontamination, draining and cleaning of your home as well a securing it against unlawful entry using emergency board-ups.

If your Smithtown home is flooded, there is a strong chance of it being a category two or category three water emergency. SERVPRO can use self-priming trash pumps to remove large bodies of water with solid-waste. We can also perform comprehensive structural decontamination of the building, pack out contents for exceptional cleaning and dispose of any waste responsibly and in-line with the environmental protection agency's (EPA) standard. Should you need sub-contractors, we can arrange them on your behalf, so you only have to deal with one point of contact throughout.

Water

Water is absorbed by many of the materials in your structure. When these materials absorb moisture, they can expand or become hotbeds for microbial activity. SERVPRO conducts an extensive review of a water restoration project to understand how far water migrates and the essential equipment needed to fix primary or secondary issues.

Subfloors can be at particular risk of water migration issues because hydrostatic pressure forces water to migrate downwards onto lower levels. SERVPRO can use penetrating moisture meters to gain an accurate picture of what is happening beneath carpets. If water migration is minimal, we can conduct in-place drying using weighted extraction tools and saving time by not having to remove various pieces of furniture or fixtures. In-place drying can effectively dry both exterior carpets and the subfloor pad beneath.

Sometimes the results of a moisture meter may show significant amounts of moisture migration in your Smithtown home. In these situations, SERVPRO technicians can remove carpets altogether as well as the carpet pad. Pads usually break apart easily with an introduction to moisture, so the most efficient solution is to dispose of them. Using rapid-air movers, we can dry the affected subfloor before replacing new pads and carpets to return your home to a preloss condition.

Fire

Many of the materials in your Smithtown home are combustible, and, under the influence of fire, they can release numerous chemicals, including carbon into the home environment. Some of these chemicals, such as carbon monoxide, can be fatal to humans, which is why you should always wait to receive an all-clear from a fire marshall before re-entering a property after the fire. Other chemicals that release during a fire may not be harmful but can cause unpleasant odors as well as staining, which is likely to be concentrated on walls and ceilings but also upholstery and furnishings.

Homeowners with fire damage in their Smithtown home need to be careful when approaching fire restoration. Different types of smoke residues require different cleaning methods and products. Some soils may even respond negatively to the introduction of moisture, and you can risk causing further, or even permanent damage. SERVPRO restoration services are available to provide meticulous content and necessary cleaning to your property.

Our restoration services include specialist upholstery and fabric cleaning technicians (UFT.) Depending on the scope of the project, SERVPRO may decide to clean materials onsite or at a content cleaning facility off-site. Smithtown residents can trust us with valuable upholstery because we always pre-test surfaces before carrying out any cleaning action. Some fabrics and dyes may bleed or discolor in the presence of specific cleaning solutions. By conducting pre-tests on smaller controlled areas, we can ensure that our restoration services do not cause unnecessary harm.

Mold

Microbial infestations can buildup over time, and often the noticeable signs of mold damage in your Smithtown home only appear after months of infestation. Spotting these signs can be as simple as noticing a persistent odor in some areas of the home. Many companies advocate for laboratory testing; however, this can be both expensive and time-consuming. Our approach at SERVPRO is that the visible signs of mold growth are enough to begin a remediation procedure.

The remediation of microbial growth is a tricky task. In the right conditions, mold can proliferate. This can present a problem for a remediation process that may take several weeks to complete effectively. SERVPRO technicians undergo an intensive applied microbial remediation technician (AMRT) with a nationally recognized independent body before carrying out microbial remediation in your home. This training allows us to ensure that our process is correct without risking causing further harm.

Uncontrolled microbial growth can affect your indoor air quality. When working on a mold growth project, our technicians wear respirators to avoid health effects from inhaling spores or other airborne particles. SERVPRO can set up air filtration devices (AFD) in the home, which are large units that work in a similar way to your air-conditioning unit- drawing air in from one side and exhausting it from another. However, rather than cooling air, an AFD passes it through several layers of high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters to remove any microscopic fungi spores or microbes from the indoor environment.

Our award-winning experience working with residents and commercial restoration services is essential to overcoming mold, water, storm, or fire emergencies. Contact SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265- 9200 now for expert assistance.

Solutions for Diverting Flood Water from Smithtown Crawlspaces

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

Crawl space At SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown, we are always ready to be deployed at a moment's notice.

SERVPRO Teams Work to Prevent Further Damage Caused by Flooding In your Homes Crawlspace 

Recurring flooding is a situation that can plague many Smithtown homeowners. Despite the bulk of this rising water existing in the crawlspace of your house, there are considerable risks that many properties have already experienced when flooding occurs in this open area. The assessment of hazards to your property begins with the slow drying or ground absorption of standing water in the crawlspace, making it a threat that can persist for many days, or even weeks, under the right circumstances.

Long-lasting solutions must involve methods of preventing flood damage to Smithtown homes while protecting adjoining areas of the property as well. The most considerable concern with flooding in the crawlspace is the exposure of the flooring of the main level of the house. High humidity levels and wicking water into the wood supports and framing of this cavity beneath your house can increase the likelihood of secondary damages like mold and microbial growth. The presence of mold against the flooring of living space can be a direct path for this organism to get into the house and pose health hazards to its occupants.

Our SERVPRO professionals can work immediately on removing standing water from your crawl space with efficient extraction tools. With surface water removed enough to begin drying efforts, we can set up numerous air mover units throughout this confined space. Even with the limited access of our technicians, we work to ensure that all corners of this underside of the house get sufficiently dried to prevent lingering effects.

With a team of in-house residential contractors, we can work to provide lasting solutions for recurring flooding threats around your home as well. Our SERVPRO team can offer crawl space encapsulation services that can divert water away from your home with installed sump pumps and other division devices. Thick 6mil plastic sheeting coats every exposed surface to prevent more water penetration into the area the next time that creeks and streams rise and threaten the neighborhood.  

Permanent crawlspace solutions are possible when you contact our SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown team after a flood loss incident. We have the equipment to help your immediate problems and the experience to help your property moving forward. Give a call at (631) 265-9200.

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Commercial Water Cleanup In Smithtown

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged office SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 is available 24/7 for commercial water cleanup of any size.

Commercial Water Cleanup in Smithtown Office

When commercial water damage happens, particularly on a night or a weekend, when a business is not open, the potential for a more significant loss occurs when there is not active heat or moisture detection or monitoring available.

The goal of SERVPRO is always to limit loss in the event of a situation that needs commercial water cleanup in a Smithtown office building. However, getting the business reopened and creating a healthful environment for employees is also a crucial part of the restoration services.

Finding the Water
SERVPRO techs locate all areas where water migrated that may not be readily visible such as behind baseboards or within the subflooring using state-of-the-art moisture detection equipment. This ensures that areas of moisture do not get missed during the restoration of the property.

Extraction Methods are Key
The on-site wet/dry vacs that the regular janitorial service uses do not have the pulling power of the portable pumps used by SERVPRO. The equipment the techs bring enables them to remove enough water out of carpet and flooring that it expedites the drying phase of the restoration.

Necessary Controlled Demolition Actions
When the techs determine water migrated behind walls, the removal of baseboards for extraction and drying is a common tactic. Water wicks rapidly into sheetrock, and the only way to halt the damage is to cut away the ruined portion above the waterline, so the cycle stops.

Mold Prevention
The techs have intensive training and certification in mold remediation #0060 and know the early warning signs of an infestation. They can take preventative actions to stop mold damage before it starts through the application of antimicrobial cleaning agents and sealants.

Rebuilding for Reopening
Once the restoration services complete, the techs can offer any needed reconstruction with their general contractor license #51995-H. They have the skills to replace damaged sheetrock, baseboards, any painting, or other services to return the office to its preloss state.

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 is available 24/7 for commercial water cleanup of any size. The certified, experienced techs use their advanced techniques to make the loss “Like it never even happened.”

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Challenges During Smithtown Retail Water Damage Recovery

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

Clothing on hangers in a clothing store. Water damage and Retail do not go together in Smithtown.

Smithtown we want to be there to help with your water damage. 

Shared business spaces in Smithtown make it easier for shoppers and diners to experience a variety of options without fighting traffic or wasting time. Stores and restaurants benefit from the proximity, but also risk exposure to water loss from accidents, malfunctions, and negligence occurring in neighboring spaces. When we respond to your water emergency, our investigation often extends outside of your business’s walls. 

Interspersed Plumbing and HVAC Lines

Building cavities between the walls separating retail or restaurant units contain freshwater supply and waste pipes and HVAC ductwork. A leak in one of them can affect businesses on both sides of the wall, spreading water damage throughout a Smithtown mall. Even persistent condensation issues in the heating and cooling configuration might lead to unexpected moisture issues affecting structural components and contents, including inventory, supplies, and business records.

Detection Tools 

Failure to consider the possibility that excess moisture might be migrating from other tenants’ or common areas in the shopping center interferes with effective mitigation and remediation of damage to building materials and goods in your commercial space. SERVPRO technicians are highly trained in both the expected and unexpected movement of intrusive water. We use the following equipment to locate trapped water and excess moisture to ensure the halt of progressive damage and avoidance of secondary damage from microbial growth facilitated by the dampness.

Moisture Sensor -- detects the presence of moisture, but not the amount. It helps us determine the extent of water migration.

Moisture Meter -- measures the moisture level in materials. Provides initial data for drying goals. Periodic re-metering monitors as we achieve these goals. 

Thermo-Hygrometer -- measures temperature and relative humidity. Assists as our technicians adjust airflow, heat, and dehumidification for optimal drying results.

Thermal Imaging Camera -- displays temperature variations that allow a trained technician to pinpoint hidden caches of water.

Water Removal and Drying Strategies

Once we locate hidden pooled water and map the extent of wet building materials and contents, the SERVPRO team uses some of the following techniques to remove liquid water from and dry out spaces otherwise challenging to reach.

  • Removing baseboards and drilling holes to release liquid water
  • Creating flood cuts several inches above the saturation line across all or a position of a wall
  • Using the drilled holes and cuts to permit extraction and drying equipment to gain access to the building cavities for water mitigation and remediation

Call SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 for an assessment and project plan for your water-damaged business. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, available to set up a consultation 24/7, 365 days a year.

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We Act As Quick As Possible In Smithtown To Avoid More Water Damage

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

Our ProMaster Van waiting in a parking lot Our ProMaster Van holds all of our state of the equipment. We bring our dehumidifiers, air movers and specialty drying equipment to any size job.

Professional Grade Equipment: Why SERVPRO Makes Quick Work of Water Damage in Smithtown

When we introduce our managers and technicians to water loss mitigation and remediation products and equipment, we must help them understand why we use this particular inventory for our Smithtown customers. Although powerful equipment can make our job easier, failing to train our work crews properly could expose your home’s structural components and contents to the risk of further damage from the force or intensity of the otherwise helpful tools.

Purpose of Professional Equipment and Proprietary Products

Water damage restoration in Smithtown goes more smoothly and efficiently when we match equipment and cleaning products to the specific requirements of your loss. At a minimum, following the manufacturer's instructions is essential. Professional products, including cleaners, abrasives, and disinfectants, must be mixed and applied as mandated on the label.

Equipment Inventory

It is impossible to predict precisely what equipment we might need when responding to a water damage project, which is why SERVPRO vehicles are stocked with a wide range of options. Here are some of the implements we choose among based on our training and experience.

Detection Devices

Moisture Sensors - used to establish the perimeters of the water loss and subsequent migration.

Moisture Meters - measure the moisture content of damaged structural components to set and monitor the achievement of drying goals.

Thermo-Hygrometers -- measure both temperature and relative humidity, and sometimes dewpoints. Help determine whether dehumidification equipment used contributes to an effective drying process.

Extraction Equipment

Pumps - usually gas-powered and submersible, used when water is deeper than two inches.

Truck-mounted extractors - most powerful and have their own power source. Must take care when used for restorative cleaning, especially of carpets, which can be stretched or delaminated by aggressive passes.

Portable extractors - flexible use in tight spaces and areas far from entrances. The same cautions as truck-mounted equipment when employed for pulling water from materials that can sustain damage from robust suction and pressure.

Air Movers -- create airflow to facilitate evaporation and reduce drying time. Can be used to:

Float carpets for faster drying
Push warm air into cavities and under cabinets with the directional and concentrating help of shrouds

Wall Cavity Ventilating System - replacing moist air in cavities with vents or hoses attached to blowers, often with access provided by drilled holes in walls, baseboards, or toe kicks

Venting Box Fans (Axial Fans) - used to move larger quantities of air, perfect for removing malodors or fogging agents.

Dehumidifiers

Refrigerant dehumidifiers - efficient enough to lower the relative humidity in your home to the target of 40 gpp (grams of water per pound of air).

Low grain refrigerants (LGR) -- refrigerant dehumidifiers that work below 40 gpp.

Desiccant dehumidifiers -- can lower relative and specific humidity to a much lower point and can operate at lower temperatures. We take care to avoid over-drying.

Our investment in a wide range of water damage restoration equipment is why SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown can deliver professional results. Call us at (631) 265-9200 for an evaluation and consultation.

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In the Smithtown Area, SERVPRO Provides Rapid Responses to Mitigate Storm Damage

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

blue tarps covering a damaged roof SERVPRO Can Provide Fast Storm Damage Mitigation Services to Our Smithtown Neighbors!

Violent Storms Can Damage the Roofs and Interiors of Smithtown Homes

Severe weather events are a threat to Smithtown homes throughout the year, including gale-force winds, hailstorms, and torrential rainfall. Super Storm Sandy is a not too distant memory. Under the right conditions, even a well-constructed roof can suffer substantial damages that leaves the property vulnerable to leakage or direct flood penetration. When you become aware of these damages to your roof, a prompt response from our SERVPRO professionals can help to reduce subsequent water intrusion and damages.

Addressing flood damage to Smithtown homes is only a part of what is necessary to return a property to a preloss condition. Self-assessment can be misleading with roof damages, especially when you are not sure where floodwater can enter the house. Emergency services that our SERVPRO team can provide not only address the immediate pressing saturation and standing water concerns in areas like the attic but also seek to help to protect your household by installing temporary construction barriers to prevent further water penetration.

Roof Tarping
One of the initial actions that our licensed (#51995-H) general contractors can take when we reach your storm-damaged property is to install temporary protective barriers with tarps and wood framing on the exterior of the house. This tarping prevents the possibility of elemental damage from newly developing storm systems or access for vermin or curious passersby. Board up services can quickly be started since we have a well-stocked inventory of materials and products in our warehouse.

Water Removal
Flooding might not always mean standing water, but can be equally devastating to construction materials that have absorbed this invading runoff and wind-driven precipitation. Because strong winds can damage or entirely remove shingles, underlayment like plywood becomes a penetration point for rainwater. When addressed quickly enough, we can direct centrifugal air movers at the damaged areas for efficient evaporative drying. Desiccant dehumidifiers can help to reduce moisture content in the environment to acceptable parameters to limit secondary effects like mold growth.

Our SERVPRO ASD applied structural drying technicians can use moisture meters, sensors, and thermal imaging camera to locate damp recesses in the attic crawl space. These devices can also discover water wicking through wall cavities and scissor trusses in multi-level structures. We have methods and equipment like the Injecti-Dry system that can be rigged with various hoses to both extract and dry wall voids and hardwood flooring when hooked up to drying mats.

After a damaging storm, our SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown restoration specialists can work to provide properties with a fast and confident response that saves both time and money. We can help after a disaster, give us a call at (631) 265-9200. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

DID YOU KNOW THT THERE IS BEHAVIOR TO SMOKE?

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

The damage to your property following a fire can often be complicated due to the unique behavior of smoke.  There are two types of smoke – wet ad dry.   As a result, there are different types of soot residue after fire.


SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown technicians are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration and know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns.  Knowing this information is vital to proper restoration.   Before restoration begins, SERVPRO will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from fire, smoke, heat and moisture on the building material and its contents.  The soot will then be tested to determine which type of smoke damage occurred.  Pretesting determines the proper cleaning method and allow SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown to focus on saving your precious items.

Smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor.  Their knowledge of building systems helps them investigate how far smoke damage may have spread.  The following points are additional facts you may not know about smoke. 

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor. Type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration.

Types of smoke:

  • Wet Smoke – (Plastic and Rubber) Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky and smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
  • Dry Smoke – (Paper and Wood) Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises, therefore smoke rises.
  • Protein Fire Residue – (Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire) Virtually invisible, discolors paints, and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
  • Fuel oil Soot, (Furnace puff backs) While “Puff Backs can create havoc for homeowners SERVPRO can in most cases restore the contents and structure quickly.

Other types (tear gas, fingerprint power and fire extinguisher residue) Special loss situations require special care.

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown professionals are trained to handle even the toughest of losses.  If your home or business suffers fire or smoke damage, contact SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown to help make “Like it never even happened.”