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The Obstacles of Smithtown Fire Damage Restoration

8/12/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Offers Efficient Fire Damage Recovery  

It is essential to have a crew of professionals ready 24/7 to help with post-fire cleanup and recovery. Mitigating losses after fire events is crucial, as effects can continually spread and impact new surfaces and contents. We have a roster of FSRT-Certified technicians available to help when every minute counts. Our accreditations from the IICRC are in multiple beneficial restoration niches like: 

  • Fire Restoration
  • Carpet Cleaning
  • Upholstery Cleaning
  • Water Restoration
  • Odor Control

Reaching a Damaged Property Fast

Smithtown fire damage events do not improve on their own and, in many cases, exponentially worsen until direct mitigative and restorative action is taken. As a trusted name for recovering fire losses and smoke damage, SERVPRO professionals on our roster have the tools and training to help. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, a commitment we show by our available team of technicians who mobilize for emergency services when disasters strike.

Damage Claims Approval 

One of the obstacles that many professionals like ours face when starting the fire damage cleanup process is the insurance company involved. Most homeowners rely on their policies to cover the bulk of restoration costs after a fire emergency, so our SERVPRO team must work closely with providers and policyholders to meet demands. Claim approval is often subject to specific needs by the representing company, including:

  • Estimation – SERVPRO provides detailed estimates regarding the expected costs of specific aspects of the restoration a property needs and the anticipated timeline to complete these phases.
  • Damage Tracking – Insurance adjusters need the full scope of the damage upon the initial inspection and continued progress updates. We interface directly with the company to keep this process going.
  • Content Inventory – The initial cataloging of fire damage also gives our professionals the chance to take an entire inventory of impacted contents and personal belongings that must get replaced, restored, or relocated.

Soot and Smoke Deposits

Partial combustion creates acidic particles that can severely mar impacted surfaces where these solids come to rest. It is vital to undertake direct actions to remove buildup and soot solids on building materials and contents as rapidly as possible. Varying smoke and fire damage types can involve unique cleanup strategies ranging from solvents to abrasive tactics. Our SERVPRO team is ready to help remove these residues to protect underlying substrates.

Harsh Malodors

Burning can also create odor compounds that spread rapidly in the structure. The hotter the fire burns, the more combustion occurs, and smoke odor molecules penetrate the porous elements in the immediate vicinity. Because malodors exist in different forms, several deodorization practices and products must neutralize these effects in a property. Techniques can include:

  • Fogging – These portable units operate by rapidly heating a wet deodorizing product in a reservoir to form a mist or vapor that can be sprayed in an affected area. Vaporous products can penetrate porous materials and neutralize trapped smells.
  • Hydroxyl Machines – Using UV cleaning, hydroxyl machines simultaneously manage the malodor threats and airborne contaminants with HEPA filtration.
  • Ozone – Ozone machines generate unstable chemical compounds that bind with the molecules of smoke odors and neutralize them immediately. This is highly effective, but the process is hazardous to humans and pets, so this approach halts restoration until the ozone dissipates.

When Smithtown fire damage incidents occur, there is a finite timeline to restore and recover impacted areas of your house. Our SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown team is always ready to respond to these emergencies with our prompt mobilization of vehicles, equipment, and specialists. Call us today at (631) 265-9200.

Restoring Smithtown Water Damage with Effective Solutions

8/12/2022 (Permalink)

an employee holding a moisture meter on a water damaged ceiling Moisture meters and other tools help SERVPRO technicians locate and remove water damage from your Smithtown home.

SERVPRO Overcomes Many Types of Water Damage 

It is critical to appreciate the immediate actions professionals like our SERVPRO team must take when we reach a damaged property. Water continues to spread until containment barriers are installed and operated. It is necessary to complete multiple phases of restoration and cleanup in succession to return a home to preloss condition. These efforts can include:

  • Water removal services
  • Surface cleaning
  • Structural drying
  • Content restoration
  • Repairs

To adequately manage Smithtown water damage, we prioritize mitigation and emergency services tailored to the specific property and its compromising event. Often, threats to the structure and its occupants can result from several different avenues.

Several Types of Water Damage 

Water is consistently one of the most harmful conditions for a household, making the processes during restoration vital to prevent irreparable damage. Each situation is different from one house to the next, as the trigger for the disaster changes. Recovery and restoration services are vital after:

  • Burst Pipes – a broken or burst pipe can introduce hundreds or thousands of gallons of water into the affected area.
  • Appliance Malfunctions – Dishwashers, washing machines, water heaters, and even air conditioning units can leak and cause compromising damage.
  • Flooding – Storm damage can also require immediate mitigation and restoration as intruding water can continually spread in the structure until it is stopped and dried.
  • Accidents – Overflows and spills can also account for part of the annual volume of water disaster calls our professionals address, which often threaten a specific portion of a household.

Addressing Standing Water 

Water damage is at its worst for the household when pooling persists on much of the flooring. Our SERVPRO team has an array of extraction and water removal devices ranging from powerful engine-driven truck pumps to portable wet vacuums to help. Once surface water has been addressed, we can use sophisticated equipment to track moisture migration and appropriately place drying tools.

Removing Trapped Moisture

Water and moisture can become a concern when it penetrates the surface and begins to impact the composition of the building material through its pores. Thorough saturation or moisture trapped in structural cavities will most likely require special tools like an Injectidry system or drying mats to help.

Providing a Thorough Drying Result

Drying consists of several steps and stages. The entire process combines chemical reactions like evaporation, absorption, condensation, and sublimation. Air movers are placed strategically in the house to cover the greatest surface area of moist elements and run simultaneously to evaporate surface moisture to be absorbed or pulled in by dehumidification units for outside exhaustion. We can verify successful drying progress with tools like:

When Should Water Damage Repairs Occur? 

Damage repairs are another phase of the recovery process but essential to returning to preloss conditions. We have a general contractor license (#51995-H) to provide a wealth of construction services needed in a home after disasters. An emergency like a burst pipe, for example, can require plumbing repairs, wall and ceiling system replacement, and flooring repairs. From controlled demolition to the final paint coat on a replaced wall, our team is ready to help in this post-restoration capacity.

Smithtown water damage makes up the bulk of the restoration callouts that our SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown team addresses throughout the year. The frequencies of these situations and how they vary from one incident to the next leaves a need to always stay prepared for mitigation and recovery. Our crew is here to help 24/7 when you call (631) 265-9200.

The Threat of Smithtown Mold Damage on Structures

8/12/2022 (Permalink)

two employees in PPE in a mold damaged attic Our SERVPRO technicians in Smithtown are at your service when you detect mold damage in your home.

SERVPRO Remediates Mold Damage to Protect Property

Homeowners must appreciate the impact of mold on their properties. Because of the proximity of our communities to major water bodies on Long Island’s North Shore, several homes contend with groundwater concerns and higher humidity. Without appropriate moisture content management and ventilation, the result can be the formation of mold colonies. Our SERVPRO AMRT-Certified technicians are trained to help with:

  • Moisture removal
  • Surface cleaning
  • Odor removal
  • Structural repairs
  • Mold inhibition

Responding fast is one of the best defenses against Smithtown mold damage. We understand the importance of a quick arrival window as mold colonies continue to spread through the structure and new hosting materials until containment is established and remediation work begins.

How Does Mold Damage Threaten a Home? 

With more than 120,000 in Smithtown and a substantially larger population through Suffolk County, many homes and businesses could get impacted by mold and microbial damage. There are a few ways that active colonies can destroy your home or make comfortable living impossible:

  • Structural Deterioration – Mold uses organic matter as a food source, destroying hosting elements the longer they stay exposed to the organism. After as little as 24 hours, materials like drywall often require demolition
  • Moisture Damage – The same conditions that allowed mold growth initially can also be detrimental and destructive to the property. 
  • Volatile Organic Compounds – VOCs are a byproduct of colonies, and their presence can directly impact living conditions. Widespread VOCs overwhelm a property with harsh, offensive malodors. 

How Does Mold Get Discovered?

As destructive and harmful to property as mold damage can be, it is surprising that finding the colonies can often seem elusive. Mold often forms in darker, moist environments, so these typically do not describe the high-traffic areas of your household. There are signs to alert you to possible mold growth, and these include:

  • Odors – Volatile organic compounds produce strong, musty smells from active colonies, which can penetrate nearby areas and signal mold trouble. 
  • Structural Damage – The deterioration of building materials like drywall is a strong indicator that some type of damage exists, be it water or mold. 
  • Spotting – Physical spotting on surfaces can show the earliest colonization of hosting materials. These can be any color: black, blue, orange, green, and others. 

Removing Mold Damage 

There are multiple approaches to removing mold and microbial growth from a property. The factors that determine the ideal solution range from the type of hosting material to the severity of the infestation. The degree to which microbes have penetrated an impacted building material also determines what methods are best for removal, including:

  • Antimicrobial products
  • Mechanical action
  • Abrasive cleaning
  • Demolition

Fast Damage Repairs 

With a general contractor license (#51995-H) and IICRC AMRT-Certifications, we have the training and accreditation to complete a wealth of building services your property might need. After mold exposures, controlled demolition is often a significant factor in the approach to restore the property and prevent the spread of spores and colonies. Our team can also replace discarded materials, repair structural compromise that permits moisture infiltration, and repair damaged utilities like plumbing that could contribute to the moist environment.

Smithtown mold damage impacts many surfaces, contents, and materials throughout an affected property. Remediation professionals need to act fast to help. With a roster of accredited AMRT-Certified professionals, our SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown team is ready to mitigate loss and repair the damage that mold can do to a house. Give us a call today at (631) 265-9200. 

What Should I do After a Leak?

8/11/2022 (Permalink)

 couch In Flood Let SERVPRO mitigate your water damage home in Smithtown.

When Water Leaks in your Smithtown Home, Ensure Your Safety and Call a Water Restoration Technician

Leaking pipes are standard in all Smithtown households, regardless of age. Whether they leak all over your floors and cabinets or in a well-defined area, you must take action to prevent further damage. When you identify the source of the leak and ensure the safety of your structure, you can proceed with the restoration of your home.

For water cleanup in Smithtown, our SERVPRO technicians are your best resource. We are available around the clock to meet your needs and tackle your water accident with industry-grade equipment and following best practices. Our formal training prepares us to address the problem at hand and mitigate any future complications.

Which Equipment Do I Need To Dry My Home After A Leak?

Homeowners have access to household equipment to extract water and dry their homes. Home dehumidifiers and wet-dry vacuums can all help eliminate moisture, but they are insufficient. By not calling a SERVPRO professional, you risk leaving water behind, which becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. Instead, our staff brings some of the following to your home:

Circulators, injectidry technology, and other extraction methods complete our toolkit. Our experience and knowledge guide us in choosing the optimal way of restoring your home.

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown is your partner in an emergency. Call us at (631) 265-9200 and let us leave your home "Like it never even happened."

What Do I Restore or Replace in My Home After A Fire?

8/11/2022 (Permalink)

Fire and Soot Damaged Items 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-damaged Smithtown property when it seems impossible. The time it takes to restore an item is often cheaper than buying a replacement. As an example, we have cleaning agents that cut through the most complex layer of soot yet still leave the surface of a workbench intact and look 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.

Fixing Commercial Flood Damage in Smithtown

8/11/2022 (Permalink)

Water on Commercial Floor For any type of water damage in your property you can count on SERVPRO to help.

SERVPRO Assists with Flood Restoration in Smithtown

Any time it rains nearly every day during the summer, the chances of flooding increase. When an area receives rainfall consistently, the ground can get saturated and unable to soak up any more moisture. And then, when another big rainstorm strikes the same region, flooding can quickly occur as the ground is already saturated. If your construction shop sits on a slight decline from the main road or on the bottom of a small hill, the moisture could flow directly into your building.

Whenever our SERVPRO technicians restore commercial flood damage in Smithtown, we start by figuring out where the water came from and how it entered your structure. For example, suppose there were flooding conditions in your neighborhood, and the water flowed downhill into your shop. In that case, water could enter from lower bay door seals or enter your building from the ground. Since the moisture from the outdoors could be contaminated, we can remove all porous materials that got wet, including your carpet and pad. 

Suppose the water is deep on your construction shop's concrete floors. In that case, we can use a submersible pump to pull the water out and put it into one of your sewage drains in areas over a couple of inches of standing water. After extracting any H2O in liquid and removing any damaged carpet and pad, we can begin the applied structural drying (ASD) process by setting up air movers and dehumidifiers. If water is soaked into your concrete floors, we can use a desiccant dehumidifier to remove the moisture.

We can also offer the following services after your business suffers from a flood:

  • Content and Structural Cleaning
  • Water Damage Debris Removal
  • Water and Sewage Cleanups
  • Black Mold Inspections

If your construction shop ever gets flooded during a heavy rainstorm, call SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200.

Fast Action in Smithtown to Avoid More Water Damage

7/10/2022 (Permalink)

servpro green van parked The SERVPRO Green Fleet arrives at your Smithtown home stocked with equipment for water damage removal and mitigation.

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

When we train our managers and technicians in water loss mitigation and remediation products and equipment, we must help them understand why we use this 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

The equipment needed when responding to a water damage project is stocked in our warehouse and Green Fleet.

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.
  • 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 in cooler environments.
  • 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) 518-3720.

Repairing Wooden Floors with Mold Damage in Smithtown Properties

7/10/2022 (Permalink)

hardwood floor, poly sheeting SERVPRO removes mold from hardwood floors, using poly sheeting to prevent cross-contamination, in your Smithtown residence.

Effective Mold Cleanup in Smithtown by SERVPRO

Mold growing in homes indicates that there is a problem with moisture. When moisture problems go unnoticed for a considerable period, it may lead to mold growth. It can wear away materials, such as drywall, concrete, wood, carpet, wallpaper, and ceiling tiles. It may take time for the fungi to become rampant and cause large-scale damage to your home, but if not taken care of, the damage could worsen. When you discover signs in your Smithtown home, act immediately by contacting experts.

Mold damage remediation in Smithtown involves assessing the extent of the damage and containing the problem to prevent it from advancing. Also, attending to the moisture source halts the mold spread. The process of removing mold could stir up significant amounts of spores. SERVPRO adheres to EPA safety precautions minimizing the spread of mold spores through the structure. Our teams create a containment plan by hanging plastic sheeting and establishing negative air pressure.

You can control mold growth by:

  • Controlling humidity levels
  • Promptly fixing leaky roofs, windows, and pipes
  • Thoroughly cleaning and drying after flooding
  • Ventilating laundry and cooking areas

Removing mold from wooden floor Surface

Floors may get mold damage due to groundwater seepage or a leak that is not promptly fixed and cleaned. Removing most of the colonies on the surface is possible. But, when it is ingrained, SERVPRO must determine how far the mold has spread for appropriate removal. Often hardwood flooring is supported by crawlspace foundation joists. These must also be inspected and treated with an antimicrobial if mold is discovered.

Indicators of mold on wood floor

  • Warped and twisted floorboards
  • Discoloration
  • Musty smell

Besides the visual confirmation, SERVPRO technicians can check underneath the boards for mold by removing a small floor section. Our teams may have to peel back the damaged floorboards, dispose of them properly, then clean, treat, and dry the subfloor before replacement.

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown has certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) and offers effective mold damage solutions for homeowners. Call us at (631) 265-9200. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Removing the Smell of Fire Damaged Elements from My Smithtown Home

7/10/2022 (Permalink)

flames on wood floor Foul odors and fire damage restoration, including odor removal, done by our great SERVPRO crew for our Smithtown neighbors.

Harsh Odor Removal after a House Fire

Flames may engulf your Smithtown home, but you don't have to live with their memory forever. Once extinguishing agents get rid of the fire, you face the daunting task of restoring your fire-damaged home and sorting through your belongings. As traumatic as it sounds, trained technicians can help you sort through the damage and restore your home to preloss condition.

Fire restoration in Smithtown is a job for SERVPRO. Our crew knows the telltale signs of water and fire damage and works diligently to remediate them. As a homeowner, you can place your trust in our well-trained team and let us apply our industry expertise to your home. Call our 24/7 hotline and let us assess the damage and draw up an action plan.

What should I do to eliminate fire damage in my home? 

Homeowners are a crucial component of the restoration plan. Our SERVPRO team partners with you to decide on removing some items and restoring others. We can liaise with your insurance carrier to coordinate demolition and discarding of building materials and belongings. However, as industry professionals, we have access to specialized equipment, including the following-

  • Pumps to extract water
  • Air dryers and circulators to remove excess moisture
  • Hydroxyl generators to recombine airborne particles
  • Deodorizers to eliminate residual smells. 

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown can help. Call us at (631) 518-3720 and let us leave your home "Like it never even happened."

Commercial Fire Damage in Smithtown Requires SERVPRO’s Expertise

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke Cloud Don’t let fire damage overwhelm you, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown..

How to Hande Commercial Fire Damage in Smithtown

A fire in a commercial property like an office building can be more destructive than a fire in a home. This is due to its impact on the structure and the careers and lives of the staff. Every hour that businesses remain closed, they risk losing revenue and clients.

Commercial fire damage in your Smithtown property can cause corrosion from soot, toxic chemicals, and remaining smoke. SERVPRO understands that urgency is vital regarding getting businesses back on their feet. We can complete the fire restoration process quickly to reduce any revenue loss. Our fire damage repair process progresses as follows: 

  • Evaluating fire and smoke damage
  • Recovering and restoring ruined contents
  • Water extraction and drying 
  • Soot removal 
  • Deodorization
  • Reconstruction

Evaluating Fire and Smoke Damage

Our SERVPRO technicians can examine the ruined areas to evaluate the damage. We can develop a customized restoration plan specific to your needs. 

Recovering and Restoring Ruined Contents

Our team can sort contents and identify the salvageable ones. We can pack out salvageable contents and take them to our facilities for thorough cleaning. We can store them until the restoration project is complete and return them to the property. 

Water Extraction and Drying 

We can use extraction equipment to remove the water from firefighting efforts to prevent secondary damage like mold growth. Our team can dry the affected areas using air movers and dehumidifiers. 

Soot Removal

Fires progress through stages, generating both dry and wet smoke. Some fires produce a large enough proportion of one kind of smoke, characterizing the entire exposure as predominantly dry or damp smoke. Our SERVPRO team can clean your property and remove soot. 

Deodorization

Smoke can leave an unpleasant odor on affected structures and contents. Our team can deodorize the building using specialized equipment like thermal foggers. 

Reconstruction

Our SERVPRO crew can rebuild the damaged parts of the property to restore it to pre-damaged condition. This could be anything from minor repairs to a full-scale rebuild. 

Please call SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 for effective commercial fire damage restoration services. We can make the fire incident seem “Like it never even happened.”