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Learn about the High-Flying Birds of Prey Living Near St. James
Sign up for Raptor Dans Educational tour, you get to exercise and seeing birds that are not visible on a daily basis.
A Short Distance from St. James, Raptor Dan Gives an Educational Walking Tour
On Saturday, February 6, 2021, between 11:00 AM and 12:00 noon, Raptor Dan will provide an excellent, up-close opportunity to see several types of birds that hunt. These birds are rarely seen near people’s homes in St. James because they prefer to build their nests in high altitude locations. Dan explains about other aspects that make these birds unique compared to more commonly seen birds.
- See a Bald Eagle, hawks, turkey vultures, and owls, amongst other gorgeous birds,
- Pre-pay by calling (631) 979-6344, only $10 each adult with children 12 years old and younger charged half-price,
- 62 Eckernkamp Drive in Smithtown, NY, 11787 at the Sweetbriar Nature Center.
SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown is always nearby to help those in St. James weather the worst storms and floods. Call us at (631) 518-3720 for skilled professionals who can make your home warm and dry again.
Smithtown Residents are Honing their Painting Skills with Lessons at the Firefly Gallery.
It will be exciting to see the community at the Firefly Gallery classes!
Learn a New Skill From December 26th Onward with a Painting with Oils and Acrylics Class near Smithtown, NY.
Follow up the post-Christmas season with a new skill at the Firefly Gallery. The classes focus on introductory lessons, although more experienced practitioners can use the opportunity to hone their skills under professional tutelage. The courses are run by practicing artist Susan Gatti who demonstrates the core foundational techniques of working with oils and acrylics. Learn from the beginning by setting up your canvas correctly, mixing acrylics, and how to portray light through painting. Classes are suitable for all skill levels, and prices begin at $45 per class, including materials. Long term classes run for six weeks and offer a discounted price of $240.
- Class sizes are limited to ten people per session to ensure that all attendees get the necessary attention and tutelage.
- Group bookings are available.
- Learn how to paint in a spacious gallery environment with real-time feedback and tips.
Flash flooding can cause massive amounts of water to enter your home. Contact SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200 for flood removal experts.
How Long is the Recovery Procedure for Smithtown Flooded Properties?
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Recovering a Home with Flood Damage Can Take Months. SERVPRO Flood Damage Technicians in Smithtown Are Available Within Four Hours of Notification of Loss.
Where do you measure flood damage?
Qualified technicians in Smithtown can assess your home immediately after flooding. Ascertaining the extent of harm caused to property uses a range of equipment to answer a simple question: what is wet? When a large body of water enters a property, it begins to migrate. The longer water remains in the property, the more likely it is to migrate further and become absorbed into materials. SERVPRO recommends that you contact a qualified restoration service soon after securing your safety and getting your insurer. Areas that can complicate a restoration are floors, floor coverings, subfloors, walls, wall coverings, cabinets, and hidden places. Water penetration in these areas requires applied structural drying (ASD) technicians to recover losses.
What equipment is useful for measuring flood losses?
An accurate assessment is crucial in the flood damage restoration of your Smithtown home. We use a moisture meter and a thermal imaging camera to determine the edges of water migration. Often it is necessary to remove fittings in the house to evaluate the condition of the structure. Carpets, for example, should be detached to assess both the front and back. SERVPRO technicians may look for signs of delamination to decide if a carpet is salvageable. We can also use this opportunity to assess the subfloor beneath the rug and plan the equipment needed to dry the subfloor. It is not uncommon for your home's removal aspects to be lifted, tested, and checked to discover the extent of water migration in the property.
What should I look for when assessing flood damage?
- Checking the levels of water contamination, either white, grey or black
- Assessing the types of materials in the home such as solid woods, pdf, or carpeting
- Taking moisture content readings to understand the extent of harm in the property
Acting quickly in an emergency flooding event can help to reduce the overall losses in your home. Contact SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at (631) 265-9200.
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 is the Fastest Way to Remove Floodwater from My Home?
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.
Should I Prepare My Property for a Possible Flood?
Trust SERVPRO to Rescue Your Smithtown Flooded Home
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."
What Can I Do To Get Rainwater Out Of My Furniture in Smithtown?
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.
Rainstorms Increase The Risk Of Flood Damage In Your Smithtown Home
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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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Solutions for Diverting Flood Water from Smithtown Crawlspaces
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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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.
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.
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.
This car decided to go through a large puddle and his car stalled during the storm.
Severe weather can happen any time, anywhere. We here on Long Island are experiencing Nor'Easter. Do you know the difference between a severe weather watch vs. a warning? Watch: Conditions are favorable for severe weather and it is possible. Remain alert for possible further warnings. Warnings: Severe weather has been spotted or indicated by radar. Take cover. Safety Tips: The safest place to be during high winds is indoors. Postpone outdoor activities if a wind advisory or high wind warning has been issued. High Winds can bring down trees and power lines and can turn unsecured objects into dangerous projectiles. To protect against the hazard of high winds, Long Islanders should:
If your driving during periods of high winds:
- Check the area immediately surrounding your home or business for unsecured objects or potentially dangerous conditions. Tree limbs garbage cans, yard debris or other materials that can be moved by the wind are potential projectiles aimed at your home or parked vehicles.
- Bring inside loose, lightweight objects such as lawn furniture, potted plants garbage cans, tools and toys.
- Anchor objects that would be unsafe outside, such as a gas grills or propane tanks.
Coastal Flooding Preparations:
- Keep both hands on the wheel and slow down.
- Watch for objects blowing across the roadway and into your path.
- Keep a safe distance from cars in adjacent lanes, as strong gusts could push a car outside its lane of travel.
- Take extra care in a high profile vehicle such as trucks , vans and SUVs, as these vehicles and more prone to being pushed or flipped by high wind gusts.
If you experience flooding and water damage to your home and need our help please call SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown at 631-265-9200
- Prepare a go bag that you can grab in case you need to leave your home in a hurry.
- Learn the safest route from you home or workplace to safe, high ground in case you have to evacuate.
- When outside, avoid walking and driving through flooded areas. As few as six inches of moving water can knock a person over. Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and possible stalling. One or two feet of water can carry away a vehicle.