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Cleaning in your home after Water Damage

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Cleaning in your home after Water Damage water damage in basement in the process of being cleaned

It is very important that you maintain the cleaniness of your home after water damage to prevent mold growth. Here are tips to help the process of cleaning your home or business after water damage.

  •  Disconnect the power, unplug any electronics, and remove electronics, furniture and movable items immediately.
  • Get rid of the water.
  • Dry out the affected area.
  • Disinfect the affected areas to prevent mold growth 
  • Dispose of damaged items responsibly. The damaged items can be taken to a recycle center instead of to the landfill. 

SERVPRO of Babylon/ Deer Park is here to help clean up and restore the water damage. 

Frequent Mold Questions and Answers

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

Community Frequent Mold Questions and Answers Mold Damage

Mold Questions: 

Q: Do I literally have to clean everything in my house  or just the major things like clothing and furniture?

A:You should clean everything

Q: Which places have the highest rates of mold exposure?

A: Saunas, showers, greenhouses, homes that have a water intrusion issue

Q: How do I get rid of mold?

A: Some mold spores will be found floating through the air and in house dust. If there is mold growth in your home, you must clean up the mold and fix the water problem. You must fix the water problem completely otherwise the mold will grow back 

Mold can happen anywhere and happens to us all. Here at SERVPRO of Babylon/ Deer Park we can help in all 911 emergencies when it comes to Fire and Water restoration 

How to Prevent Water Damage in your Basement

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Prevent Water Damage in your Basement Water Damage in Basement

Obviously, having water damage in your basement is an an unfortunate event to happen in your home, but here are some ways to prevent water damage. 

1. Check for Leakage

  • Check for dark spots under pipes inside sink cabinets, stains on ceilings, toilets that rock, and of course drips.
  • At least once a year, inspect your roof. Repair missing, loose, and damaged shingles. Repair any cracked caulking and check for leaks around flashing

2. Sump Pumps

Make sure you test sump pumps regularly to ensure they will work during a flood. Here is how to do test them. 

  • Slowly fill the sump pump pit with water. Watch for the “float” (similar to the float in your toilet) to rise, which should turn on the pump. Then watch to make sure the water level falls.
  • Test your backup pump the same way, but unplug the main pump first.

We at SERVPRO of Babylon/Deer Park are always here to help with any Water Damage issues. 24/7. 7 days a week. Just give us a call. 

Mold damage in Factory

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold damage in Factory mold in factory after water damage

We know mold and mildew is incredibly problematic and were here to help with some tips to deal with it 

Mold and Mildew

  • Mildew can have a downy or powdery appearance. It can begin as yellow spots that gradually get larger and change to brown.
  • Mold is fuzzy in appearance and comes in all shapes and sizes. It could be orange, green, purple, black, brown, or pink.

Leaking Pipes

  • its inevitable that when their is a leaking pipe that mold will come after it.
  • it is best to have someone take a look at it. SERVPRO of Babylon/ Deer Park will help take care of it. The sooner we can take a look at the leaking pipes, the better. Then we can assess the mold and let you know how best to deal with it.

We at SERVPRO of Babylon/ Deer Park are here to help you with any problems or concerns for mold remediation. 

Oil burner fire damage

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Oil burner fire damage Oil burner fire in home.

When the smoke clears out and the firefighters leave, it can seem like the worst is over and your  home is safe from further damage, but without a professional emergency response team, acidic soot,smoke and lingering odor will continue to deteriorate your property.Whether you have experienced a small fire or a complete burn down, you need a team of experts to assess the situation, stop the immediate damage, and secure your property and make sure the damage is all cleaned. From simple boarding to temporary protection, we at SERVPRO of Babylon/ Deer Park have the equipment and expertise necessary to help you through the restoration process. Our expert staff will monitor the damage, provide the necessary fire damage repairs, and assist in settling the property loss claim on your behalf. We thrive for your complete satisfaction of our fire damage and restoration services and hopes you will use us for any future damage 

Clean up after the storm

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Clean up after the storm Help is on the way

When it comes to cleaning up after a big storm, arborist crews generally must be ready for anything. Any given service territory comes with its own unique weather patterns and predictions, but dealing with the unexpected should always be a part of the game plan.

If your tree crews are working with utility companies, storm preparedness is especially important. Aside from worker and public safety, restoring power to customers is a top priority, and sending restoration workers – including arborists – to deal with fallen trees and large debris is part of that process. Outages cost utilities somewhere between $18 billion to $33 billion annually, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, so getting systems back up and running as soon as possible is an essential part of a utility’s immediate response to weather-related outages.

With that in mind, a preparedness plan is critical. Safety and utility tree work have always gone hand in hand, but the stakes are that much higher when it comes to storm preparedness and recovery. So what does a good storm response and preparedness plan look like? And what kind of knowledge should arborists be equipped with when it comes to navigating severe weather in the field? Let’s take a look at some of the essentials of a storm preparedness program, as well as some of the types of extreme weather that field crews may have to deal with under extraordinary circumstances.

Rule of storm readiness

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage  Rule of storm readiness Nothing is safe

One of the most effective tips when responding to storm damage is a simple one, but it might not always be the first one you think of. It’s not training. It’s not technique. And it’s not having the right tools for the job. Those things are all critically important, of course, but the Golden Rule of storm readiness is this: Rest.

Think about it. When dealing with storm response and cleanup, hazards are far more plentiful than when performing other work under ordinary weather circumstances. The last thing any tree company wants is an exhausted crew out in the field, under-rested and over-stressed.

One common practice among Southern U.S. utility providers when dealing with the effects of hurricanes or tropical storms is to send responding crews home for a certain period of time before deploying them. The effect here is twofold: allowing workers to check in on their homes and families in the wake of a storm, and letting them get enough rest before going into the field so they can then focus on the work that must be completed. Some companies practice the “eight-hours-on, eight-hours-off” rule during protracted periods of storm restoration work, in order to ensure that all crews are rested throughout.

That particular method might not be feasible for every company under all circumstances. But it’s important nevertheless to remember that a well-rested tree crew is far more likely to work safe and stay safe when working under more dangerous, storm-related circumstances.

Commercial carpet cleaning

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial carpet cleaning Entry dirt spot

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, IICRC, offers numerous certification programs for industry professionals, including those specializing in industrial carpet cleaning.

Established technicians and novices alike can reap significant benefits by obtaining Commercial Carpet Maintenance Technician (CCMT) certification through one of 66 IICRC-approved schools located around the United States and internationally.

•    Graduates earn the right to display the CleanTrust™ logo, an outward indicator of technical proficiency, professional conduct and expertise, and highest ethics. This symbol lends credibility to the technician (or firm), and can serve as a marketing tool that lifts the bearer above the competition.
•    Upon completion of the basic CCMT course, graduates are eligible to further their education by enrolling in advanced classes in pursuit of Journeyman or Master designations in the fields of fire and smoke restoration, water restoration, and more.

The CCMT course itself consists of 14 hours of onsite classroom instruction over the course of two days. This is an entry level course that — unlike  courses for continuing education credits — cannot be taken online. Students will learn the fundamental methods and techniques regarding soil removal from commercial textile flooring, basic carpet composition, standards, and safety procedures. The course concludes with an onsite exam. Students who do not pass the test or are unable to take the exam upon completion of the course must contact an exam monitor in their area. The test can be taken or retaken within 90 days of the end of the class.

The IICRC offers a support manual that guides industrial carpet cleaning professionals through applications in the field. The 2011 IICRC S100 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Cleaning of Textile Floor Coverings serve as a reference book for technicians, outlining the five most common soil removal methods and other useful information.

Commercial Cleaning Should Only Be Done With Professionals

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Cleaning Should Only Be Done With Professionals This carpet has not been cleaned in over 5 years.

With regular commercial carpet cleaning, office flooring can remain in excellent condition for many years. Any professional brought in to treat the carpet should have certification by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), as the IICRC offers the most modern training and best practices to technicians in the industry. Among the IICRC’s courses are odor treatment and color repair techniques, giving professionals a full range of treatment knowledge.

Commercial carpet cleaning consists of deep vacuuming to remove any soil that has worked its way into the fibers. Regular vacuuming is very important and will greatly extend the life of the carpet. However, deeper treatment is needed periodically. This consists of cleaning near the entry points of the building, and any other high traffic areas. Regular maintenance should also include complete cleaning at least twice a year. Professionals may use dry foam, encapsulation or hot water extraction for this process, and an IICRC-certified technician will determine the best technique for optimal results.

A professional can obtain certification and learn proper treatment techniques through an IICRC-approved school. During the coursework students will learn from the IICRC’s S100, an extensive document that demonstrates the five most common methods of commercial carpet treatment. Students will also obtain a basic understanding of various carpet construction, and will be exposed to a variety of soiling conditions, providing a wealth of experience and knowledge for the technician

Understanding The Fire Restoration Process

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Understanding The Fire Restoration Process An electrical outlet caused significant damage to this home in North Babylon New York in November 2017

It is imperative that IICRC-approved fire restoration should be implemented as soon as possible after a house fire is out. The longer the delay in contacting a restoration company, the more opportunity there is for damage from water and smoke to intensify. A homeowner’s insurance company should be able to refer an approved and experienced restoration firm. It is surprising just how well restoration works in light of how destructive a fire can be. Depending on the damage, a home can often be restored to its before-fire state. A restoration team has a difficult task to perform, and a great deal of responsibility, but IICRC-approved technicians are well-equipped to return a home to its original condition.

The fire restoration process involves the repair of any structures damaged by smoke, fire, or water. Carpets undergo a chemical process to remove smoke odor. Sub-floor materials undergo inspection for damage and may need to be replaced. Upholstery and curtains are subject to a similar process. Furnishings are taken to a separate location and restored to pre-fire condition. The home is aired out for as long as needed to diminish the effects of odor and mildew, and deodorization efforts continue throughout the process. Through the cooperation of the insurance company, the restoration team, and the homeowner, a home can be restored and made safe to live in once again.