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3 Steps You Need To Take When You Have A Pipe Break

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Three Steps You Need to Take When You Have a Pipe Break

If you are a homeowner, you are likely to know how to prepare your house for a hurricane, tornado, or even hail, but what should you do when you have a supply line break? Water in your home can be incredibly damaging, and if it's your first experience with a supply line break, you might be shocked at just how much flooding and water damage there is to handle. Fortunately, no matter how much experience you have with water in your home, there are three things you can do to handle a flooded home after a supply line break.

1. Stay Calm
if you come home to a flooded home, it's normal to panic. Try not to. Instead, remain calm as you face the problem of water in your home. Water cleanup, mitigation, and drying performed by your home restoration company will ensure your flooded home is returned to its normal state, but panicking won't make this happen faster. Remember that people around the globe have dealt with water in their flooded home. You, too, can handle this.

2. Get to Safety
when you have a supply line break, you might be tempted to try to fix it yourself. Keep in mind that a break is nothing to face on your own. Water in your Babylon/ Deer Park home can quickly become a hazard, so it's important that you leave the area with water damage as quickly as possible. Water damage isn't simply structural. When you have a pipe break, the area becomes prone to mold growth and insects, as well. A restoration company can handle water cleanup, mitigation, and drying.

3. Call a Professional Restoration Company
Your home may have flood damage after a pipe break, but a restoration company can help with water in your home. Flood damage can manifest itself visibly, but you may also have structural damage that a home restoration company can notify you about after mitigation, water cleanup, drying, and restoration. While the flood damage in your home might seem impossible when it comes to water cleanup and drying, the truth is that your restoration expert has seen this problem before, and he or she is fully equipped to handle this situation.

No homeowner wants to deal with flood damage, but unfortunately, flooding does happen. If you find yourself in a situation where you have river flooding or a pipe breaks, remember that you aren't alone. Your home restoration expert is ready to help you with mitigation to prevent flood damage from happening to you again. SERVPRO of Babylon/ Deer Park will work with you to ensure you're safe and that your home is repaired after the damage. 

How to Choose a Restoration Professional
the person or company you use to restore your home after serious flooding should have experience handling water cleanup specifically. While most companies are familiar with handling a variety of damage issues, make sure you ask if the company is ready to assist with cleanup after water damage caused by a pipe breaking. When you reach out to the company, you need to provide as much information as possible. Was the flood water in your home caused by a pipe break? Has your area recently experienced high rainfall? Did a nearby dam break? If you aren't sure what caused the water buildup in your home, just let the company know and they will work with you to create a plan that will remove the excess water from your building and help you get back to your normal life. Call SERVPRO of Babylon/ Deer Park at 631-661-3802

What To Do After A Flood

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Floods happen so quickly that many are caught unprepared, and while floods often can’t be prevented, what you do after a flood can save you thousands of dollars on flood remediation and water damage repair costs.  Here are some tips to take after you notice flood damage.

Stay Safe

Flood waters can be contaminated by sewage or household chemicals so do not go into the water without protection even if it is clear. If there is possibility of downed or live wires don’t risk it, wait for a professional. If it is safe to go into the water wear waders, hip- or waist-high waterproof boots. In addition, wear rubber gloves to remove water- damaged possessions and to avoid contaminants. Hiring a professional to do flood clean-up is the best way to ensure your safety and the safety of your possessions. Any food that came into contact with the flood waters should be thrown away. Boil all of your water until authorities declare the water supply is safe.

Take Pictures

Before you remove any water or make any repairs, fully document the damage to send to your insurance company by taking photos or video. If you start removing water or making repairs before you photograph the damage, you run the risk of decreasing the extent of your coverage.

Call Your Insurance Company

After you have ensured your family is safe, the first person you contact should be your insurance agent. If the floods have affected an entire region note that your agent might be dealing with their own flooding emergency and may not be available. If that is the case, contact your insurance company’s headquarters they should be able to direct you to the right information.

Let your insurance company know the extent of the damages to your home and any repairs you intend to do immediately. Be sure to follow the insurance company’s direction about whether or not to wait for an adjuster to inspect the property before making repairs. Document the damage and conversations at every stage of the process.

Call SERVPRO of Babylon/ Deer Park

Our expert flood damage remediation specialists can help you recover from water damage. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete

Call SERVPRO of Babylon/ Deer Park at (631)- 661-3802

How to prevent Water Damage from Dishwasher leaks.

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Many restaurants in Babylon/ Deer Park rely on dishwashers to keep things ticking over and ensure a regular supply of clean crockery for their customers. However, just like any appliance, a dishwasher might break down and cause water damage to your premises. A leak is inconvenient and even costly if you have to close down during cleanup.

SERVPRO recommends all restaurant owners take the following steps to take care of their automatic dishwashers and reduce the risk of water damage from leaks.

  • Tell Staff Not to over fill 
    It is tempting to put lots of crockery and cutlery in the tray to get cleaner in each load. However, instruct your staff not to crowd the rack, as an over-filled dishwasher is much more likely to leak. It is better to do a couple of smaller loads than trying to fit everything into one big load.
  • Do Regular Maintenance On Doors 
    Loose hinges, misaligned door latches, or broken seals, can all cause leaks. Sometimes the problem can be fixed by simply adjusting and tightening a few screws. You could use an epoxy patch kit to remedy minor seal breaks. However, if it is not possible to right the door or seal, it is better to replace it.
  • Check The Tub And Hose 
    The tub and hose can both develop faults over time. Constant use might corrode the tub and make a hole, and aging hoses can become unstable or cease to fit properly. Check all the components of the unit regularly and replace it at the first sign of wear and tear.
  • Use The Correct Detergent 
    Make sure every staff member knows which detergent is best. Always use a dishwashing detergent, and always follow the manufacturer instructions. The incorrect dishwashing detergent or too much of the correct cleaning agent might cause suds or even a blockage.

    In the event of a leak, SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified technicians are on hand to help with cleanup. We extract water from your premises and use dehumidifiers and air movers to dry the surrounding area so you can resume business as soon as possible.

    For help with water damage remediation in Babylon/ Deer Park and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Babylon/ Deer Park at (631)-672-4835
     

Preparing for a Thunderstorm

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms can be more dangerous than you think! They happen often and can cause a lot of damage to your home. Of course, there are ways to help prevent this.

To prepare for a Thunderstorm, you should do the following:

  • You should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan. In order, to prevent any chaos. 
  • Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
  • Get inside a home, building, or hard top automobile so you are safe (not a convertible).
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors so they do not swing open and to avoid rain from coming in. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.
  • Unplug any electronic equipment well before the storm arrives.

    Here are some facts about Thunderstorms!

    • They may occur singly, in clusters or in lines.
    • Some of the most severe occur when a single Thunderstorm affects one location for an extended time.
    • Warm, humid conditions are highly favorable for Thunderstorm development.

      When Storms hit SERVPRO of Babylon/ Deer Park is Ready!

Commercial Water Damage, SERVPRO is here to help

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events throughout Long Island, in Nassau and Suffolk County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, SERVPRO of Babylon/ Deer Park works quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges but what doesn't.

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. SERVPRO of Babylon/ Deer Park understands that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need, 631-661-3802

About SERVPRO of Babylon/ Deer Park 

SERVPRO of Babylon/ Deer Park specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

SERVPRO of Babylon/ Deer Park is available 24/7 to help with Commercial Water Damage Events to make it "Like it never even happened." Please give us a call!

Fire prevention tips

7/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire prevention tips Furniture that was burned by a fire

Obviously, fire damage is an extremely horrible thing to occur. It is highly important to know how to properly prevent a fire. Here are some important fire prevention tips:

1) install smoke alarms. When smoke is detected the smoke alarms will alert the people in the house and the local fire department in your area

2) Test your smoke alarms in your home or business every month to ensure they work properly

3) If there is fire in your home GET OUT immediately, do not linger around in the building or grab anything. Your safety is more important then an object.

4) Have an emergency plan with your family to make sure everyone in the house knows were to go and do in case of fire

If you unfortunately have fire damage in your home, SERVPRO of Babylon/ Deer Park is here to help.

Getting ready for a storm

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Getting ready for a storm Rip out needed after this storm destroyed all flooring in this home.

While it might be a welcome relief after a long winter, the spring season doesn't always warrant sunny and warm weather. In fact, this season is notorious for bringing heavy rains, lightning, thunder, and even tornadoes. Protecting your business and its employees by being prepared is your first line of defense against the potential for spring storm damage. Your second is the right package for your business, which is complete with a Business Owner's Policy (BOP), commercial property coverage and general liability protection.

Emergency Checklist


First, establish a chain of command, a communication plan, and an exit strategy should you need one. Involve your staff members in the emergency instructions so that everyone is on the same page. Next, ensure your staff members are familiar with tornado procedures.

Prepare For Power Outages


  Here are some steps you can take to manage  and prepare for power failures.

  • Clearly label circuit breakers
  • Keep a generator on site
  • When severe storms come, unplug computers and other equipment that could be damaged by the surge
  • Install surge protectors
  • Service emergency equipment prior to storms to ensure it will work when you need it
  • Keep backup digital files for critical information

Protect Your Home Or Office


Take an inventory of your important items before a storm. This will help to report lost or damage property after a severe spring storm. Ensure all latches and supports are in good working order and that heavy items are secured. Next, find a home for loose items, especially important documents.

 

 

Coinsurance on a commercial property

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Coinsurance on a commercial property There was a coinsurance policy on this building that was fire bombed.

Coinsurance clauses are found in a wide range of insurance policies, but serve varying purposes depending on the area of insurance. When used in the context of property insurance, coinsurance is defined as "the percentage of the value of the property that a policyholder is required to insure." Coinsurance clauses are included in commercial property policies in order to ascertain that policyholders are purchasing a sufficient limit of insurance, and penalizes those who do not. If the policyholder fails to purchase an adequate amount of the value for their insured property, then their claim payment is reduced and they may not be fully covered in the event of a disaster. When this happens, the insurer compares the policy’s limit at the time of the loss against the amount required by the coinsurance percentage to calculate what will be paid out on the claim. Let's illustrate this in an example: Say a building is valued at $1,000,000 and the insurance policy contains an 80% coinsurance clause. This clause would specify the policyholder insures the building for $800,000. If the policyholder were to only purchase $600,000, they would be subject to penalty in the case of a property loss.  Continuing the above scenario, if only $600,000 of property limit is purchased and a fire occurs that causes $300,000 in damage repair, the claim payout would be calculated by dividing the actual insured amount ($600,000) by the required insured amount ($800,000), or 75%.  That percentage is then multiplied against the $300,000 loss, so the policyholder would only receive $225,000 minus any applicable deductible. Insuring the property at an amount less than the coinsurance clause percentage detracts from the claim payout.   Coinsurance does not affect you until a loss is suffered, but it is essential to be aware of the inclusion of this clause when purchasing a policy as it will directly impact the coverage you receive in the event of a disaster.  

Commercial Insurance Cover Weather-Related Damage

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial  Commercial Insurance Cover Weather-Related Damage This business used their interruption Insurance due to a fire.
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Different Ways Weather Can Impact Your Business

There are many different ways a business can be impacted by weather conditions. For example, electrical storms and snow could knock out power and make it impossible to operate your business. However, it could also damage your buildings and make it necessary to shut down. In this way, you could lose business capabilities for an extended period. Thankfully, insurance will cover many of these problems to minimize your losses.

Business Disruption Insurance Is Crucial

General commercial insurance may not cover these problems if you don’t include business disruption coverage. This type of insurance coverage is designed to help cover losses when weather or damages impact the operation of your business. It will help get your business back in working shape and minimize personal and businesses losses in an effective manner. As weather-related damage is considered an act of God, specific coverage like this is needed for your business.

Important Considerations

When purchasing this type of insurance, it is important to choose a type that covers all possible damage. For example, it should cover emergency repairs to your building, equipment breakdown, food spoilage, loss of power, tree damage, loss of water, wind damage, snow damage, and winter storm damage. These types of weather damage are hard to predict and must be covered as much as possible.

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Frequently asked water damage questions and answers

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Frequently asked water damage questions and answers water damage in basement

1) Q: Is it a good idea to clean up and dry out the water damage myself? 

A:  If water flooded a large portion of your home or office, it’s the water you can’t see, the water that wicks up behind the wall or under the floors, that causes mold or mildew. You need a licensed professional to clean up water damage to get to properly clean and dry out the water. 

2) Q: How long does it take to dry out my home or business? 

A: The answer completely depends on the situation and circumstances. Usually, it takes around 2-3 days to dry out an average sized room. Also, concrete takes longer to dry than wood. 

3) Q: Is it okay for me to open windows or doors during the drying process? 

A: IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO NOT! Our crew specifically set up your property to best dry it efficiently. By opening windows and doors it can cause drying problems based on weather conditions. Also, do not turn on the air conditioner or heat during the drying process. 

It is important that when you have water damage that a trained and licensed professional properly takes care of