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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.

Fire Damage Repair Should Be Done With Professionals

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Repair Should Be Done With Professionals Homeowner was smoking in bed and fell asleep in Babylon, New York

Fire Damage Repair Should Be Done With Professionals

With responsive and precise fire damage repair, even the worst disasters can be put in the past. Roaring flames have been one of man’s greatest enemies since the dawn of history, and though it’s easier to handle these days, it can still cause havoc if it gets out of control. Not only can the flames cause enormous damage, the ash, soot and smoke residue that remains will make the home almost noxious to live in. Both can create irritating odors, discolor walls or ceilings and cause breathing issues if there is a high concentration of ash left over.

Professional fire damage repair will remove the ash and smoke residue left behind. This has to be done quickly because ash is acidic and will cause materials to deteriorate if allowed to sit for long. Restoration professionals work hard to provide a thorough cleanup.  This will include treatment of every surface that is affected by ash and soot. This includes cleaning down walls, ceilings, furniture and countertops. Ash and smoke will almost always be present in the vents and ducts as well, as they are quickly taken up by the HVAC system. Professionals will access the home’s ducts to clean them out as well, preventing either from entering the home once again.

Upon eliminating all of the ash, soot and smoke, the home will quickly be free of any lingering odor

What To Do If You Find Water In The Basement

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage What To Do If You Find Water In The Basement Pipe leak in the ceiling caused plenty of damage in this sunroom in Amityville, New York.

One of the worst nightmares for any homeowner is finding water in the basement, and in most cases, the only way to deal with such a situation is to bring in a professional. Excess water, especially when it is contaminated, has the potential to cause a great deal of damage, and if the problem is not dealt with properly, the situation can quickly get out of hand. This is especially true when water is pooling in the home and coming in contact with organic materials like drywall or fabric.

Water in the basement can be caused by a lot of factors. The room may sit under the water table, which will slowly push water into the home. A disaster like a flood can quickly fill the room with fluid, as well as a burst pipe or other plumbing mishap. No matter what causes the water to build up in the home, it will take a certified team to remove it and restore the basement effectively.

There are a couple steps, though, that a homeowner can take to minimize damage and make the home safe to navigate through. If a pipe burst or is leaking, then cutting off the supply line into the home can halt the problem. Also, switching off the home’s power may be necessary, as an electrical discharge can make walking through water exceedingly dangerous and cause a fire.

Safety is the primary concern when contending with excess moisture, and a certified crew will be able to get the home restored in while avoiding any dangerous situations.

How A Water Restoration Technician Assists After Disaster

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage How A Water Restoration Technician Assists After Disaster Pipe leak from a screw that was there for 10 years and just now gave way.

A water restoration technician has an extremely important job when a home is affected by excess moisture or fluid. Certified professionals in the industry can quickly reverse the extensive damage that a flood or sewage backflow can cause, and save as many items as possible in the process. And when dealing with contaminated fluids, especially when it has pooled in the home, only certified professionals should be allowed to manage the cleanup. Attempting to perform cleanup efforts without expert assistance can lead to injury or illness, both of which can be severe.

A certified water restoration technician will usually be on call around the clock, except for those times when an entire community has been affected by a major disaster. As soon as a professional is on site, they will assess the situation and determine what items need immediate rescuing. If fluid has pooled in areas around the home, then pumps will be used to remove it.

The home will be dried using a configuration of heavy duty air movers and dehumidifiers, and while it dries, the firm will move through the building and look for any evidence of mold or pathogen contamination. If pathogens or mold are present, they will be eliminated using special  procedures. This will ensure the home is safe to return to, and with concerted drying efforts, the building will as good as new once professionals have completed their work.