After the Storm
Water was seeping through the roof.
Once you return to your home, focus on documenting by completely inventorying and valuing all damages and costs to repair or replace your property, regardless of your insurance. If your rental, home, or business was insured for flood damage, there are differences in how a flood works versus home insurance claims that get adjusted and settled however, they have similarities. Wind damage will be covered under your homeowner's policy, while flood damage caused by storm surge should be covered under your flood policy.
Check your home and wind policies for special deductibles or coverages related to hurricanes, wind, hail, and all damage. You'll find lots of information in your local library, tips, videos, and tools. We're rooting for your recovery and are here to help.
- Key Tips
Take photos of the damage before any clean-up or repairs are done.
- Keep a diary of conversations with insurance, repair, government, and other professionals. To prevent any confusion
- Focus on drying/cleaning out, avoiding further damage, while getting all damage inspected, measured, and estimated by qualified, reputable, and independent experts.
Flood insurance policies have different rules than home insurance policies.
- Start working on a detailed and itemized "proof of loss" form but don't rush and leave things out.
- Give your home and/or flood insurer a chance to do the right thing. They will always do the right thing
Different types of water damage
The floor is buckling because water seeped into the floorboards and caused the floor to do this
Water damage can originate by different sources such as a broken dishwasher hose, a washing machine overflow, a dishwasher leakage, broken/leaking pipes, flood waters and clogged toilets. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 13.7% of all water used in the home today can be attributed to plumbing leaks. On average that is approximately 10,000 gallons of water per year wasted by leaks for each US home. A tiny, 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can release up to 250 gallons of water a day. According to our sources, in August 2000, broken water pipes ranked second to hurricanes in terms of both the number of homes damaged and the amount of claims (on average $50,000 per insurance claim) costs in the US.<sup5">[ Experts suggest that homeowners inspect and replace worn pipe fittings and hose connections to all household appliances that use water at least once a year. This includes washing machines, dishwashers, kitchen sinks, and bathroom lavatories, refrigerator ice makers, water softeners, and humidifiers. A few US companies offer whole-house leak protection systems utilizing flow-based technologies. A number of insurance companies offer policyholders reduced rates for installing a whole-house leak protection system.
As far as insurance coverage is concerned, most damage caused by bad weather is considered flood damage and normally is not covered under homeowners' insurance. Coverage for bad weather would usually require flood insurance
COMMERCIAL FIRE RESTORATION
Restoring a place of business after a fire is always a difficult task. Even a small fire can cause damage and immerse the surrounding areas with soot and a smell that will linger permanently if not treated correctly. SERVPRO® of Babylon/ Deer Park is the area's most experienced disaster recovery team.
SERVPRO of Babylon/ Deer Park has decades of combined experience amongst our ranks and we extensively train each and every new crew member to utilize proven techniques and to optimally manage all drying equipment. Since we are a SERVPRO® Franchise we have access to new technology, equipment, and methods that are backed and tested by the nation's most reliable disaster relief franchise. Hopefully, you will never need our services, but if your commercial properties ever experience a fire we will be there when you call. Trust us! Please give us a call at 631-661-3802 for any questions or issues. We are here 24/7 for emergency services. We are always here to help "Like it never even happened."
Fire Damage Cleanup and Repair
SERVPRO of Babylon/ Deer Park are your one stop shop for cleanup and repair of your fire damages caused to your home or business. We are available 24/7 and answer your call when you need us most.
Fast and efficient fire damage cleanup can make your worst catastrophe a thing of the past. No one expects or plans for a fire, but once it occurs it feels like your worst nightmare. Not only do the flames tear through anything they can touch, but the damage caused by the smoke, ash, and soot cause major damage as well. This is all before the fire department arrives and douses your home with water as well. Smoke, ash, soot, and water….all specialties of SERVPRO of Babylon/ Deer Park
Professional fire damage repair will work quickly to get your home back up and running. The main reason you call a professional to clean up after this type of mess is because ash is acidic and will destroy materials if it sits for too long by deteriorating them. The smoke damage as well will cause an irritating smell and could be potentially harmful.
The average scope for a fire damage includes;
-Setting up containment areas to avoid further damage from soot spreading around the home
-Bag up and clear out fire damaged materials
-Begin cleaning/wiping down all floors, walls, carpets, ceilings, furniture, countertops, etc. Anywhere the smoke could reach will need to be cleaned and that’s what we’re there for.
-Lastly we need to clean out the home’s HVAC system because the smoke will cause a harsh and irritating odor if not correctly cleaned.
After cleaning all ash, soot, and smoke damage the home will be free of any odors that will be irritating or harmful. Call SERVPRO of Babylon/ Deer park for all your fire damage cleanup needs @ 631-661-3802. We are always here to help "Like it never even happened." 24/7
3 Steps You Need To Take When You Have A Pipe Break
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. It will better everyone 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. We promise.
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. We are open 24/7 "Like it never even happened."
How to Prevent Water Damage in your Basement
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 bathtub 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 to use. Always use a dishwashing detergent/soap, 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. We are always here to help 24/7, "Like it never even happened."
Commercial Water Damage, SERVPRO is here to help
Commercial Water Damage
Flooding and water damage events throughout Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk County) commercial properties are often complex, with numerous problems that require knowledgeable and flexible responses.
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? We know how to handle it.
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." Again, please give us a call at 631-661-3802 for any issues you may have.
What to do after a flood
They can 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 and advice to take after you notice flood damage.
Flood waters can be contaminated by sewage or household chemicals so do not go into the water without protection even if it is clear (you just never know). If there is a possibility of down or live wires don’t risk it, wait for a professional to come. 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.
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.
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 for any water/storm and flooding issues. We are always here to help "Like it never even happened." We are open 24/7.
Preparing for a Thunderstorm
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:
Getting ready for a Storm
crew ripped out flooring in a house because of storm damage
While it might be a 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 home, 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.
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.
Here at SERVPRO of Babylon/Deer Park, we strive to keep our customers satisfied and provide them the right information and advice to help them in these situations. Please call us at 631-661-3802. We are open 24/7, always here to help "Like it never even happened."