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What you don't see can hurt you

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

Hidden Mold Mold growing from a place that was hidden

I cannot stress how important it is to have your HVAC system cleaned and maintained yearly. Most people take out their permanent filters, wash and reinstall, others take out their paper filters, discard and replace and think they are done. This is not correct, your system should be cleaned and maintained on a regular basis, at least every few months. Your forced-air system could be a perfect, out-of-sight way to spread mold, dust, or other allergens throughout your home, protect your family and yourself call SERVPRO of Babylon/ Deer Park at 631 661-3802 for a free analysis of your home or office system today. Please also call us for any fire/water damage we are available 24/7. We are here to help!

Protecting the Home

2/14/2021 (Permalink)

When in the need of professional help for water or fire damage it is important that the company is very trusted and dependable coming from the community. This company would be SERVPRO. When dealing with the restoration process and or any other cleaning process SERVPRO is trusted.

We make sure when cleaning up the water/fire we make sure everything in your home or business is protected from whatever is being done to your home/business. In this picture, the Kitchen cabinets, refrigerator, and etc are being covered with a tarp to protect them from anything being put on the ground to ensure it will not get damaged.

Here at SERVPRO of Babylon/Deer Park, we strive to completely satisfy and please each client. Please give us a call for any fire and water damage needs at 631-661-3802. We are here to help. "Like it never even happened."

What you don't see can hurt you

2/14/2021 (Permalink)

Mold was hidden The mold was growing from places that were hard to see

I cannot stress how important it is to have your HVAC system cleaned and maintained yearly. Most people take out their permanent filters, wash and reinstall, others take out their paper filters, discard and replace and think they are done. This is not correct, your system should be cleaned and maintained on a regular basis, at least every few months. Your forced-air system could be a perfect, out of sight way to spread mold, dust, or other allergens throughout your home, protect your family and yourself call SERVPRO of Babylon/ Deer Park at 631 661-3802 for a free analysis of your home or office system today. Please also call us for any fire/water damage we are available 24/7. We are here to help!

If a Storm or Flooding hits Long Island...

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Babylon / Deer Park specializes in storm and/or flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property. We are always here for our community.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Long Island, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

If you experience Storm or Flood Damage, please call SERVPRO Babylon/Deerpark at 631 661-3802 

We are always here to help "Like it never even happened."

Storm Damages to your home

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

Your first priority after the storm needs to be the safety of your family.  After the safety of your family is assured, you need to thoroughly document the damage to your property.  With the advent of cell phone cameras and other video devices, it is easier than ever to memorialize the damage caused by the storm and to easily provide the same to your insurance carrier. ALWAYS TAKE NOTE OF THE DAMAGES FOR PROOF

 Hopefully, you also have pictures and other documentation from before the storm so that you can demonstrate to the insurance company the nature of your property and the condition of the same prior to the damage. Before and After pictures are very important. 

As soon as communications allow, you should also immediately place your insurance company on notice of your loss.  Many insurance policies are now written to specifically mandate “immediate” notice of a loss, and insurance companies will often spend lots of money defending against the payment of your claim based upon an alleged “late notice” defense.  After notification of your claim, the insurance company will send an adjuster to your property to inspect the damage.  It is crucially important that you point out any and all damage to your property so that the damage can be documented.

We are always here to help you through Storm and Flood damages.  Call SERVPRO of Babylon/Deer Park at 631-661-3802. We are open 24/7 

8 Step Plan for your Business

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

Some businesses are forced to close due to a disaster or emergency never reopen. Smaller businesses are especially vulnerable because they do not typically have the resources to cover continuing expenses if income is interrupted. A business can greatly reduce the chances of a disaster becoming a death sentence for your business by planning ahead. Here's what you need to have in place.

Step 1.

Identify natural disasters most likely to occur in your area. Recognize that some disasters can be very localized, like a tornado or brush fire and others can affect a wide area like hurricanes or floods. You will need a plan that is flexible enough to deal with both situations.

Step 2.

Review your insurance protection. First, you need to understand what is covered and what is not covered. For instance, while many business insurance policies cover loss of income that only applies to causes of loss specified in business insurance policies. Flood, earthquake, and acts of terrorism are often excluded as covered causes of loss. Moreover, when a disaster does not affect you directly, even if the cause of loss is covered, you would not be compensated for lost business income. Scenarios like this include a major supplier suspending operations or a significant part of your customer base being forced to evacuate due to flood or fire.

Once you understand what is covered you need to review the amounts of insurance you need. Will your insurance protection be enough to see you through a transition period and get your business up and running again?

Step 3.

Assign key responsibilities to employees and make sure everyone knows who is responsible for what in the event of a disaster. Typical responsibilities include deciding whether to implement the emergency plan, contacting employees, setting up temporary operations, etc.

Step 4.

Make an emergency contact list that includes names, addresses, phone numbers, and email and makes sure all employees have a copy. Contacts should include local fire, police, and federal authorities like FEMA and the SBA. You should also compile a list of your largest and most important suppliers and customers.

Step 5.

Make sure you have an up to date and accessible copy of important records and data. Your business will be up and running faster with up to date insurance. Few businesses can run for very long or recover very easily without the information that is the lifeblood of commerce.

Step 6.

Identify alternative business locations for the short and long term. Many employees may be able to work from their homes if your business location becomes inaccessible. But you may need to make provisions for temporary office space in the event that is not possible. Likewise, you may want to identify a facility where you could set up operations or outsource work during a recovery period. Always have a backup plan.

Step 7.

Take an inventory of business property and equipment including serial numbers. Include the price, when bought, and vendor or retailer. You will need this information for insurance reimbursement and tax purposes should the business property become damaged or destroyed.

Step 8.

Walkthrough plans. What looks good on paper often breaks down in practice. Consider different scenarios. For instance, if you will rely on cell phones for short-term communication what happens if the cellular network is down or overloaded? How will you let employees know what to do?

Call SERVPRO of Babylon/Deer Park for a free Emergency Ready Profile at 631 661-3802

We are always here to help 24/7 "Like it never even happened."

Why SERVPRO?

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO? Well, there are a million reasons why to chose us. The crew at SERVPRO are citizens of the same community, we are apart of your community. We aspire to create personal bonds with our clients to establish TRUST. We want connections and friendships within our community. 

SERVPRO is here for our clients and we will get the job done promptly and to the customer's satisfaction. We do fire and water restoration as well as air ducts, carpet cleaning, mold remediation and so much more. 

Here at SERVPRO of Babylon/ Deer Park, we want you to trust us with your home/business. It's our job! Please give us a call at 631-661-3802. We are here to help! We are a 24/7 establishment and here for our customers!

Mold vs. Mildew

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

Pictured is mold behind the cabinet in a home This picture is a case of mold because of the coloring that it is

Like two siblings who have similar features, mold and mildew have a few matching characteristics: Both are keen on moist, warm areas where they might sprout their homes. They can also each grow on a multitude of surfaces, from food to your shower to a sheet of paper. And, of course, they are both two types of fungi that no homeowner likes to see in his or her home.

But mold and mildew also have striking differences when it comes to size, color, and texture.

Mildew is a surface fungus that can easily be identified as a patch of gray or even white fungus that is lying on the surface of a moist area. Mildew is easily treated with a store-bought cleaner and a scrubbing brush.

Mold, on the other hand, can be black or green and is often the result of a much larger infestation. This type of fungus can appear almost "fuzzy" — especially when it is found on food — or even slimy in nature.

The key to treating mold and mildew is to wipe it out of your home immediately. Treating it accordingly will safeguard your home from permanent damage and keep you from doing the tango with nasty fungi in the future.

Call us SERVPRO of Babylon/Deer Park at 631-661-3802. We are open 24/7 for whatever you may need us for. We are here to help "Like it never even happened" 

Basement Mold

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

Mold on the ceiling Get your house inspected for mold.

Basement mold is often the result of a source of moisture — leaky foundations or condensation from appliances are typical culprits. One of the first steps in the prevention of basement mold is to ensure that your basement is free of any moisture and doesn't support a damp, humid environment where mold can thrive.

If mold in the basement is already a problem in your home, there are many options for the control and removal basement mold. Depending on the extent and severity of the problem, and the type of mold, you may need to explore options for professional mold removal. In particular, cases of severe toxic black mold growth may require professional care.

For nontoxic species of mold and less severe mold growth, there are many DIY solutions for the prevention and control of mold in the basement. After removing any mold-covered debris, such as dry wall, insulation, carpet or sub-flooring, hard surfaces can be treated with commercial products containing ammonia and bleach. Basement mold removal on tile or linoleum can also be performed with vinegar or a borax and water solution.

Mold in the basement is a common problem, but by understanding how to identify problem areas and prevent and control mold growth, you can avoid the potentially costly and unhealthy spread of basement mold. Make sure you call a professional. 

Please give SERVPRO of Babylon/Deer Park a call at 631-661-3802 for any questions, concerns or emergencies. We are open 24/7. 

Call a Professional Water Removal Company

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

The hardwood floor is bent inwards because of water damage The floor is bent because the floor was not dried properly

This is a summation of the general drying techniques after an area has experienced water damage. It is recommended that if, one has experienced a great amount of water damage. They consult, with an IICRC certified professional to have restoration work completed in property. 

The IICRC which is an acronym for the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, has certain guidelines that are followed by mold and water restoration companies. Updated editions are often released that keep industry professionals appraised of the most pragmatic and efficient remediation tools and exercises. 

The 3rd edition , the s500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration,there are references to the appropriate amount of drying equipment to use on a property, relative to the damage experienced. Various algorithms are used to calculate the appropriate amounts, which are delineated in the following classes:  

  •  Class 1 (Smallest volume of water, absorption and evaporation): An area or portion of the property that is only minimally affected by the water There is no observable damp carpeting in the area. 
  • Class 2 (Large amount of water, absorption and evaporation): An entire room or large area can be affected by the water including damp carpets
  • Class 3 (Greatest amount of water, absorption and evaporation): Large areas are saturated by water: this includes ceilings, walls and any other overhead areas. 
  • Class 4 (Specifically drying situations): These consists of wet materials with very low porosity (e.g. hardwood, plaster, brick, concrete, light weight concrete and stone). These types of losses may require longer drying times and special methods.   

    The appropriate drying method would be determined based off of an inspection. According to industry experts, the most common 'class' documented is Class 2. The following levels of drying are associated with each class: 

    • Class 1:  Closed drying system i.e. not requiring outside air, whilst employing a dehumidifier.
    • Class 2: Water is first extracted from porous materials and materials which have absorbed water by using a sub-surface extraction tool. Dehumidifiers should be installed in the immediate area. Create a drying chamber and installed air movers into the room. Ensure all wet materials are completely removed and heavily damaged materials (such as heavily water damaged carpeting), is removed and replaced. 
    • Class 3: Consult with a certified professional since this type of damage is considered 'severe'. 
    • Class 4: Consult with a certified professional since this type of damage is considered 'severe'. 

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