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If a Storm or Flooding Hits Long Island

1/9/2023 (Permalink)

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

Faster Response

We are locally owned and operated, in that case, 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 contact other teams and crews from a large network of over 1,600 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 of Babylon/Deerpark at 631 661-3802 

We are a 24/7 fire and water restoration company. 

"Like it never even happened."

What You Don't See Can Hurt You

1/9/2023 (Permalink)

Mold In HVAC System Mold can be hard to detect in HVAC systems.

It is extremely important to have your HVAC system cleaned and maintained yearly. Most people will take out their permanent filters, wash and reinstall them.  Others take out their paper filters, discard and replace and think they are done. This is not the correct way to fully clean and maintain your system.  Your system should be cleaned and maintained on a regular basis. Your forced-air system could be a perfect, out of sight way to spread mold, dust, or other allergens throughout your home. 

At SERVPRO of Babylon/Deer Park we have trained crew members that will clean your entire HVAC system.  From air handler to the full duct system. 

Call us at 631 661-3802 for an estimate. Also, call us for any fire/water damage we are available 24/7. We are here to help!

Why SERVPRO?

1/3/2023 (Permalink)

People may ask Why SERVPRO? There are a so many reasons why you should use chose local SERVPRO. The team at SERVPRO are citizens of the same community as you. We are apart of your community, we care for your community and are proud to be there to help. We take pride in creating personal bonds with our customers and establishing TRUST. We do our best to have the trusting connections and friendships within our community. We take pride in our work with our community. 

SERVPRO is there 24/7 for for our customers and we will get the job done promptly and make sure our customer is satisfied. We take care of water, mold and fire restoration. We also take care of duct cleaning on HVAC systems, carpet cleaning and so much more. 

At SERVPRO of Babylon/ Deer Park, we want you to trust us with your home and/or business. It's our job and we take pride in it! Please give us a call at 631-661-3802. We are here to help! Call us any time 24/7!

8 Step Plan for your Business

1/3/2023 (Permalink)

Unfortunately there are times some businesses are forced to close due to a disaster or emergency and are not able to reopen. Small businesses are especially vulnerable because they do not usually have the means to  continue paying expenses when income is interrupted. By planning ahead your business can greatly reduce the chances of a disaster becoming a death sentence for your business.  Here are a few things that should be in place. 

Step 1.

Identify which natural disasters are 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 flexible enough to deal with both situations.

Step 2.

You should review your insurance protection. First, it is best 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. More so, 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. You should confirm that your insurance protection will be enough to see you through a transition period and get your business up and running again.

Step 3.

Your employees should be assigned key responsibilities 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 sure all employees have a copy of your emergency contact list which includes names, addresses, cell phone numbers, and email addresses.  Contact list  should also 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.

Back up your latest data of all important records and computer information. 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. Your business may have the meant to have employees 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.

Have your 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. Make sure you have a plan in tact what works! 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?

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

We are always here to help 24/7 for emergency services

"Like it never even happened."

Storm Damage to your Home

1/3/2023 (Permalink)

During and after a storm your first priority needs to be the safety of your family.  Once your family is safe, you need to thoroughly document the damage to your property.  With the convenience of 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!!

 Please insure you 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. 

Once you are able to communicate, 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, an adjuster from the insurance company will come 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 for emergency services.

Mold vs. Mildew

12/14/2022 (Permalink)

Image of Mold Mold behind a refrigerator

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 at 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" 

Mold in Basement

12/14/2022 (Permalink)

Mold on ceiling Call SERVPRO of Babylon/Deer Park

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 the mold in the basement is already a problem in your home, there are many options for the control and removal of 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 black mold growth may require professional care.

For other 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 drywall, 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

12/14/2022 (Permalink)

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 on the 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. 

In 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 (A 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 consist of wet materials with very low porosity (e.g. hardwood, plaster, brick, concrete, lightweight concrete, and stone). These types of losses may require longer drying times and special methods.   

    The appropriate drying method would be determined based on 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 install air movers in the room. Ensure all wet materials are completely removed and heavily damaged materials (such as heavy water-damaged carpeting), are 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 

We Follow Strict Guidelines

12/14/2022 (Permalink)

Drying out and repairs from water damage SERVPRO was able to repair damages.

The IICRC Standard for Professional Water Damage Restoration (IICRC S500) is a procedural standard. It is based on reliable restoration principles, research, and practical experience. In addition, there has been extensive consultation and information obtained from numerous sources. These sources include, but are not necessarily limited to, the scientific community, the international, national, and regional trade associations serving the professional disaster restoration industry, chemical formulators, and equipment manufacturers, cleaning and restoration training schools, restoration service companies, the insurance industry, allied trades persons and others with specialized experience. It is subject to further revision as developments occur in technology, testing, and processing procedures. The Fourth Edition of the IICRC S500 Standard and Reference Guide has been completely updated and rewritten with the best information and knowledge of the time. Additional Chapters and Sections have been added to the S500 that have not been included previously. These areas include Building and Material Science, by Definition, and the Science of Drying, Limitations Complexities Complications, and Conflicts, Structural Restoration, HVAC, Contents Evaluation Restoration and Remediation, and Large or Catastrophic Restoration. Also, note that Carpet Disengagement and Reinstallation have been moved back into the Appendix of the document. The IICRC S500 provides a specific set of practical standards for water damage restoration. It does not attempt to teach comprehensive water damage restoration procedures; rather it provides the foundation for basic principles of proper restoration practices. IICRC S500 does not attempt to include exhaustive performance characteristics or standards for the manufacture or installation of structural components, materials, and contents (personal property). The IICRC S500 Standard and Reference Guide is presented using a two-part format: the standard itself and a supplementary reference guide. The procedural standard is featured in this first section, supported by the reference guide in the second section. The intent is to use the principles outlined in the reference guide as a tool to better understand and apply the standard itself. However, the reference guide is not considered part of this standard."

Please give us a call at 631-661-3802 if you need help with water damage. We are here to help 24/7 "Like it never even happened." 

Fire Safety Concerns

12/14/2022 (Permalink)

soot on the floor soot can cause health effects

The immediate life-safety concerns about fire are obvious and frightening, but what many don’t realize is that returning to fire-damaged buildings is also hazardous. Cleaning after the fire is part of recovery, but if done wrong this activity may do more harm. If you’re returning to a fire-damaged community follow these fire restoration tips to reduce possible health effects.

After you have dealt with the initial raw emotions of fire loss after you have contacted your insurance company and relatives and emergency personnel that are worried about you, it is time to clean up and rebuild.

Immediate Threats When Cleaning After Fire

These basic measures may save your life when you return to clean up after a fire.

  • Do not reenter a fire-stricken area or building unless a professional has verified it is safe to enter. Fires may reappear and you don’t want to be stuck in the danger zone. Do not go around police/fire barricades or ignore evacuation orders.
  • Do not approach downed power lines or attempt to work around electrical wires.
  • If the structure has been significantly impacted and there are any concerns about the structural integrity of the building, do not enter until an expert or structural engineer okays the building.
  • Do not enter areas with standing water. There may be hidden dangers in the water.
  • Hire a professional fire restoration company.