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Let Us Be The First You Call After a Disaster
Why SERVPRO of Freeport?
When disaster strikes, no matter its form, whether it is water, fire, or a storm, we have got you covered. With many years as the leading specialist in the cleanup and restoration business we have a variety of skills and resources other companies just do not have. If you have just one room or an entire building that has been damaged we can help, the size of the project is not a limitation for us just a new challenge we are willing to take one.
At SERVPRO of Freeport we are dedicated to what we do, and helping our community when it needs us most. We offer 24/7 service and communication so we can be there when you really need us. Don’t hesitate to call us up at any hour of the day and we will be there!
Mold Remediation Done Right
Mold and Rental Damage
If you’ve discovered mold damage in your home, you may be wondering if your rental insurance policy will cover the damage and remediation.
The answer? It depends on both your policy and the type of damage.
Renters Insurance 101
Renters insurance policies typically cover the personal property of the renter, while the landlord’s insurance covers the structure.
Most policies include coverage for damages caused by an emergency situation, such as fire or flood, and any damage resulting from those situations.
They may also cover damages caused by accident or nature up to the point when the resident has had reasonable time to discover and fix the problem. It's important to note that most insurance policies will not cover damages resulting from neglect.
What Mold Damages May Be Covered
Your rental insurance may have provisions for mold removal and remediation if the mold growth is caused by an emergency situation. This water damage is caused by firefighting efforts, natural disasters, or an accidental pipe break. Keep in mind that in many cases, they may also cover the costs for hiring a mold remediation professional like SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt.
What Renters Are Responsible For
In most cases, renters are responsible for reporting any mold removal needs as soon as they realize there’s a problem. Mold damage to a renter's personal property also falls to them, while damage to the actual property may be covered by the landlord’s policy.
Renters insurance may require the renter to do everything they reasonably can in order to report and remedy the mold problem. The renter is also responsible for having insurance and knowing what the policy contains.
Many times, a rental insurance policy will cover damage up to the point where the renter could have prevented it from getting any worse. This means that as soon as damage is found, appropriate steps should be taken to stop the infestation and prevent further spread. In some cases, your policy may even cover the cost of professional cleaning.
Contact Us For All Mold Remediation Needs
Give us a call at (516) 774-2200 or e-mail office@SERVPROfreeportroosevelt.com for immediate assistance for any mold related issue for your commercial or residential properties.
Helping Keeping Everyone Healthy in the New Year
Keeping your employees safe in the New Year
We are answering common questions about COVID-19 such as “How can I keep my exposure minimal?” or “How do I combat this virus before it enters my home?”. SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt can help you in being proactive! We offer several levels of proactive cleaning services to our customers year round that can help minimize exposure by thoroughly disinfecting businesses and homes. At SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt, we follow CDC guidelines while performing these services. All our employees are all highly trained, wear full protection gear, and maintain correct certifications to get the job done to the highest standard.
Many businesses have already contacted us to perform proactive cleanings of their office spaces, restaurants, theaters, and much more. The best part is that you do not need to vacate your home or business for an extended period of time. This is unlike if you were to have a bug fogging service performed. Our cleaning chemicals are green, so they are not harmful to you, your pets, or your customers once the cleaning has been performed. Meaning whether you are having a home or your restaurant cleaned, we can have you back in the structure and living your life quickly. You will not have to worry about a place to stay, to work, or any potential harm coming to you, guests or pets.
As an industry leader, SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt has been fighting viruses for years by proactively cleaning against everything from SARS, Swine flu, to the common cold! If you or someone you know is interested in having these services performed or obtaining an estimate for these services, please don’t hesitate to give us a call today!
Stay Safe and Stay Healthy this winter.
Leave Water Damages to the Professionals
Why It is Important to Deal With Water Damages Correctly
Water damage can create huge problems for homeowners/business owners and is sometimes immediately seen, but occasionally it can be more slow forming. Sometimes the evidence of burst or leaky pipes is even discovered after returning from a trip, in which case the damage will have set in much more. Regardless of where the water damage stemmed from, it is important to immediately contact a specialist when water damage is first discovered.
We recommend you contact a company equipped and available to help with water emergencies at any time of day or night such as SERVPRO. Time is of the essence when it comes to preventing further damages, and making a phone call will help to organize your thoughts and information as you move forward. Professionals like us at SERVPRO have a wealth of experience, certifications, affiliations, and resources you can trust. We assist our clients by quickly assessing the level of damage and contamination to any home. We inspect carpet and know how to extract and dry water and moisture out from more than the visible areas, but also from hidden areas. For example, we use the best quality pumps, dehumidifiers, infrared cameras, cleaning and sanitizing products.
If you need water damage assistance in Freeport or Roosevelt New York, our caring and qualified team at SERVPRO is available 24/7. In addition to assessing damage, extracting water, and drying areas, we also assist with cleaning belongings and restoring the area back to new. We can help eradicate the unmistakable odor associated with water damage and even work with the insurance company to properly get rid of damaged materials and handle other parts of the process. While water damages are understandably overwhelming, remember that you are not alone and there is a team of professionals ready and to help with every step.
Keeping Safe With Electricity
Why choosing the right extension cord is so important-
Extension cords are a common and convenient way to bring power to electrical devices when outlets are not nearby. However, when used without proper care and caution, they can become fire hazards and pose serious risks to your safety. With the weather becoming colder you may be tempted to set up space heaters or something similar connected with electrical cords, after reading this you may change your mind.
Follow these tips below to help keep your home safe when using extension cords:
Selecting extension cords
- Only purchase cords that have been approved by an independent testing laboratory.
- For outdoor projects, use only extension cords marked for outdoor use.
- Read instructions for information about the cord's correct use and the amount of power it draws.
- Select cords that are rated to handle the correct wattage of the devices with which they'll be used.
- Consider the length you'll need, longer cords can't handle as much current as shorter cords of the same gauge.
- Choose cords with polarized or three-prong plugs.
- For use with larger appliances, choose thick, round, low-gauge extension cords. For smaller appliances and electronics, you can use thin or flat cords.
Using extension cords
- Never remove an extension cord's grounding pin in order to fit it into a two-prong outlet.
- Avoid powering multiple appliances with one cord.
- Never use indoor extension cords outdoors.
- Don't plug more than one cord together.
- Don't run extension cords under a rug or furniture.
- Don't bend or coil cords when they're in use.
- Cover cord receptacles with childproof covers when not in use.
- Never use extension cords that feel hot to the touch.
Caring for extension cords
- Always store cords inside where they can remain dry.
- Unplug extension cords that are not in use.
- Throw away damaged cords immediately.
- Pull the plug, not the cord, when disconnecting from the outlet.
Remember, extension cords are intended to be temporary wiring solutions. If you find you're using them on a permanent basis, this can create an unnecessary risk in your home and it is not worth it damage.
Keeping Your Gutters Debris Free
Why you need to keep your gutters clean for winter-
Your gutters are a one of the first lines of defense to prevent water buildup, putting water where it should go, but if they are clogged this is not going to work well. During the winter with snow and ice filling the gutters, this buildup can create serious problems. These clogged gutters can lead to leaks, floods, and severe water damages you don't want to deal with. We want to prevent you from having to deal with the hassle of this so we compiled some advice.
Below are some tips to follow to prevent damage and larger issues.
Remove debris: Twigs, leaves, granules and other stuff can accumulate in your gutters, especially if you don't have leaf guards in place. Always make sure to check and remove all possible obstructions inside your gutters to minimize the chances of clogging and overflowing. Make sure to use the most adequate equipment while doing so.
Check for leaks: If your gutters have seen a few downpours, the best thing you can do is make sure they haven't suffered any damage, and that the seams are properly sealed. The best way to detect this problem is to hose your gutters and inspect every foot of your gutters to look for leaks. If you do find them, don't worry and apply a layer of sealant to solve the problem.
Make sure your downspout isn't clogged: This is really, really important. A clogged downspout is not only one of the main reasons rain gutters overflow, but they are also difficult to detect. To achieve this, hose down your downspout from the top and check that water is flowing freely at the bottom. If this is not the case, use a plumber's snake to get rid of the obstruction.
Winter Weather is Here!
The risk cold weather brings-
The cold winter season is usually characterized by snow, ice, and low temperatures. Besides this, the cold weather can also create many problems in your home such as frozen pipes and even become a home for small animals escaping from the harsh climate. The damaged pipes can also cause structural damage, provide the perfect conditions for mold to grow and cause flooding. All of these are things you really don't want to deal with.
Research shows that a pipe does not break due to the formation of ice inside it or the expansion of ice against its wall. The actual cause is the continuous freezing and expansion that takes place inside the pipe after a complete ice blockage. This results in pressure increasing between the ice blockage and the closed faucet. In fact, pipes break where there has been barely any ice formation.
The pipes that mostly freeze are swimming pool lines, sprinkler lines, outdoor faucet, water supply line in places like the basement, garages, crawl places and attics. Therefore, homeowners should take certain precautions to prevent this from happening.
To prevent pipes from breaking, you will need to do the following;
• Leave the cabinet doors under sinks open
• Insulate pipes with plastic, newspaper or insulation
• Make your home winter-ready by covering the windows using plastic or installing storm windows, weather stripping and caulking windows and doors, and insulating walls and attics
• Ensure that your thermostat reads the same temperature during the day and night
• Avoid closing the faucets tightly during winter; leave them dripping to prevent freezing
If your pipes freeze after taking all these precautions, do not panic. Seek the assistance of a professional. If you live in the Freeport/Roosevelt area, call us and let us fix and restore the damage. We offer reliable restoration and cleaning service to our community; we are a local company hence you can be sure that we know the area well and will arrive promptly to address the problem. At SERVPRO, we believe in professionalism and in providing quality services to our customers. Contact us anytime you have a water related emergency at your home or business.
Broken Pipes 101
Broken Pipes 101
Extensive water damage can be caused by faulty water pipes: cracked, broken, or frozen pipes are likely to burst which can cause serious destruction. The timing is extremely important to responding to a broken pipe. Also knowing how to best respond will give you the best chance to save your items and to reduce the amount of money spent by restoring your property instead of replacing all surfaces touched by the water.
It's is important to take care of your water damage as fast as possible. It can be hard to determine what to do in a these stressful situations like this, but being prepared by knowing the below steps can save you time and money in the case of an emergency.
1. Contact Your Insurance Company
As soon as a pipe breaks and begins to flood your home, you need to call your insurance company. Be sure to have your local agent's office and national hotline on deck. The sooner you can get your claim started, the sooner you will receive the money necessary to pay for the broken pipes and begin repairs. Do not risk your claim being denied, make sure to contact your Insurance Company ASAP.
2. Take Note and Pictures of ALL Damage
During an insurance claim, an adjuster will come to your home to audit the extent of the damage done to your home. Before they arrive, it's helpful to create a list of damaged items through notes and pictures. The adjuster will be able to use this list as valuable information when processing your claim.
3. Keep All Damaged Items
Even if it is destroyed beyond recognition, do not throw away affected items. These items act as proof of damage to the Insurance Company and can help prove the extent of your claim, so you can receive the resources you need to pay for repairing and replacing your items.
4. Have Mitigation Done
When a pipe bursts, it results in flooding to your home. You would be surprised at how quickly a burst pipe can fill your home with water. As soon as moisture hits your walls and floors, it is only a short period of time until the surfaces are structurally compromised or susceptible to mold growth.
Mold can begin to grow in as little as a day and can easily spread to large areas. Excessive water can quickly absorb into your home, which means that the materials will then need to be replaced.
Call us at SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt if your Long Island home has been damaged as a result of a broken pipe. You can trust us to cleanup and restore service your home to its original quickly as possible to minimize any further damage. Our team will also make every attempt to save items and restore all materials that have been affected by the water damage. You can be confident that we will have your home looking as good as new!
Call SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt at (516) 774-2200 for the quickest local service.
What to do When Water Enters Your Home!
Few moments in life are as overwhelming as discovering that your Freeport home has been flooded. Your home is supposed to be safe and a sacred space, but when either a natural disaster, or a hole in a roof causes water to come into your home you can be left wondering what to do now.
What to Do After Water Floods Your Home
First off you must take a deep breath and get your mind focused on the task at hand. Even though damage has been done, if you are alright and your home is still standing there is hope for it to be restored.
Second you need to make sure that your home is safe to enter. If water is high enough to touch electrical outlets then the power must be turned off either by you or the power company (when in doubt call the electric company before proceeding).
The third task is to take pictures and lots of them. These pictures will play a huge role in helping your insurance company understand the extent of the damage so that you can be reimbursed. Then any standing water should be removed from the home.
It can be overwhelming to know what to remove and what can be saved. Consider calling SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt. SERVPRO can help determine what can be saved and what needs to be removed to ensure that all moisture is gone from the home We make sure that you can rebuild without having to worry about hidden mold. While it may be tempting to try to walk through this process alone, a service remediation company like SERVPRO can help save you money in the long run as well as give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your home in good hands.
Water in Your Store?
No matter if the damage was big or small, water damages are not something anyone wants to deal with in their place of business. It slows down your work and can create a danger for your employees and customers. For this store we were able to arrive quickly and begin the extraction and drying process before the damage had really set in. Our quick response time allows for the least possible damage to occur, which means the cleanup goes a lot more smoothly. As a local business ourself, SERVPRO of Freeport Roosevelt is there to support its community, we understand the need to have everything back to normal!
Some tips before we arrive-
Here are a few things to do before the professionals are able to arrive that can help prevent more serious damage from occurring.
- If possible turn off the electricity near the water
- Remove items that are important from the area
- Try and shut off the water source if possible
- Dry up the sitting water with towels or a mop
- Stay calm
Fire Restoration- Best Left to the Experts
Fires are not only devastating but cause extensive damage as well. Fires can cause rapid and widespread smoke and soot damage, which can be hard to identify at times. Our experts at SERVPRO of Freeport Roosevelt will survey the site to determine exactly how severe the damage is from the fire and smoke, or a fire extinguisher in the case that one was used. We will use our state of the art cleaning and detection techniques to locate the areas of any residential or commercial areas that have been affected.
After a fire, there is soot left behind which is a black flaky substance. Soot may seem easy to wipe off or clean up but it’s a tedious process which no home owner wants to do after a devastating loss. Soot can also circulate through your home, affecting more contents than just what the fire actually damaged. Our team then preforms specialized cleaning and restoration techniques to remedy the contents. It is important to know that water can have long lasting effects on your property or business, in which mold can grow or odors can stay dormant leaving a contaminated environment.
Should you fall victim to these damages, it is imperative that you contact SERVPRO of Freeport Roosevelt immediately. We can begin to fix the situation before more contents and even your homes structure is affected. SERVPRO of Freeport Roosevelt is certified to Service many surrounding areas, so don’t hesitate to call if you are located elsewhere. Our team is fully trained and equipped to handle every size loss!
Watching For Mold
Mold is a fungi growth that occurs and thrives in the presence of moisture. Although mold has existed for millions of years and is literally everywhere in the atmosphere, they can cause some health and financial damage in many numbers. Some people are sensitive and allergic to molds and its presence.
Molds can enter into households through open doorways, windows, vents and even air conditioning systems. Humans can also carry molds on them through clothes, shoes, pets, bags etc. The mold would then attach itself on moist surfaces, paper and wood based surfaces and on walls too. This means it can stick around in places you really do not suspect it to be.
Mold growth can create surface decay and can cause breakage or complete and total destruction in your home as it is left alone. They can cause collapse of surfaces and this can be dangerous especially in places where there are children. The growth may look likes spots of different colors.
Thankfully keeping the mold under control is easy, especially in situations where it is caught early.
- Control the humidity levels in your household to prevent growth and spread of the mold
- Fixing all leaky surfaces in the house.
- The windows, basement, pipes and walls where the pipes run through
- In case of flooding, it is very crucial that a the building be cleaned thoroughly and correctly to order to prevent the mold.
- Having proper ventilation in any living space, showers, cooking areas like the kitchen to prevent stuffiness that might lead to molding is crucial.
In cases where the mold is uncontrollable there will be need for professional help, call us at SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt. Calling mold inspectors is often the smart move to ensure complete removal of mold. Continuous mold inspections and testing is important for everyones safety.
Preventing Tree Fires
Play it safe this Christmas season
It was found that between 2015 and 2019, United States fire departments responded to an average 160 home fires that started from Christmas trees per year. And from that these fires caused an average of two deaths, 12 injuries and $10 million in direct property damage annually. You definitely do not want to add to those numbers this year.
Here are some tips we have below:
- Get a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
- Cut 2" from the base of the trunk before placing it down.
- Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators or lights.
- Add water to the tree stand daily so it does not dry out.
- Use lights that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory. Don't use anything that gets warm.
- Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
- Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to sleep.
Burst Pipes, Now What?
It happens more often than you would think. A burst pipe can cause your home or business to flood rapidly, encompassing an entire property in a matter of minutes. Many property owners are overwhelmed when the water damage hits and he outcome looks hopeless..
How Did My Pipes Break?
There are a variety of issues that can cause your pipes to break or burst, but with the cold weather appreaoching you should be most worried about below freezing temperatures. Here are some of the common causes of problems below:
- Rusted or damaged pipes
- Old plumbing systems
- Cold temperatures below 29 degrees F
- Poorly installed piping
- A sudden increase in your pipes’ water pressure
Types of Damage
A burst pipe can have serious repercussions. One of them is mold growth. The growth of mold is a common issue in homes that have had pipe breaks. Why? Whenever there is moisture, there is the ability for mold growth. When a building undergoes pipe bursts, water damage is everywhere; building materials often deteriorate after a pipe break. Surfaces such as drywall, subloors and laminte almost always need to be replaced after a water damage
The first thing a homeowner should do is call up a water restoration professional like SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt and let our technicians perform their magic to remove water and cleanup any signs of damage. The sooner our technicians are able to come in, the more confident you can be that your home is safe to come back to and no additional repair costs will accrue down the line.
Does Insurance Cover the Cost of Broken and Leaking Pipes?
Though insurance coverage may vary with individual policies, the majority of home insurance policies will generally cover the costs of broken or leaking pipes. If your apartment floods due to another tenant, it's important to get in touch with your insurance agency right away. It's important to connect with the other tenant to see if their policy will cover your property as well.
Some policies may not cover the costs of damage if it is not addressed right away. If broken pipes or other water damage occurs slowly over time, insurance companies will try to deny your claim.
It's important to report right away, as most insurance companies will cover sudden breaks or leaks. To ensure you are fairly compensated, it can be helpful to provide your insurance company with documentation of the damage.
Being Prepared for Winter Storms
When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial. You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions. Below we have included some useful tips to prepare your home and business during the cold winter months ahead.
Staying Prepared Tips- preventing flooding and bursts
- Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.
- Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pips for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.
- Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it off.
- If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
- Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
PREPARE YOUR BUSINESS:
- Search your property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
- Frequently inspect walkways, and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potentials.
- Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas.
- Install mats or non-slip surfaces as well as post caution signs where water could be present.
- Ask SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt to create a Disaster Recovery Plan for your business.
The Home Appliances to Watch for Water Damage
The Home Appliances to Watch for Water Damage
A common cause of water damage is leaks, spills, or flooding from household appliances. To ensure that your appliances are in good working condition, we suggest that you get all of your appliances checked at a minimum of once a year. Below are the biggest culprits to watch out for.
When a home washing machine happens to have a small leak, it can appear to be a small issue. Although a small leak seems to be a minor, it should not be ignored. We have experienced small pinhole leaks in a water supply line that have broken out into an all-out basement flood. For best safety practices to prevent water damage, it is best to check the connecting hoses leading to your washing machine a couple of times per year.
We all appreciate the convenience of an ice maker in our kitchens. But did you know it can also be the culprit of household floods? Our SERVPRO crews have had to clean water damages caused by the water line that supplies an ice maker. When the water lines get damaged, they can leak or, worse yet, become completely unattached. We know it might be a hassle to get behind your home's refrigerator, but it is essential to waterline periodically for crimps and make sure the valve connection is secure. We recommend our customers leave a four-inch gap between the refrigerator and the wall for safety from water damage. This will allow easy access to pull out the fridge and prevent future crimping in your water line.
This household appliance has a water supply line just like refrigerators and washing machines. If a dishwasher water supply line was to burst, you could guarantee that your kitchen will be filled with water after a wash and rinse cycle. In some of our more severe water damages caused by dishwashers, we have seen a dishwasher back up. Backup typically occurs when debris has clogged the drain, and the water has nowhere to go but inside your home.
SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt highly recommends annual, routine inspection of the hoses and connections for your appliances that use water. Doing so can save homeowners significant repair costs instead of handling a water loss claim.
If your home falls victim to a water emergency, time is of the essence. Contact SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt for immediate water restoration assistance.
Preventing a Grease Fire in Your Kitchen
Preventing a Grease Fire at Home
Unfortunately, a common type of fire known as a Grease Fire can occur and create extensive fire damage that can plague restaurant owners and those cooking at home.
Often beginning in the kitchen, a grease fire can quickly become a big disaster. Notoriously difficult to put out, grease fires can present themselves as a difficult issue.
The first reaction to a fire is to pour water on it, which for grease fires, can actually spread the fire and make it worse.
How do I put out a Grease Fire?
- Turn off the heat. Make sure to not pick up the pan. Picking up the pan can cause the fire to quickly spread to you or spill onto other surfaces in the kitchen.
- Put a lid on the pan to cut off oxygen to the fire. Once it has sufficiently cooled down, you will be to move and clean it.
- If the fire gets out of hand, make sure to call 911 to get assistance right away from the FDNY.
- NEVER pour water on an active grease fire or fan the fire. Both of these actions will only spread the fire.
- Do NOT fan the fire with a dry or wet cloth, it can make it worse and spread the fire.
- If all else fails, use a fire extinguisher to put out the flame.
How to Prevent A Grease Fire
- Never leave your cooking unattended, always keep an eye on any pots or pans.
- Make sure that you have a sufficiently sized lid for all of your cooking ware.
- Heat the oils in your pans slowly, don't put your stove on the highest setting right off the bat.
- Turn the heat off if you think your pans are getting too hot.
Due to the nature of a grease fire, it is highly recommended that you seek out the help of a professional like SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt for fire restoration help. In addition to cleaning up any damage such as burned materials, soot, or grease, a professional can help your kitchen rid itself of the smoke scent. SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt has the knowledge and decades of experience to help you quickly and effectively repair damage from a grease fire.We hope these tips will help you prevent grease fires from occurring and practice fire safety in the kitchen. In case of any emergency, it's important to have the phone number of a fire damage restoration company on hand. Please call us SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt.
Mold...We Are The Experts
There is never a good time for discovering mold in your home. It can fill homeowners with dread as they wonder where they should begin and how much is it going to cost? The good news? Mold removal isn’t as complicated as you might think. Even better? By finding the right mold professional, you can quickly resolve your issue with an expert at a reasonable price.
Below, please find SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt's tips for finding the perfect technician to get the job done right without sacrificing quality or price.
Do I need to test for mold?
Answer: In Most Cases, NO!
If you can spot mold on your surfaces, there is no reason to waste money testing the areas. The solution is just to remove the growth before more spread occurs. There is no reason to test for different types of mold either. Simply put, no mold should be in your home.
Other "mold professionals" may insist that you
If a so-called mold professional insists that you need to spend hundreds of dollars on pre-testing when mold is already visible, our advice is to be very wary because it’s often a waste of money.
The only time we recommend pre-testing when there is visible mold is when you need “hard proof”. For example, if you are buying a house that has some mold, it’s probably a good idea to get it tested/confirmed so you can negotiate a lower selling-price.
What should I expect?
SERVPRO professionals are licensed and skilled technicians, just like a plumber or electrician. The quality of work and depth of experience is so much more than your regular handyman.
Our project manager and technicians will be able to clearly detail the scope and remediation process for getting rid of the mold. Be wary of any other mold removal company that does not clearly tell you the scope of your mold issues and solutions. Trying to over-complicate your issue is a way of scaring a customer into hiring them. Here at SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt, we are dedicated to providing easy, comprehensive service that lets you know what to expect and what's happening at all times.
On the Job
When a SERVPRO technician is in your home, here's what you can expect from our professional mold removal experts.
- Proper safety gear: a high quality, high filtration face mask and vinyl or neoprene gloves. Often times, our technicians also don a full protective suit when using harsh chemicals and/or for large-scale mold remediation projects.
- SERVPRO professionals seal off the work area. Our technicians often using plastic sheeting, so as to contain mold spores from spreading throughout the home.
- Use of official SERVPRO professional equipment such as air scrubbers, vacuums, & commercial-strength dehumidifiers.
- After mold is physically removed from its source, the air should be cleaned of airborne mold spores using HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) air scrubbers and air exchange.
- SERVPRO professionals usually discard moldy porous building materials such as drywall, insulation and baseboards. These materials are relatively inexpensive to replace and difficult to restore to their previous uncontaminated condition.
- SERVPRO technicians will use professional grade antimicrobial chemical to clean any remaining mold and mold stains.
SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt is here for all of your mold remediation/restoration needs. Remember, hiring a mold professional doesn’t have to be as complicated as you might think.
HVAC Cleaning For Your Property
Why clean your HVAC?
More and more people are becoming aware of indoor air pollution. It is definitely an area of growing concern and is something that can easily be prevented with air duct and HVAC cleaning. In fact, you’ve probably seen some companies promote this service which will improve your indoor air quality and the health benefits associated.
How will cleaning the air ducts and HVAC system help to improve indoor air quality? When one of our trained SERVPRO technicians cleans your air ducts and HVAC system, they typically check and clean various cooling and heating system components. These can include grilles and diffusers, supply and return air ducts, cooling coils, heat exchangers, fan motors and housing and condensate drip pans.
When one of these components is not properly maintained, the parts may become contaminated by pollen, other debris, and dust. If there is moisture present, it can increase the chances for mold growth and spores may then be released into the indoor air. These contaminants are then able to cause an allergic reaction or symptom in the people who were exposed to them.
If you decide that you are going to have your air ducts and HVAC system cleaned, be sure that the vendor is going to be cleaning all the components of your system. If one element isn’t cleaned correctly, it can result in a re-contamination of the entire system.
While there are various methods that can be used to clean your air ducts and HVAC system, standards have been established by industry associations. Typically, special tools will be used to remove any dirt and debris, and then a high-powered vacuum will be used to vacuum the dirt and debris out.
Once the air ducts have been thoroughly cleaned, our service technician may want to apply chemical biocides, which will kill any microbiological contaminants. This would be applied inside the ducts and to the other components of the system. And in some instances where there are signs of mold growth, a chemical treatment may also be required to cover the surfaces of the air ducts.
So how do you know if you need your air ducts and HVAC system cleaned? What you can do is to do a visual inspection to see if there are any deposits of mold or dust, if there is a musty odor, or if someone is suffering from allergies more than normal. These are all signs that a professional air duct-cleaning specialist should come out and inspect your heating and cooling systems. Depending on where you live and how often you use your heating or cooling systems will determine how often you should have them cleaned.
The Bottom Line
Air ducts and HVAC systems should be regularly cleaned to help keep dirt, dust, and mold from being spread throughout the building and decrease the indoor air quality. By investing in proper maintenance performed by a qualified air ducts and HVAC cleaning professional, you will ensure that the indoor air quality stays high.
Call SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt today to schedule your free consultation at (516) 774-2200 or e-mail us at office@SERVPROfreeportroosevelt.com
Why to Choose Us for Your Mold Problem
SERVPRO of Freeport is trained in water damage restoration, including mold remediation. Our specialists are prepared to stop the growth of mold and stop it from recurring. We are available 24/7 to help restore your home or business to new, free from smell and leaving the job with confidence your problem is solved. With many years in the business we know what we are doing and are prepared to help no matter how big or small the job.
Mold cannot just be removed, it must be treated and prevented from occurring again which is why our services or mold remediation are much different then the cleaning and removal others offer. If the clean up is done incorrectly the spores can be buried under new construction and continue to thrive and create a much bigger problem.
Here are the steps to follow if you suspect or know you have mold in your home:
- Contact us and we will take your information for someone to come on site as soon as possible
- A specialist will come onsite and inspect the issue at hand
- The mold is then contained to stop spreading
- The air is filtered to take spores out
- Infested material is removed and then replaced
- Surrounding contents of the area are cleaned and put back
- The area is restored to new and you can go back to living a mold free life
Feel free to contact us any time or day of the week at (516) 206-8661 we will be happy to send someone out there to inspect promptly and get it looking “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO of Freeport for Your Commercial Cleanup
SERVPRO is number one for a reason in cleaning and restoration, we know what we are doing and over 50 years of experience has earned us the reputation. You can trust the work we perform is going to be done to the highest standards and using the best equipment. We train all of our team members to interact with customers and deal with all sorts of cleanups, while it all happens we deal with your insurance company so all you need to do is watch the transformation..
Different services we offer-
We specialize in all sorts of cleaning and restoration services ranging from water, fire, mold, and much more. Our teams are filled with trained professionals who know the routine for any kind or size disaster. We use the latest and most trusted techniques in the industry and know the difference between a job done right and job done to perfection. Our abilities are unmatched, don't settle for another company, go with SERVPRO!
Feel free to contact us any time or day of the week at (516) 206-8661 we will be happy to send someone out there to inspect promptly and get it looking “Like it never even happened.”
Grease Fire- Now what?
The answer is extremely… if you don’t know how to handle the situation. Over 160,000 house fires occur from cooking each year and this is largely due to grease being ignited. Grease fires cannot be put out with water and the addition of water will only cause a dangerous spread of the flames, a common mistake that leads to more damage. The misinformation or lack of precautions is what generally leads to grease fires. They are definitely something to take seriously and be prepared for.
What to do-
- First turn off the heat source to prevent further ignition
- Attempt to smother the flame with a lid or baking sheet- do not touch until cool to touch
- Baking soda will work on small fires
- Use a Class B fire extinguisher to extinguish the flames as a last resort
- Know when to leave the area and call help if the fire cannot be extinguished
- Remove your family and pets and close the door
- Call 911
What not to do-
- Try to extinguish with water, this will only cause the fire to spread
- Move the pan outdoors or away from the area, this can lead to additional spreading
- Use flour or baking powder to smother the flame, this can make the fire much worse
- Use a rag to smother the flames, this can add fuel to the fire
Once the fire has been extinguished, grease fires can leave a mess and damages behind to be cleaned up. However do not fear, SERVPRO of Freeport is ready to assist you 24/7 in the clean up with our experts. We will remove the odors and visible damage and have your home looking "Like it never even happened."
The Essentials After Fire Damage
We work with your insurance and local fire departments to make sure that your business is in safe hands after a fire occurs.
When fire damage occurs, you need to get immediate fire damage restoration help to prevent further damage to your property. Any delay in getting professional assistance could result in extensive damage to your Long Island property.
After a commercial fire damage, the probability of further damage due to standing water or excessive moisture is higher. It is imperative that you protect your investment by acting fast to get professional help. That's where SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt comes in!
Smoke is a byproduct of fire and because it is acidic, it is capable of causing corrosion and staining of surfaces such as counters and walls. In some cases there is extensive smoke damage, soot damage and smoke, which need to be addressed appropriately.
Flooding and methods used to extinguish fire in home or fire in business lead to excessive water in the affected area. Fire cleanup professionals provide fast services for smoke damage, soot damage and smoke smell.
What You Should Do
- Call the professionals – you will need the services of professionals, so before you do anything else, call the experts.
- Open all the windows to get air moving to remove the smoke smell.
- Move kids and pets to a smoke-free area. Move them to a relative's or friend's home until the fire cleanup or restoration is complete.
- Inventory your belongings. Make a list of the contents of your home or business that need replacing. Taking pictures of the affected items or damage, is a good idea. You will need these for insurance claims purposes, and for your own records.
The Initial Assessment
Fire cleanup professionals enter the property to conduct the necessary assessment and determine how to approach the situation. During the assessment, they will be able to come up with an approximate estimate for the fire cleanup.
Filing The Insurance Claim
Fire damage restoration teams can also file your insurance claims for you to accelerate the process. They will be able to provide details about the fire in home or commercial fire damage to your insurance company. This gives you immediate access to money to pay for fire damage restoration services.
They will answer your questions, address your concerns, and explain the entire process to you. They get everything taken care of so you can get back to your normal life.
The most important step for remediation is removing all water in home or water in business. All standing water increases the risk of weakening the framing and support. Fire damage restoration professionals use state-of-the-art vacuums and high power dryers to remove all water and moisture from the area.
Eliminating Damaged Materials
Fire cleanup experts remove all damaged materials and smoke smell using appropriate protocol. They wear protective clothing and remove the materials prior to beginning the fire cleanup efforts.
Commercial fire damage experts will perform a thorough cleaning of all areas of your property affected by the fire, smoke damage, soot damage and smoke smell. Fire damage technicians will examine your property after the fire in home or fire in business cleanup to ensure that their efforts are successful.
Reputable Fire Damage Team
Dealing with a fire in business or fire in home is something most property owners have never had to experience. Restoration teams deal with this type of crisis often and they know exactly how to handle it.
It is crucial that a highly experienced and dedicated restoration team of professionals can get in quickly to provide the fire cleaning service.
If you need commercial fire restoration, you should contact SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt for a reliable commercial fire damage company, and trust your team with a team of professionals. Experienced technicians have great expertise in mitigating fire in home, fire in business as well as smoke damage and soot damage.
After your commercial fire restoration service has been handled by certified SERVPRO technicians, you will be certainly amazed at the quality and condition of your property. If you need fire restoration, do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt at 516-774-2200.
Tips for Preventing Mold Growth
Dealing with Mold Growth in your Commercial Workspace? Call our office for a FREE Consultation at (516) 774-2200
Our Tips for Upgrading Your Commercial Cleaning Practices for Mold Control
Finding a mold problem in your commercial building in Long Island, New York can be frustrating. It may seem that there is nothing you can do to foresee and prevent such issues, but that's not usually the case. Keeping your building dry and clean with regular tasks such as air duct and carpet cleaning can help you stop mold in its tracks. Here are three tips for upgrading your cleaning practices for mold control. Need Mold Remediation? Do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt at (516) 774-2200.
1. Remove Dust From Air Ducts
Mold spores love to latch onto dust, so it logically follows that the less dust you have in your building, the less likely you are to have places where mold will want to settle and grow. Your HVAC system is full of hard-to-reach places for dust to gather. It's a good idea to have it cleaned professionally once a quarter to prevent a buildup of dust for fungus to feed on.
2. Protect Your Floors
Spores travel inside on clothing, bags and shoes, and they often settle on your floor. If your carpet is wet in any area, it is highly susceptible to mold development. Regular carpet cleaning as well as the placement of industrial mats at every door to catch some of the spores as people enter can prevent this problem.
3. Improve Air Quality
Your janitorial staff probably vacuums your building daily. To further improve air quality and thus lower the number of particulates in the air, mold remediation specialists recommend vacuums with HEPA filters. These filters clean the air by trapping fungus spores and other particles. The fewer spores you have in the air, the less likely they are to settle and create mold problems.
You don't have to resign yourself to the assumption that a mold problem is something you will inevitably have to deal with. With thorough carpet cleaning, vacuum upgrades and professional duct cleaning, you can reasonably expect to prevent a mold growth in your building.
Everything You Need to Know About Ice Dams
Call 516-774-2200 if you're experiencing water damage due to a winter storm!
What Is an Ice Dam?
Ice that accumulates on the edge of a roof and keeps the water from melting snow from running off the roof is called an ice dam. These dams can lead to property damage if not addressed promptly.
Problems Caused by Dams
Because the water from melting snow can not drain from the surface of the roof, water may leak into the home. These leaks can cause several problems:
- Damage to ceilings, walls, insulation, and other surfaces
- Mold and mildew growth
- Roof damage
Causes of Dams
The primary cause of ice dams is variable temperatures across the surface of the roof. This variation is caused by heat loss from the home, snow cover on the roof and differing temperatures between higher and lower sections of the roof. If part of the roof surface is above freezing, the snow on the roof will melt. When the water from the melted snow contacts the part of the roof that is below freezing, the water freezes, forming the dam. As additional snow on the roof melts and the water comes in contact with the existing ice, the ice grows larger; however, the dam will only spread to the parts of the roof that are below freezing. This causes the remaining water to pool on the portion of the roof that is above the freezing point.
The first step to repairing damage from a dam that forms after a winter storm is to dry out ceilings, walls, and other interior surfaces affected by leaks. A water restoration company in Long Island can assist you with this process. Your homeowners' policy may include ice dam coverage that will compensate you for the cost of repairs.
Energy loss from your home can combine with snow cover on your roof to form an ice dam that can lead to leaks in your roof. Managing the heat loss from your home is the best way to avoid this issue.
Preparing Your Business For A Storm
When water infiltrates a business, it poses several dilemmas for commercial property owners. The flooding puts the place temporarily out-of-commission, and the proprietors must begin work looking over the structure and possessions.
Is there a way to avoid or mitigate damage?
Proactive owners should be aware of several steps that prove useful in securing the premises and reducing trouble. The following are four points to consider.
1. Review and Update Insurance Policies
Is black water covered by insurance? Come plans don't cover flood damage, so it's best to read through the information now rather than be disappointed later on. Discuss this with an agent. Sometimes, commercial owners can add this option to the policy. It may cost a bit more, but it may be useful after a storm.
2. Save Important Data
Many significant documents are saved on computer systems. Flooding can destroy the database, erasing records that owners may need. Regularly back up files on a cloud or external drive so that they are readily available at any time.
3. Inspect the Property
Before a major weather season hits, have various aspects of the location assessed. For example, evaluate windows and doors, checking for holes or cracks. Patch these up to avoid weaknesses that could permit flood damage. In addition, have a roofer look over the shingles and flashing. Patch any areas of concern. Even small leaks can be concerning. Inspect basements, plumbing and air handlers. Ensure that everything is in proper condition.
4. Prepare the Structure
When severe snow or rain is coming, watch the news, remaining aware of potential issues. If surges are expected, prepare sandbags for the outside. Pick up objects that aren't tied down. Wind can turn them into a threat. Move assets to higher ground, and have batteries and a generator ready in case power goes out.
Flooding isn't preventable, but it can be limited. Those in charge should work ahead of the storm to safeguard the building and what is inside.
Don't Get Caught By Surprise! Be Prepared for Storms!
Keep our # on File. Call 516-774-2200 and Be Prepared for Any Storm Damage!
Storm and flood damage can leave property owner’s overwhelmed and devastated. Thankfully, SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt is an emergency service that is available 24 hours a day. Our crew is well prepared to deal with any size damage might have occurred on your property due to a storm.
Recently, SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt was called to a home to resolve damage that was due to a storm. When our crew arrived at the home, they performed emergency services which included, setting up 4 dehumidifiers, and 8 air movers. Our crew then cut 1 access hole and ducted it to lay flat in the hallway, where most of the damage occurred. The following day, we performed the remaining remediation in the home.
Our crew noticed a lot of water had accumulated in the ceilings of the closets, so they put 3 access holes with lay flats ducted to air movers and a dehumidifier. Then, they removed the base trim in the hallways and put another lay flat ducted to a dehumidifier, which they planned to check the following day to see the moisture level. By day 3 when we returned, the moisture levels in the bathroom had gone down significantly, but the ceilings still needed additional drying. When our crew went back a few days later to do a moisture reading, the flooring in the second hallway was still wet but the main hallway had dried.
When the damage after the storm was resolved, and we removed all our equipment, the homeowners were very satisfied with our work and appreciative that we were able to help so quickly. For all your restoration needs call us 24/7 at 516-774-2200
Is Your Office Ready For The Storm? We Are Here to Help!
SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt specializes in both storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are professionally trained regularly, and we use specialized equipment to restore your business to its condition before the storm.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we can respond quicker and with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. Homeowners and Business Owners are advised to have a phone number on hand in case of storm damage. Be prepared for anything and call us at 516-774-2200 for immediate service!
- 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 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 516-774-2200
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned
Worried about your business? Your home? Trust SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt to disinfect your property and keep it safe!
Let us help you get back to business
Since the Pandemic happened earlier last year, our communities have been hit hard. Especially in New York and Long Island. As a result, the expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.
Extensive training and specialized products
As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities.
From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.
3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify
When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.
- Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
- Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials. In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible.
- Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.
Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation
We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.
Call SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt today at (516) 774-2200 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.
* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience. Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.
Preventing House Fires In Your Long Island Home
Stay Safe By Being Proactive! Steps You Can Take to Preventing Home Fires
Many Long Island house fires are preventable if you follow proper safety protocols. Our team has compiled a list of tips to take to better protect your home and your family.
What Should I Do to Prevent a Fire?
Fires can strike at any time, in any home. With a fire comes destruction and often loss of much of your home. But many fires can be prevented. According to Total Fire & Protection, the Fire Department of New York City (FDNY) gets calls for approximately 2,200 structural fires each month. They also state,
“This number is staggering, especially considering that many landowners ignore measures that could reduce the risk of fires in their homes.”
Fire prevention is not difficult. It requires very little of your time or money, but it can go a long way in saving you in both of those areas. Here are safety precautions SERVPRO recommends:
• Smoke Alarms – Every home should have several smoke alarms. A monthly test should be performed to ensure the alarm is operating correctly. Replace batteries yearly and replace the smoke alarms every ten years.
• Open Flames – Never leave open flames unattended. Candles, fireplaces, and gas kitchen stoves are all examples of things you should never walk away from.
• Dryers – Maintain your dryer by cleaning it regularly. Clean the lint trap after each load. Dryer fires from built-up lint is a common source of house fires.
• Household Chemicals – Keep combustible products away from sunlight and heat sources. Store them away from the main living area, if possible.
• Wiring – Do a regular check of household wires and cables. If they become frayed, worn out, or otherwise damaged, they can become a fire hazard. Replace damaged wires immediately.
If you do experience a fire, don’t attempt to clean up the damage yourself. SERVPRO’s professional technicians understand fire damage cleanup and the mitigation required to return your home to preloss condition. Contact SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt at (516) 774-2200. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.
Winter Weather Safety Tips
Worried about the cold weather? Here are some safety tips to protect you and your loved ones.
The weather on Long Island has taken a turn for the worst, with the coldest temperatures we have seen all winter. In order to protect yourself, there are safety tips that we recommend. Why? Winter storms create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion. Winter storms including blizzards can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice and high winds.
We at SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt want to share our best tips to prepare Long Island residents for the days ahead.
What are the risks of a Winter Storm?
- Last a few hours or several days.
- Cut off heat, power and communication services.
- Put older adults, children and sick individuals at greater risk.
Winter Weather Tips
- Stay off roads if at all possible. If trapped in your car, then stay inside.
- Limit your time outside. If you need to go outside, then wear layers of warm clothing. Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
- Be sure to have several clean masks to use in case your mask becomes wet or damp from snow. Cloth masks should not be worn when they become damp or wet. Be sure to wash your mask regularly.
- Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Only use generators and grills outdoors and away from windows. Never heat your home with a gas stovetop or oven.
- Reduce the risk of a heart attack by avoiding overexertion when shoveling snow and walking in the snow.
- Masks may make it difficult to breathe, especially for those who engage in high intensity activities, like shoveling. If you are unable to wear a mask, maintain a distance of at least six feet between yourself and those who are not part of your household.
- Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia and begin treatment right away.
We recommend everyone who is able to stay inside, do so. Be sure to stock up on needed supplies like food, medication, batteries, and other essentials. If you experience any type of emergency that needs immediate attention, SERVPRO of Roosevelt, Freeport is here to help.
Our office will be open despite any bad weather. Give us a call for immediate assistance.
Winter Weather: Fire Safety Tips
Stay SAFE when heating your home, Long Islanders! Here are some fire safety tips to help you stay warm safely.
At SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt we know how damaging and upsetting a fire can be to a home.
Between December to February, there is a significant amount of fires that occur more in those three days. More fires happen in the winter months than any other time of the year. Why? During the cold months, we spend more time indoors and use different methods to heat our homes.
Below, we will go over different indoor heating appliances and how to use them safely when you are heating your home.
- Make sure the heater has an automatic shut-off so if it tips over, it shuts off.
- Keep anything that can burn such bedding, clothing and curtains at least 3 feet from the heater.
- Plug portable heaters directly into wall outlets. Never use an extension cord or power strip.
- Turn heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.
- Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace to prevent embers or sparks from jumping out and starting a fire.
- Do not burn paper in your fireplace.
- Before you go to sleep or leave your home put the fire out completely.
- Put ashes in a metal container with a lid. Store the container outside at least 3 feet from your home.
If you are using a wood stove:
- Have your chimney inspected and cleaned each year by a professional.
- Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from the stove.
- Do not burn paper in your wood stove.
- Before you go to sleep or leave your home, put the fire out completely.
Be Wary of Carbon Monoxide
When heating your home, you need to be aware of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide, also known as CO, is called the “invisible killer” because it’s a colorless, odorless, and poisonous gas. More than 150 people in the U.S. die every year from accidental CO poisoning from generators or fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters and fire places.
Breathing CO at high levels can kill you. Put CO alarms inside your home to provide an early warning of increasing CO levels. These alarms should be placed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home.
As always, make sure you have a smoke alarm on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Test your alarms every month. Have a home fire escape plan and practice your plan at least twice a year. Make sure everyone knows how to escape your home if there is a fire.
SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt is here to help you with any fire safety or fire damage restoration you might need. Call our office at 516-774-2200
Four Things You NEED To Know About Winter Mold
Mold can occur all year round INCLUDING the winter. Here are some of our most asked questions about mold from Long Island homeowners
SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt is the leader on Long Island for Mold Removal. There is a common misconception that mold is a seasonal problem. Many homeowners think mold issues disappear when the weather is cold. But while temperature does affect the way mold grows, it’s a year-round problem for New Yorkers. It’s important to be aware of how and where mold can grow in your home, even during the winter months.
Keep reading to learn the answers to the top 5 most-asked winter mold questions our technicians are asked.
1. Can mold grow in cold temperatures?
YES! Mold requires three things to grow: enough moisture, an adequate food source, and the right temperature. But contrary to what many people think, mold DOES grow in cold temperatures.
Different types of molds thrive under different conditions, and some molds are more likely to grow in the winter months than others. Each type of mold has a minimum and maximum temperature ranges for growth, with many varieties of fungi thriving in environments between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Unfortunately, the right temperature conditions for mold growth are also ideal for our comfort, and we tend to heat or cool our homes to stay within those parameters.
2. Does mold die in the winter?
Cold weather will not kill mold. Mold spores are opportunistic in the sense that they wait for the right conditions and then begin to spread.
Extreme temperatures do not kill mold, but they can deactivate them. Even when temperatures drop below freezing, mold spores don’t die; they simply become dormant and will begin to multiply and grow again as soon as the temperature rises.
That’s why controlling the temperature alone will not solve your mold problems. The key to removing mold from your home and keeping it from popping back up is to control humidity levels and prevent the buildup of moisture.
3. Why does mold grow on windows in winter?
The fall and winter months bring precipitation and dew, and surfaces in our homes that collect moisture, like window panes, are ideal places for mold to expand and grow.
Moisture collects on and around windows in the winter due to condensation, which happens when warm air hits a cold surface. When the temperature drops during the winter, the warm air in your home comes into contact with the cool glass of your window panes, depositing water vapor and leading to moisture buildup around your windows. That’s why moisture, and sometimes mold, tends to collect around windows during the colder months.
4. How do you prevent mold from growing in the winter?
Here’s what you can do in your home to prevent mold from growing and spreading during the winter months; these strategies will also help prevent and improve mold allergies:
- Try to keep humidity below 50% throughout your home at all times.
- Inspect pipes and fix plumbing leaks as soon as possible to prevent water from collecting.
- Use mold-killing cleaners in bathrooms and areas of your kitchen where moisture collects.
- Avoid having carpets or rugs near windows, sinks, or other places that tend to become wet.
- Inspect your air ducts and change the filters on your furnace regularly.
- Always use a ventilation fan during showers or baths.
- Clean your gutters regularly to prevent moisture from building up on collected debris.
- Get rid of old recycled material, newspapers, and any upholstery or fabric that has been exposed to moisture.
SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt are fully-trained and certified to handle any mold issues you may be facing this Winter. Don't waste another day with mold in your home. Call for a FREE consultation for your Long Island home by calling 516-774-2200.
How to Prevent Frozen Pipes In Your Long Island Home
As temperatures dip this week in Long Island, be sure to take preventative measures to protect your home from frozen / burst pipes
As the weather dips into colder temperatures this week, it is crucial to protect your home’s water pipes against freezing. Non-insulated/unprotected pipes in your basement and crawlspaces are susceptible to freezing, leading to incidents that can lead to the pipes bursting and flooding your home.
Why Frozen Pipes Are a Problem
Water expands as it freezes. When it does, the pipe expands and puts extreme pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold. This includes outdoor water faucets, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.
For example, A 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can leak up to 250 gallons of water a day, causing flooding, serious structural damage, and the immediate potential for mold.
In the U.S., frozen pipes cause significant damage every year, but they often can be prevented. By taking the time to treat the issue, you will be able to prevent these pipes from freezing/bursting in the future.
What causes frozen pipes?
There are three common causes of frozen pipes:
1. Quick drops in temperature
2. Poor insulation
3. Thermostats have been set too low
Here are a number of proactive steps you can take to protect your pipes from freezing:
- Check the insulation of pipes in your home’s crawl spaces and attic. Exposed pipes are most susceptible to freezing, so make sure you go to your local hardware store and buy insulation sleeves.
- Heat tape or thermostatically controlled heat cables can be used to wrap pipes. Be sure to use products approved by an independent testing organization, such as Underwriters Laboratories Inc., and only for the use intended (exterior or interior). Closely follow all manufacturers’ installation and operation instructions.
- Seal leaks that allow cold air inside near where pipes are located. Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes, and use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out. With severe cold, even a tiny opening can let in enough cold air to cause a pipe to freeze.
- Use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. This reduces the chance of freezing in the short span of pipe just inside the house.
- A trickle of hot and cold water might be all it takes to keep your pipes from freezing. Let warm water drip overnight, preferably from a faucet on an outside wall.
- Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature during both day and night. You might be in the habit of turning down the heat when you’re asleep, but further drops in the temperature – more common overnight – could catch you off guard and freeze your pipes.
- Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to uninsulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.
What to do if your pipes freeze:
- If you turn on your faucets and nothing comes out, leave the faucets turned on and call a plumber.
- If your house or basement is flooding, turn off the water valve and call SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt at (516) 774-2200 to schedule right away.
- Do not touch or use electrical appliances in areas of standing water due to electrocution concerns.
- Never try to thaw a pipe with a torch or other open flame because it could cause a fire hazard. Every year, many building fires are caused by people trying to thaw frozen pipes. All open flames in homes present a serious fire danger, as well as a severe risk of exposure to lethal carbon monoxide.
- You may be able to thaw a frozen pipe with the warm air from a hair dryer. Start by warming the pipe as close to the faucet as possible, working toward the coldest section of pipe.
- If your water pipes have already burst, turn off the water at the main shutoff valve in the house; leave the water faucets turned on and call (516) 774-2200. Make sure everyone in your family knows where the water shutoff valve is and how to open and close it. Likely places for the water turn-off valve include internal pipes running against exterior walls or where water service enters a home through the foundation.
- If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat set to a temperature no lower than 55°F.
We hope these tips are able to help you prevent any water damage in your home this winter. If you do experience damage, we are able to assist at a moment's notice. Just call your local SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt. We have trained technicians who are able to service any Long Island Home. Call (516) 774-2200 for quick scheduling.
SERVPRO: Providing Professional Disinfection Solutions
We're Here to Help with cleaning and disinfection solutions for homes and businesses alike.
SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt is here to help, Long Islanders. We have been at the frontlines ever since we opened our office earlier in 2020. As we continue to battle the pandemic, we want to remind our home and business owners that we are providing disinfection services.
We are specialists in cleaning and disinfection services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt is committed to giving business owners confidence in being able to keep their workspace and employees safe (in addition to their customers!). We provide proactive/preventative disinfection services to best protect you from exposure to COVID-19. In addition, in the case that someone catches COVID-19 and is exposed
We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home, business, or commercial building, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.
The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:
- Kitchen/Food Areas
- High Traffic Areas
- Required Touch Areas (door knobs, chair backs, etc)
- Retail Spaces
- Water Fountains
- Sales Counters
- Carpets and Rugs
- Stair Handrails
- Elevator Cars
- Playground Equipment
- Fitness Equipment
The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.
Contact Us For Proactive Cleaning
If your Long Island home or business needs deep cleaning services, call our office at 516-774-2200 to schedule a FREE consultation with our highly-trained technicians. We are based out of Freeport, NY and are able to provide our professional services across both Nassau and Suffolk County here in Long Island, NY.
Need more information? Call our office at 516-774-2200 or e-mail us directly at office@SERVPROfreeport.com
Types of Mold
No matter what type of mold is in your home, be sure to remove with the help of a professional, like SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt!
Household mold is an all too common occurrence that can cause major issues for anyone living with it. While many different types of mold can grow in many different places, here are a few common ones to watch out for in your home or business. Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate the "typical" process: 1) Contact SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt2) Inspection and mold damage assessment3) Mold Containment4) Air Filtration5) Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials6) Cleaning Contents and Belongings7) Restoration These are some of the most common types of mold in homes and or businesses and how to identify them. 1) Penicillium/Aspergillus - While many molds require active water intrusion, penicillium/ aspergillus can thrive either in dry conditions or with moderate humidity. Human impact from this mold may include allergy-type symptoms such as hay fever and asthma along with various respiratory irritations and infections. It is most commonly found in household dust, wallpaper, fabrics (including carpet) and moist building materials. Colonies may range in color from grey to white, plus various shades of blue or green. 2) Cladosporium - generally considered one of the most common molds worldwide, produces the same symptoms as the penicillium/aspergillus cited above, in addition to symptoms such as dry skin, hives and postnasal drip. It will grow on many substrates, including textiles, wood and moist window sills (check windows for interior condensation), and has a wide temperature-range tolerance. Colonies may range in color from white, to olive green, to brown, to black. 3) Chaetomium is a marker mold, meaning that it is an indicator or water intrusion. It will produce allergy type symptoms such as asthma and hay fever, plus a nail infection known as onychomycosis. It may also produce symptoms such as memory loss, balance issues, acid reflux headaches, nose bleeds, and fevers. Indoors, it will grow on virtually any substrate that may be moist, and is commonly found on damp sheetrock. It may appear as a smudge of dirt, and can range in color from brown to black. 3) Stachybotrys, commonly known as toxic, black mold this mold has achieved infamy in the media, and with good reason. It requires live, active water intrusion to commence growth. Indoors, it is commonly found on wet materials containing cellulose, such as sheetrock, jute, wicker, straw baskets, and other paper materials. To humans it can cause depression, seizures, nasal passages and eyes to burn. It is known to produce severe brain fog, and mental impairment. It is black in appearance. With a better understanding of the signs and symptoms of mold, you have a significantly greater chance of catching it early and avoiding major health issues, thereby protecting yourself and your loved ones. SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt's mold removal services will eliminate the threat mold poses in your home and or business so you can enjoy a happy, healthy mold-free life. For more information, please give us a call at (516) 774-2200
How to Prevent Water Damage
Follow these tips to prevent water damage in your home
If you're careful about what goes down your drains, you can help prevent cracks and damage to your pipes that might otherwise lead to leaks and water problems. Be careful what goes down our toilet. It's a good idea to flush only human waste and toilet paper. Note: even "flushable" wipes can clog toilet drains, especially in bulk. Make sure not to pour grease or coffee grounds down drains as these can clog pipes and sewer lines. If you have a drain clog, try using a drain snake rather than a chemical cleaner as a snake is typically both ore effective and less potentially hazardous.Clean your gutters regularly once a year and be sure to check them after heavy storms to make sure water is flowing properly. Once a year, make sure to visually inspect your plumbing, including any toilets, sinks, tubs, washing machines, or dishwashers and look for any signs of damage or leaking. Flush your sinks with baking soda and vinegar to help prevent clogs. You can use lemon juice to eliminate odors. Consider investing in a sump pump in case of flooding and be sure to check it regularly to make sure it is in good working order. Pay attention to your water bill each month. An unexpected increase may indicate that water is leaking somewhere. water Damage Prevention when traveling: As the holidays are approaching us these are helpful steps you can take before you leave to help prevent any water problems while you're away. 1) Adjust your HVAC settings to a low setting or turn them off completely if possible. 2) Consider turning off your water supply and draining your pipes. 3) Ask a neighbor to check on your house or business every few days to make sure there aren't any developing problems. While it's not always possible to prevent water damage, these tips can help minimize your chances of having to deal with a major water related emergency. Dealing with a water loss? Give us a call at (516) 774-2200 for quick and easy scheduling.
Preparing For A Winter Storm
Call the Storm Damage Professionals at 516-774-2200
As Long Island braces itself for it's first winter storm of the season, we wanted to provide our support and storm damage restoration services to our neighbors for peace of mind.
Storm and flood damage can be devastating. Immediate action is needed, and you need the company with professional storm damage experience to get the job done right the first time.
SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt have the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.
Our team specializes in water and storm damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. Storms occur with little warning and can be especially devastating, so you'll need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion.
What to Watch Out For
Extreme cold weather can cause pipes to freeze and burst, due to water expansion. If burst, the resulting water damage can be extensive.
Outdoor pipes and pipes in unheated areas of the home can freeze if they are not properly insulated or if temperatures are severely cold.
Most Common Areas for Frozen Pipes
Outdoor hose bibs
Swimming pool supply lines
Water sprinkler lines
Pipes in unheated or partially heated areas are also at risk of freezing, including:
- Crawl Spaces
An ice dam is formed when snow melts unevenly on a roof and refreezes into a dam at the edge of the roof.
This standing water can back up under shingles, leak into a home, and cause significant water damage to ceilings, walls, and other areas. Ice dams can also tear off gutters and loosen shingles.
Snow and ice can cause significant damage to your gutters and roof. The additional weight of snow and ice can even cause a roof to collapse. When there’s a cold snap, water can get into cracks and small spaces and expand when it freezes, causing larger cracks and more damage. The repetition of freezing and thawing cycles can cause small cracks to get larger.
Regardless of the type of storm, SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt can handle any size disaster, and can respond quickly with additional resources to take care of your damage right away.7
Give us a call at (516) 774-2200 for immediate assistance
Preventing Christmas Tree Fires
Take care of your Christmas tree to be sure that you don't experience any fire damage!
Did you that one of every four home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems?
Christmas tree fires are not common, but that does not mean that they are not to be taken seriously. On average, one of every 32 reported home Christmas tree fires results in a death compared to an average of one death per 143 total reported home fires.
Common Causes For Fires:
1) A heat source too close to the tree causes one in every four Christmas tree fires.
2) Electrical issues can cause a fire. Be sure to inspect your holiday lights each year before you put them up. Throw away light strands with frayed or pinched wires.
3) A dry Christmas tree is a major fire hazard. A dry tree is dangerous because it can catch on fire easily. Be sure to water your tree to keep it from being too dry.
4) Candles are a fire hazard, with a risk of the flame catching to upholstery or other flammable materials. Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look, smell and feel like real candles.
Those are our top tips for Christmas tree safety! If you do experience any fire loss, be sure to call our team at SERVPRO of Freeport Roosevelt for quick assistance.
Every Commercial Property Needs an ERP: Here's Why
SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt provides a way to prepare yourself for when disaster strikes. Whether it is your home or business you can have an ERP in case of any disaster. The best thing? It’s provided by our office to you for FREE! Our office is dedicated to educating and supporting businesses to avoid disasters before they happen. For the best preparation, we offer a customized ERP to all offices and workspaces across the Long Island area.
What is an ERP?
It’s simple! An ERP is an acronym for 'Emergency Ready Plan'. We know that every hour your workspace is down is business lost, so an ERP is meant to minimize time spent responding to a crisis. Knowing where your water main is or where your fire extinguisher is, can vastly change the amount of damage done to your space and reduce the amount you will have to pay for in terms of replacement.
What does an ERP provide?
The ERP provides a one-stop shop for all information you would need for specific situations, like what to do if a fire or water damage occurs. It gives you the phone numbers you need to call and the steps to follow to minimize damage. In addition, our team will be able to take photos of the equipment listed in the directions. Need to turn off the water? You will be able to check the ERP and find the location with an accompanying photo to help you locate the water main.
Business owners will have the chance to review their sprinkler and alarm systems in order to stay informed in the case of emergency.
When disaster strikes, it’s normal to feel stressed out and unable to act quickly. If you’ve never experienced a disaster before, it can be overwhelming. Our ERP is a quick way to solve an issue quickly, which can help business owners stay on top of the unpredictable. Give SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt a call at (516) 774-2200 to schedule your complimentary ERP!
Danger of Storms
Heavy storms can lead to water damage. Don't let your property fall victim, call us today!
Severe storms and winds are dangerous conditions that can lead to the flooding of your home. SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt is here to help mitigate any water damage that occurs as a direct result of storms. If heavy rains tear through Nassau County, our SERVPRO branch is ready to help get local businesses and home get back to business. After all, SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt can handle any size disaster.
At our franchise, we enlist a storm team that can be called in to help efforts to mitigate with any size disaster. Worried about a large loss? Our team is especially equipped to handle any size loss that might come your way! From malls, warehouses, apartment buildings, universities, and larger, we are able to quickly set up a task force and start quickly.
Do you have any questions or concerns? Let us know by calling (516) 774-2200. Don't hesitate to call us, whether its from a small or storm or when a natural disaster strikes. We are always #HereToHelp at SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt!
SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt specializes in the cleanup and restoration of property after a water damage event. We are able to help residential and commercial properties. From the very first phone call, you can expect a seamless experience. Our office staff and technicians are highly trained in property damage restoration. From continuous, ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to our regularly scheduled IICRC-industry certification, you can rest assured that our staff is experienced and able to quickly service your needs and get the job done right.
For more information on the SERVPRO mobile app and the SERVPRO Emergency READY Program, please visit www.ready.SERVPRO.com.
Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.
Fire Damage: What You Need to Know!
Fire damage can be stressful! Be sure to follow these tips to know how to react once a fire occurs.
When fire damage occurs, it's important to make sure that you and your loved ones are safe. First, evaluate if it is safe to stay in the home. If there is too much smoke, you should evacuate immediately and find lodging elsewhere.
If you can stay in your home, take some precautions. Be sure to avoid any electrical items that might be volatile after fire damage. In addition, be careful of any possible debris on the ground as a result from the damage.
SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt is equipped to help remove fire damage, resulting water damage, moving debris, and cleaning your home. Our job is to remove all signs that a disaster occurred.
Experiencing Fire or Smoke Damage? Call (516) 774-2200
My Home Was On Fire: What Should I Do Now?
- To prevent damage to your floors, avoid walking on any rugs or carpeting. Remember: more foot traffic = set in stains.
- Wash your hands and keep them clean. Soot is easily transferable, so be sure to keep away as to not spread the mess further.
- Place old sheets or towels on the walkthrough areas of the home.
- If your power is turned off, check your kitchen! Make sure you take all food from the fridge and freezer out. Either put in a cooler or promptly discard what you cannot immediately eat.
- Locate and change your HVAC filter.
- Air registers should be covered with a breathable cloth (i.e. cheesecloth, large handkerchief)
What to Avoid
- Don't attempt to clean the damaged areas yourself. Improper cleaning may set in damage if not done with the correct equipment.
- If your electrical appliances are damaged or covered in soot, DO NOT attempt to clean. There is a risk of shock or burning upon touch.
- Throw out any and all food that was located near the fire. This includes pantry-safe foods that are canned or packaged.
- If the ceiling is wet from fire damage control, do not attempt to turn ceiling fans on. The electrical wiring needs to be checked by a professional.
- Do not stay in the home if you have difficult with breathing.
SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt is here to service you with any fire or smoke damage you might experience after a disaster. We will be able to help clear soot and ashes of all surfaces, check electrical units for repair, remediate water damage, and provide proper cleaning for carpets/upholstery. We will also be able to check HVAC and Air Ducts to make sure your home ventilation is working properly.
Fires, no matter how small, can be traumatizing and extremely stressful. Don't go it alone! Once you're safe, be sure to call SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt for your fire restoration needs at (516) 774-2200
Fall Edition: Home Maintenance Checklist For Your Home
Fall brings in pumpkin spice, fallen leaves, and PLENTY to have done around the house for maintenance. Are you prepared for the colder months?
Hello October! When Autumn rolls around, it becomes the perfect time to tidy up and prepare your home for the chilly months to come. It’s an ideal time to get work done before shorter days and ice prevent you from taking proactive measures. On the list below, we have gathered information on what you can do to make sure your home is in great shape all season round.
Take care of your trees
Make rounds throughout your front and backyard to make sure that your trees and bushes are in good condition and under control. Taking care to prune any precarious branches now will prevent any falling limbs once winter storms come along. Winter storms have been known to take down many tree limbs in the area, so it’s smart to tidy up before it becomes a headache later.
Did you know that SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island can take care of trees or other debris that fall on your property? We’re experienced in removing dead trees, whether they fall on your house or on your yard.
Rake your leaves
This tip seems intuitive, but many people love the look of fallen leaves on their yards. What they don’t realize is that leaves left throughout the season on your lawn, can prevent spring growth. Whether you use a leaf blower or a rake, just be sure to gather all leaves.
Pro-Tip: Be sure to wear gloves to make sure you don’t damage your hands.
Clean out your gutter
During the later part of Fall (like November) be sure to clear out your gutters and downspouts. The reason? Clogged gutters can cause water to pool, which can damage your roof or siding. By cleaning it out, you’re making sure that your outdoor drainage system is in peak condition before winter comes along.
Applied to the frames of any door or window, weatherstripping is an easy way to make sure your home is warm and your heating bills are cut. Also, consider adding a door sweeps to your doors leading to the outside (front, back, garage, etc) to make sure that a draft doesn’t follow you when you enter or exit.
Still feel like your energy bills are high? SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island has expert technicians who are certified to check your Heating units for optimal use.
Take down the window A/C units.
Summer is now behind us, so be sure to box away all of your air conditioning units. Can’t remove them? Then cover the entire exterior with an insulating wrap (Easily found at any hardware store) This will prevent cold air from coming into your home.
Clean Your Dryer Vents
The lint that collects in your dryer is actually dangerous. Besides making your dryer less efficient, it can actually start a fire. With cool, dry weather comes an increase in static electricity. The result? That lint collecting in your dryer can catch on fire. Reduce the risk by hiring a SERVPRO professional to clean out the vents for you.
- Schedule a chimney and heating system check-up
Getting ready to turn up the heat? First, make sure that your chimney, furnace, and boiler are cleaned, maintained, and in working order. It’s a crucial safety measure that should not be taken lightly.
Pro-tip: Invest in a chimney cap: they prevent animals like racoons from entering your home.
Deep clean your kitchen
With Thanksgiving around the bend, it’s a great time to give your kitchen a deep clean. This makes sure that your space is not only efficient, but looking good too! Some areas to look out for:
- Clean the oven
- Vacuum the refrigerator coils
- Clean light fixtures
- Wash out your garbage and recycling bins
- Clean small appliances
- Degrease and wipe down the range hood and filter
Check Your Smoke Detector
The cooler months are when fires are most likely to occur, with heating systems and fireplaces being used. Take special care to test smoke AND carbon monoxide detectors. Also, make sure you have a current fire extinguisher (i.e. not expired!) Use precaution, by checking on these safety devices, you are proactively taking care of your entire home!
If there is ever IS a fire in your home, be sure to contact SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island to take care of any damage. As always, we encourage our community to be safe and take all caution.
Prepare for Winter: Get supplies!
The New York area is prone to some harsh winter. Be sure to prepare well in advance to make sure that your home is stocked up for whatever weather comes your way! Here are some important items to make sure you have on deck:
- Snow Shovels, Ice Scrapers
- Ice melt
- Emergency Kits (One for each car, one for your home)
That’s our list! Fall is, arguably, the most beautiful season for us in the Northeast. Leaves falling, crisp air all around. In between pumpkin patches, apple picking, and drinking spiced lattes, make sure that you give your home some TLC.
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Why SERVPRO of Freeport is the First Choice for Restoration Needs
Whenever disaster strikes, SERVPRO is here for residential and commercial restoration needs.
How Long Island residents can take action against Storm, Mold, Fire or Water Damages
Since 1967, America’s #1 Choice for Cleanup & Restoration has been SERVPRO. Our goal is to help all residents in the Freeport, Roosevelt area to have access to superior cleaning and restoration services. Long Island residents to seek out professional restoration services when unexpected residential emergencies occur.
Home and business owners can save themselves time and money when calling SERVPRO of Freeport as soon as damage is detected. When you act quickly, you eliminate the chance of damages that may occur. SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt is available 24/7 to arrange restoration services for water, mold, storm, or fire-related damages.