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Fire damage can be devastating to your business.

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage can be devastating to your business.

If your business experiences a fire damage, call the fire damage cleanup and restoration experts at SERVPRO of North Huntington. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.We are available 24/7 for your emergency fire damage needs and we'll respond immediately to help get you back to business ASAP.

According to the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration Certification), the real damage sets in and costs begin to mount after the fire trucks leave. That's when our work begins at SERVPRO of North Huntington. We get to work quickly and as efficiently as possible to return your business to preloss condition. 

At SERVPRO of North Huntington, our trained and certified IICRC technicians will get your business back up and running and make it "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of North Huntington for your fire damage cleanup and restoration needs! 631-423-1734

How does a puff back happen?

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

Green and white sign stating we are open and here to help. SERVPRO of North Huntington is open and here to help with your puff back cleanup 24/7! Call us today, 631-423-1734

How Does a Puff Back Happen?

A puff back happens when an oil burner doesn't immediately ignite and oil fumes are allowed to build up before ignition. This results in an explosion similar to what happens when a car backfires.  It may also occur from a buildup of debris, causing an explosion when the furnace turns on.  In either case, the explosion forces soot and debris through the furnace or the boiler's exhaust system and into your home or business.  The problem is worse with forced hot air systems as the heating ducts spread black soot into every corner of your home, with the same efficiency that they spread heat throughout your property.

Fact #1: Most puff back cleanups are covered by insurance. The professionals at SERVPRO of North Huntington can walk you through the claim process step by step and make it "Like it never even happened.” In fact, our customers often tell us that their properties look and smell cleaner than it ever did before!

During a puff back event, oil based soot typically covers all areas of the property including drapes, bedding, furniture, clothing, cabinetry, ceilings, walls and floors, all of which is extremely difficult to remove. In most instances, you will know that you’ve had a puff back! But there may be times when it is harder to detect because the soot coverage can range from a light dusting to a concentrated dark appearance especially on flat surfaces like counter tops. While you may be tempted to clean the affected area yourself, we don’t recommend you do that as the "dust" will likely re-appear hours afterwards. There may or may be a strong odor in the affected rooms.  Don’t be fooled that the dust is only where you see it. It travels everywhere that the air does—into every nook and cranny. Sometimes you will find what you think are black “spider webs” in the corners of a room. These marks are actually a collection of the sticky soot. At SERVPRO of North Huntington, we have the appropriate equipment, knowledge, experience and training to properly get the job done.

Fact # 2: The cost to repair a furnace will NOT likely be covered by insurance. 

Puff backs create an unhealthy environment for everyone and you should not touch or breathe the soot or particles that are floating through the air and landing on the surfaces of your property. 

Fact #3: Most oil companies can inspect and service the boiler at your property, which greatly reduces the chances of a puff back. However, there is no guarantee against such an occurrence.

If you have experienced a puff back in your home or business, contact SERVPRO of North Huntington today, 631-423-1734.

Severe Weather Planning

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

What to Think About in Severe Weather Planning

Being prepared is one of the best ways to come out ahead of the weather, and having an established family emergency plan is a smart move.

If your family already has an emergency plan in place, that’s great! Just be sure to practice and discuss your plan at the start of the various weather seasons so everyone knows exactly what to do.

If you’ve not yet created your family emergency plan, start here by taking a look at some things to take into consideration when creating it:

1. Receiving Emergency Alerts

We still have radio and television to broadcast warnings and alerts, but thanks to today’s technologies, it is very easy to receive emergency alerts and warnings on your smartphone. If you have a weather app or Google on your smartphone, you can quickly receive emergency alerts, which gives you with valuable time in severe weather situations.

2. Knowing Your Storm Shelter Options

If tornadoes are a common occurrence where you live, the lowest part of your home (i.e., the basement) is safest, but if there is no basement, you’ll want to be in the lowest part of your home in an interior room away from corners, windows, doors and outside walls. However, tornadoes aren’t the only weather circumstance that requires a form of storm shelter.

3. Knowing Evacuation Routes

Having several evacuation routes mapped out before you need them can help should a hurricane, flood or fire force you from your home in a hurry. It’s wise to have multiple routes mapped out in case one is impassable. Remember to locate places that will also allow your pets to stay with you along the way.

4. Keeping Communication Open

It is easy to rely on cell phones to keep in touch with your family, but sometimes that will not be feasible as cell communication is reliant on towers that could sustain damage during the storm.

Power could also be lost, phones could be misplaced, and if there is no power, you will not be able to recharge them when needed. Set up a safe meeting place for your family, so that you can all meet there if separated.

If a storm causes damage to your home or business, don’t hesitate to call your friends at SERVPRO of North Huntington to get the cleanup process started, 631-423-1734.

Water damages often manifest in covert areas of a home or business.

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

hidden areas of water damage, wet insulation and walls If your home or office has suffered a water damage, SERVPRO of North Huntington is here to help! Call us today-631-423-1734

Water damages often manifest in covert areas of a home or business.

Where Water Damage Can Hide:

  • Below windows. The exterior seal of a window and wall can become weathered, allowing water to seep into the wall unnoticed.

  • Behind siding. Siding panels overlap at various points around the house, which are where they can be susceptible to leaking.

  • Below thresholds. Most thresholds have a metal plate at their base, but these are not typically sealed against the elements. If the door is often exposed to weathering, water can eventually seep through to the wood.

  • Under exterior paint. Windowsills and deck railings are often painted repeatedly, which creates small gaps that water can seep through.

  • Behind the dishwasher. The dishwasher’s cubby is rarely inspected, and can harbor water damage from leaky seals or hoses.

  • Inside the walls. Water pipes that are leaky can cause water to seep into the walls, especially near sinks and tubs.

  • Under an unsteady toilet. The seal around the base of a toilet can begin to leak, often going unnoticed until the floor becomes unsteady due to the damage.

If your home or office has suffered water damage (even in a hidden place like one of these), SERVPRO of North Huntington is happy to help! 

Three reasons why working with SERVPRO of North Huntington is imperative when getting your business restored:

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

Three reasons why working with SERVPRO of North Huntington is imperative when getting your business cleaned up & restored:

1. We’re Available Day and Night

You may know that we are “faster to any disaster,” but you are probably not aware that our round-the-clock service is able to make that happen. We know that business owners have many things to do after a disaster. That’s why when you call our 247 emergency line, we are ready to respond.

2. We’re Well-Staffed

We take the hiring and training of our technicians very seriously so that we can provide the best service to business owners. We train our technicians according to the IICRC standards to ensure they are fully up-to-date and current within their field. Additionally, we provide access to virtual learning seminars and offer employee certification programs to give incentive for continued education within the restoration field.

3. We Care About Our Equipment

When we purchase equipment, we make sure to follow the guidelines set by the IICRC in order to ensure we are competitive and up to date. By choosing the best tools in the industry, we can ensure that every task—from removing toxic air particles to removing moisture from a flooded room—is done efficiently and effectively.

If you’re in need of commercial cleanup and restoration, do not hesitate to call the trained experts at SERVPRO of North Huntington. We are here to help 24/7. Call us today- 631-423-1734.

Tips on How to Heat Your Home Safely:

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

Tips on How to Heat Your Home Safely:

  • If you use a space heater, keep it at least three feet away from anything flammable including: bedding, mattresses, clothing, and upholstered furniture. Heating  equipment not being used properly is the leading cause of home fire deaths.
  • Make sure children and animals stay away from space heaters and fireplaces.
  • Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep. Don't keep them on all night.
  • Always use a screen in front of your fireplace and have your chimney professionally cleaned annually. Douse any fire or coals before you go to sleep or if you leave the house. 
  • Never heat your home with your stove or oven.
  • Be sure that your smoke detectors are installed properly and tested to ensure they are working properly. 

Thunderstorms can cause the following types of damage...

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms can cause the following types of damage...

Hail damage. It may come as a shock, but hail damage can top out at $1 billion annually. The smaller hail can wreak havoc on crops, and larger hail can do a fair amount of damage to homes and vehicles.

Flood damage. Since rain is common with storms, it is not shocking that heavy rains can lead to flash flooding. Occurring without warning, flash floods can cause structural damage and even rip trees out of the ground.

Lightning damage. Lightning damage can be broken into two categories, fire and electrical. When lightning strikes a home, it will pass through the electrical wiring and can cause damage to any appliance that is plugged into an outlet.

Tornado damage. With wind speeds that can reach upwards of 200 mph, tornadoes are capable of causing immense amounts of damage over large areas in a limited amount of time.

If a thunderstorm has resulted in damage to your home or business, know that the team at SERVPRO of North Huntington is available 247 to help with cleanup and restoration. 

How Is Lightning Damaging to a Home?

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

How Is Lightning Damaging to a Home?

Understanding how lightning strike affects a home will help you take precautions when it is a possibility.

Lightning creates shock waves. Lightning striking across a cloud produces shock waves that we know as thunder, but it can also cause these on the ground. These shock waves are powerful enough to explode cinder blocks and shatter windows, so it is wise to inspect the foundation of your home if lightning struck nearby.

Lightning can damage electronics. When it travels through a home’s wiring system, lightning can transfer its charge throughout the electrical network of the home—causing significant damage to anything plugged in. A surge protector is a good precautionary measure for protection.

Lightning can start fires. Because lightning typically strikes buildings or structures, it can often cause fires. Not only do its high temperatures have the potential for igniting a home on impact, but it can also cause severe wiring damage within the walls of the home. If your house has been struck, the fire department can perform tests to ensure the wiring is not a fire risk.

If your home or office experiences a lightning fire related dame, SERVPRO of North Huntington is always here to help! 631-423-1734

How Do Thunderstorms Form?

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

How Do Thunderstorms Form?

There are certain conditions that are necessary for a storm to develop. There must be moisture and rising unstable air, as well as a “lifting” mechanism that forces air to rise, or where warm/cold or wet/dry air bump together, causing a rising motion.

A thunderstorm’s life cycle takes three distinct stages: the developing stage, the mature stage and the dissipating stage. The mature stage is where you’ll find hail, heavy rain, strong winds, and even tornadoes occurring.

There are a estimated 16 million thunderstorms annually throughout the world. In the United States, the number of thunderstorms typically comes to approximately 100,000 per year—10% of those are considered severe.

Various Types of Damage

There are plenty of parts of a thunderstorm that can prove to be dangerous, but one of the most serious risks is the opportunity for winds to send debris flying. Wind speeds during severe thunderstorms can reach over 57 mph. This is more than enough speed to create chaos and damage to your property.

When there are strong winds, there is always a chance for non-threatening items to turn into a serious threat in projectile mode. Take some time to check on and secure items in your yard before any thunderstorms come rolling into town.These items can include tree branches, gravel, mailboxes, fencing, lawn furniture, potted plants and garbage cans. 

Calling SERVPRO of North Huntington is like calling your neighbor for help.

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

Calling SERVPRO of North Huntington is like calling your neighbor for help. 

Our staff assesses the situation by asking a series of questions to determine the proper amount of equipment and personnel necessary for the job. Next, we set an appointment that fits your schedule to have our technicians assess the cleanup methods needed. With a plan in place, the repairs to your business will begin. We pride ourselves in building a solid, lasting relationship with our customers.

While there are many cleanup and restoration companies available to assist you after a fire, water or mold damage, none are as qualified or as invested in your business as SERVPRO of North Huntington. Our staff strives for more than providing excellent customer service. We live and work in the same community, we may know each other on a personal level, our children may go to the same schools, support the same local sports teams and beyond.  
 
SERVPRO of North Huntington will deliver the service your business deserves, 631-423-1734.