Protect your property from storm related damaging winds.
There are a number of ways you can help protect your property from storm related damaging winds. Some are listed below, but keep the “Two R’s” in mind: reinforce and remove.
Hire a professional to remove any large or dying trees and branches that could be blown over onto your home.
Remove or anchor loose items on your property that could be blown around and tossed by the wind. This includes trash cans, grills and outdoor furniture.
- Have your garage door reinforced by a professional.
We don’t always receive advanced notice about straight-line or damaging winds. But, as we all know, being proactive with some of the above preventive items may help to protect you from damage. As always, SERVPRO of North Huntington is only a phone call away should you need us!
Hiding Spots Where Water Can Accumulate
Water damage can happen at any time. SERVPRO of North Huntington will ensure that the cleanup and restoration is done right!
There are a variety of reasons water damage can occur, and they can often manifest in covert areas of a home or business.
The complications that come with discovering water damage are compounded by its cost. There are many insurance policies that do not accept water damage claims, but for the ones that do, the typical claim is well above $6,000. Being aware of the hidden spots water where water damage can accumulate is wise for home and business owners so they can get ahead of the issues.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! Give us a call!
Working With Us Is a Smart Business Decision
When you call our 24/7 emergency line, we are ready to respond.
Businesses that sustain damages after a natural disaster are in a vulnerable position. So vulnerable, in fact, that FEMA recently reported that 40 to 60% of them are unable to resume operations after a disaster strikes. This makes the period of disaster recovery crucial for business owners, which is why it is advised to work with a leader in commercial restoration to get your business back to pre-disaster conditions.
Three reasons why working with SERVPRO of North Huntington is imperative when getting your business 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 24⁄7 emergency line, 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 Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (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 restoration, do not hesitate to make the call so you can get your business back up and running faster. Our trained experts are here to help 24/7—contact us today.
Heating Your Home Safely
SERVPRO of North Huntington is here to help if your home experiences a fire damage.
Most home heating fires occur on winter evenings. Space heaters cause two of every five fires and another one third are caused by fireplaces or chimneys.
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 - that's the biggest factor in fire heating deaths.
- Make sure children 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 oven.
Lightning and Thunderstorm Damages - Part 2
SERVPRO of North Huntington is here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your emergency needs!
How Is Lightning Damaging to a Home?
Understanding how a lightning strike affects a home will help you take precautions when it is a possibility.
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.
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 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.
If your home or office experiences a lightning fire related dame, SERVPRO of North Huntington is always here to help!
Lightning and Thunderstorm Damages - Part 1
With floods, heavy rains and high winds, thunderstorms can cause damage in so many ways. One of the most dramatic of these can be through lightning, which can lead to fires, power surges and other property damages. Because a single lightning bolt can be as hot as 500,000 degrees, their strikes are often highly dangerous.
Though there is no way to prevent lightning strikes, it is important to understand the types of damage they cause in order to be aware of what to look out for.
How Is Lightning Formed?
Electricity is at the heart of every thunderstorm, which is what causes thunder and lightning. A lightning bolt is the discharge of electrical energy in a short burst, either striking across the clouds or below the ground.
Lightning attempts to reach the ground as quickly as possible because the atmosphere is such a poor conductor. Instead of traveling through the air for longer, it will typically strike an object on its way to the ground. If this object is a house or building, it will make use of the electrical wires and water pipes to get where it is going.
If your home or office has been affected by storm damages or lightning-related fires, give us a call today! SERVPRO of North Huntington are the experts in fire damage cleanup and restoration.
Commercial Property Cleanup & Restoration Challenges
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water or fire cleanup scenario or a larger, more involved event, SERVPRO of North Huntington will work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility. Damages to commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response.
We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give SERVPRO of North Huntington a call. We’ll be there fast with the help you need!Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints.
How to Prevent House Fires
Understanding the dangers and prevention methods for house fires is essential for avoiding the costly damage they can cause.
Naturally, the best method to stay safe against house fires is through keeping smoke alarms operational, but there are many other ways homeowners can avoid a fire starting around the house.
The Frequency of House Fires
Many people do not fully grasp the risk house fires can pose and how often they occur. The National Fire Protection Association reports that every 24 seconds, a house fire occurs, meaning there are a shocking number of fires each day.
Cooking is the leading cause of house fires, but there are many other causes that can spark a flame.
Steps to Prevent House Fires
Because fire is so powerful, one simple mistake can lead to a full-on house fire if one is not careful. The best thing to do is to learn about house fire prevention steps to keep flames at bay:
Test smoke alarms. Though the hope is that one will never have to use a smoke alarm, it is important that they are working in case the need arises. Perform monthly battery checks and replace them every 10 years.
Prevent dryer lint buildup. Dryer trays can hold an excessive amount of lint, which provides the perfect combustible material if allowed to collect. After each load, clean out the tray to avoid combustion from the dryer’s heat.
Keep an eye on flames. Because most of us use flames every day for candles, cooking and more, it can be easy to forget the risk they can cause. It is best to not leave flames unattended.
Keep cables in good condition. Electrical cables and household wires should be inspected frequently and replaced if fraying is found.
Protect household supplies. Because many household supplies contain flammable materials and come in aerosol cans, it is best to keep these products away from heat sources or direct sunlight.
If your home has suffered damage from a house fire, give us a call. We are certified in fire and soot remediation, and here to help 24⁄7.
We Have The Resources to Handle Floods and Storms.
SERVPRO of North Huntington Has The Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. If needed, we can access additional equipment and personnel from a network of over 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. SERVPRO of North Huntington specializes in storm and flood damage cleanup and restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Musty odor? Is it mold?
Do you smell "mold" in your home? If you smell something not quite right near an area that is prone to dampness and constant moisture, you may be smelling mold. Mold has a particular musty, earthy smell. Check for leaks both inside and outside of the wall to help you track down the source of the smell. Mold feeds on both wood and drywall, so if you smell a strong, musty odor but don’t see any discoloration, the problem may be inside of your wall.
If you suspect you have a mold problem we are here to help! SERVPRO of North Huntington are professionals in mold cleanup and remediation. We will examine your home or business and determine the next course of action needed. Call us today to get started!