Water Damage Recovery
The first steps after a water damage occurs are contacting your insurance company and then your plumber for repair. Next, call the experts at SERVPRO of North Huntington, who are available 24/7 for your emergency needs! We will determine the type of water that has affected your home and start the cleanup and restoration process accordingly. Following a water damage, all affected materials and content will need to be removed or properly dried and disinfected.
The types/categories of water that are involved in a water damage are determined by some of the following:
Is it water from rain, condensation, leaky pipes, etc.?
Is it water from dishwashers, washing machines, toilets, etc.?
Is it water from sewage or serious flooding from nearby rivers, etc.? - This water can cause serious health problems.
Water Damage Prevention Tips
SERVPRO of North Huntington is here to help 24/7 with your water damage cleanup and restoration needs.
Water damage is a common issue for homeowners to deal with, but there are ways you can safeguard your home.
Make it a point to regularly:
- Inspect all appliances for issues with hoses and faucets
- Check the seals and caulking around your showers and tubs to make sure there is no leakage
- Know where the main water shut-off valve is in your home
- Don’t leave your washing machine or dishwasher running when you are not home
There are also things you can do to protect the possessions in your home from water damage. Use waterproof bins to store items and keep items stored on shelves off of the floor—which is especially recommended when using your basement for storage.
Anything from a burst pipe to a malfunctioning dishwasher or storm damage are just some of the ways water damage could affect your home. Should you experience a water damage, SERVPRO of North Huntington is always here to help!
Severe Weather Planning
Severe Weather Planning
If your family already has a severe weather 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 one, start here by taking a look at some things to take into consideration when creating it:
1. Emergency Alerts
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. We still have radio and television to broadcast warnings and alerts too.
2. Evacuation Routes
Have several evacuation routes mapped out before you need them will 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.
3. Storm Shelter Options
Know your local storm shelter locations and options to avoid confusion and panic.
4. Safe Place to Meet
Power could 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.
Mold Spores Are Microscopic
Mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. It is impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
IICRC - Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. Only IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo. SERVPRO of North Huntington displays the logo proudly. Our technicians are highly trained and certified in all areas of the restoration industry. When fire, water or mold affects your home or business, you can count on our team to help.
The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for the restoration industry. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.
If you would like more information or have questions regarding our IICRC credentials, please contact our office. 631-423-1734
Insurance Claims & Water Damage
Many of us will face a water damage in our home at some point, as it is the third most common reason that homeowners file insurance claims.
Understanding the different types of water damage and how they can impact insurance claims is important. For example, if there are things that have been happening over time, such as plumbing issues behind the walls that have now caused visible damage to the walls, ceilings or floors, or water damage caused by cracks in the foundation, there might be a coverage issue. Don't let this stop you from moving forward with making a claim. Contact SERVPRO of North Huntington for a detailed in home assessment. We can even work directly with your insurance company in most cases!
Commom Causes of Water Damage
Water Damage Common Causes
- Washing machine failures. Machines overflowing, supply hose failures and drain line failures are typically the causes of washing machine failures and are one of the top 10 sources of residential water losses.
- Toilet failures. Toilets are the second highest source of residential water loss after plumbing supply systems. Anything from faulty fill valves or clogged drain lines can cause toilets to malfunction and cause water damage.
Plumbing supply system failures. This happens when frozen pipes burst due to the buildup in water pressure caused by freezing water or when the supply system material fails resulting in a leaking or bursting pipes.
Plumbing drain system failures. This situation occurs when sewer drains back up and overflow into a home or from construction material performance issues.
Water heater failures. Water heaters reaching or passing their life expectancy begin to rust and corrode, which can result in leaking or bursting issues.
House Fires Caused by Candles
SERVPRO of North Huntington will make your Fire Damage "Like it never even happened."
As much as you might love lighting up a candle, consider this: Between 2009 and 2013, candles were responsible for 9,300 home fires. This caused $374 million in property damage in the U.S. About a third of these fires started in the bedroom, and half of them were simply because something was left too close to the flame and caught fire.
How to Reduce Candle Fires:
- Always blow out candles when you leave the room or go to sleep.
- Never leave kids alone in a room with a burning candle.
- Keep candles away from anything that's flammable.
- Consider using flameless, battery operated candles. You can get ones that are scented!
- Use flashlights instead of candles if your power goes out.
No one ever thinks they will be the victim of a house fire. Making a few small changes can help to keep your family and your home safe.
We are here to help with fire, smoke and soot damage.
SERVPRO of North Huntington is always here to help should you experience fire, smoke or soot damage.
For many Americans, experiencing a home fire is a nightmare scenario that has become a reality. Each year more than 350,000 house fires occur in the U.S. Fortunately, you can take steps to help protect your home from fire by learning about and watching for fire hazards within it. The primary cause of house fires is cooking, but smoking is the smoking is the primary cause of home fire deaths. Here are a few tips to help keep you safe:
- When cooking, always stay in the kitchen or by the grill.
- Keep a metal lid handy to smother grease fires - never put water on a grease fire, it will explode!
- Make sure you have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen.
- If you smoke, do it outside.
- Remain alert when you're smoking - smoking while sleepy or under the influence is not safe!
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!