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SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead Can Help Get Your Business Back Up and Running

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week (including holidays) to get your business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation. Our services include:

Cleaning and restoring commercial properties requires a unique blend of training, experience, and equipment. SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead has the resources and expertise to give you excellent results while minimizing the disruption to your clients. We can help make it “Like it never even happened.” We have experience servicing:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial Facilities
  • Government/Military Buildings

Call SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead Today – (516) 620-4579

Understanding Mold and the Remediation Process

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growth is a concern for many property owners, but how many homeowners actually understand what mold is? Also, when a homeowner comes across mold, how many understand the protocol for protecting their home and removal of the problem? Thankfully, these questions can be easily answered.

What is Mold?

Mold spores are the microscopic organisms that contribute to the fungal growth that appears on your building's walls, ceiling or floors. There are several types of mold, some are toxic, but others are more common and less harmful. However, every variety can cause significant damage.

What Leads to Mold Growth?

The severity of a mold problem depends on the environmental conditions when the spores root into a surface. If the your home experienced high humidity or water leaks, then mold will probably proliferate, becoming a severe infestation in as little as 48 hours.

Does Mold Removal Take a Long Time?

Mold removal generally takes three to seven days. However, depending on the severity of the infestation and the water damage that caused the initial problem, full restorations may take longer.
Mold growth is a concern for most property owners. However, understanding the fungus goes a long way in easing the anxiety and stress surrounding possible infestations.

Is a Remediation Specialist Necessary?

While some minor infestations may be completed on your own, those individuals who are trained and certified should perform most mold removals. You may want to hire a company, especially when the mold type is considered toxic.

SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead has the experience and training to remediate your mold issue quickly and efficiently.

Call today - 516-620-4579!

Home Fire Safety

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know fire services respond to more than 300,000 home fires each year? If you include fires extinguished by the homeowner, the number doubles. Understanding the three areas of proper fire preparation may help you minimize your risk of having a fire in your home.

Fire Prevention

Prevention means getting ahead of the fire risk level in your home. Consider these fire safety measures to reduce the number of potential fire sources:

Maintenance – A bird’s nest or lint blockage in your dryer or heat vent can cause a fire. Having these vents professionally cleaned annually is a smart safeguard.

Inspections – Natural gas lines can leak small amounts of gas that can build up in a confined area and cause fire risk. It’s recommended to have your gas lines inspected and tested for leaks each year.

Caution – When interacting with combustible materials, such as space heaters, lit candles and smoking implements, it is essential to be cautious. These items are common causes of home fires and should not be left unattended.

Early Detection

Working smoke alarms are essential for home fire preparation. Residential building codes require them because they effectively detect smoke and warn you about a fire. It’s important to change the batteries and test your alarms at least every six months to ensure they will function properly.

Fire Readiness

Scheduling regular fire drills will ensure your family is ready to respond appropriately to a fire. Keeping a fire extinguisher on each level of your home is strongly recommended. Having a group of emergency contacts in your phone will give you easy access to your insurance agent, fire remediation services, neighbors or family during an emergency.

Prioritizing fire preparation doesn’t take tremendous effort, but it can significantly reduce the likelihood of serious fire damage. A plan that includes prevention, early detection and readiness can mean the difference between a close call and a life-changing fire disaster.

If you do experience a fire damage in your home, SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead is available to help 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Call 516-620-4579.

Three Steps You Need to Take When You Have a Pipe Break

2/1/2020 (Permalink)

If you are a homeowner, you likely know how to prepare your house for a hurricane, tornado, or even hail, but what should you do when you have a supply line break? Water in your home can be incredibly damaging, and if it is your first experience with a supply line break, you might be shocked at just how much flooding and water damage there is to handle. Fortunately, no matter how much experience you have with water in your home, there are three things you can do to handle a flooded home after a supply line break.

1. Stay Calm
If you come home to a flooded home, it's normal to panic. Try not to. Instead, remain calm as you face the problem of water in your home. Water cleanup, mitigation, and drying performed by your home restoration company will ensure your flooded home is returned to its normal state, but panicking won't make this happen faster. Remember that people around the globe have dealt with water in their flooded home. You, too, can handle this.

2. Get to Safety
When you have a supply line break, you might be tempted to try to fix it yourself. Keep in mind that a break is nothing to face on your own. Water in your home can quickly become a hazard, so it's important that you leave the area with water damage as quickly as possible. Water damage isn't simply structural. When you have a pipe break, the area becomes prone to mold growth and insects, as well. A restoration company can handle water cleanup, mitigation, and drying.

3. Call SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead
Your home may have flood damage after a pipe break, but a restoration company can help with water in your home. Flood damage can manifest itself visibly, but you may also have structural damage that a home restoration company can notify you about after mitigation, water cleanup, drying, and restoration. While the flood damage in your home might seem impossible when it comes to water cleanup and drying, the truth is that your restoration expert has seen this problem before, and he or she is fully equipped to handle this situation.

No homeowner wants to deal with flood damage, but unfortunately, flooding does happen. If you find yourself in a situation where you have flooding or a pipe break, remember that you are not alone. Your home restoration expert is ready to help you with mitigation to prevent flood damage from happening to you again. SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead will work with you to restore to your home to its original condition.

Call SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead at 516-620-4579.

What Should You Do If Your Home or Business is Damaged in a Storm?

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

Storm damage can occur at any time and can cause an immense amount of harm to your home. Heavy rains can cause flooding and powerful winds can cause roof damage and downed trees on your property. Some post-storm damage can create safety and health hazards as well, so having a strategy to deal with damage will help you to be ready to take steps immediately after the storm.

Take Safety Precautions

Heavy winds and rain can create physical hazards such as collapsed roofing materials, window damage, collapsed walls or standing water in the basement or home interior. In addition, moisture can soak into furniture, carpeting, and building materials making the perfect environment for mold growth that can cause health issues. Shut off the main gas line if you smell gas. Beware of broken glass, exposed nails, and other sharp objects on the property. Contact SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead to help secure your property and make it safe to use. If necessary, arrange for an alternative place for you and your family to live while your property is being restored to safe living condition.

Photograph the Damage

If it is safe to move around your property, use your cellphone or a camera to photograph the damage so that you will have a record for your insurance company. This action will ensure that you are fully compensated.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Contact your insurance agent to notify them about the damage to your home immediately. The company will send out an adjuster to determine the extent of the damage so that payment for repairs can be made.

Look Into Federal Disaster Assistance

The federal government may have declared the area affected by the storm as a disaster area that is eligible for low-cost loans to help restore your property to normal. You will be required to file documents to receive these loans.

When a storm-related disaster strikes, it may seem overwhelming, but these steps can help you to begin the process of getting your home and your life back to normal. At SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead, we provide 24-hour emergency disaster service. We specialize in the stabilization and restoration of homes and businesses that have suffered small or large loss from water, flood, wind, storm, fire damage, and smoke damage.

Call SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead for immediate assistance 24/7 - (516) 620-4579.

SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead Can Help Your Business Recover After a Fire Damage

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage is especially devastating for a business or commercial property. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, significant water damage from firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts and we’ll respond immediately to get you back to business.

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Fire and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises
  • Highly Trained Fire and Water Damage Restoration Specialists

Commercial Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies. Whether your fire emergency occurs in an apartment building, restaurant, motel, or office building, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead can respond immediately to your commercial fire damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage.

Call (516) 620-4579

Happy Holidays from SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead!

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Can you believe it? The year is quickly coming to an end! From all of us here at SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead, we would like to wish everyone, especially our customers with whom we’ve had the pleasure of helping in your time of need, a happy holiday season surrounded by friends and family! We owe all our success to you, our customers, as our goal is to get your life back to normal and to get your home back up and running!

SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead is locally owned and operated. We sincerely hope you won’t need our services, but because emergencies happen unexpectedly, we are available 24/7 to help you in your time of need, even on holidays. We’ll be there to help make this stressful situation “Like it never even happened.”

Call us anytime (516) 620-4579.

Once again, happy holidays from all of us at SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead!

Tips for a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

Happy Thanksgiving! Wishing you and your loved ones a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Did you know there are more than three times as many home cooking fires on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year?

We at SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead want to make sure you enjoy Thanksgiving with your loved ones, so here are a few tips to ensure your safety this Thanksgiving:

  • Never leave food cooking on the stovetop unattended, especially when frying and sautéing with oil. Stay in your home while the turkey is cooking and check on it frequently.
  • Use a timer to keep track of cooking times, most notably when simmering, baking, or roasting foods that require longer cook times. Check the stove or oven frequently.
  • Consider putting timers in different rooms so you can hear them over music and party chatter.
  • Keep things that can catch fire like oven mitts, wooden utensils, food wrappers, and towels well away (a minimum of three feet) from the cooking area.
  • Push up shirt sleeves and avoid wearing billowy clothing that may come in contact with open flames or other heat sources. 
  • Avoid cooking when drinking alcohol, using other substances, or if you’re sleepy.
  • Make sure children stay at least three feet away from all cooking areas, hot food, and liquids to avoid burns.

Deep frying your Thanksgiving turkey has become increasingly popular in recent years. Keep these tips in mind to ensure safety for all:

  • Keep outdoor fryers off decks, out of garages and a safe distance away from trees and other structures.
  • Make sure the turkey is thawed and dry before cooking. Ice or water that mixes into the hot oil can cause flare-ups.
  • Watch the weather. Never operate a fryer outdoors in the rain or snow.
  • Place the fryer on a level surface, and avoid moving it once it's in use.
  • Leave 2 feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane-powered fryer.
  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions to avoid overfilling. Oil can ignite when it makes contact with the burner.
  • Choose a smaller turkey for frying. A bird that's 8 to 10 pounds is best; pass on turkeys over 12 pounds.
  • Never leave fryers unattended.
  • Purchase a fryer with temperature controls, and watch the oil temperature carefully. Cooking oil that is heated beyond its smoke point can catch fire. If you notice the oil is smoking, turn the fryer off.
  • Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is submerged, turn the burner on.
  • Wear goggles to shield your eyes, use oven mitts to protect your hands and arms and keep an "ABC" or grease-rated fire extinguisher close by. Do not to use water or a garden hose on a fire related to Turkey Fryers.
  • Skip the stuffing when frying turkey, and avoid water-based marinades.
  • Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.
  • Once finished, carefully remove the pot from the burner, place it on a level surface and cover to let the oil cool overnight before disposing.
  • Opt for an oil-less fryer. This uses infrared heat, rather than oil, to cook the turkey.

If you do have an unfortunate emergency this holiday season, SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead is available to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even on holidays. Call us at 516-620-4579.

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving from all of us at SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead!

Flooded Basement? SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead Can Help!

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causing surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead and let our trained, professional crew handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 516-620-4579

Prevent Fall Weather From Causing Damage To Your Home

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

fall leaves Taking just a few minutes to look around your property for potential hazards can prevent future water damage!

Fall has arrived and as such the leaves will be turning colors and falling from the trees! While the air is crisp and fresh, those leaves can bring hazards to your home that you need to pay special attention to. Leaves often fall in the gutter, which can create a potential water hazard as the weather systems change around us. Leaves can jam up in the gutters creating an overflow situation which can create water damage as the water backs up damaging the roofing material.

Another hazard to your home could be excessive groundwater that infiltrates the home from an improper drainage system. We recommend looking around your property to see where water could get into the home around the foundation.

When severe flooding or storms hit our area, take special caution around your home to maintain safety. Avoid walking through the storm waters, as hazards can be unseen. Watch for downed power lines and trees and maintain a safe distance from any perceived damage. 

Call SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead for any water damage needs. Our team can quickly and accurately assess any damage to your home and take the proper course of action to repair it. We can be reached 24/7 at 516-620-4579. Call us today!