Summer Storm Damage Prevention
Storms can happen in the blink of an eye with little to no warning. If you do not take the time to prepare, the aftermath of the storm can be stressful and costly. Taking the time to address key areas of your home can make a huge difference between staying high and dry or flooded with worry and damages.
Your home is your most valuable asset so don’t get swept away with the summer thunderstorms this season. Take steps now to prevent any rain showers from dampening your mood.
Stormy weather is currently in the forecast and you can use the following tips to help prevent storm damage:
- Purchase supplies you may need if you lose power or water supply for a long period of time. Batteries, flashlights, bottled water, canned food, gas and backup generators are items you should have at all times in your house in case of emergency. Consider buying board games or a deck of playing cards for something for you and your family to do to pass the time.
- Make sure you have the proper insurance plan in place. Check on your policy so you are familiar with what is and is not covered. It is imperative you make sure everything is current.
- Do what you can to secure your property. Seal up any cracks or gaps around windows, doors and check your roof for any broken or loose shingles. Just to be safe, you might consider installing items such as window shutters, garage door braces and roof clips to protect your home as well. While these resources can be costly, they can ultimately save you money in the long run.
- Take care of any trees surrounding your home. Remove any dead branches and trim back any limbs that could become a danger to your house. Overhanging limbs can scrape the roof, damage shingles or bust through windows. All of this could lead to water damage in your home. Properly maintaining your landscape is easy and can do wonders at protecting against storm damage.
- Secure patio furniture and pick up any items such as sporting equipment or lawn items and store them properly.
Got Swept Away With The Storm?
Storms are at times unpredictable and despite precautionary measures, damage can be at times unavoidable. If you find your house damaged from a storm, you can relax knowing SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead has your back. Our trained professionals are available 24/7. To contact us or learn more about our services, please call 516-620-4579
Fire Prevention in the Kitchen
Year after year cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking accounts for about 47% of home fires and 45% of the fire-related injuries reported across the country each year.
REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE IN THE KITCHEN
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says 6 out of 7 cooking fires occurred while the cook was out of the kitchen, and 2/3rds of these fires happened in the first 15 minutes of cooking. This means that it is imperative that you ALWAYS watch what you’re cooking. If you’re using the stovetop, stay in the kitchen and watch closely. Also, experts recommend setting a timer periodically to remind you to check the oven.
OTHER FIRE PREVENTION TIPS INCLUDE
- Roll up sleeves and don’t wear loose fitting clothing that could catch and open flame or heating element
- Ban children and pets from a 3-foot “safe zone” around the stove
- Keep the stove and oven clean, turn pot handles in to avoid spills and cleanup any messes when appropriate
- Keep potholders, dishtowels, oven mitts, food packaging and other clutter off and away from the stove.
- Clean cooking equipment thoroughly because built-up grease can catch fire.
- Don’t over heat your oils, and wait for grease to cool before disposing, tossing hot grease in a trashcan could turn into a disaster
Smoke detectors are your first line for defense against a fire disaster situation so make sure you have one installed in or near the kitchen and make sure it’s working properly.
IF A FIRE DOES HAPPEN, CONSIDER THESE SAFETY TIPS
- Close the door behind you to help contain the fire and get out of the house.
- Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
- For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
- Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
People often try to put out cooking fires themselves with a fire extinguisher or even water. NEVER use water on any grease fire. Store fire safety equipment in a cabinet or under the sink – it is important to have a fire extinguisher close by as well as a box of baking soda or salt for grease fires. The first step you can take is turning the stove off and having a lid handy to put over the pan. You can also smother the fire with baking soda or salt. If the fire is in your oven just close the door and turn off the heat. Done improperly your cooking fire can spread to other parts of the kitchen. Any time you are unsure of how to combat a fire your best option is to leave and call your local fire department!
CREATE AND PRACTICE A FIRE ESCAPE PLAN
In the event of a fire, remember that every second counts, so you and your family must always be prepared. Escape plans help you get out of your home quickly.
Practice your home fire escape plan at least twice a year, more often if you have small children.
Some tips to consider when preparing this plan include:
- Find two ways out. Visit each room of your house and find two ways out, including windows and doors. Make sure all escape routes open easily so you can get outside, and install emergency release devices on any security bars on doors or windows. Practice feeling your way out in the dark and with your eyes closed.
- Involve children in planning. Consider having your children help create a fire evacuation plan. Draw a map of the home and have children mark two exit routes and the locations of smoke detectors. Make sure your children know NOT to hide from firefighters or other first responders.
- Choose a meeting spot. Decide on a meeting place outside, such as a neighbor’s house, mailbox or stop sign. It should be in the front of the house so emergency responders can see you when they arrive. Agree not to go back into the house after you leave.
- Have a backup plan. If the planned exit routes are blocked and it’s not possible to leave the house, close all doors between you and the fire. Place a towel under the door and go to an exterior-facing window. Call the fire department to report your location.
Whether you’re trying a new cooking technique or cooking your signature dish the way you have countless times before; practicing these important safety tips can help you to avoid major mishaps that could lead to smoke or fire damage.
If your home does experience fire or smoke damage, give SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead a call at (516) 620-4579
Workplace Fire Safety
A fire in the work place can cause a great deal of damage. In addition to material destruction injuries and fatalities can occur as well. Here we would like to share with you some basic fire prevention to keep you and your co-workers as safe on the job as possible.
Steps of Prevention:
- Create a prevention program that includes preventative measures, preparation, and recognition of fire hazards.
- Be well informed of proper handling of all combustible and flammable materials.
- Maintain a clean work environment to reduce the risk of fire.
- Always keep the proper fire extinguishing gear nearby and know it’s locations.
- Always keep fire extinguishing gear away from clutter so it is easily accessible
- Make sure only approved containers are used for combustible materials
- Never store flammable materials within 10 feet of any flammable structure
- Periodically clean up your work environment
- Make it a habit to properly dispose of combustible materials from your work area
- Always follow the proper steps to avoid creating a hazardous environment
- Keep fire extinguishers easily accessible and know how to properly operate them
- Inspect fire equipment on a regular basis
- Provide all employees with proper training in the event that a fire should occur
- Configure an alarm system consisting of both lights and sounds
- Keep local authority and fire department information on hand and have employees know exactly where to find them
In the unfortunate event that a fire does occur, do not hesitate to contact us at SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead to remediate the fire damage. Our experienced technicians are trained for the remediation of even the most intense fire damage. No job is too big or too small, call (516) 620-4579 today!
Are You and your Family Prepared for Severe Weather?
Severe weather can happen anytime, anywhere. Being prepared to act quickly can be critical to staying safe during a weather event. In 2013, there were more than 440 weather related fatalities and nearly 2,800 injuries. Deadly weather caused more than $8 billion in property damage and many businesses affected by major disasters never reopen–especially if they do not have an emergency plan in place. Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.
KNOW YOUR RISK. The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business and your family or employees. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.
TAKE ACTION. Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.
BE AN EXAMPLE. Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers and family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same.
Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster. Always have a plan in place. Don’t wait until disaster strikes.
Build an Emergency Supply Kit
Suggested items to include in basic emergency kit
- Water (one gallon per person per day)
- Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)
- Manual can opener
- Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust masks or bandanas
- Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Hygiene items
- Important documents; copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
Contact SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead for more information - (516) 620-4579
Commercial Water Damage? No Job Is Too Big Or Too Small For SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead!
Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we 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.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
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. 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 us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
About SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead
SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
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Smoke and Soot Cleanup
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
- Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
- The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
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Don't Delay Drying!
When flood damage strikes, the results are usually far too serious for property owners to handle on their own. Professional restoration services like those provided by SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead help to return a home back to the way it was before a flood. But many fear the costs and responsibilities associated with a full-scale restoration project. Unfortunately, few if any of the unpleasant consequences inherent in flood damage disappear without appropriate care and attention. To prevent long-term adverse effects from developing in your home or business, call for help immediately.
Here are two of the most serious problems that can develop when professional drying is delayed:
- Weakened Foundations
Long-term exposure to standing water and the additional moisture that’s produced during flood damage events can cause permanent and expensive damage to the very foundation of your home. Even the solid materials that foundations are made of, whether masonry, concrete or stone, can soak up small amounts of water through the cracks and pores in their material. Unless these pockets of water are removed, they can create defects in the building foundation that eventually weaken the entire structure. In the winter, water trapped inside those cracks will expand as it freezes, resulting in very serious structural issues that will be incredibly expensive to fix.
Fast and thorough drying processes are the only way to protect your home against these threats. SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead has the specialty equipment that’s designed to remove all unwanted moisture.
- Mold Growth
Mold grows wherever there’s a lot of moisture, such as around leaks in roofs, around windows, or pipes, or where there’s been flooding. It can grow most anywhere, but especially where it finds food, such as on porous surfaces like paper, cardboard, wallboard and wood. Mold can also grow on many nonporous materials such as concrete and brick. And with the right temperature, moisture and food, mold will grow most anywhere. A rolling stone may gather no moss, but one sitting still sure can. Preventative treatments can help, but the only reliable solution to developing mold problems is rapid drying and dehumidification that SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead offers.
Add to those two problems the fact that water, often called the universal solvent, can slowly dissolve, break apart and destroy most of the materials in your home or business and you can see why you need to call SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead immediately should you experience a flood or water damage of any type.
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Spring Cleaning Season Is Here!
Can you feel the air getting warmer? Spring is here - a time when many people tackle the sometimes large chore of spring cleaning. To some, this task can be a daunting one. Maybe you don’t know where to start, or maybe you are having a hard time parting with some old items that are collecting dust on a shelf.
Here are a few quick tips to help you cleanse quickly and efficiently:
- Tackle one room per day - this allows you to not become overwhelmed. Set small goals that are easily attainable and it wont feel like such a big undertaking.
- Part with old clothing - if you haven’t worn an item of clothing in a full year, maybe it’s time to let it go. This can be a great way to free up closet and dresser space. This does not apply to items like suits and other special occasion outfits.
- Outsource what you don’t want to do yourself - the professional cleaners at SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead can make quick work of carpets, walls, and any other deeper clean that you would rather not do. Call 516-620-4579 today!
April Showers Bring May Flowers
And sometimes April showers can also bring flooding to your home or office! Water leaks within a home or business can seep into carpet, flooring, baseboards, and walls while moving throughout the structure. SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead understands how disruptive water damages can be for a family. Water leaks in a business can not only disrupt the facility, but also can interrupt day to day business functions, which could possibly close the business and affect revenues.
Timely mitigation is key to the restoration process. Quick response time helps ensure that damage is contained and the restoration process begins promptly. This saves on the amount of damage, cost of claims, and reduces losses from business interruption. Timely and proper water mitigation will also help keep mold from developing which could cause people to become ill!
There are some ways that you can prevent water damage from happening in the first place:
- Check roof for deterioration.
- Check gutters and downspouts.
- Check basements and crawl spaces for moisture.
- Check appliances in kitchens, break rooms, and cafeterias.
- Check sinks and toilets in bathrooms.
- Check HVAC for leaks and blockages.
SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead offers 24-hour emergency response from our trained professionals to help make it "Like it never even happened."
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Did You Know That SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead Handles More Than Water and Fire Damage?
Recognized as a leading fire, water, mold cleanup and restoration provider by insurance companies, property managers, home and business owners, SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead also offers fast, reliable biohazard, vandalism and crime scene cleanup and restoration services.
Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments. SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead is trained to safely and effectively remove bio-hazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulations. Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and offices.
SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead can help with:
- Blood-borne Pathogens
- Crime Science Residues
- Sewage Backup
- Black Water Intrusions
- Mold Mitigation and Remediation
Blood-borne Pathogens: SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead can remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Our trained technicians thoroughly clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.
Crime Scene Residue: From fingerprints powder and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead technicians can clean and restore your property and contents.
Arson and Vandalism: General cleaning and deodorization services for situations resulting from vandalism including graffiti, egg, spoiled foods and waste.
Sewage Backup: Sewage backups and black water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly situations-the damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead technicians remove the sewage, contaminants and moisture, disinfecting as they clean. We help ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected and deodorized to eliminate any secondary damages.
Here are some Helpful Do's and Don'ts for handling Vandalism Damages.
- Hose or wash egg or other residue damage from building exterior as soon as possible.
- Carefully vacuum glass particles from carpets and upholstery.
- Save containers revealing the ingredients of products used in vandalism damage.
- Record all damage and photograph when possible.
- Attempt to remove ink, paint or cosmetic stains.
- Operate damaged lamps or appliances.
- Discard broken or damaged pieces from porcelain, furniture, or other contents that may be used for repair.
Contact SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead today - (516) 620-4579!