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What is a flood? Call SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead for all your water damage needs. 516-620-4579

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

Here we discuss some information regarding flooding. Flooding is as common as it is dangerous. The more you know the better! While flooding can occur anywhere, those living near bodies of water such as rivers, lakes, or oceans should take extra precautions to ensure that in the event of a flood they are well prepared.

What is a flood?

Flooding is the overflowing of water onto a space that is normally dry. Flooding can vary from only a few inches to water levels rising to the height of an entire home!  Rain, snowmelt, costal storms, and waterway overflow can all be causes of flooding. While some floods occur over an extended period of time they can also occur quite rapidly in which case they are flash floods.

Basic Safety Tips:

  • Turn around, don’t drown!
  • Avoid traveling through flood waters
  • Stay off bridges over fast moving water
  • It only takes 6 inches of water to knock you down!
  • 12 inches of water will sweep your car away
  • Seek higher ground
  • Pay attention to flood watches
  • Have a plan in case of emergency

After a flood:

After a flood you may want to return home immediately but refrain as it is important for authorities to give the okay first. When returning home, always be sure to look out for debris and erosion on the road. Beware of standing water as it could be holding and electrical charge from down or underground power lines. It will also be a good idea to take photographs for insurance purposes. As always, in the event that a flood occurs rest assured that SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead is here to help 24/7!!!

Backyard Fire Pit Safety Tips....

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

5/24/2019

One of the most enjoyable parts of summer is being able to gather family and friends around a backyard fire pit. To ensure that these nights are as safe as they are fun, here we will go over some safety tips to prevent a fire from occurring.

Positioning:

Make sure your fire pit is a minimum of 10 feet away from any structure. Do not position the fire pit under a covered porch or low hanging branches, it’s best to have it out in the open with no neighboring trees or bushes. Always place a fire pit on a non-flammable surface such as concrete. Never put a fire put on a wooden deck or directly on grass.

Preparation:

Clear away any flammable materials in close proximity before lighting your fire pit. A five foot break in vegetation around the fire pi will help prevent any escaped flames from spreading. Piling dirt or rocks around the pit will also help prevent any spreading of fire. The pit should be about six inches deep at the center and two feet across to help keep embers and flames contained.

Lighting:

Always check the wind direction when lighting your fire pit and be sure to remove anything down wind of it. If it is too windy do not light your fire pit. Do not use lighter fluid, while it may be easier, instead a commercial fire starter stick with kindling will work just as well. Do no use any flammable fluids to light or relight the fire.

Extinguishing:

Always have a shovel on hand to extinguish any escaped flames. Extinguish with water, drown it and then stir with the shovel until it’s fully extinguished. Dispose of ashes in a metal tin kept nearby and let cool for several days as ashes may stay hot for up to 72 hours. Never discard of hot ashes in a compost pile, paper bag, cardboard box, or anything that is combustible!

Preventing Water Damage - inside and out! Call SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead! 516-620-4579

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

Costly and disruptive water damage can come from inside your home or business, or outside. The good news is that you can take some basic steps to prevent a water disaster from occurring in the first place.

Prevent Water Damage from the Inside

  • Inspect hoses and faucets. Check hoses to water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines and refrigerator ice makers annually. Replace any that have cracks or leaks, and replace all hoses every five to seven years.
  • Inspect showers and tubs. Check the seal and caulking around showers and tubs to make sure they are watertight.
  • Check pipes. Look closely for cracks and leaks and have any damage repaired immediately.
  • Shut off the water supply to the washing machine if you’ll be away from home for a week or more. You should never leave the house while the washer or dishwasher is running.
  • Know the location of the main water shut off valve in your home. A water disaster happens fast, but if you know how to shut off the main water supply, you will save time, money and stress.
  • Install a leak detector. This will give you an early warning and precious time to respond to a leak.

Prevent Water Damage from the Outside

  • Caulk and seal windows. A tight seal will guard against water leaks during storms or downpours.
  • Inspect your roof. Look for missing, damaged and worn shingles.
  • Check your downspouts. Remove debris from downspouts and rain gutters. Position downspouts so that they direct water away from the house.
  • Install gutter guards. Gutter guards help to prevent clogging so that water can flow easily from the roof and away from your home.
  • Check sprinklers and irrigation systems. Be sure sprinklers and irrigation systems aren’t damaging the walls and foundations of the house. In winter, turn off and drain outside faucets to protect against frozen pipes.

Help Is Here

The team at SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead has specialized training and experience in water damage remediation, fire restoration services, natural disaster prevention, chemical cleanup, and natural disaster cleanup. Call us today - (516) 620-4579!

Home fire safety. Call SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead if you experience a home fire. 516-620-4579

5/2/2022 (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.

Fire prevention steps to follow in a work place. Call SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead 516-620-4579!!!! We are here to help!!!

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

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.

General Safety:

  • 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

Preventative Safety:

  • 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!

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (516) 620-4579

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

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.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Long Island, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (516) 620-4579

Don't let a water damage hinder your business. Call SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead 516-620-4579

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

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.

Call us today - (516) 620-4579!

SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. Call us 516-620-4579

4/7/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask a few questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead

SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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.

Call us today 516-620-4579

Need emergency service? Call SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead! We are here to help!!!! 516-620-4579

4/7/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster on Long Island. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – (516) 620-4579

Residential Services

Whether your Long Island home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Long Island commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. 

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

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

4/7/2022 (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 causes 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
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - (516) 620-4579

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 crews 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 s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

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