What Should You Do If Your Home or Business is Damaged in a Storm?
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
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.
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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.
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Happy Holidays from SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead!
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!
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!
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
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!
Preventing Summer Storm Damage
Summers are full of vacations, nice weather, and days off, but Long Island still gets bad weather in the summer months. Summer often brings heavy, humid conditions, followed by stormy weather. Moisture and rapidly rising warm air are the key ingredients to the 16 million thunderstorms that occur in the U.S. each year. A summer storm can clear the air and cool things off (at least for a few days), but our storms also provide intense wind, rain, hail, thunder, lightning, and the potential to destroy. Protect your home against damage from summer storms with these suggestions.
A raging summer windstorm can bring down large branches or trees. That’s a threat to your roof, garage, vehicles, power lines, and your family members. Take a walk around your property to check for dead or dying trees and broken or weak branches. Look for loosely attached limbs, rot, disease, or insect infestation. Hire a professional to trim your trees or, if necessary, remove one or more.
Lightning can occasionally cause a power surge. A power surge is an unusually high amount of electricity briefly surging through your home’s wiring. Power surges can ruin or damage your sensitive electronic devices and appliances like computers, digital washing machines, and televisions. To prevent damage, install surge protectors. Do remember that surge protectors are not foolproof. If the forecast for your area includes severe weather, unplug individual devices or power strips from their outlet (rather than just switching them off).
Prepare for the inevitable – summer storms frequently cause regional power outages that may take hours or days for the utility company to fix. To prepare, stock up on emergency lights and non-perishable, ready-to-eat food. Never use fuel-burning devices designed for outdoor use only, such as gas or kerosene grills, inside your home because they produce carbon monoxide, a gas that’s odorless, invisible, and potentially deadly.
In the middle of a roaring summer thunderstorm, you want a good solid roof over your head. Summer storms can knock trees, power lines, or utility poles onto your roof, puncturing the roof or possibly causing structural damage. High winds can make small defects in your roof (like blisters, a missing shingle, or worn flashing) tear away or fail. Inspect your roofing regularly. That means at least twice a year and after any severe weather. Look for buckled, cracked, or missing shingles and other signs of wear and tear. You can inspect the roof pretty well using binoculars and keeping your feet firmly planted on the ground. If you find any damage, prompt roof repair will help keep you and your belongings dry and will help avoid the need for a more serious fix further on down the line.
Water Leaks or Floods
When rain or floodwater get into your home, you risk severe damage to furniture, appliances, and other belongings, not to mention damage to the structure of the house itself. Good preventive measures include sealing any cracks in your home’s foundation and walls, cracks next to windows and doors, and around your chimney and vent pipes. Clear dead leaves or other debris out of your gutters and downspouts, so that even a ferocious downpour will be directed away from the foundation of your home. If you have a basement, guard against flooding by setting up a sump pump.
Cold, snowy winters can wreak havoc on a roof. But please be aware that summer storms – which tend to be fast and fierce – can be as serious as the worst blizzards.
After a Storm
You should inspect your property for any damage following a storm. In particular, you should examine your roof and exterior walls for:
- Debris and pooling water
- Cuts and punctures in the roof membrane
- Edge metal pulled up
- Damaged perimeter flashing
- Missing or damaged HVAC equipment
- Cracks or wear on exterior walls
- Damage to skylights, domes, or windows
For Summer Storm Damage Cleanup, call SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead at (516) 620-4579.
We have specialized training and experience in water damage restoration services, fire damage restoration services, mold remediation, commercial services, and natural disaster cleanup.
HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE FOURTH OF JULY!
Happy Fourth of July!
SERVPRO of Garden City / Hempstead wishes you a your family a happy and safe Fourth of July!
Remember - SERVPRO of Garden City / Hempstead is here for all your restoration needs 24/7!
Call today 516-620-4579
Summer Fire Safety!
Summer is finally here! With the summer comes some of our favorite activities, such as outdoor grilling, fireworks and bonfires. No matter where you enjoy your summer activities, safety should always be a high priority. Preventing a fire accident is far easier than investing in fire and water restoration in the aftermath of such an accident. We’ve put together a few tips to make your summer activities not only fun and memorable, but also safe.
- Always have water or a fire extinguisher on hand. When you are having a campfire, or backyard fire pit, it’s always a good idea to keep a bucket of water or hose nearby. Sometimes sparks and flammable materials can fly out of the fire. Having water nearby means you will be able to respond quickly to keep the fire under control.
- Fireworks should only be used under adult supervision. Everyone loves sparklers, but the reality is, they can be very dangerous in the wrong hands. Keep a close eye on children when fireworks are involved. It only takes a split second for a fun Fourth of July to turn into a life altering disaster. Additionally, never try to relight faulty fireworks or sparklers. All fireworks and sparklers should be disposed of in a bucket of water.
- Maintain your gas or charcoal grill. Over time, grease and other flammable materials can build up on your grill. To help prevent a possible grease fire, always maintain your grills and keep them clean.
- Survey your surroundings prior to lighting a fire or grill. Make sure there is nothing flammable directly adjacent to the fire. This includes deck railings, branches, dry grass or wood. You should also NEVER start a grill indoors or directly under your home’s covered porch. Additionally, when starting a fire, take care to clear the area around where you will be starting the fire and make certain there are no dry materials that could catch fire from a nearby spark.
- Always completely extinguish a fire or grill. When you are finished with your fire or using your grill, always make certain that it is completely out. Grills and fires can quickly become a serious disaster when left unsupervised.
Fires, grilling and fireworks are all a part a fun summertime experience, but remember to be smart and safe so that everyone can have an enjoyable experience.
SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead wishes everyone a safe and happy summer. If you follow these tips, you may never need to call us for fire restoration, but we are always here when you need us - (516) 620-4579!
WE ARE HIRING!
Email your resume to us today!
SERVPRO of Garden City / Hempstead is seeking a Full Time Water / Fire Restoration Technician
We are an Emergency Service National Water and Fire Restoration company specializing in the remediation of water, sewage, fire, smoke and mold damage in homes and businesses. We are looking for hard working individuals, who are motivated and reliable to join our team immediately.
Perform on-site restoration services, including, but not limited to: water extraction, removal of damaged base molding, flooring (hardwood, carpet, vinyl, tile, etc.), walls, and ceilings, setting up equipment, cleaning structures and contents that have been damaged due to fire or smoke, taking inventory and moving contents, some demolition, mold remediation, carpet cleaning, and bio hazard cleanup.
Inventory and load the work vehicle with equipment, products, and supplies needed for each project.
Ensure clear communication with supervisors and other technicians
Maintain a clean and organized vehicle and clean equipment appearance
Develop expertise of the services offered, cleaning products and equipment used onsite
Valid driver’s license (CDL not required) with a reasonable driving record
Customer service and communication skills, as well as the ability to work well with a team
Must have a professional appearance and a good attitude
Ability to perform strenuous physical work (sometimes in hot, cold, dirty, and/or wet conditions)
Ability to climb ladders, work at ceiling heights and in tight spaces
MUST be able to work long days if needed and on-call on nights and weekends
IICRC Certification is a plus(But not required)
We are willing to train, but candidates with prior related experience are preferred
We offer competitive pay, medical benefits and paid time off, as well as opportunities for advancement
Submit your resume to office@SERVPROgardencity.com