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Got MOLD? SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead can help you! Call US 516-620-4579

9/30/2022 (Permalink)

8/10/2021

MOLD - the 4-letter word no homeowner or business owner ever wants to think about. However it is something that many homeowners will have to deal with at one time or another.

Be Informed about Mold:

Excessive amounts of mold and certain types of mold may present health effects for you, your family, your tenants or your clients. It is essential for the health of those around you, as well as the protection of your property, to address the issue and arrange for professionals to conduct mold removal and mold remediation as soon as the presence of mold is identified.

What Causes Mold?

Water damage can cause mold growth in your home or business, therefore it is important to have your water damage cleaned promptly and professionally.

What are the signs of Mold?

Signs of the presence of excessive mold include:
* The presence of visible mold.
* Strong, musty odors.
* Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
* Excessive humidity.

If you see signs of mold, call SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead at (516) 620-4579 as soon as possible. We are ready to assist you 24/7 for your mold remediation needs.

Fire Prevention in the kitchen! Call SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead. 516-620-4579

9/30/2022 (Permalink)

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

Don't delay drying. Call US SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead if you experience a water damage. We are here to help. 516-620-4579

9/30/2022 (Permalink)

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:

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

Call today - (516) 620-4579!

Home Mold Prevention. Call us 516-620-4579. We are here to help!

9/30/2022 (Permalink)

Now that we have discussed what mold is, let’s discuss how we can prevent it from occurring in our homes!

Mold Prevention:

When trying to take preventative measures against mold growth in your home, the key is to control excessive moisture and condensation. Keeping areas in your home clean and dry that are especially susceptible to moisture and dampness is of the upmost importance. There are three main factors which will contribute to condensation of water on surfaces:

Relative Humidity:

Condensation will occur when air is saturated with water and cannot hold any more moisture. Steam from hot showers or cooking commonly fill the air with moisture which will then condense into droplets of water on cooler surfaces. Air conditioners and dehumidifiers are great tools in controlling the humidity in your home.

Temperature:

Warm air holds more moisture than cold air. When humid air comes into contact with a cold surface condensation occurs. Condensation particularly occurs on north facing walls if they are not properly insulated. Cold water pipes should be covered with insulation to prevent condensation

Poor Ventilation:

Indoor humidity can build up if there is not enough ventilation to exchange indoor and outdoor air. This can lead to increased condensation and mold growth. Air should be allowed to circulate between rooms to remove humid air.

These are just some of the many ways we can begin to prevent mold from forming in our homes. Little precautions such as these are crucial as mold remediation can be a costly affair that is not often covered by insurance companies. Should you have any questions about mold do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead!

DId you know SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead specialize in more than Fire and water damage? Call us! 516-620-4579

9/30/2022 (Permalink)

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
  • Arson
  • Vandalism
  • 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.

DO:

  • 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.

DON'T

  • 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!

When a storm hits Long Island, SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead is ready to help you. 516-620-4579

8/25/2022 (Permalink)

10/31/2017

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

We here at SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead specialize in flooded basement cleanup & restoration. CALL US 516-620-4579

8/25/2022 (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

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!