Recent Water Damage Posts

Water Safety - Summer Is Just Around the Corner!

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

Summer is just around the corner and that means a lot of us are all gearing up to take part in water activities and swimming! 

SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead wants to help you have a fun, safe summer. So we thought we would share some top water safety tips for you to remember before you jump in the water!

  1. Swim with a buddy. If possible, this is always the safest route no matter where you might be swimming.
  2. Parents, always watch your kids while they are in the pool. Disasters can happen so fast!
  3. Have a life jacket and first aid kit on hand. Getting in the habit of taking these things with you to swimming activities can be helpful.

For more great water safety tips, visit the American Red Cross website.

Wishing you and your family a wonderful summer from SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead and please be safe!

Preventing Water Damage - Inside and Outside

5/1/2019 (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!

April Showers Bring May Flowers!

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

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:

  1.   Check roof for deterioration.
  2.   Check gutters and downspouts.
  3.   Check basements and crawl spaces for moisture.
  4.   Check appliances in kitchens, break rooms, and cafeterias.
  5.   Check sinks and toilets in bathrooms.
  6.   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." Call us today - (516) 620-4579

How To Prevent Sewage Backup

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

A backed up sewer can cause thousands of dollars in damage. Preventative measures, proper maintenance, and knowledge of what causes sewer backups are all ways to ensure that this is never a problem you have to deal with.

Sewer Maintenance:

Your sewer lateral (the pipeline in the street between the city sewer main and the building) is your responsibility to maintain. A cracked or eroded line, or one in which tree roots have grown though can allow groundwater to seep into the system. Contact your insurance company to inquire about available coverage options.

Causes:

An aging sewer system as well as the amount of homes connected to them contributes to sewer back up’s, flooded basements, and overflows. Some pipelines combine sewer and storm into the same line which exposes the line to more volume than it can handle. Tree roots seeking moisture may find their way into the sewer line causing cracks or blockages. In this case, the cost of the clean-up would fall into the tree owner’s responsibility.  Depending on the situation the city may split the cost with the property owner. Sometimes a blockage in a city sanitary main can also cause a back up to occur. If you see seepage at floor drains this could indicate a problem with the main and you should contact a plumber for further assistance.

Prevention:

To prevent backups from occurring, be sure to properly dispose of grease and cooking oils. Washing these substances down the drain could cause blockage as it cools. Dispose of them in a proper container. Paper towels and other paper goods should be properly disposed of as well, not washed down the drain. Maintain tree roots in your lateral by having them cut by a professional service.

If a sewage backup does occur, disease, destruction of property and valuables, and even electrical malfunctions are likely to happen if the issue is not handled correctly. We here at SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead are always available to assist in the proper cleanup of a sewer backup or answer any of your questions!

Call today - (516) 620-4579!

Don't Delay Drying!

4/4/2019 (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!

SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead can handle your water emergency - large or small!

4/2/2019 (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 Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (516) 620-4579

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.

Pipe Insulation

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

One major cause of water damage is bursting pipes in the colder months. When a pipe freezes and then defrosts the water trapped inside will expand causing the pipe to burst as you can read about in our other blog post. Here we will discuss pipe insulation which will in turn prevent the freezing and bursting of pipes in winter time.

Pipe Wrap Insulation:

Pipe insulation has many benefits, one of which is its ability to minimize heat gain and loss. This benefit may very well be the most important. When water travels through pipes in a home without pipe insulation hot water will lose heat and cold water will gain heat. Pipe insulation will allow you to greatly diminish these otherwise inevitable inefficiencies. This could result in lowering monthly energy bills and you won’t need to wait as long for the hot water to reach fixtures in your bathroom! When surfaces of plumbing pipes are cooler than the surrounding air, insulation helps control the condensation. This could otherwise result in slowly corroding pipe. Though condensation may not seem like a major concern, it’s quite common particularly when cold water lines come in contact with warm air. There are many types of pipe insulation made of different materials. Some are more suitable for hot water and some for controlling condensation. Being there are so many types to choose from, each with a different purpose, be sure to do your research before installing. Asbestos is not uncommon in many older home pipe insulations. Asbestos insulation is not always easy to spot but has a distinct corrugated look. If you are suspicious be sure to contact a professional. Pipe insulation is almost never a bad idea and should be thoroughly looked into before attempting. The benefits of this procedure far outweigh any negative effects!

Water Stain Ceiling

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

It is not uncommon that water stains will appear on the ceiling of your home or business. In this blog we will discuss the causes and solutions to this unsightly problem.

Common Sources:

Whether is a roof, upstairs bathroom, or leaky pipe, you should be able to identify the cause of the water stains fairly easily. It’s also not uncommon for water to run along rafters or piping before dropping onto the ceiling, obfuscating the true source of the problem. Old caulking is another common source of water seepage. Piping or a shower pan that has come into disrepair is a possibility as well. Your pipe could have a leak or may just be sweating from inadequate insulation, which was discussed in another blog post. Pipes could be old and need to be replaced or hard water could be causing premature damage to pipes. If the water stain is coming from the roof you need to identify the nature of the disrepair. It may not necessarily be a leak as there are many causes when the roof is involved. Consider upgrading your insulation and not necessarily your roofing. If you choose to contact a roofing contractor, the more information you can provide for them the better.

Water Stain:

You must make sure the water or moisture problem is corrected before attempting to fix the stain or damaged drywall/plaster! If the water continues to seep or leak all of your hard work will have been for nothing.  Only when you’re positive that the problem has been solved should you proceed to fix or remove the area containing the water stain. A professional handyman can assist in this project fi you feel it’s beyond your capability. If the stain is purely cosmetic, get some stain-killing primer before repainting the area.

Deal with it:

The worst possible thing you can do is ignore the water stain! Clearly there is an underlying issue that needs to be addressed before any more damage occurs. If you deal with the stain and the underlying issue promptly you avoid a more costly repair in the future.

Frozen Pipe Bursts

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

As winter fast approaches bursting water pipes are a major concern for many Long Islanders. As temperatures drop, pipes will freeze causing water molecules to expand. This causes water pressure within the pipe, which in turn leads to an eventual rupture from the buildup of pressure.

Protection and Prevention:

Below we will list some tips for preventing your pipes from freezing.

  • Drain water from pools and sprinklers. Unless directed, do not use antifreeze as it is environmentally harmful
  • Drain and store any hoses used outdoors. Allow water to drain out prior to storage.
  • Add insulation to spaces in your home such as basements, crawl spaces, and attics to maintain a higher temperature
  • Go through your home and property to make sure all hot and cold water pipes are properly insulated
  • Consider the installation of “heat tape”, “heat cable”, or “pipe sleeve” to help insulate and protect exposed pipes
  • If possible, consider relocating any exposed pipes to ensure proper insulation
  • When the temperature drops, run some water through exposed pipes. Even a small amount can prevent freezing
  • Keep your thermostat set to the same temperature day and night. The bill for a frozen pipe burst cleanup is likely much higher than a slightly higher heating bill
  • ***If you are going way, leave the heat on in your home no lower than 55 degrees

Thawing Pipes:

  • Run water through the pipe or at least open the faucet as any amount of water will help to thaw a frozen pipe
  • You can apply heat to a pipe by wrapping a heating pad around the affected area. Towels also work when soaked in hot water
  • Continue to apply heat until full water pressure is restored

If you find your pipes are frozen and you are unable to thaw them, we recommend you contact a licensed plumber. Should your pipes burst causing a water damage in your home or business do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead at (516) 620-4579 as our experienced technician’s would be happy to help!!!

Faster to your Long Island Water Damage Event

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (516) 620-4579

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

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.

We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

11/2/2017 (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

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

10/31/2017 (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 Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (516) 620-4579

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.