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TEAM LUZZI Helping Local Church Ministry

9/5/2023 (Permalink)

Charity Loading the car up with the donations.

Our Team worked hard collecting donations for our local church pantry, which was in desperate need. Avery is on his way to deliver the donations to the ministry.
Our community means a lot to us. We are there to always lend a hand.
#teamluzzi #donate #localchurch #community #foodpantry

Flooded storage facility over the weekend

7/11/2023 (Permalink)

Team Luzzi arrived at a water loss over the weekend at a local storage facility. Crews dried up water and set up equipment quickly, making sure facility operations were not impacted.

SERVPRO Summer 2023 Tips & Tricks for Mold

7/6/2023 (Permalink)

If your house is feeling extra sticky this time of year, it can be a breeding ground for harmful microbial growth. Use these tips to help prevent growth in your home.

  1. Manage Indoor Temps-Mold thrives at temperatures of about 77 F, use Ac to keep your house cool. 
  2. Keep Moisture Out-Ensure doors and windows are sealed, especially when it rains. Use bathroom fans and avoid large spills or standing water. 
  3. Dehumidifiers are key-Use a dehumidifier in places that are prone to being humid, like your basement. 
  4. Monitor Humidity Levels-Use a hygrometer to measure the relative humidity to ensure your home's humidity level is below 50%

Stay cool, folks! For questions about mold, give us a call.

Flooded basement in Levittown/Bethpage

7/5/2023 (Permalink)

Customers expansion tank on the boiler blew.
This left her basement floor and walls to take on water damage.
Being that the basement had no dehumidifier prior to the event this caused mold growth, and condensation all around the basement walls and ceiling.
SERVPRO came in and removed all wet contents. We set up air scrubbers and a dehumidifier to dry out the remaining moisture. This elderly customer who never goes into her basement has terrible health and she was so concerned over the mold. We worked quick and made sure to take care of all her concerns. 

Team Luzzi Employee Spotlight

6/20/2023 (Permalink)

Jose Shining the spotlight on our veteran technician

We are thrilled to shine a spotlight on one of our valued team members, Jose Turcios. Serving as a Technician in our SERVPRO franchise, Jose has been an integral part of our team since he joined. 

It has been an exciting 13-year journey for Jose at SERVPRO, during which he has witnessed and contributed to the substantial growth and change within the company. He looks forward to being a part of our future journey and seeing where we go next. 

Creating a Fire Safety Plan for the Home & Office | SERVPRO of Levittown, Bethpage

6/16/2023 (Permalink)

Swirls of smoke rising upwards towards the smoke detector on the ceiling Disasters can happen anywhere. SERVPRO of Levittown, Bethpage is here for your home or business 24/7.

There is no such thing as a good disaster, but when it comes to a fire emergency, your whole life can be turned upside down in a matter of minutes. Even small fires can leave your property with smoke, soot and odor damages in rooms that never saw a single flame.

Many fires are preventable, but even when they are not, with a well-rehearsed fire safety plan, you can protect your family or coworkers by getting everyone to safety.

Make sure your safety plan is thorough for both the home and the office so that you can rest a little easier knowing you have done everything to avoid a disaster.

Fire Safety for the Home

When it comes to creating a fire-safe home, you likely already know you should have a smoke detector on every level and near every sleeping space. And, even if you don’t actually do it, there is a good possibility you know those detectors should be tested regularly and replaced at least every 10 years.

Smoke detectors are a necessary and important part of protecting your family, but you should also create an exit plan and rehearse it and other safety measures with even the youngest (or four-legged) members of your household. Map out the safest routes to exit in a hurry from each room, and invest in emergency ladders if you have a second level. Pick a meeting spot outside of your house so everyone can come together after exiting.

Teach your children basic emergency information about themselves and how to call 911. Show them pictures of what firefighters look like in full gear to ease any fears they could have during a response.

Create an emergency kit you can safely grab on your way out that includes weather-appropriate items (think about our cold winters), water for everyone and some comfort items to keep children calm. Practice every step of your plan every few months, keeping the topic light so that stress levels stay low.

And don’t forget to push the button on your smoke detectors monthly!

Fire Safety for the Office

Along with taking care of your family, take some time to consider how you would stay safe in the event of a fire in your office. This is especially crucial if you own your business and/or the building in order to mitigate as much loss and damage as possible.

Make sure your building has appropriate fire safety equipment, including smoke detectors, sprinklers and fire extinguishers. Evacuation routes should be posted around the building in order to direct everyone out.

Just as you do at home, practice a fire safety plan with your coworkers. You might consider assigning specific staff members tasks such as taking roll or calling for help in order to ensure clear lines of communication during an event.

Take action to protect yourself and those around you from fires by making fire-safety a priority.

Have you experienced a fire in your home or office? Call us to get restoration completed fast.

Steps That Ease Cleaning of Levittown Homes after Fire Damage

12/20/2022 (Permalink)

Just call SERVPRO when you want your fire damaged Levittown home to appear "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Helps Levittown Homeowners Address Fire Damage

While you may expect difficulties when addressing fire damage, what you may have in mind may differ from the realities you face once the process starts. One aspect that can be surprisingly difficult is cleaning the spots soiled by fire at your Levittown home. Without the right strategies, you might not achieve your restoration goals.

Once your Levittown home sustains fire damage, restoring it to its preloss condition is an achievable goal. That means you must identify and take note of all soiling and deterioration that may have occurred before the fire. Such damage may be permanent, and thus you should not waste time or other resources attempting to fix it. Our SERVPRO technicians check for signs such as significant material wear from foot traffic or other daily activities. Corrosion can also cause long-term problems. Once the overall goal is established, the restoration can be broken down into distinct steps.

Unique Steps to Deal with Fire

  • Locating smoke residues
  • Identifying residue types
  • Identifying surface types
  • Selecting cleaning methods

Locating fire residues may sound like a counterproductive step since combustion produces soot and other readily visible deposits. However, since the smoke has unique movement patterns, residues travel further than the immediate surfaces. The convection currents that drive smoke produce unique outcomes since the hotter smoke is pushed towards colder areas of the room. Concealed spots such as cabinet spaces tend to collect more soot residues. Our SERVPRO technicians start locating residues by inspecting the area close to the source of the fire and then moving further away. Running a cleaning sponge along wall or ceiling surfaces helps establish where most residues accumulate.

Identifying Fire Residues

You may think of fire residue simply as soot or ash. That assumption is inaccurate and complicates cleaning processes since smoke residues can have different physical properties like being dry or wet and smeary. Residue variation is possible within the same loss environment of your house. That is why casual observation is not an ideal identification method.

Distinctive Smoke Residues

  • Fuel oil residue
  • Protein smoke
  • Dry smoke residues
  • Wet smoke residues 

Although the soils left by fires influence the cleaning process, the affected surfaces also have some impact. Soiling might be easy to clean, but if the surface is susceptible to damage during the cleaning process, there is no need to try. Our SERVPRO crews have specialized solutions for such challenges. For instance, residue accumulation on vulnerable ceiling materials such as acoustic tiles means wet cleaning would be detrimental. However, a proprietary method such as peroxide-active cleaning removes the soiling and saves the underlying material.

The choice of a cleaning method takes several considerations apart from the state of the soiled surface. The time it might take to complete the process and the finishing procedures necessary after cleaning are also compelling reasons to pick or avoid some methods. Pressure washing may seem like an obvious choice when cleaning fire residues from vast areas. However, when you consider the massive moisture introduced to the materials, it quickly becomes unideal unless in outdoor locations made from resilient materials. Agitating surfaces with compressed air removes the moisture problem, but the fine debris released into the air limits its usefulness. Our crews explore other options, including vacuuming surfaces and blast cleaning with soda or dry ice.

SERVPRO of Levittown, Bethpage, is ready to accompany you throughout the recovery journey after fire damage. Call us at any time at (516) 261-9600. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Critical Planning When Levittown Homes Require Water Damage

12/20/2022 (Permalink)

Stop? Let SERVPRO deal with your water damaged Levittown property. "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Segments Levittown Water Restoration into Stages

Most areas of a home are vulnerable to adverse conditions. For instance, moisture build-up causes swelling, corrosion, odors, and staining. Therefore any water leak affecting your Levittown home requires immediate attention to halt or reverse moisture effects. Without a proper plan, any water damage incident can prove unmanageable. 

Every case in Levittown involving water damage is unique because the leak sources and amounts of water involved vary. Knowing the actions to take is not automatic or a matter of luck; rather, it is having the right knowledge. When restoration is handled by a professional like SERVPRO, benefits accrue from the superior expertise such teams have. For instance, knowing the issues to expect and the useful remedial processes helps resolve the problems faster.

Professional restoration emphasizes:

  • Inspection
  • Emergency services
  • Monitoring activities

For maximum efficiency, the process is divided into stages so that you can do each action thoroughly. For instance, inspection is essential on arrival at the property to establish the leak sources, the amount of water involved, and the spread patterns. Assessment requires precision measuring tools such as moisture meters and thermo-hygrometers to evaluate the level of water involved. Having enough information creates the perfect opportunity for moving to the next stage of the restoration, whereby you can limit deterioration.

Emergency Services Necessary After Water Leaks

Any action plan to counter water intrusion must protect the structure and contents from further damage. Structure means walls and ceilings, while contents are individual items like furniture and appliances.

Emergency services help protect your valuables and create a safe environment for restoration tasks. Our SERVPRO technicians set up warning signs around the affected areas and cover vulnerable items with plastic sheets to limit further moisture exposure, especially when the leak originates at an elevated point in the house.

Another crucial aspect of emergency service is removing unsalvageable materials from the structure. Such items may include delaminated carpets and soggy pads or drywall. Our SERVPRO technicians can also remove some floorboards if you have a hardwood floor creating the necessary room for the remaining boards to swell without developing permanent damage. Removing the different materials requires various tools, including pry bars, saws, and hammers. Once the materials are out, convenient water extraction and drying can facilitate restoration to preloss conditions.

Water extraction is rarely the last step when restoring water damage. A significant portion of the water involved soaks into many porous and semi-porous materials in the house requiring elaborate drying procedures such as setting up air movers and dehumidifiers to facilitate evaporation and humidity control. Close monitoring is necessary during drying for the best outcomes.

Monitoring involves:

  • Calculating the equipment positioning
  • Changing the drying equipment
  • Establishing a drying goal

Air movers produce columns of moving air to facilitate evaporation. For maximum effectiveness, the positioning of such equipment also matters because the angle at which the air hits the surfaces determines whether moisture is moved away or forced back into the material. Our SERVPRO technicians ensure the air is vented at a 45° angle against a wall or floor surface. We also keep checking the drying process and move or remove some equipment as drying requirements change. 

SERVPRO of Levittown, Bethpage meticulously plans when dealing with water damage. You can reach us at (516) 261-9600 when you need assistance. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.