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Steps That Ease Cleaning of Levittown Homes after Fire Damage

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

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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

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

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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.

Superior Customer Service Eases Levittown Mold Damage Restoration

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Reassures Levittown Homeowners after Mold Damage

In the period following property disasters, nerves are raw and straightforward actions or inaction can upset the aggrieved parties. When remediating mold damage, taking care of the human aspects of the loss is essential in addition to fixing the physical problems manifesting in your Levittown home. A professional team like SERVPRO that emphasizes quality customer service is best suited to assist you in overcoming a mold problem.

Of all the things you may want to evaluate when seeking ways to fix your Levittown home after mold damage, the quality of the customer service you might get is the hardest to assess. After all, customer care has no tangible representation. SERVPRO has a long-standing reputation, having operated in the sector for several years. In addition, we take specific steps to reassure our clients they are in good hands.

Signs of Quality Customer Care

  • Considering the client's special instructions
  • Dedicating sufficient time to each task
  • Finding ways to provide extra value  

In a moldy environment, some actions are automatic. For instance, removing and disposing of all porous materials heavily affected by the colonies is necessary. Mold embeds its hyphae deep into the structure of such materials, diminishing the chances of restoring them. Porous materials may include carpets, pads, rugs, and fabric materials. Before removing the materials, we identify in your property, we consult since some, like expensive rugs, may hold sentimental value. You might also want to retain some samples for matching replacements. 

Time affects customer service

Time is one of the most sensitive factors when managing any property disaster, including mold contamination. Taking too long to complete the process creates many inconveniences, including limiting access to the property. For example, significant teardown is essential to remove mold colonies from the ceiling area. Such methods cannot be completed while the house or the specific room is still inhabited. Finishing the processes too fast might raise some issues since it may seem that the job is not done satisfactorily.

From the significant experience, our SERVPRO IICRC-certified teams have managed damaged properties, we understand that most time-related problems arise if there is minimal information. You may expect an elaborate restoration procedure that takes time to complete or vice versa. For example, the mold patches staining surfaces may seem like something that you can easily wipe off within a short time. However, wiping is not a solution if the problem starts deep inside the wall.

Getting extra value where a property disaster is involved may not seem realistic. In a moldy house, safety is one aspect that can add extra value. Since mold exposure is not ideal, actions that minimize moldy debris or keep them from spreading are valuable. 

Useful Processes in Managing Debris

  • Running HEPA air filtration devices
  • Setting up containment barriers
  • Bagging moldy debris

Our SERVPRO technicians evaluate the intensity and mold spread patterns to determine the necessary remedial action. If demolition or aggressive cleaning is required, we only start such procedures after containing the affected area. 6-mil plastic sheets set up with PVC pipes create a perfect containment. We also use air filtration devices to remove particulate matter from the air. We can utilize negative air pressure with our devices and channel the contaminated air to the exterior.

SERVPRO of Levittown, Bethpage is a reliable service to help you tackle mold damage. You can reach us at (516) 261-9600. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Is Water Damage Repair Needed in Your Levittown Home?

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

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Assessing Build-Back and Water Damage Repair Needs

While there are many phases of water damage restoration and recovery, emergency services play a vital role in helping structures after a disaster. Mitigation can include controlled demolition and repairs as well as:

  • Content relocation
  • Water removal
  • Structure drying
  • Surface cleaning

Inspections and Damage Assessments

To understand needed water damage repairs for Levittown homes and businesses, our production manager must assess the damage to the property. This skilled expert of our roster catalogs loss, weakened building materials, and any surfaces needing drying or repairs.

What is the Material's Condition?

Inspections are important to determine the extent of water damage to impacted building materials, contents, and personal belongings. Susceptible construction elements heavily damaged by absorbing water must be assessed for integrity and irreparable harm. This inspection can determine when controlled demolition is needed.

Is It Cheaper to Replace a Wet Material?

Our objective is to save our customers money and time for restoration work to occur. In some cases, this means evaluating the most efficient approaches, even if they are temporarily more invasive. Some wet materials are easier to remove and replace than dry and treat. We inspect impacted materials on a case-by-case basis.

Has a Sign of Mold Growth Emerged?

Moisture damage can continue to impact organic matter throughout a home during restoration. Prolonged exposure to surfaces like drywall or wood often results in mold colonies from naturally occurring spores in the environment. Mold development on sensitive materials can be enough to require some elements to be demolished and discarded. 

With answers to these questions following the thorough inspection of the property, we can determine where water damage repairs are needed and to what extent. Our SERVPRO of Levittown, Bethpage team, is full service, making it "Like it never even happened" through extraction, drying, and repairs. Call today at (516) 261-9600. 

What Materials Can Experience Mold Damage in Levittown Homes

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Carefully Handles Mold Remediation

When moisture and mold threaten a residence, SERVPRO is here to help. We have means of carefully managing mold-damaged materials and protecting your property as much as possible.

What Materials Are Most Likely to Be Damaged?

With hundreds of surfaces throughout your home, mold damage in Levittown structures can be challenging to track and remove. Many materials are suitable to host mold and microbial threats, but a handful of them are more frequently targeted, including:

  • Drywall - Sheetrock is a common building material that is highly porous, allowing water exposure to find a home in a wall system. 
  • Wood - Wood makes up the framing, certain types of flooring, and the baseboard. With its organic composition, it can make a favorable host for colonies.
  • Carpeting - Another porous element is carpeting, which, when moist, presents a risk of developing mold colonies on the fibrous top layer and the underlying padding.
  • Clothing/Fabrics - Soft materials are ideal locations for mold spores to seat and thrive. 

Removing Ruined Building Materials

SERVPRO must conduct evaluations to determine if the hosting element is salvageable when these specific materials become targeted by migrating mold spores and colonization. When materials pass the salvageability threshold, we implement controlled demolition to remove and discard ruined construction elements.

Mold Damage Repairs for Levittown Homes

Repairs are a common need after these listed materials become overwhelmed and irreparably harmed by infestations. With a general contractor license and years of experience, our SERVPRO professionals can manage tear-out and subsequent reconstruction where necessary. This is one of the final steps in making mold damage "Like it never even happened."

Understanding the impact and threat of active mold colonization can help homeowners protect their properties after exposure. Residents need to react quickly to growing organisms or the possibility of mold development. Our SERVPRO of Levittown, Bethpage team of AMRT-Certified technicians can help after damages. Call now at (516) 261-9600.

Handle Your Commercial Water Damage Safely in Levittown

6/9/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO’s Levittown Commercial Water Damage Restoration is Safe and Efficient

Whether you run a substantial production facility or a restaurant, any water damage at your Levittown business is an issue you must address quickly. Area commercial property owners count on SERVPRO for water damage, including everything from burst pipes and spills to ceiling damage or sprinkler issues. We are the team to call, offering rapid response and effective methods to help ensure your business doesn’t see too much downtime – We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

You already have a great deal on your mind when faced with a water emergency. Hiring SERVPRO for commercial water damage restoration in Levittown gets you the results you need and fast. Some of the immediate priorities for your water cleanup project include:

  • Water supply shut-off or addressing the cause of the water infiltration
  • Assessment of any damaged inventory and stock
  • Handling machinery and equipment breakdown
  • Structural element damage, either partial or total

SERVPRO Is Here To Help!

We work with commercial properties to handle everything so that you can focus on your business and employees. Our processes help you either remain open or limit the time you have to close your doors. Being locally owned and operated, SERVPRO understands the impact on your bottom line, employees, and any clients or customers if your business is out of commission. 

With our water removal services, we have the capability and scalability to handle even the most significant water-loss event. We have submersible pumps, truck-mounted extractors, and all the manpower necessary to carry out extractions so that drying and dehumidification may commence. We also offer pack-out/move-out services to relocate inventory for safe storage during the project.

Do you require assistance with commercial water damage restoration? We are here to field your calls 24-hours a day with emergency response for your business! Call SERVPRO of Levittown, Bethpage at (516) 261-9600 to mobilize a crew.

How to Handle Flood Damage After Local Bethpage Storms

5/28/2022 (Permalink)

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Storm Damage and Flooding in Bethpage is No Match for SERVPRO

The longer you wait to address any water emergency on your property, the worse the issue gets. When it is contaminated floodwater from a recent Bethpage storm, you are also looking at contaminated water and many risks above and beyond a clean water event. Only hiring skilled water restoration technicians (WRT) gets you the ultimate clean and peace of mind you deserve. This is where the IICRC-certified technicians at SERVPRO shine.

For storm and flood damage in Bethpage, SERVPRO specializes in restoring versus replacing whenever possible, saving you time, money, and the loss of your belongings. Our technicians go through regular training to keep up on the latest techniques, and we have all the best industry equipment at our disposal. We’re ready to go 24/7 with our disaster response team!

What You Can Expect When You Have Storm Flood Damage

Whether you have a flooded basement, a leaking roof from storms, or water infiltrating your ground floor, we are here to help. Common steps we take in flooding projects include:

  • Assessment – We assess all damage, the makeup of the water present, and materials impacted. Our crew chief carefully inspects everything, including structural safety, so that we can proceed.
  • Extraction – Water removal services and thorough drying begin with the help of extractors, powerful pumps, dehumidifiers, and air movers. Contaminated water gets treated with special anti-microbials upon arrival.
  • Debris Removal – Some of our powerful extractors handle water and debris, but we also perform muck-out services to handle all silt, mud, and debris. 
  • Drying – Specialized drying helps restore relative humidity (RH) and limits the possibility of secondary damage or the onset of mold and mildew.

We handle every aspect of your flood damage needs, from assessment to controlled demolition. Call SERVPRO of Levittown, Bethpage, when you require assistance. We are available 24/7 by dialing (516) 261-9600 or requesting help online.

Rapid Fire Damage Response Generates the Best Results in Levittown

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

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Levittown Residents Trust SERVPRO for Effective Fire Damage Restoration

The aftermath of a blaze can be a lot to take in, especially if you are unsure where to begin the entire house fire cleanup process. SERVPRO is available 24-hours a day to help Levittown residents pick up the pieces after a fire incident while also cutting back on the cost and overall loss. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster – covering every step of the restoration process so that your property gets back to pre-fire condition quicker than DIY.

When handling fire damage in Levittown, our focus is on crafting a solution to restore your property and all the characteristics that make it home. Fire damage chars and annihilates building materials and contents in its wake. Still, it also leaves behind pungent smoke and soot residues. Add the water from first responders putting out the flames, and you have quite a mess to address.

We Address Safety First With All Fire Damaged Homes

There could be any number of hazards present throughout the work zone on any fire-related project. We look at risks such as:

  • Impending structural collapse
  • Slip and fall hazards
  • Electrical shock
  • Toxic residues, airborne and surface-level

What Does Emergency Response Entail?

When you contact our SERVPRO customer care team, we mobilize a crew to be at your door in as little as 4 hours to start the assessment, followed by cleanup. Some of the steps you may see our team taking include:

  • Extraction of all contaminated water
  • Disposal of all charred debris according to local guidelines
  • Work-zone containment to keep particles and soils from getting tracked into unaffected areas of your home
  • Soot and soiling evaluation to select the best equipment and products for the job
  • Contents cleaning and restoration
  • Total reconstruction of all unsalvageable building materials using controlled demolition performed by trusted area contractors

Never wait to address fire damage on your property! Call SERVPRO of Levittown, Bethpage at (516) 261-9600, and we will send out our Green Fleet as soon as possible.

Manipulating Drying Principles for Water Restoration in Levittown Homes

5/7/2022 (Permalink)

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Balancing Principles Efficiently Dries Levittown Property Water Damage

Experienced restoration professionals of our SERVPRO team must balance several factors to produce the most efficient and productive drying efforts for your property. By allowing any of these three principles to skew, any of the subsequent restoration processes could be adversely impacted, such as:

  • Drying
  • Cleaning
  • Construction
  • Mold Prevention

Humidity

To provide the most efficient water restoration for Levittown homes possible, specific drying principles must be manipulated simultaneously to achieve a productive balance of these factors. Humidity can be one of the largest obstacles to efficient and effective drying of the structure and contents. The air can only be saturated to a specific point before the drying process is halted. This stoppage is prevented by a sufficient number of dehumidifiers that absorb water molecules in the air and discharge them outside.

Temperature

Temperature impacts the drying process in two important ways. The first of these is increasing chemical and natural methods of drying. Faster molecule movement leads to more expedient evaporation. Warmer temperatures can also increase the moisture capacity of the environment, allowing relative humidity to grow to accommodate productive ground drying efforts by strategically placed air movers.

Air Flow

The final drying principle critical to efficient and effective structure drying and content recovery is airflow management. When several rooms of a property are impacted by spreading moisture damage, it is often necessary to place multiple air movers within the affected spaces to regulate surface water damage on wall systems and flooring. The more air movers are used to evaporate moisture in materials directly, the more this increases the humidity of the work area.

There are multiple drying principles critical to the restoration and recovery of water-damaged homes and businesses throughout the area. Carefully seeking a productive balance among these areas helps to ensure that restoration completes as quickly and completely as possible. Our experienced WRT-Certified technicians of our SERVPRO of Levittown, Bethpage team are ready to help when you call (516) 261-9600. 

Can Mold Be Removed from Drywall in Bethpage Homes?

4/30/2022 (Permalink)

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Mold Removal Tactics Include Strategies for Damaged Drywall in Bethpage Properties

There are no single correct remediation responses for your home or business, so choosing the right approach rests on the experience and knowledge of responding team members on our SERVPRO roster. With drywall being a common hosting material, it is important to understand its salvageability in these scenarios.

How Damaged is the Material?

Before much of the mold removal in Bethpage homes can begin, a thorough inspection is needed for elements like drywall to determine their condition and the severity of mold exposures. This damage assessment checks for physical destruction of the hosting material as well as blatant signs that water or microbial damage has taken hold of the gypsum board. Some of these signs might be:

Is Surface Treatment Enough?

Early spotting or suspected mold growth that does not yet show physical signs can sometimes be treated with powerful surface cleaning products from our inventory. Antimicrobial and sporicidal products are the foundation of early mold remediation as a non-invasive and gentler approach to aggressive, abrasive cleaning tactics. However, surface treatment might not always be feasible depending on the damage to the hosting element.

Is It More Cost-Efficient to Replace the Drywall?

Cost-efficiency is one of the most direct measures of the appropriate remediation and restoration response after mold damage in your household. Many property owners prioritize the lower cost against the faster result, though when this priority changes, the techniques of remediation and recovery change in kind. In many cases, even with restorable damage to drywall, removing affected panels and replacing them is often more cost-effective than taking the time to dry and treat with antimicrobial products.

When mold develops in your home or business, there are hundreds of drying and remediation decisions. Calculating the most efficient and cost-effective response is not always easy without the extensive training and professional experience of AMRT-Certified technicians like our SERVPRO of Levittown, Bethpage team. Call us anytime you need us at (516) 261-9600.