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When Disaster Strikes the Structure and Contents of Your Patchogue Property--SERVPRO Is Here for Restoration Services

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Cleanup and Restoration Team--We're Faster To Any Size Disaster in Patchogue

Why Use Professional Restoration Services in Patchogue Homes?

Patchogue homeowners can only do so much preventative maintenance to avoid costly home disasters such as damage from severe weather that can cause mold or from a house fire or broken water line. When unavoidable loss happens to a property, it is vital to engage professional restoration services rather than rely on DIY methods of cleanup. The reason is simple; inadequate cleaning leads to more significant issues such as mold from improper mitigation of water damage or foul odors in the home from deeply embedded soot particles that home cleaning products are powerless against. In cases such as groundwater caused by storms, it is crucial to avoid contact with the water until completion of the testing for contaminants, including the possibility of sewage, is needed.

In Patchogue homes, fire damage occurs most often in kitchens and rooms with fireplaces. Improper storage of flammable materials in attached garages leads to a large number of residence fires. A sobering statistic from the National Fire Protection Association shows that the average number of fires occurring in an average household during a lifetime is five. SERVPRO teams members hold certifications as Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians FSRT and know that different types of smoke require different approaches to cleaning and restoration.

  •   Wet Smoke is a result of the combustion of  rubber or plastic items. These types of fires burn more slowly at a lower temperature and leave behind a greasy residue with a strong, pungent odor.
  •  Dry Smoke occurs from the burning of wood and paper products and generally exposed the area to higher temperatures during the blaze. The residue left behind is easier to lift off surfaces but usually associated with more destructure fires.
  • Puffback is not uncommon in New York properties and happens when a furnace malfunctions and blows soot throughout the HVAC duct system. Every area with a vent receives soot damage, and restoration requires repairs to the furnace and thorough cleaning of the ductwork.  

In cases where only a section of the residence has fire and smoke damage, we immediately contain the area upon arrival. The most common method uses heavy 6 mil plastic to cover doorways and vents to inhibit the spread of soot in currently undamaged areas of the home. Once our technicians complete fire debris cleanup and restoration efforts, our Odor Control Techs OCT ensure there are no lingering smoke odors left in the property.

When water damage occurs in Patchogue properties, it requires extraction and drying as fast as possible. Because water follows the path of least resistance, it wicks into sheetrock, flows behind baseboards and other hard to reach places. The result of inadequate water removal is weakening of building materials such as warping and buckling of sheetrock, mold, and foul odors.

If you experience a water loss in your home and there are any indications water migrated in hard-to-reach areas such as within walls, ceilings or subflooring, it is crucial to bring in a professional restoration services company to ensure the removal of all excess moisture occurs along with thorough drying.

SERVPRO employees have intensive training and hold certifications as Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASD) and Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT). In their extensive training and experience, they learn the best practices for each water loss mitigation. We have specialized equipment to locate moisture hidden within the structure and perform water extraction. Extra time spent on water removal means less drying time and less exposure to excessive moisture to both the residence and possessions.

Homeowners are glad to hear that carpet that is saturated by clean or gray water is not automatically a loss. Our certified Carpet Cleaning Technicians CCT have methods for drying carpet in place, or when that is not feasible, we can dry, clean and sanitize the carpet in-plant, saving the homeowner the stress and cost of replacing the floor covering.

When homeowners in Patchogue find mold damage in their residence, it is not a DIY project. Any disturbance to mold colonies has the potential to spread spores, creating a more significant problem in the home. Anywhere favorable conditions exist, the spores may set up new colonies and infest additional areas of the house.

SERVPRO employees are Applied Microbial Remediation Technician AMRT and know how to remediate mold safely. We utilize containment around mold affected areas in the home consisting of heavy plastic sheeting or airlock barriers with a zipper chamber depending on the level of infestation and potential of spreading spores.

Removal of mold colonies merely removes the visual. We use advanced equipment such as thermal imaging and probes to locate areas of excessive moisture behind walls, under flooring or other places in the home.

After thoroughly drying and performing mold abatement, including the application of antimicrobial sealer to inhibit regrowth, our technicians also identify the issues that created the environment conducive to mold growth and recommend the appropriate measures to fix.

Storm damage in Patchogue residences can happen almost without warning. Intense storms, flash floods, and wind damage are not uncommon reasons for water clean up. Our employees have training and certification as Health and Safety Technicians. Along with their other intensive training through the best practices as outlined by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification IICRC give them the knowledge to address loss in the home from wild weather. We advise homeowners to avoid contact with groundwater until it is tested to determine if the water contains toxins, chemicals, or sewage.

We use our water extraction equipment, which includes submersible pumps for deep water situations, to perform water removal quickly and then dry the property using our advanced equipment to handle particular situations such as the need to force air behind wall cavities or floor joists. Our technicians remove Items that have restoration potential through cleaning and remove items too damaged to restore. All items handled are photographed and cataloged to expedite insurance claims.

We have more than 40 years of combined experience in both the insurance and restoration services industries serving the Greater Patchogue community. Our certified, trained technicians approach every mitigation with both compassion and a commitment to lessening loss through restoration whenever possible. To reduce stress for property owners, we work with both homeowners and insurance adjusters to assist with paperwork and filing to expedite claims.

Contact SERVPRO of Patchogue at (631) 924-1801 when you need assistance with water damage, fire loss or require mold remediation. Our emergency response team is available 24/7 and works until the damage in your home is, "Like it never even happened."


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