The Importance of Clean Air Ducts
The Anatomy of a residential HVAC system.
In addition to normal accumulations of dust and dirt found in all homes with air ducts, there are several other factors that can increase the need for regular HVAC system cleaning:
- occupants with allergies or asthma
- cigarette or cigar smoke
- water contamination or damage to the home or HVAC system
- home renovation or remodeling projects
Some occupants are more sensitive to these contaminants than others. Allergy and asthma sufferers, as well as young children and the elderly tend to be more susceptible to the types of poor indoor air quality that air duct cleaning can help address.
Top Benefits of HVAC Cleaning
NADCA’s rule of thumb for consumers is that “if your air ducts look dirty, they probably are,” and that dirty HVAC systems should be inspected by a reputable, certified HVAC professional. Below are some other reasons homeowners choose to have their air ducts cleaned.
Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air quality is one concern that homeowners have when they decide to investigate air duct cleaning. Your heating and cooling system is the lungs of your home. The system takes air in and breathes air out.
Through normal occupation in a home, we generate a great deal of contaminants and air pollutants, such as dander, dust, and chemicals. These contaminants are pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulated 5 to 7 times per day, on average. Over time, this re-circulation causes a build-up of contaminants in the duct work.
While dirty ducts don’t necessarily mean unhealthy air in your home, school or workplace, they may be contributing to larger health issues or harboring contaminants that could cause serious problems for people with respiratory health conditions, autoimmune disorders or some environmental allergies.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted. Contaminants in the heating and cooling system cause it to work harder and shorten the life of your system. Although filters are used, the heating and cooling system still gets dirty through normal use.
When an HVAC system is clean, it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature you desire. As a result, less energy is used, leading to improved cost-effectiveness. A clean HVAC system is a healthier, safer and more cost efficient system.
For an estimate on the cost of cleaning the air ducts in your home or business, call SERVPRO of The East End at 631.653.9595.
*reprinted from an article by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association
Fires Don't Have to Burn
Fires in the home or workplace may occur from something as simple as an overloaded socket.
Fires can happen anywhere at anytime in the workplace or the home. Home fires are most commonly caused from cooking, candles, careless smoking, space heaters or dirty chimneys. Fires may also erupt from an overloaded outlet or extension cord.
When it comes to fires in the workplace, the issue, as in the home, is often general negligence. Negligence often refers to leaving food in the microwave too long, leaving hot drinks where they may be spilled on electrical wires, and as in the home, overloading sockets or extension cords.
Most of these fires can be avoided by keeping a vigilant eye on things and regularly checking and maintaining appliances, extension cords and sockets, as well as keeping both home and work environments clean and free of clutter. As well, it helps to prepare for potential fires by keeping fire extinguishers, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in high risk areas throughout the house and workplace. Where appropriate, especially in the work environment, think about having fire sprinkler systems installed. As well, make sure family, friends and employees are aware of safety precautions involved to prevent potential fires.
If your home or business does suffer a fire damage, puff back, water damage, mold damage or bio-hazard event, SERVPRO of The East End is ready 24/7 to be 'Faster to any size disaster' Our team is IICRC trained and certified to make it 'Like it never even happened'. And we will treat your property, family and employees with the utmost of compassion, respect and consideration.
Call SERVPRO of The East End at 631-653-9595.
Keep your Home and Business Safe from Storm Damage
Take whatever precautions you are able to protect yourself and your property from damage before the storm sets in.
Storms often happen without warning and may often cause more damage than anticipated. Even after watching the news and hearing the weather reports, bad weather can be unpredictable. So, it is advisable to take precautionary steps to keep our homes and offices safe from storm damage.
It's a good idea to inspect your premises before a storm hits. A leaky roof or window may look unsuspecting, but can cause big problems during extreme conditions such as a snow storm or heavy rain.
Some questions you may want to ask yourself as you inspect your home or business:
- Do all your exterior doors and windows fit correctly?
- Is your weather stripping in good condition?
- When was the last time you took a look at your roof to see how things are looking up there?
These are all important questions to ask yourself.
Loose shutters and rain gutters can also present a problem in high winds, as can unstable large trees. It might be a good idea to trim back trees and bushes with heavy branches in questionable condition, so that windows and vehicles are not in danger of storm damage in windy conditions.
Many homes have drainage ditches at the front of the property. Take time to inspect this area and remove debris or dirt that might obstruct the flow of water from a heavy rain. A clogged drainage ditch can cause a lot of damage by flooding your property during, or even after, a storm.
Your family is very precious to you. In the event of a storm, do you have a system in place that will help you to get information to everyone in case of a weather emergency? Most of us use our cell phones to communicate these days, but in the case of a bad storm, your cell phone service could be at risk. You might consider installing a good old-fashioned landline, just in case. If you or a family member gets stuck at work or out doing errands, families will worry, so it’s vital that lines of communication stay open.
SERVPRO team of The East End has your back in the event of storm or water damage, fire damage and mold issues. Give us a call at 631-653-9595 to discuss your issues at any time you need our help. Our IICRC trained and certified team are available 24/7 to be 'Faster to any size disaster' and will make it 'Like it never even happened'.
Freshen Your Business Up For Spring
SERVPRO of The East End offers a wide range of Cleaning Services to get your business ready for the coming seasons. Call us at 631-653-9595 to discuss
Spring is just around the corner on The East End of Long Island, and with that our area comes alive. Now is the time to think about Spring Cleaning your business to make it ready for our busiest seasons ahead.
SERVPRO of The East End offers a number of services to help you achieve these goals.
Besides being known for our professional restoration services, we offer the following services as well:
Clean Your Air Ducts and HVAC
Your air ducts and HVAC units work hard throughout the winter to keep your customers and employees warm. The ventilation system should be property cleaned and deodorized to make sure the air quality in your business is not poor. If it has not been serviced for some time, your air could be circulating dust, pollen, odors and dirt and debris. Our IICRC trained and certified technicians and equipment will clean out your system and make sure everyone breathes easier in the coming seasons.
Checking the hoods in the kitchen of a restaurant or hotel is recommended twice a year, so this becomes a good time of the year to start.
Cleaning the pilot lights on a gas stove is also being proactive to avoid future problems. Be sure to follow manufacturer’s instructions. Empty and sanitize the ice machine, and wipe down walls, ceilings and dry storage areas.
Rugs and Carpets
If your restaurant or hotel has carpeting and rugs, now is a great time to clean them as well. SERVPRO of The East End will deep clean your carpeting and rugs removing the abundance of dust, debris and food particles that may have been lingering there for months. A proper cleaning will rid your carpets of unhealthy particles and odors you don't want to carry into the new season.
Upholstery, Drapes and Blinds
We recommend a thorough cleaning of your upholstery and window treatments before the Spring Season begins.
There is nothing like the sweet smell of walking into a freshly cleaned business establishment as a new season approaches. For employees and customers alike a freshly cleaned business guarantees a fresh start to successful season.
Call SERVPRO of The East End at 631-653-9595 for all of your Spring Cleaning needs. Your customers and employees will thank-you with great reviews, recommendations and repeat business throughout the coming seasons and beyond.
Three Warning Signs of Mold
Nothing scares a homeowner more than mentioning the word "mold." Not only can it cause damage to your home and make it difficult to sell, it also can be a health hazard to you and your family.
Here are three warning signs of this insidious fungus that you don't want to ignore:
1) Water spots
Any wet spot in your East End home can be a potential sign of fungus growth. This may include water spots on your ceilings or walls, or on floors in your basement or crawlspace. If you find evidence of water spots, you need to find the potential source of moisture and have it taken care of immediately.
If you find a spot on a wall or floor that's discolored, it is a potential sign of mold. Discoloration that is green or black is a definite warning sign of fungus growth. However, any discoloration can mean growth is present, even if it isn't of the tell-tale colors.
3) Bad smell
If you have fungus growth in your home, it may cause a bad smell. Depending on the type of growth and how much of it you have, it could be a very faint smell, or it could be overwhelming. It can smell musty or earthy, or it may produce a more pungent odor. Any bad smell needs to be investigated and addressed.
Mold can be harmful and is not something to be ignored. If you experience any of these warning signs, call SERVPRO of The East End to remediate. Our trained and certified IICRC staff knows how to effectively deal with mold infestations and we have been doing that on The East End for over 40 years. We also have the state of the art equipment and techniques to carry out remediation tasks of any size to keep your home safe and clean.
Common Laundry Mistakes That May Cause Water Damage
Overloading the drum of your clothes washer could lead to water damage
Having a clothes washer in your East End home is usually a given. However there is a downside to having a washing machine in your house – like any machine, they can break down, and if they break down, there is a risk of leaks. Leaks in your home means water damage which can often lead to mold. You want to avoid leaks, if possible. Here are some common laundry mistakes that harm your machine and increase the chance of a breakdown.
Metal items are a leading cause of washer breakdown – and that means more risk of water damage in your home. The three most common culprits are:
- Coins – always check the pockets of every item for coins before starting your washer.
- Zippers – you cannot remove zippers from your clothes, but you can zip them all the way up to the top, so they do not flap around as much.
- Brassieres – underwire and clasps on lingerie might cause damage. You can protect your washer by placing underthings in a mesh laundry bag.
Another thing that causes washer damage is over-filling the drum. It is tempting when you have several loads of laundry to stuff as much in as you can. Unfortunately, putting too many clothes in the machine puts extra stress on the workings. SERVPRO of The East End recommends checking out the manufacturer’s guidelines about weight.
Power surges present another potentially dangerous situation. A sudden spike of electricity can harm your washer, including melting its plastic components. Protect your machine by using a surge protector, and by unplugging when not in use.
No matter how careful you are, it doesn't always prevent leaks. In the event of water damage, SERVPRO of The East End is here to extract water, dry out carpets, baseboards, and floors and restore your laundry room and any other affected areas of your home as soon as possible. Our IICRC trained and certified technicians have the expertise, knowledge, equipment and drive to restore your damage to "Like it never even happened."
For help with water damage in your East End home, call SERVPRO of The East End at 631-653-9595.
Commercial Water Damage
SERVPRO of The East End is available 24/7 to mitigate the Water Damage to your Business
When it comes to any mitigation work in a commercial setting, getting it done quickly and efficiently is essential. In mitigating commercial water damage quickly and efficiently, we also try to save the property contents of the business like furniture, desks, inventory and computers. SERVPRO of The East End is in the business of restoration....It is usually more cost effective to save something than to replace it. If an item can be saved or restored to like-new status, it is worth the time to do so. This is especially important to our customers and also to the insurance companies we work with.
We take extra special care to protect your business assets from damage while we do the work. Whether that means shifting the contents from one room to another or covering items at the loss or boxing them up to clean back at our shop, we take special care with your work. Our IICRC trained and certified technicians do amazing clean-up on a wide variety of materials and types of damage.
At SERVPRO of The East End, we are proud of keeping the "restore" in restoration!
What Happens When Water Damage Is Left Untreated?
Left untreated for any length of time, water damage will continue to create a multitude of damages
What Happens When Water Damage is Left Untreated? Following is a timeline detailing why you don't wan't to hesitate to make that call:
Water Damage Timeline
- 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 costs 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 The East End
SERVPRO of The East End specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is IICRC trained and certified in property damage restoration. From the initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge, experience, equipment and expertise to restore your property to 'Like it never even happened'.
Fire & Smoke Damage
To prevent or remediate fire damage in your home or business, Call SERVPRO of The East End
Fire and Smoke damage can be especially devastating to your home or business. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts at SERVPRO of The East End, and we'll respond immediately to get you back to business.
According to the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration Certification), the real damage sets in and costs are just beginning to mount after the fire trucks leave. That's when our work begins at SERVPRO of The East End. Getting to work as quickly and efficiently as possible, we work hard to returning your home or business to preloss condition. You don't want to trust your greatest investment to anyone else.
At SERVPRO of The East End, our trained and certified IICRC technicians are 'Faster to any size disaster'to take control and get your business or home back up and running 'Like it never even happened'. We have been proudly serving our community in mitigating fire, mold, storm and water damage on the East End of Long Island for over 40 years.
Call SERVPRO of The East End at 631-653-9595 for all of your fire, mold, storm and water damage needs.
Have Storm Damage?
For 24/7 Emergency Response, call SERVPRO of The East End
SERVPRO of The East End specializes in storm, water, mold and flood damage restoration. Our crews are IICRC trained and certified and we use top-of-the-line, state of the art equipment uniquely specialized to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond 'Faster to any size disaster' with all of the right resources. This is extremely imperative, as a fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the cost of the restoration. Our teams are trained, qualified and ready 24/7 365 days a week to assist you with any disaster.
Are you experiencing Storm or Flood Damage and feeling overwhelmed? Call SERVPRO of The East End at 631-653-9595.