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National Fire Prevention Week October 7-13th 2018. Look. Listen. Learn.

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) has announced that the theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week is "Look. Listen. Learn. Be Aware - Fire Can Happen Anywhere.”

The campaign identifies three basic and essential steps we can take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire–and how to be prepared in the event there is one.

“LOOK” for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home and business. Identify potential fire hazards and see what you can do to reduce or eliminate them. 

“LISTEN” for the sound of the smoke alarm. You may only have minutes to safely escape once a smoke alarm sounds. 

“LEARN” two ways out of every room. Make sure all the doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter providing quick and easy access to get out. 

Other Suggestions Include:

Home Fire Escape Plan

Home fire escape planning and drills are an essential part of fire safety. A home fire escape plan needs to be developed and practiced before a fire strikes. This plan should include:

  • Two exits from every room in the house – usually a door and a window
  • Properly installed and functioning smoke alarms
  • A meeting place outside, in front of the home, where everyone will meet after they exit
  • A call to 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from a cell phone or a neighbor’s phone

Smoke Alarms

  • Smoke alarms detect and alert people to a fire in the early stages. Smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in a fire.
  • Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half
  • Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month, using the test button.
  • Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.

Cooking

  • Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. The leading cause of kitchen fires is unattended cooking.
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling or broiling food.
  • If you are simmering, baking or roasting food, check it regularly and stay in the home.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stove top.

Heating

  • Heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires during the winter months.
  • Space heaters are the type of equipment most often involved in home heating equipment fires.
  • All heaters need space. Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet (1 meter) away from heating equipment.
  • Have a 3-foot (1-meter) ‘Kid-free zone’ around open fires and space heaters.
  • Purchase and use only portable space heaters listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
  • Have a qualified professional install heating equipment.
  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional.

For more information about Fire Prevention Week, fun activities educating kids, events and videos, visit the National Fire Protection Association website: http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week-2.

ABOUT SERVPRO of The East End

When fire strikes, you can trust SERVPRO of The East End to restore your property to 'Like it never even happened.' Our team of IICRC trained and certified professionals are available 24/7 365 days a week to be 'Faster to any size disaster'. We will treat your property, family and employees with the utmost of compassion, respect and consideration, and work quickly and efficiently to minimize damage and cost. 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.

The Difference Between Mold & Mildew

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Difference Between Mold & Mildew Mold and mildew are both types of fungi that thrive indoors and should be professionally removed.

Mold and mildew are fungus brothers, but they do have a few differences. Following are some of those differences.

Like two siblings who have similar features, mold and mildew have a few similar characteristics: Both thrive in moist, warm areas where they can grow. Both grow on a multitude of surfaces, from food and clothing to your bath and shower. And they are both fungi that no property owner wants to see on their property.

But mold and mildew also have some differences when it comes to size, color and texture.

Mildew is a surface fungi that can be easily identified as a patch of gray or white fungus lying on the surface of a moist area. Mildew is easily treated with a store bought cleaner and a scrub brush.

Mold, on the other hand, can be black or green and is often the result of a much larger and deeper infestation. This type of fungus may appear "fuzzy" especially when it is found on food. It may also feel slimy in nature.

The key to treating mold and mildew is to remove it from your property. Treating it accordingly will safeguard your property damage. It is widely recommended that you hire professionals to mitigate the problem for you. Trying to do-it-yourself can often result in further damage, without fully mitigating the problem. 

At SERVPRO of The East End, our team of IICRC trained and certified professionals know how to effectively deal with mold infestations and we have been doing that on The East End of Long Island for over 40 years. We have state of the art equipment and techniques to carry out remediation tasks of any size and through any season. If you see or sense signs of mold on your property, call SERVPRO of The East End at 631-653-9595. We are 'Faster to any size disaster' and complete each job 'Like it never even happened'. 

3 Important Reasons Why You Need an ERP for your Business

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 3 Important Reasons Why You Need an ERP for your Business Let SERVPRO of The East End create an Emergency Ready Profile for your Business so that you are ready for any disaster.

An ERP (Emergency Ready Profile) will insure you are ready to respond so your business can reopen as soon as possible following a disaster. 

According to FEMA, an estimated 40 - 60% of small businesses never reopen their doors after facing a disaster. Even knowing that, most businesses have not yet put the time in to create an emergency response plan so that they can minimize the impact of a disaster. SERVPRO of The East End will create a free Emergency Ready Profile for any business that wants one.

Here are 3 reasons why you need one:

  1. With an ERP you will know exactly where to find the utility shutoffs in the moment you need to do so. Depending on the size and nature of a disaster, it may be imperative that somebody immediately shuts off the gas, water, and/or electricity. Even if you know where the shutoffs are located, if you aren’t around at the time of a disaster, that role would fall on someone else. SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Profile marks all of the shutoff locations (and shows pictures), so your team can quickly do what’s needed, preventing any further damage.
  1. With an ERP, you will have an immediate plan of action. The longer your business is inactive, the less likely you will recover. With our Emergency Ready Profile, you will not only have a guide for you and your employees, but you’ll also have access to our professional team at SERVPRO of The East End. The faster we are there to clean up the damage in a facility we are already familiar with, the quicker we are able to do our job for you to reopen your doors. 
  1. With an ERP, you will have an incredible asset at no cost. In most cases, you would have to dedicate precious time and resources to create a quality emergency readiness plan, which is often the main reason most businesses never bother. But SERVPRO of The East End has the experience, tools and skills to assemble an Emergency Ready Profile in a short time frame. All we need from you is a few minutes of your time to provide some basic information to get us started. There is no cost to you for this service. The benefits for your business and your own peace of mind will far outweigh the time you take with us to do this! 

If you’ve never thought about creating an emergency plan for your business, we hope this post will alert you to some of the reasons why you must do this! Disasters Don't Plan Ahead, but You Can! And SERVPRO of The East End is here tot help you do just that! 

For more information, or to set up an appointment to create an Emergency Ready Profile for your business, call SERVPRO of The East End at 631-653-9595, or email: lisa@SERVPROeastend.com

5 Easy Tips to Prepare for Water Damage

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 5 Easy Tips to Prepare for Water Damage Water Damage Season is upon us and can cause serious property damage through any number of sources if we are not prepared.

Water damage can happen in many different ways, and through many different sources. The better prepared you are, the less damage you will experience. 

Water damage in your home or in your place of business does not need to be a traumatic experience.

Consider these 5 easy tips to better prepare.

  1. Check your insurance coverage. Most renter’s or homeowners insurance policies do not cover flooding, or even a sewer backup. Find out what coverage you do have.
  2. Keep a record of all of your belongings. Take photos and keep copies of receipts and other documents for more valuable items. Keep a copy of these records online, in a waterproof safe or at another location. If you do experience water damage, it can be easy to forget about certain belongings.
  3. Take precautions to limit the risk of water damage on your property by frequently checking pipes for leaks or weakness. Pay attention to any indicators that there might be water damage. These can be the sounds of dripping water in the walls, dark spots on the ceiling, or a significant change in your water bill.
  4. Set your home or business up so that it is at less risk of damage from heavy rains or flooding by ensuring that your roof is sound. Make sure there are no cracks in the foundation. Check that the landscaping around your property is sloped to direct water away from your foundation, rather than toward it.
  5. Find a professional you can trust. Water damage can be overwhelming, and you don’t want to be desperately searching for a water restoration expert at 3 AM when the pipes break.

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, our staff is equipped with the knowledge, experience, equipment and expertise to restore your property to 'Like it never even happened'. And we are on call 24/7 for all of your emergency needs.

For more information call us at 631-653-9595. Like us on social media, or visit our website: SERVPROeastend.com. 

September is National Preparedness Month. Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage September is National Preparedness Month. Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. September is National Preparedness Month. Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.

September is National Preparedness Month! This annual event, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), provides families and businesses with the information and resources you need to plan for, react to, survive, and recover from an emergency, before the emergency happens.

For National Preparedness Month 2018, themed “Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How." FEMA has prepared a week-by-week calendar of recommended actions property owners can take to be ready if disaster strikes:

Week 1. Create an emergency plan that includes signing up for emergency alerts and making contingency plans for shelter, evacuation, and family communication.

Week 2. Learn life-saving skills. CPR is a good place to start, but you also want to be sure you know how to turn off the utilities in your home and business, and insure your smoke and CO detectors are properly installed and working.

Week 3. Check your insurance coverage. Once the emergency is over, appropriate and sufficient insurance will be key to getting your life back to normal, or at least on track.

Week 4. Plan financially for the possibility of a disaster. This goes beyond having a “rainy day fund” for immediate needs. Gather and organize important home, business, insurance, financial, and personal documents and keep them up-to-date and stored in a secure, water-and-fire proof location. 

“There’s a difference between surviving a disaster and recovering from a disaster,” says Sue Steen, SERVPRO Industries, Inc., chief executive officer. “Families and businesses who take the time to create both a short- and long-term plan to deal with the unexpected are better able to respond quickly if the unexpected happens, which can improve their chances of survival. Having key information at their fingertips in the aftermath of the emergency can set them on the path to recovery more quickly and with less stress.” 

At SERVPRO of The East End, we are 'Faster to Any Size Disaster' to make it 'Like it Never Even Happened'. Should you wish to learn more about how you can prepare your family, home and/or business for a disaster, please call SERVPRO of The East End at 631-653-9595.

The Importance of Proper Pest Remediation

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard The Importance of Proper Pest Remediation Pests can enter your home or office from any number of entry points or openings in a structure, causing unforeseen problems & transmitting disease.

As many East End property owners know, a pest infestation is beyond problematic. In addition to causing health hazards, pests adversely affect the structural integrity of your residential or commercial property.  Our team of certified IICRC professionals at SERVPRO of The East End is trained to safely remove biohazards and properly dispose of them in accordance with OSHA and health regulations. Equipped with the recommended safety apparatus and specialized cleaning products, we turn these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe homes and offices, ‘Like it never even happened!’

Rodents Can Invade Your East End Home or Business
Pests can cause serious damage to your property and your health! Property owners are often surprised to find rats, squirrels, raccoons, bats, birds, mice and other pests invading their property in search of warmth, water, and food, especially after they may have left their seasonal homes for an extended period. These creatures contract and transmit numerous diseases and introduce parasites that carry disease into your home. Rats and other invaders breed rapidly and are capable of squeezing through spaces that appear much smaller than their bodies. 

Prevention Tips
There are numerous prevention tips you can implement to decrease your property’s susceptibility to an infestation. One effective strategy is to keep food sources away from open areas. Garbage and crumbs can become food for rodents, as can dry goods like cereals and grains. Make sure that these items are kept sealed away in glass containers to decrease the likelihood of contamination. Also make sure that you properly store vegetables and fruits. This means that you should never leave waste on your counters and sinks. Did you know that cardboard can be attractive to rats and other pests because they chew them up and use the material to make nests. So, be sure that you're not leaving cardboard material out in the open. 

Call SERVPRO of The East End for Cleanup and Restoration
It is not surprising that many property owners seek quick solutions that may help eliminate unwanted creatures. Often, property owners attempt to limit or eliminate the presence of rodents with repellents like mothballs or essential oils. But these homemade treatments are not effective in combating a rodent infestation, or eliminating the health hazards they carry. Rather than attempting to complete a do-it-yourself remedy, we strongly recommend that you call a high quality pest control company to exterminate. Following extermination, call SERVPRO of The East End to effectively remediate and restore the property. We even replace any insulation that has been infested. Because of the potential health risks, many homeowners insurance policies may pay for cleanup and restoration. Check your policy provisions with your insurance agent.

Cleaning up after an infestation of rodents is not as easy as it seems. The decontamination of a home or business due to infestation can be dangerous. Specialized experience and training is important when choosing a qualified cleanup company to resolve these problems. Protect the safety and health of your family, friends, customers, and business by having hazardous materials properly removed by the professionals at SERVPRO of The East End.

If you have any questions about pest cleanup on The East End of Long Island, call SERVPRO of The East End at 631-653-9595.

The Importance of Clean Air Ducts

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning 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:

  • pets
  • 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.

Energy Savings

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

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 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

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 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

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 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.

Kitchen Cleaning

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.