The Do's & Don'ts Behind Pest Control
How can you safely solve your pest problems? The key is to be willing to ask questions. Learning about the pests you have and the options available to control specific pests is the first step.
Learn more about the steps you can take to safely control pests:
Try pest prevention first.
- Remove sources of food, water and shelter.
- Store food in sealed plastic or glass containers. Garbage containing food scraps should be placed in tightly covered trash cans. Remove garbage regularly from your home.
- Fix leaky plumbing and don't let water accumulate anywhere in the home. Don't let water collect in trays under your house plants or refrigerator. Don't leave pet food and water out overnight.
- Clutter provides places for pests to breed and hide and makes it hard to get rid of them. Get rid of things like stacks of newspapers, magazines, or cardboard.
- Close off places where pests can enter and hide. For example, caulk cracks and crevices around cabinets or baseboards. Use steel wool to fill spaces around pipes. Cover any holes with wire mesh.
- Learn about the pests you have and your options to control them.
- Check for pests in packages or boxes before carrying them into your home.
Do safely and correctly use pesticides.
- Keep pets and children away from areas where pesticides have been applied.
- After preventive steps have been taken, you can use baits as a first line of chemical defense against insects or rodents.
- These are often effective and can be used with low risk of exposure to the pesticide, as long as they are kept out of the reach of children and pets.
- Other relatively low-risk pesticides are available for some pests. Consult your local cooperative extension service office for recommendations suitable for your area.
- Pesticides not contained in baits or traps should generally only be applied to targeted locations, not sprayed over the whole room.
- Use fogging devices only when absolutely necessary.
- Always read and follow the pesticide label's instructions and safety warnings.
- Use ready-to-use products (i.e., no mixing needed) whenever possible.
- If you hire any outside persons to help control pests, ask them to find and correct the source of the problem before applying pesticides.
- For example, you might have to repair a leaky toilet to remove a water source.
- Ask them to use baits and crack and crevice treatments when feasible.
- Only apply chemicals approved for use in homes.
- The label will list where the chemical may be used.
- Write down the name and EPA registration number of any chemical used by someone you hire. You will need this information if you decide to look up more information on the pesticide.
- The pest control operator should be able to provide information about the chemical, such as the material safety data sheet.
Do dispose of leftover pesticides and pesticide containers properly.
- Read the label to find out how to dispose of the pesticide and the container.
- Many communities have household hazardous waste collections that will accept unwanted pesticides. Call your waste disposal authority for information about your community.
Don't use outdoor chemicals indoors.
- Many chemicals intended for use outdoors are dangerous to use indoors because they will remain toxic longer inside than they would outdoors.
Don't assume that twice as much is better.
- Always read and follow label directions.
- Using too much of a pesticide can endanger your family's health.
Don't transfer pesticides to other containers.
- Store pesticides in their original containers.
- Only mix as much as you are going to use at one time if the pesticide must be mixed with water.
- Don't use empty pesticide containers to store anything else.
- Children and others have been poisoned by accidentally consuming pesticides stored in food or beverage containers.
- No matter how well you wash the container, it could still contain remnants of the pesticide and could harm someone.
Call SERVPRO of The East End for Cleanup and Restoration
Once you have exterminated, you will want to call SERVPRO of The East End at 631-653-9595 to effectively remediate and restore your property. We will even replace any insulation that has been infested. Because of the potential health risks, many home owner’s insurance policies may pay for cleanup and restoration. Check your policy provisions with your insurance agent.
Cleaning up after a pest infestation 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.
Five More Major Reasons Your Ducts Should be Cleaned
Air Ducts may attract debris and toxins from home renovations, unwanted animals and pets, all of which should be removed with regular cleanings.
In addition to the usual reasons for having your air ducts cleaned on a regular basis, following are five more reasons you would want to schedule this service:
- Renovation:If your home has been remodeled – especially if a remodel included asbestos abatement, lead paint removal, or significant dust – your ductwork should be cleaned following the remodel. Ducts should be sealed off during home renovations. If they haven’t been sealed, dangerous dust and debris will quickly become lodged inside the ductwork.
- Animals: If there is clear evidence of animal infestation or nesting in your ducts or HVAC system, have the animals removed then clean the ductwork and HVAC unit.
- Mold: If there is visible mold growth inside your ductwork, the mold should be mitigated and followed by a thorough cleaning of the ductwork and HVAC system.
- Contaminants: If noticeable debris, pet hair, odors, or other contaminants are being released into the room through the ducts after the registers have been cleaned and vacuumed; then the ducts may need to be cleaned.
- Illness: If someone in your family is suffering from an unexplained allergy-related illness, and you’ve taken every other possible step to decontaminate your home, you may want to consider having your ducts cleaned to see if the HVAC system was the culprit.
At SERVPRO of The East End, we have been cleaning air ducts for residential and commercial properties for over 40 years. Our team of professionals are IICRC trained and certified and we have state-of-the-art machinery to get the job done quickly and efficiently so you can get back to the business of your life. it is just one of many services we provide to keep you and your family safe.
Call SERVPRO of The East End at 631-653-9595 with any questions or to schedule an appointment. We look forward to working with you!
Five Signs Your Air Ducts Need Cleaning
What's Living In Your Air Ducts?
Keeping All of Your Ducts in a Row.
Do you notice little wisps of dust puffing out from an air duct every time you turn on your home's heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system? Can you see dust and pet hair trapped in the vent? Is there a layer of dust coating the grill on the return air registers? Any one of these signs may be indications that the duct work in your home or business is due for a cleaning.
Dust regularly collects inside your HVAC system on air duct surfaces, vents, motors, and coils. Flakes of dead skin, hair, and pet dander catch onto the dust, creating a build-up, and before long this process causes a dense, mat-like environment where bacteria, mold, dust mites, allergens and other toxins flourish. Air filters remove most of these from the air stream, but not all parts of the HVAC system. That's why it's important to periodically check the condition of your air ducts to see if they could use duct cleaning services
The Top 5 Indicators That You Have Dirty Ducts
1. Open one of your vent covers and look inside. Check to see if it contains any dirt, debris, or matted dust.
2. Examine the return air registers for dust buildup, particularly if you see thick, fuzzy coatings of dust.
3. Pull out the air filter. If the air filter is clogged with dust, the air flow is being choked off. This allows more dust to settle and build up in the return ductwork.
4. Open the furnace compartment. Examine the blower fan and motor for signs of dust as well as the furnace controls. The more dust you see, the bigger the problem you have.
5. Look at the air conditioning coil. (You may need to remove a panel.) If the coil is dusty or has dust clinging to the housing walls, this is an indication that the air filter hasn't been working properly.
Any of these red flags show that your HVAC system and ductwork is being adversely affected by too much dust and dirt.
Top 5 Dirty Consequences
So what’s the trouble with a little dirt, you might ask? There are a number of problems resulting from dirty ducts, ranging from increased energy costs to health problems:
1. Dirt and dust restrict your HVAC system's heating and cooling. In winter, dirt-clogged heat exchangers cannot warm the air as efficiently. In summer, dirt-clogged condensing coils are unable to cool the air as well. These both increase the HVAC systems run time, requiring it to use more fuel and energy to heat and cool your property.
2. Dirt and dust restrict air flow. Let's say your system is doing a fine job of heating and cooling the air. If the blower fan or motor can't turn because of dirt, or the air filter is clogged with dust, then the system can't effectively circulate that warmed or cooled air throughout your property. It's going to run longer and use more energy.
3. The longer your HVAC system operates, the more wear and tear it undergoes. Long run times can shorten the overall lifetime of HVAC systems, from AC compressors to hydro pumps, burners, and motor bearings. You will wear out your home's HVAC system sooner.
4. Besides dirt, dust contains dead skin, pet dander, microorganisms from cat litter (toxoplasmosis), and other particles including: pollen, mold spores, fungi, and even rodent feces. Left to contaminate your HVAC system, it may become a breeding ground for bacteria, mites, and other pests. This greatly affects the quality of the air you are breathing, and ultimately affects your health.
5. Dirt and dust spread quicker in a home with dirty ducts. No matter how diligent you may dust and clean your home, fine particulate contaminates, including dangerous allergens, quickly flow from one room to the next covering tables, smart phones, and children's toys.
Top 5 Benefits of Air Duct Cleaning
SERVPRO of The East End recommends having your ducts cleaned every 3 to 5 years to prevent maintenance and health problems before they start. Doing so will save money on your heating and cooling bills. Additional benefits include:
1. Better and reliable over-all performance from your HVAC system
2. Fewer repairs from wear and tear and longer HVAC system life
3. More energy efficiency, reducing your energy bills
4. Lower likelihood of respiratory and allergy problems.
5. Less dust makes it easier to clean and maintain your home's living space
We do not recommend you tackle this job yourself. This is not a do-it-yourself project you will be able to do with an inexpensive machine from your local hardware store. To get the job done right, you need to hire a professional Company that does this on a regular basis.
At SERVPRO of The East End, we have been cleaning air ducts for residential and commercial properties for over 40 years. Our team of professionals are IICRC trained and certified and we have all of the latest state-of-the-art machinery to get the job done quickly and efficiently so you can get back to the business of your life.
Call SERVPRO of The East End at 631-653-9595 with any questions or to schedule an appointment. We look forward to working with you!
Winter's Not Over Yet!
When storms hit the East End of Long Island, SERVPRO of The East End is ready 24/7.
The Northeast is still being hit by winter storms, as evidenced in the last week of snow. At SERVPRO of The East End, our highly trained crews are always ready to respond 24/7 to storm, flood and water damage along the entire coast of communities lining the East End of Long Island.
SERVPRO of The East End specializes in storm and water damage restoration. Our crews are trained, certified and experienced and we use specialized state-of-the-art equipment to restore your residential or commercial property to its pre-storm condition.
Because we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit the East End of Long Island, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
Have Storm or Water Damage?
Call SERVPRO of The East End 631-653-9595
Spring Ahead to Prevent Mold
As the last of the winter storms finally melt on the East End of Long Island, property owners everywhere are dealing with more leaks, pipes breaking, flooded basements and related problems in their homes and businesses. If water is left to sit for too long, mold can develop. Fortunately, with a few precautionary steps, you can prevent the spread of mold.
The following practical tips from SERVPRO of the East End will help you control moisture, properly ventilate your home or business, thoroughly clean, and ultimately, prevent mold from growing inside of your home or business.
Reposition Your Downspouts
Make sure your downspouts are positioned away from your property. This will ensure the water drains away from the property preventing debris, soil, and stone buildup. Re-positioning downspouts will also help ensure the interior of your property remains nice and dry and, thereby, free of fungal growth.
Use a Dehumidifier
Many properties have a closed-loop ventilation system, which essentially recirculates the same air indoors. To purify the air and prevent indoor air contaminants from collecting, consider using a dehumidifier. Your basement, for example, is a great place to install a dehumidifier, because basements are generally damp. The dehumidifier will help keep the relative humidity between 30 and 50 percent hereby preventing black mold growth.
Check Your Attic
Inspect your crawl space, your attic or any room you tend to overlook or think very little about. Because you do not spend a great deal of time in these rooms, you may neither consider nor suspect mold growth. The longer the mold grows, the greater the damage it can cause. Not only will the cost to remediate the problem increase, but your health may also worsen because of ongoing mold exposure. Thus, you want to detect mold in its earliest stages. Inspecting the rooms you do not usually use will help you to do just that.
Repair All Leaks
If the wintry weather has damaged your property's foundation or roofing, leaving cracks of any size, water could easily enter (and weaken) the structure. When you have moisture, the right temperature, and a food source (think drywall), mold can grow within 24 to 48 hours. Act fast and fix leaking pipes, deteriorating window sills and frames, and even a cracked chimney or foundation. Don't let these small repairs wait, or you will likely have bigger problems ahead. Inspect areas of your property where there's more plumbing and thereby more potential for leaks: in the basement and underneath the bathroom and kitchen sinks. Unfortunately, you can't always see a leaking pipe. In many cases, it's either behind a wall or underneath a floorboard. But, you might see water damage on a floorboard, ceiling tile or wall resulting from it. For assurance and peace of mind, consider calling SERVPRO of the The East End for a professional assessment.
Spring is the perfect time to clean your carpets, drapery, upholstery, furniture, kitchen, bathroom tiles and grout; and all of the dark, damp corners of your property. Cleaning each of these will help you keep tabs on problem areas. You are more likely to locate water damage and prevent mold if you are cleaning on a regular basis.
Always control moisture, keep sufficient airflow and clean your property often. If you see signs of mold following your spring cleaning, call SERVPRO of the The East End to professionally clean, dry and disinfect the area. Mold in your home or business from winter conditions is an unfortunate situation, but SERVPRO of the East End will be happy to professionally mitigate any damage and make it look and feel "Like it never even happened."
Why SERVPRO? Following are a few answers to that Question
Following are just a few of the answers to that Question:
At SERVPRO of the East End we treat every home and business we enter as if it were our own. One of our goals is to treat everyone and everything as you would if it was our own family going through this loss. From a small stain on your carpet to three feet of raw sewage in a basement, we will treat your loss, your property and your family with the respect, compassion, consideration and professionalism you deserve. We know how difficult and unsettling a water damage, mold infestation, fire or pest infestation can be. We make it our business to mitigate as quickly, efficiently and painlessly as possible.
At SERVPRO of the East End we know that communication is key. When you experience a loss in your home or business, you have questions. We make it our business to have our experienced staff available to answer your questions.
We will keep you and your insurance company informed every step of the way. We work on an approval only basis. This means that we will only do the work that you as the homeowner and/or your insurance company has approved. We want to make sure this process is as smooth and painless as possible.
At SERVPRO of The East End we believe in Applied Structural Drying. In simple terms, we do not want to come into your house and just start tearing things apart. We have invested a lot of time and assets into equipment, training, and tools that allow us to dry the structure with minimal disruption. If there is a way to extract and mitigate the damage without tearing out floors and/or walls, we have the equipment and knowledge to do it. By doing this, we minimize the disruption to your life and keep the overall cost of the loss down.
Highly Trained Specialists
Since first opening the doors in 1967, training has been the backbone of the SERVPRO brand and the reason for our success nationwide. At SERVPRO of The East End, this is especially important to us. We are an IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified firm. The IICRC is a certification and Standards Developing Organization (SDO) non-profit organization that sets the standards for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. It is what most insurance companies base their standards on. At SERVPRO of The East End, we make sure our employees meet those standards and our own.
When you call SERVPRO of the East End (631-653-9595) for your residential and commercial cleaning and restoration needs, you can trust that you are calling a leader in the industry.
SERVPRO Saves You Money!
SERVPRO professionals use the latest equipment in detecting hidden moisture infiltrating your home.
FACT: Restoration through mitigation is less expensive than replacing!
The SERVPRO System saves money by Restoring rather than Replacing:
- Emergency Mitigation Services help minimize additional property damages.
- SERVPRO of the East End professionals use specialized test equipment to determine hidden water.
- Restoration versus replacement of contents saves heirlooms and money.
- By using advanced drying techniques, SERVPRO professionals monitor and ensure your property is dried properly.
At SERVPRO of The East End, we know how important your property and their contents are to you. We know how hard you've worked to achieve the lifestyle you have. By getting to you faster, having trained professionals taking charge, along with the right equipment, we are able to save and restore your property and furnishings, along with your peace of mind. That saves you time and money in the cost of replacing anything that may have been damaged.
You can trust SERVPRO of The East End for any and all of your restoration needs. Call us directly at 631-653-9595 with any questions or inquiries regarding your specific concerns.
SERVPRO is a Brand You Can Trust
SERVPRO of The East End is proud to be part of the SERVPRO brand, upholding the traditions, practices & procedures that are trusted for over 50 years
Serving America Since 1967
SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals have been helping home and business owners recover from water damages across the United States for over 50 years.
Over 1,700 Franchises Nationwide
More locations means faster response. A SERVPRO® Franchise Professional will usually be on-site within four hours to help protect the structure, business and personal property.
SERVPRO® National Call Center
The SERVPRO® National Call Center served over 500 insurance and property management companies and their clients nationwide in the last yar alone.We have earned the trust of the insurance industry by serving thousands of their policy holders and clients with respect and integrity. The more we restore, the less that needs to be replaced. This helps our clients save millions of dollars each year, which helps lower your insurance rates!
24-Hour Emergency Service
In our business, you need us fast! The sooner we arrive, the better the chance we can reduce damage and save money. Franchise Professionals are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Trained, Uniformed Franchise Professionals
A trained, uniformed and equipped SERVPRO® Franchise Professional will walk you through the job process and then work quickly to restore your property to preloss condition whenever possible.
From large commercial environments to small residential losses, SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals understand your loss is the job that matters most! We are happy to provide references so you can feel confident that SERVPRO® is the best system to service your needs.
The SERVPRO Difference
The SERVPRO Difference is evident in the quality of our people, experience, training and equipment.
The SERVPRO Difference is evident in the SERPVPRO People, Training and Equipment to make it "Like it never even happened."
With over 10,000 quality teammates nationwide, SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help you get your property and your life back.
SERVPRO® is a Franchise System with over 40 years of leadership in fire and water cleanup and restoration. Our track record of results has earned us the trust of the insurance industry, countless homeowners, commercial property managers and in one unforgettable instance, even the Pentagon.
Franchise Professionals undergo extensive water restoration training and certification. SERVPRO Industries, Inc. is an IICRC-approved school to help ensure our training meets and exceeds accepted industry standards.
With over 5,000,000 square feet of building space, housing over 140,000 pieces of cleaning and restoration equipment, SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals have the resources to help you take back control of your life.
Knowing Where Your Water Shut Off Valve Is Can Prevent Damage
Photo by Michael Pereckas
Knowing how and where to shut off your home's water supply is as important as knowing how and where to turn-off or reset an electric breaker or replace a fuse.
Every home is required to have a main water shut-off valve installed during its initial construction. For most emergencies, shutting-off the proper inside valve is a crucial first step to preventing more damage.
The shut-off valve is typically located near the front foundation wall. The main water supply may come through the concrete floor or through the wall. The valve is typically within 3-5 feet of where the main water supply enters. In some cases, the main water supply may enter in a different area, like a laundry room, or up through the floor, near the water heater or furnace.
Crawl Space and Basement
The shut-off valve may be where the water enters the basement or in some older homes, the shut-off may be inside the crawl space. If the latter is true, you may want to consider a secondary valve located in the basement.
Crawl Space with No Basement
The shut-off valve will typically be located near the water heater or under the kitchen sink, but anywhere is possible. As with a situation where there are a crawlspace and a basement, the valve may be inside a crawlspace; in which case, you may want to consider a secondary valve located up in the living space (near the water heater or under a sink).
The shut-off valve will typically be located near the water heater or under the kitchen sink, but, again, it could be anywhere. It is important you know exactly where it is so you can be quick to turning it off in an emergency. Once you know where it is, you may want to tag it. Let your family members know where it is, and how to properly shut it off during a water emergency.