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Tips for Safe Travels This Holiday Season
Christmas Week is the busiest travel week of the year. Taking a few precautions before your trip may better ensure the safety of you and your vehicle
According to the AAA, Christmas week, December 19th through 25th – is, by far, the busiest travel week of the year in the United States. Year-end Holiday Travel has increased by more than 25% since 2005. A record number of nearly 108 million Americans are set to travel during the holiday travel period between December 23, 2018 and January 1, 2019. USA Today says Christmas is one of the ‘Top 10 Worst Travel Days’ of the year. Other days on those list include: the day before Thanksgiving, Fridays during the summer, July 4th, Memorial Day, Spring Break, New Year’s Eve, Labor Day, Easter and Mardi Gras. Additionally, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, more than 90% of Americans travel by car to their holiday destination. Thus, it is important to know the appropriate time to head out on your Holiday journey. The 4 worst days for automobile travel at Christmas-time are predicted to be:
- Thursday, December 20th
- Friday, December 21st
- Sunday, December 23rd
- Wednesday, December 26th
Generally speaking, two days before Christmas, and the day after Christmas are the two worst travel days of the year and should be avoided, if possible. Breaking it down further, you can expect traffic to be the worst during the late afternoon and early evening on Thursday and Friday before Christmas in major metropolitan areas, as many holiday travelers want to get a jumpstart on their weekend. Because Christmas falls on a Tuesday this year, other drivers will hit the road on Sunday, and head back home on Wednesday. Thus, the best times to leave are usually early morning (before 7am) or after the morning commute (between 9-11am) regardless of which day you plan on leaving. Consider alternative routes to avoid traveling through major city traffic during peak travel times. If your schedule allows, you might even consider leaving on Christmas Even or Christmas day when there are fewer cars on the road. Traffic is reportedly lower on Christmas Day than on the day before and the day after the holiday.
How to Prepare for Holiday Travel
Once you’ve determined the best day to embark on your Christmas vacation, make sure that your vehicle is ready for the journey. Follow these helpful tips so you and your family won’t get stranded on the road, with little or no help in sight
Make sure your vehicle is in proper working order by getting an oil change and having the battery, fluid levels, lights, windshield wipers, brakes, tires, belts and hoses all checked out thoroughly by a certified mechanic.
- Load up the car the night before you leave on your vacation and be sure to pack plenty of snacks and drinks for the trip (don’t forget to pack a spare cellphone charger as well!).
- Pack a roadside emergency kit with jumper cables and check to make sure that your spare tire and jack are in good working order.
- Sign up for AAA or other roadside assistance policy so you won’t get stranded on the highway with no one to call for help.
- Keep track of changing weather conditions, along with any potential delays and possible road closures due to snowstorms.
If you follow these rules, you'll be ahead of the game when it comes to your vehicle, ensuring a safe, happy holiday for you, your family and your vehicle.
With all good wishes for a Happy Safe, Holiday and safe travels to and from all of your Holiday Celebrations. From all of your friends at SERVPRO of The East End.
Heavy Rain Storms Often Result in Flooded Basements
Severe rain storms often lead to flooded basements
With all the rain storms we have recently been experiencing on the east end of Long Island, sump pumps are being overworked and overwhelmed. Some pumps may work properly and still allow water to back up in your basement or crawlspace.
If you have standing water flooding your basement, disconnect the main electrical switch or call your local fire department to do it for you! If you are concerned about the electrical safety of your basement, it's best to stay out of it and call the professionals in to help.
At SERVPRO of The East End, our IICRC certified technicians are ‘Faster to any size disaster’ and make it "Like it never even happened."
We remove the water and clean up the damage as well as monitoring the drying process. This confirms that your property has been dried properly and thoroughly.
We're regularly called to residences and businesses across the east end to clean-up the damage from recurring storms. With over 40 years of experience through every kind of coastal storm our area has experienced, we’ve seen it all! As well as cleaning it all up! Our clients know they can trust us to utilize our expertise, equipment and trained technicians to return your property to its’ preloss condition. And we will work with you and your insurance company to make sure everyone understands the process we’ve incorporated.
When water damage strikes, a fast response is critical. Day or night, East End residents and business owners can expect immediate response from us to your emergency. We are on call 24/7 for all of your emergency needs! Call us at 631-653-6565.
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.
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'.
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.
Facts About Flooding
Floods cause more damage in the US than any other weather-related disaster, and may happen at any time.. SERVPRO of The East End is here to help.
Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or lake, or even in the desert, there is a potential for suffering flood damage.
Just because you haven't experienced a flood in the past, it doesn't mean you won't experience flood damage in the future. In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. On the average, floods cost $3 billion in annual losses in the United States. Commercial flood claims average more than $75,000.
According to the American Red Cross (ARC), floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather-related disaster. The ARC offers the following flood safety tips.
- Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
- If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
- Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water. Keep your pets out of the water too.
If a flood strikes your home or business, contact SERVPRO of The East End. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task. SERVPRO of The East End is prepared to handle any sized disaster. The sooner work begins; the sooner order can be restored.
When fire and water take control of your life and your home or business, SERVPRO of The East End will help you take it back.
How to Prepare for a Winter Storm
Preparing for a Winter Storm will help minimize the challenges and inconveniences it could cause.
Preparing for a Winter Storm
There are many different aspects of preparation for a winter storm. There is preparing your home, preparing for the things that you will need if the roads are not passable and thinking outside of the box about the things that we take for granted in our everyday lives.
SERVPRO of The East End has put together this list to help you begin preparing for a winter storm. Of course, you should add your own ideas to the list to accommodate your own needs. Our recommendations include:
- Water – At least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
- Food – At least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy to prepare food
- Baby food and supplies- If needed
- Pet food and supplies - If needed
- Medications – 7 Day supply along with batteries needed for any medical devices, including hearing aids.
- Sanitation and personal hygiene supplies
- Battery powered and hand cranked radio, extra batteries
- Flashlight and batteries
- Heat source
- Cell Phones – Fully Charged and portable chargers
- Check on the elderly and handicapped if you can, help them prepare for the storm and then keep in contact with them if possible. A simple phone call could make their day or save their life.
- Put your snow shovel and ice melting products inside so you do not have to go out in the elements to get them.
- If you must leave home due to the conditions make sure you know where the nearest shelter to you is located.
- Prepare your vehicle before the storm arrives. Have enough gas, windshield washer fluid and good wiper blades. Always have an emergency kit in your vehicle that contains an emergency blanket to keep you warm if your vehicle becomes stranded.
Of course, as prepared as we might be, some storms bring with them more potential to cause damage than any of us can ever be prepared for. That is when SERVPRO of The East End is available to help business and home owners remediate fire, water and flood damage that is beyond their own capabilities.
At SERVPRO of The East End, our team of IICRC trained and professionals have the knowledge, equipment and experience to restore your property and your peace of mind to 'Like it never even happened'. We are available 24/7 365 days a week to be 'Faster to any size disaster'. Call us at 631-653-9595
Please note: Carbon monoxide is a silent killer. Do NOT ever use a generator, grill, gasoline, propane or charcoal burning device inside your home, garage, basement or in any closed in area. These should only be used outside.
What is An Ice Dam?
Anatomy of an Ice Dam
An ice dam is an ice build-up on the eaves of the sloped roofs of heated buildings resulting from melting snow under a pack of snow reaching the eave and freezing. Freezing at the eave impedes the water from draining, which adds to the ice dam, causing backup of the melted water. This may result in water leaking into the roof, and subsequent damage to the building and its contents.
Ice dams are common to our area, especially during the aftermath of winter storms. The flatter the pitch of the roof, the easier it is for an ice dam to form. Gutters at the eaves may also trap snow and ice. If snow and ice build high enough up in the gutter, it can provide a foundation for an ice dam.
What Kind of Damage Do Ice Dams Cause?
When an ice dam gets large enough, melted water backs up behind it and seeps underneath the shingles. Eventually, it drips into the insulation and down in through the ceilings and exterior walls beneath the eave, destroying sheet rock, walls and paint. If the ice dam breaks free, it can pull shingles and gutters off with it, and it will damage anything it falls on: shrubs, windowsills, cars, pets, and people. If the roof sheathing stays wet, it can form mildew and start to rot, causing a multitude of other health related problems for home owners and business owners.
At SERVPRO of The East End, we can't prevent ice dams from happening. But we can help you remediate the damage they cause, preventing other problems from arising. The sooner you call us to get the job done, the quicker we can begin work to fix it "Like it never even happened." Don't hesitate to call our team of professionals at 631-653-9595. We are available 24/7 365 days a week to be 'Faster to any size disaster'.
When Storms Hit, SERVPRO of The East End is Ready!
Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage on the East End of Long Island, New York.
SERVPRO of The East End specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since 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, New York, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today – 631-653-9595