Recent Storm Damage Posts

Our Experts Are Prepared 24/7 To Restore Your Lindenhurst Home After A Flood

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

Rain Storm Batters Enclosed Porch in Farmingdale This thin paneling warped and needed replacing as did the buckling floorboards. We had the right equipment to get the job done.

Dealing with Flood Damage in Lindenhurst

High tide water and winds create a potential for flooding in coastal towns like Lindenhurst. After the floodwater recedes, it is crucial to assess the damage and remove sludge, mud, and dangerous debris from your residence as quickly as possible. The floodwater is rarely just water. With the groundwater, often comes chemicals, sewage, bacteria, viruses, and more.

The professionals at SERVPRO can help with flood damage in Lindenhurst and neighboring areas. Our trained technicians are available to safely and effectively clean up the mess left behind from a flood. Our fast response minimizes secondary damage and home restoration costs. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. However, there are some things you, as the homeowner, can do immediately to help salvage items from the residence.

Relocate valuables from the wall, tabletops, and floor to a dry place within the home. Remove excess water by mopping and soaking up as much as possible. Move anything that might become damaged by moisture, be extra careful around electrical cords. Turn on the air conditioning if the flood is in the summer to ensure maximum drying.

Do not leave any colored items on the floor. Colors can bleed onto surfaces. Do not use anything requiring electricity, including television and other household appliances that are situated in the affected area of the home. The power for impacted areas of the home may need to be cut off to ensure safety.

When SERVPRO professionals arrive, often the leader is a project manager, they scope the damage and create a plan. Part of the drying and restoration process often includes a flood cut. When there is contaminated black or gray water, wet insulation, or mold growth, it is necessary to remove part of the wall. It is a controlled demolition in which technicians remove lower levels of damaged sheetrock.

To ensure no lingering flood damage several inches above the visible damage (also identified with moisture meters) is cut from the wall. After the cut, a technician removes any of the soggy drywall material. The exposed area can now be inspected, cleaned, and dried before the replacement of the sheetrock. The goal is to restore the home to preloss condition by replacing the wallboards and adequately drying, disinfecting with an antimicrobial product, and deodorizing the home.

When flood damage occurs, contact SERVPRO of Amityville / Lindenhurst at (631) 319-1680 twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. We make it "Like it never even happened."

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How to Find the Right Flood Damage Remediation Service For Your Amityville Home

10/13/2019 (Permalink)

flooded living room with beige couch Flooding quickly causes flood damage. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services.

Dangers of Inadequate Flood Damage Mitigation and Remediation in Amityville

Up and down the Eastern Seaboard seasonal storms, including the residual winds and rain of hurricanes, can cause significant damage. Amityville’s location on the southwest Long Island shore puts it in the path of these weather systems and the flooding they bring. If your home takes on water during one of these storms, it is critical to get the help needed. Removal of all moisture is vital to prevent the risk of progressive harm to both structural components and contents.

Water Migrates and Does Hidden Damage

When you inspect the flood damage in your Amityville home, be cautious. What you see collected in your basement or lower levels might not be the entirety of the problem. Water seeks an outlet, seeping through cracks and moving through porous materials like drywall. The cinder block construction typical in many foundations also offers flood water numerous empty cells to fill. If this hidden standing water remains unaddressed, progressive deterioration of building materials occurs.

Microbial Growth a Real Concern

The SERVPRO team knows floodwaters can contain human and animal waste, filled with potentially hazardous pathogens including bacteria and viruses. The moisture can activate mold spores found in almost all environments, including the flooded areas of your home. If contaminated water remains trapped, the chances of a microbial growth explosion are high. Although the multiplication of the organisms begins behind walls, under floors, or over ceilings, they eventually make their way into living and storage areas. A noxious smell is a signal that trouble brews unseen. The health of your family can be impaired by unchecked microbial growth. Organic structural materials also suffer breakdown as molds and mildew consume the surfaces upon which they live. 

We Find and Remove Trapped Flood Water

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained crews SERVPRO sends to assist employ sensitive moisture detection equipment. We scan with thermal imaging cameras to locate trapped caches of floodwater, relying on discrepancies in temperature as clues. Once we establish the migration pathways, we get to work releasing, containing, and lawfully disposing of the water. 

Disinfection a Must

SERVPRO crews have at our disposal highly effective and EPA-registered disinfectants and cleaners. These products inhibit the growth of molds and have approved kill rates for the pathogens found in floodwaters. When added to the menu of flood water removal and structural drying we offer, your flood-damaged home remediates to preloss condition.

SERVPRO of Amityville / Lindenhurst offers the skilled technicians, equipment, and products to transform your flood-damaged spaces back to “Like it never even happened.” Contact us at (631) 319-1680 round the clock for fast and efficient solutions to storm-related flooding.

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Flooded Crawlspace in Amityville Home? Do Not Ignore It! Contact SERVPRO for Removal and Drying

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

Yep, Our Amityville Crawlspace Is Flooded, Hurry Mildred, and Call SERVPRO

What Should You Do When Flood Damage Affects the Crawlspace in Your Amityville Home?

Flood damage often happens with little to no warning, and once it occurs, the removal of the water must follow as fast as possible. In this way, homeowners avoid costly secondary issues such as mold or damage to their building structure. Not to mention, very unpleasant musty odors that can permeate the entire structure if left unchecked.

When SERVPRO handles flood damage to an Amityville crawlspace, our first action is to extract the water. If the levels in the crawlspace are more than a couple of inches deep, we have submersible pumps, so there is no delay in beginning water cleanup efforts. Often a flooded crawlspace is a symptom of a more significant problem allowing water into the area. Our technicians have the training to identify the issue and recommend repairs to remedy the following common reasons crawlspaces flood:

?    Cracked foundation
?    Faulty design in home drainage
?    Faulty sump pump
?    Drainage damaged or not working properly
?    Landscape directing the water into the property

Once water is in the crawlspace, if there is procrastination in the cleanup, the increased humidity and lack of ventilation often create perfect conditions for mold infestations, which can begin as soon as 24-hours after the first water intrusion event.

The goal of SERVPRO technicians is to remove the water and lower the ambient humidity as fast as possible. We accomplish this with our air movers used in tandem with commercial dehumidifiers. After completion of water extraction and drying, we measure the area to ensure humidity levels are below ideal conditions for mold development. It is standard practice for us to clean the walls and other crawlspace areas with an antimicrobial cleaner to inhibit the growth mold colonies further.

Contaminated water from a storm in a crawlspace can result in degraded indoor air quality for the above living quarters of the structure. Often encapsulation, placing poly sheeting to cover the soil in the crawlspace, and a permanently vented dehumidifier can decrease the likelihood of mold growth and structural damage.

Make sure flood damage does not get the upper hand in your home. Contact SERVPRO of Amityville / Lindenhurst at (631) 319-1680, and our skilled technicians can make the water damage in your home "Like it never even happened."

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Summer Storms Can Cause Flood Damage To Your Amityville Home

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

Count on SERVPRO of Amityville / Lindenhurst to make flood damage “Like it never even happened.”

Significant Amityville Flood Damage Possible During Summer Storms

Now more than ever, residents of coastal areas like those living in Amityville risk flooding of lower levels during summer storms. Sea levels are on the rise around Long Island, increasing the possibility that heavy rain and high winds might combine with storm surge to damage homes. Flooding recovery involves many tasks completed most successfully by professionals with the training and specialized equipment to get the job done fast.

When homeowners in Amityville struggle with flood damage in basements, crawl spaces, or other lower levels in their dwellings, reliable remediation services are critically needed. We invest in the people and the heavy-duty equipment necessary to return homes in our community to preloss condition. Our technicians complete rigorous training sponsored by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Reconstruction Certification (IICRC), mastering reconstruction industry best practices in water categorization, containment, and removal as well as structural drying and disinfection. The equipment we employ is state-of-the-art, able to manage large water losses rapidly and thoroughly.

When extreme weather hits your home, water can flood the interior from many sources. Winds and falling trees and structures rip off or crush roofing materials, break windows, and tear away siding, allowing rain to intrude. Flash flooding pushes rainwater across pavement and ground, picking up dirt, chemicals, and human and animal waste. The contaminated water then rushes and seeps in through cracks and porous foundations. The Atlantic Ocean’s waters add to the mix during storm surges, adding highly corrosive salts, minerals, and dangerous debris to flood waters. SERVPRO crews are prepared to help you recover from this amalgam of hazardous substances.

SERVPRO’s experienced project manager assesses the flood damage and devises a plan to remove the contaminated water safely, clean and disinfect surfaces, and dry out the affected spaces. Our technicians put the plan into action immediately as our service vehicles always stock the equipment needed to contain and remove flood waters and dry out the structure. If salt water is a concern, our team employs appropriate flushing procedure to prevent accelerated defibration of wood, rusting of metal, and breakdown of concrete and cinder blocks.

Count on SERVPRO of Amityville / Lindenhurst to make flood damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (631) 319-1680 to schedule an assessment.

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