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Proper Fire Alarm Disposal and replacements

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

Why you need to dispose of your fire alarms the right way-

Smoke detectors using an ionization chamber contain small amounts of radiation that are safe in your home, but when they are thrown away can cause harm to the environment. Smoke detectors that are not properly discarded and are thrown into the trash or burned will release their radioactive material into the environment, making proper disposal is very important. 

When to replace them and how- 

The average life expectancy of an ionization smoke detector is 10 years, after this the sensors begin to lose their sensitivity. If you check the back, you can find the manufacturing date of your smoke detector. Once you have checked the back, you can replace the smoke alarm with a new one if you find that it is more than 10 years old or the test button does not work.

You can return your old or unneeded smoke detector to the original manufacturer for disposal as hazardous waste, or if you have a recycling center near you in Staten Island that handles these materials, bring them there. The brand name and/or address can be found on the back of the device, online or in the user’s manual. After removing the battery and recycling those properly, return the entire unit intact with a note indicating that the device is intended for disposal. Detectors should be mailed by ground mail so they are not on an airplane.

Clean Ducts For Your Employees

1/9/2022 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island?

If you clean your air duct system incorrectly or use improper tools, you can worsen the condition of your air quality. At SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island, we have our own tested, and proven approach to cleaning air vents – we use the highest quality professional equipment and environmentally safe cleaners to effectively clean and purify your air ducts.

As a result, you will notice an improvement in the air quality from cleaning your air vents, it is safeguarding the health of your employees, especially in the midst of the pandemic. In addition, our team of air duct cleaning specialists will assess the condition of your system if you believe there are any pre-existing conditions (such as mildew, mold growth, etc.).

Cleaner Air is a Safer Work Space

The air inside your office building can be two to five times more polluted than air outside. When dust, debris and other contaminants begin to build up in your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system over time, they can trigger allergies and other issues. And they even reduce energy efficiency, in turn increasing your energy costs. 

After we have completed the evaluation and inspection, we create and provide our customers with a plan, outlining the work to be performed and a time frame for completing it. Next, our certified technicians use our specialty equipment to remove the pollutants. SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island HVAC cleaning division systematically cleans every component of your building’s ventilation system.

We maintain an open line of communication with all centers of Influence throughout the entire cleaning process, available 24/7. Our goal is to ensure minimal disruption to your business operations and get you back on track as fast as possible. After SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island’s air duct cleaning is complete, we conduct a final inspection and provide each customer with daily progress reports throughout. 

Our approach ensures that we make a difference from other companies out there, we want you to be completely satisfied with the results and make "Like it never even happened."

Christmas Tree Fire Safety!

12/24/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Fact sheet Christmas Tree Fire Facts

Play it safe this Christmas season

It was found that between 2015 and 2019, United States fire departments responded to an average 160 home fires that started from Christmas trees per year. And from that these fires caused an average of two deaths, 12 injuries and $10 million in direct property damage annually. You definitely do not want to add to those numbers this year. At SERVPRO we do fire cleanups and restorations frequently, seeing the toll it can have is the reason we want to share some advice to stay safe this winter.

Here are some tips we have below:

  • Get a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched. 
  • Cut 2" from the base of the trunk before placing it down. 
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators or lights. 
  • Add water to the tree stand daily so it does not dry out. 
  • Use lights that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory. Don't use anything that gets warm.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to sleep.

Water Damage- Call SERVPRO

12/5/2021 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island we know that water damage can occur at anytime and can leave property owners with the stress of needing to fix the destruction as soon as possible. Our professionally trained restoration crew will assess the damage and use the proper equipment to have your property back to its original state in no time.

In this specific apartment, the owner had called us when a water damage situation occurred. We came to assess the crisis immediately and set up dehumidifiers and dryers as soon as. Possible. Our customer was extremely happy with how fast and thorough our crew was. 

We know that some situations are out of our control. We are a 24-hour emergency service that you can call to evaluate the damage and set up the necessary equipment immediately.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

11/21/2021 (Permalink)

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island today at  718-979-4100 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Winter Storms Ahead

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

In the colder months, Staten Islanders can expect rain, snow, and ice storms. As well as a variety of issues that can mess with your home like flooding in your basement or garage from frozen pipes or melted snow. 

At SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island, our well trained team is prepared to respond to a flood or water disaster immediately. We are locally owned and operated, always prepared for storm damage and are ready to respond quickly.

How to prepare for the cold winter ahead-

Here are some simple tips to get your home for the cooler weather

  • Insulate walls and attic through a professional company
  • Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows
    • These wear out over time and let in drafts
  • Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside.
    • Just like the issue with worn weather stripped, windows can create a draft 
  • Be prepared with emergency heat:
  • A Fireplace with a good supply of wood or propane
  • A Small, well-vented, wood, coal, or camp stove with fuel
  • A Portable space heaters or kerosene heaters
    • Be careful with these as they can cause fire hazards 

Prepare for the Next Thunderstorm

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

Knowledge is extremely powerful to have when disaster strikes.  Having a plan in place can keep you and your family safe from harm.

Here our some tips from the American Red Cross concerning Thunderstorms: 

Thunderstorms

Severe thunderstorms produce hail with a diameter of at least 1 inch or wind gusts of at least 58 mph. Lightning produced by thunderstorms kill more people each year than tornadoes or hurricanes. Widespread power outages caused by high winds which damage homes, blow down trees and utility poles. Flash flooding can be caused by heavy rains during thunderstorms.

What’s the Difference? Storm Watch vs. Storm Warning

A severe storm watch is when there is a possibility for severe thunderstorms in and near the watch area. It is advised to remain informed and ready to act in the event of a severe thunderstorm warning is issued.

A severe thunderstorm warning is when there has been reports of severe weather by spotters or radar. Warnings indicate an imminent danger to life and property. 

People are seriously injured or killed by severe thunderstorms every year despite advance warning. While some may not be informed on such warnings, there are those who hear the warning but do not heed to it; therefore, it is vital to stay engaged and have a plan in place in the event of a severe thunderstorm and if evacuation is necessary. The information in this section, combined with timely watches and warnings about severe weather, may help save lives.

For more information about storms please visit the National Weather Service.

If you need us in the event there is property damage, feel free to reach out to us at SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island. We are always available- 24 hours a days, 7 days a week here to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Water Leaks

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

There are two kinds of of water leak cases that homeowners may run into that can cause them damage to the structure of the home or cost them a pretty penny. Sometimes both! The first is a disastrous situation like a burst pipe, toilet line bursting, appliance hoses breaking, etc. These leaks can cause incredible damage and are often the image of water restoration.

The other case is when, we have a situation where a faucet or other water line is left unattended and left to flood. This is a result of human error that can result in as much damage as an uncontrollable event, such as a flood, storm, or burst pipe. Wasteful water leaks can have results as minor as paying more money in your water bill each month to causing severe damage to your home and paying for water restoration. It is estimated that up to 6 billion dollars and 1 trillion gallons of water are wasted each year due to leaks. If your water bills are significantly higher than usual, you should call a professional to make sure that there are no leaks causing the rise in your utility bill.

If you are experiencing a water damage that needs cleanup? Let us know by contacting SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island at (718) 979-4100.

Dishwasher Disaster

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

You come home to find your kitchen floor covered in soapy water, leaking out into the surrounding area- Now what?

The first and most important step is making sure the power is off in that area, especially the power to the dishwasher. Once this is done you can start to inspect the cause of the flooding. We recommend opening it up and checking the bottom of the dishwasher for any debris that are blocking proper drainage. This is normally the cause and should help drain some of the water still in the dishwasher. Regardless, it is time to call in the professionals for the cleanup. 

SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island is there any time or day for a disaster like this. We will be there promptly to assess the issue, extract the water, dry the space, and complete any necessary restorations. We are a company you can trust, with a long history of results. 

Why Choose SERVPRO?

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

What Makes SERVPRO the Right Choice?

Here at SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island, we have a well trained team of professionals that are prepared to handle any situation, 24/7 and 365 days a week! Our results are proof of our promise to provide the best service to our clients with expedited service that does not compromise on value!

Always On Call

Whether it is Four in the morning or in the afternoon, SERVPRO is able to dispatch a team of professionals to quickly address any issue you may have. Burst pipes? Fire damage? Flooding? No matter what you’re facing, we have a team standing by with the best equipment and professionals. 

No Job Too Big

Did you know that the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team is both prequalified and strategically positioned to handle a natural disaster of any size within the United States? Our SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is uniquely positioned to help in case of any large loss with urgency and unmatched mitigation efforts. Whether flood or tornado, hurricane or storm, the Disaster Recovery Team is prepared for the unpredictable! We were ready to mobilize during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, calling upon our 1,700 strong network of franchises across the globe!

Proven Track Record

At SERVPRO we are a trusted franchise that has been the leader in the cleanup and restoration industry for 50 plus years. In that time, our services have been trusted by businesses, homeowners, the insurance industry, and the government! 

No matter how big your disaster, we will make sure it looks "Like it never even happened." Call SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island today for more information and help.