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Mold in your bathroom

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

Mold and Mildew

What is the difference between the two? Mildew is the beginning of mold colonization, and your bathroom is the perfect place for it to start. Moisture from your shower is a constant source for the mold to grow in the dark corners, behind and under areas in your bathroom. As the mold spreads it only gets worse unless properly treated and stopped so it does not occur again. 

Risks?

Mold can cause health effects for people with allergies and respiratory conditions. Health effects relating to mold being present can be solved by completely removing the mold from your home. If you suspect black mold, stachybotrys, it can pose health effects and experts recommend calling in a professional for removal and inspection.  

Prevention

It is important to always run your fan while showering and ensure it is properly ventilating the bathroom. Using a humidifier to control humidity is helpful if the issue cannot be resolved with the bathroom exhaust fan. Checking pipes behind the toilet and under the sink frequently is also crucial to ensure mold does not have a source to grow. If you are worried, give SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island a call and we will send a crew to inspect and treat the issue for you. Proper mold remediation results in not only removal but future prevention. 

How to Deal With a Grease Fire

7/9/2021 (Permalink)

Dangerous?

The answer is extremely… if you don’t know how to handle the situation. Over 160,000 house fires occur from cooking annually and largely due to grease being ignited. Grease fires cannot be put out with water and the addition of water will only cause a dangerous spread of the flames, a common mistake that leads to more damage. 

What to do-

  1. First turn off the heat source to prevent further ignition
  2. Attempt to smother the flame with a lid or baking sheet- do not touch until cool to touch 
    1. Baking soda will work on small fires
  3. Use a Class B fire extinguisher to extinguish the flames as a last resort
  4. Know when to leave the area and call help if the fire cannot be extinguished 
    1. Remove your family and pets and close the door 
    2. Call 911

What not to do-

  1. Try to extinguish with water, this will only cause the fire to spread
  2. Move the pan outdoors or away from the area, this can lead to additional spreading
  3. Use flour or baking powder to smother the flame, this can make the fire much worse
  4. Use a rag to smother the flames, this can add fuel to the fire 

What next-

Once the fire has been extinguished, grease fires can leave a mess and damages behind to be cleaned up. However do not fear, SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island is ready to assist you 24/7 in the clean up with our experts. We will remove the odors and visible damage and have your home looking "Like it never even happened." 

Prevent fire damage in your home or business

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

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January, February and March are peak months for home fire deaths.  During winter months, heating equipment is the leading cause of home fires.  About two-thirds of home heating fire deaths are caused by portable or fixed space heaters.  Candles are responsible for a growing percentage of home fires. 

Test smoke alarms at least once a month.  Two of every five fires occur because of space heaters.  Do not place space heaters or other heating equipment near flammable materials, such as furniture, clothing, mattresses or bedding.  If you own a wood stove, always keep the doors closed.  If you own a fireplace, use a screen, and have your chimney inspected regularly.  A buildup of creosote can quickly lead to a deadly fire.  

We specialize in fire restoration.  We have a 24-hour emergency service. The sooner we arrive, the better the chance we can reduce damage and save money.  We are available 24 hours a day seven days a week.  365 days a year.  Contact SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island if you have any questions and or concerns, we will be happy to assist you.  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 one unforgettable instance, even the Pentagon.

What to do after a fire

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

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What to do after a fire?

Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.  Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.

Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.

If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.

Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.

Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.

Change HVAC filter.

Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

Fire restoration requires specialized training, and these steps illustrate our fire restoration process.

Emergency Contact - The restoration process begins when you call the SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island Customer Care Center, which is staffed 24 hours a day.  Our specialist will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch our Professional's with the appropriate equipment and resources.  Our SERVPRO Professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage.  This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. We are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 354 days a year.  Contact SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island if you have any questions.  We are here to help you!

Fire Damage Restoration Process

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

The restoration process begins when you call the SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island,  which is staffed 24 hours a day.  Our specialist will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us with the appropriate equipment and resources.  Our professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoing rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage.  This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.  Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs.  To maintain security and to protect against further damage, the SERVPRO Professional of Southern Staten Island can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

The SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island Professionals use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.  They will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire.  They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition.  They're also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Restoration is the final step, getting your home or business to its pre fire condition.  Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet, or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.  Contact SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island for any additional information you might need.

Fire Restoration

1/9/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Professionals specialize in restoring contents damaged by fire, water or mold.  Their expertise and "restore" versus "replace" mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can't be replaced.  They pretest your belongings to determine what items they can restore to pre-fire condition.  They use several methods of cleaning your contents, including: 

Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.

Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.

Spray and Wipe - Effective for items that can't withstand wet cleaning.

Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.

Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.

Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.  

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island Professionals can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area.  A move-out has several benefits, including:

A quicker remodeling process

Protecting items from potential damage

Protecting contents from further on-site damage.  

When restoration is completed, they will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs.  

Electronic Cleanup 

Fire-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard.  DO NOT attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by fire.  Smoke residues can contain acids that corrode metal surfaces.  If the residues are not removed, corrosion causes electronic failure in the device.  A SERVPRO Professional will coordinate the restoration of your electronics including:

Television Sets

DVD Players

Computers

And more

Have a fire or smoke damage emergency?  Contact SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island Professionals to help you.  We are here 24 hours a day.

Commercial Services at SERVPRO

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

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Whether your need is removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can depend on SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island Professional to get the job done right the first time.  They'll respond promptly and make your workspace look its very best.  We are available 24 hours a day to get your business back up and running.  Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying.  We are also your business's best resource for mold remediation.  Our certified SERVPRO cleaned defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward to provide your employees and customers ongoing safety as you operate after the COVID -19 pandemic.  As America's #1 cleanup and restoration brand, we have developed a program that is grounded in our 3 C's - Consult, Clean and Certify.  Let us show you how er can make your building or home safer and ready to back to business.  Your commercial property's appearance speaks volumes to your clients.  So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island Professionals have the training and expertise to help make it "Like it never even happened."  Contact SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island, we are here to help you, we have 24 hour service.

Fire damage

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage Emergency Tips from SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island:

What you can do until help arrives.  After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

Is it safe to stay in the house?

Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.

Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.

Wet materials can be VERY heavy.  Be careful!

What to do after a fire:

Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.  Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.  Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.  If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.  Clean and protect  chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.  Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.  Change HVAC filter.  Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers. 

What NOT to do after a fire

Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO Professional.  Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.  Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water. Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet.  The wiring may be damaged.  Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner.  Improper cleaning may set smoke odor. 

Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until help arrives guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.  

Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?  Call SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island today.

Water Damage Restoration Process

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

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When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial.  SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island professionals respond immediately and use advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly.  They closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly. SERVPRO Professionals are dedicated to responding immediately to water emergencies.  A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.  SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island specializes in water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business.  They have extensive water damage restoration training with an emphasis on monitoring and documenting the drying process until completion. Our advanced equipment helps to detect hidden moisture, extract the standing water quickly, and thoroughly clean and dry your home and belonging.  They finish the job with professional deodorization and sanitizing agents for your comfort and safety. Water damage can have many sources, from loose appliance hoses to natural disasters.  Regardless of the source, SERVPRO professionals can handle any size disaster, such as:

  Flooding and storm damage, leaking appliances, water heaters, plumbing, etc.  Overflowing toilets,

bathtubs, and sinks, flooded basements, tornadoes and thunderstorms, sewage backups and flooding from firefighting efforts.

When you call, our specialist will guide you through several questions that will help the SERVPRO Professional respond to your water emergency more quickly and efficiently.  This initial contact is an important part of a fast, effective restoration

Winter is the biggest season for home fires

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

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Home fires occur in winter more than any other season.  Catching on fire is the greatest during the winter months?  Half of ALL heating homes fires occur during the months of December, January and February.  One in Seven home fires is a result of malfunctioning or misused heating equipment.  There are several tips to keep your home safe while keeping warm during the winter.  Have your fireplace, heating vents and dryer vents inspected and cleaned by a professional every year.  If you use your fireplace, make sure you clean after every use.  Dispose of ashes correctly by placing them in a metal can at least ten feet from the house.  Keep anything that can burn at least three feet from any heat source like fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators, or space heaters. Plug only one heat producing appliance into an electrical outlet at a time.  If portable generators are needed, keep them outside, away from windows and as far away as possible from your home.  Make sure someone is home to supervise.  Install and test carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month.  If you have any questions, contact SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island to speak with a SERVPRO Specialist to assist you.  We are here 24 hours a day to serve you.