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Long Beach/Oceanside 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service
SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.
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We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.
What to Expect
When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:
- Your name and contact information
- Your insurance information (if applicable)
- The street address of the water-damaged home or business
- When did the flooding or water damage occur?
- What caused the water damage (if known)?
- Is there electricity available (on-site)?
About SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside
SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Water Damage in Long Beach/Oceanside
When dealing with water damage there are a few things that need to be noted. First, we figure out where the water damage came from. We classify different types of water into different categories which allows us to take necessary actions to clean up the damage. The categories of water go as follows, category one water damage means the water is considered “clean water”. Category two water damage means that there may be some risk involved and could cause harm if ingested. Category three water is considered grossly contaminated and should 100% be avoided at all costs. This type of water could include feces, toxic metals, pesticides and other harmful substances. Good thing for you, SERVPRO is ready to tackle any type of water damage that is present on your property. With the right tools and resources, we are able to find the cause of loss, repair what's salvageable, and renovate what is contaminated. When dealing with a contaminated water loss, make sure you allow for proper ventilation in your home/building for the time being to decrease the chance of bodily harm. If you have any questions or concerns about what to do in a situation where there is water damage in your home or building, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at (516) 536-1801. Thank you and have a great day!
Here are some steps you should follow if you encounter water damage in your home. First you should try to find out the source of the loss. Sometimes this may be caused by a pipe that has burst, a leak in the roofing, or possibly a toilet overflow. Regardless of the source, you should notify your insurance provider and/also your landlord. Next you should contact us at (516) 536-1801 so we can come and stabilize the loss as fast as possible. Water spreads fast so you need to react quickly to save the conditions of your home. Within 72 hours, growth could start to form which could be hazardous to breathe in. Call us and let an expert handle it! We will come and make it look “Like it never even happened.”
As the winter is approaching, it is important to understand that severe weather conditions could potentially cause damage to your home. In some cases, your pipes could freeze and burst if not insulated correctly which could cause water damage in your home/building. As SERVPRO of Long Beach Oceanside, we specialize in water removal as well as reconstruction. Our goal is to make your loss look “Like it never even happened.” We understand the feeling of seeing your home in shambles, our goal is to make it as least stressful as possible and remediate and repair it as fast as possible. SERVPRO will arrive on site and immediately start working no matter what time of the day, day of the week, or month of the year! We are here to help! If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at (631) 536-1801.
There are many different causes for water damage in a home. To explain some, you could experience severe weather, clogged gutters, leaking pipes, washing machine water supply line leak, condensation from your AC, plumbing issues, blocked drains, malfunctioning sprinkler systems, or a leaking water heater, to name a few. With that being said, it is almost impossible to plan for a loss. The best thing to do in a situation like any of these is to let the professionals take care of it. SERVPRO has specialized equipment and trained professionals which will ensure that the job gets done efficiently and effectively. SERVPRO follows the 1-4-8 rule which means that a SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside will contact you and arrange service within one hour from notice of the loss. Within four hours, SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside will arrive on-site to start mitigation services. Within eight hours, SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside will initiate a verbal briefing of the scope of damage and needed mitigation efforts. If you have any questions, please call us at (516) 536-1801.
Do You See Water Damage In Your Home?
Seeing water inside your home is never a pleasant sight. We of SERVPRO understand that and will do everything we can to accommodate your needs. We will make the cleanup and restoration process as quick and simple as we can in order to get your home back to normal. SERVPRO will extract any standing water in your home, then place professional drying equipment to ensure there is no moisture present or mold in the future. It is important to contact SERVPRO as soon as you notice water damage to ensure no mold forms (as it takes 24 to 48 hours for mold to start growing). If you have any questions regarding water damage or mold in your home/building please contact us at (516)-536-1801.
What Does A Typical Water Damage Restoration Exercise In Oceanside Involve?
For water intrusions in your Oceanside home, call the experts at SERVPRO at (516) 536-1801.
SERVPRO Takes Care of All the Nitty-Gritty of Water Damage Remediation in Oceanside Properties
The ease of movement from one point to another is one of the significant considerations when choosing a place to live, which means an area with a good road network is favorable to many people. Even if you rarely pay attention to roads, you are bound to notice if emergency services take time navigating through traffic to reach your property when you need help. Oceanside has several interconnected roads, including Rockaway Avenue, Oceanside Road, Atlantic Avenue, and several others.
Apart from roads, there are several other ways to get in and out of Oceanside. For instance, the final stop for the Long Island Railroad is off Lawson Boulevard. Travel by boat is also viable along the coast or on various waterways within the area.
Open Spaces and Public Areas
When not going to work or staying at home, public places are the next best places to spend time. An area with numerous public places where you can partake in hiking, picnicking, or other relaxing activities is desirable. In Oceanside, there are several open spaces that people visit, including:
The area is idyllic and perfect for a relaxing walk as you enjoy the scenery, which includes open grass patches, ponds, and slightly wooded areas. There are numerous bird types in the area, including Ospreys and Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds. Changing tides expose the mudflats creating a unique experience.
The park is a large waterfront property located on Mahlon Brower Drive. It has several sports fields for handball, tennis, basketball, and volleyball. Its location adjacent to the bay means it is normally windy, although that is not an issue when engaging in physical activities. The stream running on the edge of the park provides an excellent location for kids to explore.
If your ideal relaxation is playing a round of golf, The Middle Bay Country Club is a perfect location to tee off within Oceanside. The course lies on the southern shore of Long Island, providing unique views of the bay. The course is airy with nice fairways and manicured greens.
What Issues Does SERVPRO Take Care of During Water Damage Restoration?
After burst pipes or other issues damage your house, you are likely to focus on the primary concerns, such as extracting water or drying wet materials. However, restoring your property also involves many other minor issues.
Depending on the water damage level from higher moisture quantities, the water removal process may involve several steps, including carpet or floorboards removal, the teardown of drywall, and punching of weep holes in the ceiling. Although these processes are helpful, they also heighten the burden of restoring the home to its preloss state. SERVPRO handles such additional tasks with ease since we are used to handling:
- Emergency services water damage
- Water damage remediation
- Flood restoration
Our SERVPRO technicians take care of things like reinstalling and seaming carpets, installing tack strips, cleaning and repairing items in non-living areas like attics, basements, or crawl spaces. We also deodorize the property to rid it of unpleasant odors.
SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside handles all types of water damage loss. Call us at (516) 536-1801 when you need assistance.
How Long Does it Take to Drain a Flooded Property?
Excess water has you frantic? Call team SERVPRO for water removal and water damage remediation services. We are available 24/7.
SERVPRO Water Removal Services are Available Twenty-Four Hours-a-Day for Oceanside Residents
Oceanside is a collection of small towns and villages known as a hamlet in New York State's Nassau County. The region was first settled upon by English Puritans who originally named the area Christian Hook in 1674. Proximity to Long Beach and the eastern coast saw Christian Hook prosper as a prime spot for oysters and other marine trades, with Mott's Landing's prime location. By 1864 the town was renamed Oceanville, famous for sales of Oyster and other seafood-related products. It was not until 1890 that the hamlet gained its modern title of Oceanside.
From the twentieth century onward, Oceanside fulfilled much of the requirements of a bedroom community. Close connection to New York City via the Long Island Railway ensured that many larger cities' residents moved onto the shore side hamlet. The low-lying flat grounds around Oceanside have made it at a higher risk of extreme weather and flooding issues. These issues were brought to a head in 2012 when Hurricane Sandy had a devastating impact on the local community and commerce. Despite the high flood risk in the area, many residents have decided to stay put with minimal effect on housing prices.
- The Marine Study Conservation Area on Slice Drive is home to rare birds and wildlife that frequent the east coast of America. An abundance of local fish in the area ensures that the conserved nature continues to prosper while regular tours are available for residents and visitors.
- The Barrier Brewing Company on New Street has a rotating tap selection of up to twelve craft brews at any one time. One of the earliest Nathan's Famous restaurants is located on Long Beach Road, serving fresh seafood from the bay.
- Popular streets in Oceanside include Long Beach Road, Oceanside Road, and Atlantic Avenue. Despite primarily being a residential community, these few streets offer some excellent food options and nightlife as well as occasional live entertainment.
SERVPRO Can Address Water Intrusion Concerns with Professional Removal Equipment
Water intrusion can take a long time to clean up. Our service uses a roster of local, certified technicians to conduct superb water removal for Oceanside residents. We carefully assess the conditions in your home before putting in place a recovery gameplan. Our crew chiefs regularly work with local and national insurance adjusters to perform restoration and provide you with a verbal estimate as soon as possible. Large bodies of water can frequently be extracted using electrically powered pumps and portable water extractors.
- Water extraction units combine heating, vacuum, and dispersal elements to quickly draw water out of a residential property.
- We have several types of submersible pumps, including high-pressure pumps and self-priming trash pumps.
- Our proper drying techniques can help to reduce the likelihood of secondary damages caused by residual moisture.
Get a fast resolution to water intrusion issues. Contact SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside for water removal at (516) 536-1801.
Oceanside Library Budget Workshop Meeting
If a pipe bursts in your bathroom do you know who to call? SERVPRO should be the first thought when it comes to water damage restoration.
Book Oceanside Library Access Online for All Library Activities
Library budgets for the Library and the Board are prepared by the library staff and the Library Board of Trustees for review at the upcoming budget workshop. Members of the public residing in the Oceanside School District area can vote on the proposed budget. The Administration and Library Board of Trustees for the Oceanside Library is made up of 7 volunteers.
The next Oceanside New York Library Board budget workshop meeting is planned for:
Feb 9th, 2021
Beginning 5:30 pm.
Meetings are held at the Library, 30 Davison Ave in Oceanside, New York.
Meetings are held monthly. Check the Library's calendar for upcoming meetings.
During the current health situation, residents are asked to book times to visit the Library. Activities included - Browsing for books, borrowing books, using library computers, making photocopies, and researching. The Library quarantines books for seven days before being made available to the public.
SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside provides water damage mitigation assistance to Oceanside residential and commercial buildings and surrounding areas. Call (516) 536-1801. Our SERVPRO team is ready to respond 24/7 to help with all your water damage mitigation needs.
Long Beach, City by the Sea
Water damage restoration is no easy task. SERVPRO has IICRC certified technicians for the job. They have the knowledge and experience you need.
Fishing, Surfing, Swimming, Soaking Up the Sun at Long Beach
Long Beach resides on a barrier island along the southern shore of Long Island, New York. In addition to Long Beach, there are three other areas – East Atlantic Beach, Atlantic Beach, and Lido Beach. The original residents of the area were the Rockaway Indians. They sold the island to English settlers in 1643. Long Beach Island was used as a base for fishing and farmers harvesting salt grass. For more than two centuries, no one lived on the island year-round. It wasn’t until the mid-1800s when investors began to believe the area was worth developing, especially with access to the beautiful sandy beaches.
Long Island Railroad laid track was from Lynbrook to Long Beach, and a hotel opened along with 27 cottages in 1880. Over 300,000 people came to Long Beach on the railway in the first year to visit the hotel, the beach, and enjoy the water. The area gradually developed further, suffered fires and depression style conditions, and even participated in prohibition-style bootlegging during the 1920s. After a period of decline, Long Beach saw the benefits from urban renewal beginning in the 1980s and continuing in the ’90s.
Hurricane Sandy introduced a setback in 2012, destroying the boardwalk and many homes in the city. The boardwalk reopened in 2013 after $4.4 million was spent on reconstruction of the boardwalk. There was over $250 million in damage to the town. The city is recovering with grants from FEMA and the state.
The Beach at Long Beach
Long Beach is a perfect place to get away and relax on the sand in the sun; that’s why it is affectionately known as the “City by the Sea.” Visitors and locals enjoy the white sandy beaches and the boardwalk, which goes on for 2.2 miles. While some relax and soak up the rays, many try surfing, play volleyball, attend free concerts and enjoy great food at one of the food trucks. You can find people enjoying a walk along the boardwalk, jogging, and even cycling on the promenade.
Resident passes are required for access to the beach area. Visitors can also purchase passes. These passes will cost double the rate of what residents are paying. Health guidelines are being followed, and both residents and visitors should make themselves aware of the requirements at the time of their visit.
Lido beach is a fun family beach area offering barbequing areas, family picnics for larger gatherings. Live concerts are also offered during the summer and various sports such as basketball, bocce, handball, and volleyball. Fishing is allowed early in the day. Surfing is not permitted on Lido Beach. However, surfers can try their skills at West Lido Beach.
Surfing on the beach is one of the most popular activities. Skudin Surf teaches surfing to swimmers of all ages and abilities while having fun and being safe. There are private lessons, group lessons, and camps available. Corporate events and birthday parties are also popular for people looking for something different for their events. Surf instruction is offered at:
- Long Beach
- Lido-Nickerson Beach
- Rockaway Beach
SERVPRO has over 30 years of experience, and the family business is operated by two brothers following in their father’s footsteps. Be safe and learn how to surf the right way.
There are many other activities available in the city, including restaurants, pubs, and art studios.
One of these art studios is Earth Arts of Long Beach.
Earth Arts of Long Beach
Located on West Park Ave in Long Beach, Earth Arts of Long Beach offers adult workshops, kids art classes, summer camps, and private classes. The shop also provides a variety of events for children, teens, and adults. For example:
- Fall/winter children’s art series,
- Advanced Artist Series
- Adult events include Sip N’ Paint with Frank.
Nolan’s Pub, The Maine Course, Minnesota’s are a few pubs and restaurants with excellent reviews in the Long Beach, New York Area.
Parks, Playgrounds Near the Beach
Long Beach is only 2 square miles, with one side bordering Reynolds Channel and the other side facing the Atlantic Ocean. Almost all parks are near the beach. A partial list of parks and playgrounds include:
- Brookline Playground (NEW),
- Georgia Park,
- Veterans Memorial Park
- Magnolia Playground,
- Pacific Playground and
- Clark Street Playground.
All of the parks include nearby tables for enjoying lunch; however, not all include bathrooms. Georgia Park is close to shops and restaurants, and the beach. The park is equipped with play structures, a splash area, and swings. Magnolia Park is located on Magnolia Blvd and the boardwalk close to the concession building and is suitable for toddlers. Pacific Playground, located on Shore Road at Pacific Blvd, has a large playground on the sand offering tables for picnics and several structures.
SERVPRO Water Damage Restoration Technicians Can Save Your Hardwood Floor in Long Beach
Damage to hardwood flooring can be minimized, and floors even returned to the original condition if our technicians can quickly apply water extraction techniques and equipment. Water tends to penetrate the hardwood planks and will be gradually absorbed by the wood if left in place long enough. The hardwood planks may begin to swell, causing cupping, warping, and cracks.
Our team has the equipment to detect and remove water and moisture even in difficult to reach locations before the wood has a chance to absorb sufficient moisture to cause these problems. SERVPRO uses specialized equipment to remove all water and moisture, for example:
- Moisture sensors and imaging cameras
- Portable and truck-mounted water extraction equipment for any size challenge
- Deep extraction tools including matt style for hardwood floors
- Air movers and dehumidifiers to lower the humidity to ambient levels.
SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside provides water damage restoration assistance to Long Beach residential and commercial buildings and surrounding areas. Call (516) 536-1801. Our SERVPRO team is ready to respond 24/7 to help with all your water damage restoration needs.
Open Tables at Long Beach's Unique Seafood Restaurants this December.
We hope to see you at Ben's Crab!
Long Beach residents are Queuing Up to Savour the Delicious Shellfish Caught Fresh from the Ocean at Ben's Crab.
If you want to experience the flavor of Long Beach truly, the best way is by booking a table at some of our beachfront restaurants. Ben's Crab has earned a solid reputation among Long Beach Rd locals for its excellent selection of beers, snow crabs, and deep-fried seafood. From December, open tables are available for reservation throughout the Christmas period. Nearby Oceanside got its name from the fantastic fresh oysters caught locally and served each afternoon. From 2 pm till 10:30 pm each day, residents can head down to Ben's Crab for a selection of Clam Chowder, Crawfish, Shrimp, and King Crabs.
• Ben's Crab originally began as a single seafood restaurant but has grown to include three locations along the south shore.
• A wide selection of cocktails is available, including Lychee Martinis, Mango Mojitos, and Chilled Margaritas.
• Locally sourced beer on tap includes Abita Purple Haze and Blue Point Toasted Hops.
Rising tide levels can lead to water intrusion in your home. Contact SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside at (516) 536-1801 for local water extraction services.
Is it Possible to Dry Wall Cavities in the Home?
SERVPRO's state of the art equipment helps us to provide excellent service. We leave your home only when it is dry and ready for a build back.
SERVPRO Mitigates Losses Through Water Damage Restoration and Can Help Rescue Long Beach Homes.
How does water get into wall cavities?
Wall cavities can be particularly susceptible to long-term damage in your Long Beach home. Once water enters an enclosure like a wall cavity, it can take a long time to dry or lead to secondary injuries like mold growth. These issues can occur through plumbing issues or structural issues. Sometimes humid outdoor air can condensate within cavities leading to a water damage issue. These issues are typically identifiable by discoloration in paint or visible signs of cracking on interior walls. SERVPRO applied structural drying (ASD) technicians can help to remedy wall cavity issues in your home.
What equipment is useful for dealing with cavity damages?
General construction equipment to gain access to the cavity.
Adapted air-moving equipment to dry out a cavity.
Specialist systems like injectidry equipment.
Is it possible to ventilate a wall cavity?
Many different equipment types can help cavity water damage restoration in your Long Beach home. Drying and ventilating equipment usually feature vents attached to air-movers or flex-hoses that are attached to a blower. These equipment are generally applied by drilling discrete holes beneath the baseboard of a wall. From here, the equipment can circulate dry air into the cavity to dry it effectively. SERVPRO technicians can use multiple air-movement equipment to tackle cavity damages in your home.
What are the critical aspects of using air-movers?
Ensure that the vents for air-movers are clear without any blockages to prevent overheating and equipment damage.
Control electrical hazards by using Ground Flow Circuit Interrupters (GFCI), which can prevent hydro electric malfunction.
Check air-mover motors are thermally protected with three-prong plugs before using.
Restoring wall cavities can be a time-consuming task without specialized equipment. Contact SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside at (516) 536-1801.
How Can Kitchen Sink Pipe Leaks Affect My Home?
We know the steps to get your Oceanside kitchen back from water damage.
Restoration Pros Perform Rapid Response Water Removal for Oceanside Homes
The kitchen is a particularly vulnerable area for home water damage, even in drier locales like Oceanside. Plumbing leaks and appliance mishaps alone can cause damage in hard-to-reach areas like wall cavities, cabinetry, and behind appliances like dishwashers and refrigerators.
SERVPRO performs water removal services for your Oceanside kitchen that are compliant with restoration industry benchmarks and SERVPRO’s best practices. Technicians receive a comprehensive education in the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)'s standards to ensure that home mitigation and restoration are done to code.
How Kitchen Sink Leaks Cause Structural Damage
- Wood rot in the under-sink cabinets. Contrary to popular belief, wood rots not from moisture exposure, but from fungal growth that thrives on eating wood, many of which lie dormant in the wood itself.
- Warping, cupping, and buckling wood. While wood naturally expands and contracts from moisture exposure, absorbing unusually high amounts of water causes wood to deform and lose its structural integrity over time. Check if the sink cabinet’s surface is noticeably bowed or uneven.
- An ideal environment for mold growth. Mold thrives in dark, damp areas of the home like underneath sinks. The sugars and proteins in wood also provide plenty of organic material for fungi to eat.
SERVPRO Sanitizes and Dries Water-Damaged Cabinetry
SERVPRO technicians prepare cabinets for drying with a variety of tools and techniques:
- The toe-kick may be removed to drill holes into cabinetry for ventilation.
- Portable extraction tools, in tandem with moisture measurement tools, help restore your cabinets to appropriate moisture levels for drying.
- Centrifugal air movers and dehumidifiers work together to dry wood to its appropriate moisture content.
SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside is only a phone call away from rendering service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster when you call (516) 536-1801.
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Can Water Intrusion or Flooding in Oceanside Lead to Microbial Growth?
SERVPRO is available 24/7 to handle your water loss events.
Water Incidents in Oceanside can provide the Conditions for Uncontrolled Growth of Bacteria, Viruses, and Mold
Oceanside properties are at a high risk of water intrusion and should seek professional assistance to limit secondary harm.
What are the leading causes of water intrusion for beachfront properties?
Homeowners may frequently require professional water removal services here in Oceanside. Proximity to the sea can increase the chances of groundwater eruption, saltwater intrusion, and floods. Sometimes these situations are linked to weather conditions like heavy rainfall, which can raise the groundwater level. Groundwater levels can also heighten when water from the sea enters the bay, a phenomenon known as a saltwater intrusion.
How can I tell if my home is victim to groundwater intrusion?
Groundwater travels in aquifers beneath the ground. These aquifers can overflow, which causes water to rise through the soil and reach the surface level. When water tables reach a certain height, they can begin to affect your property, starting in the foundations, moving up through crawlspaces, and, eventually, moving up through floors on the ground level. Controlling this type of water intrusion can be challenging because systematic methods, such as blocking entranceways, is less effective. In many cases, drains are unable to transport water away from the street or property because they, too, are overflowing. We offer water restoration technicians to oceanside residents that require emergency draining of the property as well as the transportation and disposal of large amounts of groundwater.
What makes groundwater flooding different from other types of water intrusion?
- Water rises from the ground, rather than from rainfall or a water source like a burst dam
- Groundwater brings silts, debris, and muds into the home, so we classify it as a blackwater emergency
- Crawlspaces, foundations and subterranean areas of the house are the most affected by groundwater flooding
- It can be challenging to drain properties in areas where aquifers are overflowing as they can limit the effectiveness of sewer and plumbing systems
- There can be significant water migration into cavities and subfloors which are tough to dry out due to restricted accessibility for equipment
What professional services should I look for to restore groundwater intrusion?
When waters in Oceanside rise from the ground, they can cause significant harm in the structural cavities of your property. Particular areas of concern can be the subfloor, which is usually constructed of wood or concrete and can be adversely affected by water exposure leading to mold, warping or cupping of frames and jointing. Our roster of technicians at SERVPRO includes applied structural drying technicians (ASD) who are experts at finding and removing moisture from hard to reach areas. ASD technicians have an essential skillset for dealing with water intrusion.
How do I dry out the cavities of my home after water intrusion?
Your home is full of cavities that ventilate, structure, and store materials like sheetrock. These areas of the house can suffer significantly with water intrusion, which can lead to mold growth, rotting, and structural harm. There are physical barriers to restoring cavities as well, like drywall. Our technicians can perform a controlled demolition to remove obstacles and gain access to structural cavities temporarily. We can then circulate warm air into these areas to dry them thoroughly and reduce the chances of mold growth.
How can I find out if there is water migration into cavities?
- You can place moisture sensors onto the wall's surface, which measures the temperature and provides an accurate reading water levels behind the wall.
- You can probe the subfloor of your home by using a moisture meter. You can also use moisture meters to assess the water content of materials
- Boroscopes provide exact information on cavity conditions. However, they do require some invasive procedures. Drill small holes into the wall to feed the boroscope behind drywall.
- Hire thermal imaging cameras to assess larger areas of the wall without having to remove drywall
- Remove small sections of drywall or carpet pads to perform a visual inspection of the cavity. Removal of physical barriers can aid in the drying process
Can you drywall cavities without demolishing drywall or remove flooring?
Some equipment like injectidry systems is less invasive when drying wall cavities. SERVPRO technicians drill small holes beneath the baseboard of the home. They can then attach injector nozzles to the wall and circulate warm air into the cavity. Floors can benefit from placing drying mats onto the floor. This equipment covers a larger surface area and uses a centrifugal vacuum to draw moisture out of the subfloor without removing it.
Water intrusion in your property can cause water migration into wall cavities. Without proper restoration, these cavities can become hotbeds for microbial activity, commonly leading to mold growth. By enlisting ASD technicians, you can ensure that these hard to reach areas receive appropriate drying treatment and limit the secondary losses to your home.
For specialist cavity drying technicians, contact SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside at (516) 536-1801.
What is the Best Way to Deodorize After a Water Leak in Oceanside?
“Like it never even happened.”
Technicians Perform Water Cleanup including Deodorization in Oceanside Homes
Dealing with water cleanup in your Oceanside home after a water leak may be daunting, but it is critical to deal with it right away; otherwise, you may face secondary damage such as warped flooring or dangerous mold infestations. Sometimes a pungent odor remains, indicating an underlying issue. The water restoration specialists at SERVPRO skillfully uncover the issue and then proceed to eliminate it.
Why is There an Odor After a Water Spill?
Several things that may cause a smell after a water leak in Oceanside. It could be that the water itself was contaminated and considered gray (category 2) or black water (category 3). There is also the possibility that you missed drying a wet surface, causing an odor as the water soaks into the material.
What Do Technicians do to Keep Odors from Developing?
• Remove water using portable and truck-mounted extraction equipment
• Make multiple passes to suck up as much water as possible
• Dry the affected area with air movers and dehumidifiers
How Do You Deal with the Smell After Cleanup?
• Find and remove the source
• Use masking agents such as time-release beads
• Use filtration and absorption agents like activated charcoal
• Use disinfectant and sanitizers to stop odor-causing bacteria and fungal growth
In cases where the odor is strong SERVPRO technicians may use an Ozone generator that uses ozone gas to mix with odor particles. The extra oxygen changes the chemical structure of the odor particles and reduces the scent. The best defense against odor after a spill is to extract and dry right away, however, when odors develop, our technicians use multiple techniques that address each specific situation.
For 24/7 assistance, contact SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside at (516) 536-1801. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.
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Oceanside Properties Receive TLC from SERVPRO during Water Damaging Events
Need Water Removal in Your Oceanside Home? SERVPRO has the Team and Equipment--"Like it never even happened."
Water Removal Service Helps Oceanside Resident Salvage Most Possessions
As anyone familiar with Oceanside knows, local winter temperatures can get quite frigid at times. These freezing periods are not only uncomfortable; they often cause serious problems for homeowners like Patrick, a local office worker, who recently had to deal with the devastating effects of a ruptured water pipe. One morning, without warning, he awoke to inches of standing water in his house. Fortunately, a water removal service like SERVPRO can save his home and salvage most of his prized possessions.
Patrick’s first reaction to this morning nightmare was panic. Concerned that irreparable damage had already been done, he was unsure if an Oceanside water removal service could save any of his waterlogged belongings. After he got his bearings, Patrick searched on his phone for a service that might be able to help. This was when, for this narrative, he found SERVPRO and learned about their extensive experience in mitigating water damage and restoring affected items. This homeowner soon found out there is a science to rapidly drying out materials and surrounding air. It takes the right technical knowledge and specialized equipment to do the job right.
Shortly after contacted, SERVPRO can send their technicians to develop a drying plan for the affected parts of the Oceanside house. They first established a drying goal, based on the moisture levels of unaffected rooms, which would return inundated or wet areas to their original dryness. Progress toward this goal was monitored daily by measuring specific humidity and using moisture meters to check moisture contents.
SERVPRO started its drying project with extractors to remove as much standing water as possible since physical water extraction is over a thousand times more efficient than dehumidification. Once they removed as much water as they could, company technicians brought in portable heaters to increase room temperatures to between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. This heating raised the moisture-carrying capacity of the air and facilitated increased evaporation. Next, within twenty-four hours, workers used dehumidifiers to remove excess moisture from the air and reduce its relative humidity to below 40%. Simultaneously, they strategically positioned air movers to draw in dry, warm air and blow out the damp. All this sped up the drying process.
After the process ended, Patrick was pleased to find that most of his belongings had been saved. If ever faced with a similar situation, you can contact SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside at (516) 536 – 1801.
Oceanside Restoration Professionals Talk About the Importance of Using Air Movement to Drying Water Damage
When you experience a water loss event, call SERVPRO. We are always standing by with the equipment to dry your water damaged home.
Air Movement Affects Drying in Damaged Oceanside Condos
Drying any damaged property after a water loss incident can be a challenge, and when our professionals work on your Oceanside condo, we face several obstacles before finding success. One of the most significant hurdles that our water restorers must face is how different one water loss scenario is from another. While specific principles govern all drying, such as airflow, time, and temperature, the affected materials, and areas of the property demand a different balance of these conditions.
In your condo, many of the construction materials are higher quality, making water damage in Oceanside condos more manageable when a fast response occurs. Hardwood cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms, for example, are more water-resistant and often cheaper to restore on-site than the cost of removal and replacement. Regulating airflow can be a significant component of the successful recovery of these premium construction materials and structural elements.
The layout of the condo, including the placement of windows and doors that can open dictate how air movement must either enter or exit the damaged areas. We must also determine if unplanned openings like cracks or gaps (some of which that might have recently formed with the newly developing water loss) exist. Controlling and directing airflow can maximize drying, while mismanagement can lead to costlier material replacement and restoration.
Our SERVPRO water restoration professionals have trained through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) that shows the greater a technician’s understanding of ingress, egress, and movement through a damaged property, the faster structures can get recovered. Our team must determine the presence of air coming into the environment, or infiltration, and where we can allow it to exit the premises to reduce humid conditions in the drying space.
Controlling the airflow in a building can reduce the migration of water from your condo to a neighboring unit, and can also protect the exposed structural elements that must get dried to restore your property. Our SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside team can help to make water losses “Like it never even happened,” when you call (516) 536-1801.
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Dealing with Water Damage from an Overloaded Dishwasher in Long Beach Over the Holidays
Preparing dinner parties and lavish gatherings mean your Long Beach home's kitchen gets very busy during the winter holidays. All of these dirty dishes, pots, pans, and utensils need pre-rinsing before going into the dishwasher to prevent clogs. Using hot water can help melt any semi-solids beforehand. When you start cleaning up after guests leave, being tired might tempt you to only partly rinse plates and dishes, which can lead to clogs in the drain.
A clog in the dishwasher's drain line can leave your home in Long Beach primed for water damage. The hot water used to clean things up can speed up any damage, as well, dissolving any glues or backings holding your flooring together. Water at such high temperatures can also discolor carpets or wood floors, either by bleaching the area or by leaving water rings. Saturating your floor's underlay materials might cause warping, buckling, and weak spots. SERVPRO technicians know how to mitigate the damage, so these problems subside in scope, reducing the amount of restoration your property needs.
We want to get the water cleaned up to reduce the amount of drying time required. Because of the detergent used in the dishwasher, we rely on our building team to provide this step in the mitigation process. They bring in carpet cleaning equipment that can handle the mess and provide adequate suction to the area. Cleaning the rest of the kitchen floor, when carpeted, can cancel out any water rings, as well.
The looseness of wooden plank flooring lets a great deal of water to soak the underside of these boards. This is the primary cause of cupping. We might need to remove a few of these boards so our InjectiDry system can more efficiently withdraw the moisture trapped underneath. Infrared cameras can show us the extent of the water under the floorboards, allowing us to use only the number of mats necessary.
Our moisture meters help determine the progress we make throughout the job. Too fast and wet wood might split. Too slowly, and we run the risk of letting microbes flourish. Different materials also require different percentages of moisture, and each needs to reach a specific range again to prevent the migration of water vapor within your home.
SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside is always ready and nearby when residents in Atlantic Beach, Lido beach, or Point Lookout want mitigation and restoration of water damage. We handle all sizes of disasters, from dishwasher overflows to week-long broken pipes discovered after coming home from vacation. Call (516) 536-1801 to make your house “Like it never even happened.”
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Professional Tips for Removing Water from Long Beach Residences
You can DIY small water damage, but for large water damage events, you can trust the SERVPRO Brand.
A Guide to Performing Water Removal in Your Long Beach Residence
Water in unwanted places can ruin your pricey possessions and building materials in your house. If you remove the water quickly, you can minimize the damage and salvage your belongings. Depending on how long the water has settled in the home, you might save the furniture and carpets. However, if electronics have come into contact with water, they may malfunction.
Performing water removal in your Long Beach residence immediately after a water loss incident can also prevent mold growth. Mold not only can cause health problems but also ruin the floors, draperies, walls, and carpets. To prevent further destruction to your home and possessions, you should unplug electronics and remove them from the affected areas. Also, remove other portable items like furniture to increase the chances of saving them.
You should also take steps to extract the water such as using buckets, mops, and old towels to soak it up and then pour it down the drain. You can also use a wet/dry vacuum to extract the water and dry out the affected areas using fans and a dehumidifier, which you can rent. After drying and dehumidifying your property, you should sanitize and disinfect different areas, including drywall, insulation, and wood beams.
It is also advisable to call SERVPRO franchise professionals to ensure effective water removal and drying of your property. We have sophisticated equipment like extractors with a heater, pump, and vacuum system. Our Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) remove as much water as possible to expedite the drying process. We then use air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the affected areas thoroughly.
Our SERVPRO crew also monitors and documents the drying process to ensure that the water cleanup job is effective. We use moisture meters to detect if there is moisture underneath wood flooring and within wall cavities. Penetrating moisture meters can test individual layers while non-penetrating meters have sensors which produce readings when we place them on the surface of materials. If we detect any moisture, we can use an all-inclusive plan to get rid of it completely, quickly, and safely. As we dry your property, we can also look for pre-existing damages like mold growth and delamination. Our technicians can notify your insurance adjuster if we find damage, and if the adjuster approves, we can remove the damaged items like a carpet.
When you experience water damage in your Oceanside, Atlantic Beach or Lido Beach home, SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside can help you to restore it to its preloss condition. Call us anytime at (516) 536-1801 for prompt water removal services. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.
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We Have The Advanced Equipment To Restore Your Oceanside Home After A Water Damage Disaster
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Water Damage in Oceanside Homes can Develop in Different Ways
Having friends come over for small, cozy dinners, holding a child's birthday party, or just spending quiet family time in your Oceanside home means you want to have a healthy environment inside your doors. Walls with flaking paint, carpet edges with fibers stiff from dry rot, and stale, musty odors can arise from situations that need a homeowner's attention.
When we work on an Oceanside home after water damage, we use cameras with infrared capabilities to locate the source of these and other signs of water damage. When we can mitigate every instance of a residence's damaged areas, we can keep it from spreading to adjacent areas. Early mitigation can reduce the amount of restoration required when moisture affects the more expensive elements of your home.
Drying out the house's interior must happen with the removal of destroyed materials to stop the damage from working its way into other places. Our skilled mitigation experts know highly effective methods for every stage in the mitigation process.
As water damage spreads, the odors detected by occupants can worsen. Summer weather can make odors more noticeable. The microscopic substances that cause the odor come from the same materials that water damage is destroying. These materials include wood components, drywall, carpeting, and even the upholstery on your seemingly dry furniture.
Before we use our dry fogging method to rid your house of this undesired scent, we clean the air of any particles with an air scrubber fitted with a HEPA filter. Our filtration systems remove pollen, dust, hair, tiny fibers from clothing, carpets, and the like, as well as microbes. Then, the fogger's mist can bond with any left-over particles and make them too heavy to get back into the air. After this occurs, odors no longer plague the air in your home.
Call SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside, a locally owned and operated company, at (516) 536-1801 to fully protect your home from known or suspected water damage in the Long Beach, Island Park, or Baldwin areas. We answer calls every day of the year, including holidays, weekends, and the middle of the night.
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Water Damaged Documents in Your Oceanside Home? - How Can You Save Them?
When we think of water damage to your home, we usually picture a broken pipe that has flooded your kitchen and caused damage to your hardwood floors. We may also think of carpeting drenched in water and how much it might cost to remove and replace it before mold starts invading your home. In extreme cases, we may also think of how cumbersome it could be to replace drywall that is saturated with water and how exactly do you find a contractor to fix it. However, one of the most valuable possessions a water incident threatens is documents and pictures that contain much of your personal history and memories.
If your Oceanside home is subject to water damage and you are unsure of who can help you, reach out to SERVPRO as soon as possible. Our technicians train specifically to help restore your home after there has been a water event. You can call us 24/7 and expect our team of experts to rapidly arrive to assess the damage and draft an action plan that can focus on returning your home to normal and minimizing the disruption to your daily life.
Aside from the infrared technology, we utilize to monitor humidity in your home, and the extraction and drying tools we use, our SERVPRO document recovery services are quite helpful. Most homeowners may try a do-it-yourself approach and dry any relevant papers by airing them out or using a hair dryer to remove the moisture. Our team has the know-how necessary to vacuum freeze documents and through sublimation achieve the conversion of frozen into gas directly, without it becoming liquid again. The goal is to have your documents return to as near as the original condition as is possible. Photographs and documents can have strong sentimental value; we try to preserve them for you.
SERVPRO of Long Beach/ Oceanside is here to help you at (516) 536-1801. Well beyond salvaging structural and ornamental elements of your home, we are your solution in restoring your most essential possessions. Give us a call and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”
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Our Technicians Explain Our Water Damage Restoration Process For Your Oceanside Home
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Steps Professionals Take To Complete Water Cleanup In Oceanside
If water damages your Oceanside home, you might be unsure of the approach you need to take. The harm done by water incursion is immediate and progressive, moving quickly from a minor inconvenience to significant destruction of structural components within just a few hours. Engaging our team of water mitigation experts pays dividends as we respond fast and have the training and professional equipment to take care of all aspects of a water emergency.
Professional water cleanup in Oceanside is the best investment you can make to get your life back on track after a leaky roof, broken down plumbing, or appliance malfunction creates a water disaster. Our team of trained managers and technicians arrive within hours and assess the damage with an experienced eye, developing a remediation plan quickly. High-efficiency water extractors and submersible pumps are onboard our service vehicles, ready to assist our employees as we begin the tasks needed to restore your home.
Even if the electricity is shut down temporarily in the water loss spaces, SERVPRO’s equipment operates with gas motors or using truck-mounted power generation. Virtually no delay occurs between the assessment and the commencement of water removal. Our employees use sensitive moisture meters to establish baseline readings for water damaged structural components. We search for trapped water in building cavities, releasing it with methods such as flood cuts, wanded extractors with extensions, and drilling holes in mortar joints or ceiling tiles.
SERVPRO then creates a drying plan, retrieving air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers from the well-stocked green trucks. We establish an atmosphere of dry, warm air to move water absorbed into porous building materials into the air as vapor. Evaporative or desiccant dehumidifiers capture the moisture for disposal.
We clear away any soiling or residues left by the water damage and employ EPA-registered disinfectants to sanitize the affected spaces. Throughout the project SERVPRO employees are on the look-out for any mold growth, adding remediation of a microbial infestation to the water cleanup agenda if needed.
SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside has the crews and equipment needed to complete a professional cleanup after a water loss in your home. Call us at (516) 536-1801 for an evaluation of your water damage scenario.
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What to Expect When SERVPRO Helps with Oceanside Water Damage
Inviting a professional water remediation company to assess and help with the recovery of your Oceanside home after a water loss can feel intimidating. Gaining a bit of knowledge about our team approach to restoring your home offers you a solid idea about how the project might impact your day to day life and gives you confidence in our skills and training. Here are some things you might see or can expect.
When water damage occurs in your Oceanside home, speed is essential to the best outcome. Our team is available 24/7 to assess the damage and make a comprehensive plan to handle all aspects of water loss recovery. After sharing the plan, we disclose any adaptations needed. Clear communication is a priority between our customers and our team, including the people in our office who work with you on insurance and billing issues.
Once SERVPRO settles on an agenda for your water damage restoration, our crews get right to work. Our service vehicles carry pumps, water extractors, and a full complement of drying equipment. Throughout the process of removing the water and carrying out structural drying, we measure and monitor moisture levels. We use the data gathered as a guide, helping us determine when the affected building materials return to preloss condition. We complete drying using air movers and heat to transform water absorbed by structural components into a vapor state. Dehumidifiers capture that vapor for disposal.
We gather information about what caused the water loss -- plumbing or roof issues, overflowing tubs or sinks, storm damage, or more -- and help arrange for or make suggestions about the repair. SERVPRO keeps an eye out for any mold growth during remediation as fungal involvement can follow water damage and suggests adding mold remediation if necessary. The water damaged area is cleaned of soiling and sanitized with EPA registered disinfectants to inhibit any microbial infestation.
You can rely on SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside to help with your water damage recovery needs. Call us at (516) 536-1801 to set up an evaluation.
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Different Types of Water Damage that Can Affect your Long Beach/Oceanside Home!
Soaked Garage in Long Beach/Oceanside
At SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside restore homes that have been affected by many different types of water damage. Here are the most common types of water damage that can affect your Long Beach/Oceanside home:
- Roofing- Most flat roofs use drains to evacuate water be sure to have these drains annually inspected and cleaned of any debris or sludge that may have accumulated especially during the winter months.
- Water Heaters- Corrosion can damage your tank and lead to leakage.
- Overflow of sinks- leaving taps running over an extended period of time or blocks in your drain pipes can cause an overflow from your sink
- Sewer back-ups- Make sure that your main waste water pipe is fitted properly with a back-flow valve.
- Ground Water Infiltration- This is very common in our area. Consider looking into a sump pump drainage system.
If your home or business has been affected by any type of water damage be sure to contact us at SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside we will make sure your home will look "Like it never even happened."
Moisture or Humidity in your Home? Count on SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside
Warm weather is quickly approaching us! Having a lot of humid weather can not only be uncomfortable in your home it can also pose a threat to your homes structure and surfaces.
Here are some helpful tips on how to cut excess humidity from your home for this upcoming summer:
- Install vent fans in your kitchen and bathroom
- Keep surface areas dry
- Use ceiling fans to help with air circulation
- Run a dehumidifier as often as possbile
- Cover dirt floors in crawl spaces with a plastic vapor barrier
- seal air and duct leaks
- Choose house plants that adsorb moisture from the air such as Reed Palm, Spider Plant or Boston Ferns
- Air dry your clothes or make sure your dryer is vented outside
- Keep all air-conditioning drip pans and drain lines clean and clear
- Fix all leaky pipes and faucets
- Avoid activities that can add moisture to the air. Such as hot showers or using the stove/oven.
If your home has a flood or excess moisture is trapped in it be sure to contact SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside at 516-536-1801!
Types of Water That May Affect your Long Beach/Oceanside Home
There are three types of water when it comes to flooding in your home:
- Category 1: "Clean Water" This type originates from a sanitary source and does not pose any substantial threat to humans
- Category 2: "Gray Water" This type refers to a source of water that contains a significant degree of Chemical, Biological or Physical contaminants. Examples would be, sump pump failures or water discharge from dishwashers or washing machines.
- Category 3: "Black Water" This type of water is grossly unsanitary. This water contains many harmful agents & bacteria's. This category includes water sources from sewage, seawater, rising water from rivers or streams, ground surface water or standing water.
Sometimes, Category 2 water that is not promptly removed from the structure may be re-classified as Category 3 water.
Luckily, here at SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside we are IICRC certified Water Damage Restoration technicians. If you have water damage in your home we would be happy to come & assess the category or water! Call us today 516-536-1801!
Damaged Hardwood Flooring in your Long Beach/Oceanside home? Let us help!
Damaged Hardwood Flooring in your Long Beach/Oceanside home? Let us help!
Flooding and hardwood flooring do not mix. For most of us Long Beach/Oceanside residents who live through hurricanes or reside in flood prone areas, this is no surprise. If a lot of water, flood related or not-comes into contact with your wood flooring, it will never be quite the same as new again. The sooner we attend to your wet floors, the better. Even if you believe your floors are so well finished that water cannot penetrate, believe us IT CAN. The key to saving your wood flooring is speediness. Here at SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside we are highly trained in removing water and restoring your hardwood flooring to preloss condition with our advanced water extraction & drying equipment. Contact us at 516-536-1801 we are open 24-hours 7 days a week!
The Importance of Sump Pumps in your Long Beach/Oceanside Home
If the water table around your house is high enough, you’re going to have water that seeps into your basement/foundation. This is especially true during heavy rains and periods of excessive snow melt. Depending on the water table and other variables, this can mean either a little dampness or full blown flooding.
That’s where sump pumps come in. Sump pumps are installed underneath the floor of basements and crawl spaces to collect ground water before it can threaten flood to your home.
If you have a sump pump in your Long Beach/Oceanside home, be sure to check it regularly. Most sump pumps run on electricity, so a common issue is lost power. A battery backup is a wise investment to reduce the threat of power failure.
If your home has been flooded due to excessive snow melt or rain fall be sure to contactSERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside to assist in water extraction. We are highly trained professionals who will be onsite immediately.
Winter is Coming!!
Before & After
As the seasons change and winter quickly approaches frozen pipes are a major concern for many homeowners. The likelihood of a frozen pipe is dependent upon where the pipes are located in your home and how well they are insulated.
When water freezes in a pipe it expands. As frozen water expands the pipe will burst! This sometimes can cause serious damage to your home.
Here are some simple tips on how to prevent your pipes from freezing inside your home:
-Keep your thermostat set to the same temperature consistently day & night! Sometimes spending a little extra helps you save in the long run!
-Turn your sinks on! Running water through the pipe, just a small trickle will help keep water flow active & helps prevent the pipe from freezing.
-Open up your cabinets! This will allow warm air to circulate around all of your plumbing.
If your home has been damaged by water we have the expertise and equipment to quickly restore your property. Below are before and after images of a home that had significant damage due to a frozen pipe that burst in their attic causing all four floors of their home to experience terrible water damage. We at SERVPRO Long Beach/Oceanside arrived on the scene promptly & immediately provided service to this homeowner.
Winter is approaching, beware of basement floods!
A basement entertainment room had a carpet ruined after a pipe behind the wall burst and water snuck underneath the wall.
At any point - and it usually feels like the worst - a disaster can occur. You flick on the basement lights and see the carpet glistening. Low and behold there is 2-3 inches of water covering your entire basement. The old couch you had in your first apartment, all the pictures of the kids that were stacked in cardboard boxes, and the custom knit hats from grandma, everything is ruined! There are a number of different ways that water can slip into your basement, such as;
- Surface water from heavy rains that can pool around your home
- Water supply-line break or hot-water tank
- Sanitary sewer backup
- Storm sewer backup
- Foundation drainage failure
- A sewer pipe that is blocked or cracked
- And many more
Basements are prone to flooding, and with the winter months approaching your pipes are in danger of bursting. If flood water is not handled in a timely manner not only will it cost you more money to fix, it will be dangerous to yourself and the people living with/around you. Don’t wait until the problem gets worse, call SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside and keep your home safe!
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The Timeline of Water Damage
A water damage from rainwater causes the floors of this business to flood all around their front desk!
It’s that time of year again for frozen bursting water pipes to cause flood and water emergencies. In our previous posts we’ve explained how to prevent a water damage from occurring, but in this post we’ll be explaining the water damage timeline. The water damage timeline shows how damage progresses with a water loss, and how waiting just a few days to act can greatly affect the amount of damage that occurs to your home.
Water Damage Timeline
Initial water damage
- Depending on where the damage occurred the water will spread directly to whatever is in its path
- Water is absorbed directly into sheetrock for the walls and ceiling. The carpeting, or even hardwood floors can have water seeping beneath it, and personal belongings are anywhere from slightly wet to soaked
- Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
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- Drywall begins to swell and break down.
- Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
- Furniture begins to crack or bend (depending on furniture) and a musty odor starts to come out of furniture
- A musty odor appears.
- Coloring from cloth and paper goods spread and stain any surfaces that surround them
48 Hours to 1 Week:
- Mold and mildew are growing and spreading by this point
- Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
- Paint begins to blister.
- Anything Wood such as floors, tables, cabinets are swelling and warping.
- Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp meaning they will now need to be replaced.
- Metal begins to rust and corrode.
More Than 1 Week:
- At this point a problem that could have been strictly sucking water out of carpets, or cutting away wet drywall is now far greater. Any moldy items and wet items will need to be replaced and are likely too far gone to restore
- Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.
About SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside
SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside are fully trained and certified in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial properties after fire, smoke or water damage. We are a 24/7 service that takes calls whenever your emergency occurs. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Tips for Preventing Water Damages to your Home
A flooded basement caused by a slow leaking washing machine hose
Whenever a water damage occurs in your home or business it affects everyone from the home/business owner, to the residents or customers that rely on the space. It could be something as minor as a refrigerator line popping off, or as large as a main water pipe breaking. Whether big or small these damages are a nuisance, and by following the steps below you will be on the right track to minimizing damages that may occur in the home;
- Make sure you and anyone who lives/works in your property is aware of where the shut off is for the main water supply. Stopping any further damage is step one in minimizing your costs for a disaster.
- Be sure to check all hoses, and pipes. During the winter it is imminent to shut off the water that leads outside, and to be sure that any pipes inside your home do not get too cold (to burst). The most common hoses that should be checked are the refrigerator, the dishwasher, and the washing machine. It is best to use stainless steel reinforced hoses if possible.
- Interior appliances and piping are not the only sources that water can come from, storms are a large cause of water losses that we see. The primary cause are shingles on the outside of your home, whether shingles be damaged or missing altogether it is best to check on them regularly to be safe. The biggest water losses we see occur when water runs from the top of the house (through the roof) all the way down to the basement, sometimes without the customer even knowing it’s happening!
The best way to avoid a water damage is to keep a keen eye on the above points. If by chance a water loss does occur in your home be sure to call SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside ASAP. We get you back up and running as quickly as possible and are available 24/7!
Categories of a typical water damage
A water damage can originate from many different sources including a broken water pipe, or a severe storm. Once the damage occurs the type of water is then classified into three different categories.
Category 1 is generally considered clean water and does not pose a threat to humans. Examples of these are considered broken water pipes or overflowing sinks. Category 2 water is considered contaminated also called "gray" water. This category typically includes water from a toilet bowl with no feces, water coming in through hydrostatic pressure, or a sump pump failure. The last category is category 3 or "black" water. This is grossly contaiminted and poses a substantial threat to humans. This category includes sewage, water from rising rivers, any outside water source, or water containing heavy bacteria and fungi.