Recent Storm Damage Posts

Keeping Your Gutters Debris Free

12/27/2021 (Permalink)

Why you need to keep your gutters clean for winter-

Your gutters are a one of the first lines of defense to prevent water buildup, putting water where it should go, but if they are clogged this is not going to work well. During the winter with snow and ice filling the gutters, this buildup can create serious problems. These clogged gutters can lead to leaks, floods, and severe water damages you don't want to deal with. We want to prevent you from having to deal with the hassle of this so we compiled some advice.

Below are some tips to follow to prevent damage and larger issues.  

Remove debris: Twigs, leaves, granules and other stuff can accumulate in your gutters, especially if you don't have leaf guards in place. Always make sure to check and remove all possible obstructions inside your gutters to minimize the chances of clogging and overflowing. Make sure to use the most adequate equipment while doing so.

Check for leaks: If your gutters have seen a few downpours, the best thing you can do is make sure they haven't suffered any damage, and that the seams are properly sealed. The best way to detect this problem is to hose your gutters and inspect every foot of your gutters to look for leaks. If you do find them, don't worry and apply a layer of sealant to solve the problem.

Make sure your downspout isn't clogged: This is really, really important. A clogged downspout is not only one of the main reasons rain gutters overflow, but they are also difficult to detect. To achieve this, hose down your downspout from the top and check that water is flowing freely at the bottom. If this is not the case, use a plumber's snake to get rid of the obstruction.

What to do When Water Enters Your Home!

12/21/2021 (Permalink)

Few moments in life are as overwhelming as discovering that your Freeport home has been flooded. Your home is supposed to be safe and a sacred space, but when either a natural disaster, or a hole in a roof causes water to come into your home you can be left wondering what to do now.

What to Do After Water Floods Your Home

First off you must take a deep breath and get your mind focused on the task at hand. Even though damage has been done, if you are alright and your home is still standing there is hope for it to be restored. 

Second you need to make sure that your home is safe to enter. If water is high enough to touch electrical outlets then the power must be turned off either by you or the power company (when in doubt call the electric company before proceeding). 

The third task is to take pictures and lots of them. These pictures will play a huge role in helping your insurance company understand the extent of the damage so that you can be reimbursed. Then any standing water should be removed from the home. 
It can be overwhelming to know what to remove and what can be saved. Consider calling SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt. SERVPRO can help determine what can be saved and what needs to be removed to ensure that all moisture is gone from the home We make sure that you can rebuild without having to worry about hidden mold. While it may be tempting to try to walk through this process alone, a service remediation company like SERVPRO can help save you money in the long run as well as give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your home in good hands.

Being Prepared for Winter Storms

12/10/2021 (Permalink)

When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial. You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions. Below we have included some useful tips to prepare your home and business during the cold winter months ahead. 

Staying Prepared Tips- preventing flooding and bursts

  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pips for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.
  • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it off.
  • If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
  • Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.

 PREPARE YOUR BUSINESS:

  • Search your property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Frequently inspect walkways, and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potentials.
  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas.
  • Install mats or non-slip surfaces as well as post caution signs where water could be present.
  • Ask SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt to create a Disaster Recovery Plan for your business.

Everything You Need to Know About Ice Dams

2/19/2021 (Permalink)

ice dam infographic servpro Call 516-774-2200 if you're experiencing water damage due to a winter storm!

What Is an Ice Dam?

Ice that accumulates on the edge of a roof and keeps the water from melting snow from running off the roof is called an ice dam. These dams can lead to property damage if not addressed promptly.


Problems Caused by Dams
Because the water from melting snow can not drain from the surface of the roof, water may leak into the home. These leaks can cause several problems:

  • Damage to ceilings, walls, insulation, and other surfaces
  • Mold and mildew growth
  • Roof damage


Causes of Dams
The primary cause of ice dams is variable temperatures across the surface of the roof. This variation is caused by heat loss from the home, snow cover on the roof and differing temperatures between higher and lower sections of the roof. If part of the roof surface is above freezing, the snow on the roof will melt. When the water from the melted snow contacts the part of the roof that is below freezing, the water freezes, forming the dam. As additional snow on the roof melts and the water comes in contact with the existing ice, the ice grows larger; however, the dam will only spread to the parts of the roof that are below freezing. This causes the remaining water to pool on the portion of the roof that is above the freezing point.


Repairing Damage
The first step to repairing damage from a dam that forms after a winter storm is to dry out ceilings, walls, and other interior surfaces affected by leaks. A water restoration company in Long Island can assist you with this process. Your homeowners' policy may include ice dam coverage that will compensate you for the cost of repairs.


Energy loss from your home can combine with snow cover on your roof to form an ice dam that can lead to leaks in your roof. Managing the heat loss from your home is the best way to avoid this issue.

Don't Get Caught By Surprise! Be Prepared for Storms!

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

storm Freeport Roosevelt info Keep our # on File. Call 516-774-2200 and Be Prepared for Any Storm Damage!

Storm and flood damage can leave property owner’s overwhelmed and devastated. Thankfully, SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt is an emergency service that is available 24 hours a day. Our crew is well prepared to deal with any size damage might have occurred on your property due to a storm.

Recently, SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt was called to a home to resolve damage that was due to a storm. When our crew arrived at the home, they performed emergency services which included, setting up 4 dehumidifiers, and 8 air movers. Our crew then cut 1 access hole and ducted it to lay flat in the hallway, where most of the damage occurred.  The following day, we performed the remaining remediation in the home.

Our crew noticed a lot of water had accumulated in the ceilings of the closets, so they put 3 access holes with lay flats ducted to air movers and a dehumidifier. Then, they removed the base trim in the hallways and put another lay flat ducted to a dehumidifier, which they planned to check the following day to see the moisture level. By day 3 when we returned, the moisture levels in the bathroom had gone down significantly, but the ceilings still needed additional drying. When our crew went back a few days later to do a moisture reading, the flooring in the second hallway was still wet but the main hallway had dried.

When the damage after the storm was resolved, and we removed all our equipment, the homeowners were very satisfied with our work and appreciative that we were able to help so quickly. For all your restoration needs call us 24/7 at 516-774-2200

Is Your Office Ready For The Storm? We Are Here to Help!

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt specializes in both storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are professionally trained regularly, and we use specialized equipment to restore your business to its condition before the storm.

  • Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we can respond quicker and with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. Homeowners and Business Owners are advised to have a phone number on hand in case of storm damage. Be prepared for anything and call us at 516-774-2200 for immediate service!

  • Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Long Island, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 516-774-2200

Preparing For A Winter Storm

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

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As Long Island braces itself for it's first winter storm of the season, we wanted to provide our support and storm damage restoration services to our neighbors for peace of mind.

Storm and flood damage can be devastating.  Immediate action is needed, and you need the company with professional storm damage experience to get the job done right the first time.

SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt have the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Our team specializes in water and storm damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business.  Storms occur with little warning and can be especially devastating, so you'll need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion. 

What to Watch Out For

Frozen Pipes
Extreme cold weather can cause pipes to freeze and burst, due to water expansion. If burst, the resulting water damage can be extensive.

Outdoor pipes and pipes in unheated areas of the home can freeze if they are not properly insulated or if temperatures are severely cold. 

Most Common Areas for Frozen Pipes

Outdoor hose bibs
Swimming pool supply lines
Water sprinkler lines
Pipes in unheated or partially heated areas are also at risk of freezing, including:

  • Basements
  • Crawl Spaces
  • Garages

Ice Dams
An ice dam is formed when snow melts unevenly on a roof and refreezes into a dam at the edge of the roof.

This standing water can back up under shingles, leak into a home, and cause significant water damage to ceilings, walls, and other areas. Ice dams can also tear off gutters and loosen shingles.

Roof Damage
Snow and ice can cause significant damage to your gutters and roof. The additional weight of snow and ice can even cause a roof to collapse. When there’s a cold snap, water can get into cracks and small spaces and expand when it freezes, causing larger cracks and more damage. The repetition of freezing and thawing cycles can cause small cracks to get larger.

Regardless of the type of storm, SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt can handle any size disaster, and can respond quickly with additional resources to take care of your damage right away.7

Give us a call at (516) 774-2200 for immediate assistance