Property Damage & Disaster Restoration Blog: Long Island & New York City

Water Damage and Mold Remediation

Posted on Sat, Nov 15, 2008 @ 03:10 PM

Once again, Long Island and the NY Metro area is getting hit by heavy rains and flooding.
Here are a few more tips on water damage and mold for our friends in Nassau County, Suffolk County and New York City:

Mold Issues
If you have a serious mold problem, calling a specialist is in your best interest. Leaving a mold problem untreated can result in structural damage to your home and possible thousands in repairs.

Mold Detection
If you're not sure if you have a mold problem or not, a water damage specialist can assess your situation. After a very rainy season, it's a good idea to get your house checked for leaks, water damage, and mold.

Water Removal
If you've encountered a large leak or a flood, a specialist will have all the equipment needed to take care of the situation quickly and simply. If there is a lot of water but you think you can take care of it yourself, assess whether you think structural damage can occur within the extra time it may take you as opposed to a specialist.

Drying
After a major leak or flood, it's important to dry out the affected area. If you do not have the necessary equipment to do this, most water damage teams own several large, high power drying fans to prevent further damage.

Deodorizing
If a strange smell in your home just won't go away in your home, consider calling a water damage specialist for this as well. Most people don't know they handle strange odors, but they do have anything you're going to need to dispel most bad smells.

Restoration
If your home was hit by flood, mildew, mold, or leaks, structural or other damage may have occurred. To guarantee your home looks the same way it used to, call a specialist as they specialize in restoring homes after this particular kind of damage.

Assessing Damage Whatever water damage you come across, a water damage specialist is the right person to tell you exactly how severe a situation is and what action to take as a homeowner or business owner. Before hiring anyone to do any work, make sure you have an idea of just what is damaged and what needs to be done.

For more information about water damage, contact Advanced Restoration.

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Water Damage and Flood Insurance

Posted on Mon, Nov 10, 2008 @ 11:43 AM

Anywhere it can rain, it can flood!

Last week, Newsday featured an article on Suffolk County's new flood maps, which indicated a 14.9% reduction in flood zones across the county. That's good news for some property owners, since they will no longer be required to purchase flood insurance.

Flooding can be caused by heavy rains, inadequate drainage systems, as well as tropical storms and hurricanes. It is important to understand the flood risks you face before deciding whether to purchase flood insurance. Many people are unaware that most homeowners insurance policies do not protect them against flood damage. Property owners, renters and business owners may purchase flood insurance.

Low-cost flood insurance is available under the
National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), a federally backed program managed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The goals of the program are twofold: to protect communities from potential flood damage through floodplain management, and to provide people with flood insurance. Under the program, coverage may be purchased for most buildings as long as the property is located in a community that participates in the NFIP (most communities in New York State participate).

Flood insurance protects you from the financial devastation caused by floods. Even a few inches of water can bring thousands of dollars in repair and restoration costs. Flood insurance, like earthquake insurance, is "single peril" insurance, sold separately from homeowners insurance. Flood insurance protects against losses to buildings and their contents, not the land surrounding them. The coverage applies whether the flooding results from heavy or prolonged rains, coastal storm surge, snow melt, blocked storm drainage systems, or other causes. To be considered a flood, the waters must cover at least two acres or affect at least two properties.

For decades, the NFIP has been offering flood insurance to homeowners, renters and business owners, with the one condition that their communities adopt and enforce measures to help reduce the consequences of flooding.

Flood insurance is the best protection that home and business owners have against the devastating financial losses that floods cause.

For more information, contact your insurance agent or insurance company

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Water Damage and Floods

Posted on Tue, Oct 28, 2008 @ 04:30 PM

Water Damage?
Flood Damage?
What happens when a pipe freezes and you now have 2 feet of water in your basement?

Most building contents will not be ruined by the effects of water, providing they are quickly dried. In addition, the likelihood of mold growth is greatly reduced with rapid drying. Building contents and costly reconstruction can be saved using "Water Out" technology.

Water Out contractors utilize the most advanced drying techniques in the restoration industry. State-of-the-art infrared cameras detect moisture, monitor the drying process and confirm that all moisture has been removed from a structure.

The sooner a flooded building can be thoroughly dried, the greater the benefit to the property owner and insurer. Valuable time, building contents and costly reconstruction can be saved using Water Out. Advanced Restoration has the trained staff and equipment to perform structural drying using Water Out.

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Puffbacks in Your Home

Posted on Fri, Oct 24, 2008 @ 04:31 PM

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Suffolk County, NY had a freeze warning yesterday, which means it's finally time to crank up the heat and ensure your heating system is working properly. As the colder months approach, there is the potential to experience a puffback related to your heating system.

What is a puffback? Most of us have never heard of a puffback. A puffback occurs when an oil burner backfires, sending soot throughout your home or business. It can happen all at once, or more slowly and gradually.

Soot covers all areas of the home or business & may range from light to very heavy. Sometimes the disbursement of soot is so light & fine it appears to be ordinary dust. This "dust" however, can re-appear hours after being cleaned, there is often a strong odor of oil accompanying a puffback.

How can a puffback be prevented?
The best defense against a puffback is to have your oil burner inspected annually & kept in good repair. This is no guarantee against having a puffback, but it greatly reduces your risk. Keep debris, animal hair or anything that could interfere with proper functioning away from your oil burner.

What to do if a puffback occurs?
Notify your insurance agent or company immediately. Have a qualified disaster restoration specialist begin cleaning all affected areas immediately. Soot travels & will re-appear if not completely removed.

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Advanced Restoration

Posted on Fri, Oct 24, 2008 @ 01:26 PM

Many property damage/disaster restoration companies exist on Long Island and the NY Metro area. If you need a restoration company....
How do you determine who to select?
What services are you looking for?
How long has the company been in business?
Are there any outstanding complaints against the company?
Do they have all the necessary licenses?

Advanced Restoration Corporation is a family-owned and operated full-service property damage restoration company with a combined 75 years experience in dealing with fire damage restoration, water damage restoration, flood/storm damage, mold remediation, smoke damage restoration and reconstruction. We service Long Island (Nassau County, NY; Suffolk County, NY) and the New York Metro area.

Our company is dedicated to serving our clients with courteous and prompt service. We take the utmost pride in the craftsmanship of our work. As certified specialists in water mitigation and fire/smoke mitigation, we have the knowledge, expertise and experience to deal with all types of property damage. Our professional staff is also trained in all aspects of mold remediation.

Customer Excellence
Our staff is committed to providing outstanding service and exceeding customer expectations for every completed project. Our fully trained and experienced Project Managers, Technicians and state-of-the-art processes ensure we are ready to restore peace of mind to our customers.

Check us out at www.advancedrestoration.com. We are truly committed to Making Disaster Temporary and Restoration Permanent.

Our Services: Fire and smoke damage restoration; water damage restoration; structural drying; storm damage; flood damage; mold remediation; puffbacks; board-up and securing of property; consultations; complete reconstruction.

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