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Reminder SERVPRO is hosting NYS CE 3 credit course

3/31/2016 (Permalink)

"Understanding Mold For Property Insurers." NYS Continuing Education Seminar.

Presented by: Robakt, Inc.

Provider # NYPO-100256

Licensees eligible for credit: BR, PC, C3

Date: April 14, 2016

Time: 9:00AM to 12:00 PM (Breakfast to be served) 

Venue: Four Points by Sheraton

           333 S. Service Road,

           Plainview, NY 11803

At a Glance:   

  • Mold Awareness history and media coverage.
  • Current state-specific mold legislation, current laws, and initiatives.
  • How mold litigation has had an effect on insurance carriers, policy exclusions, claims, handling, and remediation protocols.
  • Causes and conditions necessary for mold growth
  • The effect of old on structure and contents 
  • Mold 'testing' procedures an analysis
  • Mold and Health: Media hype or reality?
  • Mold containment and remediation: government and industry expert guidelines. Is bleach the answer?
  • New mold prevention and remediation techniques. 
  • Robakat Course Fee: $60.00 (Fee waived by SERVPRO)

    Complimentary continental Breakfast to be served (8:30AM- 9:00 AM) 

    For more information: Paula Mauro (516) 984-3674

    *Please Note* New York State requires attendees to present a Photo ID at registration and be present for 100% of the course presentation. Therefore, please allot time for traffic and weather conditions. Class will start promptly at 9:00AM. 

    Protecting Your Property From Winter Weather

    1/7/2016 (Permalink)

    Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business is you are not properly prepared. Whether it is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damaging winds, sleet or snow, all can cause serious property damage. While you can't control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared, and help take the sting out of winter weather.

    To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following actions before the harsh winter weather hits.

    • Check your business 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.
    • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
    • Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
    • Roofs, water pipes and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can lead to a damming effect, that can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.
    • Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe.

    When winter weather stikes... SERVPRO of Hicksville/Plainview strike back! Call Today 516-733-1800

    Trust Matters

    12/29/2015 (Permalink)

    If Disaster strikes your home or business in the New Year, bring in the cleanup and restoration professionals you can trust. You can feel confident in your trained SERVPRO of Hicksville/Plainview Professional can handle the situation and reduce your stress. Communication throughout the process can help lead to customer satisfaction. 

    • Cleaning Contents to use in temporary residence reduces the cost of purchasing temporary items.
    • Pretesting shows clean ability of damaged area and prevents additional damage.
    • Document Drying/Reconstruction offers the ability to salvage documents, books, valuables and more.
    • Immediate and qualified evaluation provides a comprehensive cost breakdown to help you understand how the estimate is calculated. 

    'Tis The Season For Safety

    12/16/2015 (Permalink)

    Pretty lights and deorations add to the mood of the holiday season, but if they are not used properly your holidays can go from festive to frightening, fast. Fortunately, by following these simple safety tips, you can greatly reduce the fire risk in your home or business this holiday season.

    Candle Safety

    Candles are widely used throughout the holidays, and December is the peak month for home candle fires. The National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) statistics show, more than half of all candle fires start because the candles were too close to flammable objects. Consider using flameless candles instead of real candles. However, if you do use traditional candles, Kepp them at least 12 inches from anything flammable, and remember to extinguish them when leaving a room or going to bed. Use sturdy candle holders that are not likely to tip over and place candles on clear, uncluttered surfaces. 

    Christmas Tree Safety

    The NFPA also reports, loal fire departments respond to an average of 250 Chritmas tree related fires each year, with the majority of these fires caused by the manufacturer as fire retardant. If you choose a live tree, pick a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched. Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat sorce, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights. The tree should also be clear of all exits. Make sure the tree has plenty of water every day. After the holidays, properly dispose of your tree. Dried-out trees can be a fire hazard and should not be left in the home or garage or placed outside the home. 

    Decorative Lights

    When purchaseing decorative lights, make sure they are properly labeled and have been inspected by an independent testing laboratory. It is also important to ensure you have the correct type of lights; some lights are designed for only indoor or outdoor use, but not both. Carefully, inspect light strands before placing them. Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than the number of light strings recommended by the manufacturer. Remember to turn off outside decorative lights and Christmas tree lights before leaving or going to bed. 

    SERVPRO of Hicksville/Plainview Professionals wish you a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!