• A Brief Overview of Biohazard Waste Clean-Up

    There are messy clean-up jobs, and then there are clean-up jobs that are best left to professionals. Anytime biohazard waste is involved, it’s crucial that you call experts who are trained in the proper remediation, sanitizing, and disposal of hazardous materials. Biohazard waste services range from blood and body fluid remediation to suicide and homicide clean-up. Excrement, blood, and other pathogenic substances carry potentially harmful bacteria and diseases that can easily spread without proper collection and disposal techniques.

    Biohazard Waste Cleanup Long Island

    Island Catastrophe Environmental Restoration provides biological waste and trauma scene clean-up services for clients in Center Moriches and all of Suffolk and Nassau Counties. The biohazard waste clean-up professionals at I.C.E.R work with insurance providers on your behalf to provide peace of mind and ensure the smooth processing of your claim.

  • Understanding Your Risk of Flood-Related Water Damage

    With Forge River to the west, Moriches Bay to the south, and multiple creeks extending inland, Center Moriches is a high-risk flood area. That means if you own a home or business in Center Moriches, you run the risk of losing everything to flood damage. Of course not all floods are quite so catastrophic. In fact, most flood-related water damage can be repaired by a water damage restoration company in just a few days’ time. If you don’t live in Center Moriches proper, you may be at a different risk of flood-related water damage. Download a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) from the National Flood Insurance Program and determine which area you currently reside in:

    Long Island Flood-Related Water Damage

    High-Risk Area

    Homeowners who reside in a high-risk flood area have at least a 25% chance of experiencing flooding during a 30-year mortgage. All home and business owners in high-risk areas with mortgage from federally regulated or insured lenders are required to purchase flood insurance . Having flood insurance will also help minimize out-of-pocket costs for water damage restoration following a flood.

    Moderate-to-Low Risk Area

    Also known as a non-special flood hazard area, moderate-to-low risk areas submit over 20% of all claims made to the National Flood Insurance Program and receive one-third of disaster assistance for flooding. Although flood insurance is not required for home or business owners in these areas, it is recommended for all property owners and renters. After all, you don’t want to get stuck with the entire bill for water damage restoration because you didn’t want to spend a little extra on flood insurance each month.

    Undetermined Risk Area

    Undetermined risk areas are those areas where no flood-hazard analysis has been conducted by the NFIP. However, that doesn’t there is no flood risk. Flood insurance rates for home and business owners in undetermined risk areas reflect the uncertainty of the flood risk.

  • Could Mold Explain Your Family’s Health Symptoms?

    In nature, mold is extremely beneficial; inside, it can be a big problem. That’s because indoor mold has the potential to cause a number of health problems, especially in children and the elderly. If you don’t feel like yourself, or if your children have been exhibiting signs of indoor allergies, you should schedule a mold inspection with a mold remediation company as soon as possible. Here’s a look at some of the most common health problems linked to indoor mold exposure. If these symptoms sound familiar, contact a mold removal provider in Center Moriches to make your home safe once again.

    mold health symptoms Long Island

    Allergic Reactions

    Allergic reactions to mold are the most common health effects of exposure to mold . Molds produce irritating substances that act as allergy-causing substances in sensitive individuals. Symptoms of mold allergy include sneezing, runny nose, coughing, wheezing, tearing and redness of the eyes, and skin irritation. If you notice these symptoms in yourself or your family well past the allergy season, you may need to have your home inspected for mold.

    Asthma Attacks

    Mold has been linked to the worsening of asthma symptoms in people who suffer from asthma. Even if no one in your household suffers from asthma, mold can still cause respiratory problems. In 2004, the Institute of Medicine found that there was sufficient evidence to link exposure to indoor mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheezing in otherwise healthy individuals.

    Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis

    Indoor mold is also linked to hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals susceptible to his immunologic condition. Acute hypersensitivity pneumonitis tends to occur up to 12 hours after exposure to mold. Symptoms of acute hypersensitivity pneumonitis include fever, chills, coughing, shortness of breath, body aches, and fatigue. If anyone in your family is exhibiting these signs, contact a mold remediation company as soon as possible.

  • Island Catastrophe Environmental Restoration

    Each year, millions of dollars’ worth of water damage is reported by homeowners across the country. To protect your home (and your wallet) from the effects of flooding, you need to be proactive about preventing water damage. Start inside the home by installing a backup valve to prevent a disastrous sewage backup. If your home has a basement, install a battery-powered sump pump to make sure it will continue working during a storm even if the power goes out. Outside the home, inspect and clean your gutters on a regular basis. Inspect your roof for damage and have your yard professionally landscaped so water flows away from your home.

    Watch this video for more tips on protecting your home from water damage. Should a disaster occur, contact a water damage restoration company in Center Moriches as quickly as possible. The sooner the water damage is dealt with, the less damaging the effects of the flooding will be. If you wait to clean up a flooded basement, for example, you could end up needing mold removal in addition to water damage restoration.