• Items which can be saved after a flood, ICER of Center Moriches

    Floodwaters endanger lives and ruin cherished possessions. When a flood occurs, the first priority is to get to safety. When it’s safe to return to your home, contact a water damage restoration company near the Hamptons. These professionals can take care of the water damage for you, including handling mold remediation. Once your house is back in order, it’s a good idea to consider waterproofing the basement against future floods. home - flood

    Paper Items

    When you first return to your home, you should focus on salvaging the most important items first. These will typically include documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, and family photographs. If there are too many paper items to clean up quickly, place these items in a sealed plastic bag and lay them flat in a freezer. You may need to take them to a friend’s house that still has electricity. Very old photographs, however, should not be frozen. Instead, dry these right away with blotting material and air drying . Window screens are often helpful for drying paper items. The tiny holes allow better air circulation to the undersides of the documents. To save books, stand them on their ends and fan the pages open. If possible, place blotting material intermittently between the pages and covers.

    Clothing

    It’s often possible to save clothing affected by water damage. Wear gloves to protect yourself from infectious diseases carried by the floodwaters. Take your clothing outside and rinse off the mud with clean water, if available. Or, shake out the clothing and hang it on a laundry line to air dry. This will prevent mold growth if you can’t launder all of the clothing right away. When you are able to launder clothing, you should use clean, hot water, heavy-duty detergent, and a disinfectant.

    Household Textiles

    It might not be possible to save household textiles, such as upholstered sofas and chairs, especially if you cannot deal with these items right away. If you do try to save these items, the first step is to take them outside to air dry in the sun. Later, a water damage restoration company can assess the full extent of the damage.

  • Mold 101

    Were you recently informed that your home requires mold remediation following flooding or water damage? If so, then you may have questions about this common household problem. If you’re dealing with mold in the Hamptons, then watch this video to learn the basics of this fungus.

    Molds can be found just about anywhere, and they come in a broad range of types, textures, shapes, and colors. Molds are the more common type of fungi and, if mold spores land in a moist area of your home, then this can lead to an infestation and the need for mold removal services. Because mold can damage your home and affect your health, tackling a mold problem should be done as quickly as possible.

  • 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.