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More Intense Storms are on the Rise, Bringing More Damage to Your Oakdale/North Bay Shore Home or Commercial Property.

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage More Intense Storms are on the Rise, Bringing More Damage to Your Oakdale/North Bay Shore Home or Commercial Property. More Intense Storms are on the Rise, bringing increased property damage in Coastal Communities like Long Island.

As the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season continues, scientists are worried that U.S. coastal communities, including Long island could face more super storms with strong winds, storm surges and rainfall so intense that current warning categories don't fully capture the threat. A new review of global data on hurricanes shows that since 1980, the number of storms with winds stronger than 200 kilometers per hour (124 mph, or a strong Category 3) have doubled, and those with winds stronger than 250 kilometers per hour (155 mph) have tripled.
 
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center forecasters predicted a 70 percent likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms with winds of 39 miles per hour or higher. Five to nine of those could become hurricanes, with winds of 74 m.p.h. or higher, and one to four could develop into major hurricanes, which have winds of 111 m.p.h. or higher.

We have been providing home property or commercial property damage help to a record number of local property owners in the Oakdale/North Bay Shore and other Long Island areas during the last few weeks. We appreciate the trust our customers put in SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore to take care of their flooding and water damage brought on by these record setting rainfalls in our long island area. It is impossible to predict when a water or storm related emergency will affect your property, but these are a few tips to keep in mind when the weather report is calling for storms and flooding in your area.

 
BEFORE THE STORM
    •    Keep the name, address, insurance policy and claims reporting telephone number of your insurer and agent in a safe and easily accessible place.
    •    Take inventory of your household items, especially valuables. Photograph and videotape items for verification and keep in a safe place such as a safety deposit box, and/or send copies of records to a trusted relative or friend who lives another state.
    •    Read your insurance policy and know what YOUR responsibilities are. Know what is and isn't covered, such as flooding, and know your general/specific policy limits and deductibles.

AFTER THE STORM DAMAGE. NOW WHAT?
    •    Find out the time limit on filing claims and notify your insurance agent in writing of the damage as soon as possible.
    •    If there are holes in your roof or your windows are broken, be sure to cover them as quickly as possible so that wind and rain do not cause further damage.
    •    Save receipts of what you spend and submit them to your insurance company for reimbursement.
    •    Don't throw away any damaged items until an adjuster visits your home.
    •    Photograph or videotape the damage for your records and the insurance company. Make a copy of your home inventory for your adjuster

 
Call in the Professionals
Every Oakdale or North Bay Shore, Long Island storm and water restoration situation is unique and SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore treats them that way. During your home or commercial property damage emergency, our team is here for you in these very stressful times and we are Always Here to Help! SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore is highly qualified and trained in water restoration, our experts will come in, assess your damage, take the proper remediation steps to limit damage, and work with your to restore or rebuild your property. We are a single solution home emergency resource, also working hand in hand with your insurance company to restore your home or commercial property to what it was before. Like it never even happened!

We are apart of the larger SERVPRO family, which means we have access to the best equipment and technology in the business.
We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster
We provide 24-Hour Emergency Service
We are a Trusted Leader in the Water Restoration Industry
We are Locally Owned and Operated

When You Need Help, Call Us—SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore at (631) 563-1709

Fire and Water Damage in your Laundry Room can cause serious damage to your home.

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire and Water Damage in your Laundry Room can cause serious damage to your home. The typical life expectancy of a washing machine is 10-11 years, during that time it can wash up to 5,000 loads.

When someone mentions they have a laundry emergency, most people’s first thought would be a red wine or grass stain, but here at SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore a laundry emergency is a much BIGGER deal! What you aren’t thinking about is without proper inspection and maintenance those appliances you rely on can really lead to a serious disaster in your home.

Washing Machines typically run a few times per week in most homes, and the typical life expectancy of a washing machine is 10-11 years, during that time it can wash up to 5,000 loads. Washers come with 3 hoses filled with water: hot water, cold water and a drain, that gives that appliance 3 opportunities to suddenly leave you with a laundry room flood, or worse widespread water damage.

To complete a full cycle of laundry you have to put those wet clothes somewhere, and it is convent that the clothes dryer is located right next to the washing machine, right? No one forgets to throw in the laundry detergent when doing a load, but forgetting to dispose of your dryer lint, well that can cause BIG problems. Dryer lint is very combustible, the accumulation of lint in your dryer and vent can reduce airflow, causing your dryer to overheat. An improperly vented dryer can have dangerous consequences and is a leading cause of fire damage in homes.

Steps to prevent a laundry emergency in your home:

1. Inspect the hoses on your washing machine regularly, remember to check for leaks thoroughly but be sure not to disconnect them. The best way to check is to start a small load on a short cycle and make sure you don’t see any water, with each cycle. Better yet replace rubber hoses with a stainless-steel option, they have a longer life span.

2. Give your washer some room, keeping it 6” away from the wall can help prevent the hoses from kinking. Also, make sure you don’t see a lot of movement, an imbalanced washer can move around enough to loosen or cause added stress on your hose connections.

3. If you seem to have continued problems with your washer install a flood stopper. It’s placed on the floor near your washing machine and when it detects water it can shut off the water supply.

4. It is recommended to have your dryer exhaust system cleaned at least twice a year. Make sure you remove lint from your filter and underneath it every time you start a new load. Don’t use dryer sheets and fabric softener and remove the back of the dryer regularly to remove trapped lint.

5. Check that your dryer vent outside is lifting/venting properly. When installing the duct line keep it as short as possible to accumulate less debris. Keep the area around your dryer free of dust and other debris.

Accidents sometimes happen even after taking proper precautions and performing routine maintenance in your home. We here at SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore have responded to dozens of calls for water or fire property damage caused by laundry emergencies. We specialize in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after fire, smoke or water damage. Our professional staff has the equipment, expertise, and experience to respond faster to any size disaster.

If you have a laundry emergency caused by Fire/Water Damage! SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore is always here to help!

Providing 24 Hour Emergency service, 7 Days a week, (631) 563-1709 we are just a phone call away!

Protect Your Business with SERVPRO of Oakdale/ North Bay Shore

7/29/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Protect Your Business with SERVPRO of Oakdale/ North Bay Shore Be prepared for anything with SERVPRO's Emergency READY Profile

The latest industry research suggests that as many as 50% of businesses would be unable to recuperate from a large-scale disaster. It might scare you to read that almost half of the businesses in America would be unable to survive a disaster, but rest assured in knowing that your company’s fate will not simply be determined by a coinflip. SERVPRO of Oakdale/ North Bay Shore knows that the secret to recovery is preparation. SERVPRO has formed a checklist you can use to ensure you are prepared.

SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile is a new approach to restoration that will provide you and SERVPRO of Oakdale/ North Bay Shore with the critical information needed to start recovery on your business quickly. With important building and contact information we can get your business back up and running “like it never even happened.”

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage

  • A free assessment of your facility
  • A brief Profile Document containing vital information that will be used in an emergency.
  • A guide to help you return to your building quickly following a disaster
  • IDs for the line of command so we may gain authorization quickly to begin work
  • A map of facility details like shut-off valve locations and other priority areas
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Oakdale/ North Bay Shore as your mitigation and restoration provider!

How to get a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile:

  • Visit SERVPRO.com/ready and register for an account using your email address for a username
  • Choose SERVPRO of Oakdale/ North Bay Shore as your franchise representative
  • Begin Creating ERPs for all properties
  • Using your smartphone or another smart device, download the SERVPRO Ready Plan app
  • Launch the Ready Plan app and sign in using the information provided earlier.

After completing all the necessary steps, the only thing left to do is take a deep breath. With a SERPVO Emergency READY Profile in place you can rest a little easier knowing your business is prepared for anything! SERVPRO of Oakdale/ North Bay Shore knows that you have worked hard to get your business running and we want to help you make sure nothing will stop you or your business! Call us at (631) 563-1709

Common Signs that Water Damage is Lurking in Your Home.

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Common Signs that Water Damage is Lurking in Your Home. SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore will closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly.

Water damage is among the most common causes of property damage claims. One in every 50 insured homes will have a water-related property claim. The possible causes of water damage lurking in your home can originate from many different sources, with varying intensities, danger levels, and reach of damage. Even a well-maintained residence can have unexpected water damage including, a leaky dishwasher or sink, broken pipe(s), an overflowing washing machine, an old leaky roof, flood or storm damage and foundation cracks. If you see signs that water damage is lurking in your home, SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore always here to help!

Water spots under sink cabinets

If you see water under the bathroom or kitchen sink it’s a warning sign that you have water damage and potential mold growth around the sink area. If the leak is bad enough, it could cause additional damage to the building structure, including the floor and walls, even if there’s no water present, water spots clearly indicate that pipes under the sink have a slow leak.

Ceiling and wall stains

Ceiling and wall stains are obvious signs of a roof, appliance, or plumbing leak, water saturates insulation and drywall, it can also lead to major water damage, that can compromise the structural integrity of the property. Check your roof for damage, broken tiles or puddling, also investigate appliances such as the washing machine, dishwasher, and toilets for leaky spigots that could be dripping water and causing damage.

Mold growth

Mold needs water to grow, so it’s common to find mold in consistently damp locations—and finding mold is never a good thing, since it means your air quality is suffering. In fact, sensitive individuals may experience unpleasant symptoms such as aggravated allergy symptoms, cold-like issues, and more.

Squishy kitchen/bathroom tiles

Water damage is not always visible. In fact, it’s more common for damage to occur behind the floor, ceiling, and walls where you can’t see it. Since the bathroom is the most humid room in your home, it’s a common place for water damage and mold growth.

Standing water

Many things can cause water to pool in unlikely places, including a broken pipe or flooding. If you find standing water, it’s important to seek water damage remediation as quickly as possible. Ignoring the problem could lead to greater damage to your home’s structural integrity and air quality.

When you are dealing with water damage, call in the experts to help! SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore can respond immediately and use advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. We closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly.

Contact us for 24-7 emergency service in your home. SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore Always here to help!

Don't Let Damage To Your Commercial Property Damage Your Bottom Line!

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Don't Let Damage To Your Commercial Property Damage Your Bottom Line! Regardless of the size of your commercial property SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore can help restore your business!

SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore knows the dangers present if your commercial property is affected by large-scale damage. Natural disasters like tropical storms, hurricanes, or flooding can force the property to close and cost you and your business potential earnings. Be sure to call an expert here at SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore as soon as possible so we can start repairing your commercial property. Fixing your business is our business, and we take our job very seriously.

If you have been victimized by fire, be careful not to get burned paying too much for lesser work. Give us a call, so SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore can get to work fixing your business. We do it all! We have technicians that will quickly clean your home of fire and smoke damage, as well as remove the smoky smell, and restore your fabric and upholstery. Lastly, as is often the case with commercial properties, we will also repair any water damage done as a result of sprinklers.

There can be significant water damage done to your company—regardless of the size of your business— from large-scale flooding. After cleaning the water, we will begin with structurally drying the commercial property. Similar to fire restoration, we will end our task by cleaning the fabric and upholstery and removing the odor left behind.

Clearing a commercial property of mold can be complex and should be completed by an expert, like the ones here at SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore.  Our team of experts will restore the water damage, remove any microbial remediation, complete applied structural drying, and supply an upholstery cleaning.

We are here to restore your business from any damage that has occurred. Our 24 hour, 7 days a week service will be ready to restore your home quickly and efficiently like it never happened! Each hour spent cleaning means an hour of lost revenue, but we will get you, and your company, back to work as soon as possible.

High-rise buildings, hospitals, even apartment buildings—we can do it all!

SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore specializes in cleaning and restoring your commercial and residential property. Our staff is thoroughly versed in damage restoration. We are constantly training our staff on the newest and most efficient ways to remove mold. We are IICRC-certified and great at what we do. Give us a call at (631) 938-7801 so we can get to work fixing your business!

FIRES HAPPEN! Once the fire is out, the recovery process begins. SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore is here to help!

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage FIRES HAPPEN! Once the fire is out, the recovery process begins. SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore is here to help! SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore has been successfully helping Oakdale/North Bay Shore, NY homeowners with fire damage for over 27 years.

SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore’s local professionals have been successfully helping Oakdale/North Bay Shore, NY homeowners with fire damage for over 27 years. We provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding FASTER to any size disaster. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

24-Hour Emergency Fire Restoration Service

Call SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore at (631) 563-1709 we’re ready 24 hours a day7 days a week to help with all your damage remediation needs. 

First Steps After a Fire:

  • Safety: Ask the firefighters or proper authorities on the scene if it is safe to go inside.
  • Call your Insurance provider: Let them know what happened so they can start a claim and initiate the paperwork for you.
  • Contact loved ones: Call to let everyone know you’re okay or let people who weren’t home know what happened.
  • Secure the residence/business: Prevent theft by locking the doors and covering windows or holes. If, you need help contact SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore, we are here to help!
  • Obtain a copy of the fire report: The report specifies all the necessary information about the fire including the time, casualties, date and the extent of fire damage.
  • Your current location: Notify friends, family, employers, schools, utilities & services of your temporary location. If you need somewhere to stay you can also contact the American Red Cross for assistance.

CONSIDER CLEANUP REQUIREMENTS: SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore, NY can provide services to prevent further damage, help determine which items can or cannot be refurbished and which structural items do and do not need to be repaired or replaced. We can help you with providing estimates to insurance companies for the cost of damages and will help walk you through the process of thoroughly deodorizing, cleaning and repairing your home.

SERVPRO Steps for a Fire Damage Emergency:

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call the SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore, New York which is staffed 24 hours a day. Our representative will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch the nearest SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore Professional with the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Our Professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, the SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore Professional can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. They will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

The SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore Professionals use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

They will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Call Us Today

SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore, New York at (631) 563-1709

Your First Steps After a Disaster

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Building Services Your First Steps After a Disaster It can be difficult to get your life together after a disaster. We are here to help!

After disaster strikes it can be difficult to deal with the overwhelming amount of questions running through your head. Whether victimized by water, mold, fire, or some other trauma, the first question always remains the same: what do I do now?

First, one must assess if the house is a safe place to return. Safety should be your main concern and you should not reenter a home if there has been structural damage or if the house becomes contaminated with the pollutants resulting from the trauma. If the house is safe to enter it might seem obvious to start cleaning up but it is important to wait until you are able to document the damage by taking photographs. If your camera did not survive the incident, or the house is unsafe to enter, the next step is to call SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore to begin the process of restoring your home.

An expert at SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore will be able to document the damage on your behalf for insurance claims. Based on the damage and condition of your home the SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore professional will be able to advise you if going through the insurance company is the best course of action.

We are ready to make the process as simple as possible, helping you every step of the way. After documenting the damage to your home the SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore professional will give you a formal assessment and advise you of the best course of action. The only step you must take is to submit the claim to insurance! Your insurance company may try to pressure you into using a preferred vendor, with which they have agreements, but it is important to know that you have the right to pick with whom you work. Based on your plan an expert can even tell you if going through insurance is a good idea; high deductibles, increased rates, and fear of getting your policy canceled may be reasons to not submit.

While a disaster is never good, the resulting damage can give you the opportunity to rebuild your room or home into something you’ve always wanted. SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore is ready to help build your dream home. Turn a negative into a positive by adding a second bathroom to your home or any other additions you could want.  Rebuilding your life after a disaster is never easy, but you should find comfort in knowing that SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore is ready to make rebuilding your home a lot easier!

Get Your Ducts in a Row

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Get Your Ducts in a Row Removing the vent cover will allow a better look at your air duct system.

Cleaning air ducts is a task best left to a professional duct cleaning service but, luckily, it is actually pretty easy to determine if they need to be cleaned. Opening the vent covers will give you a glimpse into the air duct system to see if there is any dust, grime, or pet dander circulating through the air you’re breathing. Air filters can also be checked for dust. Either of these checks could serve as an indication that you need to contact a professional duct cleaning service.

You can also take a peek at the condition of your heater. The heat exchanger surface will perform optimally if visibly clean. The unit’s blower blades should be clean of oil and debris. The blower compartment must also be clear.

As summer approaches (rapidly) now would be a great time to check on your air conditioner. The coils within the air conditioner should be clear of any dust. Shine a flashlight onto the cooling coil to see if the light is coming out on the other end.  The coil fins should also be spaced evenly and free of any bends or nicks. If any of these parts seem bogged down or dirty, call us before it gets too hot. If you are having issues with your air conditioner don’t sweat it, just give us a call and we will be there to help as quickly as possible. Here is some quick insight into the cleaning process to ensure your ventilation system is running at maximum efficiency:

Our first step would be to clean, or if necessary, replace your air conditioner filter ensuring the ducts will not become bogged down with debris and restrict air flow.  If the filters or ducts are not clean it will lead to air pollution and the air your breathing will be dirty.

After dealing with the filters we will begin to clean the condenser coils. Clean condenser coils will maximize the unit’s energy efficiency. Your SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore service person will also check the coolant lines to ensure you are getting the coolest air possible.

The last step would be testing the AC Unit. While the system is running we are able to make sure the unit is functioning properly and the system is cleaned. If there is more work to be done, like fixing a broken part, SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore will be able to quickly find the issue and complete the necessary repairs.

What Causes Mold Inside The Home?

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What Causes Mold Inside The Home? SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore has the trained professionals to handle any mold removal project.

Mold needs moisture, water, or humidity to grow and thrive. Mold spores can begin growing indoors when they land on wet surfaces. Some common places mold can thrive include:

  • Showers, bathtubs, sinks, and toilets are common places for mold growth. These areas tend to be damp, and without proper ventilation, they provide the perfect environment.
  • Air conditioning and heating vents.
  • Fireplace and chimney. When not being used, fireplaces and chimneys are cool, damp, and dark - a fertile ground for mold spores.
  • In the attic. If your roof has any possible leaks, mold can grow and spread through the ventilation system in the attic. It can also thrive in the insulation and soffit vents.
  • In the basement. That all-too-familiar musty-basement smell is evidence of humidity and moisture, and more than likely mold. Most commonly it can be found around pipes and ducts, or near the foundation, sump pump, windows, or vents.

Indoor mold growth can and should be prevented or controlled by eliminating moist conditions indoors. If there is mold growth in your home, it’s important to not only deal with it immediately and remove it; but resolve the root of the problem as well. In the right situation, mold will grow very quickly, in as little as 24- 48 hours.

If you suspect your house has mold, it’s vital that you call a professional who will arrange for sampling and test the area. The Mold Remediation Specialists at SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore are certified and trained in water and mold damage restoration. They have specific experience in mold protocols, methods, of remediation analysis, and know how to effectively handle mold using state-of-the-art techniques and equipment.

SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore’s experts will first assess the damage and if required by law receive a protocol for a Certified Mold Assessor and devise a course of action. They will then target the affected area using physical barriers and a negative air pressure chamber, preventing the mold from spreading, and clean and restore the area.

The techs at SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore receive ongoing mold remediation training, insuring the restoration your home or business quickly and efficiently.

SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore offers emergency service 24/7; or you can call to arrange for a thorough inspection of your home or business any time. Contact them at (area phone number).

Is Black Mold Really Dangerous?

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Is Black Mold Really Dangerous? Contact SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore for professional mold remediation & mold removal.

We’ve all been there. You go into your basement or your bathroom and there, on the wall, you see it: black mold. You panic, because you’ve heard horror stories for years about the dangers of black mold, but is there really any truth to the hype?

In truth, the term “toxic black mold” is a misnomer with no scientific validation at all. In fact, the term “toxic mold” is also inaccurate. According to the CDC, “the term ‘toxic mold’ is not accurate. While some molds can produce toxins, specifically mycotoxins, the molds themselves are not toxic or poisonous”.

So what kinds of mycotoxins can black mold produce? The trichothecene types below are found in toxic black mold:

  • Cyclosporin
  • Roridin E
  • Satratoxin F, G and H (the most abundant type of trichothecene)
  • Sporidesmin G
  • Stachybotryolactone
  • Trichoverrol
  • Trichoverrin
  • Verrucarin J

Molds come in a rainbow of colors but it is the black mold species Stachybotrys chartarum that has been falsely dubbed “toxic black mold”. In reality, mold is everywhere in our environment, it’s the dosage that makes the poison.

There is no argument that excessive exposure to almost any type of mold can cause adverse health effects, no matter what the color.

In addition, mold growth can also damage buildings—weakening structure and causing unpleasant odors, as well as causing ugly staining. Cleaning mold is often exactly what causes it to spread; the process dislodges mold spores and allows them to travel into new areas of the environment.

To avoid this it’s best to call a professional when you suspect you have a mold issue in your home or business. SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore has years of experience in mold removal and remediation and can ensure that any damage caused by mold is repaired properly, and completely. With SERVPRO of Oakdale/North Bay Shore it’ll be "Like it never even happened."