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Tips for Choosing the Right Water Damage Restoration Company

7/3/2017 (Permalink)


Tips for Choosing the Right Water Damage Restoration Company

Broken sewerage systems, plumbing technicalities, and floods can cause serious water damage to a home or a commercial building. As a homeowner or a manager of a commercial building, it's prudent to consider hiring the services of professional water damage remediation services to prevent the damage from escalating and causing even further damages like mold buildup or collapsing of the entire building. Furthermore, such damages can cause problems to your wiring system and affect other expensive appliances like the air conditioning unit. Time is crucial when it comes to responding to flood damage. If the flood damage is not resolved as soon as possible it might lead to other substantial losses that will definitely be too costly to replace or repair. The only ideal step to take is to hire a professional water cleanup service provider to restore the mess. Here are a few tips and guidelines on how to choose the best professionals for the job.

Certifications and accreditation

Although the mitigation process is supposed to commence as soon as possible, it doesn't mean that due diligence shouldn't be followed. Don't just hire anyone who claims to be certified and experienced in offering flood damage restoration services in the neighborhood without verifying the certifications and accreditation. In fact, a credible water cleanup contractor should have specializations in other fields such as plumbing and wiring so as to disconnect and connect broken pipes to restore the water damage satisfactorily. The contractor should have accreditation documents from relevant bodies like the Better Business Bureau.

Years of experience in the mitigation

Hire experienced professionals who have handled water damage mitigation situations that are even worse than the current flood damage problem. Experienced professionals have a good reputation. A good start is to ask friends and close family members for referrals of some of the reputable water damage restoration professionals in the neighborhood who can handle comprehensive drying.

Proximity

Remember, proximity is an issue here, therefore don't hire contractors who will take several days to get to your home when it has started developing mold. Mold and fungus can start developing on the site after two days. If the home or commercial building gets a mold manifestation, it may require that the building owner hires a mold removal company on top of the water damage restoration expenses. Some valuable possessions and furniture can get damaged if not salvaged in good time. Therefore, hiring professional contractors from the locality is a good idea.

Insured and bonded

To avoid unnecessary lawsuits in case of any unexpected eventualities during the water in a home or water in a business drying process, it's advisable to hire insured and bonded water in home or water in business removal companies. The water mitigation company should be bonded and licensed and comply with all policies regarding professional operation of a mitigation company.

Tools and equipment

The tools and modern equipment used by the water cleanup companies in removing the water in home or water in business are designed to be more effective than equipment sold for home use. Most businesses or homes can't afford to buy the expensive drying equipment necessary for the drying of the water for personal use. It's necessary to inquire about the type of equipment that the water in home or water in business Restoration Company will use in the water cleanup before signing any contract papers. Sometimes usage of certain equipment is prohibited in some residential estates.

The water removal company professionals should also wear protective gear such as gloves and masks when handling contaminated water from broken sewerage systems so as to avoid cross contamination. Ask the residential or commercial water Restoration Company to recommend any necessary repairs that should be conducted on the building after the restoration project.
Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthwestbrooklyn.com for more information on water damage.

Everything You Need to Know About Fire Damage

7/3/2017 (Permalink)


Everything You Need to Know About Fire Damage

Fire damage is often much worse than people realize, and it has a lot to do with the unknown damage it causes. Soot damage, smoke damage, and the smoke smell that lingers for so long after a fire in the home or fire in the business occurs are some of the worst forms of damage. Fire itself causes ample damage to most structures, whether it’s commercial fire damage or a fire in the home. Add the soot damage and smoke damage to the mix, and the mess requires the help of a company that specializes in fire cleanup.

Fire damage is devastating, and there is nothing homeowners or business owners can do but hope their belongings can be salvaged. If fire damage didn’t destroy personal effects when a fire in the home or fire in the business occurs, the soot damage and smoke damage might have done the job instead. If commercial fire damage occurs, it’s even more imperative people call for professional fire damage restoration. Attempting to restore the property themselves can have even worse results either due to incorrect processes, or additional revenue loss from business interruption while the process is taking longer than needed to clean up . When fire damage occurs, it’s imperative home and business owners call for professional fire damage restoration.

What Happens After a Fire in the Home or Fire in the Business

When fire occurs, so many things happen. Items in the home or business are damaged because of several issues commonly associated with fire. Soot damage occurs when soot from the fire lands on the items in a home or office. Soot damage can stain or destroy items, and it’s not easily cleaned without the help of a professional. Smoke damage is another issue. Smoke damage can cause things to never smell the same, it can destroy artwork and books, and it can destroy clothing.

The smoke smell might never come out of furniture or clothing without professional fire cleanup. Most people can’t just wash the smoke smell out of things, which is why calling for professional fire damage restoration is so important.

Commercial Fire Damage

When commercial fire damage occurs, there are additional issues to worry about. Commercial buildings sometimes contain dangerous items that don’t do well around smoke or fire. This could be toxic chemicals or other items that are flammable and dangerous. It’s never safe for individuals to enter a commercial structure on their own following a fire. It must be assessed by a professional to ensure the structure is safe and the items inside don’t pose an additional threat.

Pros Have the Right Equipment

People just want back in when a fire occurs. Whether it was a fire in the home or a fire in the business, people want to see what kind of damage they’re dealing with, how they can handle it, and what they can do to begin the fire cleanup phase of the aftermath. There’s just too much work for people to do themselves, which is why professional fire damage restoration is so helpful. Professional restorers have the right equipment, products, and the knowledge to restore things that might not otherwise be salvageable.

They know what there is to know about fire damage and cleanup, and they are quick. Hiring a pro means getting tasks handled faster and more efficiently, and it means safety is all but guaranteed. Business and homeowners have a lot to handle and deal with following a fire, such as the insurance agency and the fire investigation. It’s time to let someone with knowledge and experience handle the fire cleanup part while home and business owners handle everything else. Even if it’s just time to grieve and process what happened to their home or business, it’s imperative to call for help and let someone with knowledge handle this situation.

A professional has the ability to work miracles such as removing the smoke smell from virtually everything. Don't let a home or office go uncared for after a fire because it's intimidating to start. Call for help.
Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthwestbrooklyn.com for more information on fire damage.

Why Mold Damages at Home Requires Professional Help

7/3/2017 (Permalink)


Why Mold Damages at Home Requires Professional Help

Finding mold in the home or commercial mold damage causes a lot of confusion. It’s easy to see professional mold removal services are required if the mold damage is severe, but it’s easy to think it’s something that can be handled at home with DIY methods when only a little mildew or fungus is apparent. It’s not easy to know which route to take when mold in the home or commercial mold damage is evident, but it’s always a wise idea to go with professional mold removal, remediation, and mitigation. This is the way to ensure mold damage, mildew, and any other fungus is killed, removed, and handled accordingly.

Mold Removal Benefits

Professional mold removal companies use upgraded equipment. This means they can get into smaller spaces to handle mold damage that’s not easily accessible for a homeowner or a business owner to get to without the same equipment. It’s not always simple to handle this kind of remediation without a mitigation service, which is why professional help is required.

The other obvious benefit of professional remediation and mitigation includes finding the source of mold damage. Mold in the home and commercial mold damage both start somewhere, and many people might not realize they need to find the source. It’s common to just clean it up when mold in the home or commercial mold damage become a problem, and few people consider tracing the source.

It’s usually the result of a leak or other water damage somewhere in the home or in the office. Professionals trace the problem and find out where it’s gone so they have a chance to figure out how to stop the flow of water into the house or the office to prevent more mold from occurring.

Learning to Prevent Mold

Mitigation is the action of reducing the severity, seriousness, or negative consequences of something. Experience in mold mitigation results in professionals learning how to prevent mold damage in the future. It’s better to keep it from forming than it is to fight it when it does occur, which is why so many people prefer to handle it this way. When mildew or fungus is present in a home, it’s a good indication there might be mold elsewhere. Mold is fungus and it grows in the same conditions as mildew. Damp, hot, and humid is that it takes for mold to grow. Knowing this allows homeowners to gain control of mold in the home or commercial mold damage.

One of the most telltale signs of mold damage anywhere is a smelly odor. It’s unpleasant by itself, but this kind of smelly odor takes on a very musty scent. Anyone who notices a smelly odor like this at home or at work should go ahead with deodorization to make the smell more pleasant, but the smelly odor can’t be ignored with the constant use of deodorization. It’s a sign professional help is needed. Deodorization isn’t something that can be used for purposes other than to cover up the smell. It’s not going to get rid of the problem. Homeowners often forget that deodorization doesn’t get rid of mold or other mildew. It only covers it up and allows people to live a bit more comfortably while they ignore the real problem.

Smelly odor, mildew, fungus, and any high levels of humidity combined with a leak anywhere is a sign it’s time to get a remediation company into the home or office to handle what’s going on with everything. It’s never a good idea to ignore these signs.

One way to ensure mold is handled properly at home or work is to ensure it’s taken care of the right way from start to finish. People might not like the idea of handling mold at home with professionals, but it’s the best way to guarantee it’s handled accordingly and without issue. No one wants to find it’s coming back and spreading rapidly when it’s not handled correctly the first time.
Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthwestbrooklyn.com for more information on mold damage.

Tips To Protect Your Home From Water Damage

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tips To Protect Your Home From Water Damage A homeowner returned from a weekend getaway to find his basement ceiling collapsed from the 1st floor dishwasher

Water damage is the second most frequently filed homeowner insurance claim. Coming home after a day at work, or a relaxing vacation, to find water in your home can be devastating.  Whether a small unnoticed water leak, or a catastrophic flood, the results may be disastrous. Common causes of leaks that lead to water damage in our homes are:

  • Water heaters
  • Toilets
  • Washing Machines
  • Dishwashers
  • Tubs and Showers
  • Leaky roof

By following these simply guidelines you can protect your home from water damage.

  1. Know where and how to shut off you water main.  If a pipe were to burst, it is imperative to know how to shut off the main water supply.
  2. Check hoses and faucets regularly.  It is recommended that hoses that lead to your washing machine, refrigerator, and dishwasher are checked on an annual basis and replaced every five to seven years. Consider switching to a stainless-steel reinforced hose.
  3. Check showers and tubs.  The caulking around your shower and tub should be watertight.  If cracks in the caulk are visible, replace it.  This is a simple, inexpensive way to prevent water seepage.
  4. Regularly check your roof for missing or damaged shingles.

Call it Murphy's Law, call it an act of God or call it just plain bad luck - whatever the term, disasters always seem to strike at the worst possible time.   Chances are, whether a flood strikes the day before a big party or a holiday weekend, SERVPRO of NW Brooklyn has been there and restored that.  We are available 24/7, so in your hour of need, we are only a phone call away.  We have earned the trust of our customers by combining an industry-leading process with a true passion for customer service.  Our technicians identify the source and type of water, which determines the proper course of action.  We use drying equipment that controls temperature and humidity, minimizing secondary damage.  When water damage takes control of your life, we help you take it back. 

The Truth About Bleach

2/22/2017 (Permalink)

For many households, chlorine bleach is generally seen as your “go-to” cleaner for tough jobs.  While bleach is well-known for its disinfecting properties that doesn't mean it's the best choice for mold - it has distinct drawbacks when cleaning flood impacted buildings. It is a convenient cleaner and stain remover for hard, non-porous surfaces. Bleach is not made to “soak in”, therefore, its disinfecting properties are limited to a hard surface like tile or glass.  If used on porous materials, such as wood and drywall, bleach will stay above the surface and only kill the mold on the surface, while the water is absorbed in. The surface mold looks gone, but the fact is, if the mold is not removed from the material, it will most likely return and make your mold problem worse in the long run. Mold remediation requires a cleaner to reach deep down into wood and other porous building materials.  Further, its effectiveness in killing bacteria and mold is significantly reduced when it comes in contact with residual dirt, which is often present in flooded homes.  If bleach water comes into contact with electrical components and other metal parts of mechanical systems it can cause corrosion.  Bleach water can also compromise the effectiveness of termite treatments in the soil surrounding the building.  Many types of bleach are not EPA-registered as a disinfectant and may also be hazardous to your health.


SERVPRO of NORTH WEST BROOKLYN cares about the proper restoration of your home or business.  We have the know-how and the specialized equipment needed to assess and/or repair your damage.

Retail Store floods in Westchester County

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Retail Store floods in Westchester County "Like it never even happened."

From a burst pipe to faulty wiring, fire and water losses are never planned, but they do occur.  When fire, water, or mold damage strikes your business, it impacts everyone from the owner to the customer.  A quick response may help avoid revenue loss for business owners and minimize inconvenience to your customers.  SERVPRO OF NW BROOKLYN understands the urgency in responding quickly, mitigating damage, and providing effective cleanup and restoration services.  Restoration services can help you resume normal business functions quickly while avoiding costly downtime and eliminate the possibility of secondary damage.  SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  With professional equipment and industry approved techniques, we will save you time and money.  Working hard to restore the property and its contents to preloss condition helping you open your doors as soon as possible.

Winter Storm Readiness

12/29/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Storm Readiness Snow Storm NYC

Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. Some winter storms are large enough to affect several states, while others affect only a single community. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain.

KNOW THE DIFFERENCE

  • WINTER STORM OUTLOOK - Winter storm conditions are possible in the next 2 to 5 days.
  • WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY – Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. When caution is used, these situations should not be life threatening.
  • WINTER STORM WATCH – Winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36-48 hours. People in a watch area should review their winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions.
  • WINTER STORM WARNING – Life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin with 24 hours. People in a warning area should take precautions immediately.

Regardless of the severity of a winter storm, you should be prepared in order to remain safe during these events. SERVPRO of NW Brooklyn encourages everyone to learn about the hazards they may face during a winter storm and prepare for all types of emergencies by writing an emergency plan, choosing a meeting place, gathering supplies for their home, and preparing a Go Bag in case they need to leave their home in a hurry. Make a disaster plan with your household members to prepare for what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate in an emergency. Make a plan that best suits your needs and the needs of your household.

 PREPARE YOUR HOME & VEHICLE

  • Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
  • Insulate you home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.
  • Keep a supply of Sand, Rock Salt, or Non-clumping Kitty Litter to make walkways and steps less slippery.

PUT TOGETHER A SUPPLY KIT

 A basic emergency supply kit should include the following recommended items.

  • Water – at least a 3-day supply; 1 gallon per person per day
  • Food – at least a 3 day supply of non-perishable, easy to prepare food
  • Battery powered radio (extra batteries)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flashlight and Multi-purpose tool (pliers or wrench-to turn off utilities)
  • Medications (7 day supply)
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Baby Supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Pet supplies
  • Warm Clothing –Jacket/coat, long pants and long sleeved shirt
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items

 When evacuation is deemed necessary:

  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Extra Cash

SERVPRO of NW BROOKLYN is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Whether you need emergency winter storm damage remediation or other restorative services, you can trust us to make your house feel like home again. We have the training, experience, and equipment to quickly get your home looking its best.

Flood Safety Awareness

11/21/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States.

Flooding can occur during any season, but some areas of the country are at greater risk at certain times of the year. Coastal areas are at greater risk for flooding during hurricane season (i.e., June to November).  Flooding can occur in several ways, including the following.

  • Excessive rain or snowmelt cannot be fully absorbed into the ground.
  • Waterways are blocked with debris or ice and overflow.
  • Water containment systems break, such as water or sewer systems.
  • Strong winds from tropical storms or hurricanes cause a storm surge by pushing seawater onto land. The speed and duration of flooding can vary significantly.

EVACUATION

To avoid being trapped when floodwaters threaten your area, the best action to protect yourself and your family is to evacuate before flooding starts. Know and follow the directions from local officials for community evacuation or seek high ground for localized flooding. If you do not evacuate before the flooding occurs or you are trapped by flash flooding, do not enter flooded areas or moving water either on foot or in a vehicle, including areas that appear to have only inches of water. Protecting yourself today means having sources for information, preparing your home or workplace, developing an emergency communications plan, and knowing what to do when a flood is approaching your home or business. Taking action today can save lives and property. Know your flood risk.  Move costly possessions and important documents – shift valuables and electrical goods off the floor for their own protection, ideally upstairs. SERVPRO of NORTHWEST BROOKLYN recommends the following steps to protect you, your family, and your home.

  • Protect furnishing – Small pieces of furniture, rugs, and draperies can be moved upstairs if flooding looks likely.
  • Stock up on sandbags – Use sandbags to block doorways, as these will help you fight the flooding and protect your home.
  • Protect Irreplaceables – Items of sentimental value, such as photos, should be packed in waterproof containers or bags and put somewhere safe, ideally upstairs. No amount of insurance money can bring these back, so put them out of harm’s way.
  • List important contacts – write down important numbers such as your home insurance provider and policy number.
  • Keep informed – Watch the weather forecast to keep up-to-date on any threats

SERVPRO of NW BROOKLYN is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  Whether you need emergency flood damage restoration or top-to-bottom home cleaning, you can trust us to make your house feel like home again. We have the training, experience, and equipment to quickly get your home looking its best. 

Brooklyn, New York Smoke and Soot Clean Up

10/17/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Brooklyn, New York  Smoke and Soot Clean Up A fire in a Brooklyn home, caused by an old extension cord being used with a portable heater.

Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor.  Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.

SMOKE AND SOOT FACTS:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke - wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire.  Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred.  The cleaning procedures will then be based on thee information identified during the pretesting.  Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke - Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.  Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke - Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperature, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue - Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire.

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today - 718-522-4400

Bad Puppy

12/29/2015 (Permalink)

Cleaning Bad Puppy The remains of a puppy making an illegal deposit.

Has this happened to you? Your new puppy has marked their territory?  SERVPRO of Norhtwest Brooklyn was called in to clean and deodorize a carpet that was soiled by a puppy. Our customer was very happy with the end result.