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Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce New York Orientation Sessions

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

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Learn About Brooklyn’s Chamber of Commerce Activities and Benefits

The borough of Brooklyn, New York, is one of five that comprise New York City. The borough is New York's densest borough, with an estimated population of 2.6 million people. The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce plays a prime role in evolving the business culture of the borough. The Chamber offers four levels of membership aimed at large businesses, professionals, enterprises, and investors.

A membership meeting and orientation session are scheduled for existing members and new members who want to learn more about the Chamber's activities, services, and benefits. For business leaders joining the Chamber, these meetings are an excellent opportunity to select your business's membership level. Each membership level offers various services, including access to the online app, events, and more.

Date: Jan 27, 2021

Start Time: 9:00 AM

Location: Information provided once registered

Fee: Free

These meetings provide excellent opportunities to network, make new connections, and renew acquaintances with business leaders. There is a limitation of 100 spots for each session. Book online to reserve your seat.

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn provides fire damage assistance to Brooklyn residential and commercial buildings and surrounding areas. Call (718) 522-4400. Our SERVPRO teams are ready to respond 24/7 to help with all your fire damage needs.

Williamsburg Walking and Cycling Tours

1/15/2021 (Permalink)

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McCarren Park Williamsburg Outdoor Activities

The city of Williamsburg joined the city of Brooklyn in 1854, which in turn joined the city of New York in 1898, becoming one of five boroughs making up New York. Williamsburg remains a distinct neighborhood bordered by Greenpoint, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bushwick, East Williamsburg, and the East River. The population comprises a diverse mix of people representing Italians, Jewish, Hispanics, Poles, Puerto Ricans, and Dominicans.

The area was first settled in 1638 after the Dutch West India Company purchased the land from Native Americans. In 1664, the English captured the area and renamed the town from Boswijck to Bushwick. Initially settled by farmers and merchants, the village grew and changed names several times. The Town of Williamsburgh, spelled with an "h," was incorporated in 1827. Eventually, the town's name was shortened to Williamsburg in 1852. Williamsburg achieved significant development of industrial and economic growth. The Vanderbilt's, the Fisk's, the Pratt's, and the Pfizer's all played a significant role in the city's development. The Pratt Institute, Corning Glass Works, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals are just a few of the companies investing in the town.

Brooklyn joined New York as one of the five boroughs of the city in 1898, and the Williamsburg Bridge was built in 1903. Williamsburg quickly became the most densely populated area in New York City, facilitated by the new bridge with its residents commuting to Manhattan. Williamsburg has evolved over the years, becoming a highly diverse community. Rezoning in the 1990s has led to gentrification, investment, and conversion of the industrial regions into residential and commercial developments.

Williamsburg offers many venues and cultural experiences. A few of these are listed, and several reviewed in more detail.

Williamsburg Smorgasburg 

Local Walking and Bike Tours

Williamsburg Bridge

McCarren Park

MOFAD – Museum of Food and Drink

Nitehawk Cinema – Williamsburg

Brooklyn Flea Market

Brooklyn Zoo

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Robotic Church

Cobble Hill Tunnel

Williamsburg Smorgasburg – although on hiatus due to current health guidelines, this is a must-do when it reopens. Over 100 local vendors provide delicious, diverse meals to enjoy. As many as 30,000 people visit this outdoor event on weekends from April to October.

Local Walking and Bike Tours – there are many local walking and bike tours throughout Williamsburg and Brooklyn. Food, history, architecture, brewpubs, and cycling tours through some of the borough's diverse neighborhoods are all possible and enjoyable.

Williamsburg Bridge – designed initially to support horse and buggy traffic, the bridge now provides pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicle traffic from Williamsburg in Brooklyn over the East River to Manhattan. The bridge was built in 1903 with a bridge span of 1600 feet and a total length of 7308 feet. There are individual lanes for pedestrians and cyclists as well as vehicles. Pedestrians and cyclists are strongly encouraged to stay within their lanes to avoid collisions since cyclists tend to travel quickly, especially on the downhill portions. Many people enjoy the scenic views of the Manhattan skyline as they cross over the bridge. There are many exciting shops and restaurants at both ends of the bridge for everyone to enjoy after their crossing. Since it is such a long walk, always wear appropriate walking shoes to support tired feet.

McCarren Park – covers 35 acres supporting Williamsburg and Greenpoint communities. Locals enjoy many sports, organized and pickup games such as kickball, baseball, soccer, bocce, basketball, handball, tennis, and football. There are also playgrounds and the McCarren Park Pool and Play Center. Families enjoy local barbeques, fitness equipment, showers, and dog-friendly areas. There are even Wi-Fi hot spots to connect with and upload pictures and videos of family outings.

There are some restrictions in place following local health guidelines. Always check before heading to the park for the latest updates.

Museum of Food and Drink – MOFAD began with Dave Arnold's idea in 2005, who raised funds to fund a mobile museum in 2014 and later a studio and gallery space in Williamsburg, NY. MOFAD has sponsored a variety of exhibits, including:

BOOM – the puffing gun, making cereals for visitors to enjoy

Feasts and Festivals – featured talks, demos, and photos of annual festivities

Flavor – Making it and Faking it – reviewing natural vs. artificial food flavoring

Chow: Making the Chinese American Restaurant – following 170 years of history in America 

Cobble Hill Tunnel – Built-in 1844, it runs for 767 meters and is the oldest railway tunnel in North America. Tours were conducted through the tunnel from 1982 until 2010 by Robert Diamond until it was deemed unsafe by the DOT. The tunnel ran under Atlantic Ave in Brooklyn and was part of the Long Island Railroad.

SERVPRO of Williamsburg Technicians Highly Trained in all Aspects of Water Damage Restoration

Water damage from leaking pipes, broken appliances, or overflowing sinks can be extensive, especially if not noticed for a few hours. Water can seep across floors, into walls, and adjacent rooms, causing damage to your contents, the walls, and flooring materials.

Our SERVPRO teams respond in less than four hours from your call. We have built our company on a platform of trust, honesty, and integrity. Everyone has had a background check, even the owner. Our technicians are trained in every facet of restoration.

Williamsburg SERVPRO Water Damage Restoration Tips

There are actions homeowners and business owners can take to limit the amount of damage before our arrival. The most important tip to remember is avoiding slips and falls and electrocution if electrical circuits are involved. Here are a few more tips:

Turn the water off to the damaged pipe or appliance

Contact SERVPRO to request our help

Remove contents in line with migrating water

Take pictures and notes about the damage caused by the water

Mop up excess water and remove wet contents from the area

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn provides water damage restoration to Brooklyn residential and commercial buildings and surrounding areas. Call (718) 522-4400. Our SERVPRO team is ready to respond 24/7 to help with all your water damage restoration needs.

Get a Special Photo Session in Williamsburg Local Williamsburg Photographer Offering Photoshoots Going into 2021, a photoshoot with family, friends

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

Outdoor photo shoot. Flood water extraction is no easy task. Call the professionals in SERVPRO for the service you need done correctly the first time.

Local Williamsburg Photographer Offering Photoshoots

Going into 2021, a photoshoot with family, friends, or your favorite furry roommates can be a fun activity.  Your Shoott photography session includes the following: 

  • 30-minute personal photoshoot
  • Date: Sun, Dec 27, 2020, at 9:00 AM
  • Place: Old Dock Street at the Dumbo Waterfront 

Many backdrops exist in this area, such as Jane's Carousel, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge, classic cobblestone streets, and vintage architecture. 

Participants get around 40 high-resolution photos to view in a week or less and pick only the ones they wish to purchase at the cost of $15 for each photograph. There is no obligation to buy any of the photos.

When local Williamsburg properties need flood water extraction, they call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400. The technicians have the skill and experience to handle any size of water damage to the structure and contents. 

Come To The LoM's Annual Holiday Party in Brooklyn

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

A couple doing holiday karaoke in their living room. SERVPRO's technicians are IICRC certified. We have all the updated technology and methods when it comes to fire restoration.

Brooklyn Holiday Hang 2020 Is On

The Letter of Marque's fourth annual Holiday Hang happens virtually this year, but all are welcome to take part in this fun event. Much like previous years, this Hangout includes:

  • An evening of live improv performances
  • Karaoke with holiday tunes
  • Hanging out and chatting with other attendees

The Hang takes place using Gather, a free event platform that turns the attendees into the avatar of their choice to explore a custom loaded environment; the Winter Woods are waiting. The date to attend is Saturday, December 19th, 2020, at 7:30 PM EST. The Gather link is sent after the purchase of a $10 ticket. The tickets are per household, not per single attendee. 

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400 helps the local Brooklyn community perform restoration services in properties with fire damage. The techs use their advanced equipment and cleaning methods to save as much of the structure and possessions as possible and return properties to their previous condition.  

Brooklyn Residents Can Count on SERVPRO for Flooding Damage Cleanup

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

Brooklyn Bridge at sunset. Storm damage happens in Brooklyn. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for the flood mitigation services needed.

SERVPRO Removes The Water Damage From Brooklyn Homes Quickly

Most people know Brooklyn has been a borough of New York City for over one hundred years; however, it was an established city long before that. The founding of what is now known as Brooklyn occurred in 1636 when Dutch farmers set up homes along Gowanus Bay's shores. The original name of the area was "Breuckelen" and in the late 1700s became the name we know the city as today. The motto is "Eendraght Maeckt Maght" and means “in unity; there is strength.” This saying got taken from early modern Dutch and aptly describes Brooklynites' attitude towards their borough. It is the most densely populated county in America and has more square miles of land than Manhattan. If it were still a city rather than a borough, it would be the fourth largest city in the United States. 

Importance To American Patriots In 1776 and 1812

An important battle during the Revolutionary War took place in Brooklyn, The Battle of Long Island. General Nathanael Green created Fort Putnam to protect General Washington and his men after the battle. During the War of 1812, the locals built an earthen fort to defend themselves. 

Notable Names From Brooklyn

A large number of famous people call Brooklyn home. Walt Whitman was the editor of the newspaper Brooklyn Daily Eagle in 1846 before becoming one of America's most well-known poets. Other celebs from this area are:

  • Mae West, actress and comedienne
  • Leonard Bernstein, conductor and composer
  • Barbra Streisand, singer
  • Michael Jordan, athlete 
  • Jerry Seinfeld, comedian, and actor

A large number of iconic products and brands terminated from Brooklyn. Notables include deep-fried Twinkies, the sweetener Sweet’N Low; the stuffed toy children have loved since 1903, teddy bears. Also, this borough saw the invention of 

  • The first roller coaster
  • Bank-backed credit cards
  • The Mr. PotatoHead Toy

Best Places to Visit in Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a gorgeous collection of plant life in an urban setting. The garden spans over 52 acres right in the heart of the borough. You might hear the term "DUMBO" frequently from Brooklynites, and it means Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. This has two sections: Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridges, and the other is across the East River. The DUMBO has views of the bridges and a vast number of food choices from vendors. The Brooklyn Museum is another must-see for both tourists and locals. This institution is one of the largest art museums in America and is considered one of the world's premier museums. One of the best ways to view the Brooklyn Bridge is from the East River Ferry. Locals use the ferry system to get from Point A to Point B, and tourists enjoy the skyline's view.

The Site of Some of New York's Worst Disasters

Brooklyn still is the location of the worst transit disaster in the state of New York. The Malbone Street Wreck occurred in 1918, and the street has since gotten renamed Empire Boulevard. The wreck happened because the driver of the five-car train took a hairpin turn traveling at around 30 to 40 MPH instead of the regulation six miles per hour. The train cars packed with rush-hour travelers slammed into a concrete partition, and the incident left 250 passengers injured with 100 fatalities. The third worst fire in United States history took place at Brooklyn's Our Thesbian Temple Theater. In December 1876, a packed theater with an estimated 1000 patrons caught on fire. Firefighters mistakenly thought the audience members escaped after the roof collapsed, only to find hundreds of people in the rubble the following day. 

Year-Round Weather in Brooklyn

Brooklyn has four distinct seasons. It gets a significant amount of rain yearly, with an average of 46 inches compared to the rest of the United States that averages around 38 inches of rain. Brooklynites experience the same amount of snow as the rest of the US, getting about 25-inches per year. Both the heavy rains and snowmelt can sometimes be responsible for flash floods that affect the property. Intense storms containing gusty winds are not an uncommon weather event. Also, tornadoes, hurricanes, and tropical storms affect the area occasionally. As far as sunshine goes, even with the larger than average rainfall amount, the borough gets 226 sunny days per year compared to 205 days elsewhere in the US. 

What Are Common Issues After Flooding Damage in Brooklyn Properties?

When flooding damage occurs in Brooklyn houses, there can be multiple problems affecting the structure and contents. SERVPRO technicians have comprehensive training to handle all water damage types, including the often massive destruction that floodwater can bring into a home. The faster the cleanup begins, the more potential for limiting the number of building materials and home contents lost to the water. The technicians frequently deal with: 

  • Removal of deteriorated sheetrock
  • Disposal of ruined carpet
  • Collection of wet insulation from inside wall cavities
  • Flood cuts to drywall interiors

When the floodwater in the home is groundwater, the losses to the property can be the greatest. SERVPRO techs need to disinfect the property because anything that absorbs this water takes on a host of potential contaminants, including pathogenic elements, bacteria, and chemicals. The techs have a host of proprietary cleaning agents, including antimicrobials, biocides, and other solutions to neutralize threats present in the water.

The high interior humidity conditions can create the perfect environment for mold spore germination and growth. The techs have the training to identify early warning signs of an infestation, and this SERVPRO location has a mold remediation license #00055 and a residential general contractor license #2015353DCA. Once the cleanup efforts complete, the technicians can move directly into the reconstruction and repair phase of the mitigation and rebuild walls, install carpet or restore the flooring to make it like new. 

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400 supports local residential and commercial properties with the cleanup of flooding damage saving residents the cost of replacement whenever possible. 

Safely Support Local Artists from Brooklyn and its Surroundings

11/14/2020 (Permalink)

Bryant park winter village Enjoy the Magic of the Holiday Season at Bryant Park while SERVPRO works their magic on your mold damage leaving it “Like it never even happened.”

Visit the Holiday Shops at Bryant Park and Support Local Talent from Brooklyn and the Boroughs

The beauty of living in the Brooklyn area is that you can stay within the borough or venture out to Manhattan, depending on your mood. This holiday season, when many small businesses are pivoting following the health crisis, the Holiday Shops at Bryant Park provide an excellent opportunity to do a little shopping while supporting local talent. Recently configured to be mindful of safety recommendations, the Holiday Shops now offer more space for its vendors and patrons while maintaining its unique charm. As you plan your shopping escapade, keep in mind the following-

  • Shops are open from October 30th- January 3rd, 2021
  • Hours are posted and updated on Bryant Park’s website, but many vendors keep extended hours on holidays and late into the evening.
  • Face coverings are required at all times. Vendors and patrons are encouraged to keep safety top of mind when conducting business.

At SERVPRO of West Brooklyn, we also support our commercial partners by jumping into action whenever mold remediation is an issue. Give us a call at (718) 522-4400 and let us work to leave your business “Like it never even happened.”

Park Slope Residents Can Still Enjoy the Magic of the Holidays in NYC

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

New York Botanical Garden Come out and enjoy the beauty of The New York Botanical Garden this holiday season.

Travel from Park Slope to the New York Botanical Gardens for an Afternoon of Fun and Holiday Joy

Like other New York City neighborhoods, Park Slope has also had to adapt to a new normal. Families and friends are revisiting holiday traditions and deciding which are still viable and which need to standby until next year. The beauty of living in a diverse area, though, is that there’s never a lack of activity, and everyone is sure to find a new activity to explore.

The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx offers patrons an option to enjoy model-sized city landmarks made of natural materials as part of the Holiday Train Show. This unique construction, including the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge, is like no other in the world and will be on display from November 12th- January 31st, 2021. To comply with safety protocols throughout your visit, please remember the following as you plan-

  • Advanced tickets are necessary; no walk-in visitors allowed
  • Only Members, Patrons, Bronx Community Partners, and Corporate Members are allowed in this year’s exhibition.
  • Guest tickets are available for purchase with select membership levels
  • Strollers are welcome at the Garden, but not within the exhibition space

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn supports the greater NYC area just as we help our customers needing water mitigation services. As 2020 comes to an end, we invite you to keep us in mind and call us at (718) 522-4400 whenever you need our expert help. Our goal for your home is to leave it “Like it never even happened.”

Home Fires in Brooklyn Can Escalate Quickly and Leave Considerable Damage

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Techs and van Our SERVPRO technicians are ready at a moment's notice. Give us a call right away if your home has been affected by fire damage.

SERVPRO Helps Restore Homes with Fire Damage in Brooklyn 

New York City is arguably the most vibrant city in the world, and Brooklyn can rightfully claim its share of that fame. This famous borough is often portrayed in books, movies and is a must-see in tours of the City. Most may not realize that Brooklyn is in Kings County, the second-most densely populated in the United States of America. It also shares the honor of being named the most populated borough in New York City, sharing a border with Queens and boasting connections to Manhattan via tunnels and bridges. Its name honors Breukelen, a Dutch village. If Brooklyn was its own city, it would follow Los Angeles and Chicago in terms of population. Appropriate to its diversity, the borough’s motto is “Unity makes strength.”

Starting around the turn of the century, Brooklyn has become a preferred place to live, and the area has gentrified considerably. Although this process has brought up affordability concerns, it has also evolved into the home of start-up firms, artists, and entrepreneurs, as well as young families. Brooklyn is used to leading the charge in adapting to its residents’ needs, just as it did in the 1800s when it supported industries springing within its borders by creating services and utilities to meet the growing population.

Life in Brooklyn

From an economic perspective, Brooklyn adds considerable value to the financial landscape of New York, but its riches go above and beyond what can be expressed in currency. 

No other offering manifests the borough’s cultural wealth than its cuisine. The food culture in Brooklyn reflects the diversity of its population, and both residents and visitors can enjoy everything from Asian to African to Italian. The number of restaurants is astounding and would take a while to visit. However, Brooklyn is most famous for its pizza, hot dogs, cheesecake, and bagels. Unlike other pizzas, Brooklyn-style pizza is thin and crispy, with toppings extending to the pie's edge. Rumor has it that one of the hidden ingredients in the world-famous New York pizza is literally in the area’s water quality. Water is also identified as the key to making the best bagels. Regardless of what the secret is, people from all over crave these specialties.

Getting around in Brooklyn can be challenging due to many people moving around in its streets. Several groups, including Transportation Alternatives, have embarked on improving pedestrian and bike pathways and advocating for better public transportation and reduced vehicle traffic. About a dozen bridges connect Brooklyn to nearby locations, but the Brooklyn Bridge, built in 1883, is perhaps the most notable among tourists and residents. Not only does it offer a practical option to connect with Manhattan, but it also allows one to appreciate the City from a distance. Some landmarks you should expect to see include-

  • The bridge itself- make sure to explore historical markers and appreciate the suspension cables and towers holding it up. When you consider its age, the structure becomes even more impressive and a testament to Brooklyn’s progressive nature.
  • The Statue of Liberty- this famous monument can be viewed in all its splendor from the Brooklyn Bridge. Appreciating it from a distance reminds us once again of its importance and all this gift from France symbolizes.
  • Skyscrapers- as you walk from Brooklyn into Manhattan, you get to appreciate the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building, and the view really is spectacular, particularly if the sun is setting as you cross it.

If you have been reading up on Brooklyn, you may have noticed that the arts community is an integral part of it. In DUMBO (an acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), many galleries and artist spaces have flourished, and you can find works suitable for all tastes. 

Originally a ferry landing, the area’s warehouses, and industrial buildings became ideal for companies such as Etsy and West Elm to set up their headquarters, as well as artist lofts where creativity reigns. On any given day, galleries exhibit pieces by established artists as well as up-and-coming talent. Renovations and new construction have resulted in unique buildings, often commanding top dollar in real estate transactions, but many families have grown along with the City and whose traditions remain rooted in Brooklyn.

Whether you are curious about Brooklyn’s pizza, art, accent, or people, you will not be disappointed. New York City, and this borough, in particular, embody the very vision of the American Dream, and its confluence of cultures is evident block after block. Take a walk, ride a bike, or hop on a tour bus and venture out to explore.

Protecting Your Brooklyn Home in Case of Fire

The risk of a home fire is as prevalent in Brooklyn as it is in other communities. However, the high population density and some buildings' age may make your home more vulnerable to the consequences of smoke and fire, whether in your home or a neighboring unit. At SERVPRO, we pride ourselves on our ability to mobilize quickly and begin the restoration process as soon as we arrive. Our expert team knows the area well and understands the limitations natural to the different neighborhoods' pace and composition, and we work within those parameters.

When you find yourself in need, a call to our 24/7 hotline invites us to bring EPA-approved cleaning solutions, extractors, and specialized equipment to remove the debris left behind by the fire and extinguishing efforts. We also employ the necessary methods to remove the pervasive smell of smoke typical of fires of all sizes, and we explore your insulation and ventilation as an added precaution. Our team is a one-stop guide to the restoration process and the coordination with other relevant parties, including sub-contractors and insurance as needed.

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn is your friendly neighbor when disaster strikes. Call us at (718) 522-4400 and let us minimize disruptions to your daily life. Like you, we want to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Why Should the Pros Handle Basement Water Cleanup in Brooklyn?

10/31/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged home Call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400 to have a team sent to your property to assist with basement water damage.

SERVPRO Should Be Your First Call to Help with Water Damage – We Can Restore Your Brooklyn Basement to Pre-Loss Condition

No Brooklyn homeowner or property manager wants to see standing water in the basement. When it comes to home issues, water damage is high on the list because it spreads quickly and brings the potential for health effects should mold and mildew colonize. Rather than waiting, you can contact SERVPRO to facilitate water extraction, drying, and reconstruction. With our IICRC-certified water restoration technicians, we make it look, “Like it never even happened.”

Why Should SERVPRO Be My First Call?
We get in quickly to inspect the water damage to your Brooklyn basement. We take into careful consideration a variety of factors, including:

• Contaminants – The water within your basement could harbor various contaminants ranging from chemicals to sewage. We treat the area carefully to keep contamination from spreading as we work to remove water.
• Structural Issues – Without prompt water extraction and drying, significant damage can come to your walls, foundation, and the first floor above the basement.
• Difficult Spaces – Our skilled crew knows where to seek out potential areas where moisture may have traveled. We use our proven methods and tools to get into the ductwork, crawlspaces, and other tight areas otherwise tricky for homeowners to reach using DIY efforts alone.

We have access to equipment sufficient for handling water removal projects from small to large. Each of our trucks come filled with dehumidifiers and air movers that help us to facilitate drying to bring relative humidity back to normal levels. We ensure that all surface areas impacted by flooding in the basement get treated with EPA-registered antimicrobials to halt mold growth and the onset of musty odors.

Should your basement require controlled demolition, our franchise does it all – including general contracting, drywall removal, tile floor repair, and more. Residential Contractor License #: 2015353DCA.

Call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400 to have a team sent to your property to assist with basement water damage. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Why are Chemical Treatments not the Only Answer for Mold Removal?

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

logo of IICRC The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification provides best practices for mold remediation in Brooklyn properties.

Brooklyn Residents Need Mold Removal that Tackles the Problem from Different Angles

When it comes to keeping your Brooklyn home clean, it is easy to grab the nearest powerful cleaner to melt away dirt and grime. However, when it comes to fungal growth, you might need a different approach.

If you need mold removal in your Brooklyn home, the first step is to call SERVPRO. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we are available 24 hours.

Why is it a bad idea to spray the mold with home cleaners?

Most home cleaning products are not designed to fight mold. They might help clean away surface mold contamination, but they do not tackle problems, such as:

  • Mold growing inside affected materials
  • Underlying moisture that allows the fungus to grow
  • Loose mold spores escaping and starting new colonies in other parts of your home

It is also important to note that some cleaners, especially bleach-based ones, can provide more moisture and make mold growth worse.

What techniques does SERVPRO use to fight mold?

Our technicians use a range of techniques provided by the IICRC to fight mold:

  • HEPA vacuuming to remove loose mold spores, and hoover fungus from dry non-porous surfaces such as glass and metal
  • Damp wiping to clean mold that is growing in a layer of soil
  • Sanding, damp wiping, wire scrubbing, and other abrasive methods for semi-porous surfaces such as concrete or wood
  • Baking soda or dry ice blasting for larger areas of wood and brick

 These techniques do not involve chemicals at all – even baking soda blasting uses completely natural ingredients, plus the added benefits of not introducing additional moisture to the treatment area.

Do we use any chemical treatments

Yes – we apply antimicrobial agents when needed. Our antimicrobial treatments are EPA-registered and designed to kill bacteria, mold, and mildew. We sometimes use wet fogging for deodorization – the fogging machine disperses odor-eating products in a fine mist.

Chemical treatments have their place in mold removal, but it is best to use them in conjunction with a range of other techniques for the best results. Our technicians know when to use each product and which safety precautions and personal protective equipment they should use.

For a mold removal service that nears total elimination, Mold Remediation Contractor License #: 00055, call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400.