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Can SERVPRO Save Your Antique Table during Fire Damage Restoration?

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

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We help Brooklyn homeowners get back to normal.

The physical cost of replacing items after a fire is not the only consideration. There is also the emotional cost of letting go of an heirloom or antique that matters to you. That is why SERVPRO aims to clean and restore furniture whenever we can.

Need fire damage restoration in your Brooklyn home, rest assured our technicians will care for each of your items as if they were our own. Several factors affect whether we can restore your table:

  • Whether the wood has cracked or warped.
  • Whether the wood is swollen from fire hoses or fire-fighting chemicals.
  • How much damage the surface has suffered.

In some cases, where there is only a light covering of soot, it is possible to restore furniture. We can carefully dry brush the surface to remove loose soot. We can also use wood soap to cleanse the table and furniture polish to restore luster. Our technicians always test a small area first to make sure the cleaner is suitable.

If you are concerned about your antiques during fire damage restoration, call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400.

What Happens after Flood Damage in Brooklyn?

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at work. Flood damage is no easy task. SERVPRO has the man power and equipment for any size job necessary.

SERVPRO’s process helps Brooklyn homeowners

Brooklyn is one of the most famous areas of New York and is popular with tourists throughout the year. It is also a wonderful place to live, with a rich arts culture and lots for a family to do, plus it is close to the heart of New York City.

Brooklyn’s European settler history goes back hundreds of years. The Dutch first settled Long Island’s Western edge in the mid-seventeenth century. The area we now call Brooklyn was originally six independent cities, populated by the Dutch. These include:

  • Graves End, the only colonial town founded by a woman and once a popular gathering place for non-conformists.
  • Brooklyn Heights was a hotbed of Abolitionist sentiment and also features beautiful brownstone row houses.
  • Flatbush is a culturally diverse area with a mix of modern and traditional brownstone buildings and a delicious diversity of ethnic restaurants.
  • Bushwick is a working-class area with modern homes, grassroots community organizations, and several parks.
  • Flatlands features several historic homes, cheek by jowl with plenty of modern shopping districts.

Enjoy an outdoor adventure in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn boasts several lovely outdoor spaces, despite being a busy urban area. There are plenty to choose from for a perfect relaxed day out with family and friends. Why not start with:

  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden is ideal for plant-lovers, with 14,000 taxa on display. The garden has several beautiful themed areas, including Shakespearean, a Japanese hill-and-pond garden, a rose garden, a water garden, a fragrance garden, and a children’s garden.
  • Jamaica Islands Wildlife Refuge is an area of wetlands and salt marshes dotted with islands. It is the perfect place to spot horseshoe crabs and terrapins and do some bird watching.
  • Coney Island is ideal if you want some fresh air and entertainment in one place. You can enjoy the beach or take a ride on one of the many fairground attractions.

If the weather turns bad and you want to go inside, look no further than the New York Transit Museum. The museum dates back to 1976, when entry cost one subway token. The original plan was to keep it for a few months, but people loved it so much that it is still popular. You can see retired buses and subway cars, plus other artifacts from New York’s transit history. There are also exhibits about the history of fare-paying, the impact of labor laws on transit systems, and the impact of transit systems on the environment.

What happens after flood damage?

If you have the misfortune to suffer flood damage, you might wonder what happens next. It is essential to deal with flood damage quickly so it cannot spread. Thankfully, SERVPRO is Faster To Any Size Disaster. Call us as soon as you can after flood damage, and we will aim to be at your property within four hours.

Our tried and tested process gets results:

  • We assess the situation and draw up an action plan.
  • We make your home safe and deal with any immediate hazards.
  • We remove standing water from floors and press water from carpets.
  • We dry your home and belongings while monitoring moisture levels.
  • We clean water-damaged items.

We also deodorize your home when we are finished.

If you need a reliable flood damage process, call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400.

What Should You Look for in Brooklyn Mold Removal Companies?

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

Mold damage inside the home Mold remediation is no DIY project. For the safety of you and your family call SERVPRO and let their IICRC certified technicians do the job.

 SERVPRO supports Brooklyn homeowners

When you notice a patch of fungus in your home, you will probably want to clean it up. However, it is better to wait for the professionals. Home-made or commercial mold cleaners can sometimes make the situation worse by adding extra moisture and encouraging the fungus to propagate.

If you are looking for mold removal companies in Brooklyn, here are some things to ask about.

  • Response time – SERVPRO responds to your first call within an hour and aims to be at your home within four hours.
  • Training – we train all our techs to The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification standards, so you know you are getting a knowledgeable team.
  • Use of containment – containment stops spores from spreading further and is a vital part of effective mold remediation.
  • Monitoring – your team should monitor moisture and humidity levels in the affected area to ensure the environment is dry enough to discourage mold regrowth.
  • Checking in– your SERVPRO team will follow up with you after a week to ensure you are satisfied.

If you are looking for mold removal companies you can trust, call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400.

Can Williamsburg Homeowners Save Carpet Through Water Restoration Services?

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Helps Local Williamsburg Property Owners With Any Size Water Restoration Needed

Most homeowners consider the carpet in their homes an investment with regular cleaning and occasional steam cleaning to get the maximum service life out of it. 

Unexpected home disasters can happen that require water restoration in Williamsburg homes, such as water heater failures, toilet backups, floodwater, and pipe breaks. All of these can ruin the carpet; however, some water damage types may potentially save the carpet. 

This SERVPRO location holds a residential contractor license #2015353DCA and a mold remediation certification #00055. The technicians can handle any needed controlled demolition needed due to damage from moisture and mold issues that can arise from it. 

The technicians' carpet restoration methods vary in several ways depending on the carpet's construction materials. This ensures that the carpet does not bleed, shrink or incur any damage during the cleanup. After testing, the techs may choose to use:

  • Standard extraction and drying flat
  • Removal for drying in-plant
  • Use of tenting or floating applications

Local Williamsburg homeowners trust SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400 with all of their water restoration needs.

SERVPRO Arrives Quickly to Handle Flood Damage in Brooklyn

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

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Local Brooklyn Property Owners Rely on SERVPRO for Flood Damage Restoration

Flooding in Brooklyn is not just a concern in the spring and summer; it is also a threat in the winter from snowmelt. Property owners that know how the steps they can take to prevent this can minimize the potential for damage from this type of water damage in their homes. 

It is not unusual for snow to pile up by the foot in this area of New York during heavy storms. The problem comes when the snowfall melts and the runoff does not flow away from homes. Homeowners must prepare their homes and make certain structural elements that can get damaged by snow or ice are in good repair. 

How Does Snowmelt Cause Flooding in Brooklyn Homes?

When small amounts of snow or ice melt, it is not a big deal because it runs into the rivers' drainage system. Because the ground is still frozen solid, the water cannot drain into the soil effectively. Because water follows the path of least resistance, it flows into streets, across sidewalks, and into basements. When the runoff reaches rivers, it can crest and flood local neighborhoods. 

Tips for Preventing Flooding Caused By Snow melting

 In and around your home is to ensure meltwater has someplace to go other than into a basement or under roof shingles. Way to prevent flooding from snowmelt include:

  • Making corrections to the grading around the property before freezing weather
  • A good grade slopes away at approximately one inch per foot
  • Remove snow from around the perimeter of the home

Ice Dams: Another Brooklyn Winter Hazard

When ice forms, it can block the way for snowmelt to run off. If an ice dam formation in the making gets spotted, break it up so it does not prevent the snowmelt from flowing away from the property. During the winter months, another problem is ice dams forming on the roof of a home and pushing the gutters away from the house. Move ice and snow off of the roof if it is safe to do so; many people rely on long-handled rakes for the job. If not, bring in professional help to clear the ice and snow before it can damage the structure.

What Problems Accompany Flood Damage in Brooklyn Homes?

When SERVPRO technicians handle flood damage cleanup in Brooklyn properties, floodwater can bring numerous problems into a home, such as:

  • Destroyed building materials
  • Mold growth
  • Foul odors
  • Harmful bacteria, sewage, pathogenic elements

This SERVPRO location has a general contractor license #2015353DCA and mold remediation certification #00055, which means it can handle both the removal of any mold growth that occurs and rebuild any home areas that needed controlled demotion due to wicking or seepage in the building materials. 

Water spots and staining can happen to some items constructed from fabric, such as slipcovers, window treatments, and upholstered items. Porous items that cannot withstand sanitizing cleaning often have no potential for restoration. For standalone articles that can be washed, the Esporta Washing System can remove the staining in a single application. Other cleaning methods involve drycleaning chemicals and careful testing on the fibers to ensure that dyes do not bleed and shrinkage does not occur.

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400 stands ready to support Brooklyn properties with any size or type of flood damage cleanup needed. 

Should a Brooklyn Business Remain Open During Commercial Fire Damage Cleanup

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Supports Local Brooklyn Business Properties With Any Size Commercial Fire Damage Cleanup Needed

In most cases, a business, particularly one open to the public, should not remain open during fire mitigation actions. This is because the air quality and airborne soot particulate can be irritant for some individuals. 

Some of the most common issues during commercial fire damage cleanup in Brooklyn properties include smoke residues, foul odors, and water damage. SERVPRO techs carefully scope the area to determine:

  • The full scale of the cleanup needed
  • Tag articles that are too charred for restoration and need removal
  • Test residues to ascertain the type of smoke damage on surfaces

Multiple threats exist post-fire that can cause harm to stock, computer equipment, and essential paperwork. SERVPRO technicians can store these items in an entire area on-site or securely outside of the work area. Whenever a pack-out situation arises, it gets done in a very organized manner, with each item moved documented as to its location, condition and included in a report. 

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn is available for commercial fire damage cleanup in Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400. The techs answer calls 24/7 and make the damage, "Like it never even happened."

Brooklyn Museum Offers Verbal Description Tour

1/31/2021 (Permalink)

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Learn About Life in the Caribbean Through Brooklyn Museums Works of Art

Brooklyn New York offers sports, educational, cultural, outdoor, and many other events every month. Many events at local museums and cultural venues are being offered online while the current health guidelines are in place.

The Brooklyn Museum offers virtual tours and events to members covering various areas and topics in the museum. Blind individuals are unable to visit the museum at this time, and the traditional online virtual tour of the museum can be frustrating. The museum has developed a unique solution. They offer a Verbal Description Tour specifically for blind individuals and those with limited or low vision abilities.

The details of the event are:

Date: Tuesday, Feb 16th, 2021

Time: 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Virtual: Zoom link to be provided once registration is completed.

Participants can enjoy detailed audio description tours about works of art. This tour's specific focus will explore life in the Caribbean via works of art in the museum's collection.

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

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)

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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.