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Removing Flood Damage In Your Brooklyn Property

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

flood damaged property SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn can leave your business looking, “Like it never even happened.”

Removing Flooring Flood Damage in a Brooklyn Beauty Supply

According to the NFIP, businesses comprise only 5% of flood policies as of August 2019. While it could be tempting to cut costs, losses incurred by flooding can lead to more than just long-term damaged structures. Without professional mitigation, local businesses can lose significant amounts of revenue.

If your Brooklyn business has suffered flood damage, IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians are available to help you 24/7. Disasters do not occur during regular business hours, so this team strives to help small business owners restore structures and get back to business as usual. Your local SERVPRO is actively involved with beneficial organizations like The Lion's Club, the American Red Cross, and many other drives and charities that seek to improve the community.

Assembling a Small Business Disaster Supply Kit
    •    Pack battery-powered essentials such as flashlights and radios to monitor disasters and navigate more safely.  
    •    Keep a stock of non-perishable foods, including canned goods and calorie- and nutrient-dense granola and energy bars, as well as disposable utensils and a manual can opener.
    •    Make sure there is a gallon of water per person per day in your kit.
    •    Mylar blankets are another must-have in the event of the flooding-related disaster at your business.
    •    Personal hygiene items and first-aid materials are a must-have in your disaster supply kit. Be sure to have garbage bags handy to dispose of trash and maximize sanitation.

Keep emergency numbers and procedures available throughout your facilities, and go over evacuation routes and procedures with your employees to maximize safety for both your staff and customers. If you have special needs employees or clients, include special accommodations for them in your planning.

How SERVPRO Restores Businesses
If you have over 2 inches of standing water in your business, technicians can deploy submersible pumps to suck up water fast. Technicians can then use extraction wands to remove moisture in surfaces and wall cavities and prepare the space for disinfection and drying. Carpet and pad need to be removed from the facility to maximize safety.

If your beauty supply keeps merchandise like wigs and hair extensions on low shelves, these items may require removal as floodwaters contain microbes and other contaminants. If you need mold remediation after a flood, this SERVPRO team is licensed to address mold with EPA registered antimicrobial cleaners (#00055).

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn can leave your business looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call (718) 522-4400 for a rapid disaster mitigation service that operates 24/7.

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Water Damage Cleanup In Your Brooklyn Property

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

water covering wood flooring “Like it never even happened.”

Let Us Tackle the Cleanup When You Have Water Damage in Brooklyn

Did you know that some insurance carriers put a time limit on the amount of drying time when a homeowner suffers a loss from water damage? This is a tricky area to navigate, so it is always best to talk with professionals to mitigate your water cleanup. Even if you are familiar with water removal and drying processes, only the pros have the right equipment and manpower for such a job.

Water damage in Brooklyn can happen in your home for a variety of reasons. However, each insurance claim is different, and the mode of cleanup required for your home often varies from the next. The good news is that SERVPRO features the latest advancements and technology to streamline the water removal process to make it extremely efficient. Our team shows up and gets to work immediately for an assessment to put a plan into place before springing into action.

As with any water loss situation, communication is vital. We handle the restoration while a crew chief works to communicate with you and your insurance company. This ensures all services are performed as agreed upon and that timelines are met for extraction, total drying, and complete restoration to finish the job.

We Lessen Drying Times
Once SERVPRO technicians arrive onsite, we employ a variety of drying techniques and extraction equipment to remove water from your upholstery, carpets, carpet padding, and any other areas otherwise hard-to-dry. We take several passes before moving onto the next water-logged area or the next step in the process.

Top Drying Technology
In addition to the high-powered vacuums and extraction tools we use for water removal, we also have industrial strength fans, air movers, and dehumidifiers to cut down drying times. This equipment traps moisture from the air and shuttles it out of the home. To round off the drying process, SERVPRO technicians use thermal imaging equipment to determine if any moisture is left behind before full disinfecting and deodorizing commences.

Do you need help with water damage in your home? You can count on our highly-trained team of professionals at SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn. All you have to do is pick up the phone and call us at (718) 522-4400, and we can deploy a team as soon as possible to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Let Our IICRC Certified Technicians Restore Your Brooklyn Apartment After A Fire

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

A packet of belongings after an apartment fire After this apartment fire, we responded and began clean up procedures right away and packed all the belongings to prep for restoration.

Pre-Reconstruction Steps to Clear Brooklyn Apartment Fire Damage

While every Brooklyn home and apartment owner is not expected to understand our restoration terms like mitigation, its role in the recovery of your property is vital. Mitigation is the phase of restoration where our technicians work to eliminate further loss in a residence through preventative actions. With fire loss incidents, there are many avenues of mitigation beginning as soon as our team arrives.

Mitigation takes place before much of the reconstruction and build back after fire damage in Brooklyn properties. Effects get addressed based on their severity against the household, so starting with the removal of fire debris is an ideal place to begin. Through shoveling remnants of construction materials and ash to dry vacuuming loose debris along surfaces and flooring, we can remove catalysts for noxious odors and soot/smoke particles.

Air quality is a concern after every fire loss situation because unknown contaminants could exist in the environment due to the combustion of specific materials. Soot itself can be a hazardous presence in the air, making the deployment of filtration equipment vital. We have multiple dual-function devices like our hydroxyl generators and ozone machines that both feature onboard HEPA filtration with the primary functions of neutralizing harsh odors in the environment.

Pre-cleaning surfaces not meant to get removed and replaced can stop situations like the aerosolization of soot particles resting on damaged materials. This layer of carbon residue requires varying cleaning strategies from one type of hosting material to another, and we arrive with dry cleaning, wet cleaning, abrasive cleaning, and agitative cleaning equipment and products to help. Cleaning residues from exposed surfaces makes the environment safer for our licensed (#2015353DCA) general contractors working on controlled demolition and full-scale build back after that.

Pre-construction mitigation tactics can help to save our customers time and money on the recovery their property needs after a fire loss incident. Our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn team features talented restoration professionals accredited by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) Give us a call anytime disaster strikes at (718) 522-4400.

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We Are The Leader In Brooklyn Water Damage Restoration

1/4/2020 (Permalink)

Our drying equipment drying the carpet in this home after a water loss incident We have the state of the art equipment necessary to restore your home and prevent further damage after a water loss incident.

Signs Your Brooklyn Floor Needs Professional Help for Water Damage

When a water damage event happens in your home, the first thought is to clean it up yourself. Most people have mops, rags, and some have wet/dry vacuums to assist in wiping up the water. 

The downside to this action is that water migrates quickly and can wind up far away from the origination point, setting up your Brooklyn home for water damage. One example might be when a pipe breaks in an upper floor in a bathroom, gravity pulls the water downward, and it runs under the tile floor, between the floor joists and exists into the living room below, all over a couch and carpeted floor. If any moisture gets left behind in these areas, it can trigger issues such as mold or musty odors. 

Why SERVPRO? 

The technicians use advanced detection equipment to thoroughly scope the property to determine the migration path of the water. This equipment ensures that the property has the water extracted and dried without the potential for issues after-the-fact. They use powerful extraction equipment and have specialized drying equipment to handle flooring of different types including hardwood floor, tile, and cement. 

Signs Water Remains On-Site

Giveaways that water damage is still within the property include any of the following: 

  • Warped or buckled sheetrock
  • Musty odors
  • Mold
  • Delaminated tiles
  • Effervescent on cement or brick
  • Bubbles in the paint on walls

Help With Rebuilding

Water ruins floors and sheetrock rapidly, and they often require removal as part of the restoration process. With their residential contractor license #2015353DCA, SERVPRO can offer property owners the option to let the same techs that cleaned up the water loss, full restore the home with their rebuilding service. 

Alert for the Signs of Mold 

If conditions are right, mold spores can germinate and begin to spread as fast as 24 hours after a water loss in the home. SERVPRO techs have extensive training and hold certifications for mold remediation #00055. They know the warning signs for colony establishment and how to safely remediate existing mold to avoid spreading spores throughout the home. 

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn is available 24/7 at (718) 522-4400. Their certified techs have the training and equipment to handle any water damage to your home to make the loss "Like it never even happened."

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Water Crisis in Your Townhome? Call SERVPRO for Remediation and Restoration

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

Exterior of brick townhomes inundated by water When there is water damage to area townhomes, SERVPRO of Brooklyn responds to return them to preloss conditions.

Why SERVPRO Is Uniquely Qualified to Respond to Water Damage in Brooklyn

The residential housing stock in Brooklyn typically has a long history, with many renovations over the years. When a water crisis occurs in your home, the original structures plus any remodeling or rehabbing that happened can create barriers to fast water removal and rapid structural drying. We have many talented and multi-certified and experienced employees who have “seen it all,” yet are up for the next challenge. That is why we are confident when we take on your unique project.

Layers of Building Materials Lengthen Drying Times

When water damage in your Brooklyn townhome is complicated by multiple layers of sheetrock, expect extended drying times and increased potential for secondary damage like mold growth. The drying time for a single layer of saturated drywall typically is five to seven days. Adding layers in place because of DIY or professional remodeling you or previous owners completed requires adjusted drying times, often more than twice as long. Our team is skilled in the use of penetrating moisture meters with non-stick probes to establish the presence of moisture and to monitor progress. We can head off issues that might be brewing deep inside your walls. 

Controlled Demolition 

Floors, ceilings, and built-in cabinetry can funnel water damage into remote spaces and cavities within your home. When we follow the migration of water, the following question arises: can we employ controlled demolition techniques to gain access to caches of water and damp areas challenging to extract and dry? The training and mentoring by more experienced experts our employees receive is another reason why SERVPRO can respond to unusual water damage circumstances with creativity. Opening up moisture-filled spaces with holes and strategically placed cuts allows our extraction equipment to reach the water. Our air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers are also able to utilize planned demolition to introduce psychrometry - or the science of drying - to mitigate and remediate water damage far from the original loss.

Build Back Support 

Our residential contractor license permits us to offer our customers rebuilding services after controlled demolition. This wrap-around approach is why SERVPRO ensures your water-damaged home eventually returns to preloss condition, “Like it never even happened.”

We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, why SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn is the water disaster recovery company upon which our community relies. Call us at (718) 522-4400 to discuss your options.

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Contractor Licenses:

Residential: 2015353DCA

Mold Remediation: 00055

Our Experts Discuss Common Problems After A Flood In Brooklyn

12/21/2019 (Permalink)

flooding caused by a storm Flood damage is never a DIY project.

Common Problems After DIY Flood Damage Cleanup in Brooklyn Homes

When heavy rains bring flood damage, most people will initially attempt to clean up the water themselves, using everything from rags and mops to wet/dry vacs to pick up the water. However, this sometimes sets up a home for more significant issues.

Not infrequently, SERVPRO technicians face flood damage in Brooklyn homes that often need additional action. One of the biggest problems with floodwater is the migration factor. When the water enters the house, it does not puddle up in a single area. It runs to the walls, behind baseboards, wicked into sheetrock, and breeches the subfloor — all of these scenarios set up a home for damaged building materials, foul odors, and mold.

Locating Floodwater in a Home
SERVPRO technicians use different types of moisture detection equipment to determine all areas floodwater migrated to. This attention to detail enables them to completely extract any remaining water and set up drying configurations to lower the ambient humidity levels rapidly.

Avoiding Mold Damage
Mold counts on elevated humidity to continue its lifecycle, and a post-flood home is a great place to set up a colony as far as the spores are concerned. SERVPRO technicians have a mold remediation certification #00055 and know the warning signs of a mold infestation and how to eradicate existing colonies through their drying and cleaning methods. They have professional-grade antimicrobial cleaning agents and sealants to ensure any mold found and abated will not return.

Beating the Stress of Reconstruction
Restoration of flood damage often requires a varying amount of controlled demolition. This action can include the cutting away from sheetrock damaged by water, removal of laminate flooring or carpet, and other measures. SERVPRO has a residential contractor license #2015353DCA and can offer rebuilding services to homeowners after the cleanup effort's complete, saving them the hassle of finding and hiring a general contractor for repairs to the home.

Flood damage is never a DIY project. To ensure the best outcome, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400 and let the certified technicians make the difference with their experience and equipment, “Like it never even happened.”

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Brooklyn House Fires and Help from SERVPRO

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

cylindrical space heater on a carpet SERVPRO Says--Never Put a Space Heater on a Carpet Unless You Want a Fire in Your Brooklyn Residence

Stopping Space Heater Fire Damage in a Brooklyn Home

In the United States, heating equipment like space heaters and fireplaces are the leading causes of home fires. From 2012 to 2016, fire departments responded to an average of 52,000 fires involving heating equipment each year. The damages from these fires were a whopping $1 billion. For every five house heating fires, two of them involved space heaters and accounted for 78% of resident injuries and 54% of property damage.

If your Brooklyn residence suffers fire damage, SERVPRO technicians can be at your home within hours of your call to address the source of the disaster and return your home to a preloss condition. SERVPRO is available 24/7 throughout the year to address residential disasters. Save time, money, and stress by choosing a team that works with property owners and insurance adjusters to restore structures to a safe condition once more. Your local SERVPRO is also licensed for residential contracting (#2015353DCA) and mold remediation (#00055), so you can count on them for services after cleanup has finished.

Home Heating Fire Facts for Homeowners

?    86% of home heating fire casualties involved stationary or portable space heaters in some way,
?    The leading cause-- a staggering 27%-- of home heating-related fires had to do with residues inside heating systems, most often from solid-fuel heating.
?    A leading factor in the ignition for 54% of home heating fires was equipment that was too close to flammable contents like furniture, clothing, bedding, or mattresses.
?    48% of all home heating fires happen in December, January, and February.

How SERVPRO Saves the Day

If your space heater fire occurred while placed on a surface like a wooden coffee table, there are several factors to consider for cleanup. Not only can the wood itself be affected by fire, but the finishes and stains can also have a variety of effects on the wood. The type of finish influences how it can be cleaned because it affects the wood's resistance to heat exposure, smoke penetration, moisture, and odors. If your table is unfinished wood, this is a porous surface that is best salvaged with dry cleaning methods like a dry cleaning sponge. This also goes for unfinished wooden surfaces on finished wood items like drawer interiors, and the tops of tall wooden items. However, there are cases where fire can heavily blister or permanently stain wood. In these cases, refinishing is often recommended.

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn is a team that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. If you need rapid disaster mitigation services, call (718) 522-4400 today.

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We Get You Back In Business In Brooklyn After A Flood

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

One of our vans with the door open showing all the restoration cleaning supplies SERVPRO has professional cleaning equipment for any type of restoration emergency including water, mold, fire or storm. The team is ready to respond.

Common Issues with Commercial Flood Damage in Brooklyn Businesses

Commercial flood damage has the potential to shut down a business if it is not correctly cleaned up. Numerous factors affect the outcome of the restoration and how rapidly it can reopen. 

When SERVPRO technicians help local Brooklyn businesses experiencing commercial flood damage, the technicians work to not only get the company reopened as quickly as possible but also to save the property owners from the cost of replacement and repair through their restoration methods. 

Saving Stock From Cross-Contamination 

In almost any business, stock and equipment are significant investments. When they are on-site during flood water cleanup, SERVPRO technicians take careful measures to protect unaffected areas on the premises from cross-contamination from pollutants in the groundwater. This may include actions such as sealing off the loss area with plastic, coving HVAC vents, and in some cases, pack-out of undamaged items to a secure location until mitigation efforts complete. 

Mold is a Threat

The high humidity of a flood loss structure makes an ideal breeding ground for mold colonies, and airborne spores can germinate and begin to spread as fast as 24-hours. SERVPRO technicians have a mold remediation license #00055 and know the early warning signs of a mold infestation as well as proactive treatments to inhibit growth. 

Common Losses Seen with Groundwater Damage

Even half-an-inch of groundwater leaves behind significant flood damage. Industrial carpet and tiles tend to be adhesive-backed and often delaminate in the presence of extended exposure to water. SERVPRO technicians remove items with too much damage for restoration and carefully note the condition along with photos. This attention to detail is part of a report created to assist property owners in filing insurance claims to expedite reimbursement. 

Sheetrock wicks water rapidly, and once it has warped or buckled, it requires removal. Technicians measure to the water-line and cleanly cut several inches above it to halt any further damage and open up the wall cavities for complete drying. 

Call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400 for commercial flood damage cleanup. The technicians have access to an array of professional equipment and the experience to make the water loss "Like it never even happened."

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Our Technicians Will Save Your Water Damaged Property In Brooklyn

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

water damage incident in home Call us at (718) 522-4400 to join forces with our industry-leading disaster recovery team.

Keeping Customers Informed During Water Damage Recovery in Brooklyn

After a water crisis, our Brooklyn customers contend with a multitude of worries and emotions stemming from the incredibly disruptive event. We have a responsibility not only to assess, plan, and implement for structural recovery but also to be responsive and transparent with the property owners we assist. Insurance carriers are essential actors in any disaster restoration scenario. The care and professionalism we take in documenting damage, and explaining our approaches to resolution, protects our customers from unnecessary expense and results in the most successful outcomes.

We Work as Partners Not Invaders
The aftermath of water damage in your Chicago home is already overwhelming. If the managers and crews who arrive to assist feel more like an invading force than allies, we fail to meet your needs, regardless of our skills and state of the art equipment. No one knows your home better than do you. We need your insight, and you and your property benefit from our respectful and comprehensive explanations of the research-based strategies we use.

Speedy Restoration Still Takes Time
One of your questions might be how long SERVPRO needs to complete the water damage recovery. The answer is dependent on several considerations.

    •    Water contamination concerns
    •    The extent of the damage, including migration to unexpected spaces
    •    Damage to fixtures such as carpeting and cabinets
    •    Outdoor conditions
    •    Type of residence (single-family, apartment, loft) and distance from the street

We craft your personalized restoration plan keeping all of these elements, and more, in mind. For example, a street-level residence allows for the use of truck-mounted water removal equipment, while a penthouse above the ground necessitates the use of gas-powered pumps and backpack extractors.

Thorough Drying Strategies Continue Round the Clock
The equipment configurations SERVPRO employs to dry out fixtures and structures must operate until moisture levels return to normal. Often customers wonder why we float carpets or tent hardwood for warm airflow or negative air pressure for hours at a time. Because the proper balance of humidity, airflow, and the temperature is critical to achieving drying goals, we must maintain the effort until the goal is met. We understand the frustration but counter with an easy to grasp explanation of the science behind our efforts. Delivered with compassion and a smile, our reasonable response helps explain that brief inconvenience results in the desired results.

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn pledges to keep you fully informed during the water damage restoration process. Call us at (718) 522-4400 to join forces with our industry-leading disaster recovery team.

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Some Shortcuts to Commercial Mold Damage Remediation Success in Park Slope

11/10/2019 (Permalink)

empty brightly lit cafe with tables and hanging lights Make sure that a mold infestation does not send your patrons in search of a new lunch spot. Call SERVPRO today to investigate and remediate.

Reducing the Threat of Mold in Your Park Slope Café

Almost everything in your entire Park Slope café is organic, meaning that the entire assortment of items remains susceptible to mold and microbial threats. The fastest route for these colonies to start in your business is poor ventilation or a botched cleanup and drying of a water loss incident that occurred in recent weeks. Water damage does not always dry up on its own, and lingering effects can feed mold spores naturally occurring in the environment to encourage them to seat and spread on surfaces.

You might not realize that mold damage in your Park Slope café has started until it has spread to the point of concern. Your customers are a primary focus here, and you need professionals that can assess the risks and determine if containment and remediation can allow you to keep your doors open. Because of how many coffee shops and cafes are in Brooklyn alone, we understand how important it is to get back up and running at full capacity as quickly as possible.

Reaching out to our SERVPRO team is reaching out to a team of qualified and well-trained technicians accredited through the standard-setting Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) For remediation alone, we have many certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) and a department of experienced general contractors licensed through NY (#00055.) With the strict regulations and codes for mold remediation and construction work, professional services are a must.

Content management is critical to protect much of the furniture in the outer-lying areas of the damaged zone. We can move wooden furniture and other susceptible materials and items to a safer space while the mold region gets sealed off with thick, 6mil plastic sheeting. Our remediation contractors can determine if drywall, flooring, and other fixtures must get removed before we deploy our effective colony removal strategies like media and soda blasting.

The discovery of mold requires a fast response from our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn team. We have effective containment strategies and tactics to stop the spread of the organism while we get to work on the necessary steps to remove the colony entirely. You can give us a call anytime at (718) 522-4400.

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