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Fast Water Removal Will Save Your Brooklyn Home

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

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Water Removal Actions To Restore Brooklyn Homes

Even with the Upper Bay to the West, Brooklyn residents know that the greater water threat to their homes is the outdated and rusted plumbing inside. If left untreated, the property can be just as damaged from a failing water heater as a severe storm.

Brooklyn water removal often means getting water out of brownstones and other multi-level homes. For SERVPRO restoration teams, that means pulling water from parts of the residence where it normally does not appear like ceiling tiles, trim, and drywall panels on the upper half of the walls if the leak source is on the second or third floor.

It made for an interesting work site in one home. A pipe rusted out in a third-story bathroom and sent water overnight down into the kitchen. As it flowed, the water-soaked the third story rugs and wood floors in the hallways and bedrooms. It damaged ceiling panels and soaked one wall completely on the second story before getting into the kitchen, damaging more drywall.

Surprisingly, except for a cheap bookcase and a few books on the third floor and a toaster oven in the kitchen, no furniture or other personal property was damaged. By the time the water reached the kitchen, there were only puddles on the linoleum.

After turning off the water and replacing the short section of pipe, SERVPRO technicians started removal operations with extraction wands. Fortunately, since the team arrived within a couple of hours after the owner woke up to the problem, they were able to draw water out of the rugs and from between the floorboards. Technicians dried the boards using air movers to direct a warm airflow over the surface without splitting or cracking them.

The home used drywall for the walls and ceilings, so team members replaced half the ceiling and one wall on the second floor. They used fans to dry out the wall frame before hanging the new panels. Other technicians performed the same work in the kitchen, removing half the ceiling and two panels on an interior wall.

At SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn, we carefully examine each home to determine which methods and tools can best help us return it to the owner in a dry condition, safe to live in again. If your home here, Bay Ridge, Greenpoint, or Park Slope needs our services, call us today at (718) 522-4400.

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Why SERVPRO Delivers Successful Water Removal Services in Brooklyn

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has a variety of equipment that is strategically placed in your home for water removal.

SERVPRO has the Training and Equipment Needed for Water Removal

When you are wading in water in your Brooklyn brownstone from a burst pipe or appliance overflow, you are not interested in being a recovery company’s first job. You need help fast from a team of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained technicians who are familiar with the challenges of evacuating water in a multi-unit residence. Transitioning seamlessly from extraction to structural drying is also why our crew fits your job requirements.

IICRC Training Sets Us Apart

Water removal in Brooklyn completes quickly when our experienced Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) are on the job. A seasoned project manager assesses the scenario and devises a plan following industry best practices. Technicians establish the perimeters of the water’s migration using sensitive moisture metering devices and thermal imaging cameras. We make educated decisions about liquid water trapped in building cavities, choosing the most advantageous ways to access and release the fluids. Our mastery of controlled demolitions strategies like staggered flood cuts that preserve the integrity of firewalls is why our customers express confidence in our skills.

Specialized Equipment Simplifies Cleanup

SERVPRO’s signature green service vehicles stock pumps and truck-mounted extractors that permit us to suction up and contain the water for off-site disposal. We arrive at the scene with a broad range of tools and products onboard to prevent delays that could cause more significant damage to develop. Drying equipment rolls off the truck once the water removal completes. Heated air movers and dehumidifiers partner to create the balance of air temperature and ambient humidity. This facilitates the movement of water absorbed by structural components into the atmosphere as vapor. Capture and removal of the vapor then proceed. 

Deodorization Experts Neutralize Smells

Our clients appreciate the one-stop shopping approach they experience with SERVPRO. Technicians hold multiple restoration industry certifications, able to respond to the specific concerns raised during a project. If wet materials emit unpleasant smells unresolved by drying, we investigate further. Our Odor Control Technicians (OCT) follow a proven multi-step protocol to find the source of malodors and neutralize them. Certification in the use of advanced technology such as hydroxyl generators or ozone machines is another reason why SERVPRO can manage all aspects of a water loss.  

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn is the answer to your urgent water removal questions. Why not call (718) 522-4400 to see the difference state-of-the-art training and equipment makes? 

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A Fire Can Destroy Your Brooklyn Apartment

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

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Can You Overcome Fire Damage In Your Brooklyn Apartment Alone?

Your Brooklyn apartment is not only susceptible to the fire loss damages that stem from ignition in your unit but can also fall victim to effects permeating through common walls and shared spaces. Addressing any of these concerns requires a fast response with sufficient equipment and products, much like our experienced SERVPRO technicians would use for restoration and mitigation in your apartment building. The closer that your response to the situation can mirror our actions, the less costly repairs and reconstruction that ultimately occurs.

Whether the fire damage in a Brooklyn apartment originates in that unit or a neighboring one, reacting quickly to the situation can prevent worsening conditions like continually spreading the soot, smoke residue, and odors. Our SERVPRO team can help any customer to better assess the spread of these effects and the best-tailored approach to return the property to preloss condition quickly.

If you seek to pursue addressing the secondary and lesser effects of a fire on your own, you might look to acquire some of the tools to make the job easier on yourself. You can often find rentable equipment like deodorizers (thermal foggers, ozone machines), air purification and filtering tools (hydroxyl generators, air scrubbers), and even purchase cleaning implements like chemical sponges to address residue and wet smoke film removal.

While you might look to address many of the lingering effects of a fire loss situation on your own, you might choose to leave reconstruction and build back to our professionals on our SERVPRO team. We have a full-service contracting division licensed through the state of New York, ensuring that the work that gets done is of top quality and from well-trained and competent building trade specialists.

You might find that there are more steps involved in addressing fire loss effects than you might have initially thought, even if the fire itself did not start in your apartment. You can count on the expertise and fast response of our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn specialists and contractors to make fire loss incidents “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (718) 522-4400.

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Brooklynites Rely on SERVPRO to Make Their Homes Whole Again after a Damaging Event

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

Don't Get Sold The Brooklyn Bridge for Home Restoration Services--SERVPRO

Why Choose a Full-Service Restoration Partner in Brooklyn

With hundreds of vendors vying for your business after a water, fire, storm, or mold event in your Brooklyn residence or condo, townhouse, or brownstone your might believe it necessary to act as a general contractor. Arranging for different companies to handle individual tasks and coordinating their efforts wastes time and money. Your focus is better aimed at regaining yours and your family’s emotional equilibrium after a disaster. Let our full-service restoration team manage the details.

Water Damage
Dozens of reasons might lie behind your need for water removal in Brooklyn, but the most critical issue going forward is finding a company that can deliver a rapid response, ridding your residence of the excess moisture with pumps, extractors, and an appropriate drying plan. Our crews are Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-accredited, up to speed on the latest water removal techniques and operation of state-of-the-art equipment. We do not fall for gimmicks, and untested means to come to your aid. Hard work and proven methods are our mainstays.

Once you engage our services, we take on all the tasks needed to mitigate further water damage and remediate the harm already done. We permit no downtime, working ceaselessly to make it right. The multiple certifications in specialties like Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD) held by our crew members allows us to move from task to task without delay. The full-service approach is why SERVPRO delivers on our promises fast and professionally.

We hold both general contractor (Residential Contractor License #: 2015353DCA) and mold remediation ( Mold Remediation Contractor License #: 00055) licenses giving us the flexibility to take on secondary damage issues and help arrange for rebuilding and restoration of structural components destroyed by the water loss. Our commitment to transforming a watery mess to preloss condition is at the center of our mission, and we are eager to help you with the consequences of plumbing leaks, appliance malfunctions, spills and overflows, or any other event that requires water removal in your home.

Fire Damage
Fire cleanup in Brooklyn is an involved process. If your residence has a sprinkler system or the fire department needed to use quantities of water to quell the blaze, the first order of business often is water removal and drying. The reason water damage moves to the front of the line is exposure to the risks of slips and falls, or electrical shock, in addition to the deterioration water does on its own. Our multi-certified technicians can switch from task to task with confidence.

Soot and other residues need evaluation and matching with appropriate products and methods before cleanup, and ventilation can become an issue in multi-unit buildings. These issues are why SERVPRO’s full-spectrum restoration capability has benefits. We often use air scrubbers that use negative pressure to force contaminants through HEPA filters before exhausting to the outdoors. Air quality is improved, including the clearing of any fumes from cleaners or solvents used to remove protein-based soot from kitchen fires.

We have workers specially trained as Odor Control Technicians (OCT) to resolve lingering smells. A clean and dry home that still contains malodors is not where we welcome our customers. If deep cleaning and debris disposal does not do the trick, we use advanced technology such as thermal foggers, hydroxyl generators, and ozone machines to neutralize the tiny odor-bearing particles floating or settled in your residence through a chemical reaction that eliminates the stench. Do not rely on coverups when we offer this service.

Mold Remediation
Mold damage in your Brooklyn residence can be more of a challenge than the average homeowner can manage. Hosting mold and mildew in your home does not label you as a poor housekeeper. It merely means that the spores these organisms use to reproduce have found a source of moisture. Spores are present in every environment indoors and out on the streets. They coexist invisibly until an opportunity presents itself in an unmopped spill, leak under the sink, or condensation on a window pane.

Within 24 to 48 hours, the watermeal results in active mold growth and eventually, damage. Molds munch on organic surfaces, including wood, wallboard, ceiling tiles, and insulation. A few dead skin cells and soap scum on bathroom tile provide an incubator. A regular phase of any of our water damage projects is inspecting for mold growth, and our ability to remediate the fungal invasion as well is why SERVPRO’s extensive menu of disaster remediation services is so advantageous to our customers.

After you find mold and call us, we send a specially prepared and equipped remediation crew to your location. We isolate, contain, and remove the microbial overgrowth following the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols. Frequently we employ an air scrubber negative pressure system to seal the affected area off, and our crew wear personal protective equipment (PPE) to limit contamination from the debris we remove, bag, and discard. Count on us to help you pinpoint the unwanted water source and arrange for its elimination, so mold spores go hungry in the future.

Storm Damage
Severe weather can strike anywhere, and the devastation it can do to your Brooklyn residence is often significant. Roofs can fail, and trees and light poles can damage windows and even knock holes in exterior walls. When your living spaces suffer this kind of damage, you definitely need to obtain professional help immediately. Not only do you require assistance to secure the building to prevent further damage from the elements, but you also are likely to have a long list of concerns inside your house or apartment as the water spreads.

If you use lower level storage, storm-related flash flooding can cause damage to rarely used items, seasonal clothing and decor, mementos, and documents. When we arrive, we might suggest moving the endangered stored items to our production facility where specially trained technicians can evaluate their condition and use appropriate techniques to clean, dry, and restore the articles. We utilize the Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) to document the location and condition of the items, another example of why SERVPRO considers every aspect of the damage done to our customers.

Many of your neighbors might also have storm damage, but with our team on your side, you do not wait for help. Our affiliation with a nationwide fellowship of disaster providers means we can scale our response to the level of need in the community. We also can arrange for repair and rebuilding services to ensure this tough situation does not get even more disheartening as remediation completes. Once again through rigorous training and testing, we can offer these two licenses to our customers: Residential Contractor License #: 2015353DCA and
Mold Remediation Contractor License #: 00055 thereby assuring them of a full-service recovery.

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn is by your side every step of the way after a crisis damages your home. Call (718) 522-4400 24/7 for help with any household emergency and see how We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Is Water Damage on the Menu at Your Brooklyn Deli?

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can cause your business to close indefinitely. SERVPRO has the expertise to get your business up and running quickly.

How to Prepare Your Brooklyn Deli for Water Damage Recovery 

Delis throughout the Brooklyn borough are plentiful, so you need to work continuously to set your eatery apart from the competition in the area. While part of this comes from your commitment to providing your customers with top quality meats and cheeses, as well as a selection of well-prepared sandwiches and sides, it is also about how quickly you can respond in the face of adversity. When situations like water damage occur, you need to work fast to prepare the property for restoration – even if it is out of your skillset to perform it. 

With how quickly emergencies like water damage in Brooklyn delis and other eateries can get out of control, you have much more than your building to protect. In addition to structural concerns, you have the investment that you have made in the meats and cheeses to consider, as well as the foot traffic of your loyal customers. Even without the ability to handle widespread water loss as our SERVPRO professionals can, there are steps you can take to prepare your property for restoration work to come. 

  • Start by shutting off any water that is feeding the loss incident. If there is a break in the plumbing or you have an appliance that has malfunctioned, you can often locate an independent valve to shut off just this portion of your shop to keep everything else running normally.
  • Do your best to contain the spread of the water loss incident when possible. You can even begin employing specific water removal efforts, such as using a mop and bucket, to slow the progression of these damages with our SERVPRO professionals are in route.
  • If the deli must close for a brief period, make sure you protect the investment you’ve made in the meats, cheeses, and other food items by relocating them if consistent power becomes an issue in the building. 

It is our business to get you back in business, so you can trust our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn team to help you through every phase of water loss recovery. Give us a call anytime at (718) 522-4400. 

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Our Experts Explain Addressing Common Issues That Can Lead To Water Damage In Your Brooklyn Property

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

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Addressing Common Problems Leading To Water Damage In Brooklyn

In older houses, water loss can stem from many factors leading to severe damage and inconveniences. In a brownstone, roof leaks, drainage clogs, and the occasional mysterious water are all likely to leave varying degrees of water damage. Dealing with the problem and restoring the house to its preloss state requires a combination of the right skills and the use of advanced equipment. For example, without sophisticated equipment such as thermal cameras, investigating a mysterious pool of water can lead to additional damages as contractors tear down wall sections or ceilings trying to locate the source.
 
Cases of water damage in Brooklyn caused by sewer line problems are not only prevalent but also highly inconveniencing because of the soiling and contamination they cause. The toilet, sink and shower lines draining into one large pipe that channels the waste into the city sewer lines is a conventional design in most brownstones. A clog in a building's main sewer line therefore readily leads to back up into the lowest opening whether it is the toilet or bath. Our SERVPRO technicians help clean up the soiled areas and sanitize any contamination. We use professional cleaning agents with antimicrobial and sterilizing properties.
 
Roof leaks are not only problematic because they happen quickly when some roof parts separate, or water seeps into the membrane and insulation, but also because they require dry weather or at least temperatures above freezing for a permanent fix. If the leak is not significant enough, to be noticed immediately, it can lead to severe damages to the ceiling and supporting structures. It can also drip along the walls permeating the stone or plaster prolonging the effects. Using sophisticated moisture detection equipment such as FLIR thermal cameras, our SERVPRO technicians can trace the effects of water from the ceiling to the walls efficiently determining the best course of action.
 
The wooden floors, stairs, and many other surfaces in a brownstone can prolong the effects of water loss because of its absorbent properties. ASD, Applied Structural Drying certification guarantees that our SERVPRO technicians take every step possible to restore the moisture levels in the affected area to normal levels.
 
For the stress-free restoration of water damaged houses in Park Slope, Bay Ridge, and Greenpoint, call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn. We are available at (718) 522-4400 any time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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If The Carpet In Your Brooklyn Conference Room Is Damaged By Water, Our Experts Can Help!

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Saves Brooklyn Conference Room Carpeting From Commercial Water Damage

When it comes to water damage in a residential or commercial property, time is the defining factors as to how much loss there is. The faster the water loss is addressed, the less loss your organization will experience.

When SERVPRO answers a call to mitigate commercial water damage in a Brooklyn office, conference rooms often post a particular challenge. They are frequently carpeted or have large rugs and large conference tables. Porous items can hold moisture and emit foul odors, and it is crucial that they are dried as soon as possible after a water loss.

We know when a business has to close for cleanup and restoration, it can prove to be a stressful time for business owners. We attempt to disrupt the property as little as possible and only remove items that are too damaged to restore through our proprietary cleaning techniques. Furniture in a conference room such as a large, heavy table and chairs are placed on blocks to assist them in drying thoroughly. The carpeting in a clean water loss can dry in place.

We set drying goals based on good air quality readings in areas of the property unaffected by water loss. Our air movers effectively lower humidity in the room and wet areas quickly. Once we attain the pre-set drying goals, we thoroughly clean and disinfect surfaces. Our disinfection formulas have antifungal properties that inhibit the growth of mold.

Our local SERVPRO location possesses a general contractor license, and once the cleanup and mitigation efforts are complete, we can offer full restoration for any tasks the property requires such as drywall installation, painting walls or anything needed to restore the affected area to its preloss condition. We offer this service, so when a property owner requires help with a water loss, we can handle all phases of cleanup from water extraction to rebuilding.

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn proudly serves the local area assisting property owners with the cleanup of commercial water damage. Call us at (718) 522-4400 when you need help, and our team of professionals can be on-site within hours because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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A Large Fire Damaging Event in Brooklyn Requires a Multi-Faceted Approach to Full Restoration--Count on SERVPRO

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Escape from the Damages of a Fire in Brooklyn, Call SERVPRO for Cleanup, Restoration, and Rebuild

Pack Out and Fire Damage Restoration in Brooklyn

Fire damage needs so many different types of mitigation. There is damage to both the structure and contents from the fire. Additional problems from the water or extinguishing agent used to put out the fire, and then there are the odors smoke leaves behind.

SERVPRO was called to mitigate a massive house fire in a two-story Brooklyn home. The fire began in the kitchen and gutted much of the downstairs. Our technicians got to work immediately and extracted the water to make the carpeting less cumbersome and easier to remove as it was a loss. We removed fire loss items and debris as they only contribute to the pungent odor if they remain on-property.

Charred sheetrock was cut away using controlled demolition techniques. Soot often contains acids that damage fabrics and carry odors. We use handheld vacuums with HEPA filtration to pick up soot from surfaces. The weakened ceilings made the upstairs unsafe until we finished the restoration and completed repairs for the downstairs.

Our technicians spoke with the homeowner and adjuster for permission to remove restorable items from the upstairs for cleaning and deodorizing at our location as the contents were not directly affected by the fire, but smoke permeated some things. When we pack out a job site, our technicians carefully wrap and catalog each item. We give a detailed list of the contents removed that includes photos and condition, to both the adjuster and homeowner.

Once SERVPRO technicians completed the pack out, we dried and ventilated the structure. In the case of a fire loss of this scale, the mitigation of the fire-damaged building elements, and removal prepare the property for rebuilding. Which means it needs to be dry, sanitary, and without smoke odors. After drying and wiping down surfaces, we used both a thermal fogger and an ozone machine to neutralize the odors. Our SERVPRO location offers a full suite of services, so our team can clean, restore, and rebuild a home from a fire loss.

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn is available to help you with fire damage at (718) 522-4400. Our emergency response team is available 24/7 to make your fire loss, "Like it never even happened."

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Our Certified Technicians Are Prepared To Restore Your Brooklyn Home After A Flood Damage Disaster

5/27/2019 (Permalink)

We used flood cuts to remove the drywall and dry the damage behind the wall. We are ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so call us right away.

Professional Help for Park Slope Flood Damage

Extreme weather patterns are more common every year, exposing your Park Slope property to the risk of harm from flooding. When heavy rains and winds cause excess water to flow into your brownstone or condo you need to take fast action. Our well-qualified team of water damage specialists is ready to respond quickly with the skills and equipment required to remediate the damage done by flooding.


Park Slope like many areas of Brooklyn is no stranger to flood damage. The Atlantic Ocean, more precisely Upper Bay, is just blocks to the west with the potential to deliver storm surge if a strong weather system arrives. Flash flooding following torrential rains can make its way into your home, requiring fast action with professional equipment to prevent progressive or permanent damage.

Our SERVPRO crews count many Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) among the ranks, trained in the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) coursework. When we arrive at your flooded home an experienced manager assesses the damage and creates a mitigation plan. Each of our service vehicles packs water removal and structural drying equipment, avoiding any delay as crew members implement the plan.

Pumps take care of water deeper than two inches, and wanded extractors pull moisture out of cracks and crevices. SERVPRO technicians are skilled at measuring moisture levels in porous building materials and employing thermal imaging equipment to locate water that migrated into building cavities. We make use of strategies like flood cuts or holes drilled in mortar joints to release the water and open access to the damp areas so drying techniques work more efficiently.

Flood water is contaminated, mixing with the sea, road chemicals, decaying organic materials, and even sewage. SERVPRO can contain the fouled water, disposing of it as required by local regulation.We use cleansing products and tools to clear away the soiling brought in your home by the Category 3 water and treat affected areas with EPA-registered disinfectants. Once the flooded space is clean and sanitized we set up drying perimeters to reduce the moisture content of your home’s structural components to normal levels. A balance of air movement, temperature, and dehumidification brings back the preloss conditions in a controlled way, ensuring we avoid secondary issues like mold growth.

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn knows how overwhelming flood damage can be, so we prepare our crews with the training and equipment to remediate the scenario fast. Call us at (718) 522-4400 round the clock, 365 days a year.

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How Our InjectiDry System Protects Your Brooklyn Home After A Water Damage Incident

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

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InjectiDry System Protects Water Damaged Brooklyn Homes

As a leading company in the restoration industry, our team can help your Brooklyn home to address the often damaging and widespread effects of a water loss incident. We know that only part of effective services that we can offer customers comes from the experience and training that we acquire. The other part of this equation is the effective state-of-the-art equipment that is available to our recovery team when they roll out from our facility. From advanced mitigation tools to drying machines, our professionals can arrive to every situation with the ability to help.

Water damage incidents in your Brooklyn home can get out of control. You need a team of professionals with sophisticated equipment for both containment and recovery. Our SERVPRO technicians have multiple tools for removing standing water and even addressing the bulk of saturation and moisture concerns throughout the property, but contending with moisture and dampness in wall cavities, ceilings, floors, and other inaccessible areas requires advanced equipment.

The InjectiDry System has a minimalistic approach to addressing moisture and dampness beyond what can easily get accessed and addressed after a water loss incident. Understanding the location of these threats involves moisture detection tools, thermal imagery, and infrared cameras. We can identify with all of these devices the moisture pockets that can cause the most damage and direct our drying tools and the InjectiDry System directly at these points.

Often this device is critical for drying out dampness behind drywall, and it is useful because it has multiple dry air hoses that can infuse this area with heated air to dry out moisture quickly. Because it gets installed behind the baseboard, these small holes can get quickly patched and entirely covered by the reinstallation of the framing at the bottom of an affected wall.

In many situations, the use of our InjectiDry System can prevent unnecessary tear out and reconstruction in homes throughout our area. You can always count on the fast response and the sophisticated equipment like this from our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn team. Give our crew a call anytime at (718) 522-4400.

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