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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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Don't Let Mold Damage Shudder Your Brooklyn Business

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

Mold on wall and ceiling Mold infestation? Call SERVPRO for fast and effective mold remediation.

Mold Damage in Your Brooklyn Business Is No Need to Panic 

Much hype exists in the media about the dangers of mold, leading to your need for a fast fix if an infestation manifests in your Brooklyn commercial space. We have the certification to offer professional mold remediation services and are happy to evaluate your scenario and discuss the process from start to finish. Our crews master the techniques during the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training. We also invest in the equipment needed to abate mold growth efficiently and safely. 

Avoid Long-Term Shutdowns  

Every minute your business is on hold because of mold damage, your Brooklyn customers lose access to your products and services. We are sensitive to this issue as statistics bear out that nearly half of companies that shut their doors even temporarily because of a disaster might not reopen. When our project manager arrives, we discuss ways to partition off the moldy area safely and according to local ordinances. Permitting you to operate in at least a portion of your commercial building with as few limitations as possible during mold remediation is a priority. We also make every attempt to find and help arrange to eliminate the water source fueling the mold growth. 

Adherence to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Protocols 

Containment

Our Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMFT) follow the procedures developed by the EPA for commercial buildings and schools. After we locate and determine the dimensions of the mold outbreak, the SERVPRO team partitions the affected space off from the rest of your business. Heavy-duty sheeting defines the perimeter. We then use negative pressure air scrubbing technology for two purposes. First, it seals the partitioned spaced, preventing drift. Second, it pulls airborne contaminants, including spores and other moldy residues, through HEPA filters, exhausting the air to the outside.  

Removal 

Scraping and brushing remove active mold colonies from solid surfaces. SERVPRO also works hard to save porous materials with innovations like soda blasting. Through gentle abrasion to agitate and dislodge the surface mold, the soda also inhibits the rebound of mold growth. Vacuuming and wipe-downs ensure we collect all debris for appropriate disposal as hazardous waste. 

Disinfection 

To inhibit mold regrowth, SERVPRO applies EPA-registered antimicrobials to affected areas. We might consider the use of disinfectant-infused sealers to provide a barrier and a smooth, mold-free surface for refinishing.  

Mold remediation is a specialty of SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn. Rely on our expertise and experience, calling (718) 522-4400 for an evaluation as soon as you suspect mold damage. 

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Brooklyn Home in Need of TLC after a Fire? SERVPRO Provides the Love for a Fast and Efficient Restoration

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Vehicle backed up to unit for work SERVPRO's Green Fleet Soon Follows the Red Fire Trucks for Fire and Smoke Restoration in Brooklyn

Dealing with Fire and Odor Removal in Brooklyn

House fires in Brooklyn are traumatic events that leave renters and homeowners dealing with a mix of emotions. Throughout the upset, worry, and fear you feel, you need to know what do to next for fire and odor removal.

Our team at SERVPRO has put together a list of essential steps to take for efficient fire and odor removal in Brooklyn. These steps help you get your living space back in order by approaching the restoring process in a collected, calm manner.

-    Speak with authorities to make sure it is safe to enter the home after the fire is extinguished. Your local fire department lets you know when all is sound and ready for you to go in to start the assessment process.

-    Contact close family members to tell them about the fire and that everyone is safe and sound. You can then contact your insurance provider and a professional clean-up team. We can help you with your claim forms to expedite the start of the restoration. SERVPRO is available to help you get back into your living space professionally and efficiently, "Like it never even happened."

-    See about getting a fire report from the fire department. This report details the fire, including the structure of the home, the location of the fire, date, and time. You may need to contact your local Brooklyn fire department to get a full copy of this report.

-    Secure your property to make sure that it is not susceptible to robbery or vandalism. SERVPRO recommends boarding up your property until clean-up, and fire, and odor removal begins. We can executive this important service backed up by our Residential Contractor License #: 2015353DCA.

-    Start in on the clean-up process, including both the interior and exterior. There is often fire damage that is undetectable to the naked eye. Hiring a team like SERVPRO helps you to achieve thorough cleaning of all spaces to remove smoke, soot, and odors that may be left behind. We can provide a well-planned cleanup of fire-damaged contents, mitigate on-going secondary damages, and allow you to be free of this stressful task.

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn is here to help you when it is time for odor removal and fire damage. Give us a phone call today at (718) 522-4400, and we can set up a time to send technicians out for an assessment.

Our Crew Is Ready To Help After A Flood In Brooklyn

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

water damage sofa “Like it never even happened.”

Why Flood Damage Has to Look Worse Before it Gets Better in Brooklyn

When groundwater enters a home, due to the high probability of contaminants in the water, causing the flood damage, homeowners often experience more property loss compared to other types of water damage.

One of the first actions SERVPRO technicians take upon arrival to begin restoration services for flood damage in Brooklyn homes is to test the water. Knowing if they are dealing with bacteria, toxic chemicals, sewage, or all of the above allows them to choose the appropriate level of disinfection necessary for a safe work environment.

Removal of Saturated Flooring
In many types of water loss situations, technicians save both carpet and padding through careful extraction and drying methods. However, due to the categorization of groundwater as a class three biohazard, there is no restoration potential if the carpeting absorbed it. Technicians extract the water to make it easier to handle and cut into strips for disposal. On a case by case basis, delaminated tiles, hardwood flooring, and baseboards receive an inspection to see if they are candidates for restoration and disinfection for reuse dependent on their construction materials.

Removal of Damaged Sheetrock
This type of controlled demolition often looks the worst but speeds the drying of the property. When water enters a structure, sheetrock readily wicks the moisture, and as it travels upward through the core, the sheetrock buckles, and warps. Technicians perform flood cuts by measuring above the highest area wicked into and cleanly cut it away. The open area allows for much more significant amounts of airflow and dries the property quickly.

Proactive Treatments Against Mold
Because mold infestations have the potential to begin as fast as 24-hours after a flood loss event in the home, SERVPRO technicians work quickly to lower the ambient humidity to make the environment inhospitable to mold growth. They hold a state certification for Mold Remediation and perform treatments on any early signs of establishment of colonies, so it is not an issue.

Eliminating the Stress of Reconstruction
After a water loss in the home, coordinating reconstruction is stressful. SERVPRO strives to make it easier for homeowners by offering a one-stop service for restoration, repair, and rebuilding as needed. They hold a residential general contractor license, and since they did the cleanup, the technicians already know the areas in the home that require addressing, taking the anxiety of finding and qualifying a contractor off of the homeowner.

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn has trained, certified technicians available 24/7 at (718) 522-4400 to clean up the flood damage to your property and make it, “Like it never even happened.”

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Eliminating the Harmful Microbes and Odor from Flood Damage in Brooklyn Homes

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

A living room with SERVPRO equipment on the floor. SERVPRO knows how to get you back to normal in no time when your have a flood in your Brooklyn home.

Don’t let a flood in your Brooklyn home get your down, we will be there

There are so many issues left behind water after flood damage in a home. Once the water enters, the loss begins almost immediately and compounds from there. Flood water is never clean and often has toxins, sludge, and sewage resident in the mess that just landed in someone's living room. 

SERVPRO technicians understand the importance of testing the water, causing flood damage in a Brooklyn home. They have numerous types of chemical treatments to neutralize different types of bacteria and microbes correctly, and testing points them in the direction of the proper application.

Moisture Supports Microbial Growth

The removal of moisture is crucial in stopping the spread and growth of harmful bacteria and microbes. Mold spores germinate quickly, and colonies spread unless dealt with swiftly. Because the technicians hold a license for Mold Remediation: #00055, they know the early warning signs. Technicians use a combination of both extraction and the use of dehumidifying equipment to remove moist air and replace it with warm, dry air. The use of air movers works to pull moisture up and out of walls and flooring and used in tandem with dehumidifiers. 

Safety First 

When a home receives a flood loss incident, it is typical for the temporary relocation of the residents during mitigation. This is because floodwater has the potential to be harmful to both pets and humans; it comes into contact with. SERVPRO technicians wear full-body protection gear including respirators with HEPA filtration during the cleanup and disinfection process.

Stout Application of Antimicrobial Treatments

Bacteria is a significant contributor to odors at a property. The actions of drying and disinfection of the surfaces go a long way towards the goal of odor elimination. When testing shows the presence of different types of bacteria and microbes, the SERVPRO technicians often choose a broad-spectrum disinfectant, so a single application kills nearly all the microscopic intruders and radically reduces odors. 

When flood damage is the problem in your home, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400. The technicians arrive quickly and clean up the mess along with offering their reconstruction services as licensed contractors #2015353DCA so this loss incident will be "Like it never even happened."

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We Act Fast To Limit More Damage To Your Brooklyn Home

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

green fan sitting on the carpet  by orange wall The team began clean up procedures quickly and used proper equipment for drying. We are available 24/7 so don't hesitate and call us right away.

Not One, But Two Floors of Water Removal and Cleanup in Brooklyn

Surprise water damage events are overwhelming for homeowners even more so when the indoor disaster affects not one, but two floors.

When SERVPRO technicians arrive to perform water removal at Brooklyn homes, they scope the property to find anywhere the water migrated. In cases where the water spill event encompasses two floors, the cleanup is even more challenging.

Controlled Demolition Tactics

When water affects multiple floors of a home, extraction and thorough drying needs to occur within the floor joists to prevent costly future issues such as mold, weakening of the building materials or foul odors. Controlled demolition techniques such as weep holes or removal of sections of sheetrock to increase the amount of airflow work to ensure complete drying of the affected areas.

Professional Drying Techniques

Consumer-grade fans generally have the ability to only dry surfaces. The centrifugal air movers blast warm, dry air into the water-affected areas and cause the embedded moisture left behind after water extraction to rise. SERVPRO technicians choose from different types of dehumidifying equipment to capture the water vapor and remove it from the area.

Restoration of Upholstered Furnishings

When water comes from a floor above, it often winds up in the carpet or upholstered furnishings in the room below. SERVPRO water removal equipment has specialized attachments such as weighted extractor heads that push water out of porous items. To keep home disruption to a minimum, they can dry fabric-covered furniture in place, and they have the skill to avoid stains on carpet or residual spotting on the upholstery.

Reconstruction Services Lessen Stress

After completion of the water damage cleanup efforts, SERVPRO technicians give the homeowner a report that serves the dual purpose of assisting in the expediting of any insurance claims and also details the nature of the repairs necessary to return the home to its preloss condition. As they have a general contractors license #2015353DCA, they can offer both restoration and reconstruction services.

The faster water removal happens, the more opportunity to lessen damage to the home and contents. Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400 when you need a quick turnaround on cleanup and restoration services to make it "Like it never even happened."

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After A Fire In Your Brooklyn Home Call Our Crew

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

Laundry room with soot covered cabinets and washing machine. “Like it never even happened.”

Structural Cleaning For Rebuilding After Fire Damage In Brooklyn Home

After fire damage in a residential property, the structural components must be both clean and deodorized before repairs and reconstruction are possible. Fire damage should never be a DIY project due to the need for proper soot removal and the potential to compound fire loss through improper cleaning methods used on smoke residues.

After fire damage occurs in a Brooklyn home, the cleanup of fire debris and prepping the structure needs to happen quickly. The more time that passes after the fire event and the restoration services gives soot the opportunity to spread throughout the home. This delay often results in the need for larger-scale mitigation as well as the cleaning of the ductwork.

Keeping Everyone on the Same Page
SERVPRO communicates with both homeowners and adjusters during the restoration process to ensure every part of the restoration services process completed is within the expanse of coverage. The technicians know most insurance companies separate structure from contents in a loss estimate, and when the technicians scope a home after damage from fire, they commonly create two reports. The first covers the loss and necessary repairs to the structure. The second report addresses any loss to contents and items with restoration potential.

Eliminating Smoke Odors
Odor control after a fire is a crucial part of the restoration process to the structure. When homeowners choose SERVPRO to handle the cleanup as well as reconstruction, the technicians ensure there are zero residual smoke odors before any rebuilding efforts begin.

Guarding Against Mold
Water is great for putting out fires, not so great for the structural elements of your home. The certified mold remediation technicians work to extract the remaining water quickly, and if indoor humidity levels are conducive to the germination of mold spores, they apply proactive treatments.

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn stands ready to assist property owners 24/7 with any needed restoration services from fire damage. Call us at (718) 522-4400 and our trained, and certified technicians arrive with an hour to make the fire loss to your home “Like it never even happened.”

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