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We Put The Flames Of Worry Out in Brooklyn After A Fire

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

A stovetop covered in soot and smoke damage after a fire We arrived right away and began restoration in this kitchen after a fire started on the stovetop. Call us right away, we are available 24/7.

How Do I Get Rid of Smoke Odors in My Brooklyn Apartment?

SERVPRO Has Advanced Tools for Odor Removal After Housefires  

Fires in your Brooklyn apartment or house can leave you unsettled and uncomfortable, even if the conditions were not destructive enough to force relocation. While actions like ventilation and masking odors can help temporarily, the only effective odor response after a fire is advanced deodorization practices like hydroxyl generators.

Hydroxyl machines are a practical approach to address fire damage to Brooklyn residences. Utilizing the same chemical reactions that help to clean our atmosphere, hydroxyl machines harness UV spectrums to react with water molecules in the air to reduce hazardous particles circulating and to neutralize odors. The machine works to do even more for your property after a fire because it also features an onboard HEPA filter to remove fire damaged particulates even more.

What are deodorization options for my home after a fire? 

  • Thermal fogging
  • ULV fogging
  • Ozone generators
  • Hydroxyl machines
  • Air scrubbers

Odors can be one of the most dramatic obstacles after a fire, but our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn team can help. Give us a call at (718) 522-4400.

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How to Sanitize Sewage Leaks In Brooklyn

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO team member wearing personal protective gear Toilet overflows happen and bring bacteria into your home. We have the equipment to clean and disinfect your home.

Mitigating Water Damage in a Brooklyn Home 

Water damage is a frustrating concern for many New York homeowners, mainly because it can occur with little to no warning in hard-to-reach places in the home. Non-weather water damage claims now cost over $6,700 on average, and losses exceeding $500,000 have doubled since 2016. Without fast action, water can quickly create thriving environments for mold and microbes that can cause health effects.  

If your Brooklyn residence requires water damage cleanup, SERVPRO restoration technicians are always available to restore your home to a preloss condition. These Institute of Inspection Cleanup and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified pros receive extensive education on how to maintain the standards necessary for homes to be clean and safe after water-related disasters. Your local SERVPRO is also licensed to offer mold remediation (#00055) and residential contracting services (#2015353DCA), so you get an all-in-one home restoration package.  

Risks Posed by a Toilet Overflow

  • Contamination of porous materials. Even clean toilets can harbor E. coli and other harmful bacteria. The moisture exposure alone creates an environment that allows for mold growth in as little as 48 hours. Carpeting, fabrics, and rugs in the vicinity may require disposal, depending on the duration of exposure.  
  • Foul odors.Microbes and bacteria create unpleasant odors, particularly in porous surfaces and natural materials. Wet, musty odors from water damage are noticeable in as little as a few hours after initial exposure.  
  • Structural damage. Wet floors must be cleaned and dried quickly to minimize risk to the subflooring beneath.  

SERVPRO's Sanitizing Solutions 

Because of the risks posed by bacteria even in clean toilets, SERVPRO technicians are careful to thoroughly disinfect water-damaged areas of your home, including walls and floors. Light soiling on carpet may only require a hot water treatment or shampooing. Ceramic tile flooring in the bathroom, meanwhile, can be addressed with careful drying and application of antimicrobials. The tile itself is non-porous, but the grout can take on water. If there is discoloration on the grout, technicians can use specialized cleaners to address the issue.  

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn has the tools and techniques necessary to ensure that your home looks, "Like it never even happened." Call (718) 522-4400 for disaster mitigation that can start in as little as four hours. 

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Brooklyn Properties, Winter Roof Damage from Snow Storms, and a SERVPRO Solution

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged ceiling, hanging debris Flooded Attic in Brooklyn from a Snow Storm Melt Can Be Damaging--SERVPRO Can Help!

Can Ice Dams Flood Your Brooklyn Home?

During the winter months, your Brooklyn home could contend with several threats after sharp temperature drops and snowfall that can compromise the integrity and defense of your roof. Understanding these risks can help you to identify potential problems as they happen, but might not always be noticeable concerns until the damage has occurred. Ice damming is a threatening circumstance of the winter months, though many homeowners remain unclear as to how it happens and the damage it can do.

Flood damage from ice dams on Brooklyn homes is more common than many might think and is a situation that our storm response and flood recovery team have worked to restore for many properties. Ice dams form when uneven insulation under the roof exists, and warm patches can affect snowfall on the roof by warming up and melting some of the snow. With temperatures still below freezing outside, melting snow can refreeze along the edges of the roof and eaves, forming a barrier that continually grows more prominent and more threatening to the roof.

As this ice formation continues to grow and move up the roof, it can break off shingles and leave portions of the roof exposed to water penetration. What begins as a saturation of the roof underlayment can quickly develop into a steady leak or complete structural breach depending on the severity of the saturation points. Once underlying plywood becomes more than twenty percent saturated, dry rotting can occur, which allows for structural failures and flooding.

Our SERVPRO team must address these concerns as both the structural repair and the drying and restoration needed. Our in-house contractors can work to tarp over damaged portions of the roof until the technicians of our team have dried and restored exposed interior materials and contents. Between the air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers ideal for high humidity, we can minimalize moisture concerns to prepare the property for the roof repair necessary to make this loss “Like it never even happened.”

Ice dams can become a pressing concern for homeowners and a situation that presents flooding scenarios that must get addressed immediately. Our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn professionals are ready 24/7 to help with your storm and flood loss disasters. Give us a call today at (929) 242-8662.

Brooklyn Properties and SERVPRO Completes the Fire Damage Restoration and Odor Control

2/22/2020 (Permalink)

a box hydroxyl generator glowing blue Odor Removal after a Fire in a Brooklyn Brownstone or Structure Should Be Done By SERVPRO

DIY Fire Cleanup Leaves Strong Smoke Odors in Brooklyn Brownstone

When homeowners in Brooklyn do self-cleanup of fire damage, it is not uncommon for the smoke odor to remain in the house. The reasons are many, including the fact odorous soot particles can exist smaller than the human eye can see them, and incorrect cleaning methods can drive soot deeper into surfaces.

Smoke odor removal in a Brooklyn brownstone is a multi-layered process. The more time that passes after the initial fire loss event in the home means more cross-contamination throughout the structure.

Scoping the Scale of Odor Control Needed
SERVPRO techs need to determine the area of odor to choose the best treatment. Protein fires can leave behind pungent odors that leave a sticky, transparent film requiring removal from surfaces.

Types of Treatment for Smoke Smells
The neutralization of odors after a fire is one that the SERVPRO techs take a multi-level approach towards treating. Using various cleaning solutions to release the grip smoke may have on surfaces missed in previous DIY cleaning attempts helps lessen the smell. Specific equipment for smoke odor removal includes both hydroxyl generators and thermal fogging.

Thermal fogging uses a solvent heated to the point it becomes a thick fog that behaves like smoke and is particularly useful for removing smoke odors from textiles and porous items. It is not safe for people, pets, or plants to remain in the home during this type of treatment. For safety, the most reliable odor treatment uses the hydroxyl generator. This machine emits ultraviolet rays just like the Sun and eradicates airborne soot molecules by chemically combining with them.

Air Duct Inspection and Cleaning
Mainly after DIY fire loss cleanup, the HVAC is the number one way soot gets spread throughout the home via the ductwork. The techs can inspect and clean the ductwork throughout the house to ensure that there are no reminders of the fire remaining in the property. With common walls in many brownstones, considerations for your neighbors also comes into play.

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400 stands ready to assist local homeowners with the removal of smoke odors from their residential properties through their professional methods and make the fire loss, "Like it never even happened."

Flood Damage In Your Brooklyn Residence

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in home SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn serves homeowners by being Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Restoring a Brooklyn Residence after Flood Damage

New York residents face unique challenges when it comes to flooding, especially those living in cities. The tightly-packed residences mean that there are fewer options for landscaping and other flood prevention methods that may require more space. However, there is a team that can save your living space after flooding occurs.

If your Brooklyn home has suffered flood damage, certified SERVPRO technicians are ready to assist you with cutting-edge technologies and science-based protocols to restore your dwelling to a preloss condition. SERVPRO franchises span all over the United States and Canada with over 1,700 locations, meaning there is always a team positioned to aid community members who need fast relief after unexpected disasters. This SERVPRO is also licensed for residential contracting purposes (#2015353DCA) and mold remediation (#00055).

Safety Tips for Home Floods
    •    Move ice and snow before it melts. Is there ice or snow near your home? As winter gets closer to spring, make sure to remove this. Melting ice and snow can seep into your home and exacerbate damage from flooding or storms.
    •    Test any drainage methods you have. If your basement has a sump pump, make sure it works in the event of a flood.
    •    Stock up on sandbags. Sandbags, waterproof paint, and weatherstripping can all aid in minimizing the effects of floodwaters in your residence.
    •    Consult a home inspector. If you are concerned about your home's flood risk but are not sure what warning signs to look for, consult a professional who does know and can educate you on flood prevention that would work for your unique home.

SERVPRO's Dedication to Sanitation
One of the essential aspects of flood damage prevention is disinfection. This is why SERVPRO technicians use EPA-registered, OSHA-approved antimicrobial cleaning solutions to combat stains and residues left behind by flooding and prevent the spread of microbes in your residence.

If your basement has been affected by flooding, tile flooring and cement floors can often be successfully cleaned and restored. Ceramic tiles are generally not damaged by floodwaters. Grout and adhesives affected by floodwaters, however, can lose their effectiveness after enough saturation.

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn serves homeowners by being Faster to Any Size Disaster. For prompt disaster cleanup services, you can call (718) 522-4400.

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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. 


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