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

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Our Experts Explain Addressing Common Issues That Can Lead To Water Damage In Your Brooklyn Property We are available at (718) 522-4400 any time.

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)

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

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)

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

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

Water Damage How Our InjectiDry System Protects Your Brooklyn Home After A Water Damage Incident Give our crew a call anytime at (718) 522-4400.

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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We Are The Crew To Call If Your Brooklyn Home Experiences A Flood

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage We Are The Crew To Call If Your Brooklyn Home Experiences A Flood We work to help our neighbors return their residences to a clean, dry condition so they can get on with their lives.

Removing Damage And Restoring Brooklyn Homes After A Flood

Brooklyn is the most populated borough in NYC, and why would anyone want to live anywhere else? With the Upper Bay as our western border, however, flooding is occasionally an issue for many of us.

To remediate the effects of flood damage in Brooklyn, SERVPRO technicians pay close attention to the walls and other places where water collects and remains after the flood retreats, and we remove standing water. Quick removal helps to eliminate further damage and reduces the effects where damage already started.

Response team members quickly remove furniture outside for cleaning, but efforts inside center around replacement or restoration. As an example, interior walls often absorb much water, but can still be restored to a clean, usable condition.

SERVPRO technicians start by removing floor trim and drilling holes into drywall to release standing water. If the drilling shows that an affected panel is already crumbling or it cracks upward, then it absorbed too much moisture and required replacement. Team members then carefully break up the damaged panels, bag them, and remove them for proper disposal.

If there is no cracking or crumbling, then we take steps to dry each panel and the space behind them. For the exterior, this means directing an air mover to generate warm, dry air over the surface that carefully forces out moisture, so it evaporates into the air.

For the interior, our technicians use another air mover with an attached hose to force air into the wall cavity. That helps to dry the panel and the wall frame where it is attached. One of our inspectors uses a moisture meter to check that everything is back to a normal level and then team members patch the holes and reattach the floor trim.

For SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn, it is not really about customers. We work to help our neighbors return their residences to a clean, dry condition so they can get on with their lives. If this situation includes your home, call us at (718) 522-4400 today to find out what we can do for you.

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The Ultimate Guide to Fire Damage Remediation in Brooklyn

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage  The Ultimate Guide to Fire Damage Remediation in Brooklyn If this fire damage happens to your apartment contact SERVPRO for fire damage remediation assistance.

Fire Odor Containment for Your Brooklyn Apartment

With the multiple effects that could follow a fire loss incident in your Brooklyn apartment, many owners can quickly determine when the situation is out of their control and skillset to repair and restore. Our professionals have an immediate response to fire emergencies and disasters, arriving with the full measure of our broad inventory of recovery equipment and advanced tools to help overcome the damaging effects of fire in your high-rise apartment. We strive to not only protect your unit in times like these, but understand the importance of acting quickly to protect other properties sharing common walls, floors, or ceilings.

Even without substantial structural concerns from the fire damage in your Brooklyn property, other effects can keep families from moving past the incident. Fire odors are among the most common effects that properties experience after a disaster, even if the flames get quickly extinguished by first responders or fire suppression tools or systems within the property. The lingering odor after a fire can continue to spread from the ignition source throughout the unit, even permeating materials to affect neighboring properties, until the appropriate measures get taken by professional restorers like our SERVPRO team.

We have multiple tools that can be vital in the containment of fire odors, and instrumental in beginning to address their severity throughout a damaged property. Our hydroxyl and ozone generators work to pull affected air through an onboard HEPA filter, which can simultaneously address airborne concerns like soot and smoke particulates, but also prevent odors from moving beyond these machines.

UV and thermal fogging equipment ultimately remove harsh lingering odors most effectively and is an ideal tool for fire loss recovery because of its diversity. The machine is good for open area odors, soft fabrics and materials, and even harder surfaces holding smoke and fire odors within pores.

While odors might only be one facet of the fire loss effects to overcome after an incident, our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn team remains equipped to get your property through every phase of restoration after a damaging fire emergency. Give us a call anytime at (718) 522-4400.

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How Our Experts Handle Structural Issues After A Flood In Your Brooklyn Home

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Our Experts Handle Structural Issues After A Flood In Your Brooklyn Home To restore your flood-damaged structure to preloss state, call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn.

Addressing Structural Issues After Flood Damage In Brooklyn

Flooding incidents in Brooklyn damage structures in many ways depending on how they unfold. Incidents from severe weather events such as storms leave widespread damages because the wind may blow out roofs or other parts of the structure creating more ways for water to breach. Flooding from rising water only dumps significant amounts of contaminated water in the structure necessitating advanced cleanup and controlled demolition of some sections.

Boarding up and installing tarps after flood damage in Brooklyn helps prevent unnecessary damages. To do this properly requires initial inspection of the entire property to identify all breaches. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on their skills in building services to do such inspections and board up affected areas. Besides, we also use plastic sheets to cover contents or parts in the interior of the structure where necessary.

Flooding affects building materials such as insulation and drywall. Some types of insulation such as Cellulose and Rockwool mat when wet losing R-value and fire resistance. Cellulose insulation loses its antimicrobial properties while Rockwool rusts because of its metallic properties. Our SERVPRO technicians make flood cuts to ease removal of the wet insulation and other structural materials because leaving them in place would compromise the energy efficiency of the structure or cause other problems such as microbial growth.

Porous materials in the structure such as carpets, wooden floors, and even frames absorb water during the flooding incident and can cause problems if left unchecked. Our SERVPRO technicians remove highly porous materials such as carpet and pad since it is not possible to clean all traces of contamination from the floodwaters. We clean up other materials such as frames and floors using professional cleaning agents and equipment such as pressure washers to get rid of all soiling. ASD, Applied Structural Drying, training helps ensure that we remove all excess moisture from affected materials to prevent problems such as rot and mold.

To restore your flood-damaged structure to preloss state, call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn. You can reach us at (718) 522-4400 any time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Are Flood Odors Leaving Their Calling Cards at your Brooklyn Business?

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Are Flood Odors Leaving Their Calling Cards at your Brooklyn Business? Flooding leaves offensive odors. SERVPRO has the equipment and expertise to remove those odors.

A Speedy Resolution to Commercial Water Damage in Brooklyn

When we talk about water issues in your commercial property, we are talking about both the impact of moisture on furnishings as well as microbial damage. All moisture carries microbes which can produce unpleasant odors. In older commercial properties structural contents like blinds or carpets can carry pre-existing issues like grime buildup or mold. Exposure to moisture can loosen embedded grime producing further unpleasant odors. We work closely with commercial properties in this community to restore property damages quickly and efficiently.

The team members that work repairing commercial water damage in Brooklyn businesses are highly trained professionals with certificates in a range of remediation areas. These certificates include water repair technicians (WRT), applied structural drying (ASD) and odor control technicians (OCT). Depending on the breadth and scale of your requirements, we can send a unit with the correct qualifications to restore your property to a safe working environment for both staff and customers.

The ability to mobilize equipment is a crucial aspect of restoring a commercial business. At SERVPRO we rely mainly on truck-mounted extraction units for drying a property. These machines are capable of removing excess quantities of water from both soft and hard flooring by combining vacuum power with a heating element. They are up to a thousand times more efficient than merely placing dehumidifiers and rapid air movers.

A priority for your staff and customers is likely to be odor control. In older commercial properties, water can exacerbate pre-existing issues like minor mold growth causing unpleasant smells. Often, these smells depart once the property is dry. However, when that is not the case, SERVPRO can use industrial grade fogging equipment to deodorize the job site and neutralize unpleasant odor thoroughly.

Getting your business back to a habitable state for your staff and customers is what we specialize in, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400.

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3 Reasons To Rely On SERVPRO For Large Loss Response

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 3 Reasons To Rely On SERVPRO For Large Loss Response For any catastrophic loss call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn

Relying On SERVPRO 

In the event of a major storm, fire or flood in Park Slope, NY, commercial property owners may obtain a faster and more professional response from a local franchise location of a national restoration company. Here are three reasons to choose SERVPRO to handle catastrophic loss.

1. Many Franchise Locations

SERVPRO has more than 1,700 franchise locations. This means that the closest professionals can arrive on site in four hours or less, which may be faster than other regional mitigation and restoration services. In the event of widespread damage such as flooding or storm damage, additional experts and equipment may report from nearby locations.

2. National Corporate Support

The backing of one of the nation's leading mitigation and restoration companies enables local franchises to be better trained and equipped than most independent companies. Insurance jobs are only offered to locations that satisfy all of the requirements of a 21-point Participation Agreement. This oversight and company-wide services such as the Claims Information Center elevate the standard of service and make SERVPRO the right choice in the event of catastrophic loss.

3. Industry-Leading Standards

This national corporation is also a certified training school for the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration. Each franchise must employ at least one technician who specializes in a particular area such as storm damage to maintain certification. The IICRC requires technicians to obtain continuing education credits to ensure that professionals keep up with current best practices in the mitigation and restoration field. This means that the work performed by these employees should be up to the highest standards in the industry.

All of these factors enable SERVPRO to respond to catastrophic loss caused by fires, flooding or storms faster and more effectively than independent mitigation or restoration companies. Within one hour of contacting the national corporation, property owners can expect a response from a franchise in Park Slope, NY.