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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)

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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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We Are Uniquely Qualified To Restore Your Brooklyn Home's Flood Damage

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

One of our vans full of cleaning equipment SERVPRO has professional cleaning equipment for any type of restoration emergency including flood damage. Call us right away we are here 24/7.

Why SERVPRO Is a Brooklyn Flood Damage Restoration Leader

The timing of flood events in Brooklyn might be unpredictable, but our response is reliable, and our managers and technicians are confident under all circumstances. Why are we ready to answer the call of residents struggling with floodwater without panic and with a rapidly developed plan of action? Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training and on the job experience is surpassed only by our inventory of specialized commercial-grade equipment, supporting our ability as top-notch restoration specialists.

Rising Sea Levels and Seasonal Storms Increase Flooding Risks

Flood damage in Brooklyn seems more common after every heavy rain. Inadequate sanitary sewer systems clogged with construction and other debris often get the blame, but when your residence floods the cause is less important than the solution. Our crews are dependable, and We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Training and Experience Translate into Results

Why SERVPRO is uniquely qualified to respond to your flood damage challenges is clarified as highly-qualified crews arrive fast, ready to implement the plan developed by their crew chief. We carefully consider your circumstances and then utilize the pumps and extractors stocked on our service vehicles to evacuate the contaminated water. 

Anticipation of Complications

Onboard generators provided power in case the electricity is temporarily cut, and our submersible pumps operate with gas motors. We contain and dispose of the floodwaters lawfully, checking for hidden water with thermal imaging devices. If found we use controlled demolition like flood cuts to release it. We also measure the moisture in structural components to provide baseline drying data.  

Cleaning and Disinfection Precede Drying

Before switching out the water removing for the drying equipment, we use EPA-registered cleaners and disinfectants to scrub away soiling and inhibit the growth of pathogens contained in the floodwater. Once the residues clear away drying is accomplished by air movers and dehumidifiers. The precision our team brings to the drying phase is why SERVPRO delivers success, leaving your home clean, sanitized, and dried in record time.

Reliability and highly-qualified crews are two reasons why SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn is well-regarded and recommended for flood damage restoration. Call (718) 522-4400 for emergency help if the floodwaters rise.

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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)

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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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