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Why are Chemical Treatments not the Only Answer for Mold Removal?

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

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Brooklyn Residents Need Mold Removal that Tackles the Problem from Different Angles

When it comes to keeping your Brooklyn home clean, it is easy to grab the nearest powerful cleaner to melt away dirt and grime. However, when it comes to fungal growth, you might need a different approach.

If you need mold removal in your Brooklyn home, the first step is to call SERVPRO. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we are available 24 hours.

Why is it a bad idea to spray the mold with home cleaners?

Most home cleaning products are not designed to fight mold. They might help clean away surface mold contamination, but they do not tackle problems, such as:

  • Mold growing inside affected materials
  • Underlying moisture that allows the fungus to grow
  • Loose mold spores escaping and starting new colonies in other parts of your home

It is also important to note that some cleaners, especially bleach-based ones, can provide more moisture and make mold growth worse.

What techniques does SERVPRO use to fight mold?

Our technicians use a range of techniques provided by the IICRC to fight mold:

  • HEPA vacuuming to remove loose mold spores, and hoover fungus from dry non-porous surfaces such as glass and metal
  • Damp wiping to clean mold that is growing in a layer of soil
  • Sanding, damp wiping, wire scrubbing, and other abrasive methods for semi-porous surfaces such as concrete or wood
  • Baking soda or dry ice blasting for larger areas of wood and brick

 These techniques do not involve chemicals at all – even baking soda blasting uses completely natural ingredients, plus the added benefits of not introducing additional moisture to the treatment area.

Do we use any chemical treatments

Yes – we apply antimicrobial agents when needed. Our antimicrobial treatments are EPA-registered and designed to kill bacteria, mold, and mildew. We sometimes use wet fogging for deodorization – the fogging machine disperses odor-eating products in a fine mist.

Chemical treatments have their place in mold removal, but it is best to use them in conjunction with a range of other techniques for the best results. Our technicians know when to use each product and which safety precautions and personal protective equipment they should use.

For a mold removal service that nears total elimination, Mold Remediation Contractor License #: 00055, call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400.

What Parts of a Structure are Salvageable After Flooding?

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

"High water" An unexpected flood can quickly lead to flood damage in your home. Call the experts at SERVPRO immediately to prevent additional water loss.

A Sudden Flood Can Affect the Building and Assembly of your Home. SERVPRO Technicians are On-hand to Help Brooklyn Residents Overcome Flood Damages.

What are building assemblies, and how do they affect drying?

The building assembly is everything in the structure of your Brooklyn home, excluding the exterior walls. During intense storms and heavy rainfall, some or all of the building may begin to take on water. These can come from flooding into the property or through a rough that may become damaged by strong winds. Once water enters the property, it begins to negatively affect some, or all, of the building assembly, including drywall, crawlspaces, foundations, and framework. Each property has unique characteristics and material build. Our technicians have a strong understanding of how materials affect drying, which allows us to tailor our drying strategy to each situation we encounter. 

How are drying procedures decided?

When confronted with flood damage in your Brooklyn home, a professional water restoration technician has to make hundreds of decisions in a small space of time. Knowing which items can be dried cost-effectively and inexpensive to replace can help speed up the timeframe of restoration. Fitted cabinets are commonly made from particle boards with a veneer finish. These can take on lots of moisture in a short period of time, and the cost of drying them often outweighs the cost of replacement with cabinets of similar quality. SERVPRO makes decisions based on the most time-efficient solution to restore your home to its preloss condition. 

What is the process of deciding to restore or replace wet building materials?

General information covering the type of material, porosity and responsiveness to drying

Inspection to determine the length of exposure as well as the area of wetness (some materials, like drywall, have multiple layers to test)

Restorability is a combination of the above two results, which is the deciding factor in whether to restore or replace

Are wet ceilings and walls expensive to replace?

Walls that become wet through flooding need to be carefully inspected to understand the extent of the damage. A wall or ceiling has several layers of assembly, some of which may be wet while other parts may remain dry. SERVPRO technicians need to inspect layers of drywall, plaster, wallpaper, and framing to see how far the moisture has migrated. To examine these multiple layers a commonly used tool is a penetrating moisture meter. Items like drywall are often restorable, providing that there is little water contamination present. In these situations, we can use dehumidification and air-movement equipment to dry these materials successfully. 

When does the wet drywall need replacing?

Check the seams of the drywall. If they are intact, restoration is still possible.

If areas of the drywall begin to swell, they may need replacement.

Inspect the drywall for signs of mold growth. If present, replace the drywall

How far can water migrate after flooding?

Floodwaters can reach the framing of your home, providing that there is no intervention. It takes time for capillary suction to take place in drywall and plaster. However, with massive amounts of water, the time may be reduced. Some properties that flood show signs of damage to the framing of the property. The frames are usually dimensional lumber with a light finish. If water restoration technicians suspect that the frames are wet, we may need to demo some parts of the wall to access drying equipment. Wet structures can lead to extensive mold growth throughout the home and should always have an inspection after flooding

What are some necessary procedures for drying walls and ceilings?

Ventilation through the wall using structural cavity drying equipment

Demolition of materials to speed-up the drying process through extra ventilation and access for larger equipment

Temperature and humidity control to speed up the drying process

When is demolition necessary to restore flood damage?

Sometimes demolishing a part of a building's assembly can help to accelerate drying. When there are excessive amounts of moisture found in a structure removing inexpensive materials, like drywall, to gain access to more valuable materials, like dimensional lumber, is a good option. Ultimately, the cost of replacing lumber is high, and it has among the highest rates of repairability. For these reasons, it may be necessary to sacrifice plaster, wallpaper, or drywall in order to allow maximum drying focus on the structural framework of your home. SERVPRO technicians have experience conducting controlled demolitions in residential properties and can ensure all materials are replaced "Like it never even happened."

Floodwaters can permeate every aspect of a building's assembly. For expert drying, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400.

How Can Residents Prevent Fire Damage to Spread to Their Neighbors?

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

charred kitchen table and chairs in fire damaged kitchen Kitchen fires spread quickly. Smoke and soot damage can travel quickly. SERVPRO has the equipment and know-how to restore your home.

Fire in a Neighboring Home Can Leave Soot and Smoke in Yours. Call a Fire Restoration Technician for Advice on Removing Residue from Your Park Slope Belongings

A kitchen fire may start in your neighbor's home in Park Slope due to an electrical malfunction or just a mundane cooking accident. Before you know it, a layer of dust sits on your furniture and inside your cabinets, and an acrid smell greets you every time you open the door. Even though you air out your space and buy air fresheners, you may not eliminate the fire's traces.

Rather than guessing whether the fire damage in your Park Slope home is more significant than you may realize, call a professional fire restoration team. Even if the fire did not start directly in your home, proximity to the ignition site puts you in danger of feeling its effects. A shared ventilation system can also carry smoke and soot into your home, but industry-grade cleaners can help you save time and money when removing them. Calling SERVPRO’s hotline as soon as the incident occurs can make the difference in how disruptive it is to your life.

How long should you wait to call SERVPRO after a fire happens?

Fire restoration should begin as soon as possible to avoid extended exposure to damaging agents, including remnants of debris tracked by firefighters during their work. Once our SERVPRO staff arrives, we focus on isolating any areas unaffected by the fire and preventing cross-contamination in your home. If the need arises, our team can pack your belongings for cleaning in an alternate site or discarding while tending to your home's damage. In the course of our work, we often receive questions about the smell of smoke left behind. Our team can address it by using one or several of the following:

  • Odor counteracting pellets
  • Foggers to eliminate smell molecules
  • Ozone generators

Whatever your needs are following a fire affecting your home, our technicians at SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn will help. Call us at (718) 522-4400 and let us leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

What Must Happen After Substantial Water Damage to a Brooklyn Quick-Service Restaurant?

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

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With the high volume of traffic that your franchise eatery receives every day, you need fast and reliable water restoration and reconstruction. 

Natural disasters and accidents that impact your Brooklyn restaurant's productivity and operation are rarely situations that employees and property managers can handle on their own. Broken sprinkler heads, damaged sink fixtures, or broken pipes in the walls can cause substantial water damage to the building. How these conditions get addressed can often be a difference in whether your facilities can stay up and running after a loss or if the doors to your restaurant must close temporarily for professional water restoration companies to complete their recovery. 

Because water damage repair for Brooklyn restaurants can encompass so many individual tasks, each approach for compromised businesses varies based on the circumstances and structure's layout. Certain fundamental mitigation steps are the centerpiece of our initial activity, but even these approaches get tailored to specific situations. For example, controlled demolition might not be necessary for most metal frameworks in wall systems. However, older franchise restaurants might still feature wood framing in the walls that could become overly damaged with exposure. 

What Water Mitigation Services Must Occur? 

Even with a fixation on cleaning and restoring a damaged property after a water disaster, your restaurant depends on the initial mitigation and emergency services our SERVPRO team provides. Applying some of these actions immediately can keep your facility open in some capacity, allowing you to continue serving customers while restoration, cleaning, and drying continue. Mitigation involves several quick approaches, including:

  • Extraction – Removing standing water is a considerable initial concern, especially when floor drains in the building have become clogged or overwhelmed. This process involves several water removal tools, including pumps, extractor trucks, and wet vacuums. 
  • Containment – Establishing physical barriers between damaged areas and unaffected portions of the restaurant can allow the establishment to operate in a limited capacity. 
  • Controlled Demolition – Sagging and destroyed materials can be a hazard to employees and restorers working to recover the damage. 
  • Repairs - With a team of in-house contractors on our roster, we can locate plumbing or fixture damage and repair it to prevent further property losses and restore water service.

What Materials Are Affected by Standing Water? 

No matter where the bulk of the damage exists in the restaurant, from the kitchen and food prep areas to the dining portion of the building, our contractors and restorers' response remains the same. Understanding what materials are the most likely to become damaged by the presence of water ensures that the appropriate drying and cleaning occurs promptly to reduce tear-out. 

  • Drywall - Drywall is often a quickly damaged material, even if the entire wall surface does not become impacted. Establishing a dryline allows for flood cuts to get made that remove compromised portions of sheetrock.
  • Subflooring – Carpets common to your restaurant's dining area either leads to concrete subflooring or OSB board. With the right length of exposure, both of these materials could become damaged. 
  • Wood Framing – While newer commercial construction utilizes aluminum framing, older buildings can still be susceptible to migrating moisture and its effect on wood frames. 
  • Furniture – Tables and chairs throughout the dining area can also be sensitive to water damage when exposure persists long enough to penetrate the finished wood. 

Is Mold Possible? 

If mold exists because of the water damage situations in your restaurant, it could welcome several immediate health and safety concerns for your patrons and staff. When water damages exist, our SERVPRO professionals work quickly to limit the spread and treat surfaces with antimicrobial solutions when possible. 

Does SERVPRO Replace Discarded Materials? 

Repairs and reconstruction happen as soon as our technicians complete mitigation and restoration of the property. A seamless transition to this build-back ensures that the least amount of time and money gets spent on the restoration process overall. Not requiring third-party contractors means that your business is not waiting for general contracting teams' availability in the area. There are several areas where this build back is necessary to make these water disasters "Like it never even happened," for the restaurant: 

  • Wall Systems 
  • Flooring Systems
  • Deconstructing Containment
  • Replacing Damaged Fixtures

As challenging and overwhelming as damages to your restaurant might initially appear, our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn team can help with multiple effective strategies. We can offer mitigation and reconstruction/repair through standing water concerns that can severely threaten sensitive structural elements and contents. Give our emergency response team a call anytime at (718) 522-4400.

Do I Need Professional Assistance in Brooklyn If I Have Access to Water Restoration Equipment?

9/6/2020 (Permalink)

kitchen floor covered in water from leaking appliance Water leaks can cause you and your family a lot of stress. Contact SERVPRO for professional remediation services so your family can relax.

SERVPRO and Other Water Restoration Companies Offer Brooklyn Residents Additional Services Apart from Availing Better Restoration Equipment

Water leaks and intrusions happen all the time. However, most are limited in scale, so you handle them on your own. When a major incident happens at your Brooklyn house, you may think that you only need to upscale the equipment to restore normalcy. 

What types of equipment are standard for water restoration? 

Water restoration companies in Brooklyn have a plethora of equipment for handling various restoration tasks in water-damaged properties. However, four categories of equipment are crucial, including: 

  • Water extractors 
  • Humidity controllers 
  • Evaporation boosters 
  • Moisture diagnostic equipment 

If you plan to handle the water restoration as a DIY project, the most likely way you can access the necessary equipment is by hiring them since the cost of buying is prohibitive. Even with the rental option, you are less likely to get all the equipment you might need. You can get water extractors, dehumidifiers, and air movers but lack the smaller items such as moisture meters and hygrometers that provide crucial data to SERVPRO technicians improving coordination.

Apart from accessing all the necessary equipment, it also takes the right skills to get the right results when restoring your damaged property. 

How do skills affect the restoration process? 

  • Matching the equipment type with the prevailing conditions 
  • Correct placement of the equipment 
  • Monitoring changes and making appropriate adjustments 

You may take the equipment at face value. For instance, dehumidifiers extract moisture from the air. However, there are different categories of dehumidifiers out there, including refrigerant, desiccant, and LGR, among others. Each of these categories is best suited for specific conditions. For instance, the refrigerant variety works best within a temperature range between 70° to 90°F. Without such information, you might not get the results you expect, even when using the best equipment. Our SERVPRO technicians receive continuous training equipping them with the skills to maximize productivity.  

Involving water restoration companies in your project improves efficiency levels. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400 to assist you. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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How Can I Remove Smoke Odors from a Brooklyn Library?

8/29/2020 (Permalink)

soot covered books on a shelf Fire damage to your local library can put it out of business for a while. Contacting SERVPRO can provide remediation services for your library.

Fire damage odors can be a considerable obstacle for restorers, and there are multiple deodorization strategies to help.

When even a small fire ignites in a Brooklyn library, there are many potential obstacles and hurdles that fire restoration companies like our SERVPRO team must overcome. While much of these initial steps involve the mitigation stages such as debris removal and surface cleaning, in many ways, lingering odors can pose the most significant challenge to making fire losses "Like it never even happened."

While fire damage restoration for Brooklyn public structures involves a careful union of advanced cleaning techniques and containment strategies, libraries add further challenges with so many volumes of literature to preserve and protect. These contents are as crucial in many ways as the structure itself, as this represents the borough's investments into the education of its residents. While smoke residues and ash can present immediate threats to these books and works, odors can become a lingering concern that stays trapped in the paper pages and covers of these novels stocked on the shelves. Removing odors often falls to several capable pieces of equipment in our inventory, including:

  • Thermal Fogging
  • ULV Fogging
  • Hydroxyl Generators
  • Ozone Generators
  • Air Scrubbers

Is Fogging the Best Odor Removal Approach?

While each of these deodorization approaches can have its ideal use in fire restoration cleanup and recovery, few have the versatility of thermal and ULV fogging. By creating a mist or vapor of deodorizing compounds, they can penetrate porous surfaces and contents to neutralize smoke and burning odors already embedded there. With the lightweight portability of fogging units, they are among the most widely used in odor removal approaches.

Fire losses can be a challenge for public buildings like the library when contents become exposed. Our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn can help with a fast response of qualified technicians and advanced equipment by calling (718) 522-4400.

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How Do I Know Where the Floodwater Went in your Brooklyn home?

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

Living room and Dining Room Flooded SERVPRO is ready to handle any size flood damage 24/7, and make the damage to your property, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO brings multiple types of detection equipment to locate and remove the water from your Brooklyn home thoroughly

Floodwater in your home can be a frustrating event for a homeowner. The water may be standing, or other cases appear to have receded when it has instead seeped under flooring or wicked into the sheetrock or wound up in the neighbor's house in the unit next door. All of these issues require more than a visual inspection to locate the areas that need extraction and drying. SERVPRO techs bring various types of detection equipment to ensure that all areas of collected moisture get found and addressed as rapidly as possible.

Can Wet Sheetrock Recover From Flood Damage?

When water comes into contact with sheetrock in your Brooklyn property, the flood damage can have different outcomes depending on:
    •    How long the exposure took place
    •    The length of time before the cleanup started
    •    If the sheetrock shows signs of deterioration
    •    The nature of the water, whether it is clean or groundwater
    •    Buckling walls or sagging ceilings can present a danger to people in the vicinity, and to the technicians that  perform controlled demo actions as needed

When scoping the property and tracking down all the areas of water migration, the technicians take special care to determine if the building materials can get dried in place. If the sheetrock has too much deterioration from water exposure, the techs try to limit the amount that gets removed by locating and measuring several inches over the waterline and only removing the damaged portion. While this action assists in drying the structure by opening up walls or ceilings as needed, it also makes repairs simple as a cut piece of sheetrock can get fitted in and then sealed in using joint compound and sanding for a smooth finish. Once the area gets primed and painted, there will be no sign of the previous problem.

Is It Easier to Tell if Floodwater is Contaminated by Sight or Odor?

Although floodwater carries a recognizable odor, there is no way to look at water and know what is in it. The techs use different types of testing to determine the presence of any harmful bacteria or pathogens and apply the appropriate water treatments to lessen the chance of injury during the handling of the water during extraction and disposal.

Carpet has two primary outcomes after storm damage when the carpet gets wet through a broken window from high winds and rain enters the home, it has restoration potential as long as the mitigation begins quickly. The water in the house has not been allowed to degrade.

Instead of testing for contaminants, SERVPRO technicians use their equipment to test the carpet materials to choose the best cleaning method. The techs look for:
    •    The composition of materials that make up the carpet fibers to determine if shrinkage is a potential issue  
    •    Testing of the colorfastness of the dyes used on the threads
    •    Examination of the backing to ensure it has not deteriorated due to exposure to water
    •    If water spots are an issue, the techs can address those as a final step

In situations where groundwater has gotten absorbed into the carpet, it requires disposal using the protocols as biohazard removal due to the contaminated nature of the water. Because wet carpet is so heavy and can cause injury to lift, the techs extract the water and cut it into strips for faster and more efficient removal.

How Can I Avoid Issues with Mold?

Microscopic airborne mold spores float harmlessly inside and out most of the time, and unless conditions are right for germination, they pose no threat. After floodwater in a home creates an elevated air moisture environment, the spores can find a hospitable place and begin to grow, particularly on sheetrock and wood. SERVPRO techs have extensive training and certification for mold remediation #00055 to neutralize the colonies before the problem becomes an infestation through the use of their drying equipment, professional-grade antimicrobial cleaning agents and follow up treatments such as sealants to inhibit any return.

How Do I Get Repairs Made After Floodwater Ruins Things in My Home?

When the cleanup of the home gets completed, the techs walk the property owner through and go over the components that needed removal and items that got restored. Areas where sheetrock needs replacing or other necessary repairs can also get done by SERVPRO. With their general contractor license, the techs have the knowledge and experience to do:
    •    Any size reconstruction
    •    Painting
    •    Installation of flooring
    •    Plumbing repairs
    •    Electrical repairs

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400 is ready to handle any size flood damage 24/7, and make the damage to your property, “Like it never even happened.”

Does Business As Usual Grind to a Halt When My Commercial Building Needs Water Damage Restoration?

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

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Give the Experts at SERVPRO a Call When Water Damage Restoration of Your Brooklyn Business Is Job One for You and Your Tenants

If anything is more frustrating than the disruption of a water loss on your business property, it surely is when you also have tenants whose operations are affected. Brooklyn commercial buildings can be full of many shops, cafes, offices, and production sites, so water damage affects dozens to hundreds in our neighborhoods. Add in disappointed customers, and the effect spreads.

Can Water Restoration Companies Help with Partitioning So Limited “Business as Usual” Can Proceed?

Customers are fickle, so it is crucial to maintain a presence when your Brooklyn business needs water damage restoration. You cannot afford to have the customer base you and your tenants built go elsewhere as your damaged building recovers. To ensure that you and your commercial tenants can still honor customer requests, partnering with a restoration company with an experienced construction division helps immensely. Erecting baffles and barriers while building contained workspaces for water damage restoration can carve out safe, welcoming areas that permit your and your tenants’ businesses to continue operation.

Once Was Enough -- Is There a Way to Avoid The Chaos of Water Damage Restoration in the Future?

Think about partnering proactively with SERVPRO by collaborating on an Emergency READY Profile (ERP). We encourage our commercial clients to consider our ERP to prepare for water damage or another disaster much the same way you prepare for other business crises. To access the benefits of an ERP, do the following:

  • Schedule an in-person assessment with one of our experienced water damage restoration project managers
  • Review any recommendations resulting from the evaluation, and implement them:
    • Store critical documents off-site or digitally
    • Raise equipment above typical flood lines
    • Repair leaks and upgrade utility configurations
  • Designate employees or others to act on your business’s behalf if you are unavailable during a disaster
  • Discuss the final concise, digital ERP plan with our managers, so you anticipate accurately what a water damage restoration job means to your operations and create planned adaptations to keep you going during the restoration

The crews from SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn are trained and focused on getting multi-use commercial buildings back online fast -- “Like it never even happened.” Call (718) 522-4400 day or night to get the help you and your business tenants must have to return to normal operations.

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Residential: 2015353DCA

Mold Remediation: 00055

Whom Do I Call to Get Rid of Water and Sewage in My Brooklyn Basement Apartment?

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

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Brooklyn Residents Struggling with Flood Damage in Basement Level Apartments Can Rely on SERVPRO for Solutions 

Hurricane season can hit Brooklyn hard, with heavy rains upsetting the equilibrium in basement living quarters. Inches to feet of floodwater from torrential rains sweeping over-pavements and even sea surging is concerning. When local sanitary systems become overwhelmed, sewage can intermingle with the other floodwaters creating an untenable situation. 

What Is My First Step When Storm Damage Floods My Basement Apartment? 

Sewage mixed with flood damage in Brooklyn basement apartments feels beyond solving when it happens to you. Do not despair. Instead, call a disaster recovery company promptly. The quicker you get assistance, the more likely your personal property and your home's structural components can start returning to normal. 

What Can I Expect from Flood Damage Mitigation and Remediation Professionals? 

Count on SERVPRO to arrive promptly, listen to your concerns, assess the scene, and begin emergency services, with your permission. Our highly trained crews come equipped with commercial-grade equipment, including truck-mounted extractors capable of moving out 36,000 gallons of fluids a day. Sometimes safety requires disconnecting the power in your apartment, and our onboard generators permit us to avoid delays in removing the contaminated flooding. We contain the fluids and remove them according to local regulations. Next steps include: 

  • Cleaning surfaces with EPA-registered products
  • Disinfecting surfaces with EPA register antimicrobials
  • Collecting moisture data to project drying goals 
  • Drying out structures using the assistance of air movers and dehumidifiers 

Is There Any Hope for Saving My Wet Personal Property? 

We often recommend a partial or total pack-out of wet contents to our production facility. In confined spaces like a basement apartment, this can help crews on-site complete their work without impediments. Our contents processing specialists evaluate and work hard to restore your furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions to functionality and appearance. 

Trust SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn to help during the aftermath of a flooding disaster in your basement apartment. Call us at (718) 522-4400 day or night -- we know flooding happens round the clock. 

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What Happens When Water Gets Trapped in Wall Systems?

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

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When materials become saturated in your Brooklyn home, there are several strategies to dry and repair these compromised areas.

Migrating water losses after a disaster can be highly damaging to Brooklyn homes and apartments. Because much of your plumbing has gotten installed within wall systems for aesthetic reasons, a breach in this network could severely impact structural cavities as well as the surface layers nearby. Many threats exist when water becomes trapped in these wall and ceiling systems, including deterioration, microbial growth, and access to spread to other areas of the property.

Regarding water removal for Brooklyn properties

There are multiple tools and devices ideal for addressing traditional standing water concerns throughout the house. When it comes to more complex conditions like trapped moisture, this removal effort requires more sophisticated approaches. Wall systems can quickly absorb migrating loss effects, making it vital to begin restorative efforts as soon as possible.

How Bad is the Damage?

It can often be wise to begin the restoration and recovery processes with an assessment of the damaged areas to determine the severity of the situation. With water losses, detection devices are often required to get the proper perspective on the areas in question. Careful inspections of these areas can help identify where moisture pockets and dampness exist beyond the surface. We can then deploy the appropriate drying techniques to protect exposed wall system elements like drywall, insulation, or framework. Moisture detection devices include:

Is Controlled Demolition Necessary?

With a team of in-house contractors that can work alongside our SERVPRO technicians on-site, we can offer real-time emergency services that can protect more of your property. One of these initial actions that our general contractors can take is controlled demolition. There are many distinct advantages to choosing this approach to being drying and recovery efforts in your home. These include:

  • Ease of Access to Damaged Areas - By removing portions of damaged materials from the affected areas in your house, we can have a direct access point to broken pipes and other causes of the water damage trapped in the walls. 
  • Removal of Deteriorating Materials – The action of controlled demolition is a benefit to the property itself. Deterioration and moisture damage can spread throughout sensitive surfaces drywall quickly and continually, making the removal of compromised materials vital. 
  • More Efficient Drying – Openings in the interior wall systems can provide greater access to moisture and dampness tracked with our detection tools for drying with air movers and other evaporative equipment. 

What Drying Solutions Should Begin?

Drying is always going to be a fundamental practice of returning your water-damaged property to its original conditions. There are many tools and devices that play a role in this process. To appropriately dry out wall systems, provisions must first get made. Controlled demolition can provide access for drying equipment like our low-profile air movers, while holes drilled behind the removed baseboard of drywall surfaces can provide entry points for focused blasts of heated air. While there are dozens of tools and pieces of equipment ideal for addressing surface and trapped moisture concerns, we often choose a combination of:

  • Positive Pressure Systems
  • Wet Vacuums 
  • Centrifugal Air Movers
  • Desiccant Dehumidifiers 

How Can SERVPRO Make it “Like it never even happened."?

Repairs and reconstruction are often necessary to return your property to preloss condition, and this requires a fast transition between mitigation and these structural requirements. Initially, our contractors can work to provide your home with repairs to areas like breached plumbing and other pressing repairs. Replacing damaged sections of pipe or compromised fixtures can allow water service to get restored to your home and mitigation to continue.

Reinstallation of discarded materials is also a pressing need after mitigation completes, and our contractors can seamlessly transition to this phase of recovery when they are able. With careful, controlled demolition, reconstruction should often be more efficient than full-scale build back. Between replacing insulation and missing pieces of drywall to patching the holes made to use our positive pressure system, we can improve the look and feel of your property after a water loss incident 

Disasters do not wait for convenient times to strike, meaning that you should respond and react to these emergencies as promptly as possible. Our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn team has cutting-edge tools and technology to restore your home or business. We can often reach your home within hours of the first call that you make to our emergency staffed line at (718) 522-4400.