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Professional Help for Storm and Flood Damage in Brooklyn

6/8/2024 (Permalink)

flood in basement, equipment there Rely on SERVPRO to extract flood waters and dry out your Brooklyn basement--"Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO® Leads Local Flood Damage Efforts

Brooklyn residents and businesses only have to think back to September 2023 to recall memories of significant and damaging flooding due to torrential rains. Roadways were clogged with swamped cars, whole neighborhoods were overwhelmed with dirty fluids, and Brooklyn’s P.S. 312 was temporarily shut down with a smoking boiler. At the same time, another 149 school buildings coped with various levels of water incursion. Chances are good flooding will occur again because of continued storm risks linked to climate change. What will your response be if your property suffers damage? 

SERVPRO Is Here To Help®

Due to previous extreme weather events, flood damage in Brooklyn is more likely than ever during this storm season. Be ready for disaster by lining up an expert in the water damage restoration industry and adding us to your phone contacts. Because the floodwaters contain contaminants and are often salty from storm surges, having professionals with the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) lend a skilled hand is crucial to overcome the damage. Our crews:

  • Assess the level of contamination from the flooding at your property.
  • Contain the work area and wear personal protective equipment (PPE.) This minimizes our customers’ exposure to toxic and potentially harmful fluids.
  • Collect the fluids for safe and lawful disposal according to local regulations, extracting as much liquid as possible before transitioning to applied structural drying techniques and equipment.
  • Clean soiling from affected surfaces with EPA-registered products.
  • Apply EPA-registered antimicrobials to disinfect and inhibit secondary mold growth.

Be Proactive to Minimize Flood Damage Impact

Take simple steps to prevent damage to your home, furnishings, and possessions from storm flooding. Store important documents, heirlooms, and other treasures in waterproof containers. Invest in supports for your furnishings if you need to raise them above the flood time--foil-wrapped bricks are sturdy and will not stain floors. Keep floors free of clutter, and consider rolling up and storing rugs if dire weather predictions come.

When storm-related flood damage affects your property, SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn is ready with crews of IICRC-trained technicians and scalable inventories of industrial-grade water extraction and drying equipment. Call (718) 522-4400 for a prompt assessment and immediate services--we are Faster to any size disaster™.

Brooklyn Commercial Water Cleanup Services

4/7/2024 (Permalink)

dehu drying clothing store SERVPRO protects retail inventory from water damage with rapid water extraction and drying. We work so you can keep your doors open in Brooklyn.

Effective Water Restoration for Brooklyn Businesses

In Brooklyn, commercial water restoration services are crucial for businesses facing water damage. Such incidents can disrupt operations, leading to significant financial losses. Immediate and professional cleanup is essential to minimize downtime and restore the business environment to its pre-damage state.

Understanding the Impact on Businesses

When water damage strikes a business, the effects can be extensive. Proximity to water sources like the East River and Coney Island Creek increases the risk of flooding, especially during severe weather. Here, commercial water cleanup for a Brooklyn business becomes a priority to prevent:

  • Structural damage to buildings
  • Electrical hazards and equipment malfunction
  • Extended closure during restoration

Challenges of Water Damage in Commercial Spaces

One of the biggest concerns of business owners is how long they will need to be closed during the restoration process. If the water issue is confined to a small area, SERVPRO® technicians can contain it, and the business may remain open. However, for safety reasons, sometimes the building must be closed during the water removal and drying process.

  • Water infiltration can weaken structural components, risking safety.
  • Moisture can cause electrical systems to short circuit, posing fire risks.
  • Damp conditions are ideal for mold, which can affect indoor air quality.

SERVPRO's Approach to Commercial Water Damage

SERVPRO's Brooklyn team employs state-of-the-art equipment and sophisticated techniques for commercial water cleanup to ensure a comprehensive restoration process. This service involves extracting water through powerful pumps and vacuums that eliminate standing water. This extraction is followed by deploying air movers and dehumidifiers to dry and dehumidify the affected areas thoroughly. Additionally, they carry out sanitization procedures, which include cleaning and disinfecting to avert the development of mold and bacteria.

This approach speeds up the recovery process and helps businesses minimize financial losses and resume operations quickly. With SERVPRO's expertise, Brooklyn businesses can effectively manage and recover from water damage, ensuring a swift return to normalcy.

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400 works swiftly with local businesses to facilitate fast commercial water cleanup, so the problem is "Like it never even happened."

Ceiling Moisture and Mold Damage in Brooklyn

2/10/2024 (Permalink)

servpro team on the job with van SERVPRO team is on the scene to remediate mold damage in Brooklyn. Here To Help®

SERVPRO® Efficiently Remediates Mold Spore Proliferation

Mold spores exist both indoors and outdoors in any space in some capacity. When water damage or other disasters strike, however, it can create the conditions necessary for mold to spread and potentially cause property damage.

When you find mold damage in your Brooklyn property, SERVPRO technicians can remediate the spores to pre-disaster levels while restoring damaged structural materials and belongings.

Mold and Water Damage Go Hand in Hand

Where water goes, mold typically follows in short order. Mold tends to grow with an indoor relative humidity level of over 60% and needs organic material to thrive and spread. Water damage, even from small pipe leaks, can lead to the spread and concentration of mold spores in humid areas. Ceilings may prove particularly vulnerable, especially in bathrooms and multi-family units with damaged plumbing.

Some molds, meanwhile, are not mold at all. Pink slime, often found in the nooks and crannies of bathrooms, is a bacterial buildup of airborne Serratia marcescens rather than a type of mold.

SERVPRO Repairs Ceiling Mold Damage

Restoration technicians can remove moisture with careful demolition, extraction, and drying, which can help remediate mold. Because drywall contains organic material, replacing damaged material is typically more cost-effective than simply repairing it. They can also clean up mold spores with the following tools and techniques:

  • A combination of careful containment measures, personal protective equipment usage, and negative air pressure machines can pull mold spores toward the floor for pickup with HEPA filter vacuums.
  • OSHA-approved, EPA-registered biocide solutions remediate mold and bacteria with various methods, including immersion, manual application, and spraying.
  • After cleaning up excess spores and the water damage that allows them to thrive, SERVPRO professionals can focus on repairing drywall and removing mold-related odors.

Regardless of when or where disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn is Here to Help®. You can contact the crew at (718) 522-4400.

Water Damage Help in Brooklyn

12/17/2023 (Permalink)

a flooded laundry room with water covering the floor Water damage in a laundry room is a very common occurrence. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for professional water removal services.

Why SERVPRO® for Laundry Room Water Cleanup in Brooklyn

Water damage can occur anywhere and anytime, including in the laundry room. Brooklyn property owners who have experienced washer hose leaks or machine overflows can attest to how much damage these appliance failures can cause without rapid-response cleanup to prevent damage to walls and floors.

Brooklyn properties needing water damage restoration can reach out to SERVPRO for their cleanup needs. SERVPRO's 24-hour availability ensures that communities can access mitigation services as soon as possible after a disaster.

The Benefits of SERVPRO's Water Restoration Services

A dedication to accruing knowledge, training crew members, and adhering to Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards are all essential components of SERVPRO's water remediation services.

  • SERVPRO offers thorough crew training in water restoration, mold mitigation, and related fields. This commitment to education encourages technicians to learn and accrue certifications that can most effectively address what residents require from disaster cleanup services.
  • SERVPRO's tools are designed for the job at hand and cover everything from inspecting moisture levels in building materials to removing water damage-related odors.
  • Water removal services comply with residential building codes while addressing what occupants need most to enjoy their property in a pre-damage condition.

This combination of high-end technologies and tried-and-true knowledge gives property owners increased peace of mind after a disaster.

SERVPRO Water Restoration Goes Beyond Extraction and Drying

If a water-damaged laundry room requires drywall fixes, plumbing repairs, or flooring replacement, SERVPRO can implement those build-back services and more, including the following:

  • HVAC cleaning services
  • Tile, carpet, hardwood, or linoleum floor repairs
  • Plumbing inspection and repairs
  • Electrical fixes

SERVPRO's extensive repertoire of revitalization services for residences can handle small-scale repairs and complete remodels of rooms or homes.

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn can provide Faster to any size disaster™ services to residents 24/7 when they call (718) 522-4400.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Team Makes Your Brooklyn Home Livable

11/16/2023 (Permalink)

a fire damaged kitchen with soot covering the table and counters After fire damage in your home, contact SERVPRO immediately. Our certified technicians are ready to take on the job.

Fire Damage Restorers Clean & Rebuild Burned Home

Dealing with a fire in your Brooklyn residence is an incredibly stressful experience. Fires can cause significant damage, leaving your home unlivable and posing many unanswered questions. However, our fire damage restoration team can help make your home livable again by cleaning and rebuilding burned homes.

Call our certified team if you need fire damage restoration for your Brooklyn property. We can help you with restoration you need to make your house habitable again, from cleaning up the damage to rebuilding its structure.

For additional information, don't hesitate to call us. The three main stages of rebuilding a home are: 

  • Security measures, 
  • Extensive but essential cleaning, and 
  • Restoration and reconstruction. 

At SERVPRO®, we take your family's security seriously. We know that extenuating circumstances exist during the aftermath of a disaster, so we take steps to ensure that your property sustains no additional damage. Even if firefighters never created holes in it, your roof can let rain or vermin inside your property. The same is true of compromised doors and windows. After we board them up, your home regains its lost security.

Our IICRC-certified team removes all debris and ash deposits from your home, thoroughly cleans surfaces such as walls, ceilings, and furnishings, and deodorizes your home using different techniques. Thoroughly cleaning all surfaces is a time-consuming and labor-intensive process; however, it is necessary to secure the well-being of your household.

Our technicians are restoration and rebuilding experts, providing customers with assurances. We work under Residential Contractor License #2015353DCA. As we assess the damage at our initial walk-through, we take measurements to help reduce costs when purchasing materials. We clean as we rebuild, decreasing the accumulation of discarded materials and keeping the area safe. Each step's goal is getting you and your family back into your home. 

Call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400 for expert assistance after a fire or other disaster.

Quick and Effective Response Is Crucial to Flood Damage in Brooklyn

11/15/2023 (Permalink)

flooded old basement, equipment Mitigating flood damage in a Brooklyn basement calls for expertise and equipment--Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO® Offers Prompt Brooklyn Flood Cleanup

Floods can strike suddenly, leaving Brooklyn homeowners with the challenge of dealing with the aftermath. Floodwater can intrude into a home through various pathways, including basement and crawlspace flooding. Water can infiltrate through cracks in the foundation walls, floor drains, and through the porous concrete or masonry of the foundation itself. Leaky roofs and windows can also create water damage during a storm. Immediate action is essential to minimize the harm. This may include contacting professionals for water removal, such as SERVPRO.

The water extraction process plays a pivotal role in eliminating moisture during flood damage restoration from Brooklyn buildings. The more surplus water restoration professionals extract using specialized equipment, the less time is needed to evaporate and dehumidify the remaining moisture using drying tools. SERVPRO is equipped with various kinds of extraction tools for water removal from different surfaces.

Moisture removal targets areas such as;

  • Floors and walls
  • Basements and crawl spaces
  • Home contents

Useful Water Removal Resources 

SERVPRO's choice of extraction equipment for effective water removal depends on factors such as the distance within the building, the depth of the water that needs to be extracted, and the availability of a power source.

Different Water extraction equipment

  • Extraction units
  • Pumps
  • Deep extraction tools
  • Submersible pumps

In flood situations, we may need to pump water for an extended period. Self-priming trash pumps are typically robust and capable of continuous operation since they are powered by gas or diesel. This makes them suitable for prolonged flood control efforts. Also, floodwaters often contain various types of debris. Self-priming trash pumps are designed to handle these solid particles without clogging or developing other damages.

In flood situations, we may need to pump water for an extended period. Self-priming trash pumps are typically robust and capable of continuous operation since they are powered by gas or diesel. This makes them suitable for prolonged flood control efforts. Also, floodwaters often contain various types of debris. Self-priming trash pumps are designed to handle these solid particles without clogging or developing other damages.

Trash pumps can handle solid particles of up to 1¼ inches in size. In contrast, full-trash pumps can handle solid particles larger than 3 inches. Slurry pumps are specifically engineered to transport liquids containing sand or mud.

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn manages flood damage "Like it never even happened." Call us at (718) 522-4400.

Skilled Water Damage Services for Williamsburg Businesses

5/15/2023 (Permalink)

Stored Equipment No matter the size and destruction to your building, SERVPRO handles all commercial damage restoration projects. Call now!

SERVPRO’s Commercial Water Damage Repair – Available 24/7

The responsibility of managing a commercial property involves several working parts. If your Williamsburg business features a maintenance staff or cleaning crew, you may feel tempted to handle water cleanup if you have an incident. However, expert water removal services do the job faster and more efficiently than any DIY method. SERVPRO takes time to work with your insurance coverage to assist in your claim, and we always ensure the job gets done right the first time. 

Water damage repair and restoration services for Williamsburg commercial properties can save you money and time. Rather than facing lengthy downtime that hinders daily operations, the SERVPRO team gets you back to normal as quickly as possible. Whether you had a significant equipment malfunction or a burst pipe that sent water into your facility, we can return your business to pre-damage condition. 

Why Your Facility Benefits From Our Moisture Control Services

There may be many building materials within your commercial space that is holding onto hidden moisture. Left untreated can cause costly secondary damage or hazardous microbial growth. Our skilled water restoration technicians (WRT) work to pull up all standing water and use the latest moisture detection technology to locate all problem areas. These spaces are often overlooked by anyone without the proper equipment or training. SERVPRO addresses moisture using standard protocols and moves into the water damage repair phase.

  • Controlled demolition allows us to remove unsalvageable building materials for replacement, such as ceiling tiles, flooring, drywall, and more. 
  • Strategic flood cuts remove wall materials just above the water line, and everything gets refinished “Like it never even happened.”
  • Areas of your commercial space with impacted floor materials, carpeting, or subfloor may get pulled up and replaced if we need more than drying mats to help us achieve the desired results.

At SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn, we are the trusted commercial water damage repair team you need to ensure quality results. Regardless of your industry, call us at (718) 522-4400, and we can send out a crew to begin work as soon as possible.

The Faces of Destructive Brooklyn Fire Damage

4/12/2023 (Permalink)

tile floor covered in soot damage Our team can help with fire damage restoration. Call our technicians to arrive at your Brooklyn home with the trained technicians and equipment.

SERVPRO Fire Restorers Recover Fire Damage in Brooklyn Homes

Fires threaten Brooklyn homes and businesses in several ways. Understanding the specific restoration practices necessary to address these threats is essential when you seek assistance from IICRC-compliant and trained technicians like our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn team. Threats to your home after a fire can include:

  • Structural Threats
  • Soot Damage
  • Smoke Malodors
  • Destroyed Contents

Fire damage in Brooklyn properties requires prompt action. Because we have experienced FSRT-Certified technicians ready to help 24/7, we work to immediately collect the necessary information for damage claim approval from your home insurance provider. We interface with the insurance adjuster to meet demands and generate a detailed work scope and estimation to get mitigation and restoration started fast.

Emergency Services Improve Structural Stability

The fast pace of our response team ensures that we can reach your doorstep to begin emergency services as rapidly as possible. These efforts describe a collection of pre-job mitigative steps designed exclusively to protect the structure and occupants from more significant fire harm. Improving structural stability is a chief objective of these early actions. Our response team shores weakened elements, begins the often widespread controlled demolition process, and completes temporary board-up and repairs.

How Can Soot Impact Surfaces?

Another face of fire damage to structures is soot generated from the partial combustion of fuels. Wood or oils can leave formidable deposits of soils on nearby surfaces. SERVPRO professionals determine the washability and salvageability of these impacted areas by considering:

  • Type of Damage – Multiple types of smoke damage exist, and each is removed and cleaned differently. Cleaning dry smoke requires tools and products that differ considerably from wet smoke threats.
  • Hosting Material – The underlying surface where soot damage comes to rest impacts the type of cleaning necessary to restore the damage. Solvents damage some materials, so green cleaning and less-acidic approaches are more favorable to prevent permanent marring.
  • Is it Worth Salvaging? – Restorers of our SERVPRO team consider whether impacted materials are worth restoring or if it is faster and more cost-efficient to rebuild and replace.

The Generation of Smoke Odors

Smoke malodors can be one of the final restoration obstacles, but critical to address to return preloss conditions. Offensive odors result from the combustion of many materials throughout a structure, such as plastics, wood, fabrics, chemicals, and more. With the widespread damage, we use multiple neutralizing approaches like ozone, hydroxyl machines, and fogging.

Prioritizing Personal Items

Many homeowners might not realize that the full spectrum of our fire damage recovery efforts involves the management of soot and smoke-damaged contents and personal belongings. This is often as vital to property owners as any other restoration process, so it is done with care. At our facility, items receive:

  • Surface Cleaning – Soot and smoke damage removal is often the most pressing concern with impacted contents after fire damage incidents. Chemical cleaners and our ultrasonic tank can help.
  • Deodorizing – Smoke malodors can also damage the contents of your home as much as its building materials and open spaces. Ozone chambers at our facility manage multiple items simultaneously.
  • Drying – Extinguishment can leave contents wet and saturated. We have efficient drying practices to coincide with other fire damage cleaning solutions necessary.
  • Safe Storage – While waiting for restoration to complete, contents at our facility can be stored and inventoried for easy access by customers until they can be safely returned to the restored residence.

House fires cause hazardous and destructive conditions for your structure. Our experienced restoration professionals of our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn team are ready to help when you call (718) 522-4400.

The Likelihood of Mold Damage in Brooklyn Homes

4/12/2023 (Permalink)

containment barrier set up in a mold damaged home Let our fast response team in Brooklyn eliminate the mold damage in your home.

SERVPRO Remediators Help Manage Active Mold Damage in Brooklyn Residences

Because of the borough's placement amid large bodies of water and severe weather systems in every season, many conditions can exist to support mold growth and spread in area residences. Mold development is more likely than many homeowners believe. It could exist and migrate without the property owner's knowledge until it breaches the surface of the living area.

It is often advisable to act fast when mold damage in Brooklyn properties is discovered. AMRT-certified technicians of our roster are available 24/7 to mobilize for mitigation and remediation of active colonization in your household. Prompt action helps to reduce the further spread of this harmful organism. Our remediation work is based on data acquired by third-party mold inspection agencies per strict New York guidelines regarding mold remediation.

How Does Mold Form?

Mold is an opportunistic threat to your home, meaning that when the conditions are met to facilitate its growth, it is likely to do so. Mold spores occur naturally in most environments, but without temperature and moisture conditions being met, these spores are a harmless part of the atmosphere in your household. When damp conditions exist or relative humidity becomes a concern, these spores can settle on organic materials and begin colonization.

Organic matter in your home, be it building materials or contents, are food sources for the growing colony. It is crucial to evaluate the condition of the affected materials as remediation gets underway to determine the most efficient solution. As IICRC-trained mold removal specialists, we can help manage mold damage across multiple hosts.

Where Does Mold Target?

Mold requires organic matter to grow and thrive, so not all surfaces and materials found in your home are capable of supporting colonies. However, porous elements common to modern home construction are welcoming to these spreading microbes. Some of the usual hosting materials for mold include:

  • Drywall
  • Wood Framing
  • Carpeting
  • Clothing/Fabrics

How Can SERVPRO Remove Active Colonies?

Remediation is a recovery action designed to remove active colonies and destructive organisms from the property by our AMRT-certified technicians. Depending on the impact of microbes on the hosting material, the type of material impacted, and the desire to salvage the structure, several remediation options are possible:

  • Surface Cleaning – This process utilizes sporicidal products in our inventory to target superficial mold damage mostly visible on a surface.
  • Sanding – Hand-sanding or power tools remove a thin top layer of material like wood framing to eliminate mold without compromising structural integrity.
  • Media Blasting – Pressurized air or water can be combined with media like sodium bicarbonate or dry ice chemicals to destroy mold colonies without damaging the hosting material.
  • Controlled Demolition – The final remediation measure when other less invasive or destructive methods are not possible to eliminate the current mold threat.

Should Repairs Occur?

Mold damage repairs are often necessary, primarily when exposure to spores occurs over a more extended period. Our contractor license allows us to provide several types of build-back and reconstruction services that resolve the harm that active microbial threats caused the structure.

How Do You Prevent Mold from Happening Again?

As important as the efforts made to overcome active colonization and the impact on building materials and contents are, preventing the situation from recurring is another priority. Without addressing the intrusion of moisture into the affected areas of the residence, mold damage is likely to happen again. Often this is resolved through repairs and reconstruction of compromised portions of the property during the final stages of remediation.

Mold damage to Brooklyn homes can be a direct and damaging threat to a structure and its occupants. Our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn remediation team is ready to help when you need it. Call today at (718) 522-4400.

Stopping Brooklyn Water Damage from Ruining Your Home

4/12/2023 (Permalink)

drying mats on a water damaged hardwood floor You can count on our team with state-of-the-art equipment to thoroughly dry your Brooklyn property so you can return safely after a water incident.

SERVPRO Helps Brooklyn Water-Damaged Homes After Disasters

Because there are multiple triggers for water damage in your home or business, Brooklyn property owners are often unable to navigate the full spectrum of cleanup, drying, and repair that a building needs after damage incidents. SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn has a 24/7 response to emergencies, as disasters can strike at any time and leave you needing mitigation and restoration solutions

It is important to react quickly when you discover water damage in Brooklyn residences. Your contact with our administration and dispatch starts qualified water restoration professionals moving to help. This first notice of loss determines the best tools and approaches to mitigate damage.

What Is Mitigation?

As a literal definition, mitigation is an effort to reduce the severity or consequences of an action. When used in context with water damage restoration, mitigation is used early in the recovery arc to prevent the situation from worsening, costlier damage, or the destruction of exposed contents and personal belongings. Mitigation often comes in several forms:

  • Water removal services
  • Bulk material removal
  • Controlled demolition and repairs
  • Content relocation

Among the most direct methods of mitigating water damage effects are extraction and water removal services. Actions taken with pumps and vacuums alleviate the impact on porous materials and make later restoration efforts faster and more thorough.

Expert Drying Services

There are multiple steps to efficient and effective drying processes, but it must be direct and thorough because this is one of the most critical phases of water damage restoration. We are recovery experts, following IICRC guidelines, arriving with industry-leading equipment and cutting-edge tools to help. From drying the surface of materials like drywall to penetrating structural cavities in less-invasive ways, we have the solutions to help.

Several drying tools are necessary to achieve the needed drying goal set by the management operating and overseeing field technicians working in the home. These tools help regulate relative humidity, saturation, and secondary damage from high moisture content. These include:

  • Air Movers - Forcing air across moist surfaces helps with the direct evaporation of wet materials. Using axial and centrifugal air mover units, we can directly address trapped water in flooring and wall systems.
  • Dehumidifiers - Dehumidifiers convert moisture content in an environment into collected water to dispose of it properly. Depending on conditions, the processes to achieve this range from producing condensation within a unit or absorbing moisture.
  • Heaters - Portable heaters are a way to increase the temperature on a surface or throughout an entire workspace. Warmer temperatures help in several ways, such as increasing the capacity for moisture content in the environment for evaporation and dehumidification and amplifying chemical processes by faster molecular movement.

How Do You Know the House is Dry?

Peace of mind is not a guarantee during the restoration process. That is why our SERVPRO team works so diligently after water damage concerns to alleviate concerns and show the progress of our efforts. Water damage to your home can impact materials far beyond the surface layer, so sensors and infrared imagery help track moisture beyond the visible layers.

Experience in Action

A point of pride for our experienced professionals is the level of training we receive to help with disaster relief and cleanup. For water damage threats, we have a roster rounded off by multiple certifications:

  • WRT – Water Restoration
  • CCT – Carpet Cleaning
  • ASD – Structural Drying
  • OCT – Odor Control

Water damage restoration is necessary as soon as possible once disasters strike. SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn is ready to help when you need it at (718) 522-4400.