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Stopping Brooklyn Water Damage from Ruining Your Home

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

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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.

The Faces of Destructive Brooklyn Fire Damage

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

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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

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

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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.

Why SERVPRO Delivers Successful Water Removal Services in Brooklyn

6/12/2022 (Permalink)

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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 demolition 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 remove 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 water restoration.  

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 make? 

Why SERVPRO Is a Brooklyn Flood Damage Restoration Leader

6/12/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Is Uniquely Qualified to Restore Your Brooklyn Home's Flood Damage 

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 provide 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 removal 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. Our team's precision in the drying phase is why SERVPRO delivers success, leaving your home clean, sanitized, and dried.

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

Effective Mold Removal in Your Brooklyn Home with SERVPRO Experts

6/12/2022 (Permalink)

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Mold Remediation Services in Brooklyn Properties

Mold problems in Brooklyn homes may seem harmless and manageable. However, it could turn out to be complicated if not mitigated sooner. Ceilings and walls are common spots for growth. This is because they are made of porous materials, and porous surfaces readily absorb and retain moisture, thus offering a conducive living environment. Knowing the signs and quickly reacting can help prevent further mold contamination in your home.

Sometimes it is better to leave mold removal work in your Brooklyn home to experts. On your own, the risks and challenges are significant. Reaching the ceiling is not easy, which means it requires appropriate equipment. Also, this kind of work needs protective gear, tools, and techniques. SERVPRO eases the process compared to dealing with the problem on your own. And with lasting results.

Actions that can prevent mold formation on ceilings and walls

  • Inspect plumbing and gutters
  • Improve ventilation Perform regular house checks
  • Cleaning mold off your ceiling

To control mold growth, we start with controlling moisture. So it is imperative to identify the water sources in your home and remove or manage them; otherwise, the problem is likely to recur. Mold damage is often visible in damp unventilated rooms. Our SERVPRO crews check for roof and plumbing systems problems like leaks from damaged pipes and gutters.

Containing the affected area using plastic sheets is essential as it helps prevent cross-contamination. After setting up the containment, our SERVPRO teams open the ceiling to expose the mold-damaged framing for cleanup and other restoration steps. Restoration may involve applying an antimicrobial product, replacement, and humidity control.

Other crucial steps

? HEPA vacuuming loose residues

? Wire brushing semi-porous surfaces

? Blast cleaning with soda or dry ice

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn helps reduce the chance of mold regrowth by addressing moisture issues. Call us at (718) 522-4400 for mold removal services. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Get Back to Business in Brooklyn with Commercial Flood Damage Help

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

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24/7 Flood Damage Assistance in Brooklyn for Local Businesses with SERVPRO

For any Brooklyn business, downtime is devastating. Whether you have a warehouse, shipping facility, office, or food service business, any flooding must get addressed as quickly as possible. SERVPRO is at the ready around the clock to help commercial and residential customers in the area dealing with floodwater. Our response times are fast, and our proven methods allow us to get the job done fast – saving you both time and money.

Your first instinct with commercial flood damage in Brooklyn might be to clean your commercial building with a wet/dry vac or mop and bucket. However, contaminated water can be harmful, and DIY methods might also leave you open to hidden moisture that brings secondary damage and black mold growth. Hiring skilled water restoration technicians (WRT) will always get you the safest, most effective results.

Careful Scoping And Planning With SERVPRO



To ensure our commercial clients are informed and select the proper procedures, we thoroughly inspect your property and all contents/inventory. You can count on our crew chief to explain everything that will happen and what to expect. Our crew will:

  • Locate the source of floodwater, ensuring the issue gets addressed or contained. 
  • Stop contamination in its tracks by spraying EPA-registered disinfectant on all water-affected areas. 
  • Address any potential safety hazards; electrical issues, waterlogged materials, damaged flooring or other structural elements, etc. 
  • Photograph and document all damage – we are your liaison, working with your insurance provider to ensure your flood damage claim goes as smoothly as possible.

Using SERVPRO’s advanced technology and perfected processes, proper drying will help you stay open or re-open faster. We are also available and ready 24-hours a day, so you can ensure your business is “Like it never even happened” quicker than ever. 

Contact our customer care team at SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn should you require commercial flood damage assistance. You can reach us at any time by dialing (718) 522-4400.

The Ultimate Guide to Fire Damage Remediation in Brooklyn

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

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Fire Odor Containment for Your Brooklyn Apartment

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

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

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

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

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

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

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

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Addressing Common Problems Leading To Water Damage In Brooklyn

In older houses, water loss can stem from many factors leading to severe damage and inconveniences. In a brownstone, roof leaks, drainage clogs, and the occasional mysterious water are likely to leave varying degrees of water damage. Dealing with the problem and restoring the house to its pre-damaged state requires a combination of the right skills and the use of advanced equipment. For example, without sophisticated equipment such as thermal cameras, investigating a mysterious pool of water can lead to additional damage as contractors tear down wall sections or ceilings trying to locate the source.

Cases of water damage in Brooklyn caused by sewer line problems are not only prevalent but also highly inconveniencing because of the soiling and contamination they cause. The toilet, sink, and shower lines draining into one large pipe that channels the waste into the city sewer lines is a conventional design in most brownstones. A clog in a building’s main sewer line, therefore, readily leads to back up into the lowest opening, whether it is the toilet or bath. Our SERVPRO technicians help clean up the soiled areas and sanitize any contamination. We use professional cleaning agents with antimicrobial and sterilizing properties.

Roof leaks are not only problematic because they happen quickly when some roof parts separate or water seeps into the membrane and insulation, but also because they require dry weather or at least temperatures above freezing for a permanent fix. If the leak is not significant enough to be noticed immediately, it can lead to severe damage to the ceiling and supporting structures. It can also drip along the walls permeating the stone or plaster, prolonging the effects. Using sophisticated moisture detection equipment such as FLIR thermal cameras, our SERVPRO technicians can trace the impact of the water from the ceiling to the walls, efficiently determining the best course of action.

The wooden floors, stairs, and many other surfaces in a brownstone can prolong the effects of water loss because of its absorbent properties. ASD, Applied Structural Drying certification guarantees that our SERVPRO technicians take every step possible to restore the moisture levels in the affected area to normal levels.

For the stress-free restoration of water-damaged houses in Park Slope, Bay Ridge, and Greenpoint, call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn. We are available at (718) 522-4400 at any time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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

4/28/2022 (Permalink)

Contact us sign Call us at (718) 522-4400 when you need help, and our team of professionals can be on-site within hours because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO Saves Brooklyn Conference Room Carpeting from Commercial Water Damage

When it comes to water damage in a residential or commercial property, time is the defining factor in how much loss there is. The faster the water loss is addressed, the less loss your organization will experience.

When SERVPRO answers a call to mitigate commercial water damage in a Brooklyn office, conference rooms often post a particular challenge. They are frequently carpeted or have large rugs and large conference tables. Porous items can hold moisture and emit foul odors, and they must be dried as soon as possible after a water loss.

We know when a business must close for water damage cleanup and restoration, it can prove to be a stressful time for business owners. We attempt to disrupt the property as little as possible and only remove items that are too damaged to restore through our proprietary cleaning techniques. Furniture in a conference room, such as a large, heavy table and chairs, are placed on blocks to assist them in drying thoroughly. The carpeting in a clean water loss can dry in place.

We set drying goals based on good air quality readings in areas of the property unaffected by water loss. Our air movers effectively lower humidity in the room and the wet regions quickly. We thoroughly clean and disinfect surfaces once we attain the pre-set drying goals. Our disinfection formulas have antifungal properties that inhibit the growth of mold.

Our local SERVPRO location possesses a general contractor license. Once the cleanup and mitigation efforts are complete, we can offer full restoration for any tasks the property requires, such as drywall installation, painting walls, or anything needed to restore the affected area to its preloss condition. We offer this service, so when a property owner requires help with a water loss, we can handle all cleanup phases from water extraction to rebuilding.

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn proudly serves the local area assisting property owners with cleaning commercial water damage. Call us at (718) 522-4400 when you need help, and our team of professionals can be on-site within hours because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.