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Don't Let Mold Damage Shudder Your Brooklyn Business

7/13/2022 (Permalink)

Mold on Wall Mold infestation? Call SERVPRO for fast and effective mold remediation.

Mold Damage in Your Brooklyn Business Is No Need to Panic 

Much hype exists in the media about the dangers of mold, leading to your need for a fast fix if an infestation manifests in your Brooklyn commercial space. We have the certification to offer professional mold remediation services. We are happy to evaluate your scenario and discuss the process from start to finish. Our crews master the techniques during the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training. We also invest in the equipment needed to lessen mold growth efficiently and safely. 

Avoid Long-Term Shutdowns  

Every minute your business is on hold because of mold damage, your Brooklyn customers lose access to your products and services. We are sensitive to this issue as statistics show that nearly half of companies that shut their doors temporarily because of a disaster might not reopen. When our project manager arrives, we discuss ways to partition off the moldy area safely and according to local ordinances. Permitting you to operate in at least a portion of your commercial building with as few limitations as possible during mold remediation is a priority. We also make every attempt to find and help arrange to eliminate the water source fueling the mold growth. 

Adherence to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Protocols 


Our Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMFT) follow the procedures developed by the EPA for commercial buildings and schools. After we locate and determine the dimensions of the mold outbreak, the SERVPRO team partitions the affected space off from the rest of your business. Heavy-duty sheeting defines the perimeter. We then use negative pressure air scrubbing technology for two purposes. First, it seals the partitioned space, preventing drift. Second, it pulls airborne contaminants, including spores and other moldy residues, through HEPA filters, exhausting the air to the outside.  


Scraping and brushing remove active mold colonies from solid surfaces. SERVPRO also works hard to save porous materials with innovations like soda blasting. Through gentle abrasion to agitate and dislodge the surface mold, the soda also inhibits the rebound of mold growth. Vacuuming and wipe-downs ensure we collect all debris for appropriate disposal as hazardous waste. 


To inhibit mold regrowth, SERVPRO applies EPA-registered antimicrobials to affected areas. We might consider using disinfectant-infused sealers to provide a barrier and a smooth, mold-free surface for refinishing.  

Mold remediation is a specialty of SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn. Rely on our expertise and experience; call (718) 522-4400 for an evaluation as soon as you suspect mold damage. 

More about Brooklyn.

Contractor Licenses:

Residential: 2015353DCA

Mold Remediation: 00055

Why SERVPRO Delivers Successful Water Removal Services in Brooklyn

6/12/2022 (Permalink)

equipment drying laminated floor in hallway To make in appear "Like it never even happened," call SERVPRO to removal water from your Brooklyn home

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)

van with pump, yellow bucket SERVPRO prevents your Brooklyn residence from floating away after a storm--We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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)

poly barrier in doorway SERVPRO removes moisture sources and mold by using containment barriers to prevent cross-contamination in your Brooklyn property.

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)

Water Soaked Carpet SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn understands how important your business is. Let us help you out.

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)

Smokey Roof If this fire damage happens to your apartment contact SERVPRO for fire damage remediation assistance.

Fire Odor Containment for Your Brooklyn Apartment

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

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

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

Eliminating the Harmful Microbes and Odor from Flood Damage in Brooklyn Homes

4/21/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment being u sed to dry water damaged floor SERVPRO knows how to get you back to normal in no time when you have a flood in your Brooklyn home.

Don't Let a Flood in Your Brooklyn Home Get You Down; We Will Be There

There are many issues left behind water after flood damage in a home. Once the water enters, the loss begins almost immediately and compounds. Flood water is never clean and often has toxins, sludge, and sewage resident in the mess that landed in someone's living room. 

SERVPRO technicians understand the importance of testing the water, causing flood damage in a Brooklyn home. They have numerous types of chemical treatments to neutralize different types of bacteria and microbes correctly, and testing points them in the direction of the proper application.

Moisture Supports Microbial Growth

Removing moisture is crucial in stopping the spread and growth of harmful bacteria and microbes. Mold spores germinate quickly, and colonies spread unless dealt with swiftly. Because the technicians hold a license for Mold Remediation: #00055, they know the early warning signs. Technicians use a combination of both extraction and the use of dehumidifying equipment to remove moist air and replace it with warm, dry air. Using air movers pulls moisture up and out of walls and flooring and works in tandem with dehumidifiers. 

Safety First 

When a home receives a flood loss incident, it is typical for the temporary relocation of the residents during mitigation because floodwater has the potential to be harmful to both pets and humans it comes into contact with. SERVPRO technicians wear full-body protection gear, including respirators with HEPA filtration during the cleanup and disinfection process.

Stout Application of Antimicrobial Treatments

Bacteria is a significant contributor to odors at a property. The actions of drying and disinfection the surfaces go a long way toward the goal of odor elimination. When testing shows different types of bacteria and microbes present, the SERVPRO technicians often choose a broad-spectrum disinfectant, so a single application kills nearly all the microscopic intruders and radically reduces odors. 

When flood damage is the problem in your home, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400. The technicians arrive quickly, clean up the mess, and offer their reconstruction services as licensed contractors #2015353DCA so that this loss incident will be "Like it never even happened."

Planning Commercial Fire Damage Restoration in Brooklyn

4/14/2022 (Permalink)

Inside of furniture store Fire damage in your furniture store can spread quickly. The blaze can also put out smoke that can travel throughout your store.

SERVPRO in Brooklyn Can Help with Commercial Fire Restoration

If a fire breaks out in your furniture store, the flames can start using your products as fuel and spread quickly. The blaze can also put out smoke that can travel throughout your store. Then, if the sprinkler system goes off, your building can also get flooded out.

When we handle commercial fire damage restoration in Brooklyn, our SERVPRO technicians start by assessing the situation. We first look for safety hazards that could harm building occupants or workers. If we find things like fallen debris or possible electrical hazards, we can take steps to mitigate them.

Once we deem the area safe, we can then inspect your structure to determine the extent of the damage. If some of your contents or building materials got burnt, we could see how deep the charring goes to determine if we can save the item or not. We can also inspect parts of your store far away from the fire's source to see if any soot residues or foul odors are present. Then, we can perform wipe tests on your affected building materials or contents to see which methods and products will work best for soot cleaning.

After we note everything that got damaged, we can start formulating a plan of attack. In some cases, moving the products out of your store to be cleaned in a separate location is more efficient. Should we need to pack out your contents, we can plan and schedule the whole process and ensure everything is accounted for.

Services we can offer after a fire in your furniture store:

 If you ever have a fire and water damage combination, call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400.

Our Experts Discuss Common Problems After A Flood In Brooklyn

3/24/2022 (Permalink)

Water in the Kitchen Flood damage is never a DIY project.

Common Problems After DIY Flood Damage Cleanup in Brooklyn Homes

When heavy rains bring flood damage, most people will initially attempt to clean up the water themselves, using everything from rags and mops to wet/dry vacs to pick up the water. However, this sometimes sets up a home for more significant issues.

Not infrequently, SERVPRO technicians face flood damage in Brooklyn homes that often need additional action. One of the biggest problems with floodwater is the migration factor. When the water enters the house, it does not puddle up in a single area. It runs to the walls, behind baseboards, wicked into sheetrock, and breeches the subfloor — all of these scenarios set up a home for damaged building materials, foul odors, and mold.

Locating Floodwater in a Home

SERVPRO technicians use different types of moisture detection equipment to determine all areas floodwater migrated to. This attention to detail enables them to completely extract any remaining water and set up drying configurations to lower the ambient humidity levels rapidly.

Avoiding Mold Damage

Mold counts on elevated humidity to continue its lifecycle, and a post-flood home is a great place to set up a colony as far as the spores are concerned. SERVPRO technicians have a mold remediation certification #00055 and know the warning signs of a mold infestation and how to eradicate existing colonies through their drying and cleaning methods. They have professional-grade antimicrobial cleaning agents and sealants to ensure any mold found and abated will not return.

Beating the Stress of Reconstruction

Restoration of flood damage often requires a varying amount of controlled demolition. This action can include cutting away from sheetrock damaged by water, removal of laminate flooring or carpet, and other measures. SERVPRO has a residential contractor license #2015353DCA and can offer rebuilding services to homeowners after the cleanup efforts are complete, saving them the hassle of finding and hiring a general contractor for repairs to the home.

Flood damage is never a DIY project. To ensure the best outcome, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400 and let the certified technicians make the difference with their experience and equipment, "Like it never even happened."

Fast Water Removal Will Save Your Brooklyn Home

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

Contact Us Sign If your home needs our services, call us today at (718) 522-4400.

Water Removal Actions To Restore Brooklyn Homes

Even with the Upper Bay to the West, Brooklyn residents know that the greater water threat to their homes is the outdated and rusted plumbing inside. If left untreated, the property can be just as damaged from a failing water heater as a severe storm.

Brooklyn water removal often means getting water out of brownstones and other multi-level homes. For SERVPRO restoration teams, that means pulling water from parts of the residence where it normally does not appear, like ceiling tiles, trim, and drywall panels on the upper half of the walls if the leak source is on the second or third floor.

It made for an interesting work site in one home. A pipe rusted out in a third-story bathroom and sent water overnight down into the kitchen. As it flowed, the water-soaked the third-story rugs and wood floors in the hallways and bedrooms. It damaged ceiling panels and soaked one wall completely on the second story before getting into the kitchen, damaging more drywall.

Surprisingly, except for a cheap bookcase and a few books on the third floor, and a toaster oven in the kitchen, no furniture or other personal property was damaged. When the water reached the kitchen, there were only puddles on the linoleum.

After turning off the water and replacing the short section of pipe, SERVPRO technicians started removal operations with extraction wands. Fortunately, since the team arrived within a couple of hours after the owner woke up to the problem, they were able to draw water out of the rugs and from between the floorboards. Technicians dried the boards using air movers to direct a warm airflow over the surface without splitting or cracking them.

The home used drywall for the walls and ceilings, so team members replaced half the ceiling and one wall on the second floor. They used fans to dry out the wall frame before hanging the new panels. Other technicians performed the same work in the kitchen, removing half the ceiling and two panels on an interior wall.

At SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn, we carefully examine each home to determine which methods and tools can best help us return it to the owner in a dry condition, safe to live in again. If your home here in Bay Ridge, Greenpoint, or Park Slope, needs our services, call us today at (718) 522-4400.

Preparing for Efficient Fire Restoration in Brooklyn Properties

3/9/2022 (Permalink)

Bed After Fire Call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400 for assistance from a professional remediation company.

Early Preparation Makes the Restoration of Fire Damage in Brooklyn Residences Faster and More Complete.

When fire damages impact your home, it is important for our technicians to offer emergency services that prepare for the restoration work to come. It is critical to get mitigation and restoration started as soon as possible. Early actions taken by our experienced professionals help to focus the recovery effort and prevent unnecessary damages with preparative action.

Clearing Harmful Debris on the Floors

Fire debris removal can be among the most critical emergency services for fire damage in Brooklyn homes. This process involves shoveling and discarding the heaps of bulk materials and charred remnants of ruined contents throughout affected areas. Removing this debris helps to lessen the severity of soot particles and smoke odor concentrations.

Improving Indoor Air Quality

Another concern for our responding technicians and the occupants of the house after a fire loss incident is the quality of air inside the home. Circulating contaminants and toxins could exist after combustion, which makes breathing the air without the aid of respirators or other personal protective equipment dangerous before filtering with HEPA products. These tools remove contaminants such as:

  • Soot
  • Smoke 
  • Ash

Establishing a Staging Area

Another helpful step that our professionals might take when preparing for fire restoration is establishing a staging area near the damaged portion of the property. Regardless of whether this occurs in apartments or single-family homes, clean spaces near the worksite prevent cross-contamination of effects like soot and smoke residues and allow work tools to be more readily accessible.

Initial actions that our professionals can take upon arrival to fire-damaged homes and businesses can make a significant difference in the time restoration takes and the cost to the customer. Early emergency services like those described here focus on the restoration processes. Give our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn team a call today at (718) 522-4400.

What are the Stages of Mold Damage in Brooklyn Homes?

2/24/2022 (Permalink)

Mold in the Wall Let our fast response team at SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn eliminate your mold damage.

The Type of Damage Determines the Mold Remediation Needed in Brooklyn Properties. 

Many factors ultimately play a role in how widespread and destructive mold colonies become. The conditions to facilitate mold and microbial growth can occur from several sources, including:

  • Flooding
  • Water damage
  • Humidity

Light Mold Infestations

Mold remediation for Brooklyn homes might be a complex endeavor, even with initial light damage that could result. The early infestation period where only a few surfaces are impacted, and the spread and severity of the conditions is not severe is an excellent time to implement surface cleaning approaches. With antimicrobial products and sporicidal chemicals in our inventory, we can wipe and spray down impacted hosting elements to eradicate surface mold and make the material uninhabitable for future infestation. 

Penetrating Mold Damage

The second level of mold damage is when the organism moves beyond the first thin layer of surface material to more deeply seat into hosting elements. This penetrating mold damage requires more than superficial cleaning efforts to resolve. Sanding, soda blasting, and sponge pressure cleaning are more aggressive measures capable of helping to eliminate the entire hyphae of an invasive organism. 

Structural Degradation

At this stage, considerable deterioration of hosting materials has already occurred. In some situations, homeowners might not recognize mold damage for weeks or even months, allowing the organism to progressively weaken structural elements used as hosting materials like drywall and wood framing. Mold inspections can determine which of these elements is salvageable. We must discard these construction materials through controlled demolition for those that are not. 

Depending on the severity of mold damage throughout a home or business, the type of remediation necessary is likely to change. Our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn AMRT-Certified technicians provide a thorough inspection to identify the needed mold removal approach. You can reach our experienced roster 24/7 to help when you suspect mold growth at (718) 522-4400.

What Materials Are Impacted by Broken Pipes in Williamsburg Kitchens?

2/18/2022 (Permalink)

Pipe Leak Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn when your pipes leak.

Broken Sink Drains can Cause Substantial Water Damage to Williamsburg Kitchens Before the Problem is Discovered. 

Broken fixtures and damages to areas around the sink can prove harmful and costly when water damages result. Under the sink, between supply lines serving the main faucet to drains moving grey water out of the house, many possible destructive damages might not be easy to diagnose initially. 

The Damage of a Broken Drainpipe

While there are hundreds of pathways for water damage in Williamsburg homes, a broken or split drainage pipe can create a substantial water damage concern. The regulation for kitchen faucets is not to exceed a flow of 2.2 gallons per minute, but with a broken drainpipe you do not know about, you could be dealing with 22 gallons of water damage in the sink cabinet in as little as 10 minutes. 

What Materials Are Affected by this Damage? 

Because many do not leave their sink running continuously for long spans, drainage problems often happen over several days, as the short uses of drain pipe leak water onto the nearby structural elements. This cabinet is directly impacted, but water can also spread to threaten wall assemblies and flooring materials as moisture migration occurs.  

Water Cleanup Strategies

Clearing out water damage from under the sink often involves repairing the plumbing damage and extracting any surface water. Moisture meters can determine the salvageability of affected materials and decide if reconstruction is necessary. This process can include several tools and products from our industry-leading inventory for restoration, which can include:

  • Air movers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Portable heaters
  • Wet vacuums  

There are instances where controlled demolition of the cabinet or connected building material is inevitable. Still, often with a fast response from our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn team, these more extreme measures can be avoided. We are ready to help however you need when you call (718) 522-4400.

Removing Dry Smoke Damage from Brooklyn Apartments

2/10/2022 (Permalink)

Phone on Fire If you have fire damage explore your options with SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn.

Our SERVPRO Professionals Help with Soot and Fire Damage Management in Brooklyn Properties. 

Several types of fires and subsequent smoke residues that a property might experience after a disaster. Depending on the heat of the fire and materials combusted, the formation of soot and smoke particles can be a widespread and threatening presence. Even more manageable dry smoke damage still requires direct cleaning and restoration practices to resolve.  

Removing Loose Debris on the Surface

Early actions taken against soot and fire damage in Brooklyn homes introduce methods for removing loose debris and soils. Even being thinner and less formidable than wet smoke residues, initial actions could make the elimination of dry smoke damage even faster and more manageable. Dry vacuuming and soft-bristled brushes can remove loose solids on damaged surfaces before more focused cleaning gets underway. 

Soil Removal Strategies 

With the loose debris managed with vacuuming and brushing, our SERVPRO professionals can begin soil removal tactics for these same affected areas. With a thinner and less challenging soil layer on the surface of impacted building materials, specific approaches and tools are needed to make the damage "Like it never even happened." Some of these include:

  • Chemical Sponges – Dry chemical sponges have a rubber consistency and are highly efficient in removing thin residues. 
  • Dry Solvents – Solvents help dissolve residues on surfaces, and we have dry products to address dry smoke damage soils. 
  • Wet Cleaning – When solvents are ineffective, we have wet cleaning detergents that can emulsify soils for wipe removal. 

Are Materials Salvageable?  

One of the questions that our SERVPRO team must answer is what of the affected building materials can be salvaged and restored after exposure. With a contractor license, we have qualified professionals to implement build-back services as necessary.  

While dry smoke damage might not be as overwhelming and threatening to homes as wet smoke or oil furnace puff back, the confined space of city apartments requires fast smoke remediation after disasters. Our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn team can help when you need it by calling (718) 522-4400.

24/7 Fire Damage Restoration Response for Brooklyn Properties

1/28/2022 (Permalink)

a fire raging on some kid of circuit board Regardless of how the fire starts, team SERVPRO can help with the fire damage restoration. Call our technicians to arrive on the scene with equipment.

Smoke and Fire Damage Restoration is Best with SERVPRO in Brooklyn

Nobody expects a fire, even when safety protocols and emergency plans are in place. However, once a fire happens and everyone is safe, you need to think about house fire cleanup to get everything back to normal. Because this process is overwhelming, having a team like SERVPRO there is extremely helpful. We respond to fire damaged homes all the time, bringing the latest equipment and cleaning agents to make everything “Like it never even happened.”

Every fire damage restoration project in Brooklyn has many working parts – residential or commercial. What this means is that such an effort calls for a crew of skilled fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) to ensure everything goes to plan. SERVPRO features IICRC-certified technicians that will develop an action plan that we can adjust accordingly to help us reach our goals.

Once you call us to your home for fire and smoke cleanup, we will:

  • Inspect and assess all areas of your building to determine safety, structural integrity, and the types of soil/soot present.
  • Initiate board-up and tarping services – this protects your interior and contents from the weather, wildlife, and vandals.
  • Start pack-out services to move belongings off-site for safe storage or cleaning while the project moves forward.
  • Begin water removal services and dry any moisture left from first responders putting out the fire.
  • Removal and disposal of all charred debris and unsalvageable materials.
  • Reconstruction using controlled demolition, replacing drywall, carpeting, baseboards, and other elements.
  • Odor control technicians (OCT) handle all odor removals to address stubborn smoke odors.

No two fire emergencies will be the same, but SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn is fully trained to handle whatever comes our way. You can reach us 24 hours a day for emergency response by dialing (718) 522-4400. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, putting us on the scene within hours of your call.

Why Should Williamsburg Properties Owners Hire Mold Removal Companies?

1/21/2022 (Permalink)

mold growing on the baseboards of a room When you notice a mold infestation on your property, time is already of the essence. Contact team SERVPRO right away to investigate and help you.

For Mold Removal Companies, SERVPRO Offers Detailed Mitigation in Williamsburg

Mildew and mold growth within your Williamsburg property can cause health effects. The last thing you want to do is wait if you suspect mold, nor do you want to disrupt it using DIY methods that can cause more harm than good. The best way to ensure your entire property gets Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned; you need to enlist the help of mold specialists with the right level of training and all of the necessary equipment for the job.

Many people will reach for the phone to search for mold removal companies in Williamsburg, but you have everything you need when calling our local SERVPRO franchise. We handle mold remediation using safe, proven methods that will ensure your home or business gets back to normal fast. These are some of the top reasons why it is best to contact our skilled crew for mold cleanup:

  • Limit the Spread – Something you never want is for mold spores to get released into the air, where they can travel into unaffected areas of your property. As we begin remediation services, we put up containment barriers and use powerful air scrubbers with HEPA filtration to pull particulates from the air. We also have unique processes to help us address any spores that may have wafted into your HVAC duct system.
  • Get to the Source – People attempting DIY mold cleanup will often neglect the root cause of the problem. There may be a hidden pipe leak, issues with air circulation, or standing water that is bringing on excessive moisture. We address the situation at the source to help you keep it from happening again.
  • Proven Methods and Thorough Cleaning – Our team wears personal protective equipment (PPE) from the initial assessment, all the way through the cleanup, and ends with sanitizing. We have proven methods using EPA-registered products to get you the mold cleanup and deodorization you deserve.

Why trust any other mold removal companies when you have the best at SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn? Call us at (718) 522-4400.

Why Do Brooklyn Residents Need Skilled Water Damage Help?

1/16/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Quickly Restores Brooklyn Properties Dealt a Water Damage Blow

If you notice ceiling leaks, you may have a leaking roof from storms coming through the Brooklyn area. When there has been no rain in the forecast, you may want to consider the possibility of leaking pipes that are starting to saturate your building materials. Rather than trying to scope out the issue on your own and causing more damage in the process, calling in skilled water restoration technicians (WRT) to get to the heart of the matter is best. Water removal services and restoration is where we shine at SERVPRO, and we are available around the clock to assist!

Why call SERVPRO, and what constitutes the need for a call to help with water damage in Brooklyn? This all depends on the type of incident, the area impacted, and how much water is involved. The good news is that our SERVPRO team is highly efficient, and our rapid response times put our Green Fleet at your door, ready to work within just hours of your initial call. We believe:

  • Quick response and proper water mitigation efforts help to lessen loss and overall costs
  • It is crucial to work with the mission to restore versus replace whenever possible
  • Using quality products and equipment to remove water and clean your interior is crucial
  • Helping our clients to ensure their homeowner’s insurance claim goes as smoothly as possible is part of every project

SERVPRO never leaves any stone unturned, which is why we are the leaders in the area when it comes to water-related incidents like:

  • Appliance malfunction/leaks
  • Basement flooding
  • Overflowing toilets, tubs, and other spills
  • Burst pipes and ceiling leaks

Just as water removal is essential, we also take the time to clean, deodorize, and sanitize all surfaces to ensure no foul, musty odors get left behind. You can trust our highly-trained team at SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn will be there fast to get the project handled right the first time. Reach us 24/7 at (718) 522-4400.

Brooklyn-Area Storms Call for Special Attention to Frozen Pipes and Ice Damming

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

Icicles hanging off roof with SERVPRO logo and text that reads “Severe Winter Weather” Severe winter weather can lead to Ice damming, frozen pipes and other weather related catastrophes in your home. Call the experts for help.

Freezing Weather in Brooklyn Means a Potential Threat – Pay Attention to Ice Damming Development and Frozen Pipes!

Whether you are a homeowner or property manager in the Brooklyn area, you must know that rapidly falling temperatures in winter are a possible threat to all structures. Winter weather patterns can be unpredictable, so you never want to be left with debilitating issues like frozen pipes or ice dams developing outside. SERVPRO prepares for the inevitable each season, and we want our customers in the area to know how to prevent or address these issues!

Frozen pipes and ice damming in Brooklyn, while both vastly different issues, can be preventable. When it comes to frozen pipes, drafty areas in an aging home may lead to freezing conditions. If the plumbing gets exposed for several hours, a blockage could develop, allowing for pressure to build up, resulting in burst pipes. The resulting standing water is something that warrants a call to SERVPRO to get everything cleaned and dry for you as soon as possible. We work to extract water by using:

You can take precautions to help avoid frozen pipe emergencies by:

  • Install pipe insulation around pipes located in crawl spaces, basements, and attics
  • Caulk or seal any cracks that could let in cold air, especially in areas where pipes run outside the building
  • Winterize the property before the season, disconnect the garden hose, etc.
  • Should you notice significant drops in temperatures, open the faucets with a slow drip to keep the lines open

Don’t Forget Ice Dam Prevention

Ice dams are potentially harmful ice ridges that form along the edge of a roof. They can keep snow from melting, so the water is unable to drain correctly. Any moisture that gets into your house from ice dam issues can lead to hidden damage and possible mold and mildew growth.

  • Remove the snow from the roof carefully with a roof rake
  • Keep icicles from forming
  • If ice dams are present, you can make channels through them to allow water from behind to drain from the roof

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn is ready to help should you have issues stemming from frozen pipes or ice dams. Call us at (718) 522-4400!

Fire Damage Fallout in a Brooklyn Apartment Complex

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

“Here to help” If your property is damaged in a fire, SERVPRO is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration needs.

SERVPRO Knows Best Practices in Brooklyn to Address Fire Damage That Ravages Apartment Buildings

Whenever a Brooklyn apartment fire occurs, many units may become impacted by the blaze and smoke, and soot damage. Even though the original apartment where the fire occurred will take on the most damage, surrounding units will usually call for smoke remediation efforts. SERVPRO responds fast to any fire restoration project, and we can handle any size task from a single stove fire to a more extensive emergency that impacts dozens of units. 

For building owners, as soon as fire damage occurs in your Brooklyn apartment complex, give SERVPRO a call. We are ready to go 24-hours a day so that we can get started on your cleanup and restoration:

  • A crew gets mobilized and dispatched within hours to inspect and assess the fire damage to your apartment building.
  • The team creates an inventory of items and damage, reporting back to your insurance company. Items get split into two categories, those that are salvageable and those that require replacement. 
  • Containment barriers get constructed to keep debris and contamination from tracking into unaffected areas of the building.

Other things that a property owner or landlord should do after an apartment building fire include:

  • Notify all tenants of the fire and proceed with caution as it may be hazardous to enter or move throughout the property.
  • Try to determine the cause of the fire for insurance purposes and understand the best next steps.
  • Inform your insurance company. SERVPRO also handles paperwork on your claim to help it move along.
  • Capture images or video to help document damage.
  • Secure your property – SERVPRO offers tarping and board up to keep out trespassers, vandals, and weather elements.

SERVPRO handles all fire-related projects with precision, including the unique requirements of an apartment blaze. Our IICRC-certified team uses suitable equipment and products to ensure everything gets cleaned, dried, restored, and deodorized to make it “Like it never even happened,” for your tenants. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn today at (718) 522-4400.

Williamsburg Residents Need Skilled Restoration to Handle Furniture Water Damage

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

Drying equipment You can count on our professionals with state of the art equipment to thoroughly dry your property so you can return safely after a water incident.

SERVPRO Knows Specialized Water Damage Techniques to Restore Your Furnishings in Williamsburg

Any significant water emergency in your Williamsburg property can leave many contents and furnishings at risk. Along with the need for water removal services to pull up standing water to keep it from ruining your building materials, special attention must be paid to your contents and furniture. SERVPRO knows that water flooding into your living room or finished basement could leave your belongings at risk. We have highly-trained water restoration technicians (WRT) on our crew to handle everything with precision. 

Water damage in Williamsburg calls for careful planning, especially if your furniture and prized possessions get wet. SERVPRO may address some or all of the following depending on your situation:

  • Swelling that occurs on items made with wood. In some cases, wood will get wet, leading to swelling or weakening of the joints. In some instances, woodwork glue could break down, and joints become damaged.
  • Water spots may develop on furniture. Our technicians can tackle water spots that develop on dry-clean only upholstery. 
  • Color bleeding may occur when metal, wooden legs, or fabrics get wet. This leads to staining of the carpets, which our team can address with specialized products and techniques.

With any water restoration project, the possible development of mildew and mold is always on our minds at SERVPRO. We work diligently using dehumidifiers and air movers to dry your interior, keeping mold and mildew at bay. The goal is to work in tandem with our water extraction crew to achieve our goals of restoring the appropriate level of relative humidity (RH).

Whether you encountered burst pipes or you had a significant spill from a second-story bathroom, SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn is there to address your water damage. We’re ready to go 24-hours a day so that you can get your property restored to pre-water emergency conditions. Call us at (718) 522-4400.

The Importance of Commercial Flood Damage Repair in Brooklyn Businesses

11/26/2021 (Permalink)

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When You Suffer Commercial Flood Damage in Your Brooklyn Business Call in Qualified Professionals Like SERVPRO

The aftermath of flooding leaves thousands of business owners devastated and unsure about where to begin the restoration process. To deal with flood damage, it is best to involve professional restoration companies. With decades of restoration experience and a highly trained team, SERVPRO can help you deal with flood damage of any size or scope.

As a result of highly trained professionals equipped with cutting-edge equipment and tools, our restoration team can perform commercial flood damage repair in your Brooklyn business or commercial property such as a warehouse. Whenever possible, we act fast to minimize damage and get your business up and running as soon as possible.

Flood damage restoration usually involves dealing with contaminated water. Our SERVPRO technicians can take measures to ensure that contaminants do not spread to the uncontaminated areas of your property. The spread of pollutants might spread with:

  • Movement of equipment
  • Foot traffic
  • Air movement
  • Debris removal

Once we start working, we know that contaminants might be easily aerosolized or dislodged and travel to the unaffected areas through the air. We reduce this contamination using proper engineering contamination like establishing negative pressure and building containment.

Using specialized tools, our SERVPRO team removes water and ensures that the area is completely dried before removing the drying equipment. Our restorers can use non-penetrating moisture meters and inspection cameras to check the moisture level in drywall and ceilings. The moisture meters work by detecting radio frequency emissions. SERVPRO prefers to use these moisture meters since they do not damage surfaces.

Restoring a damaged building too late can lead to irreversible damage, which can cause expensive repairs and health effects. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400 for a comprehensive restoration to make the incident appear "Like it never even happened." 

Why it is Necessary to Seek Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services in Williamsburg

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

open flames on flooring Fire damage mitigation for your home can be very expensive. SERVPRO fire damage restoration techs have the equipment and manpower for any size disast

Experienced Companies Like SERVPRO Offer Effective Fire Damage Repair in Williamsburg.

Property owners need help from fire restoration professionals after a devastating fire. They must act quickly because secondary fire damage can begin immediately following a fire. You can rely on SERVPRO to restore your property to normal.

SERVPRO's mission is to make fire damage restoration in Williamsburg homes simple. We assist our customers in recording the damage and getting all the documentation that insurance companies require to be eligible for compensation. We offer a content claim inventory service (CCIS) that involves taking an inventory of the contents in each room. This includes digital photographs, a preloss list, value of contents, and barcoding in some cases. This way, you may keep track of your belongings.

The severity of the destruction determines the steps to take to restore a house. We will begin the restoration process with a thorough inspection. During the inspection process, our SERVPRO restorers consider the following factors:

  • Heat damage
  • Previously existing damage
  • Water damage
  • Smoke residues

Our team can remove smoke residues and odors from affected surfaces. Fire damage presents multiple cleaning challenges because of the way oxygen, heat, gases, and moisture interact to create smoke residues. Buildings also have different types of burning materials. Our restorers respond to the various challenges that occur when odors and smoke residues affect different materials and surfaces. We adapt the basic concepts of cleaning into each situation. We can agitate affected surfaces and use different products to produce chemical reactions. Our team can also use different cleaning procedures to remove residues. For instance, our SERVPRO restorers can clean the affected surfaces utilizing the wall and all surface cleaner and a cloth. Our technicians can deodorize your home using dry mist air fresheners and odor counteracting gels.

If you need fire restoration services, call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400 to avoid additional damage. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Is It Expensive to Perform Professional Water Damage Repair in Brooklyn Homes?

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment drying water damaged flooring Secondary water damage is no easy task. SERVPRO techs have the training and experience needed for your home.

Restoration Companies Such as SERVPRO Provide Affordable Water Damage Repair in Brooklyn

Property owners often experience stress when water damage occurs. The expense linked with water damage is one of the things homeowners worry about. Avoid hiring water damage repair companies that charge double the market cost just because of their name. SERVPRO handles water damage of any magnitude with the right equipment and innovative techniques at a reasonable cost.

After a water intrusion incident in your property, you may not witness the secondary damage immediately. However, if you do not perform effective water damage repair in your Brooklyn home, mold can grow on porous materials, and your wooden floor may warp. When you contact SERVPRO professionals, you can expect the following:

You may think your property is in good shape after attempting to repair water damage, but the trapped moisture may begin to show up after a couple of months. As a result, you may have a harder time recovering costs from your insurance company.

SERVPRO's restoration team uses specialized water removal, heating, and drying equipment. For rapid, successful drying, our team can use centrifugal air movers and indirect-fired furnaces to provide dry air and heat wet materials or the building’s interior structure directly. These methods result in a significant increase in evaporation.

Our methods are faster than those of other companies at drying out our customers' water-damaged properties. Typically, the restoration process can take a few days to complete based on the severity of the destruction. To guarantee that the drying process goes as smoothly as possible, our SERVPRO team uses moisture detection tools to monitor the drying process closely.

A failure to treat water damage promptly could result in loss of value to your property. Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400 for effective water damage repair to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Quickly Removing Stormwater in Williamsburg Basements

10/27/2021 (Permalink)

standing water in basement apartment, impacting furniture Basements are often impacted by flood damage. SERVPRO is your one-stop-shop for storm damage restoration.

After a Flood, Williamsburg Homes Need Fast and Reliable Emergency Services

Local home and business owners are more convinced than ever about the vulnerabilities of their property compared to harsh storms and violent weather systems that could lead to flooding. When stormwater becomes a concern for these properties, experienced SERVPRO technicians on our team are ready to respond quickly to begin the necessary mitigative actions to protect your home and its contents.

Damage Assessment and Containment

Before much of the stormwater removal in Williamsburg homes can begin, we must thoroughly assess the damage that exists and what must be done to protect the structure and your personal belongings. To prevent the situation from worsening, we also implement containment strategies at this stage where possible to keep migrating moisture from impacting new areas of the property while the restoration process begins.

Removing Standing Water in the Basement

The first mitigation step that must be taken when approaching a flooded home or business is to remove the standing water. Depending on the severity of this situation, multiple extraction systems might be required. Wet vacuums are among the most versatile tools in our inventory, though truck-mount extractors and trash pumps offer the fastest removal rates.

Dry Exposed Building Materials 

Many elements become quickly impacted and overwhelmed by stormwater. Any standing water event can allow flooring, wood trim, drywall, carpeting, and furniture to stay exposed for long periods and absorb moisture. While air movers and dehumidifiers are the backbones of the drying process, we also rely on:

  • Positive pressure systems
  • Drying mats
  • Portable electric heaters

Flooding and water damage are inevitable for some homes, but our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn team is ready to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (718) 522-4400.

Three Levels of Soot Cleanup in Brooklyn Residences

10/22/2021 (Permalink)

smoke and soot damage on walls and ceiling Smoke and soot residues often need professional restoration. Don't DIY! SERVPRO is available 24/7 for fire damage restoration.

After a Fire, Cleaning Up Soot and Smoke Damage Deposits in Brooklyn Homes is Critical

Fires are among the most devastating situations that property owners might face in their lifetime. With the severity of these emergencies and how much of your home can be damaged by soot in smoke residues, we have specific approaches to eliminate this smoke damage where it is found.

Surface Cleaning Strategies for Manageable Soils 

Getting fire and smoke clean up in Brooklyn homes started means choosing the ideal approach to remove soot and smoke residues from surfaces. Often, surface treatments with chemical sponges can be effective in high heat fire damage scenarios. However, thicker residues that are more challenging to remove might also require wet cleaning approaches. We utilize a range of products to accomplish this, including:

  • Alkaline cleaners
  • Solvents
  • Detergents
  • Water-based solutions

Aggressive Cleaning with Machines

It can also be possible to utilize machines like our media blasters with specific materials such as walnuts, baking soda, and sponges to clean surface soils that are more challenging than typical wet or dry cleaning approaches can resolve. Despite being an aggressive cleaning measure, these efforts can often be critical in protecting and preserving underlying substrates impacted by soot damage.

Controlled Demolition as a Final Resort

Removing building materials is rarely the first step that our professionals wish to take after fire damage. We carefully assess the salvageability of multiple exposed surfaces and contents to clean and restore them if possible. When these efforts have been exhausted, it is worth considering removing damaged portions of structural materials and replacing them.

It is easy to see multiple possible soot cleaning strategies available for fire-damaged homes in Brooklyn. Despite how rapidly fire damage can occur in apartments and houses, our experienced fire restoration professionals can respond fast to help when it is needed most. Give our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn team a call today at (718) 522-4400.

Cleaning Up After Flooding in Brooklyn Basement Apartments

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment stacked on shelves in warehouse Storms and flooding are no match for your SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn team. Call us today!

Getting Mitigation Started Quickly Helps to Protect Your Brooklyn Apartment From Further Flood Destruction

Flooding is a devastating force, as many will not forget the disastrous and destructive remnants of Hurricane Ida. Because these situations happen rapidly, basement-level apartments can be struck the worst by storm damage. We have fast mitigation solutions to help in these situations.

Assessing Safety Concerns and Hazards

Among the first steps our professionals take before other flood damage in Brooklyn apartments can be addressed, we must determine the extent of the damage and what safety hazards exist. Several inches or feet of standing water can create dangerous conditions for residents or our team responding to help. Some of these include:

  • Shock hazards
  • Weakened structural elements
  • Contaminants
  • Sewage
  • Infestations

Water Removal Services for Flooded Apartments

Another mitigation action that we can take as soon as we arrive is removing standing water from this basement apartment. Pooling can be substantial in lower levels at the street grade, so we rely on our most powerful extraction systems like truck-mount water removal tools and stationary trash pumps.

Controlled Demolition Where Necessary

In many situations, heavy flood damage can require controlled demolition to return the property to its original state. With a general contractor license, other companies and services are not needed to accomplish these requirements for your home. We can provide a wealth of build-back resources and controlled demolition steps when necessary.

Homeowners cannot ignore flooding threats. When properties are impacted heavily by these emergencies, you need professional assistance to mitigate loss and return the property to its original condition. Our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn team is ready to help 24/7 at (718) 522-4400.

Brooklyn Bakeries Need Detailed Odor Control with Fire Damage Restoration

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles outside job site. Commercial fire damage restoration service by SERVPRO has you covered from start to finish. We are here to help.

Any Brooklyn Bakery or Café Can Trust SERVPRO to Carefully Move Through the Steps of Fire Damage Clean Up 

You have soot and smoke residue with any fire, but it can sometimes become even more significant with any commercial kitchen. When you have a fire in your bakery, battling foul, pungent smoke odors call for the help of trained odor control technicians (OCT). SERVPRO will arrive promptly at your bakery or café to formulate a restoration plan that includes professional smoke remediation.

Handling fire damage in Brooklyn is never anything you want to leave to your staff, even if it is just a small blaze. There is often a need for multiple cleaning and restoration techniques to handle all of the fire and smoke damage successfully. In many cases, this includes water removal services to address any water left from your sprinkler system activation or the chemical or water used by first responders on the scene. 

When you contact SERVPRO, you will have the best when it comes to water & fire damage restorations. We bring all of the latest advancements in equipment, including a variety of pieces that allow us to deodorize your business and rid it of smoke odors thoroughly. Some of the equipment you may see us using includes:

  • Thermal Foggers – This equipment generates a fine mist of powerful deodorants that bond with odorous particulates upon contact, allowing easy removal.
  • Air Scrubbers – With HEPA filtration on board, these units trap odor-causing elements throughout the space.
  • Photocatalytic Oxidizers – These units work with the help of UV light, which creates a reaction when shining on odorous molecules, converting them into water and carbon dioxide. 

Do you need help with recent fire damage at your eatery? Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400, and we will send our crew out for the initial assessment.

Why is Water Mitigation Important for Restoration Projects in Brooklyn?

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

Call Now! SERVPRO water damage restoration services are top-notch. 24/7 365 days a year we are ready to handle any size disaster you have.

SERVPRO's Water Restoration Process for Brooklyn Residents Always Includes Careful, Efficient Water Mitigation

Burst pipes or flooding are not the time to try DIY water clean-up methods. Doing so could leave you with a world of issues within your Brooklyn property, including secondary damage and the development of potentially harmful mold and mildew. No matter the water emergency you are facing, detailed water mitigation is the only way to ensure you get the best results. SERVPRO mitigates water damage and works using proven methods that save on time, money, and materials. Give our office a quick call 24/7, and we can send out a crew as soon as possible.

No matter the project's scope, immediate water mitigation in Brooklyn ensures your property gets back to normal as quickly as possible while controlling further damage. Standing water can be detrimental to many surfaces and materials, even if classified as clean water. Did you know that clean water turns into a gray water situation (Category 2) within 48 hours? When called for water mitigation and water removal services, our IICRC-certified technicians have all of the training to deal with each of the three water categories, including:

  • Category 1 – known as clean water, which is free of contaminants
  • Category 2 – known as gray water, which may contain chemical or biological contamination
  • Category 3 – known as black water, which holds harmful viruses and bacteria

During the mitigation and restoration process, we often use truck pumps for mass amounts of water and portable pumps for any contained flooding. Our technicians may apply EPA-registered spray disinfectant to any surfaces and standing water in a gray water situation. Many items may need to get disposed of during a black water event if decontamination is not possible. Our crew always wears the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) as we work through the project.

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn is available for all of your water mitigation needs. Contact us by calling (718) 522-4400, and we can send out our team within hours to begin.

Why is Professional Flood Damage Assistance Best After Flash Flooding in Williamsburg?

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment ready for action. Storm damage restoration by SERVPRO is second to none. Our techs have the knowledge and experience for any size disaster.

SERVPRO Technicians Address Flood Damage Fast with Advanced Technology for Williamsburg Property Owners

The thing about flash flooding damage restoration in Williamsburg is that it happens in an instant. Even if you are not in an area known as a flood zone, the perfect storm may come through Williamsburg and bring a lot of damage in its wake. While this is an unexpected event, how you respond dictates how well your property can recover. SERVPRO features skilled IICRC-certified water restoration technicians (WRT) capable of handling any size project, regardless of what is involved. We have honed our processes to accommodate all customers in need, both commercial and residential.

Why Call SERVPRO to Handle Flood Restoration?

Once you call us, our Green Fleet of vehicles stocked with equipment and products gets deployed to your property within hours. We mobilize fast to help you recover with as little damage and stress as possible. A few things to remember about flooding events:

  • Floodwater may carry a variety of chemicals, viruses, bacteria, and debris
  • Even a clean water event can turn into a Category 2 or 3 event depending on what water comes into contact with
  • Calling in skilled technicians ensures all moisture and bacteria gets addressed carefully and efficiently
  • DIY methods generally fail in these situations as water follows the path of least resistance and migrates to dry spaces – thus becoming invisible to the naked eye, where it can cause immense secondary damage

SERVPRO adjusts accordingly as we work, using pumps, extractors, drying equipment, and dehumidifiers to restore your interior, including monitoring of indoor air quality (IAQ). When done with the flood damage restoration, all surfaces get cleaned thoroughly using EPA-approved antimicrobials and sanitizing agents. Our efforts culminate to ensure your property gets left Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. 

When you need prompt, reliable help with flood damage, give us a call at SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400.

How Can SERVPRO Help with Active Mold Threats in Williamsburg Homes?

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

mold growth on ceiling, wall and windowsill Damp areas, like areas around windows, can foster mold growth. Inspect your home often for signs of mold and mildew.

Quickly Removing Mold Colonies Can Protect Williamsburg Properties and Their Occupants

Mold can be a rapidly developing threat for area homes and businesses in moist conditions. Whether following water damage or flooding, unresolved damp pockets can welcome mold growth and the damage that comes with it. We are leading remediation professionals that can help to overcome these threats. 

Identifying Where Mold is Growing

Initial inspections of the property are a telling sign of credible mold removal companies in Williamsburg homes. Our SERVPRO professionals can inspect suspected damaged areas for indicators of active mold growth and structural concerns, including:

  • Surface spotting
  • Foul odors
  • Damp areas
  • Sampling

Mold Removal Strategies to Eliminate Active Colonization

There are several possible methods for removing active colonies from a residence. Surface treatment solutions are among the most common when our professionals reach the scene before extensive damage results. Biocide and sporicidal cleaning products kill spores on contact and make the surface uninhabitable. When more than superficial cleaning is necessary, we have advanced remediation options like media blasting and sanding.

Black Mold Damage Repairs in Williamsburg Homes

Not all mold removal companies can meet the total needs of your home during remediation and restoration. Our SERVPRO professionals have a general contractor license to provide many repair and reconstruction services where necessary to damaged homes. Our team is ready for action, from the initial controlled demolition and bulk material removal to the reconstruction of removed structural elements like wall assemblies. 

Mold can be one of the most underrated threats to area homes and businesses, so it is a situation best left to remediation professionals when it gets discovered. As leading mold removal experts, our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn team can help eliminate active colonies and restore the damage they cause. Call us today at (718) 522-4400.

What Actions Drive Water Mitigation for Brooklyn Residences?

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

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Specific Steps Help to Protect and Preserve Wet Areas of Brooklyn Properties After Water Damage

When water damages impact Brooklyn residences, the situation can prove overwhelming for the customer. As leading water restoration specialists for the city, we can respond fast with the mitigative solutions to make water damages "Like it never even happened." 

Emergency Services to Protect from Further Harm 

Water mitigation in Brooklyn homes can often indicate actions taken in many areas of the property. Pressing concerns like standing water might be prioritized, but our technicians must also combat developing threats like structural vulnerabilities or exposed contents. 

Water Removal Options for Pooling or Trapped Water

As you might expect, homes and businesses alike deal with some degree of standing or pooling water damage after a disaster. Burst pipes can leave more of a threat in this regard than a slow leak from inner-wall plumbing, but the certainty of needing water removal services remains the same. Evaluating the condition of exposed surfaces can determine what extraction methods suit the situation best, including:

  • Vacuuming
  • Pumping
  • Draining
  • Absorption

Protecting What Matters Most After a Disaster

Another crucial mitigation action that our professionals can take is addressing the damage and potential harm to contents and personal belongings. In some situations, moving and relocating items in the path of migrating moisture is enough to prevent irreparable harm. We do provide intricate cleaning and restoration solutions at our nearby SERVPRO facility for more pressing recovery needs. 

The processes of mitigation are among the essential services that our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn team offers. Every water damage incident presents a finite timeline for restoration and recovery, and many of our emergency services provided help to meet these pressing deadlines. Our experienced team is standing by at (718) 522-4400.

How Does Storm Damage Cause Flooding to Brooklyn Apartments?

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment stacked and ready to go SERVPRO is ready to tackle all of your storm and water damage restoration needs!

After Envelope Breaches, Water Intrusion for Brooklyn Apartments Can be Destructive

Brooklyn is no stranger to storm systems and heavy snowfall throughout specific seasons of the year. With the weather's damage to aging apartment complexes, our SERVPRO professionals are standing by to help with extraction, drying, and cleaning. 

Water Penetration After Roof Vulnerabilities 

Severe storm events are not uncommon and can result in flood damage to Brooklyn apartments and houses. Torrential rain and brutal winds can damage roof assemblies to allow for moisture and runoff penetration to the structure. Addressing these situations as quickly as possible is vital. 

Water Removal Options  

Removing standing water and spreading surface water damage can be vital to protect the property and its contents. Apartment buildings common to the borough can leave multiple units exposed to water damage after the flooding. We have vacuuming and pumping approaches to resolve standing water concerns and promote faster drying afterward quickly. 

Drying Techniques for Confined Spaces 

Smaller spaces can often be a challenging position for drying and moisture removal. Many of the attic spaces or crawl spaces for these properties experience heavy moisture damages. Reaching all exposed surfaces can be difficult with the size and scope of most available restoration equipment. Wall and ceiling assemblies, for example, can hold standing water and damp pockets until secondary effects like mold growth occur. To counteract these outcomes, we have drying tools to help like:

  • Positive/Negative Pressure Systems
  • Low-Profile Centrifugal Air Movers
  • Desiccant Dehumidifiers
  • Portable Heaters

Flood damage to any part of a Brooklyn home or apartment can be devastating. With how fast effects can spread through a residence, our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn team is available 24/7 to help. We have experienced technicians and leading equipment available when you call (718) 522-4400.

Generate Stellar Results in Williamsburg with Professional Fire Damage Restoration

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged hallway with soot covering the walls Fire damage on your property can be extensive. Call the technicians at our SERVPRO location to tackle the damage and remediate the situation.

After Suffering Fire Damage, You Need SERVPRO at Your Williamsburg Home for Restoration Services

The speed that flames consume a building is astounding and often astonishes Williamsburg homeowners. While first responders may get there fast to put out the fire, the fire damage and fallout can often be immense. Even the most minor fire calls for detailed fire damage restoration and smoke remediation, best handled by skilled technicians. SERVPRO features fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) ready to restore your property to the pre-fire condition – “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO works efficiently and safely on all projects involving fire damage restoration in Williamsburg. We have years of experience and stay up to date on all the latest training and equipment for fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup. To achieve house fire clean up goals, our team may initiate any number of actions, such as:

    • Facilitating smoke remediation to help remove stubborn residues from all surfaces
    • Repair or replacement of any charred materials
    • Detailed cleaning of all surfaces, including deodorization and sanitization
  • Surface refinishing and controlled demolition – Residential Contractor License #: 2015353DCA

All fire damaged homes get addressed with the mindset of repair versus replace wherever possible. In times where total replacement is needed, we may remove and install new materials like:

  • Wallcoverings, wood panels, and drywall
  • Carpeting, wood floors, subfloor, and baseboards
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Fixtures
  • Utilities, including power cabling and air ducts

Where we find surfaces with soot deposits or charring, we may have the ability to clean and resurface with the help of soda blasting or sanding.

Water & fire damage restorations are what we do best here at SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn. We are available to get to work day or night by calling (718) 522-4400, and we can send out our crew as soon as possible.

Flood Damage and Drying When Your Brooklyn Commercial Property Needs It

7/23/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded living room with items floating everywhere When your commercial property gets flooded, team SERVPRO can help. We arrive quickly on the scene with the equipment and certified technicians.

Call SERVPRO for Flood Damage Assistance to Ensure Your Brooklyn Business Does Not Miss a Beat

Running a business, you need to remain prepared for just about anything – this should include a flooding or water clean up plan. After the initial shock of the water-related emergency wears off, knowing that your employees and cleanup team have a plan in place adds peace of mind. You deserve to get the results you need with professional water removal services and drying, so it is best to have SERVPRO’s number handy.

We’re Faster to Any Disaster!

But, what does that mean? Mitigating flood damage in your Brooklyn commercial space should include many steps. SERVPRO arrives within hours of the initial call, and we start the assessment right away so that water removal may begin fast. Not only do we feature specialty drying equipment and proven methods, but our flood remediation services include elements like:

  • Highly trained technicians who are fully IICRC-certified and always keep safety a top priority.
  • We always wear personal protective equipment (PPE) upon entering the building to begin assessment and clean up.
  • Staging areas get set up, selecting zones that allow us to prevent cross-contamination from happening within your Brooklyn commercial property.
  • Your business gets the Certified: SERVPRO Clean seal of approval after finishing up with extraction, drying, controlled demolition (as needed), sanitization, and deodorization.

We Know Flood Damage Risks for Businesses

Even if you have a small janitorial crew, nothing matches professional water damage remediation. We approach each flood restoration job using:

  • Submersible pumps
  • Truck-mounted extractors
  • Wet/dry vacuums
  • Industrial air movers
  • Dehumidification equipment
  • Thermal foggers to disinfect
  • And more!

No matter the industry you are in, SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn has the power to handle all your flood damage needs. Call us 24/7 at (718) 522-4400 to receive immediate assistance.

What Does Mitigation and Water Removal in Brooklyn Look Like?

7/18/2021 (Permalink)

a broken copper pipe leaking water Facing a burst pipe at your home can be overwhelming. Our SERVPRO technicians are standing by 24/7 for your emergency call.

SERVPRO Offers Prompt Response for all Water Restoration and Mitigation Projects in Brooklyn

Water mitigation is a crucial part of any restoration job, whether you have a brownstone with burst pipes or a single-family dwelling with ceiling leaks. Even a faulty appliance can send a significant amount of water into your Brooklyn home that must get addressed quickly to limit the level of damage. Professional water damage remediation with SERVPRO not only stops water from infiltrating dry space, but we also have the power to address hidden moisture while bringing down relative humidity.

To begin water mitigation in Brooklyn, SERVPRO arrives on the scene to perform a thorough assessment. Our crew chief takes note of the cause of water infiltration to formulate a plan of action that stops the flooding and allows the team to begin extraction. Timing is everything during a water clean up incident, and SERVPRO always ensures it gets done right the first time. We will:

    • Assess Water Migration – Because spilled water remains in motion and looks for dry spaces like building cavities and cracks, we follow the path to ensure no moisture gets left behind. 
    • Perform Detailed Moisture Detection – Our Green Fleet comes fully stocked with moisture detection tells that allow us to seek out all areas where water may have traveled, leaving moisture behind. We may use thermal imaging camera technology, moisture meters, or borescopes that help us locate all problem zones. In some instances, a drill or hole punch in the wall might be the best practice for facilitating water removal. 
  • Initiate Drying and Water Damage Repairs – With high-powered fans, filtration units, and dehumidifiers, we restore indoor air quality (IAQ) and relative humidity levels. Controlled demolition gets performed as needed, and everything is deodorized and sanitized to make it “Like it never even happened.” – Residential Contractor License #: 2015353DCA

Call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400 to have a crew deployed to get started on water mitigation efforts.

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

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo and equipment We understand the need for swift response to water damage incidents in your business property. Let us help get you back to business as usual.

A Speedy Resolution to Commercial Water Damage in Brooklyn

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

Trained SERVPRO Technicians

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

Water Damage Restoration Equipment

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

Water & Mold Damage Restorations

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

We specialize in getting your business back to a habitable state for your staff and customers. Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400.

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

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

Raining in kitchen Contact our team of experts at SERVPRO for assistance with storm damage remediation services in your home.

Professional Help for Brooklyn Flood Damage

Extreme weather patterns are more common every year, exposing your Brooklyn property to the risk of harm from flooding. When heavy rains and winds cause excess water to flow into your brownstone or condo, you need to take fast action. Our well-qualified team of water damage specialists is ready to respond quickly with the skills and equipment required to remediate the damage done by flooding.

Brooklyn is no stranger to flood damage. The Atlantic Ocean, more precisely Upper Bay, is just blocks to the west with the potential to deliver storm surge if a strong weather system arrives. Flash flooding following torrential rains can make its way into your home, requiring fast action with professional equipment to prevent progressive or permanent damage.

Trained Water Damage Restoration Technicians

Our SERVPRO crews count many Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) among the ranks, trained in the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) coursework. When we arrive at your flood damaged home, an experienced manager assesses the damage and creates a mitigation plan. Our service vehicles pack water removal and structural drying equipment, avoiding any delay as crew members implement the plan.

Flood Damage Restoration Equipment

Pumps take care of water deeper than two inches, and wanded extractors pull moisture out of cracks and crevices. SERVPRO technicians are skilled at measuring moisture levels in porous building materials and employing thermal imaging equipment to locate water that migrated into building cavities. We use strategies like flood cuts or holes drilled in mortar joints to release the water and open access to the damp areas, so drying techniques work more efficiently.

Floodwater is contaminated, mixing with the sea, road chemicals, decaying organic materials, and even sewage. SERVPRO can contain the fouled water, disposing of it as required by local regulation. We use cleansing products and tools to clear away the soiling brought into your home by the Category 3 water and treat affected areas with EPA-registered disinfectants. Once the flooded space is clean and sanitized, we set up drying perimeters to reduce the moisture content of your home’s structural components to normal levels. A balance of air movement, temperature, and dehumidification brings back the preloss conditions in a controlled way, ensuring we avoid secondary issues like mold growth.

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn knows how overwhelming flood damage can be, so we prepare our crews with the training and equipment to remediate the scenario fast. Call us at (718) 522-4400 round the clock, 365 days a year.

Commercial Buildings in Brooklyn with Mold Damage – Call SERVPRO

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo over mold Mold can be a serious issue in your property. Don't let mold take over. Call SERVPRO for help today.

Can SERVPRO Provide Mold Damage Remediation in Brooklyn?

Whether your employees or customers notice a strong, musty odor at your Brooklyn commercial building, it is very important to address the problem quickly. It is well known that mold can cause health effects, and you do not want to have to shut down your business entirely to address a mold contamination issue. Mold can get started because of minor water leaks in plumbing, the windows, or the roof.

SERVPRO can be on site in less than four hours to address mold damage and infestations in Brooklyn buildings. Our microbial remediation specialist will assess the situation and recommend the best approach to minimize the impact on day-to-day operations. Our license under NY state Law - Mold Remediation Contractor License #: 00055. 

We install plastic sheeting to contain the infestation to the immediate area, and negative air pressure helps to contain mold spores further. We seal off the HVAC system to prevent contamination of the system. Depending on the magnitude of the mold infestation, we may also establish clean rooms and decontamination rooms to facilitate leaving and entering the work area. We remove contaminated porous materials, and we can remove mold and clean non-porous materials.

SERVPRO completes the work as quickly as possible while minimizing the impact on the remainder of the building and your day-to-day operations. Our services include:

  • Mold Inspection
  • Mold Removal
  • Mold Remediation and Repair

Call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn for mold damage in Brooklyn and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (718) 522-4400.

How Our Experts Handle Structural Issues After Flood Damage in Your Brooklyn Home

5/27/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged room; flood cuts in drywall Water affects structural elements. SERVPRO can help! We have the equipment to dry your property.

Addressing Structural Issues After Flood Damage in Brooklyn

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

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

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

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

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

How Our InjectiDry System Protects Your Brooklyn Home After A Water Damage Incident

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying mats being used on hardwood floor We have many tools at our disposal to restore water damage including our InjectiDry System. Drying mats are being used in the picture above.

InjectiDry System Protects Water Damaged Brooklyn Homes

As a leading company in the restoration industry, our team can help your Brooklyn home address the often damaging and widespread effects of a water damage incident. We know that only part of the effective services we can offer customers comes from the experience and training we acquire. The other part of this equation is the effective state-of-the-art equipment available to our recovery team when they roll out from our facility. From advanced mitigation tools to drying machines, our professionals can arrive at every situation with the ability to help.

Water damage incidents in your Brooklyn home can get out of control. It would be best to have a team of professionals with sophisticated equipment for both containment and recovery. Our SERVPRO technicians have multiple tools for removing standing water and even addressing the bulk of saturation and moisture concerns throughout the property, but contending with moisture and dampness in wall cavities, ceilings, floors, and other inaccessible areas requires advanced equipment.

The InjectiDry System has a minimalistic approach to addressing moisture and dampness beyond what can quickly get accessed and managed after a water damage incident. Understanding the location of these threats involves moisture detection tools, thermal imagery, and infrared cameras. We can identify the moisture pockets that can cause the most damage and direct our drying tools and the InjectiDry System directly at these points.

Often this device is critical for drying out dampness behind drywall, and it is helpful because it has multiple dry air hoses that can infuse this area with heated air to dry out moisture quickly. Because it gets installed behind the baseboard, these small holes can get quickly patched and entirely covered by the reinstallation of the trim at the bottom of an affected wall.

In many situations, the use of our InjectiDry System can prevent unnecessary tear-out and reconstruction in homes throughout our area. You can always count on the fast response and the sophisticated equipment like this from our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn team. Give our crew a call anytime at (718) 522-4400.

SERVPRO Offers a Premier Fire Damage Restoration Service to Brooklyn Residents

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged room; debris on floor Fires leave a mess. Don't DIY it; call SERVPRO!

Why do Brooklyn Residents Trust SERVPRO for Fire Damage Clean Up of Their Homes? 

Fire damage restoration of a Brooklyn home is a complex task involving several steps. Your local SERVPRO technicians have a unique understanding of the area, which puts them in a better position to help restore fire-damaged homes. Our technicians use their years of experience serving the Brooklyn community to offer a premier service that is both fast and efficient.

During the fire damage restoration of a Brooklyn home, a SERVPRO restorer's immediate objectives are:

  • To prevent fire and smoke from causing additional damage
  • To safeguard the safety of people entering the structure
  • To prepare the site for mitigation work to begin

What Emergency Services do SERVPRO Techs Provide During House Fire Cleanup in Brooklyn? 

As every fire loss is unique, the type of emergency service activities offered by SERVPRO can vary significantly but might include some of the following:

  • Conducting building inspection: To assess any safety or health hazard after the fire and smoke damage.
  • Board up the structure: In certain situations, boarding up your Brooklyn residence can be essential.
  • Dry the structure: Drying the water used during the fire extinguishment fire is critical. We use various equipment to remove standing water and monitor humidity and moisture content to prevent secondary water damages.
  • Establish emergency electricity:SERVPRO technicians might have to arrange for a temporary power source during the fire restoration process as electricity is needed for heat and light.
  • Initial cleaning:Before the restoration begins, pre-cleaning carpets and furniture can prevent additional damages.

Call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400 for fast and efficient service.

Brooklyn Flood Damage Specialists Use a Range of Tools

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

servpro cleaning and disinfecting products SERVPRO offers specially-formulated cleaning and disinfecting products for flood damage cleanup and restoration in Brooklyn

SERVPRO has the necessary equipment to remediate Brooklyn flood damage

Floods can cause all kinds of water damage to your home, from saturating the carpet and drapes to soaking into drywall or causing wallpaper to peel off. Dealing with flood remediation can seem like a daunting task, but if you call SERVPRO, it will be much easier than you thought.

SERVPRO knows that you want the mess cleaned up as fast as possible after flood damage to your Brooklyn home. There are many aspects to flood damage remediation, and the company you call must have the right equipment for every element. For example:

  • Pumping out water might require a free-standing motorized pump, or we might need a truck-mounted pump if there is no easy access to electricity.
  • Cleaning wet items might require steam cleaning, hydraulic washing, or UV cleansing.
  • Drying might require air movers, dehumidifiers, or portable heaters.

We might also need to carry out disinfection or treatments to prevent fungal growth. We have a variety of antimicrobial products suited to all situations of flooding.

We equip our technicians with the best industry-standard equipment, so they always have the right tools for the job.

For a flood damage service, you can trust, call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400.

Deep Extractors Help with Water Mitigation In Williamsburg

4/21/2021 (Permalink)

rover water extractor The Rover water extractor is just one of SERVPRO's devices for mitigating water damage in Williamsburg homes

SERVPRO gets water out of carpets during Williamsburg water mitigation

If you need help after a water-related incident in your home, it is a good idea to call the experts. SERVPRO technicians have the skills and equipment to restore your home “Like it never even happened.”

One of the tools SERVPRO employs for water mitigation in Williamsburg is extraction. Extraction tools help us press the water out of carpets and padding. One of our go-to extraction tools is the deep extractor. We use two types of deep extractors.

Stationary extractors rely on the weight of the professional to press water from carpets. Self-propelled extractors move across the carpet’s surface, and one of our techs can ride the machine to add extra weight and press out more water. We call this a Rover.

Thorough extraction makes the rest of the water drying process much quicker and easier. After extraction, our team can help with

  • Cleaning and disinfecting water-damaged textiles and furniture.
  • Drying carpets, rugs, and drapes.
  • Repairing or replacing damaged paint, wallpaper, and drywall.
  • Deodorizing your home to get rid of the damp smell.

To get your home dry once more, call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400.

Using a Hydroxyl Generator Help in Brooklyn Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration

4/15/2021 (Permalink)

hydroxyl generator blue light SERVPRO's inventory of advanced fire and smoke remediation equipment like this hydroxyl generator improves Brooklyn homes IAQ indoor air quality

SERVPRO helps Brooklyn residents with fire damage restoration

Brooklyn is an iconic New York neighborhood and is, in fact, the most populous neighborhood in New York.

European settlement in Brooklyn began more than 150 years ago. Brooklyn started life in the seventeenth century as a small town named Breuckelen that the Dutch settled. The area was a pivotal battle site, where the Battle of Brooklyn was fought in 1776. The British defeated the Americans at the battle, after which George Washington ordered troops to retreat to Manhattan, thus preventing further losses.

Brooklyn had a significant role in supplying materials for the American Civil War, and its supplies and ship-building facilities were beneficial to the Union. Throughout all this, Brooklyn remained a separately incorporated city and did not become part of the city of New York until the merger of 1898. Many long-time Brooklyn residents were opposed to the merger and called it the “great mistake of 1898.” Some old-timers still use this phrase today to express their pride in being Brooklyn-born!

Get a taste of the silver screen in Brooklyn

Brooklyn has provided a filming location for many famous shows and movies. Perhaps while you are visiting, you will spot some well-known sites from the silver screen. Some popular things filmed in Brooklyn include:

  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is an iconic 1945 movie, for which James Dunn won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
  • 1977’s Saturday Night Fever, the famous John Travolta movie, is set in an Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn.
  • She’s Gotta Have It is a Spike Lee movie from 1986 set in a Brooklyn neighborhood.

Brooklyn’s film history stretches back to Coney Island, a two-reel silent movie made in 1917. The movie was directed and produced by Fatty Arbuckle and starred Buster Keaton. It was filmed on Coney Island and even made use of some of the rides there, so you can visit Coney Island and see the filming locations. Brooklyn is also home to popular TV shows, including 2 Broke Girls and Brooklyn 99.

Enjoy some iconic food in Brooklyn

One of the things Brooklyn is best known for is its food! When you are in town, do not miss out on these iconic dishes:

  • Junior’s Cheesecake has been famous since the 1950s. You can order online, but even better, why not visit Junior’s in person and try one of their many varieties?
  • A steakhouse steak. Brooklyn is full of well-known steakhouses. One of the best is the Peter Luger Steakhouse, established in 1897.
  • Nathan’s hotdogs. Nathan’s, on Coney Island, has been operating since 1916 and offers one of the most authentic dogs in Brooklyn, best enjoyed while strolling on the beach.

Why do we use hydroxyl generators in fire damage restoration?

SERVPRO can help with every aspect of fire remediation, from the initial assessment to cleaning up your home and removing debris.

We understand that your home will not feel right until we get rid of the smoky smell. We have many ways to deal with odors – hydroxyl generators are one of them. Hydroxyl generators:

  • Create hydroxyl radicals, which break apart odor molecules.
  • Are safe for use around people, plants, and pets.
  • Can be used even if contents are wet (such as from fire hoses) without the risk of bleaching.

For fire damage restoration that leaves your home smelling good, call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400.

Can SERVPRO Save Your Antique Table during Fire Damage Restoration?

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged home Fire damage restoration is a job for a professional outfit. SERVPRO has all the corners covered for you.

We help Brooklyn homeowners get back to normal.

The physical cost of replacing items after a fire is not the only consideration. There is also the emotional cost of letting go of an heirloom or antique that matters to you. That is why SERVPRO aims to clean and restore furniture whenever we can.

Need fire damage restoration in your Brooklyn home, rest assured our technicians will care for each of your items as if they were our own. Several factors affect whether we can restore your table:

  • Whether the wood has cracked or warped.
  • Whether the wood is swollen from fire hoses or fire-fighting chemicals.
  • How much damage the surface has suffered.

In some cases, where there is only a light covering of soot, it is possible to restore furniture. We can carefully dry brush the surface to remove loose soot. We can also use wood soap to cleanse the table and furniture polish to restore luster. Our technicians always test a small area first to make sure the cleaner is suitable.

If you are concerned about your antiques during fire damage restoration, call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400.

What Happens after Flood Damage in Brooklyn?

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at work. Flood damage is no easy task. SERVPRO has the man power and equipment for any size job necessary.

SERVPRO’s process helps Brooklyn homeowners

Brooklyn is one of the most famous areas of New York and is popular with tourists throughout the year. It is also a wonderful place to live, with a rich arts culture and lots for a family to do, plus it is close to the heart of New York City.

Brooklyn’s European settler history goes back hundreds of years. The Dutch first settled Long Island’s Western edge in the mid-seventeenth century. The area we now call Brooklyn was originally six independent cities, populated by the Dutch. These include:

  • Graves End, the only colonial town founded by a woman and once a popular gathering place for non-conformists.
  • Brooklyn Heights was a hotbed of Abolitionist sentiment and also features beautiful brownstone row houses.
  • Flatbush is a culturally diverse area with a mix of modern and traditional brownstone buildings and a delicious diversity of ethnic restaurants.
  • Bushwick is a working-class area with modern homes, grassroots community organizations, and several parks.
  • Flatlands features several historic homes, cheek by jowl with plenty of modern shopping districts.

Enjoy an outdoor adventure in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn boasts several lovely outdoor spaces, despite being a busy urban area. There are plenty to choose from for a perfect relaxed day out with family and friends. Why not start with:

  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden is ideal for plant-lovers, with 14,000 taxa on display. The garden has several beautiful themed areas, including Shakespearean, a Japanese hill-and-pond garden, a rose garden, a water garden, a fragrance garden, and a children’s garden.
  • Jamaica Islands Wildlife Refuge is an area of wetlands and salt marshes dotted with islands. It is the perfect place to spot horseshoe crabs and terrapins and do some bird watching.
  • Coney Island is ideal if you want some fresh air and entertainment in one place. You can enjoy the beach or take a ride on one of the many fairground attractions.

If the weather turns bad and you want to go inside, look no further than the New York Transit Museum. The museum dates back to 1976, when entry cost one subway token. The original plan was to keep it for a few months, but people loved it so much that it is still popular. You can see retired buses and subway cars, plus other artifacts from New York’s transit history. There are also exhibits about the history of fare-paying, the impact of labor laws on transit systems, and the impact of transit systems on the environment.

What happens after flood damage?

If you have the misfortune to suffer flood damage, you might wonder what happens next. It is essential to deal with flood damage quickly so it cannot spread. Thankfully, SERVPRO is Faster To Any Size Disaster. Call us as soon as you can after flood damage, and we will aim to be at your property within four hours.

Our tried and tested process gets results:

  • We assess the situation and draw up an action plan.
  • We make your home safe and deal with any immediate hazards.
  • We remove standing water from floors and press water from carpets.
  • We dry your home and belongings while monitoring moisture levels.
  • We clean water-damaged items.

We also deodorize your home when we are finished.

If you need a reliable flood damage process, call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400.

What Should You Look for in Brooklyn Mold Removal Companies?

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

Mold damage inside the home Mold remediation is no DIY project. For the safety of you and your family call SERVPRO and let their IICRC certified technicians do the job.

 SERVPRO supports Brooklyn homeowners

When you notice a patch of fungus in your home, you will probably want to clean it up. However, it is better to wait for the professionals. Home-made or commercial mold cleaners can sometimes make the situation worse by adding extra moisture and encouraging the fungus to propagate.

If you are looking for mold removal companies in Brooklyn, here are some things to ask about.

  • Response time – SERVPRO responds to your first call within an hour and aims to be at your home within four hours.
  • Training – we train all our techs to The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification standards, so you know you are getting a knowledgeable team.
  • Use of containment – containment stops spores from spreading further and is a vital part of effective mold remediation.
  • Monitoring – your team should monitor moisture and humidity levels in the affected area to ensure the environment is dry enough to discourage mold regrowth.
  • Checking in– your SERVPRO team will follow up with you after a week to ensure you are satisfied.

If you are looking for mold removal companies you can trust, call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400.

Can Williamsburg Homeowners Save Carpet Through Water Restoration Services?

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SERVPRO Helps Local Williamsburg Property Owners With Any Size Water Restoration Needed

Most homeowners consider the carpet in their homes an investment with regular cleaning and occasional steam cleaning to get the maximum service life out of it. 

Unexpected home disasters can happen that require water restoration in Williamsburg homes, such as water heater failures, toilet backups, floodwater, and pipe breaks. All of these can ruin the carpet; however, some water damage types may potentially save the carpet. 

This SERVPRO location holds a residential contractor license #2015353DCA and a mold remediation certification #00055. The technicians can handle any needed controlled demolition needed due to damage from moisture and mold issues that can arise from it. 

The technicians' carpet restoration methods vary in several ways depending on the carpet's construction materials. This ensures that the carpet does not bleed, shrink or incur any damage during the cleanup. After testing, the techs may choose to use:

  • Standard extraction and drying flat
  • Removal for drying in-plant
  • Use of tenting or floating applications

Local Williamsburg homeowners trust SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400 with all of their water restoration needs.

SERVPRO Arrives Quickly to Handle Flood Damage in Brooklyn

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

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Local Brooklyn Property Owners Rely on SERVPRO for Flood Damage Restoration

Flooding in Brooklyn is not just a concern in the spring and summer; it is also a threat in the winter from snowmelt. Property owners that know how the steps they can take to prevent this can minimize the potential for damage from this type of water damage in their homes. 

It is not unusual for snow to pile up by the foot in this area of New York during heavy storms. The problem comes when the snowfall melts and the runoff does not flow away from homes. Homeowners must prepare their homes and make certain structural elements that can get damaged by snow or ice are in good repair. 

How Does Snowmelt Cause Flooding in Brooklyn Homes?

When small amounts of snow or ice melt, it is not a big deal because it runs into the rivers' drainage system. Because the ground is still frozen solid, the water cannot drain into the soil effectively. Because water follows the path of least resistance, it flows into streets, across sidewalks, and into basements. When the runoff reaches rivers, it can crest and flood local neighborhoods. 

Tips for Preventing Flooding Caused By Snow melting

 In and around your home is to ensure meltwater has someplace to go other than into a basement or under roof shingles. Way to prevent flooding from snowmelt include:

  • Making corrections to the grading around the property before freezing weather
  • A good grade slopes away at approximately one inch per foot
  • Remove snow from around the perimeter of the home

Ice Dams: Another Brooklyn Winter Hazard

When ice forms, it can block the way for snowmelt to run off. If an ice dam formation in the making gets spotted, break it up so it does not prevent the snowmelt from flowing away from the property. During the winter months, another problem is ice dams forming on the roof of a home and pushing the gutters away from the house. Move ice and snow off of the roof if it is safe to do so; many people rely on long-handled rakes for the job. If not, bring in professional help to clear the ice and snow before it can damage the structure.

What Problems Accompany Flood Damage in Brooklyn Homes?

When SERVPRO technicians handle flood damage cleanup in Brooklyn properties, floodwater can bring numerous problems into a home, such as:

  • Destroyed building materials
  • Mold growth
  • Foul odors
  • Harmful bacteria, sewage, pathogenic elements

This SERVPRO location has a general contractor license #2015353DCA and mold remediation certification #00055, which means it can handle both the removal of any mold growth that occurs and rebuild any home areas that needed controlled demotion due to wicking or seepage in the building materials. 

Water spots and staining can happen to some items constructed from fabric, such as slipcovers, window treatments, and upholstered items. Porous items that cannot withstand sanitizing cleaning often have no potential for restoration. For standalone articles that can be washed, the Esporta Washing System can remove the staining in a single application. Other cleaning methods involve drycleaning chemicals and careful testing on the fibers to ensure that dyes do not bleed and shrinkage does not occur.

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400 stands ready to support Brooklyn properties with any size or type of flood damage cleanup needed. 

Should a Brooklyn Business Remain Open During Commercial Fire Damage Cleanup

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SERVPRO warehouse filled to the top with new equipment. A fire in your commercial building will be hazardous to all people. Call SERVPRO and let their IICRC certified technicians do the job for you.

SERVPRO Supports Local Brooklyn Business Properties With Any Size Commercial Fire Damage Cleanup Needed

In most cases, a business, particularly one open to the public, should not remain open during fire mitigation actions. This is because the air quality and airborne soot particulate can be irritant for some individuals. 

Some of the most common issues during commercial fire damage cleanup in Brooklyn properties include smoke residues, foul odors, and water damage. SERVPRO techs carefully scope the area to determine:

  • The full scale of the cleanup needed
  • Tag articles that are too charred for restoration and need removal
  • Test residues to ascertain the type of smoke damage on surfaces

Multiple threats exist post-fire that can cause harm to stock, computer equipment, and essential paperwork. SERVPRO technicians can store these items in an entire area on-site or securely outside of the work area. Whenever a pack-out situation arises, it gets done in a very organized manner, with each item moved documented as to its location, condition and included in a report. 

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn is available for commercial fire damage cleanup in Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400. The techs answer calls 24/7 and make the damage, "Like it never even happened."

Brooklyn Museum Offers Verbal Description Tour

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SERVPRO Equipment SERVPRO professionals are trained to handle every level of mold damage, Including the odors that come with it. Call us today, we are always available.

Learn About Life in the Caribbean Through Brooklyn Museums Works of Art

Brooklyn New York offers sports, educational, cultural, outdoor, and many other events every month. Many events at local museums and cultural venues are being offered online while the current health guidelines are in place.

The Brooklyn Museum offers virtual tours and events to members covering various areas and topics in the museum. Blind individuals are unable to visit the museum at this time, and the traditional online virtual tour of the museum can be frustrating. The museum has developed a unique solution. They offer a Verbal Description Tour specifically for blind individuals and those with limited or low vision abilities.

The details of the event are:

Date: Tuesday, Feb 16th, 2021

Time: 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Virtual: Zoom link to be provided once registration is completed.

Participants can enjoy detailed audio description tours about works of art. This tour's specific focus will explore life in the Caribbean via works of art in the museum's collection.

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn provides mold damage assistance to Brooklyn commercial buildings and surrounding areas. Call (718) 522-4400. Our SERVPRO teams are ready to respond 24/7 to help with all your mold damage needs.

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce New York Orientation Sessions

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Learn About Brooklyn’s Chamber of Commerce Activities and Benefits

The borough of Brooklyn, New York, is one of five that comprise New York City. The borough is New York's densest borough, with an estimated population of 2.6 million people. The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce plays a prime role in evolving the business culture of the borough. The Chamber offers four levels of membership aimed at large businesses, professionals, enterprises, and investors.

A membership meeting and orientation session are scheduled for existing members and new members who want to learn more about the Chamber's activities, services, and benefits. For business leaders joining the Chamber, these meetings are an excellent opportunity to select your business's membership level. Each membership level offers various services, including access to the online app, events, and more.

Date: Jan 27, 2021

Start Time: 9:00 AM

Location: Information provided once registered

Fee: Free

These meetings provide excellent opportunities to network, make new connections, and renew acquaintances with business leaders. There is a limitation of 100 spots for each session. Book online to reserve your seat.

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn provides fire damage assistance to Brooklyn residential and commercial buildings and surrounding areas. Call (718) 522-4400. Our SERVPRO teams are ready to respond 24/7 to help with all your fire damage needs.

Williamsburg Walking and Cycling Tours

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McCarren Park Williamsburg Outdoor Activities

The city of Williamsburg joined the city of Brooklyn in 1854, which in turn joined the city of New York in 1898, becoming one of five boroughs making up New York. Williamsburg remains a distinct neighborhood bordered by Greenpoint, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bushwick, East Williamsburg, and the East River. The population comprises a diverse mix of people representing Italians, Jewish, Hispanics, Poles, Puerto Ricans, and Dominicans.

The area was first settled in 1638 after the Dutch West India Company purchased the land from Native Americans. In 1664, the English captured the area and renamed the town from Boswijck to Bushwick. Initially settled by farmers and merchants, the village grew and changed names several times. The Town of Williamsburgh, spelled with an "h," was incorporated in 1827. Eventually, the town's name was shortened to Williamsburg in 1852. Williamsburg achieved significant development of industrial and economic growth. The Vanderbilt's, the Fisk's, the Pratt's, and the Pfizer's all played a significant role in the city's development. The Pratt Institute, Corning Glass Works, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals are just a few of the companies investing in the town.

Brooklyn joined New York as one of the five boroughs of the city in 1898, and the Williamsburg Bridge was built in 1903. Williamsburg quickly became the most densely populated area in New York City, facilitated by the new bridge with its residents commuting to Manhattan. Williamsburg has evolved over the years, becoming a highly diverse community. Rezoning in the 1990s has led to gentrification, investment, and conversion of the industrial regions into residential and commercial developments.

Williamsburg offers many venues and cultural experiences. A few of these are listed, and several reviewed in more detail.

Williamsburg Smorgasburg 

Local Walking and Bike Tours

Williamsburg Bridge

McCarren Park

MOFAD – Museum of Food and Drink

Nitehawk Cinema – Williamsburg

Brooklyn Flea Market

Brooklyn Zoo

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Robotic Church

Cobble Hill Tunnel

Williamsburg Smorgasburg – although on hiatus due to current health guidelines, this is a must-do when it reopens. Over 100 local vendors provide delicious, diverse meals to enjoy. As many as 30,000 people visit this outdoor event on weekends from April to October.

Local Walking and Bike Tours – there are many local walking and bike tours throughout Williamsburg and Brooklyn. Food, history, architecture, brewpubs, and cycling tours through some of the borough's diverse neighborhoods are all possible and enjoyable.

Williamsburg Bridge – designed initially to support horse and buggy traffic, the bridge now provides pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicle traffic from Williamsburg in Brooklyn over the East River to Manhattan. The bridge was built in 1903 with a bridge span of 1600 feet and a total length of 7308 feet. There are individual lanes for pedestrians and cyclists as well as vehicles. Pedestrians and cyclists are strongly encouraged to stay within their lanes to avoid collisions since cyclists tend to travel quickly, especially on the downhill portions. Many people enjoy the scenic views of the Manhattan skyline as they cross over the bridge. There are many exciting shops and restaurants at both ends of the bridge for everyone to enjoy after their crossing. Since it is such a long walk, always wear appropriate walking shoes to support tired feet.

McCarren Park – covers 35 acres supporting Williamsburg and Greenpoint communities. Locals enjoy many sports, organized and pickup games such as kickball, baseball, soccer, bocce, basketball, handball, tennis, and football. There are also playgrounds and the McCarren Park Pool and Play Center. Families enjoy local barbeques, fitness equipment, showers, and dog-friendly areas. There are even Wi-Fi hot spots to connect with and upload pictures and videos of family outings.

There are some restrictions in place following local health guidelines. Always check before heading to the park for the latest updates.

Museum of Food and Drink – MOFAD began with Dave Arnold's idea in 2005, who raised funds to fund a mobile museum in 2014 and later a studio and gallery space in Williamsburg, NY. MOFAD has sponsored a variety of exhibits, including:

BOOM – the puffing gun, making cereals for visitors to enjoy

Feasts and Festivals – featured talks, demos, and photos of annual festivities

Flavor – Making it and Faking it – reviewing natural vs. artificial food flavoring

Chow: Making the Chinese American Restaurant – following 170 years of history in America 

Cobble Hill Tunnel – Built-in 1844, it runs for 767 meters and is the oldest railway tunnel in North America. Tours were conducted through the tunnel from 1982 until 2010 by Robert Diamond until it was deemed unsafe by the DOT. The tunnel ran under Atlantic Ave in Brooklyn and was part of the Long Island Railroad.

SERVPRO of Williamsburg Technicians Highly Trained in all Aspects of Water Damage Restoration

Water damage from leaking pipes, broken appliances, or overflowing sinks can be extensive, especially if not noticed for a few hours. Water can seep across floors, into walls, and adjacent rooms, causing damage to your contents, the walls, and flooring materials.

Our SERVPRO teams respond in less than four hours from your call. We have built our company on a platform of trust, honesty, and integrity. Everyone has had a background check, even the owner. Our technicians are trained in every facet of restoration.

Williamsburg SERVPRO Water Damage Restoration Tips

There are actions homeowners and business owners can take to limit the amount of damage before our arrival. The most important tip to remember is avoiding slips and falls and electrocution if electrical circuits are involved. Here are a few more tips:

Turn the water off to the damaged pipe or appliance

Contact SERVPRO to request our help

Remove contents in line with migrating water

Take pictures and notes about the damage caused by the water

Mop up excess water and remove wet contents from the area

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn provides water damage restoration to Brooklyn residential and commercial buildings and surrounding areas. Call (718) 522-4400. Our SERVPRO team is ready to respond 24/7 to help with all your water damage restoration needs.

Get a Special Photo Session in Williamsburg Local Williamsburg Photographer Offering Photoshoots Going into 2021, a photoshoot with family, friends

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Outdoor photo shoot. Flood water extraction is no easy task. Call the professionals in SERVPRO for the service you need done correctly the first time.

Local Williamsburg Photographer Offering Photoshoots

Going into 2021, a photoshoot with family, friends, or your favorite furry roommates can be a fun activity.  Your Shoott photography session includes the following: 

  • 30-minute personal photoshoot
  • Date: Sun, Dec 27, 2020, at 9:00 AM
  • Place: Old Dock Street at the Dumbo Waterfront 

Many backdrops exist in this area, such as Jane's Carousel, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge, classic cobblestone streets, and vintage architecture. 

Participants get around 40 high-resolution photos to view in a week or less and pick only the ones they wish to purchase at the cost of $15 for each photograph. There is no obligation to buy any of the photos.

When local Williamsburg properties need flood water extraction, they call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400. The technicians have the skill and experience to handle any size of water damage to the structure and contents. 

Come To The LoM's Annual Holiday Party in Brooklyn

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

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Brooklyn Holiday Hang 2020 Is On

The Letter of Marque's fourth annual Holiday Hang happens virtually this year, but all are welcome to take part in this fun event. Much like previous years, this Hangout includes:

  • An evening of live improv performances
  • Karaoke with holiday tunes
  • Hanging out and chatting with other attendees

The Hang takes place using Gather, a free event platform that turns the attendees into the avatar of their choice to explore a custom loaded environment; the Winter Woods are waiting. The date to attend is Saturday, December 19th, 2020, at 7:30 PM EST. The Gather link is sent after the purchase of a $10 ticket. The tickets are per household, not per single attendee. 

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400 helps the local Brooklyn community perform restoration services in properties with fire damage. The techs use their advanced equipment and cleaning methods to save as much of the structure and possessions as possible and return properties to their previous condition.  

Brooklyn Residents Can Count on SERVPRO for Flooding Damage Cleanup

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Brooklyn Bridge at sunset. Storm damage happens in Brooklyn. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for the flood mitigation services needed.

SERVPRO Removes The Water Damage From Brooklyn Homes Quickly

Most people know Brooklyn has been a borough of New York City for over one hundred years; however, it was an established city long before that. The founding of what is now known as Brooklyn occurred in 1636 when Dutch farmers set up homes along Gowanus Bay's shores. The original name of the area was "Breuckelen" and in the late 1700s became the name we know the city as today. The motto is "Eendraght Maeckt Maght" and means “in unity; there is strength.” This saying got taken from early modern Dutch and aptly describes Brooklynites' attitude towards their borough. It is the most densely populated county in America and has more square miles of land than Manhattan. If it were still a city rather than a borough, it would be the fourth largest city in the United States. 

Importance To American Patriots In 1776 and 1812

An important battle during the Revolutionary War took place in Brooklyn, The Battle of Long Island. General Nathanael Green created Fort Putnam to protect General Washington and his men after the battle. During the War of 1812, the locals built an earthen fort to defend themselves. 

Notable Names From Brooklyn

A large number of famous people call Brooklyn home. Walt Whitman was the editor of the newspaper Brooklyn Daily Eagle in 1846 before becoming one of America's most well-known poets. Other celebs from this area are:

  • Mae West, actress and comedienne
  • Leonard Bernstein, conductor and composer
  • Barbra Streisand, singer
  • Michael Jordan, athlete 
  • Jerry Seinfeld, comedian, and actor

A large number of iconic products and brands terminated from Brooklyn. Notables include deep-fried Twinkies, the sweetener Sweet’N Low; the stuffed toy children have loved since 1903, teddy bears. Also, this borough saw the invention of 

  • The first roller coaster
  • Bank-backed credit cards
  • The Mr. PotatoHead Toy

Best Places to Visit in Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a gorgeous collection of plant life in an urban setting. The garden spans over 52 acres right in the heart of the borough. You might hear the term "DUMBO" frequently from Brooklynites, and it means Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. This has two sections: Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridges, and the other is across the East River. The DUMBO has views of the bridges and a vast number of food choices from vendors. The Brooklyn Museum is another must-see for both tourists and locals. This institution is one of the largest art museums in America and is considered one of the world's premier museums. One of the best ways to view the Brooklyn Bridge is from the East River Ferry. Locals use the ferry system to get from Point A to Point B, and tourists enjoy the skyline's view.

The Site of Some of New York's Worst Disasters

Brooklyn still is the location of the worst transit disaster in the state of New York. The Malbone Street Wreck occurred in 1918, and the street has since gotten renamed Empire Boulevard. The wreck happened because the driver of the five-car train took a hairpin turn traveling at around 30 to 40 MPH instead of the regulation six miles per hour. The train cars packed with rush-hour travelers slammed into a concrete partition, and the incident left 250 passengers injured with 100 fatalities. The third worst fire in United States history took place at Brooklyn's Our Thesbian Temple Theater. In December 1876, a packed theater with an estimated 1000 patrons caught on fire. Firefighters mistakenly thought the audience members escaped after the roof collapsed, only to find hundreds of people in the rubble the following day. 

Year-Round Weather in Brooklyn

Brooklyn has four distinct seasons. It gets a significant amount of rain yearly, with an average of 46 inches compared to the rest of the United States that averages around 38 inches of rain. Brooklynites experience the same amount of snow as the rest of the US, getting about 25-inches per year. Both the heavy rains and snowmelt can sometimes be responsible for flash floods that affect the property. Intense storms containing gusty winds are not an uncommon weather event. Also, tornadoes, hurricanes, and tropical storms affect the area occasionally. As far as sunshine goes, even with the larger than average rainfall amount, the borough gets 226 sunny days per year compared to 205 days elsewhere in the US. 

What Are Common Issues After Flooding Damage in Brooklyn Properties?

When flooding damage occurs in Brooklyn houses, there can be multiple problems affecting the structure and contents. SERVPRO technicians have comprehensive training to handle all water damage types, including the often massive destruction that floodwater can bring into a home. The faster the cleanup begins, the more potential for limiting the number of building materials and home contents lost to the water. The technicians frequently deal with: 

  • Removal of deteriorated sheetrock
  • Disposal of ruined carpet
  • Collection of wet insulation from inside wall cavities
  • Flood cuts to drywall interiors

When the floodwater in the home is groundwater, the losses to the property can be the greatest. SERVPRO techs need to disinfect the property because anything that absorbs this water takes on a host of potential contaminants, including pathogenic elements, bacteria, and chemicals. The techs have a host of proprietary cleaning agents, including antimicrobials, biocides, and other solutions to neutralize threats present in the water.

The high interior humidity conditions can create the perfect environment for mold spore germination and growth. The techs have the training to identify early warning signs of an infestation, and this SERVPRO location has a mold remediation license #00055 and a residential general contractor license #2015353DCA. Once the cleanup efforts complete, the technicians can move directly into the reconstruction and repair phase of the mitigation and rebuild walls, install carpet or restore the flooring to make it like new. 

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400 supports local residential and commercial properties with the cleanup of flooding damage saving residents the cost of replacement whenever possible. 

Safely Support Local Artists from Brooklyn and its Surroundings

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Bryant park winter village Enjoy the Magic of the Holiday Season at Bryant Park while SERVPRO works their magic on your mold damage leaving it “Like it never even happened.”

Visit the Holiday Shops at Bryant Park and Support Local Talent from Brooklyn and the Boroughs

The beauty of living in the Brooklyn area is that you can stay within the borough or venture out to Manhattan, depending on your mood. This holiday season, when many small businesses are pivoting following the health crisis, the Holiday Shops at Bryant Park provide an excellent opportunity to do a little shopping while supporting local talent. Recently configured to be mindful of safety recommendations, the Holiday Shops now offer more space for its vendors and patrons while maintaining its unique charm. As you plan your shopping escapade, keep in mind the following-

  • Shops are open from October 30th- January 3rd, 2021
  • Hours are posted and updated on Bryant Park’s website, but many vendors keep extended hours on holidays and late into the evening.
  • Face coverings are required at all times. Vendors and patrons are encouraged to keep safety top of mind when conducting business.

At SERVPRO of West Brooklyn, we also support our commercial partners by jumping into action whenever mold remediation is an issue. Give us a call at (718) 522-4400 and let us work to leave your business “Like it never even happened.”

Park Slope Residents Can Still Enjoy the Magic of the Holidays in NYC

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

New York Botanical Garden Come out and enjoy the beauty of The New York Botanical Garden this holiday season.

Travel from Park Slope to the New York Botanical Gardens for an Afternoon of Fun and Holiday Joy

Like other New York City neighborhoods, Park Slope has also had to adapt to a new normal. Families and friends are revisiting holiday traditions and deciding which are still viable and which need to standby until next year. The beauty of living in a diverse area, though, is that there’s never a lack of activity, and everyone is sure to find a new activity to explore.

The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx offers patrons an option to enjoy model-sized city landmarks made of natural materials as part of the Holiday Train Show. This unique construction, including the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge, is like no other in the world and will be on display from November 12th- January 31st, 2021. To comply with safety protocols throughout your visit, please remember the following as you plan-

  • Advanced tickets are necessary; no walk-in visitors allowed
  • Only Members, Patrons, Bronx Community Partners, and Corporate Members are allowed in this year’s exhibition.
  • Guest tickets are available for purchase with select membership levels
  • Strollers are welcome at the Garden, but not within the exhibition space

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn supports the greater NYC area just as we help our customers needing water mitigation services. As 2020 comes to an end, we invite you to keep us in mind and call us at (718) 522-4400 whenever you need our expert help. Our goal for your home is to leave it “Like it never even happened.”

Home Fires in Brooklyn Can Escalate Quickly and Leave Considerable Damage

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Techs and van Our SERVPRO technicians are ready at a moment's notice. Give us a call right away if your home has been affected by fire damage.

SERVPRO Helps Restore Homes with Fire Damage in Brooklyn 

New York City is arguably the most vibrant city in the world, and Brooklyn can rightfully claim its share of that fame. This famous borough is often portrayed in books, movies and is a must-see in tours of the City. Most may not realize that Brooklyn is in Kings County, the second-most densely populated in the United States of America. It also shares the honor of being named the most populated borough in New York City, sharing a border with Queens and boasting connections to Manhattan via tunnels and bridges. Its name honors Breukelen, a Dutch village. If Brooklyn was its own city, it would follow Los Angeles and Chicago in terms of population. Appropriate to its diversity, the borough’s motto is “Unity makes strength.”

Starting around the turn of the century, Brooklyn has become a preferred place to live, and the area has gentrified considerably. Although this process has brought up affordability concerns, it has also evolved into the home of start-up firms, artists, and entrepreneurs, as well as young families. Brooklyn is used to leading the charge in adapting to its residents’ needs, just as it did in the 1800s when it supported industries springing within its borders by creating services and utilities to meet the growing population.

Life in Brooklyn

From an economic perspective, Brooklyn adds considerable value to the financial landscape of New York, but its riches go above and beyond what can be expressed in currency. 

No other offering manifests the borough’s cultural wealth than its cuisine. The food culture in Brooklyn reflects the diversity of its population, and both residents and visitors can enjoy everything from Asian to African to Italian. The number of restaurants is astounding and would take a while to visit. However, Brooklyn is most famous for its pizza, hot dogs, cheesecake, and bagels. Unlike other pizzas, Brooklyn-style pizza is thin and crispy, with toppings extending to the pie's edge. Rumor has it that one of the hidden ingredients in the world-famous New York pizza is literally in the area’s water quality. Water is also identified as the key to making the best bagels. Regardless of what the secret is, people from all over crave these specialties.

Getting around in Brooklyn can be challenging due to many people moving around in its streets. Several groups, including Transportation Alternatives, have embarked on improving pedestrian and bike pathways and advocating for better public transportation and reduced vehicle traffic. About a dozen bridges connect Brooklyn to nearby locations, but the Brooklyn Bridge, built in 1883, is perhaps the most notable among tourists and residents. Not only does it offer a practical option to connect with Manhattan, but it also allows one to appreciate the City from a distance. Some landmarks you should expect to see include-

  • The bridge itself- make sure to explore historical markers and appreciate the suspension cables and towers holding it up. When you consider its age, the structure becomes even more impressive and a testament to Brooklyn’s progressive nature.
  • The Statue of Liberty- this famous monument can be viewed in all its splendor from the Brooklyn Bridge. Appreciating it from a distance reminds us once again of its importance and all this gift from France symbolizes.
  • Skyscrapers- as you walk from Brooklyn into Manhattan, you get to appreciate the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building, and the view really is spectacular, particularly if the sun is setting as you cross it.

If you have been reading up on Brooklyn, you may have noticed that the arts community is an integral part of it. In DUMBO (an acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), many galleries and artist spaces have flourished, and you can find works suitable for all tastes. 

Originally a ferry landing, the area’s warehouses, and industrial buildings became ideal for companies such as Etsy and West Elm to set up their headquarters, as well as artist lofts where creativity reigns. On any given day, galleries exhibit pieces by established artists as well as up-and-coming talent. Renovations and new construction have resulted in unique buildings, often commanding top dollar in real estate transactions, but many families have grown along with the City and whose traditions remain rooted in Brooklyn.

Whether you are curious about Brooklyn’s pizza, art, accent, or people, you will not be disappointed. New York City, and this borough, in particular, embody the very vision of the American Dream, and its confluence of cultures is evident block after block. Take a walk, ride a bike, or hop on a tour bus and venture out to explore.

Protecting Your Brooklyn Home in Case of Fire

The risk of a home fire is as prevalent in Brooklyn as it is in other communities. However, the high population density and some buildings' age may make your home more vulnerable to the consequences of smoke and fire, whether in your home or a neighboring unit. At SERVPRO, we pride ourselves on our ability to mobilize quickly and begin the restoration process as soon as we arrive. Our expert team knows the area well and understands the limitations natural to the different neighborhoods' pace and composition, and we work within those parameters.

When you find yourself in need, a call to our 24/7 hotline invites us to bring EPA-approved cleaning solutions, extractors, and specialized equipment to remove the debris left behind by the fire and extinguishing efforts. We also employ the necessary methods to remove the pervasive smell of smoke typical of fires of all sizes, and we explore your insulation and ventilation as an added precaution. Our team is a one-stop guide to the restoration process and the coordination with other relevant parties, including sub-contractors and insurance as needed.

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn is your friendly neighbor when disaster strikes. Call us at (718) 522-4400 and let us minimize disruptions to your daily life. Like you, we want to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Why Should the Pros Handle Basement Water Cleanup in Brooklyn?

10/31/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged home Call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400 to have a team sent to your property to assist with basement water damage.

SERVPRO Should Be Your First Call to Help with Water Damage – We Can Restore Your Brooklyn Basement to Pre-Loss Condition

No Brooklyn homeowner or property manager wants to see standing water in the basement. When it comes to home issues, water damage is high on the list because it spreads quickly and brings the potential for health effects should mold and mildew colonize. Rather than waiting, you can contact SERVPRO to facilitate water extraction, drying, and reconstruction. With our IICRC-certified water restoration technicians, we make it look, “Like it never even happened.”

Why Should SERVPRO Be My First Call?
We get in quickly to inspect the water damage to your Brooklyn basement. We take into careful consideration a variety of factors, including:

• Contaminants – The water within your basement could harbor various contaminants ranging from chemicals to sewage. We treat the area carefully to keep contamination from spreading as we work to remove water.
• Structural Issues – Without prompt water extraction and drying, significant damage can come to your walls, foundation, and the first floor above the basement.
• Difficult Spaces – Our skilled crew knows where to seek out potential areas where moisture may have traveled. We use our proven methods and tools to get into the ductwork, crawlspaces, and other tight areas otherwise tricky for homeowners to reach using DIY efforts alone.

We have access to equipment sufficient for handling water removal projects from small to large. Each of our trucks come filled with dehumidifiers and air movers that help us to facilitate drying to bring relative humidity back to normal levels. We ensure that all surface areas impacted by flooding in the basement get treated with EPA-registered antimicrobials to halt mold growth and the onset of musty odors.

Should your basement require controlled demolition, our franchise does it all – including general contracting, drywall removal, tile floor repair, and more. Residential Contractor License #: 2015353DCA.

Call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400 to have a team sent to your property to assist with basement water damage. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

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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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.

Does SERVPRO Provide Services for Areas Indirectly Impacted During Fire Damage Restoration of Brooklyn Apartments?

7/11/2020 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage Restoration in Brooklyn

During a fire, the smoke swirling out of any opened windows can illustrate how forcefully the smoke pushes away from the flames consuming an apartment in Brooklyn. Fire damage restoration experts from SERVPRO know that this same strength pushes smoke particles into areas that might seem completed unfazed. Smoke particles, as well as the smoke’s heat, can also damage areas far away from direct heat.

What Kind of Smoke and Fire Damage Might Happen to Unburnt Rooms?

In other areas, SERVPRO’s technicians work to clean away soot before it can cause permanent damage. Soot affects painted surfaces, metals, and wood. Both steam and smoke can leave oil-based paint surfaces bubbled, and affect wallpapers and trim in a similar manner.

    •    Other noticeable kinds of smoke and fire damage in Brooklyn leach odors into the air, namely from soot-saturated
    •    Carpeting and other absorbent flooring,
    •    Textured walls and other surfaces (brick, cork, acoustic tile, etc.),
    •    Tucked-away enclosures with hard-to-reach interior spaces.

How does SERVPRO Restore These Additional Areas to Pre-Fire Condition?

Our technicians use equipment designed to remove soot particles, oils, and the plethora of other chemicals produced when things inside your dwelling burn or with some synthetics, get too hot. With carpeting and other flooring, it is typical for these areas to become highly loaded with soot. This makes cleaning an intense activity.

Textured walls require brushing and vacuuming, followed by liquid cleansers in some cases. We use a hydrogen peroxide-based method on acoustic tiles that removes the soot from the tiniest crevices and pores. With enclosed areas, we generally refrain from opening these up and instead depend on powerful binding agents used during a deodorizing fogging session.

Staining can occur, making it cost-effective to replace materials. We discuss such situations with the customer prior to making any permanent changes or investing time into cleaning items that the property owner might instead prefer to eliminate and replace.

Call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn’s emergency contact number, (718) 522-4400, for reconstruction of your apartment or home after a fire. We can guide you with other services in addition to fire damage restoration and reconstruction.

What Are the Benefits of Professional Water Restoration in Brooklyn?

6/28/2020 (Permalink)

flooded room with blank frame hanging on the wall Don’t panic when facing water damage on your property. Contact team SERVPRO for effective water removal services.

There are many reasons why one might consider the experience and fast response of our SERVPRO team for their water-damaged Brooklyn apartment.

As independent as many Brooklyn property owners might be, many water loss incidents are too severe for them to address. It is easy to consider the possibility of facing even considerable water damage when you believe that surface water is the only concern. Unfortunately, water losses can happen from hundreds of sources in your apartment, many of which get out of control too quickly for DIY approaches.

Recovering your apartment when it is your responsibility to do so, should almost always fall into the hands of water restoration companies in Brooklyn like our SERVPRO team. Choosing a professional approach over attempting the restoration on your own ensures that you get the best possible care for your residence in a timely fashion. Water restoration itself embodies many phases, from the initial extraction and content management through thorough drying and cleaning of your apartment. It is much more than just removing standing water that you can see in your unit's damaged areas.

What Makes SERVPRO a Wise Choice for Recovery?

As a reputable restoration team in the borough that we serve here in New York City, we understand that we are among the many options that residents have when it comes to professional restoration. We offer many advantages to choosing our service when disaster strikes. The more that you know about us and the commitment we have to our customers, the more you can appreciate the links that we go to make water losses or any disaster "Like it never even happened." Some of the distinct advantages and benefits to choosing our professionals include:

  • Fast Response
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Experienced Technicians
  • Extensive Training
  • Cutting-Edge Equipment

No matter why you need professional restoration services, our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn team can help when you call (718) 522-4400.

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We Had a Water Emergency, Why Should I Call SERVPRO?

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Water Damage Restoration Brings Your Brooklyn Home Back to Pre-Loss Condition, and SERVPRO is Faster To Any Size Disaster! 

A water loss incident often brings significant property damage. Some of the problems may be slight, which includes staining on the walls or ceilings. However, any moisture that has the chance to accumulate enhances potential structure damage or the onset of mold. If you have moisture or leaking that puts water behind baseboards and walls, you are dealing with a hidden threat, which is why it is best to call our skilled technicians at SERVPRO to handle the water emergency that you have in your Brooklyn home. 

Why is Moisture Detection so Important?

The longer that moisture lingers anywhere in your home, the more secondary damage can develop. When you need water damage restoration in Brooklyn, our team of trained water restoration technicians (WRT) arrives quickly to get started on water removal. We have a broad range of advanced equipment and moisture detection tools to facilitate cleanup. Failing to address all areas of moisture can cause harm to building materials or further into your structural elements. 

Why is it Important to Follow Where the Water Went? 

Once water infiltrates your home, regardless of the cause, it migrates from areas of saturation into dry areas. Drywall and other building materials like wood are porous. What this means is that they attract and hold onto a substantial amount of water. This water retention brings on issues like warping, swelling, and eventual breakdown. There is also the potential for mold infestation should moisture be left to linger for too long. Our team uses specialized moisture detection tools to monitor the walls carefully and floors in your home to tell us whether or not drying is working effectively. 

What Drying and Moisture Detection Tools Do You Use? 

SERVPRO brings a vast assortment of tools and advanced technology to each Brooklyn water damage restoration project. All of them work in unison to pull up water and look for hidden moisture and speed up drying times. Our attention to detail helps us lessen water damage under your carpets or flooring and behind the walls and baseboards throughout the water loss zone. This level of planning and a unique formula we use tells us just what equipment and how many units are necessary to get the best results. 

Some of the devices that we use for detecting and monitoring moisture include: 

  • Moisture meters, such as non-penetrating and penetrating moisture meters, determine the moisture content in certain materials, which tells our team when your structure is dry.
  • Moisture sensors tell us just how much moisture remains in soft materials, much like your carpets and carpet padding.
  • Thermo-Hygrometers help to measure the temperature and the relative humidity in the air. 

Why Are Your Methods Better Than DIY? 

Even if you have a relatively powerful wet-dry vacuum to try lifting water from floors, you do not have the professional-grade equipment that brings faster results. More substantial jobs and moisture detection call for the help of skilled technicians. All of our water restoration professionals have training following the standards set forth by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Some of the different tools that we use to execute prompt, reliable water removal includes: 

  • Portable and submersible pumps often used as go-to equipment for a variety of standard jobs
  • Truck-mounted extractors are suitable for removing hundreds to thousands of gallons of water, even if it contains debris
  • Rovers, or ride-on units, that work by using the operator's weight to push down carpeting, pulling up moisture 

Will a Lot of My Belongings Get Discarded? 

SERVPRO technicians work diligently to salvage water damaged belongings whenever possible. In some cases, we provide pack-out services to bring items off-site for further restoration efforts. Everything that is moved or discarded gets logged for your information and added to your insurance claim. 

When some building materials get saturated to the point that they are no longer salvageable, our team performs what is known as controlled demolition. We perform strategically placed cuts to remove damaged sheetrock and remove the baseboards, which allows us the chance to put air movers into place, which boosts airflow for efficient drying. All materials removed during controlled demolition get replaced with new materials to make it, "Like it never even happened." 

To wrap up your water damage restoration project, our team tests areas for moisture and then implements cleaning and disinfection measures using EPA-registered products. Everything is sanitized and back to normal so that you and your family can resume your daily routine. 

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn is available for 24/7 emergency service. To have a crew assigned to your water damage restoration project, give us a call at (718) 522-4400.

What Should I Do After a Fire?

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Home on Fire Northwest Brooklyn Experienced a Fire? Call SERVPRO Today!

Bring in SERVPRO to Clean and Restore Your Brooklyn Home After a Fire Loss

Even if the damage got contained to a single area in your home, seeing it for the first time after a fire has occurred can feel overwhelming for what to do first. The longer the mitigation efforts get delayed has the potential to increase the loss. That is why it is vital to engage a professional restoration services company as soon as possible after a residential Brooklyn fire loss. 

Can I Stay in My House After Fire Damage?

Before we talk about what you should do, let's cover what you should not do after fire damage in your Brooklyn home. Deciding whether or not to remain within the property is something you should talk over with the firefighters at the scene. They can tell you if the structure or nature of the fire loss is okay to be around or not. In many cases, it is not safe to remain around charred items as soot has to potential to be a skin and respiratory irritant. Other considerations include:

  • The utilities in your home should not get turned on unless deemed safe by a certified professional
  • Do not clean any smoke residues yourself as it can result in greater damages
  • If electrical equipment received damage, do not turn it on to test it
  • Do not attempt to enter a property deemed structurally unsafe to retrieve valuables or important documents 

Actions You Should Take Post-House Fire 

There are many proactive things that homeowners can do after a fire before SERVPRO technicians arrive on-site to begin the cleanup and restoration process.

  • Contact family members or friends if you need a place to stay after the fire. Then contact your insurance agent to start the claims process and SERVPRO to begin the mitigation efforts for the property and contents
  • If your pets cannot stay with you, see if they can stay with a trusted family member or friend until your property gets restored.
  • Within 24 hours of the occurrence of the fire, contact your utility companies to turn off the services to your home
  • Have the post office hold or forward your mail 

What Can SERVPRO Do for Local Property Owners After a Fire? 

Once the technicians arrive on the site, homeowners can tell the crew chief any valuable items, keepsakes, or important papers that they need to get out of the home. During the cleanup, the techs will:

  • Photograph and document the fire loss items for insurance purposes
  • Secure the property if necessary, to keep unauthorized individuals out of it
  • Clean and restore both structure and contents with smoke damage

With their general contractor license #2015353DCA, the techs can handle not only the mitigation of the fire loss in the home but also any repairs or reconstruction that needs to occur for a full resolution of the damage. Since mold can sometimes rear its ugly head during the cleanup process, the techs hold certification in mold remediation: #00055, and know the early warning signs of an infestation and know how to halt it before it starts.

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn has advanced equipment and state-of-the-art restoration methods to bring your home from a state of fire damage to its preloss condition. The certified technicians are available 24/7 at (718) 522-4400.

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Is My Brooklyn Home a Lost Cause After the Fire?

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Burnt mansion interior after fire Call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400 to deploy a crew as soon as possible to help with fire damage.

The SERVPRO Crew in Brooklyn Addresses Fire Damage Promptly to Ensure Your Home is Back to Pre-Loss Condition

The path of destruction that fire leaves behind can be overwhelming, but that does not mean that it is impossible to clean up. When you have a team like SERVPRO on your side, you can rest assured that your property is in excellent hands. You can count on us to take the time to assess your interior and belongings while also ensuring that all structural elements are entirely safe. We are also available in Brooklyn 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for all of your emergency restoration needs.

What Happens with Restoration?

Our IICRC-certified technicians specialize in fire damage in Brooklyn, which means that your home is in excellent hands. The crew chief assesses the fire loss zone, taking note of the damage and inspecting structural elements to ensure safety. From there, the crew puts together a plan of action detailing all of the steps, tools, equipment, and method best suited for the job.

Can All of These Soot Stains Be Removed?

Smoke particles and soot residue can be challenging due to the complicated chemical composition. The removal methods that we use depend on the types of materials burned in the fire. During soot and smoke residue removal, our team will:

    •    Utilize chemical-based or lubricative cleaning agents that allow us to cut through the stubborn residue.
    •    Perform controlled demolition to remove any unsalvageable materials to have them replaced with brand-new materials.
    •    Use abrasives on any patches of tough soot and grime – as long as the surface areas can withstand it.

The goal is to make your interior like-new once again after the fire, which means that we take the necessary steps for total odor removal. We ensure that your interior is free from reminders of fire with the help of sealant paints, air scrubbers, hydroxyl generators, and thermal fogging machines.

Call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400 to deploy a crew as soon as possible to help with fire damage.

What are Signs of Mold Growth in a Bathroom?

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

esporta washing system, black drum Moldy clothes or belongings in your Brooklyn flat? Call SERVPRO for remediation using advanced equipment

SERVPRO has extensive training to handle any type or size of mold remediation in Brooklyn homes

One thing to remember about mold growth is that it will not stop until the conditions allowing it to flourish in a home get eradicated. Only then will remediation efforts work to halt any further mold colony spread or growth. It is vital not to rely on DIY methods and engage a professional company. Signs that you may have a mold issue in your Brooklyn bathroom include:

  • A musty odor that is persistent
  • Visible signs of mold growth
  • Delamination of tiles or wallpaper
  • Damp conditions that do not diminish due to poor ventilation

Can Tile With Mold Damage Get Reused After Cleaning?

When SERVPRO techs handle mold damage remediation in Brooklyn properties, their goal is to save as much of the structure as possible. Porous items such as sheetrock and fabrics may require disposal if there is no way to return them to a sanitary standard for reuse. However, if the fabrics and clothing can be washed and disinfected in an Esporta washing system, these can be restored.

Not only do the technicians remove the items that got ruined by the mold infestation, but they also scope the property to discover the reason for it. Frequently seen reasons for this type of issue in a bathroom are unseen leaks behind a wall or poor exhaust ventilation trapping the moist air from showers or baths in the bathroom. In the case of common walls in apartments and condos, the water source should be inspected and fixed. If any building materials require removal and disposal, the technicians can offer any needed repairs or complete reconstruction with their general contractor license #2015353DCA.

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400 is certified to handle mold damage remediation as indicated by our New York State license #00055 in local properties and can determine the reason for the infestation and necessary repairs to help prevent reoccurrences.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

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Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Brooklyn, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn today at (718) 522-4400 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

What is the Fastest Way to Remove Water from My Brooklyn Office?

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

inside view of office space. Several workstations with desks and chairs SERVPRO is always on call to remediate your water loss event.

With a fast response, our SERVPRO professionals can extract and dry damaged office buildings quickly. 

Water losses can occur from hundreds of different points in your office building, from a leaking fixture in the bathroom near the main floor of the office to a ruptured water heater in a utility closet beside the breakroom. Addressing any of these situations requires a fast and confident response like you can expect from our SERVPRO professionals when disasters strike. It is critical for your business to overcome standing water and dampness concerns immediately to limit or eliminate time with your doors closed to your Brooklyn clients and customers. 

Beyond your employees, the most substantial investment that your business makes is the equipment and furniture of the structure, which makes water removal for Brooklyn buildings an essential mitigation service. The first steps that you take in these situations can determine the challenge of later restoration and recovery. 

What Should I Do When I Notice a Water Loss?  

Water losses might not be entirely avoidable, so you need to know what to do when you notice that a problem has occurred and continues to threaten the building. This immediate action can help better to protect some of the building's potentially compromised areas and can reduce irreparable damage to essential contents and equipment. Some of the initial steps that you can take in the earliest stages of water loss include: 

  • Move Important Documentation – One of the most critical steps that your staff can take when water loss first begins is to gather sensitive documentation and records and move them to a safe location. Migrating water can be a destructive force for these hard copies. 
  • Notify Our Restoration Professionals – Getting restoration professionals like our SERVPRO team moving on your disaster is also an essential initial step to take. We have staffed emergency lines running 24/7, so you can talk to a real person about the situation and pass helpful information along to our mobilizing technicians.  
  • Stay Out of the Damaged Space – Once water losses have spread into the main areas of the building, it is wise to keep yourself and your staff out of these areas altogether. Not only does excessive foot traffic make restoration more challenging, but with worsening water damage, these individuals could face potential health hazards like shock or slips.  

Are There Ways to Dry Damaged Documents and Records?  

Our professionals understand that hard copies of client records and sensitive information cannot get easily replaced once it becomes water damaged. Not only is this a challenge to replace, but customers get the impression that you are not as careful with their information as you should be. We have freeze-drying capabilities that can help when documents experience water damage. We can offer this drying on-site to ensure that you always have access and oversight of your client's information. 

What Extraction Tools Work Best for Offices?  

Extraction is one of the essential elements of water restoration in Brooklyn when standing water becomes a threat. Surface pooling can happen quickly, mainly when plumbing breaches or appliance malfunctions occur. Several extraction devices can help prepare the area for efficient drying techniques to come from the tiled floors of your breakroom to the short pile carpeting in the office spaces. These include: 

  • Carpet Wands
  • Wet Vacuums
  • Submersible Pumps 

Can Water Losses Get Prevented Moving Forward?  

It might be challenging to know how water losses occurred in every situation. In some cases, you have a pipe that can burst from exposure to a cold snap temperature drop or that succumbs to the scaling and buildup that can often happen in older ductile iron, copper, or lead pipes. Preventing losses moving forward involves taking an active stance on addressing current conditions with efforts like: 

  • Risk Assessment – You cannot know the full extent of the trouble that you face without assessing the situation thoroughly. Risk assessment is much like job scoping in that you get a look at other potential problem areas that might also lead to water losses in the future. 
  • Reconstruction - There are many situations where replacing materials and plumbing systems might be the most effective way to prevent possible recurrences. 
  • Repairs – In many situations, replacing portions of plumbing or repairing fixtures from the bathrooms or breakrooms can eliminate leaks and improve the aesthetic appeal of these areas simultaneously. With a team of licensed in-house contractors, we can perform these repairs and reconstruction needs following the mitigation steps. 

When your office suffers a water loss incident, you need a fast and reliable response from professionals that know what to do. You can depend on our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn team to help however you need. Contact us today at (718) 522-4400.

Do Professional Extraction Tools Work Better Than Traditional Water Removal?

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment on the floor of a room. SERVPRO has the tools that you need Brooklyn.

Drying Up Your Brooklyn Apartment Involves Many Sophisticated and Powerful Tools in Our Extraction Equipment Inventory. 

There is a distinct difference between professional extraction and drying and what you might be able to do on your own in the apartment after a disaster. As much as DIY cleanup can seemingly save money, it is not always as cost-effective as it might seem.

In terms of water removal for Brooklyn homes and apartments alone, our SERVPRO professionals can utilize dozens of different extraction and drying tools to get the job done. The choices between these pieces of equipment vary depending on the circumstances, the area where the damage occurs, and the types of materials that have gotten involved.

When Is the Damage Bad Enough to Need Professionals? 

It is important to note that water loss emergencies are rarely mild enough to not require some form of intervention and work by our experienced technicians. Some conditions that could encourage a prompt securing of our SERVPRO team are:

  • Standing Water – Pooling water in a damaged area can be destructive to many of the materials. Wood and sheetrock exposed to standing water can quickly absorb this water and allow for a much more rapid deterioration of the construction element. 

  • Migrating Water – You might not always know how widespread water loss effects can be, but if water has moved beyond the surface of materials, you need the sophisticated tools of our team to identify moisture pockets and dampness beyond what the eye can see. 
  • Hidden Damages – In the same way that water can migrate throughout your apartment, damages can exist and persist out of sight without discovery tools and positive pressure drying systems getting used. 

What Extraction Tools Work Best? 

We have many efficient extraction tools, including: 

With the open layout of many area apartments, your unit can become quickly compromised by a substantial loss. Give our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn team a call today at (718) 522-4400 to help.

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What Are Common Hazards If My House Floods During Spring Rainstorms?

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

Drywall and flooring removed in a room with SERVPRO equipment on the floor. SERVPRO knows storms can take over, let us help you.

SERVPRO Crews Know How to Protect Our Brooklyn Neighbors from Flood Damage Safety Risks

Spring brings the best chance for heavy rains in our borough, with April averaging nearly four inches of precipitation. If rains cause flooding, the range of potential safety issues presented is broad. Merely waiting for the excess water to drain and dry out is not an option. You need experts to identify and help minimize hazards before restoring the damage.

Why Is Identifying Safety Concerns Our First Step?

When flash floods damage your Brooklyn residence, we know you are hoping for an immediate response. Restoration industry best practices require a safety evaluation before emergency mitigation begins. The reasons to consider safety first include:

Personal Hazards

  • Slip, trip, and fall
  • Confined spaces
  • Chemical safety issues

Environmental Hazards

  • Submerged debris
  • Structural damage and weakness
  • Electrical shock


  • Waterborne chemicals
  • Infectious waste from sewage 
  • Molds

Aren’t the Risks the Same for Every Flood?

Every job SERVPRO takes on is unique. The systems and building materials we find in your home are different than what we encountered during our last job. Chances are lack of knowledge of specific circumstances about your home can expose your family and our workers to injury or worse.

Do Our Crews Follow a Flood Safety Checklist?

The comprehensive training our crews master recommends we identify and remedy the following specifics as we evaluate the condition of your flooded home:

Are warning signs for slippery surfaces posted? 

Are carpet tack strips exposed?

We cover to avoid punctures.

Are ceilings sagging? 

We punch weep holes to release water.

Are electrical issues resolved?

  • We avoid switching on wet equipment.
  • We check for and do not use damaged cords. 
  • We zip tie cords.
  • We use ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI).

Are there mold, lead, or asbestos concerns?

We arrange for certified abatement.

Is the water Category 2 or 3?

We contain and discard per local regulations.

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn is ready to assess your flooded home, identifying hazards, and taking steps to prevent injury. Call us at (718) 522-4400 to begin the restoration process safely.

Contractor Licenses:

Residential: 2015353DCA

Mold Remediation: 00055

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How Do I Clear Water from My Brooklyn Heights Hair Salon?

4/18/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged property No matter how destructive water loss incidents might appear, our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn team can help you get the situation under control.

Our Professionals Can Get Your Doors Back Open Quickly with Effective Extraction, Drying, and Repair Approaches

Water losses might vary in their cause and origin, but their effect on your hair salon can be universal with almost any other business. Disasters threaten your ability to serve your customers and cause damage to your building that exceeds your cleaning or restoration abilities. Our SERVPRO professionals have helped many businesses to get their doors back open again after a water loss incident, and we can help yours too.

From the pressing content damage to a need for water removal in your Brooklyn Heights hair salon, cleaning up the mess is a vital step in the right direction. Our technicians have a wide variety of powerful tools and technologies that can work towards managing the loss as quickly as possible. The faster that our team can mitigate the damage, the sooner we can get the salon cleaned up and ready for your loyal clients to return.

Is Professional Extraction Faster?
It is a common misconception that DIY restoration approaches are as effective as professional ones. Especially when you consider efforts like extraction and drying, the equipment available to even a knowledgeable property owner pales in comparison to the industry-leading tools in our inventory. When you consider hard flooring materials like the ceramic tile and laminated wood throughout your main open floorplan, we have multiple available tools already stocked in our READY trailers and production vehicles to help like:

    •    Submersible Pumps
    •    Wet Vacuums
    •    Squeegee Wands

Extraction is one of the most vital efforts in our mitigation process, as removing standing water can remove much of the pressing threat for the exposed materials and contents in the central area of your shop. Powerful extraction equipment like our submersible pumps can keep water from getting high enough to damage your mounted swiveling chairs and wooden shelving and stations for individual stylists working for your salon.

Is the Floor Damaged Beneath the Surface?
One of the things that you cannot tell with a visual inspection of the damage is how widespread water loss effects have become. The migration of water can be one of the most significant hazards of these disasters, as threats can continue out of sight to facilitate mold and mildew growth, or spread and allow the deterioration of structural supports and subflooring beneath otherwise stable looking surface materials. Identifying moisture pockets and the path of migrating water involves sophisticated tools and intricate drying equipment when these damp points get discovered.

Moisture Detection Tools
We have multiple moisture detection tools that can help our SERVPRO technicians to identify moisture pockets beneath the surface material like tile. Probing meters are the most effective for this approach, though surface meters and thermal imagery also have their place in moisture identification.

Floor Mat System
If moisture pockets get recognized underneath the hard flooring materials in your salon, it is vital to get the water removed as soon as possible. Floor drying mats can be a useful tool for this task, as they provide a steady draw of moisture that can get readily monitored to prevent over-drying the affected areas.

How Long Does Drying Usually Take?
Because no two drying or restoration projects are exactly alike, it is impossible to say with certainty how long drying takes, as many variables could impact these results. We continually modify our drying approaches, equipment, and layout of these machines to maximize drying production.

High-Velocity Air Movers
At the center of all drying efforts by our technicians are the air movers. These tools continually manipulate airflow to increase evaporation. Evaporative drying is the centerpiece of every water recovery project we undertake.

Moisture Monitoring
By monitoring the progress of our drying tasks, we can identify what elements need to get manipulated more to increase our output. For example, this monitoring might indicate that centrifugal air movers should get moved to new locations or that there are not enough dehumidifiers to meet the rising moisture content.

Drying Sciences
Our experienced professionals have a working knowledge of practical drying sciences and how these factors can speed up or slow the drying process. Airflow, humidity, and temperature all must blend harmoniously to meet an efficient moisture removal result.

Does SERVPRO Clean After Drying My Shop?
Cleaning after a loss incident is one of the final ways that we can work to make loss incidents “Like it never even happened.” We can wipe down surfaces and clean flooring with products like thymol oil to improve their sheen and appearance before you reopen your doors to your patrons.

No matter how destructive water loss incidents might appear, our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn team can help you get the situation under control. It is our business to get you back in business, and you can reach our team 24/7 by calling (718) 522-4400.

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We Put The Flames Of Worry Out in Brooklyn After A Fire

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

A stovetop covered in soot and smoke damage after a fire We arrived right away and began restoration in this kitchen after a fire started on the stovetop. Call us right away, we are available 24/7.

How Do I Get Rid of Smoke Odors in My Brooklyn Apartment?

SERVPRO Has Advanced Tools for Odor Removal After Housefires  

Fires in your Brooklyn apartment or house can leave you unsettled and uncomfortable, even if the conditions were not destructive enough to force relocation. While actions like ventilation and masking odors can help temporarily, the only effective odor response after a fire is advanced deodorization practices like hydroxyl generators.

Hydroxyl machines are a practical approach to address fire damage to Brooklyn residences. Utilizing the same chemical reactions that help to clean our atmosphere, hydroxyl machines harness UV spectrums to react with water molecules in the air to reduce hazardous particles circulating and to neutralize odors. The machine works to do even more for your property after a fire because it also features an onboard HEPA filter to remove fire damaged particulates even more.

What are deodorization options for my home after a fire? 

  • Thermal fogging
  • ULV fogging
  • Ozone generators
  • Hydroxyl machines
  • Air scrubbers

Odors can be one of the most dramatic obstacles after a fire, but our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn team can help. Give us a call at (718) 522-4400.

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How to Sanitize Sewage Leaks In Brooklyn

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO team member wearing personal protective gear Toilet overflows happen and bring bacteria into your home. We have the equipment to clean and disinfect your home.

Mitigating Water Damage in a Brooklyn Home 

Water damage is a frustrating concern for many New York homeowners, mainly because it can occur with little to no warning in hard-to-reach places in the home. Non-weather water damage claims now cost over $6,700 on average, and losses exceeding $500,000 have doubled since 2016. Without fast action, water can quickly create thriving environments for mold and microbes that can cause health effects.  

If your Brooklyn residence requires water damage cleanup, SERVPRO restoration technicians are always available to restore your home to a preloss condition. These Institute of Inspection Cleanup and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified pros receive extensive education on how to maintain the standards necessary for homes to be clean and safe after water-related disasters. Your local SERVPRO is also licensed to offer mold remediation (#00055) and residential contracting services (#2015353DCA), so you get an all-in-one home restoration package.  

Risks Posed by a Toilet Overflow

  • Contamination of porous materials. Even clean toilets can harbor E. coli and other harmful bacteria. The moisture exposure alone creates an environment that allows for mold growth in as little as 48 hours. Carpeting, fabrics, and rugs in the vicinity may require disposal, depending on the duration of exposure.  
  • Foul odors.Microbes and bacteria create unpleasant odors, particularly in porous surfaces and natural materials. Wet, musty odors from water damage are noticeable in as little as a few hours after initial exposure.  
  • Structural damage. Wet floors must be cleaned and dried quickly to minimize risk to the subflooring beneath.  

SERVPRO's Sanitizing Solutions 

Because of the risks posed by bacteria even in clean toilets, SERVPRO technicians are careful to thoroughly disinfect water-damaged areas of your home, including walls and floors. Light soiling on carpet may only require a hot water treatment or shampooing. Ceramic tile flooring in the bathroom, meanwhile, can be addressed with careful drying and application of antimicrobials. The tile itself is non-porous, but the grout can take on water. If there is discoloration on the grout, technicians can use specialized cleaners to address the issue.  

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn has the tools and techniques necessary to ensure that your home looks, "Like it never even happened." Call (718) 522-4400 for disaster mitigation that can start in as little as four hours. 

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Brooklyn Properties, Winter Roof Damage from Snow Storms, and a SERVPRO Solution

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged ceiling, hanging debris Flooded Attic in Brooklyn from a Snow Storm Melt Can Be Damaging--SERVPRO Can Help!

Can Ice Dams Flood Your Brooklyn Home?

During the winter months, your Brooklyn home could contend with several threats after sharp temperature drops and snowfall that can compromise the integrity and defense of your roof. Understanding these risks can help you to identify potential problems as they happen, but might not always be noticeable concerns until the damage has occurred. Ice damming is a threatening circumstance of the winter months, though many homeowners remain unclear as to how it happens and the damage it can do.

Flood damage from ice dams on Brooklyn homes is more common than many might think and is a situation that our storm response and flood recovery team have worked to restore for many properties. Ice dams form when uneven insulation under the roof exists, and warm patches can affect snowfall on the roof by warming up and melting some of the snow. With temperatures still below freezing outside, melting snow can refreeze along the edges of the roof and eaves, forming a barrier that continually grows more prominent and more threatening to the roof.

As this ice formation continues to grow and move up the roof, it can break off shingles and leave portions of the roof exposed to water penetration. What begins as a saturation of the roof underlayment can quickly develop into a steady leak or complete structural breach depending on the severity of the saturation points. Once underlying plywood becomes more than twenty percent saturated, dry rotting can occur, which allows for structural failures and flooding.

Our SERVPRO team must address these concerns as both the structural repair and the drying and restoration needed. Our in-house contractors can work to tarp over damaged portions of the roof until the technicians of our team have dried and restored exposed interior materials and contents. Between the air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers ideal for high humidity, we can minimalize moisture concerns to prepare the property for the roof repair necessary to make this loss “Like it never even happened.”

Ice dams can become a pressing concern for homeowners and a situation that presents flooding scenarios that must get addressed immediately. Our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn professionals are ready 24/7 to help with your storm and flood loss disasters. Give us a call today at (929) 242-8662.

Brooklyn Properties and SERVPRO Completes the Fire Damage Restoration and Odor Control

2/22/2020 (Permalink)

a box hydroxyl generator glowing blue Odor Removal after a Fire in a Brooklyn Brownstone or Structure Should Be Done By SERVPRO

DIY Fire Cleanup Leaves Strong Smoke Odors in Brooklyn Brownstone

When homeowners in Brooklyn do self-cleanup of fire damage, it is not uncommon for the smoke odor to remain in the house. The reasons are many, including the fact odorous soot particles can exist smaller than the human eye can see them, and incorrect cleaning methods can drive soot deeper into surfaces.

Smoke odor removal in a Brooklyn brownstone is a multi-layered process. The more time that passes after the initial fire loss event in the home means more cross-contamination throughout the structure.

Scoping the Scale of Odor Control Needed
SERVPRO techs need to determine the area of odor to choose the best treatment. Protein fires can leave behind pungent odors that leave a sticky, transparent film requiring removal from surfaces.

Types of Treatment for Smoke Smells
The neutralization of odors after a fire is one that the SERVPRO techs take a multi-level approach towards treating. Using various cleaning solutions to release the grip smoke may have on surfaces missed in previous DIY cleaning attempts helps lessen the smell. Specific equipment for smoke odor removal includes both hydroxyl generators and thermal fogging.

Thermal fogging uses a solvent heated to the point it becomes a thick fog that behaves like smoke and is particularly useful for removing smoke odors from textiles and porous items. It is not safe for people, pets, or plants to remain in the home during this type of treatment. For safety, the most reliable odor treatment uses the hydroxyl generator. This machine emits ultraviolet rays just like the Sun and eradicates airborne soot molecules by chemically combining with them.

Air Duct Inspection and Cleaning
Mainly after DIY fire loss cleanup, the HVAC is the number one way soot gets spread throughout the home via the ductwork. The techs can inspect and clean the ductwork throughout the house to ensure that there are no reminders of the fire remaining in the property. With common walls in many brownstones, considerations for your neighbors also comes into play.

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400 stands ready to assist local homeowners with the removal of smoke odors from their residential properties through their professional methods and make the fire loss, "Like it never even happened."

Flood Damage In Your Brooklyn Residence

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

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Restoring a Brooklyn Residence after Flood Damage

New York residents face unique challenges when it comes to flooding, especially those living in cities. The tightly-packed residences mean that there are fewer options for landscaping and other flood prevention methods that may require more space. However, there is a team that can save your living space after flooding occurs.

If your Brooklyn home has suffered flood damage, certified SERVPRO technicians are ready to assist you with cutting-edge technologies and science-based protocols to restore your dwelling to a preloss condition. SERVPRO franchises span all over the United States and Canada with over 1,700 locations, meaning there is always a team positioned to aid community members who need fast relief after unexpected disasters. This SERVPRO is also licensed for residential contracting purposes (#2015353DCA) and mold remediation (#00055).

Safety Tips for Home Floods
    •    Move ice and snow before it melts. Is there ice or snow near your home? As winter gets closer to spring, make sure to remove this. Melting ice and snow can seep into your home and exacerbate damage from flooding or storms.
    •    Test any drainage methods you have. If your basement has a sump pump, make sure it works in the event of a flood.
    •    Stock up on sandbags. Sandbags, waterproof paint, and weatherstripping can all aid in minimizing the effects of floodwaters in your residence.
    •    Consult a home inspector. If you are concerned about your home's flood risk but are not sure what warning signs to look for, consult a professional who does know and can educate you on flood prevention that would work for your unique home.

SERVPRO's Dedication to Sanitation
One of the essential aspects of flood damage prevention is disinfection. This is why SERVPRO technicians use EPA-registered, OSHA-approved antimicrobial cleaning solutions to combat stains and residues left behind by flooding and prevent the spread of microbes in your residence.

If your basement has been affected by flooding, tile flooring and cement floors can often be successfully cleaned and restored. Ceramic tiles are generally not damaged by floodwaters. Grout and adhesives affected by floodwaters, however, can lose their effectiveness after enough saturation.

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn serves homeowners by being Faster to Any Size Disaster. For prompt disaster cleanup services, you can call (718) 522-4400.

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Removing Flood Damage In Your Brooklyn Property

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

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Removing Flooring Flood Damage in a Brooklyn Beauty Supply

According to the NFIP, businesses comprise only 5% of flood policies as of August 2019. While it could be tempting to cut costs, losses incurred by flooding can lead to more than just long-term damaged structures. Without professional mitigation, local businesses can lose significant amounts of revenue.

If your Brooklyn business has suffered flood damage, IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians are available to help you 24/7. Disasters do not occur during regular business hours, so this team strives to help small business owners restore structures and get back to business as usual. Your local SERVPRO is actively involved with beneficial organizations like The Lion's Club, the American Red Cross, and many other drives and charities that seek to improve the community.

Assembling a Small Business Disaster Supply Kit
    •    Pack battery-powered essentials such as flashlights and radios to monitor disasters and navigate more safely.  
    •    Keep a stock of non-perishable foods, including canned goods and calorie- and nutrient-dense granola and energy bars, as well as disposable utensils and a manual can opener.
    •    Make sure there is a gallon of water per person per day in your kit.
    •    Mylar blankets are another must-have in the event of the flooding-related disaster at your business.
    •    Personal hygiene items and first-aid materials are a must-have in your disaster supply kit. Be sure to have garbage bags handy to dispose of trash and maximize sanitation.

Keep emergency numbers and procedures available throughout your facilities, and go over evacuation routes and procedures with your employees to maximize safety for both your staff and customers. If you have special needs employees or clients, include special accommodations for them in your planning.

How SERVPRO Restores Businesses
If you have over 2 inches of standing water in your business, technicians can deploy submersible pumps to suck up water fast. Technicians can then use extraction wands to remove moisture in surfaces and wall cavities and prepare the space for disinfection and drying. Carpet and pad need to be removed from the facility to maximize safety.

If your beauty supply keeps merchandise like wigs and hair extensions on low shelves, these items may require removal as floodwaters contain microbes and other contaminants. If you need mold remediation after a flood, this SERVPRO team is licensed to address mold with EPA registered antimicrobial cleaners (#00055).

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn can leave your business looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call (718) 522-4400 for a rapid disaster mitigation service that operates 24/7.

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Water Damage Cleanup In Your Brooklyn Property

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

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Let Us Tackle the Cleanup When You Have Water Damage in Brooklyn

Did you know that some insurance carriers put a time limit on the amount of drying time when a homeowner suffers a loss from water damage? This is a tricky area to navigate, so it is always best to talk with professionals to mitigate your water cleanup. Even if you are familiar with water removal and drying processes, only the pros have the right equipment and manpower for such a job.

Water damage in Brooklyn can happen in your home for a variety of reasons. However, each insurance claim is different, and the mode of cleanup required for your home often varies from the next. The good news is that SERVPRO features the latest advancements and technology to streamline the water removal process to make it extremely efficient. Our team shows up and gets to work immediately for an assessment to put a plan into place before springing into action.

As with any water loss situation, communication is vital. We handle the restoration while a crew chief works to communicate with you and your insurance company. This ensures all services are performed as agreed upon and that timelines are met for extraction, total drying, and complete restoration to finish the job.

We Lessen Drying Times
Once SERVPRO technicians arrive onsite, we employ a variety of drying techniques and extraction equipment to remove water from your upholstery, carpets, carpet padding, and any other areas otherwise hard-to-dry. We take several passes before moving onto the next water-logged area or the next step in the process.

Top Drying Technology
In addition to the high-powered vacuums and extraction tools we use for water removal, we also have industrial strength fans, air movers, and dehumidifiers to cut down drying times. This equipment traps moisture from the air and shuttles it out of the home. To round off the drying process, SERVPRO technicians use thermal imaging equipment to determine if any moisture is left behind before full disinfecting and deodorizing commences.

Do you need help with water damage in your home? You can count on our highly-trained team of professionals at SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn. All you have to do is pick up the phone and call us at (718) 522-4400, and we can deploy a team as soon as possible to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Let Our IICRC Certified Technicians Restore Your Brooklyn Apartment After A Fire

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

A packet of belongings after an apartment fire After this apartment fire, we responded and began clean up procedures right away and packed all the belongings to prep for restoration.

Pre-Reconstruction Steps to Clear Brooklyn Apartment Fire Damage

While every Brooklyn home and apartment owner is not expected to understand our restoration terms like mitigation, its role in the recovery of your property is vital. Mitigation is the phase of restoration where our technicians work to eliminate further loss in a residence through preventative actions. With fire loss incidents, there are many avenues of mitigation beginning as soon as our team arrives.

Mitigation takes place before much of the reconstruction and build back after fire damage in Brooklyn properties. Effects get addressed based on their severity against the household, so starting with the removal of fire debris is an ideal place to begin. Through shoveling remnants of construction materials and ash to dry vacuuming loose debris along surfaces and flooring, we can remove catalysts for noxious odors and soot/smoke particles.

Air quality is a concern after every fire loss situation because unknown contaminants could exist in the environment due to the combustion of specific materials. Soot itself can be a hazardous presence in the air, making the deployment of filtration equipment vital. We have multiple dual-function devices like our hydroxyl generators and ozone machines that both feature onboard HEPA filtration with the primary functions of neutralizing harsh odors in the environment.

Pre-cleaning surfaces not meant to get removed and replaced can stop situations like the aerosolization of soot particles resting on damaged materials. This layer of carbon residue requires varying cleaning strategies from one type of hosting material to another, and we arrive with dry cleaning, wet cleaning, abrasive cleaning, and agitative cleaning equipment and products to help. Cleaning residues from exposed surfaces makes the environment safer for our licensed (#2015353DCA) general contractors working on controlled demolition and full-scale build back after that.

Pre-construction mitigation tactics can help to save our customers time and money on the recovery their property needs after a fire loss incident. Our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn team features talented restoration professionals accredited by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) Give us a call anytime disaster strikes at (718) 522-4400.

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We Are The Leader In Brooklyn Water Damage Restoration

1/4/2020 (Permalink)

Our drying equipment drying the carpet in this home after a water loss incident We have the state of the art equipment necessary to restore your home and prevent further damage after a water loss incident.

Signs Your Brooklyn Floor Needs Professional Help for Water Damage

When a water damage event happens in your home, the first thought is to clean it up yourself. Most people have mops, rags, and some have wet/dry vacuums to assist in wiping up the water. 

The downside to this action is that water migrates quickly and can wind up far away from the origination point, setting up your Brooklyn home for water damage. One example might be when a pipe breaks in an upper floor in a bathroom, gravity pulls the water downward, and it runs under the tile floor, between the floor joists and exists into the living room below, all over a couch and carpeted floor. If any moisture gets left behind in these areas, it can trigger issues such as mold or musty odors. 


The technicians use advanced detection equipment to thoroughly scope the property to determine the migration path of the water. This equipment ensures that the property has the water extracted and dried without the potential for issues after-the-fact. They use powerful extraction equipment and have specialized drying equipment to handle flooring of different types including hardwood floor, tile, and cement. 

Signs Water Remains On-Site

Giveaways that water damage is still within the property include any of the following: 

  • Warped or buckled sheetrock
  • Musty odors
  • Mold
  • Delaminated tiles
  • Effervescent on cement or brick
  • Bubbles in the paint on walls

Help With Rebuilding

Water ruins floors and sheetrock rapidly, and they often require removal as part of the restoration process. With their residential contractor license #2015353DCA, SERVPRO can offer property owners the option to let the same techs that cleaned up the water loss, full restore the home with their rebuilding service. 

Alert for the Signs of Mold 

If conditions are right, mold spores can germinate and begin to spread as fast as 24 hours after a water loss in the home. SERVPRO techs have extensive training and hold certifications for mold remediation #00055. They know the warning signs for colony establishment and how to safely remediate existing mold to avoid spreading spores throughout the home. 

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn is available 24/7 at (718) 522-4400. Their certified techs have the training and equipment to handle any water damage to your home to make the loss "Like it never even happened."

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Water Crisis in Your Townhome? Call SERVPRO for Remediation and Restoration

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

Exterior of brick townhomes inundated by water When there is water damage to area townhomes, SERVPRO of Brooklyn responds to return them to preloss conditions.

Why SERVPRO Is Uniquely Qualified to Respond to Water Damage in Brooklyn

The residential housing stock in Brooklyn typically has a long history, with many renovations over the years. When a water crisis occurs in your home, the original structures plus any remodeling or rehabbing that happened can create barriers to fast water removal and rapid structural drying. We have many talented and multi-certified and experienced employees who have “seen it all,” yet are up for the next challenge. That is why we are confident when we take on your unique project.

Layers of Building Materials Lengthen Drying Times

When water damage in your Brooklyn townhome is complicated by multiple layers of sheetrock, expect extended drying times and increased potential for secondary damage like mold growth. The drying time for a single layer of saturated drywall typically is five to seven days. Adding layers in place because of DIY or professional remodeling you or previous owners completed requires adjusted drying times, often more than twice as long. Our team is skilled in the use of penetrating moisture meters with non-stick probes to establish the presence of moisture and to monitor progress. We can head off issues that might be brewing deep inside your walls. 

Controlled Demolition 

Floors, ceilings, and built-in cabinetry can funnel water damage into remote spaces and cavities within your home. When we follow the migration of water, the following question arises: can we employ controlled demolition techniques to gain access to caches of water and damp areas challenging to extract and dry? The training and mentoring by more experienced experts our employees receive is another reason why SERVPRO can respond to unusual water damage circumstances with creativity. Opening up moisture-filled spaces with holes and strategically placed cuts allows our extraction equipment to reach the water. Our air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers are also able to utilize planned demolition to introduce psychrometry - or the science of drying - to mitigate and remediate water damage far from the original loss.

Build Back Support 

Our residential contractor license permits us to offer our customers rebuilding services after controlled demolition. This wrap-around approach is why SERVPRO ensures your water-damaged home eventually returns to preloss condition, “Like it never even happened.”

We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, why SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn is the water disaster recovery company upon which our community relies. Call us at (718) 522-4400 to discuss your options.

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Contractor Licenses:

Residential: 2015353DCA

Mold Remediation: 00055

Brooklyn House Fires and Help from SERVPRO

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

cylindrical space heater on a carpet SERVPRO Says--Never Put a Space Heater on a Carpet Unless You Want a Fire in Your Brooklyn Residence

Stopping Space Heater Fire Damage in a Brooklyn Home

In the United States, heating equipment like space heaters and fireplaces are the leading causes of home fires. From 2012 to 2016, fire departments responded to an average of 52,000 fires involving heating equipment each year. The damages from these fires were a whopping $1 billion. For every five house heating fires, two of them involved space heaters and accounted for 78% of resident injuries and 54% of property damage.

If your Brooklyn residence suffers fire damage, SERVPRO technicians can be at your home within hours of your call to address the source of the disaster and return your home to a preloss condition. SERVPRO is available 24/7 throughout the year to address residential disasters. Save time, money, and stress by choosing a team that works with property owners and insurance adjusters to restore structures to a safe condition once more. Your local SERVPRO is also licensed for residential contracting (#2015353DCA) and mold remediation (#00055), so you can count on them for services after cleanup has finished.

Home Heating Fire Facts for Homeowners

?    86% of home heating fire casualties involved stationary or portable space heaters in some way,
?    The leading cause-- a staggering 27%-- of home heating-related fires had to do with residues inside heating systems, most often from solid-fuel heating.
?    A leading factor in the ignition for 54% of home heating fires was equipment that was too close to flammable contents like furniture, clothing, bedding, or mattresses.
?    48% of all home heating fires happen in December, January, and February.

How SERVPRO Saves the Day

If your space heater fire occurred while placed on a surface like a wooden coffee table, there are several factors to consider for cleanup. Not only can the wood itself be affected by fire, but the finishes and stains can also have a variety of effects on the wood. The type of finish influences how it can be cleaned because it affects the wood's resistance to heat exposure, smoke penetration, moisture, and odors. If your table is unfinished wood, this is a porous surface that is best salvaged with dry cleaning methods like a dry cleaning sponge. This also goes for unfinished wooden surfaces on finished wood items like drawer interiors, and the tops of tall wooden items. However, there are cases where fire can heavily blister or permanently stain wood. In these cases, refinishing is often recommended.

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn is a team that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. If you need rapid disaster mitigation services, call (718) 522-4400 today.

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We Get You Back In Business In Brooklyn After A Flood

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

One of our vans with the door open showing all the restoration cleaning supplies SERVPRO has professional cleaning equipment for any type of restoration emergency including water, mold, fire or storm. The team is ready to respond.

Common Issues with Commercial Flood Damage in Brooklyn Businesses

Commercial flood damage has the potential to shut down a business if it is not correctly cleaned up. Numerous factors affect the outcome of the restoration and how rapidly it can reopen. 

When SERVPRO technicians help local Brooklyn businesses experiencing commercial flood damage, the technicians work to not only get the company reopened as quickly as possible but also to save the property owners from the cost of replacement and repair through their restoration methods. 

Saving Stock From Cross-Contamination 

In almost any business, stock and equipment are significant investments. When they are on-site during flood water cleanup, SERVPRO technicians take careful measures to protect unaffected areas on the premises from cross-contamination from pollutants in the groundwater. This may include actions such as sealing off the loss area with plastic, coving HVAC vents, and in some cases, pack-out of undamaged items to a secure location until mitigation efforts complete. 

Mold is a Threat

The high humidity of a flood loss structure makes an ideal breeding ground for mold colonies, and airborne spores can germinate and begin to spread as fast as 24-hours. SERVPRO technicians have a mold remediation license #00055 and know the early warning signs of a mold infestation as well as proactive treatments to inhibit growth. 

Common Losses Seen with Groundwater Damage

Even half-an-inch of groundwater leaves behind significant flood damage. Industrial carpet and tiles tend to be adhesive-backed and often delaminate in the presence of extended exposure to water. SERVPRO technicians remove items with too much damage for restoration and carefully note the condition along with photos. This attention to detail is part of a report created to assist property owners in filing insurance claims to expedite reimbursement. 

Sheetrock wicks water rapidly, and once it has warped or buckled, it requires removal. Technicians measure to the water-line and cleanly cut several inches above it to halt any further damage and open up the wall cavities for complete drying. 

Call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400 for commercial flood damage cleanup. The technicians have access to an array of professional equipment and the experience to make the water loss "Like it never even happened."

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Some Shortcuts to Commercial Mold Damage Remediation Success in Park Slope

11/10/2019 (Permalink)

empty brightly lit cafe with tables and hanging lights Make sure that a mold infestation does not send your patrons in search of a new lunch spot. Call SERVPRO today to investigate and remediate.

Reducing the Threat of Mold in Your Park Slope Café

Almost everything in your entire Park Slope café is organic, meaning that the entire assortment of items remains susceptible to mold and microbial threats. The fastest route for these colonies to start in your business is poor ventilation or a botched cleanup and drying of a water loss incident that occurred in recent weeks. Water damage does not always dry up on its own, and lingering effects can feed mold spores naturally occurring in the environment to encourage them to seat and spread on surfaces.

You might not realize that mold damage in your Park Slope café has started until it has spread to the point of concern. Your customers are a primary focus here, and you need professionals that can assess the risks and determine if containment and remediation can allow you to keep your doors open. Because of how many coffee shops and cafes are in Brooklyn alone, we understand how important it is to get back up and running at full capacity as quickly as possible.

Reaching out to our SERVPRO team is reaching out to a team of qualified and well-trained technicians accredited through the standard-setting Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) For remediation alone, we have many certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) and a department of experienced general contractors licensed through NY (#00055.) With the strict regulations and codes for mold remediation and construction work, professional services are a must.

Content management is critical to protect much of the furniture in the outer-lying areas of the damaged zone. We can move wooden furniture and other susceptible materials and items to a safer space while the mold region gets sealed off with thick, 6mil plastic sheeting. Our remediation contractors can determine if drywall, flooring, and other fixtures must get removed before we deploy our effective colony removal strategies like media and soda blasting.

The discovery of mold requires a fast response from our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn team. We have effective containment strategies and tactics to stop the spread of the organism while we get to work on the necessary steps to remove the colony entirely. You can give us a call anytime at (718) 522-4400.

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Brooklyn Home in Need of TLC after a Fire? SERVPRO Provides the Love for a Fast and Efficient Restoration

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Vehicle backed up to unit for work SERVPRO's Green Fleet Soon Follows the Red Fire Trucks for Fire and Smoke Restoration in Brooklyn

Dealing with Fire and Odor Removal in Brooklyn

House fires in Brooklyn are traumatic events that leave renters and homeowners dealing with a mix of emotions. Throughout the upset, worry, and fear you feel, you need to know what do to next for fire and odor removal.

Our team at SERVPRO has put together a list of essential steps to take for efficient fire and odor removal in Brooklyn. These steps help you get your living space back in order by approaching the restoring process in a collected, calm manner.

-    Speak with authorities to make sure it is safe to enter the home after the fire is extinguished. Your local fire department lets you know when all is sound and ready for you to go in to start the assessment process.

-    Contact close family members to tell them about the fire and that everyone is safe and sound. You can then contact your insurance provider and a professional clean-up team. We can help you with your claim forms to expedite the start of the restoration. SERVPRO is available to help you get back into your living space professionally and efficiently, "Like it never even happened."

-    See about getting a fire report from the fire department. This report details the fire, including the structure of the home, the location of the fire, date, and time. You may need to contact your local Brooklyn fire department to get a full copy of this report.

-    Secure your property to make sure that it is not susceptible to robbery or vandalism. SERVPRO recommends boarding up your property until clean-up, and fire, and odor removal begins. We can executive this important service backed up by our Residential Contractor License #: 2015353DCA.

-    Start in on the clean-up process, including both the interior and exterior. There is often fire damage that is undetectable to the naked eye. Hiring a team like SERVPRO helps you to achieve thorough cleaning of all spaces to remove smoke, soot, and odors that may be left behind. We can provide a well-planned cleanup of fire-damaged contents, mitigate on-going secondary damages, and allow you to be free of this stressful task.

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn is here to help you when it is time for odor removal and fire damage. Give us a phone call today at (718) 522-4400, and we can set up a time to send technicians out for an assessment.

After A Fire In Your Brooklyn Home Call Our Crew

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

Laundry room with soot covered cabinets and washing machine. “Like it never even happened.”

Structural Cleaning For Rebuilding After Fire Damage In Brooklyn Home

After fire damage in a residential property, the structural components must be both clean and deodorized before repairs and reconstruction are possible. Fire damage should never be a DIY project due to the need for proper soot removal and the potential to compound fire loss through improper cleaning methods used on smoke residues.

After fire damage occurs in a Brooklyn home, the cleanup of fire debris and prepping the structure needs to happen quickly. The more time that passes after the fire event and the restoration services gives soot the opportunity to spread throughout the home. This delay often results in the need for larger-scale mitigation as well as the cleaning of the ductwork.

Keeping Everyone on the Same Page
SERVPRO communicates with both homeowners and adjusters during the restoration process to ensure every part of the restoration services process completed is within the expanse of coverage. The technicians know most insurance companies separate structure from contents in a loss estimate, and when the technicians scope a home after damage from fire, they commonly create two reports. The first covers the loss and necessary repairs to the structure. The second report addresses any loss to contents and items with restoration potential.

Eliminating Smoke Odors
Odor control after a fire is a crucial part of the restoration process to the structure. When homeowners choose SERVPRO to handle the cleanup as well as reconstruction, the technicians ensure there are zero residual smoke odors before any rebuilding efforts begin.

Guarding Against Mold
Water is great for putting out fires, not so great for the structural elements of your home. The certified mold remediation technicians work to extract the remaining water quickly, and if indoor humidity levels are conducive to the germination of mold spores, they apply proactive treatments.

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn stands ready to assist property owners 24/7 with any needed restoration services from fire damage. Call us at (718) 522-4400 and our trained, and certified technicians arrive with an hour to make the fire loss to your home “Like it never even happened.”

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A Fire Can Destroy Your Brooklyn Apartment

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

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Can You Overcome Fire Damage In Your Brooklyn Apartment Alone?

Your Brooklyn apartment is not only susceptible to the fire loss damages that stem from ignition in your unit but can also fall victim to effects permeating through common walls and shared spaces. Addressing any of these concerns requires a fast response with sufficient equipment and products, much like our experienced SERVPRO technicians would use for restoration and mitigation in your apartment building. The closer that your response to the situation can mirror our actions, the less costly repairs and reconstruction that ultimately occurs.

Whether the fire damage in a Brooklyn apartment originates in that unit or a neighboring one, reacting quickly to the situation can prevent worsening conditions like continually spreading the soot, smoke residue, and odors. Our SERVPRO team can help any customer to better assess the spread of these effects and the best-tailored approach to return the property to preloss condition quickly.

If you seek to pursue addressing the secondary and lesser effects of a fire on your own, you might look to acquire some of the tools to make the job easier on yourself. You can often find rentable equipment like deodorizers (thermal foggers, ozone machines), air purification and filtering tools (hydroxyl generators, air scrubbers), and even purchase cleaning implements like chemical sponges to address residue and wet smoke film removal.

While you might look to address many of the lingering effects of a fire loss situation on your own, you might choose to leave reconstruction and build back to our professionals on our SERVPRO team. We have a full-service contracting division licensed through the state of New York, ensuring that the work that gets done is of top quality and from well-trained and competent building trade specialists.

You might find that there are more steps involved in addressing fire loss effects than you might have initially thought, even if the fire itself did not start in your apartment. You can count on the expertise and fast response of our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn specialists and contractors to make fire loss incidents “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (718) 522-4400.

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Brooklynites Rely on SERVPRO to Make Their Homes Whole Again after a Damaging Event

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

Don't Get Sold The Brooklyn Bridge for Home Restoration Services--SERVPRO

Why Choose a Full-Service Restoration Partner in Brooklyn

With hundreds of vendors vying for your business after a water, fire, storm, or mold event in your Brooklyn residence or condo, townhouse, or brownstone your might believe it necessary to act as a general contractor. Arranging for different companies to handle individual tasks and coordinating their efforts wastes time and money. Your focus is better aimed at regaining yours and your family’s emotional equilibrium after a disaster. Let our full-service restoration team manage the details.

Water Damage
Dozens of reasons might lie behind your need for water removal in Brooklyn, but the most critical issue going forward is finding a company that can deliver a rapid response, ridding your residence of the excess moisture with pumps, extractors, and an appropriate drying plan. Our crews are Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-accredited, up to speed on the latest water removal techniques and operation of state-of-the-art equipment. We do not fall for gimmicks, and untested means to come to your aid. Hard work and proven methods are our mainstays.

Once you engage our services, we take on all the tasks needed to mitigate further water damage and remediate the harm already done. We permit no downtime, working ceaselessly to make it right. The multiple certifications in specialties like Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD) held by our crew members allows us to move from task to task without delay. The full-service approach is why SERVPRO delivers on our promises fast and professionally.

We hold both general contractor (Residential Contractor License #: 2015353DCA) and mold remediation ( Mold Remediation Contractor License #: 00055) licenses giving us the flexibility to take on secondary damage issues and help arrange for rebuilding and restoration of structural components destroyed by the water loss. Our commitment to transforming a watery mess to preloss condition is at the center of our mission, and we are eager to help you with the consequences of plumbing leaks, appliance malfunctions, spills and overflows, or any other event that requires water removal in your home.

Fire Damage
Fire cleanup in Brooklyn is an involved process. If your residence has a sprinkler system or the fire department needed to use quantities of water to quell the blaze, the first order of business often is water removal and drying. The reason water damage moves to the front of the line is exposure to the risks of slips and falls, or electrical shock, in addition to the deterioration water does on its own. Our multi-certified technicians can switch from task to task with confidence.

Soot and other residues need evaluation and matching with appropriate products and methods before cleanup, and ventilation can become an issue in multi-unit buildings. These issues are why SERVPRO’s full-spectrum restoration capability has benefits. We often use air scrubbers that use negative pressure to force contaminants through HEPA filters before exhausting to the outdoors. Air quality is improved, including the clearing of any fumes from cleaners or solvents used to remove protein-based soot from kitchen fires.

We have workers specially trained as Odor Control Technicians (OCT) to resolve lingering smells. A clean and dry home that still contains malodors is not where we welcome our customers. If deep cleaning and debris disposal does not do the trick, we use advanced technology such as thermal foggers, hydroxyl generators, and ozone machines to neutralize the tiny odor-bearing particles floating or settled in your residence through a chemical reaction that eliminates the stench. Do not rely on coverups when we offer this service.

Mold Remediation
Mold damage in your Brooklyn residence can be more of a challenge than the average homeowner can manage. Hosting mold and mildew in your home does not label you as a poor housekeeper. It merely means that the spores these organisms use to reproduce have found a source of moisture. Spores are present in every environment indoors and out on the streets. They coexist invisibly until an opportunity presents itself in an unmopped spill, leak under the sink, or condensation on a window pane.

Within 24 to 48 hours, the watermeal results in active mold growth and eventually, damage. Molds munch on organic surfaces, including wood, wallboard, ceiling tiles, and insulation. A few dead skin cells and soap scum on bathroom tile provide an incubator. A regular phase of any of our water damage projects is inspecting for mold growth, and our ability to remediate the fungal invasion as well is why SERVPRO’s extensive menu of disaster remediation services is so advantageous to our customers.

After you find mold and call us, we send a specially prepared and equipped remediation crew to your location. We isolate, contain, and remove the microbial overgrowth following the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols. Frequently we employ an air scrubber negative pressure system to seal the affected area off, and our crew wear personal protective equipment (PPE) to limit contamination from the debris we remove, bag, and discard. Count on us to help you pinpoint the unwanted water source and arrange for its elimination, so mold spores go hungry in the future.

Storm Damage
Severe weather can strike anywhere, and the devastation it can do to your Brooklyn residence is often significant. Roofs can fail, and trees and light poles can damage windows and even knock holes in exterior walls. When your living spaces suffer this kind of damage, you definitely need to obtain professional help immediately. Not only do you require assistance to secure the building to prevent further damage from the elements, but you also are likely to have a long list of concerns inside your house or apartment as the water spreads.

If you use lower level storage, storm-related flash flooding can cause damage to rarely used items, seasonal clothing and decor, mementos, and documents. When we arrive, we might suggest moving the endangered stored items to our production facility where specially trained technicians can evaluate their condition and use appropriate techniques to clean, dry, and restore the articles. We utilize the Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) to document the location and condition of the items, another example of why SERVPRO considers every aspect of the damage done to our customers.

Many of your neighbors might also have storm damage, but with our team on your side, you do not wait for help. Our affiliation with a nationwide fellowship of disaster providers means we can scale our response to the level of need in the community. We also can arrange for repair and rebuilding services to ensure this tough situation does not get even more disheartening as remediation completes. Once again through rigorous training and testing, we can offer these two licenses to our customers: Residential Contractor License #: 2015353DCA and
Mold Remediation Contractor License #: 00055 thereby assuring them of a full-service recovery.

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn is by your side every step of the way after a crisis damages your home. Call (718) 522-4400 24/7 for help with any household emergency and see how We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Is Water Damage on the Menu at Your Brooklyn Deli?

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can cause your business to close indefinitely. SERVPRO has the expertise to get your business up and running quickly.

How to Prepare Your Brooklyn Deli for Water Damage Recovery 

Delis throughout the Brooklyn borough are plentiful, so you need to work continuously to set your eatery apart from the competition in the area. While part of this comes from your commitment to providing your customers with top quality meats and cheeses, as well as a selection of well-prepared sandwiches and sides, it is also about how quickly you can respond in the face of adversity. When situations like water damage occur, you need to work fast to prepare the property for restoration – even if it is out of your skillset to perform it. 

With how quickly emergencies like water damage in Brooklyn delis and other eateries can get out of control, you have much more than your building to protect. In addition to structural concerns, you have the investment that you have made in the meats and cheeses to consider, as well as the foot traffic of your loyal customers. Even without the ability to handle widespread water loss as our SERVPRO professionals can, there are steps you can take to prepare your property for restoration work to come. 

  • Start by shutting off any water that is feeding the loss incident. If there is a break in the plumbing or you have an appliance that has malfunctioned, you can often locate an independent valve to shut off just this portion of your shop to keep everything else running normally.
  • Do your best to contain the spread of the water loss incident when possible. You can even begin employing specific water removal efforts, such as using a mop and bucket, to slow the progression of these damages with our SERVPRO professionals are in route.
  • If the deli must close for a brief period, make sure you protect the investment you’ve made in the meats, cheeses, and other food items by relocating them if consistent power becomes an issue in the building. 

It is our business to get you back in business, so you can trust our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn team to help you through every phase of water loss recovery. Give us a call anytime at (718) 522-4400. 

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

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

We work to help our neighbors return their residences to a clean, dry condition so they can get on with their lives.

Removing Damage And Restoring Brooklyn Homes After A Flood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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3 Reasons To Rely On SERVPRO For Large Loss Response

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

For any catastrophic loss call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn

Relying On SERVPRO 

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

1. Many Franchise Locations

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

2. National Corporate Support

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

3. Industry-Leading Standards

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

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

Preventive Action and Cleanup of a Failed Water Heater

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Perform regular maintenance to your water heater

When the valve on your water heater fails or the unit springs a leak, you could literally have gallons of water flooding that level of your home in minutes. If the leaking water heater is not in the basement you run the further risk of your home sustaining water damage in the walls and ceilings below that from seepage. Here are some ways to prevent or mitigate water damage from a failed water heater in Park Slope, NY.

1. Perform Regular Maintenance

In the event you are hearing unusual noises from your water heater, such as popping or thumping, it could be caused by mineral buildup on the inside of the tank or on the element. Cleaning out your water heater to remove mineral sediment is a good idea. Be sure to follow your unit’s manufacturer’s instructions for maintenance regularly to help prevent such a disaster from occurring.

2. Make Needed Repairs

If cleaning out and other maintenance measures don’t stop the problem, and especially if a leaking water heater accompanies the noises, your best bet would be to call a plumbing service to come take a look and a listen in case action is needed. Repairs can often stave off problems.

3. Quick Cleanup

When all preventive measures fail and a broken water heater floods your home, it is imperative to stop the leak as quickly as possible by shutting off the water supply. The next most crucial step is removing the water and mitigating the damage water can cause to your home.

The mess and damage can feel overwhelming. Call a water damage repair specialist in Park Slope, NY, to come as soon as possible and help with the cleanup process. They will use powerful extraction equipment to remove as much water as possible and then assess the damage and help with the salvage and repair process. A broken or heavily leaking water heater can be intimidating but with help, you will see your way through.

Why Mold Grows in Homes

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Mold growth can occur in 24-72 hours

The air in your home in Brooklyn, NY, is full of mold spores. They travel inside on pets, clothing, shoes, and bags. The spores are invisible to the naked eye, so you may not even realize they are present unless you see black mold growing on a wall or smell an odor that gives it away. There are several elements that contribute to mold growth as well as preventative measures you can take to protect your home.

Causes of Mold Growth

The main culprit in fungus growth is moisture. There are several reasons excess moisture may be present in your house:

  • Water damage from leaks
  • Humidity level higher than 50%
  • Condensation from windows or HVAC system
  • Spoiled food

The mold cleanup process should not only include mitigating the problem itself but also addressing the circumstances that made it possible, to begin with. Mold remediation specialists are trained to handle both mold growth and water damage so that the problem does not return.

Prevention of Mold Growth

Once you pinpoint the issues in your home that are most likely to cause black mold growth, it becomes easier to prevent it. Monitor humidity levels regularly. Inspect your home frequently for leaks, and have any problem that could result in water damage fixed as soon as possible. Make sure your windows, roof, basement and other areas vulnerable to leaks or flooding are in good condition. Store food properly and throw out food that has expired. These tasks may seem time-consuming, but they're a small commitment compared to having to deal with a mold problem.

The best way to prevent the mold spores in the air of your home from becoming the black mold growth on your wall is to control moisture. Adopting the proper vigilance needed to protect your home can save you a lot of time and effort in the long run.

Pretesting and Water Classification: Making the Claims Process More Accurate

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

Black water is contaminated and dangerous.

Pretesting And Water Classification

As an insurance agent in the Brooklyn, NY area, it is your job to move the claims process forward. However, it is also necessary that claims are accurate assessments of the damage sustained to a property. Pretesting water damage can help you deliver an accurate insurance claim.

1. Water Categorization

Water categorization refers to the type of water and its level of contamination. There are three categories.

  • Category 1 – White Water

White water is considered clean water. It comes from a sanitary source, but prolonged standing could lead to contamination from other sources.

  • Category 2 – Gray Water

Gray water is contaminated water. This water presents as a darker color and likely has unsafe levels of chemical and biological matter. Avoid contact with the skin and do not consume as it may make you ill.

  • Category 3 – Black Water

Black water is contaminated and dangerous. This water is likely contaminated with sewage and other toxic chemicals. Contact or consumption could cause serious illness or disease.

2. Category Classification

Pretesting will also provide a classification to the damage. Each category and level require different restoration and mitigation practices which effects price. There are four classifications.

  • Class 1

Class 1 water damage means minimal exposure. This means that water is affecting a small area of a room and that there is minimal absorption into the surrounding materials.

  • Class 2

Class 2 water damage involves an entire room and a lot of water absorption into surrounding materials. This level also involves affected structural materials.

  • Class 3

Class 3 water damage involves the highest level of water absorption. This level of damage typically requires significant repair or replacement of all materials in the space.

  • Class 4

Class 4 is more related to drying times than water damage. This level involves specialty drying equipment and times due to deep pockets of saturation.

Pretesting provides an overview of the damage inflicted on a property. The higher the category and classification level the more extensive the repair. Therefore, testing the water before a restoration provides an accurate picture and price point for the claim being made.

Does Your Business Need Commercial Flood Insurance?

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Ask your insurance agent if you are covered

Your businesses in Park Slope, NY, is not covered under a standard commercial insurance policy if it is affected by flooding. However, you can purchase special coverage for flooding in case your company ever does withstand any flood damage. Here’s some basic information on flood insurance and whether or not you will need to purchase it for your business.

Flood Insurance Coverage

If flooding in your area causes damage to your business, you will likely need to contact a water damage cleanup company to restore the damaged building and get you back in business. Without flood insurance, the cost to fix all the damages and replace any lost items will rest on your shoulders. By protecting your business with coverage in the case of a flood, the costs up to $500,000 will be taken care of in almost all situations including

  • Heavy rain
  • Overflowing rivers
  • Snow melt
  • Storm surge
  • Broken dams
  • Blocked storm drains

Your business will also be covered for any mold damage that occurs as a result of the flooding. Any property outside your company’s business will not be covered, and you will not be compensated for money loss due to time lost during the restoration process.

Insurance Requirements in High-Risk Areas

If you don’t live in a high-risk flood area, it will be up to you to determine the risk of flooding in your area. While areas close to flood zones would be smart to look into adding flooding to their insurance policy, businesses located in areas identified as high-risk flood areas with a mortgage from an insured or federally regulated lender are the only locations required by law to purchase an extra flood insurance policy.

Flood insurance is very useful for covering the costs of damage that occurs to your business as a result of a flood. Although it is only required for businesses in high-risk areas, you should evaluate whether your building could be at risk.

What To Do If You Suspect Natural Gas

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Avoid a gas fire or explosion in your Park Slope, NY , home

4 Signs Of Gas Leak

They're sometimes hard to recognize, but it doesn't take much of a leak to cause a gas fire. These home disasters are all too common. Fortunately, you can avoid a fire or worse by recognizing signs of a leak:

  •  A hissing or whistling sound near the line
  •  The smell of rotten eggs or sulfur
  •  Bubbles in the water
  •  Dead houseplants
  •  Visible dust near the gas line
  •  Damage to the gas pipe

Family members or pets may show signs of a natural gas leak, as well. These may include nosebleeds, reduced appetites, nausea, mood changes, irritation to the eyes and throats, disorientation, and breathing difficulties.

Keep Your Family and Home Safe

Avoid a gas fire or explosion in your Park Slope, NY , home by following these top tips:

1. Check Gas Stoves

If you have a gas stove, the dials may have been turned on or left on accidentally. If you're confident it's safe to remain in your home, move to the stove and turn off any flames.

2. Do Not Flip Switches

Simply flipping the light switch to on or off could make a spark that causes a gas explosion. Instead, use a flashlight for any other actions you take in the house. Don't use the phone inside the house, either. In fact, don't use lighters, candles, or anything else that could ignite.

3. Ventilate the Home

Open all the windows and doors, so fresh air can come in and gas will move out of the house. Don't worry about taking any steps further than this. Instead, wait to contact emergency or fire remediation professionals when you and your family are safely outside.

4. Go Outside

Get everyone outside and go across the street. From this safe distance, call 911 or the appropriate authorities.

Learn as much as you can about what may cause a gas fire and how to avoid them to keep your family safe. Teach your family about natural gas and how to stay safe if they suspect a gas leak.

What To Know About Mold Damage and Your Insurance

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

Call your agent to find out if you are covered

Mold Damage And Your Insurance

If you’ve discovered mold damage in your rented Brooklyn, NY, home, you may be wondering if your rental insurance policy will cover the damage and remediation. The answer to this depends both on your policy and the damage type.

1. How Insurance for Renters Works

Renters insurance policies typically cover the personal property of the renter, while the landlord’s insurance covers the structure. Most policies include coverage for damages caused by an emergency situation, such as fire or flood, and any damage resulting from those situations. They may also cover damages caused by accident or nature up to the point when the resident has had reasonable time to discover and fix the problem. Most insurance policies will not cover damages resulting from neglect.

2. What Mold Damages May Be Covered

Your rental insurance may have provisions for mold removal and remediation if the mold growth is caused by an emergency, such as water from a fire hose, nature, or an accidental pipe break, among similar situations. In many cases, they may also cover the costs for hiring a mold remediation professional.

3. What Renters Are Responsible For

In most cases, renters are responsible for reporting any mold removal needs as soon as they realize there’s a problem. Mold damage to a renter's personal property also falls to them, while damage to the actual property may be covered by the landlord’s policy. In many cases, renters insurance may require the renter to do everything they reasonably can in order to report and remedy the mold problem. The renter is also responsible for having insurance and knowing what the policy contains.

In most cases, a rental insurance policy will cover damage up to the point where the renter could have prevented it from getting any worse. This means that as soon as damage is found, appropriate steps should be taken to stop the infestation and prevent further spread. In some cases, your policy may even cover the cost of professional cleaning.

What to Know About Water Damage and Your Insurance Policy

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

Call your agent in Park Slope, NY to find out if you are covered

Common Questions When You Fill Out a Claim for Water Damage

When the cold hits, your Park Slope, NY, home could be facing issues with bursting pipes. Fortunately, your insurance policy can help. Here are a few of the common questions people have with filing a claim for water damage.

1. What Damage is Covered?

When it comes to damage caused by water in your home, several causes may be covered by your insurance. Sudden damages such as sewer back up, an accidental break in the plumbing, storm caused damage, or flooding are all instances insurance companies usually cover. Gradual damage which occurs over time is usually considered neglect on the part of the homeowner and will most likely not be covered. This is why it’s important to conduct any repairs as soon as water caused damage is found.

2. What Other Services May Be Covered?

Your insurance provider may also include coverage for the cost of hiring a professional cleanup and restoration service to help restore your home. These professionals can assess the damage and formulate a plan for repair and restoration. Your insurance company may also be able to help you contact a plumbing professional who can help fix broken pipe issues in your home to help prevent further problems with bursting pipes.

3. What Things Can You Do?

Aside from fixing any damage you find as soon as you can, there are a few things a homeowner can do to help the insurance process. The first is to understand your policy, and what it covers and does not cover. It may also be helpful to conduct a home maintenance check regularly and maintain a record of all your home repairs.

If you’ve had issues with bursting pipes, it’s important to know what type of water damage your policy covers. Your policy may also offer coverage for the costs of hiring professionals to help restore your home after the damage occurs. Remember, it’s important to know what's in your policy when filing a claim.

Security Fencing: Keeping Your Property Safe After a Fire

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

Security Fencing

Many property owners may wonder why a security fence is put up after a disaster, especially when so much of the property has already been damaged or destroyed. The simple answer is to mitigate further loss and to comply with most insurer requirements. However, fencing also helps to reduce liability risks and ensure a safe and controlled environment for the restoration process.

1. Looting and Vandalism

The main concerns after a commercial property fire are looting and vandalism. This type of disaster can create several access points for potential criminals, and without the proper preventative measures, an insurer can dismiss the losses as owner neglect.

2. Squatting or Trespassing

Additionally, a security fence not only prevents criminal activity, but it also minimizes the risk of any type of trespassing, even squatting. When your business has been shut down, the last thing you want is rebuilding to be slowed down because of people attempting to live in your building.

3. Wildlife

Beyond people, both criminal and destitute, a fence can reduce the chances of wildlife trampling through your property and causing more damage. Granted, the safety perimeter may not keep birds out, but it may keep larger animals at bay while your property is cleaned and restored.

4. Further Damage

Fencing in combination with a full-scale board-up is meant to mitigate further damage and reduce liability concerns for insurers. Damage can be caused by people, animals and Mother Nature, which is why you should contact a disaster restoration specialist in the Brooklyn, NY, area to perform both of these services and keep your property safe.

A security fence is only part of the fire mitigation and restoration puzzle, but it is necessary. Without a secure perimeter, you risk criminal trespass, squatting and even wildlife intruders. Keep your building safe and fence off the boundary or hire a skilled and experienced professional to help you.

Small Business Claims: Knowing Your Coverage

12/31/2018 (Permalink)

Your commercial property in Bay Ridge,NY, must be insured for many reasons. The building could sustain damage, or someone could get hurt when they visit. Something as simple as a pipe break could become a major expense without the right coverage. It’s important to understand your insurance package so that you know when you have the right to file a business claim.


One thing you want to pay particular attention to is what your property insurance doesn’t cover. Water damage can happen as the result of many different situations:

• Leaky pipes
• Inclement weather
• Flooding
• Sewer damage

The problems caused by some of these incidents and the water remediation services required to fix them are likely to be covered by your standard property policy. However, flooding or secondary damage such as mold may need a separate add-on to keep you fully insured. Your business claim may also be denied if the damage is the result of neglect or improper maintenance.


Avoiding water damage in your building often comes down to how well you take care of your property. You can minimize your risk of leaks due to weather by keeping gutters and downspouts clean throughout the year. Don’t put off roof repairs. Have your roof inspected regularly so that you can fix problems that lead to leaks. As the weather gets colder, make sure your pipes are well-insulated, particularly if they are near exterior walls. Keep your building’s temperature at 55 degrees or higher to keep pipes in the walls and under sinks from freezing and cracking. Keeping up with these tasks allows you to safeguard against damage due to broken pipes or heavy rains.

Your commercial insurance is there just in case you need it. If you take preventative measures and keep up with your maintenance schedule, however, you are less likely to need to file a business claim.

Staten Island Fire Damage

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Kitchen Fire Damage in Staten Island

Fire Damage in Staten Island home leaving behind extensive soot and smoke damage.

Fire Cleanup Process

After commercial fire damage, take immediate action. The longer you wait, the more the commercial fire damage. The best way forward is to call the fire disaster restoration company. The professional will restore the damaged home or place of business to habitable conditions. Here's the general process followed by the restoration company:


Upon arrival to the scene of the fire, the first thing fire restoration professionals will do is to assess the fire damage. This step mostly involves looking at how far soot damage and smoke damage extends as well the extent of damage to the walls and furniture.

Prevent further damage.

The more the property is exposed to the smoke, the more the fire damage extends. One of the key steps in fire damage restoration is keeping the damage from getting worse. The property will need to be secured or boarded up. Boarding up the property will keep looters or vandals at bay and prevent more damage.

Fire clean up.

After they seal important items and board up the property, the fire restoration professionals will commence on fire cleanup process and get rid of the smoke smell.


After all the residue has been removed, the smoke smell has been taken care of, and the next step is to fix the damages.

Home or commercial fire damage can be disastrous. To minimize the commercial fire damage, take immediate action as soon as the fire truck leaves. Call a fire disaster restoration company to restore the property to its original state.

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn was called in to clean up and restore the kitchen "Like it never even happened."

Bedford Stuyvesant Fire Damage

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Garage Fire in Bedford

A fire started in the carport of this fully attached home in Bedford Stuyvesant. 3 homes to the right were also heavily damaged. SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn responded immediately to the homeowners call. We began the clean up once the fire Marshals cleared the scene. Our homeowner was very thankful that we were able to help her get her life and home back on track.

Fires can have devastating effects, whether it is a fire in a home or fire in a business premise. They have a way of consuming everything on their way, leaving property owners dealing with massive losses. However, the damages caused by fire can be restored thus giving home and business owners a chance to board up and get back to their normal lives.

It's hard to imagine the pain a person feels after a fire, be it fire in a business or fire in a home. It's important to assess the extent of fire damage before calling the fire damage restoration company. Fire damage can be in the form of soot damage, smoke damage, and soot damage. Most of the damages resulting from fire in a home or fire in a business come from smoke and soot as opposed to the actual flames as most people would expect.

What to Do After a Fire

There are certain things property owners can do after a fire in a home or fire in a business to minimize the smoke damage and smoke smell. One of them is calling fire cleanup professionals to perform the fire cleanup process and restore the home or place of business to its previous state. It's critical that the fire damage restoration process is conducted sooner rather than later to effectively clear the effects of soot damage, fire damage, smoke damage, and smoke smell.

Depending on where the house or business is located, the professional fire cleanup technicians may take some time to arrive. Property owners are advised not to do any cleaning before the commercial fire damage restoration company arrives. Here are a few tips on what not to do before the technicians arrive:

  • Do not turn on electrical appliances — stereos, TVs, computers, etc. — before the professional fire cleanup technicians assess them properly.
  • Do not consume canned foods or any other food items exposed to heat during the fire.
    Stay away from the upholstered furniture or heavy carpeting affected by debris or heavy smoke residue.
  • Do not attempt to wipe or wash smoke or soot from absorbent surfaces such as ceilings and walls.

After the fire truck leaves, the reality of the situation settles in. Property owners may be tempted to rush in and try to salvage some of their property. Let the professional fire restoration company do what they do best.

Know the Difference Between Storm Terminology

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage in Brooklyn, NY

Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. Some winter storms are large enough to affect several states, while others affect only a single community. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain.


  • WINTER STORM OUTLOOK - Winter storm conditions are possible in the next 2 to 5 days.
  • WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY – Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. When caution is used, these situations should not be life threatening.
  • WINTER STORM WATCH – Winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36-48 hours. People in a watch area should review their winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions.
  • WINTER STORM WARNING – Life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin with 24 hours. People in a warning area should take precautions immediately.

Regardless of the severity of a winter storm, you should be prepared in order to remain safe during these events. SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn encourages everyone to learn about the hazards they may face during a winter storm and prepare for all types of emergencies by writing an emergency plan, choosing a meeting place, gathering supplies for their home, and preparing a Go Bag in case they need to leave their home in a hurry. Make a disaster plan with your household members to prepare for what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate in an emergency. Make a plan that best suits your needs and the needs of your household.

Preparing your Home and Vehicle for Winter Storms

12/28/2018 (Permalink)


  • Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
  • Insulate you home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.
  • Keep a supply of Sand, Rock Salt, or Non-clumping Kitty Litter to make walkways and steps less slippery.


 A basic emergency supply kit should include the following recommended items.

  • Water – at least a 3-day supply; 1 gallon per person per day
  • Food – at least a 3 day supply of non-perishable, easy to prepare food
  • Battery powered radio (extra batteries)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flashlight and Multi-purpose tool (pliers or wrench-to turn off utilities)
  • Medications (7 day supply)
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Baby Supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Pet supplies
  • Warm Clothing –Jacket/coat, long pants and long sleeved shirt
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items

 When evacuation is deemed necessary:

  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Extra Cash

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Whether you need emergency winter storm damage remediation or other restorative services, you can trust us to make your house feel like home again. We have the training, experience, and equipment to quickly get your home looking its best.

The Truth About Bleach and Mold

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Technician removing moldy material from the home.

For many households, chlorine bleach is generally seen as your “go-to” cleaner for tough jobs.  While bleach is well-known for its disinfecting properties that doesn't mean it's the best choice for mold - it has distinct drawbacks when cleaning flood impacted buildings.

It is a convenient cleaner and stain remover for hard, non-porous surfaces. Bleach is not made to “soak in”, therefore, its disinfecting properties are limited to a hard surface like tile or glass. If used on porous materials, such as wood and drywall, bleach will stay above the surface and only kill the mold on the surface, while the water is absorbed in.

The surface mold looks gone, but the fact is, if the mold is not removed from the material, it will most likely return and make your mold problem worse in the long run. Mold remediation requires a cleaner to reach deep down into wood and other porous building materials.

Further, its effectiveness in killing bacteria and mold is significantly reduced when it comes in contact with residual dirt, which is often present in flooded homes. If bleach water comes into contact with electrical components and other metal parts of mechanical systems it can cause corrosion. Bleach water can also compromise the effectiveness of termite treatments in the soil surrounding the building.

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn cares about the proper restoration of your home or business.  We have the know-how and the specialized equipment needed to assess and/or repair your damage.

Do Not Learn About Frozen Pipes the Hard Way

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

You may end up with water damage due to frozen pipes in your Brooklyn home

If you get deep, winter freezes in Brooklyn, NY, you’re probably already an expert. You know what areas of your home are the most susceptible. You know what to do in those areas to prevent pipe and water damage. Your action plan is in place. When the meteorologists warn of a hard freeze, you are ready,
Every action plan has some common elements.

  • Turn on all faucets so that they are just trickling. The theory is that moving water doesn’t freeze.
  • Expose your pipes to warmth. Open cupboards and closet doors. If possible, warm up pipes in uninsulated areas.
  • Closely monitor your home. Make sure the faucets continue trickling. Be ready to act in the event of a problem.

Despite your best efforts, there may still be situations where you end up with damage due to frozen pipes.

When They Break, Follow These Steps

  1. Put a bucket under the leak and shut off the water. There should be a shutoff that controls the flow of water into that pipe. Turn that shutoff immediately or, to be safe, shut off the main.

  2. Eliminate the standing water as quickly as possible. A wet vac works well in this situation. If you caught the leak quickly, a little do-it-yourself cleanup would do the job. If the water damage is substantial, consider bringing in flood remediation specialists to address the problem.

  3. Fix the broken pipe. First, be sure that the pipe is no longer frozen. Repair it if your plumbing skills are up to it. Patch it if you have the materials and a bit of know-how. Otherwise, call your plumber or that friend who knows how to do everything.

If You Are Vigilant and Prepared, Frozen Pipes Are Only a Nuisance

When the temperature plummets, follow your action plan. If you still end up with a problem, be ready to minimize the damage and make repairs. All that stands between a small problem and a catastrophe is you.

Will Renters Insurance Cover Fire Damage?

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Apartment fire in Park Slope,NY

Renters insurance can cover several expenses associated with a fire in a rented apartment or house. Most policies provide at least some property, liability and loss of use coverage. The amount of coverage may vary. Learn more about what this type of insurance may cover before reviewing the terms of your policy.

Renter's Property

A renter's policy should cover any losses a renter suffers due to a fire. This coverage is limited to the contents inside of an apartment or home and does not extend to the building materials or structure. There are several factors to consider:

  • Does the policy cover replacement cost?
  • Does the policy cover actual cash value?
  • What are the limits?

The best renters insurance policies will cover fire restoration or replacement costs. The actual cash value of electronics or furniture may not be sufficient to restore or replace damaged items.


Most policies also include a limited amount of liability coverage. This coverage may extend to:

  • Negligence resulting in an accidental fire
  • Injuries to third parties
  • Third-party property damage

In addition to these types of liability coverage, some coverage for medical payments to others may also be available. This is usually a small amount of no-fault coverage.

Loss of Use

Most policies also provide coverage for loss of use. This coverage will kick in if a rental property is uninhabitable, and may be used to offset:

  • Additional living expenses
  • Temporary relocation costs
  • Other necessities

Be sure to review the terms of a renters insurance policy to determine how much coverage will be available in each of these areas. The property owner will need to assess damage and arrange for fire damage mitigation and restoration. If a fire breaks out in a rental property in Park Slope, NY, contact the fire department as soon as possible and notify both the property owner and your insurance provider.

Mold Mitigation: Protecting Your Income Property From Water Damage

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water and mold damage in Greenpoint,NY

Mold Mitigation

One of the scariest things for any property owner is water showing up where it doesn’t belong because it typically signifies greater issues or concerns. For income property owners that concern is twofold because they are worried about the health of the property and the welfare of their tenants, especially as water damage can lead to mold growth. Mold prevention, however, is a simple process that can be implemented in any property.

1. Air Flow and Ventilation

Mold growth requires moisture, and moisture thrives in closed off humid locations. Therefore, to mitigate the potential threat of mold, you should ensure that there is sufficient airflow and ventilation throughout your property by installing vented appliances, air conditioning and dehumidifiers.

2. Waterproofing and Roof Repair

Two of the main culprits for water damage are roof damage and poor seals around plumbing, windows and foundations. Performing annual roof inspections can pinpoint many problems, like missing shingles, damaged flashing and gutter issues, before they lead to leaks in the home. Additionally, checking the interior of basements and windows after storms for water can help you pinpoint any sealant issues.

3. Landscape Grading

Improper grading of landscaping can lead to water buildup in your property’s basement, which can lead to the development of mold, especially if the basement isn’t sealed correctly. Try to ensure that all landscaping is graded away from the house and toward external sewers.

4. Mold Resistant Products

Beyond preventing moisture damage, you can install mold resistant products, like mold-resistant Sheetrock and drywall or paint with mold inhibitors. These products offer hard exterior coatings or chemical composition that make water absorption impossible and therefore mold growth impossible as well. For more information on mold-resistant products and possible installation, you can contact a local mold remediation specialist in the Greenpoint, NY, area.

Water damage can lead to the development of mold, but for vigilant property managers and owners, who take mold prevention seriously, it doesn’t have to be too concerning. By ensuring proper ventilation, structural integrity and adequate landscape grading of your property, you can alleviate both your tenants and your own concerns.

Is a Rental Property Owner Responsible for Fire Damage?

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage in Park Slope,NY

Owners and tenants may be uncertain about who bears responsibility for damage mitigation and restoration after an apartment fire or a fire at another rental property. Property owners are usually responsible for damage to the property itself, and tenants are responsible for cleaning or replacing their own contents. Find out more about liability for fire damage to rental properties located in Park Slope, NY.

Structural Damage

Landlords are responsible for damage to the property, including:

  • Building materials
  • Structural components
  • Electrical and plumbing systems
  • Interior materials such as carpet

A homeowner's insurance policy should cover the cost of cleaning, repairing, or replacing these components after an apartment fire. This coverage can offset the cost of professional mitigation and restoration.

Damaged Contents

Tenants have the responsibility to repair or replace their own property, including:

  • Belongings
  • Clothing
  • Electronics
  • Furniture

Landlords may want to recommend that tenants obtain renter's insurance. These affordable policies can help with the costs of content cleaning, restoration, or replacing losses.

Insurance Claims

As soon as a property owner finds out that a fire has occurred, there are several steps he or she should take:

  • Document the damage
  • Contact the homeowner's insurance provider
  • Schedule an appointment with a claims adjuster
  • Proceed with filing a fire damage claim

An adjuster can guide rental property owners through the process of filing a claim. If tenants have renter's insurance, they should also document damage and file a claim through their insurance provider. These claims are entirely separate.

Property owners and tenants both bear some responsibility for cleaning, repairs, and replacing items after an apartment fire or an incident in another type of rental property in Park Slope,NY. Damage mitigation experts can clean and restore damaged building materials and contents. Homeowner's and renter's policies may be able to cover some or all of the cleanup and restoration costs related to the structure or contents.

The Snow Miser is Real: Protecting Your Home This Winter Season

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

Protect your home in Greenpoint,NY from winter storm

Protecting Your Home This Winter Season

A winter storm can produce beautiful scenery in its wake, and it can be easy to overlook the level of damage that is sustained when overwhelmed by the snowglobe-like appeal. However, as a homeowner, it is essential to remedy any potential threats before they cause significant structural damage.

1. Avoid an Indoor Blizzard

A blizzard belongs outside of your home, but with the combination of strong winds and ice, it is possible that the storm may end up overwhelming your property inside and out. Blizzards have a reputation for blowing open doors or even sending ice chunks through windows, and when no one is around this can lead to interior water damage. Invest in durable storm doors and windows to help prevent this type of loss.

2. Prevent Potential Roof Collapse

Living in Greenpoint, NY, it is not uncommon for a winter storm to unload significant amounts of snow, and while that may not be an issue for people with a steep roofline or metal shingles, others may experience significant roof damage and possibly even collapse. Thankfully there are tools and other solutions to prevent snow buildup on your roof.

  • Roof Rakes
  • Heating cables
  • Calcium chloride tablets

3. Ensure You’re Using Snow Removal Equipment Properly

While winter can cause several problems for your home, damaging your property in the process of removing snow is not unheard of. Snow blowers are powerful machines, and when chutes are not correctly controlled that machine can send ice hurling through the air and your beautiful bay window.

4. Have Assistance on Speed Dial

While there are many ways to prevent storm damage in the winter, no method is foolproof. It can be a good idea to have the contact information of emergency restoration services in your area. Additionally, it may be worthwhile to customize an emergency response plan as a precautionary measure.

A winter storm is easy to overlook as a threat because inside you are removed from the immediate danger, but that snow and those winds can be detrimental to the structure of your home. Therefore, to avoid damage, invest in precautionary tools and solutions and always have a backup plan.

How Can Renters Insurance Help With Fire Damage?

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Get insurance to protect your personal belongings

You probably know someone who has been through a home fire in Bay Ridge,NY. They are eager to share lessons learned the hard way. One of those lessons is that insurance can help protect your family financially if a fire should affect your home.

Here are a few ways renters insurance can help protect you from fire:

  1. Protect personal property. Your landlord’s insurance will cover the building and items that belong to the landlord, but your items are not included in that coverage. As a renter, you need a policy to provide replacement value of personal property lost from fire damage.

  2. Prevent financial destruction from liability. Most renters insurance policies include protection in case you accidently start the fire. Of course, this doesn’t cover intentional or criminal conduct.

  3. Provide money for accommodations. Make sure your policy includes this coverage, which provides for hotel fees or the expense of relocation. A loss of use can help pay for you to live somewhere else if your current space becomes uninhabitable from a disaster, like fire.

Renters insurance is affordable, costing around $30 per month. It provides coverage of your belongings no matter where they are damaged or stolen, and it covers a variety of different types of disasters. Be sure to remember that flood damage still requires separate coverage, but fire and other disasters, such as wind, lightning, theft and vandalism, are usually covered. Coverage may have some limits, so consider getting a rider for special items that may be very valuable.

You need insurance to protect your personal belongings. It’s up to the landlord to have adequate coverage for the building and any furnishings that are included. Fire restoration can encompass many different types of damage including water, smoke and soot. A good restoration company will be able to handle all types of damage, working with you to minimize loss and clean your belongings when it is possible to do so.

Safeguarding Your Business: Preparing for Hurricane Season

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Take steps to prepare for natural disasters and emergencies in your Park Slope,NY business

Many business owners wonder about how to prepare their business for the storm season, especially when they are in areas where hurricane damage is a possibility. The steps below will help you establish a plan for safeguarding your company and property.

1. Safeguard Your Building

When high winds threaten to damage your business, there are precautions you can take to protect your building. Before storm season, you can invest in storm shutters to protect against flying debris. Additionally, if a hurricane is approaching, you can anchor large furniture, elevate fragile equipment, and even place sandbags around the property to prevent flooding.

2. Safeguard Your Documents

Hurricane damage is a threat to more than the physical environment. As a business owner, you may want to create backups for essential documents and compile a list of emergency contacts in case operations need to shut down. Additionally, you may want to invest in waterproof containers for any paper files or store hard copies and backups in an off-site locale.

3. Safeguard Your Sanity

Storm season can often be a high-stress time of year for any business owner, so to protect your sanity and ensure continuity of operations, you may want to create a preparedness checklist. A checklist will ensure that employees know what to do in case of an emergency. Also, a checklist should have a list of contacts and procedural notes to ensure that vital operations are maintained during business interruptions.

4. Safeguard Your Future Operations

Besides creating a plan for employees and managers, you may want to contact an emergency preparedness company in Park Slope, NY, to help you come up with a plan for cleanup and restoration. Some companies will develop emergency action plans specific to your company, and they will act on those plans immediately following a disaster.

Hurricane damage, water damage, and property damage are all possibilities during storm season, but with the right tools and preparation, you can safeguard your business. By installing preventative tools, creating a preparedness checklist, and even creating plans for the worst-case scenario, you can help secure the continued operations of your company no matter the season.

The Cost of Flood Damage: 3 Factors To Consider

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

Flooded basement in a Brooklyn, NY home

Flooding can come from a variety of sources, from overflowing washing machines and toilets to storms, and can affect your Brooklyn, NY, home in several ways. You may be looking at a large damage repair bill in the aftermath. Understanding what might impact the total cost can help you plan a budget and avoid financial surprises that could put you deep into debt.

1. The Size of the Flood

Because each flooding event is different, considering the size of the one you are dealing with can help you estimate the cost of repairs. For example, if poor drainage and a few rainy days result in basement water that is more than a foot deep, you may have to rent a sump pump to remove it. Smaller floods can be cheaper to remedy, but if mold develops afterward, you may have to call in a flood damage and mold removal company to handle it properly.

2. The Condition of the Water

As you try to estimate your flood damage repair bill, keep in mind that the condition of the water may affect how simple the cleanup will be. If the flood came from an outdoor source, such as an overflowing stream or creek, then cleanup technicians will likely label the water a category 3 or “black water” situation. This water could contain human and animal feces, chemical waste and other toxins that make it potentially hazardous to handle without professional assistance.

3. The Damage to Your Home’s Interior

It can be difficult to gauge the cost of the damage caused by the average flood because it may depend on where the water entered your home and the depth it reached. For instance, a basement flood may be less damaging than one from a large storm-fueled flood that affected the main floor of your home and its contents.

Flood damage repair costs can depend on several factors when water invades your Brooklyn, NY, home. Understanding each of these factors can help you prepare a budget and stay on track with what needs to be done to restore your home.

Don’t Flush Your Savings down the Drain: Understanding Sewer Backups and Homeowner Claims

9/16/2018 (Permalink)

The rainy season in flood zones can produce a lot of anxiety for homeowners. Especially, when you consider that basic home insurance policies may not cover damage incurred by a sewer backup, meaning that if sewage starts spilling over your toilet, contaminating and damaging your home, you may be left footing the bill; however, even if your policy covers backups, there are still some things that you should understand.

1. Understand the Potential Causes of a Backup

A sewage backup typically doesn’t happen without reason, and sometimes these reasons are things you have control over. For instance, one of the main causes of a backup is a blockage in the line due to roots. Shrubs, bushes, trees can produce roots that are dense enough to break through your sewer lines, clogging the pipes and ultimately causing a backup.

2. Understand Common Prevention Tactics

Understanding how a sewer backup occurs enables you to perform preventative maintenance. For instance, you can ensure that no trees or shrubs are encroaching in areas where the waste lines run. You can also ensure that you dispose of things like grease and paper properly, and you can install a backwater prevention valve.

3. Understand the Cleanup Process

In the unfortunate event that you experience a sewage backup, you should familiarize yourself with the cleanup process, which includes a lot of wet vacuuming, mopping, disinfecting, and any other contaminant removal. However, it may be a good idea to call in restoration specialists to assist you in this process, and it will likely be a requirement by any insurance coverage you may have.

4. Understand the Process of Filing a Claim

Most insurance companies expect certain things when clients file claims. For instance, you should have before and after photos of the damaged area. You should itemize a list of property that was damaged or lost. And, you should contact your insurance representative immediately. It is also a good idea to save any receipts related to any restoration work.

Nobody wants to experience a sewer backup, but if you are in Brooklyn, NY, it is necessary to understand the basics and to know what your homeowner policy covers.

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Preventing Water Damage on Your Construction Site

9/16/2018 (Permalink)

If you own a construction company, you know that there are many things that could go awry during the construction process. One of those issues is potential water damage. At any stage of construction, you may discover you need water pipe repair or a better drainage system. The weather may even play a role. Here are some common ways that water damage could happen on your construction site in Brooklyn, NY, and how to either avoid or fix them.

Poor Drainage

Water needs a place to go, and if you don't direct it to where you want it to be, you could have a bad situation on your hands. If drainage pipes get clogged or there's more water than space to move it to, you could end up with a flooded site. There are a few ways to ensure proper drainage:

• Keep soil around the site graded
• Set up barriers, such as sandbags, around the perimeter
• Install screens on your drains to filter out debris
• Designate a specific place for water to drain

Poorly Installed Piping

A badly installed or poorly fitted pipe could lead to the inevitable need for water pipe repair. If the pipes leak, you may have a soppy mess at best and possibly water damage in the building. The site manager should inspect the pipes before water is pumped through them and sign off on their use.

Inclement Weather

A broken pipe isn't the only thing that can cause large leaks. Buildings under construction are particularly vulnerable to adverse weather conditions because they are open and exposed. You can install temporary roofs to shield the building from harm.

Material Storage

Just like the interior of your building, your materials should be protected, too. Store them in a separate, waterproof shed or inside the building on a raised platform under a tarp. This protects the materials from water that comes from above or below.

Whether your flooding stems from a need for water pipe repair, better drainage or sunnier weather, it can be just as expensive to remedy as a finished building. Plan ahead to protect your construction site from water damage.

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When Renters Insurance Will and Will Not Cover Mold Damage

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Ceiling Mold Damage

Instead of asking whether or not rental insurance covers mold damage, you should consider rephrasing the question to "Does renters' insurance cover mildew damage or mold remediation?" Phrased like this, you have a better idea of what to look for when perusing your renters' insurance policy. During your review, you should look for the following items:

• Exclusions
• Duty to mitigate
• Mold caused by a covered peril

Within each of these sections, you should find information regarding what type of damage is and is not covered.


Typically, the limits on mildew damage in a rental insurance policy are relatively low, at right around $5,000. This should be enough to cover the cost of damage. If the damage is more than $5,000, the insurance company might assume that the damage was present for a while and that you failed to mitigate it in time.

Duty To Mitigate

If the mold was present before you moved in, or if it’s a result of an inherent defect with the property, then mold removal is likely the landlord's responsibility. However, if the damage was caused by a covered peril, and if it could have been stopped from spreading, the insurance company may only cover it up to the point where you should have known about it. For instance, if the damage was caused by a leaky pipe, and if you knew about the leaky pipe but failed to inform your landlord of it so he or she could make the repair, damage caused to your belongings may not be covered.

Mold Caused by a Covered Peril

If the mold damage was caused by, say, the water from a hose used to put out a fire, and if fire is covered under your policy, then the damage should be covered by your policy. However, you likely must prove that you made a good faith effort to prevent the damage from becoming worse.

If you discover mold on your rental property, reach out to the mold remediation experts in Brooklyn, NY, to discuss remediation options. The experts can also help you examine your rental insurance policy and determine whether or not the damage is covered.

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Who Is Responsible for Apartment Rental Fire Repair?

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Brooklyn apartment fire damage can a complete loss

There is plenty to worry about when renting out apartments to tenants. Liability is often a major concern when renting out living spaces in Brooklyn, NY. By being knowledgeable of liability for an apartment fire, you can plan ahead when an unexpected fire strikes your property.

What If the Fire Is Due to Disrepair?

As the landlord, the building’s general upkeep is an obligation. Whenever the building burns down due to an unpreventable accident, commercial insurance comes into play to treat the fire damage. When a fire is due to neglecting upkeep on electrical systems or failing to fix a problem brought to your attention, you are additionally liable in other damages to the tenant:

• Damaged possessions
• Wage loss
• Temporary living arrangements
• Any additional damages claimed against you

When an insurance claim is filed, it’ll be inspected for a root cause. If it is proven to be due to failure to keep the building safe and habitable, the tenant is able to file a claim for damages. It’s helpful to take pictures and document anything you find as soon as it’s safe to enter after the apartment fire is contained. By doing so, you will have evidence to refute any future false claims.

What Is a Tenant Responsible For?

If the fire is determined to be no party’s fault, the tenant is responsible for replacing their own possessions. The landlord’s insurance still covers the building’s repair. The tenant’s risk for property loss can be alleviated by purchasing renters’ insurance beforehand.

If the tenant is discovered to have set the fire intentionally or due to gross negligence, he or she will be liable for both the building and possessions.

How Is the Damage Repaired?

After insurance is contacted, the next step is to seek out fire damage repair experts in the area. These companies use industrial machines to restore and replace damaged property. Regardless of liability, the damage can be treated. Knowledge of apartment fire liability allows you to assess and plan for where the bill is going to end up.

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How To Stop Sewer Smells From Getting in Your Building

8/18/2018 (Permalink)

If a sewer smell permeates your commercial building in Brooklyn, NY, it can be bad for business morale. Not only will your workers hate coming in, but your customers might start to avoid the store too. Thankfully, you can turn to a commercial cleaning team to help you get rid of the bad smell.

However, you don't have to let it get that far. You can take some preventative steps to keep the bad smell of the sewer out of your building from the start.

1. Check on the toilet trap. You might not be that familiar with the function of your toilet trap. This u-shaped pipe connects your toilet's drain to the rest of the sewer line. The bend of the plumbing traps a small amount of waste water. The waste water actually works to block sewer gas from coming into your building. Have a plumber or another professional inspect the trap regularly to make sure it does not dry out.

2. Clean plumbing vents. Your building is probably equipped with plumbing vents designed to release sewer odors to the outside rather than back into your space. If these vents were to get blocked up by, you may start to notice a sewer smell inside. Regularly cleaning the vents helps reduce the chances of a blockage.

3. Inspect drain lines. The drain lines of your sinks and toilets are supposed to carry sewage away from your building. However, cracks and holes can form in this piping. When this happens, the sewage may release underneath your building or even inside of it. This backup can leave you with a smelly mess.

Proper maintenance and vigilance can help you keep your business from acquiring the feared sewer smell. If a sewage disaster does happen, you need to address the problem as quickly as possible to avoid a lingering smell on your property.

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4 Things To Do When Your Basement Floods

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

The last thing you want to find in your Brooklyn, NY, home is a flooded basement. However, after a big storm, pipe burst or sewage backup, you may have to deal with this catastrophe. How should you deal with standing water in your basement?

1. Call in the Professionals: As a homeowner, you may try to take care of some projects on your own. Dealing with standing water in any part of your home requires expertise. A professional residential flood remediation team can help you figure out the best repair plan that falls under your insurance coverage.

2. Remove Standing Water: The professionals will work hard to remove standing water from your home. A basement flood should be drained before anyone enters the lower levels of your home. Make sure the electricity to the basement is turned off before anyone goes into the water for added safety. In fact, it's best if the water is removed with a shop vac and other equipment that does not require someone to stand in the waters.

3. Salvage Content: Some of your belongings may be salvageable. Any nonporous materials can be cleaned and dried out. Other items, such as electronics and appliances, may need to be thrown away rather than saved. Let the experts help you clean your belongings so you can make sure everything is done right.

4. Prevent More Flooding: You do not want to have to deal with a basement flood regularly. To save yourself some hassle in the future, you should think about installing a sump pump. This equipment can help keep water from building up.

A basement flood can surprise you. You go to bed one night and wake up the next morning to find standing water in the lower levels of your house. Acting quickly can help you avoid mold growth and other secondary damage caused by standing water.

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Best Ways to Prepare for Flood Damage

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Preparing for flood damage in your home or business can give you piece of mind to ensure your safety

Depending on where you live in Brooklyn, NY, your home may stand in a flood zone. If flooding is a strong possibility in your area, it’s critical that you take the proper precautions so you can mitigate damage to your home and personal property. You may not be able to completely stop water from getting into your house, but you can minimize its harmful effects.

Assemble an Emergency Kit

If you wait to start preparing for a flood once the rain starts falling or once water begins creeping into your house, it’s too late. You need to get ready today with the proper materials to help ensure your safety and well-being from flood damage. Include these items:

• Non-perishable food
• First aid kit
• Extra batteries
• Flashlight
• Toiletries and hygiene items

Clean Your Rain Gutters

If a major rainstorm hits your area, the storm damage can be severe, especially if your rain gutters aren’t diverting water from your home. Make sure you remove leaves, dirt and other debris from your rain gutters. If you fail to do this, water could pool up near your foundation which could then find its way into your home.

Clean Your Storm Drains

Other problem areas when it comes to flooding are the storm drains in front of your home. If these are cluttered with garbage and other materials, you could be in trouble if a large storm rolls through your area. It’s vital that you clean out these gutters, so they don’t overflow and put your home in danger. If you don’t have the equipment and expertise to handle this task on your own, you can contact an experienced company that specializes in this type of maintenance.

You can’t always predict when flooding will affect you and your home, but you can prepare yourself. Follow these tips, and you can have peace of mind that you’re doing all you can to ensure your safety.

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Why Dryer Vents Need Cleaning

7/21/2018 (Permalink)

Proper maintenance and Repairs can prevent future damages

When your dryer blows hot air on the tumbling clothes inside the barrel, the residual hot, humid blast is generally expelled through a hose attached to the back of the drying unit itself. The hose is then attached to a dryer vent that allows the hot breeze and fabric lint to move away from the clothes and out of your home. If the dryer lint accumulates in the vent and reduces the airflow needed for efficient use of the dryer, the heating element can overheat. Since lint is a highly combustible material, a lint fire can then easily start.

Startling Dryer Fire Statistics

Statistics show that clothes dryer fires are more common than most people may believe. In fact, improper cleaning of dryers is estimated to cost over $100 million each year. There are other surprising statistics:

• There are approximately 15,500 fires attributed to clothes dryer blazes each year.
• More than a dozen deaths result from dryer fires yearly.
• Clogged dry vents can cause carbon monoxide poisoning, which injures more than 200 people annually.

With the additional number of injuries caused by lint fire issues, it is easy to understand why dryer safety is important and considered a seriously neglected home maintenance routine.

Simple Signs of Clogged Dryer Vents

If you are worried that your dryer vent has become clogged, or if you haven’t cleaned the tube in over a year, there could be a problem with overheating. If the clothes feel overly hot at the end of their drying cycle, the vent could be blocked. Also, if you notice a burning smell while the dryer is running, the vent is probably full of lint. Moreover, when you see lint lying on the ground near the outside vent, the dryer air removal system may need cleaning.

Advantages of Proper Repair and Maintenance

If you do have a lint fire in Brooklyn, NY, you can call in a team of fire damage experts to get your home restored quickly. The professionals can also make sure your new dryer venting system is connected properly and expelling efficiently.

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Two Ways To Prevent Mold’s Pungent Presence in Your Commercial Building

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Mold Damage

Believe it or not, mold can appear in even the cleanest commercial buildings in Brooklyn, NY. The fungus spores are spread by air currents and can easily move inside through open doors or windows. Once indoors, the spore waits for a small amount of moisture to awaken its growth potential. So, when a pipe breaks and causes water damage, or the humidity gets high, a mold colony can suddenly appear. As the fungus matures, it often produces a pungent yeasty smell to announce its presence. To prevent mold from growing in your commercial building, find the smell and fight back.

Mold Loves Dampness and Darkness

Mold can build a colony in as little as 48 hours if the area is dark and damp. Wet rags and mops hidden in a maintenance closet can be perfect breeding grounds for spores to take seed. Stacks of papers in storage rooms or basements can also develop mold colonies that produce a musty smell when the hot, humid summer days begin. Try these three tactics to prevent mold growth on wet items:

• Dry the fabrics out before storing.
• Store paper in a climate-controlled room.
• Regularly inspect storage areas for potential mold.

Mold Loves To Hide

If your building has experienced water damage from a broken pipe or an overflowing toilet, mold may be lurking inside walls or under cabinets. If tenants or clients begin complaining about a powerful, unpleasant odor in the restroom a week or two after the flood, you probably have a hidden fungus colony. Consider calling a professional mold removal team to assess the situation and remove the mold by cleaning and sanitizing the area.

Mold Can Be Stopped

Water damage and dark rooms can offer a perfect environment for mold growth. However, once you or your maintenance people learn to recognize the earthy, musty smell that proceeds mold growth, mold prevention can become almost second nature.

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How To Avoid Water Damage in Your Home

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Kitchen water damage in Brooklyn, New York

Owning a home comes with many responsibilities. When you have excess water in your home, you may have to call water restoration specialists to take care of problems caused by a broken pipe that went unnoticed. With regular maintenance and inspection, however, you can avoid extensive water damage by finding problems before they get to the point of causing damage.

General Issues

Any component of the plumbing system in your home in Brooklyn, NY, has the potential to cause problems if it breaks. When you inspect your home, there are several things to look for:

• A clogged shower, sink or toilet
• Drippy faucets
• Leaks under sinks
• A toilet that is constantly refilling, even when not being flushed

To avoid long-term issues with these problems, fix them right away. Replace valves and seals that are broken or faulty. Pay attention to your water bill, as a hidden leak could spike it considerably and cause excess water in your home, leaving you with a need for pipe cleanup. Look for corrosion or mold growth, and keep the humidity levels steady.

Appliance Care

Any appliance that uses water also needs regular maintenance to prevent a water damage situation. Old hoses and supply lines can form cracks. It is important to have a professional inspect your water heater every two years and perform regular maintenance. Other appliances, such as your washing machine, need to be at least three inches from a wall to keep hoses from being crowded and developing kinks that can lead to leaks. Replace kinked hoses that you find during your regular inspections.

HVAC Maintenance

Schedule regular maintenance of your HVAC system. Professionals can clean the coils and determine if any parts need to be replaced. Condensation on anything but a cooling suction line can cause water damage over time as it drips on the most convenient surface around it.

Water in your home can cause severe damage. You can circumvent many problems, however, simply by having a regular maintenance schedule.

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How To Prevent Pesky Bird Roosting Problems

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Birds can roost in your Commercial Business

Birds can be amazing animals, and your flighty friends are not generally considered parasites in Brooklyn, NY. In fact, they can often welcomed for their delightful songs and amazing colors. But sometimes the feathered mammals may not be wanted because what they often leave behind requires constant bird cleaning. When birds choose to nest in rooftops, inhabit building eaves, and contaminate entryways, commercial building owners may begin to consider them pests.

A Struggle

Although bird removal may sound easy, it can be a real struggle. As creatures of habit, birds typically like to nest in the same area year after year. So, hundreds of years ago communities began to fight back with simple creative art pieces. This often included:

• setting scarecrows in the fields
• placing moving objects on top of buildings
• using hanging, colorful, and noisy objects from eaves

People believed that by being proactive they could scare the birds away before nesting began. For the most part, it worked. Now modern pest control methods continue the age-old theme.

A Combination

Scientists specializing in ornithology suggest using a combination of three things to remove birds. They are:

• deterrent odors
• random noises
• arbitrary movement

The experts do warn, however, that birds can be intelligent creatures and can quickly assimilate to one or two warning methods. To create an effective deterrent, the hazing tactics can be routinely changed to continue to scare the birds away and prevent the building from needing further bird cleaning.

A Prevention

By using a rotating combination of irritating noises, unpleasant odors, flashing metallic strips, and replica statutes of predatory birds, the nesting troublemakers can be kept at bay with little problem. The trick is often to prevent them from nesting the first time, so the feather pests don’t get the urge to return to their nesting home.

A Removal

To help remove the mess birds have previously caused to the building, contact a team specializing in cleaning even the most difficult of bird cleaning messes. The dedicated team may also have information or products specifically designed to help deter birds in Brooklyn, NY.

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3 Important Items To Keep in Your Business' Emergency Medical Kit

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Keep a fully stocked First Aid kit available in your Brooklyn business

Keeping your employees and customers safe can be an important part of being a responsible Brooklyn, NY, business owner. Posting warning signs in dangerous areas and following state and federal safety protocol can help keep your property safe. However, if an accident should occur, being prepared with a stocked first aid kit might mean the difference between being able to help an injured individual and having to wait until help arrives. If you are creating a kit for the first time, there are several items you may want to include.

1. A Variety Pack of Bandages

Cuts and scrapes may heal more quickly when they are covered with a sterile bandage, and covering a wound may also reduce the risk of infection by preventing dirt and bacteria from contaminating injured skin. However, since it can be difficult to predict the size of a wound, it is a good idea to keep a variety pack of bandages, all in different sizes and shapes, in your medical kit. Consider keeping flexible bandages on hand to cover scrapes on knees and elbows that might be incurred in a fall.

2. Large Gauze Pads

Gauze pads can be effective in covering wounds and stemming the flow of blood from a wound. Having large pads on hand means you can fold them for thickness if necessary. It is wise to keep several large sheets of gauze, up to eight inches long and ten inches wide, in your first aid kit.

3. A Complete Directory of Emergency Numbers

You may have a list of emergency numbers posted in your office or in the breakroom. However, keeping a backup directory in your emergency kit can help you contact a storm damage cleanup service and other emergency repair numbers if your business floods and you cannot access the posted list. Consider laminating your backup list to protect it from water and staining.

Keeping a fully-stocked first aid kit available at your Brooklyn, NY, business can help you act quickly in case of an injury. While emergencies are often unpredictable, being prepared may give you peace of mind that you can handle them if they should arise.

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Does Your Insurance Cover Mold

5/13/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning your car frequently to ensure mold and mildew doesn't grow

If you’re wondering whether your insurance pays for mold remediation in Brooklyn, NY, the short answer, unfortunately, is probably not. Because every policy is different, you should always call your insurance provider with specific questions, but chances are slim mold is covered. That’s because homeowners insurance doesn’t cover most types of water damage likely to lead to a mold problem. If you have fungus growth due to any of the following, your insurance is very unlikely to cover it.

• Leaks due to a lack of maintenance
• High humidity
• Poor ventilation
• Condensation
• Water seepage due to poor drainage
• Flooding

If you have specifically purchased flood insurance, you may have mold coverage, but nothing is guaranteed. Check your policy or contact your provider for specifics.

What Is Mold Exclusion?

There are some types of water damage likely to be covered by homeowners insurance. A burst water pipe, for example, is almost always covered. You may also have coverage for your sump pump or a backed up sewer. Even if these types of water damage are covered by your policy, remediation for fungus growth may not be. Many insurance companies have started including an explicit ‘mold exclusion’ in their policies. These state outright that mold remediation will not be covered under any circumstances.

Even if your policy doesn’t include a mold exclusion, it may set a cap on how much it will pay for mold remediation. Alternatively, it may only pay for certain things, such as mold removal or mold testing.

What Can You Do?

As a homeowner, you have a few options for how to handle mold remediation in Brooklyn, NY. The best thing you can do is prevent fungus growth to begin with. There are a number of preventative steps you can take, including the following.

• Keep indoor humidity below 50%
• Do regular maintenance
• Landscape so groundwater drains away from house
• Keep rooms well ventilated

Some insurers also offer the option of paying more for mold insurance, however, the coverage may still be fairly limited. If you’re struggling with mold, talk to a claims adjuster or a SERVPRO representative to find out what your options are.

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3 Quick Tips for Cleaning a Barbeque Grill

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning your grill can prevent future fire damages

Few foods taste as good as those that have been cooked outdoors on a barbeque grill. From mouth-watering burgers to steaks and grilled veggies, there are dozens of meals to enjoy. However, one important aspect of becoming a grill master in Brooklyn, NY, is learning how to operate your barbeque safely, including using effective cleansing techniques. Proper grill cleaning may reduce the risk of fire or your need for a fire damage and restoration service, and there are several steps you can take to ensure your unit is always clean and ready to use.

1. Begin While the Grill Is Warm

Removing thick grease and baked-on residue can be difficult when the grill is cold, so cleaning the unit while it is still somewhat warm may make the job easier. Wait until you can touch the racks comfortably and then prepare for grill cleaning by gathering a pair of rubber gloves and a grill brush before filling a bucket with hot, soapy water large enough to immerse the grates.

2. Disconnect and Dismantle the Grill

Before you perform any grill maintenance, check to ensure all the dials are in the off position, then turn off and disconnect the propane tank. Remove the grates and the drip pan and place them in the bucket of soapy water to soak. Next, clean the underside of the grill’s hood to remove residue that can build up there and cause a grease fire. You can guard the heating elements from dripping water and grease by covering them with heavy-duty foil.

3. Rinse and Reassemble

Once you scrub out the inside of the grill, pull the drip pan and grates from the soak bucket, scrub and rinse them with a hose and place them back inside the unit. Remove the foil and wipe down the outer surface to finish the job.

Becoming the neighborhood grill master in Brooklyn, NY, includes understanding the importance of proper grill cleaning. When you put cleanliness first, your family, friends and neighbors can enjoy delicious barbeque meals safely.

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5 Tips for Dealing With a Minor Burn

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fires could break out at your business at anytime

The workplace is full of unexpected twists. Small fires may break out or employees may get burned using kitchen appliances. No matter what caused a workplace burn in Brooklyn, NY, you likely want to address it as quickly as possible. Calling in a commercial fire remediation team to assess any fire damage done to the building can be a huge help to the situation. For minor burns to an employee, consider these helpful tips.

1. Provide pain relief. Burns can be painful. Ibuprofen or acetaminophen may help relieve some of the hurt. A cool compress or cold running water over the affected area can also help alleviate pain and may reduce swelling.

2. Remove tight items. Part of burn first aid is knowing that this injury can cause areas to swell. If the injured person is wearing rings or a tight bracelet near the damaged skin, it may be beneficial to remove the objects before the swelling kicks in.

3. Avoid causing more damage. After fire damage at work, burn victims with minor injuries may be tempted to pop blisters. However, this skin actual acts as a protective layer against infection. If you want to avoid causing more damage, try to keep these blisters intact.

4. Protect the burn. Another major part of first aid is protecting the injured area. You can do this by applying antibiotic ointment, aloe vera lotion and bandages.

5. Seek medical attention. Even though the burn has been deemed minor, it is still a good idea to have all employees see a doctor or nurse to assess the injury. This can help you make sure everyone's burns are properly taken care of.

Commercial fires can be serious problems. Whether people are hurt or the building is damaged, you want to start the healing process as quickly as possible. Getting the fire damage assessed right away may make it easier for you to get your company back up and running.

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3 Steps for Repairing Discolored Ceiling Tiles

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

Ceiling Mold Damage

You may not think of discolored ceiling tiles at your Brooklyn, NY, business property as anything to be concerned about. However, staining may be an indication of problems that could add up to major costs later. Tile mold and other stains caused by an abundance of moisture might be causing damage to your building’s ceiling. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to resolve the problem and prevent many long-term issues in the future.

1. Note the Nature of the Staining

Before you can have your ceiling repaired, noting what type of tile discoloration you are seeing may help water damage and restoration specialists resolve the issue faster. Light brown, irregular stains may be a sign of a slow leak in your roof, while green or black stains might be tile mold from previous or unseen water damage. Take photos if possible, and let your restoration specialists know how many rooms are affected.

2. Move Equipment and Employees

Even if you cannot see a ceiling leak, it may be affecting the room it is in. If the discoloration is mold, employee activity may be disturbing patches and sending additional spores into the air, where they can travel through your building’s ventilation system and settle elsewhere. You may want to move equipment and employees away from the area until the restoration crew arrives.

3. Ask Questions

Water damage techs may advise you on what is causing the discolorations on your ceiling tile and offer you remediation options. This is a good time to ask them any questions you may have about the repair process and how they plan to handle any mold issues they uncover. If the problem is a slow leak, you might want to ask your techs if you will require separate roof repair or if they can handle it.

There may be several reasons why your Brooklyn, NY, commercial building’s ceiling tiles are stained. Tile mold, slow leaks and other issues may be present; however, quick remediation is possible when you know which steps to take.

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Dealing With Damaged Electronics After a Flood

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding can damage electronics and more in your commercial building

If your Park Slope, NY, business is ever affected by water damage, you may find you are the proud owner of tons of flooded electronics. You may be wondering what you can do with a variety of electronics, including the following:

• Computers
• Motor Circuits
• Surge Protectors
• Cables
• Manufacturing Equipment

Like with other flood damage, a commercial remediation team may be able to help you figure out what to do with your belongings. You can also use these tips as you try to get past the flooding.

Assess the Damage

The first thing you need to do when considering electronic damage is assess what has happened to each piece of equipment. You may find that some items can be reconditioned by a trained professional. Because electronic devices can be dangerous if damaged by flooding, you may want to let an expert do the assessment of your belongings. This person can tell you what can be saved and how to best go about drying out and restoring your electrical devices.

Replace the Items

In some cases, your only course of action will be to replace your electronics. If you have a commercial flooding insurance policy, your insurance provider may help you cover the costs of replacing flooded electronics. If you don't have this type of coverage, you may have to buy all of your equipment out of pocket. As you consider which items you need to discard, make a replacement plan. Pick the items you need right away to do business and buy them first. You can wait to replace other electronics you don't need on a daily basis.

Flooding can turn your life upside down. The water can damage the structure of your commercial building as well as the belongings you keep inside. Many electronic items get completely destroyed when covered in water. A specialist may be able to help you better figure out which flooded electronics can be restored and which need to be replaced.

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If You Want To Serve and Protect, Here’s What You Need To Know

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

Be prepared to serve and protect for any type of restoration emergency

A career as a first responder can be exciting, fulfilling and rewarding, but it can also be very dangerous. As a responder, you will be asked to enter buildings and spaces from which others flee. To protect yourself, and to maximize your ability to help others, there are some precautions that you can take beforehand:

• Get your immunizations.
• Invest in the proper gear.
• Brush up on safety hazards.
• Know protocol.

Vaccinations Are Essential

Individuals who work in flood response are required to get two vaccinations: tetanus and hepatitis B. However, because flood waters are so dirty, and because you have no idea what type of germs you will come into contact with as a first responder, you should also talk to your doctor about getting the hepatitis A, cholera, rabies, typhoid and meningococcal vaccines. Though the rate of exposure is low, it doesn’t hurt to give your immune system a little boost.

Invest in the Right Gear

Though your department should provide you with the right gear, it’s helpful to know which gear is absolutely necessary. Chemical-resistant outer clothing, protective eye gear, and plastic or rubber gloves and boots are necessary for keeping contaminants out and your body safe.

Know the Risks

What type of gear you wear also depends on the type of risk you’re dealing with. For instance, if you’re working in a moldy home, chemical-resistant outer clothing may not be necessary, but a face mask would be. Know the risks so that you can show up prepared.

Know Protocol

You cannot help others if you yourself aren’t sure what to do. Brush up on standard protocol, and make it a point to further your education every chance you get. Also, do not assume that because you’re a disaster responder that you are immune from danger yourself. If you experience nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, dizziness, extreme fatigue or other strange symptoms post-disaster, reach out to a medical professional ASAP.

Being a first responder in Brooklyn NY, can be very rewarding. To make it even more so, get your immunizations, invest in the right gear and understand protocol.

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Insurance Coverage for Mold

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Mold damage in Brooklyn, NY

The best way to protect your home from mold is to prevent fungus growth from occurring in the first place. That means keeping your home in good repair, maintaining proper ventilation and keeping indoor humidity under 60 percent. Unfortunately, mold may become an issue anyway, and if it does, you’ll need to pay a professional mold remediation service in Brooklyn, NY, to take care of it. Will your homeowners insurance cover it? The answer is: it depends.

As a rule, insurance policies exclude mold damage that results from:

• Structural leaks
• High humidity
• Poor drainage
• Water seepage
• Flooding

This covers nearly all of the most common causes of mold damage, so if you’re already dealing with a mold issue, your chances of being covered are low.

What Is Covered

Exactly what is covered will vary depending on your personal insurance policy. Many policies will cover damage resulting from a burst water pipe or a backed-up sewer, including fungus growth, but these may be the only instances in which you will be covered.

It’s also important to check your policy regularly to see if coverage has changed, as many companies are reducing their coverage for mold damage. They may put a cap on how much coverage you can receive for mold damage, which can be problematic if the mold growth is extensive. Some insurance companies explicitly deny coverage for mold no matter what the cause or may require that you pay extra for mold coverage.

What You Can Do

First, read your policy so you understand what is and is not covered by your policy. Talk to a public insurance adjuster or a mold cleanup representative about your situation to learn more about your options for getting coverage and filing a claim. If you live in Brooklyn, NY, where fungus growth is a common issue, it could be worthwhile to pay extra for mold insurance.

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Helpful Hints About Toilet Replacement

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Toilet Repaired in New York

A toilet is expected to be reliable, and they can last for 30 years or more. But sometimes the porcelain material they are cast in can develop a crack or the tank may break. When that occurs and water begins to escape, it is time to replace the leaking toilet. Here are a few tips to help you master the plumbing repair.


After discovering the leak, there are a few steps to take before you can replace the toilet.

• Before beginning the project, purchase a wax ring gasket, water-supply tube, and toilet.
• There are different types of water a broken toilet can leak. If the toilet bowl itself is leaking, consider calling a professional cleanup crew to make sure the water is not contaminated and hasn’t seeped into your walls and flooring.
• Once the water is removed, allow the area to dry thoroughly.
• Remove all standing water from the toilet tank and toilet bowl.


Once the area is dry and disinfected, you are ready to remove the old toilet.

• Disconnect the water supply line from the toilet.
• Remove the bolts securing the toilet to the floor.
• Lift the cracked toilet away.
• Scrape the wax ring and check flange for cracks.


Time to replace that leaking toilet with a new one.

• Center new wax gasket over the flange.
• Connect the water supply to the toilet base.
• Set the toilet in place over the wax gasket and press softly until the toilet meets the floor.
• Tighten bolts or hex nuts at toilet base.
• Connect water supply to wall shut-off valve.
• Sit on the toilet to compress further and re-tighten bolts.

Once the water is restored to the toilet, flush the unit several times. If water leaks between the toilet and floor, it probably means the wax ring was not properly seated or didn’t seal correctly. To correct the issue, consider installing a new ring to finish the toilet repair.

Don’t be intimidated by an old, cracked toilet. Sure, a leaking toilet can be exasperating in Park Slope, NY, but by following these easy steps, you can quickly replace your broken toilet with a new one.

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7 Important Items To Have in Your Building’s First Aid Kit

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

From minor medical situations to serious emergencies, a first aid kit can be an important safety feature in your building in Brooklyn, NY. By knowing what to include in a kit, you can be better prepared to handle scary situations.

1. Bandages

A vital item you should have in an emergency kit can be bandages. Hemostatic gauze and rolled gauze tape can be used to help stop bleeding on bigger cuts, while smaller bandages can be used for minor scrapes. Liquid bandage can also be a useful way to seal wounds.

2. Ointments

A good antibacterial ointment, such as bacitracin, can help prevent wounds from getting infected. Injury-specific ointments, such as blister treatment or insect sting treatments can also be good additions to your kit.

3. Medications

While first-aid medications may not be permanent solutions to medical problems, they can help get the situation under control until proper help can be reached. Basic medications such as ibuprofen and anti-acid tablets can help alleviate pain. Injectable epinephrine can be a lifesaving treatment for an allergic reaction.

4. Splints

Splints can be a way to immobilize injured areas of a person’s body until professional medical attention is available. Basic splints, including finger splints, can come in handy in emergency situations.

5. Tools

Medications and bandages may not be worth much if you can’t use them. Proper tools such as scissors and tweezers can be some of the most important elements of your first aid kit.

6. Personal Care

Personal care items may not be the first thing you think of when creating an emergency kit, but they can come in handy. These items can include:

• Eyedrops
• Lotion
• Sunscreen
• Chapstick

7. Emergency Supplies

Since first aid kits may be used during power outages, natural disasters and other serious situations, it can be helpful to include emergency supplies such as flashlights and duct tape.

By including these items in a first aid kit you should be prepared to handle almost any minor medical situation. After first aid has been administered, get injured or sick employees to the proper, professional care as soon as possible.

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How do you know if you have mold?

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

One of the most telltale signs of mold damage anywhere is a smelly odor.

It’s unpleasant by itself, but this kind of smelly odor takes on a very musty scent. Anyone who notices a smelly odor like this at home or at work should go ahead with deodorization to make the smell more pleasant, but the smelly odor can’t be ignored with the constant use of deodorization. It’s a sign professional help is needed. Deodorization isn’t something that can be used for purposes other than to cover up the smell. It’s not going to get rid of the problem. Homeowners often forget that deodorization doesn’t get rid of mold or other mildew. It only covers it up and allows people to live a bit more comfortably while they ignore the real problem.

Smelly odor, mildew, fungus, and any high levels of humidity combined with a leak anywhere is a sign it’s time to get a remediation company into the home or office to handle what’s going on with everything. It’s never a good idea to ignore these signs.

One way to ensure mold is handled properly at home or work is to ensure it’s taken care of the right way from start to finish. People might not like the idea of handling mold at home with professionals, but it’s the best way to guarantee it’s handled accordingly and without issue. No one wants to find it’s coming back and spreading rapidly when it’s not handled correctly the first time.

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Commercial Fire Damage Cleaning

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

When commercial fire damage occurs, there are additional issues to worry about.

Commercial buildings sometimes contain dangerous items that don’t do well around smoke or fire. This could be toxic chemicals or other items that are flammable and dangerous. It’s never safe for individuals to enter a commercial structure on their own following a fire. It must be assessed by a professional to ensure the structure is safe and the items inside don’t pose an additional threat.

Pros Have the Right Equipment

People just want back in when a fire occurs. Whether it was a fire in the home or a fire in the business, people want to see what kind of damage they’re dealing with, how they can handle it, and what they can do to begin the fire cleanup phase of the aftermath. There’s just too much work for people to do themselves, which is why professional fire damage restoration is so helpful. Professional restorers have the right equipment, products, and the knowledge to restore things that might not otherwise be salvageable.

They know what there is to know about fire damage and cleanup, and they are quick. Hiring a pro means getting tasks handled faster and more efficiently, and it means safety is all but guaranteed. Business and homeowners have a lot to handle and deal with following a fire, such as the insurance agency and the fire investigation. It’s time to let someone with knowledge and experience handle the fire cleanup part while home and business owners handle everything else. Even if it’s just time to grieve and process what happened to their home or business, it’s imperative to call for help and let someone with knowledge handle this situation.

Call for help.

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What causes flooding?

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

There are many causes of flood damage in your home or business.

Anything can happen to flood your home or cause water in your business; even small accidents like a supply line break or a pipe break can cause a flooded home. Some causes are preventable, others are not. The most common causes:

  • Broken water heaters / Sump Pumps
  • Leaking pipes
  • Supply line break
  • Frozen water lines / pipe break
  • Storm water
  • Blocked Sewer Lines
  • Overflowing appliances (Bathtubs, dishwashers, washing machines)

Effects of Excessive Water?

Unless the water cleanup and drying is handled correctly and by a professional, the devastation can quickly spread. A Water Damage Restoration Professional is experienced in the mitigation process and can save you time, money and headaches. Without them, you are exposing yourself to all types of additional problems with water in your home or water in your business:

  • Mold
  • Contaminants in the water
  • Structural problems
  • Building materials
  • Carpets and carpet padding
  • Loss of personal property
  • Electrical / mechanical problems

There is more involved than just fixing a pipe break or supply line break.

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Services of a Professional Flood Restoration Company

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

A Water Damage Restoration Company performs a myriad of services.

They provide invaluable help by mitigating the damage of flood water in your home. When contacted, they will immediately assess the situation for safety concerns. Whether it's electrical lines down, or unsteady piles of personal items, creating a safe environment is the first step in mitigating the flood damage. They can quickly and expertly assess the type of water in your home, and identify the extent of the problem. Flood water can contain any number of bio-hazardous chemicals, depending on the surrounding area.

The next step is to do a full assessment of the situation of the flooded home. This includes identifying the immediate location of the flood water, and surveying of any peripheral areas, including various levels of the structure.

After the assessment, water cleanup can begin from the area and the drying can begin. Using commercial-grade pumps, fans, vacuums, and other equipment, water and debris are removed quickly and completely. Specialized equipment for drying, such as industrial fans and dehumidifiers are brought in to remove as much moisture as possible. Moisture monitoring equipment is used to find even the most difficult hidden water. If not properly dry mold and mildew will begin to grow, causing additional problems.

As you can see, flood mitigation, water cleanup and flood damage assessment is something to be left to restoration company professionals.

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What can be saved after a flooded building?

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The initial cause of the flooded building will the identified during the initial assessment. It may be Mother Nature, or it may be faulty plumbing. Whatever the problem, they can provide recommendations for repairing the initial source of the problem.

If you have water in your business , chances are the contents and property will be contaminated or ruined completely. In some cases items can be salvaged by cleaning, drying and sanitizing. Restoration Professionals using EPA-approved cleaning products may be able to return your possessions to their pre-flood condition.

A Water Damage Restoration company is also experts in helping you file insurance claims to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. They can provide documentation and photographs of the items as required by the insurance companies.

And finally, restoration can begin. This may entail small replacements, such as flooring, fixing a supply line break, pipe break or drywall. Or it may require complete demolition and rebuilding of the structure. Experts have the required knowledge to know what can be salvaged and what needs to be replaced.

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Keep Your Fire Sprinklers Ready for Action

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

Water-based fire protection systems, or fire sprinklers, should always be kept in working condition and tested periodically to ensure maximum fire suppression capacity. Your sprinklers are your home or business’s first line of defense in the event of a fire, and it may be mandatory in Williamsburg, NY, to conduct routine tests and inspections.

1. Check the age of your sprinkler system. Modern standards require that sprinkler systems adhere to NFPA 25 requirements, but systems in buildings older than 60 years may be outdated and in need of a full replacement.

2. Check your sprinkler installation. Faulty or defective installation equipment and procedures can lead to sprinkler malfunctions in the event of a fire.

3. Always keep your fire sprinklers clean. Dirty fire sprinklers can lead to obstructions that block the water flow and prevent sprinklers from working correctly, or even from detecting and activating in the event of a fire. Many organizations and inspectors recommend an obstruction inspection every five years.

4. Periodically test your sprinkler functions. Sprinklers can be tested in a variety of ways, including simply testing that they work through routine checks. However, more complex testing such as corrosion testing and hydrostatic testing can uncover additional issues that may not be readily apparent on a simple functional test.

5. Immediately replace defective parts. Because sprinklers are so deeply interconnected, replacing a defective part may require replacing larger sections of the sprinkler system. However, this is highly advisable as a matter of safety to prevent any issues should the sprinklers fail to activate in the event of smoke or fire.

One benefit of fire sprinklers is that fire sprinkler cleanup is usually much less messy than cleanup after fire suppression using stronger means. Sprinklers can make a serious difference in prevention of property losses and safety issues, and should be maintained at all times.

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5 Tips for Avoiding Candle Fires

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

Many homeowners light candles to freshen up a room or to have lighting during a power outage. However, candles still have the potential to create a fire that spreads throughout the building. Avoid a candle fire at all costs, and follow these helpful tips to stay safe.

1. Do Not Leave Candles Unattended

If you are leaving a room with a candle in it, first extinguish the flame. After all, you can always relight a candle if you desire.

2. Keep the Area Around Candles Clean

The shelf or stand where you place the candle should not have anything flammable on it. Additionally, you should avoid placing a candle on a nightstand near your bed. The bedding may catch fire if you are not careful.

3. Toss It Once It Is Less Than Two Inches Tall

You do not want to risk a candle fire by allowing the flame to get too close to the base of the candle. It is better to simply throw away a candle once it is less than two inches high. They are relatively inexpensive to replace.

4. Keep Candles Away From Pets and Children

Candles should be placed high enough that kids and animals cannot get them. It is dangerous for children to play with anything lit. If the candle is left on a coffee table, then a dog’s tail may accidentally hit it and cause it to fall onto the floor.

5. Do Not Put Out a Candle With Water

It is preferable to put out a flame by blowing on it rather than pouring water. The reason is that water can cause the wax to spill all over the place. The hot wax may still catch fire, causing flames to spread throughout a home in Brooklyn NY. Candles are meant to be enjoyed, so always follow the manufacturer’s safety instructions to avoid a nasty candle fire and the impending smoke cleanup.

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Why It’s Imperative To Clean the Breakroom Fridge on a Weekly Basis

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Take a look in your breakroom fridge and make note of what you see. Do you see nice, clean and organized shelves of food, or do you see bags of forgotten food, rotten fruit, spills and stains, and maybe even a growing patch of fridge mold? Chances are, it’s the latter. Office refrigerators hardly (if ever) get cleaned, which may be why so many come with that telltale mold smell. NBC News ran a report about the dangers of an unsanitary fridge.

That said, while disinfecting the fridge should be a weekly chore, there are better and worse ways of going about the process. If you want to clean up your breakroom fridge, here are a few tips from your Greenpoint, NY, mold remediation team:

• Be mindful of expiration dates, and if something looks funky, toss it.
• However, always ask before discarding anything, otherwise you risk having a lawsuit brought against you for throwing away someone's personal property.
• Wipe up spills to prevent fridge mold, and always make sure the caps are securely fastened to their bottles to help prevent future spills.
• Make cleaning out the office refrigerator and disinfecting it a weekly chore.

To make the last one fair for everyone, devise a cleaning schedule. This way the same person isn’t responsible for cleaning up after everyone else each week. Also, ask each co-worker to go through the fridge every Friday and throw out any leftover items of theirs that have gone bad. If some items are still good, such as bottles of mustard or jars of jelly, ask them to wipe down the containers with a warm cloth and place them back in a designated spot in the fridge.

Office refrigerators can be pretty gross, but with five minutes of everyone’s time at the end of each week, your breakroom fridge can be a clean and healthy place to stow your food. Best of all, it can be free of that dreaded fridge mold.

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Why a Flood Cut Is Worth It After a Storm

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

When a storm hits in Brooklyn, NY, flooding is many homeowners’ biggest fear. However, while contamination from standing water is a serious danger, water damage and contaminates left after the flooding recedes can not only cause health concerns but issues with your home’s insulation. A flood cut, or removal of the drywall from the floor to 12 inches above the flood line in a room affected by flooding, can ensure that your walls dry completely and don’t harbor mold or other health hazards. Additionally, a tear out of the drywall can reveal further water damage that must be repaired.

Not all cases require a flood cut. When the flooding only involves clean water, as from a broken pipe, and if there is no insulation in the wall, a flood cut may not be necessary. Flood cuts are typically used in the following situations:

• If flooding is due to a storm or sewage backup and the flood water may be contaminated
• If wet insulation is detected
• If microbial growth of any kind is detected

Flood Cuts Keep You and Your Family Healthy

When flood water is contaminated, it can foster the growth of mold and other bacteria harmful to your health. Because flood waters can seep through drywall, health hazards can be hidden in the walls even if the room looks dry and clean on the surface. A flood cut ensures that walls are thoroughly dried and free from growth, keeping you and your family safe.

Flood Cuts Reveal Hidden Damage

While not all walls are insulated, flooded homes with insulation need flood cuts to reveal water damage behind the drywall. Drywall tear out can reveal whether insulation has been damaged by the flood. Because insulation cannot be properly dried after a flood and maintain its R-value, any wet insulation must be replaced.

When your home floods in Brooklyn, NY,  professional water restoration experts can ensure that you and your family stay healthy and your home stays insulated.

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How To Handle Broken or Bursting Pipes

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Dealing with water damage in Bay Ridge, NY, is never fun. Bursting pipes can lead to flooding, which can cause a lot of problems in your home. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to fix a broken pipe quickly so that the damage is lessened.

Keep Pipes in Good Condition

The best way to handle flooding is to keep it from ever happening in the first place. While there’s not always a way to prevent bursting pipes, there are measures you can take to help keep pipes in good condition and lower their chances of breaking:

• Keeping pipes from freezing
• Checking pipes regularly
• Turning off water while on vacation

Act Fast When Things Go Wrong

Even though you may take good care of your pipes, things can still occasionally go wrong. If flooding occurs, one of the most important things is to act fast. The more water that floods into your home, the more damage there is to be fixed and cleaned up. A damage restoration company can help you handle bursting pipes and the aftermath of flooding. The faster everything is dried out, the less risks there are of unpleasant aftereffects such as mold and odors.

Identify What’s Happening

There are several things to be identified when flooding occurs. You not only need to figure out where the water is physically coming from but also decide if it is clean water, such as water from a tap, or black water, such as sewage. A restoration company can help you handle all types of water and hopefully get the problem taken care of quickly.

Bursting pipes can cause a lot of problems, but you can get them fixed without too much trouble by keeping pipes in good condition, acting fast, and hiring a professional company to help you. If repairs are done quickly and well, you should be able to avoid other problems, such as mold, later on.

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What To Know About Category 3 Water Damage

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage comes at different levels. Category 3 water damage is the highest possible. Sewage and river water are two examples of contaminated category 3 water. As far as categories go, category 1 is clean water. Category 2 is clean water that has sat for a short time or water that has some chemicals in it. Category 3 contains bacteria and pathogens.

What Is Category 3 Water?

This type is known as black water. Where does polluted water come from, though? Here are a few of the sources that lead to it:

• Sewage
• Flood water from rivers and streams
• Groundwater
• Standing water

Keep in mind that after a few days of standing, most water is contaminated.

What Is Secondary Damage?

One of the effects that black water can have on a home or business is the secondary damage. When it comes to contaminated flood water, secondary damage is due to what is left in the air afterward. The bacteria and water can evaporate and remain in the home for some time if not taken care of properly. This is why it is important to have a specialist to make sure that all of the water and mold are gone.

What Can You Do?

Most people want to know what they can do about black water in their home. The first line of defense is calling a professional who has the proper equipment to handle this type of flood. Once you have someone to help you extract the water, you can focus on the cleanup process. It is important to get this done right away. The longer that black water sits, the more dangerous it can become to you and your family.

Category 3 water damage sounds more intimidating than it is. With the right defense, you can save yourself the headache and expense of secondary damage caused by Williamsburg, NY, flood water. With any flood, you do not want to take on category 3 damage on your own.

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Four Common Mold Questions

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Four Common Mold Questions

While mold growth can be a common worry for any home or business owner, having a better understanding of mold can make you realize that it is not as mysterious or dangerous as you thought. Remember that mold only grows in the presence of moisture or high humidity, so you may have water damage as well as mold. If your building suffers from either or both, contact a restoration company in Brooklyn, New York.

1. Is Mold Dangerous?

Most types of mold are not dangerous. Mold is not directly toxic or poisonous, but some types of mold give off toxic spores.

2. Why Does Mold Grow?

Mold growth can only occur in high levels of moisture. If you see mold growing, it means there is a cause of high humidity, usually a broken pipe. Additionally, a recent flood or simply the weather may be the cause. On the other hand, if you find a broken pipe or notice high levels of moisture, you should also be on the lookout for mold.

3. How is Mold Removed?

The process of removing mold is reliable. First, the source of moisture must be identified and fixed. Then the area is contained and affected material is removed. The mold is cleaned, disinfected, and completely eradicated. Then the area is dried and any materials that can be returned are brought back. A final check ensures that the mold is gone and the moisture problem is no more.

4. Am I at Risk of Water Damage?

If you have noticed some mold growth, there is a good chance damage caused by water may have also occurred. This is especially common if the mold is caused by a broken or leaking pipe. Mold restoration should always be accompanied by investigation for other types of damage. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthwestbrooklyn.com for more information on mold.

How To Clean Your Belongings After a Fire

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

How To Clean Your Belongings After a Fire

A house fire in Brooklyn, New York can be one of the most frightening things a family experiences. Not only can it displace everyone who resides in the home, but can also result in huge financial losses. Even those belongings that aren’t destroyed by fire can be damaged by smoke and high heat, but the great new is that many household items can still be cleaned so that they don’t have to be replaced. Once the authorities have cleared a burned home for residents to return, it’s time to start content cleaning and dry cleaning with the help of fire remediation professionals.


The smell of smoke can make its way into all of the clothing in a house, due to the porous nature of fabric. In many cases, numerous trips through the washing machine are not enough to get rid of the odor. In fact, doing so can actually cause the smoky smell to set in the clothing. Dry cleaning is often a better option, as the chemicals and processes used can remove those set-in smells. Some professionals even use an ozone treatment to completely eliminate the smell of smoke from clothing.


Non-porous items, such as electronic devices, will also need to be cleaned after a house fire. Some of the commonly effected devices include the following:

Personal computers
DVD players

It is best not to attempt to clean these devices yourself, as you run the risk of completely ruining them without realizing that you’ve done something incorrectly. Instead, let a team of professionals use ultrasonic cleaning to get rid of the soot and residue that has the potential of corroding the metal portions of the devices. It is also important that you place electronics in content storage before turning them on. Let an expert give you the OK that they are safe to use.

While there is a lot of work to be done after a house fire, like dry cleaning and storing belongings, having these cleaning tips in mind can help should you have to deal with this devastating event.
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How to Prepare for Flood Damage

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

How to Prepare for Flood Damage

If you’re like other business owners in Brooklyn, New York you want a clear plan in place to deal with flood damage. Although flooding can occur at any time of the year thanks to water main breaks and various kinds of natural disasters, you’re more likely to experience it from storm damage between June 1 and November 30 in most regions of the country. Implementing some smart tips now can minimize the destructive potential, contamination and possible financial losses from excess water inside your commercial buildings.

Your Business Could Be in Danger

Technically, every part of the United States has a flood risk. While nearly all the coastal states have a greater chance, water line ruptures or a river overflowing its banks due to heavy rainfall or excessive snow melting can result in a flood. No matter where you’re located, you need a flood damage plan for your business that includes:

Flood insurance
Stocking supplies for emergency preparedness

Gutters and Storm Drains Should Be Cleaned

Regular property maintenance should also be part of your flood planning, as it can significantly reduce the amount of damage you experience. Gutters are an essential structure that facilitates the channeling of water away from areas of your buildings most vulnerable to damage. Storm drains play a key role in your total drainage systems, allowing water to also flow out of your property. Clogged gutters and drains can lead to critical impacts such as erosion, basement flooding and destruction to your foundations.

Restoration Experts Can Help

Before you experience a flood emergency in Brooklyn, New York it’s essential to form a relationship with a trustworthy water damage restoration company. Its technicians will be ready to help when the worst happens, but they’ll tell you that preparedness and prevention are vital. Taking the right steps now could help you cut your possible losses from storm damage, water main problems and other common causes of commercial property flooding. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthwestbrooklyn.com for more information on flood damage.

Procedures Involved in Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

11/4/2017 (Permalink)

Procedures Involved in Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Most business owners suffer from massive commercial fire damage that often results from electrical fire. Fire often leads to soot damage and smoke damage. Water damage may also occur as a result of fire suppression systems and other related firefighting criteria of commercial fire damage. The fire damage restoration process can sometimes be lengthy and complicated, and as a result, affect revenue volume and general productivity.

Several companies offer professional fire suppression services for electrical fires. Where there is a utility room fire services, it is advisable to consult professional fire damage experts to restore various damages caused by an electrical fire. Fire restoration should be done promptly after the fire outbreak to prevent further losses and damages.

In-depth Damage Assessment
Damage assessment entails holistic inspection of the commercial structure affected by the fire to find out the level of fire damage. The evaluation also shows the overall condition of the structure as well as the general integrity of the affected building.

Securing the Property

Utility room fire incidences make client properties more vulnerable. For this reason, it is important to offer enough protection. Various fire restoration companies now provide enough security to make sure that such properties are highly protected from looters who often take advantage of such incidences. Electrical fires are dangerous and can hugely weaken the structural strength of roofs, doors, walls, and windows among other critical parts. Contractors are also helpful in securing structures that have been fully blazed down.

Water Damage Management
When fighting fire, a lot of water is left in the building and ends up causing severe water damage. These type of damage is common with most firefighting systems that include fire hose, fire truck, and fire sprinkler system. Contractors should always dry and dehumidify structures after bringing down the fire. This is particularly important for businesses that house essential documents and incompletely burnt homes.

Smoke and Soot Damages

After bringing down the fire, it is necessary to clean up any soot and smoke damages that were left on walls and other personal belongings. Furnishing may sometimes be necessary to restore the unsightly effects of commercial fire damage and return the building to its earlier condition. Contractors mainly partner with specialized firefighters to make sure that smoke damages and soot damages are collectively managed using fire sprinkler system, fire truck, and fire hose. The fundamental goal of this process is to clean and sanitize everything that was collectively damaged during the fire incident.

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Board Up As Soon as Possible After a Fire

11/4/2017 (Permalink)

Board Up As Soon as Possible After a Fire

It’s important to board up as soon as possible. Even though residential and commercial fire damage can vary, buildings likely have windows or doors that are no longer secure. By going through the board up process, owners make sure that the building is secure.

Professionals from a restoration company can help with the board up. They will have the tools and supplies to make short work of the process.

Assess Damage

The fire damage has to be assessed by professionals. When there has been a fire in a home or a fire in a business, owners want to make sure that all level of damage has been identified. Residential or commercial fire damage should be heavily documented so that I can be turned into insurance, if applicable, too.

A fire in a home or a fire in a business might be contained to one area or spread throughout. Either way, it's important to note what has been damaged and also assess the stability of the building.

Focus on Fire Cleanup

The fire cleanup is going to be a time-consuming process. The level of fire damage will determine the amount of cleanup. Further, the cleanup will depend on the method used to put the fire in a home or fire in a business out. There might be foam, powder, or other things sprayed across countertops and floors.

Part of the fire cleanup is also to get the smoke smell out. Many people focus on the soot damage and the smoke damage. They don't realize that there is going to be a smoke smell. The smell has the potential to linger for a long time if it's not taken care of properly.

Hire a Reputable Restoration Company

Dealing with fire damage is difficult, which is why it's important to work with professionals who specialize in fire damage restoration. Smoke damage and soot damage can be extremely problematic. A good restoration company will have the needed tools to help with the smoke smell and everything else going on.

By taking the time to look at a company's reputation, it's easier to choose someone who is capable of handling fire damage restoration to the extent that is needed. It's possible to read reviews to see what other people have to say about the company. It's also possible to call the company and ask questions about their services and their fees. From there, choosing a company will be simple because of having confidence in their ability to get the job done.

Examine the Plan for Residential or Commercial Fire Damage Cleanup

Smoke damage, soot damage, and other types of damage from the fire will be present. Knowing how the residential or commercial fire damage will be handled is of the utmost importance. You don't want to find out that not all fire damage was dealt with effectively.

The restoration company should review the entire fire damage restoration plan with you. This will show you what needs to be fixed, repaired, or replaced as well as an overall timeline for the fire damage restoration to be complete.

After a fire in a home or a fire in a business, home and business owners want to know that everything is being handled properly. The more smoke damage and soot damage that is present, the more will need to take place to overcome the smoke smell and get through the fire cleanup. The good news is that professionals will help every step of the way so that the project is handled quickly and effectively.
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Three Ways to Prevent Storm Damage

11/4/2017 (Permalink)

Three Ways to Prevent Storm Damage

Are you worried about river flooding, hail damage, or hurricane damage? Do you live in an area with lots of river flooding, hail damage, ground water, and ice damming? Are you worried that your home could experience storm damage, hail damage, hurricane damage, ice damage, or roof damage? Are you wondering how you can prevent storm damage to your home, including wind damage, roof damage, and hail damage?

Unfortunately, any home can experience ice damage, frozen pipes, an ice dam, flooding, and river flooding. No matter where you live, you may be susceptible to major ice damage, frozen pipes, ice damming, or hurricane damage that requires a flood pump, roof repair, or other storm restoration. Although no homeowner can predict river flooding, ice damage, hurricane damage, flood water, or ground water, there are several things any homeowner can do to minimize the need for storm remediation. When you're ready to start preventing storm damage, including wind damage and roof damage, there are three things you can do.

First off, make sure your house is in good shape prior to river flooding or other storms. If you already have wind damage, roof damage, or ice damming on your home, your house is more likely to experience wind damage, frozen pipes, and ice damming. It's important that you seek home restoration or water restoration options prior to a storm arriving. Any storm, regardless of its strength, can impact your house and cause flooding or even a roof leak that needs a roof repair. Understand that preparing your house is an important step in preventing the need for storm remediation. Make sure you have a roof repair and any needed storm restoration prior to a storm occurring.

Next, always make sure you remove standing items from your yard. During periods of high wind, some items could become airborne. While this won't cause frozen pipes, if a flying object causes a roof leak, you could need a roof repair. It's important to take as many steps as possible to reduce your risk of a roof leak. Make sure you remove any objects, such as toys or trash cans, from your yard when you suspect you may have flooding, flood water, or ground water. While removing items won't prevent flooding, keeping them safely indoors will prevent losing items due to flooding.

Finally, make sure you seek fast repairs after a storm has occurred. If you notice ground water, flood water, a roof leak, or another problem that might require a flood pump for water restoration, make sure you seek storm remediation. Although seeking home restoration or water restoration assistance might seem time-consuming, the truth is that it's important to seek home restoration and water restoration as soon as possible, especially if you have flood water or an ice dam. An ice dam is nothing to mess with, as an ice dam could cause severe roof damage. Similarly, you don't want to put off storm restoration if you have standing water that needs a flood pump to perform home restoration or storm remediation. Storm restoration should include utilizing a flood pump to remove excess water from your home. Maintaining your home and restoring it will ensure that future storm damage is minimized, but it will also ensure you don't develop secondary issues after a storm, such as a weakened structure or foundation.

Although dealing with storms and problems can be tricky, the truth is that it's important to prepare as much as possible before a storm arrives. This will minimize the damage to your home and ensure that clean-up is simple and as minimally invasive as possible. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthwestbrooklyn.com for more information on storm damage.

Water Damage - Better Left to Professionals

9/22/2017 (Permalink)

Flood water in your home or water in your business is one of the most costly types of damage you can incur. And it is something that cannot be overlooked or dealt with in the future. You must act quickly. Water seeps into everything and has the potential to destroy property and structures. Immediate attention is needed at the first sign of water.

When you are unfortunate to have flood damage in your home or business, you need the professional services of a Water Damage Restoration Company. They know exactly how to perform the water cleanup so you can begin the drying process and repairs needed before more destruction occurs. Individuals are just not equipped to deal with a flooded home. They have the knowledge, equipment and experience to do the job quickly, safely and completely.

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Residential vs Commercial Fire Damage

9/22/2017 (Permalink)

Residential vs Commercial Fire Damage

Commercial fire damage is very difficult to get rid of on your own, especially when you consider what goes into fire restoration. Fire restoration involves many different steps and processes, and this is why it is imperative that you hire a fire damage expert who can come to your home and do the clean up for you. They will be able to come and take care of the electrical fire or utility room fire that has happened after firefighters have left using their fire trucks and fire hoses.

Along with having this type of commercial fire damage repair done, you may also want to consider a fire sprinkler system and fire suppression system along with fire restoration. Fire restoration alone is simply not enough, since you will want to prevent the issue from happening in the future using a fire sprinkler system and fire suppression system for your own needs. This is why a lot of people have made the decision to contact the experts after dealing with an electrical fire or utility room fire.

Another wonderful benefit hiring commercial fire damage experts and those who deal with basic fire damage is that they will take care of the smoke damage and soot damage that has been left behind. Both the smoke damage and soot damage is problematic for homeowners and business owners. This is why it is so important to call the fire damage experts and Commercial fire damage professionals after you have dealt with an electrical fire or utility room fire. Firefighters alone with their fire trucks and fire hoses are not going to be able to do the fire restoration for you.

The fire suppression system and fire sprinkler system is also important when it comes to ensuring that fire damage is no longer problem for your home. Firefighters will also recommend that you put in a fire suppression system and fire sprinkler system in order to prevent an electrical fire or utility room fire from getting out of hand in the future. They are not going to be able to put out a significant fire with their fire trucks and fire hoses alone. Smoke damage and soot damage can be handled by the professionals as well.

Once you have made the decision to hire the professionals to take care of the smoke damage and soot damage left behind after a fire, it is important that you work with the experts and understand what firefighters have recommended using their fire trucks and fire hoses. There are many different options available to you when it comes to hiring a professional company to come in and do the work for you. One of the main issues that a lot of people face is the fact that they cannot handle the issues on their own, so they are left trying to figure out how to handle it themselves.

Thankfully, there are tons of different reputable companies out there that will be able to help you in one way or another. This ensures that your home or business is put back to its former glory and that you will find it to be incredibly beneficial in many different ways. If you have some type of insurance on your property, you will also find that this is incredibly helpful when paying for the services that are rendered. It can be incredibly expensive for you to do the repair work on your own, so make sure that you consider this as an option and work with the Professionals in a way that is going to be beneficial for you and your loved ones. You might be amazed at how inexpensive this type of work can be once you work with the right experts and have some type of insurance that will help to pay for the costs that are associated with having all of the work done on either your home or business.
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What to Do When You Suffer Storm Damage

9/22/2017 (Permalink)

What to Do When You Suffer Storm Damage

Water is the world's most powerful force, and while most people just focus on the wind when they think about a hurricane, flooding is almost always the bigger issue. In places around the world where storm damage has happened, river flooding, ground water problems and other subsequent issues have led to roof damage, roof leaks and other similar concerns. When you find yourself inundated with flood water and hurricane damage, what should you do? Whether it's hail damage, ice damage, wind damage or damage to your flood pump, it's important to have a plan. Here's where to start with storm remediation.

Put in a call to FEMA

Perhaps the first step when you've suffered storm damage is to put in a call to FEMA. Whether river flooding filled your house or you suffered a roof leak from wind damage, a call to FEMA is the first step in storm remediation. FEMA is a federal agency set up to help people deal with storm restoration, home restoration and other types of storm remediation. If you've taken a direct hit and are suffering from hurricane damage, FEMA can sometimes provide you with money to use in the storm remediation. You'll have to get a FEMA number to get the process started.

Gather and protect your personal information for insurance and other claims

If you've been the victim of flooding, wind damage, roof damage, roof leaks and other problems, you may be able to file an insurance claim that will provide you with the money to hire a professional to fix your home. Ground water and flood water can be dangerous, so it's critical to get the process started early. Even if you're the victim of a winter storm and you have frozen pipes from ice damage along with hail damage, you should still gather your information for insurance purposes. The home restoration process from a problem with ice damming or wind damage is largely the same. It should start with the successful protection of your most important documents so you'll have what you need when you go to file an insurance claim to cover that roof repair.

Get out of a damaged house as quickly as possible

Whether an ice dam has busted of you need storm restoration because of wind damage, it's critical not to spend time in a damaged home. Those homes suffering from ice damage or ice damming problems can have structural issues and be unsafe. If you don't have ice damage and you instead have river flooding, you may be living in a veritable cesspool. Your safety should be most important, so it pays to get out before you start the process of a complete home restoration or water restoration. After you've gotten out, you can find a professional company to provide storm damage help, including roof repair for a roof leak, water pump action for flooding, and full home restoration for ground water problems.

Call a company to provide professional help

You might think you know how to deal with flooding or roof damage on your own, but it's unlikely you do. Water restoration in your home is easiest with an expensive flood pump, and frozen pipes from an ice dam issue shouldn't be handled by an amateur. If you find yourself fixing frozen pipes because of ice damming, you are doing it wrong. The better option to rid yourself of flood water or handle that roof repair is to invest in professional help. If it's hurricane damage that's brought that river flooding into your home, then you'll likely have a long road ahead of you. The flood water and ground water problems can do significant damage to the bones of your home, and a professional water restoration company may have to fix your home over the long haul. Even if it's just hail damage or ice damage from ice damming problems, you should have an insurance payoff to help you get professional help into your home. Take advantage of that and save yourself the trouble.

If it's storm restoration you're after, get your affairs in order and call a professional storm restoration company with skilled people and a real flood pump. If it's something like roof damage or other structural storm damage, allow a professional to do that roof repair or fix problems from an ice dam. Frozen pipes and water restoration from hurricane damage are nothing to play around with. A professional who has dealt with ice dam issues or hail damage before can walk you through a stressful time. Their flood pump may just accelerate the process, too, if you have extensive water in your home.
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How to Begin the Professional Water Damage Restoration Process

8/30/2017 (Permalink)

How to Begin the Professional Water Damage Restoration Process

For any homeowner or business owner who has ever has water damage, they know how difficult it is for them to get over the problem on their own. Thankfully, there are tons of mitigation experts who will do all of the drying and water cleanup for you. This ensures that the restoration is done properly if you currently have a lot of water in your home or even have water in a business property. Even if the issue was caused by a pipe break or supply line break, the experts will be there for you.

What to Do if You Have Water Damage and Flood Damage

Restoration is required if you have been dealing with a flooded home. The restoration company will do an amazing job of getting your home or business office back to working order so that you do not need to worry about the issues involved with water damage. Flood damage is incredibly problematic no matter how much you're dealing with, so make sure to contact the local restoration company to learn about expert mitigation services.

How to Handle a Flooded Home with a Restoration Company

In order to handle a flooded home, you're going to want to hire a restoration service. This company is there to take the guesswork out of water cleanup and expert drying for you. Also, if you have some type of insurance, they will do the restoration for you without it costing you a ton of money. This is why it is vital that you hire water damage experts who specifically bring all of their own tools to deal with the water in your home or even those who have water in the business area.

Reasons Why You Need a Professional Restoration Company for Mitigation

Drying your home after a flood is a lot more difficult than you might think. Because of this, you first need to get rid of the pipe break or supply line break to go back to the way it was. After that, you'll find that the experts do the water cleanup for you on a budget. This means that you will be able to afford their services even if you do not have home or business insurance that will pay for flood damage for you. This is great for those who have a pipe break they can't handle on their own.

What is Involved with Drying and Water Cleanup

If you have flood damage, water in your home or even if you currently have water in a business property, you need to contact the pros to handle it for you. They will bring their own tools and check for a pipe break or supply line break so that you're not left doing the hard work on your own. The supply line break causing water in your home may need to be dealt with by whoever is providing you the water for your property. This also goes for any water in a business property.

How to Avoid a Flooded Home in the Future to Prevent Mitigation

The best way for you to avoid a flooded home in the future is for you to consider the benefits of preparation and flood barriers. These barriers can be put up when it is most convenient for you and will do an amazing job of keeping your home safe and dry. This is especially true if you live in an area near the water that deals with tons of flooding throughout the year. Next, you will want to keep an eye on all of your piping to ensure that you are going to be avoiding a pipe problem down the road. You will want to take these precautions so that you do not have to worry about a flooded home at all and can prevent the damage that will occur altogether for your own sake.
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Why You Shouldn't DIY Mold Removal

8/30/2017 (Permalink)

Why You Shouldn't DIY Mold Removal

Dry rot, mildew, and fungus are all common. Many home and business owners notice them regularly at home or at work, but does that mean they always indicate mold damage or mold growth? Mold in the home and commercial mold damage happen all the time in every part of the country. Mold is a type of fungus that needs nothing more than just a little moisture and high levels of humidity to grow rapidly and spread quickly, and that causes problems at home or work. Mold growth is nothing to take lightly, and it’s not always what it seems.

Could Mold in the Home or Commercial Mold Damage Be A Problem for Me?

Mold in the home and commercial mold damage are both entirely possible for anyone. If there is any water damage of any kind in a home or office, mold growth can occur. One of the biggest causes of mold damage in a home or office is mold growth behind the walls. It happens when water damage occurs and is not cleaned up in time for mold spores to find it and form. This can happen in a flood, it can happen when a small pipe in the walls has even a small leak, and it can happen when a pipe bursts.

This is why it’s so imperative water damage is cleaned up right away and properly. Mold growth behind walls forms quickly, and it can cause widespread damage because it’s not easily noticeable. Mold growth behind walls can cause serious mold in the home and commercial mold damage if it’s not caught in time. How do people find mold growth behind the walls and clean it up before it causes too much mold in the home or commercial mold damage? They look for the signs.

The Signs of Mold Damage

- Dry rot
- Mildew in the home
- Fungus in the home
- High levels of humidity
- Smelly odor with a musty smell
- Deodorization methods don’t work to get rid of smelly odor

Most people don’t know these are the signs of mold in the home, commercial mold damage, and even mold growth behind walls. Dry rot is a common problem in many areas of the country, and that’s confusing to home and business owners. This is not to say dry rot at home or work means there’s mold growth, too, but it can mean it’s possible. The same is true of mildew. It’s not uncommon to find mildew around faucets and around the grout in bathrooms and showers.

It certainly doesn’t mean a home or business requires mold removal, remediation, or mitigation, but it does indication conditions are right for mold growth. Mildew also needs high humidity and moisture to grow because it’s just another fungus like mold. Humidity and moisture cause mold to grow fast and spread rapidly.

If mold growth behind walls is a problem, the most common sign is a smelly odor. It’s musty and difficult to eliminate even with deodorization. It requires the use of professional remediation and mitigation as well as the proper deodorization technique a restoration company uses regularly.

Is Mold Really that Bad?

Yes. Mold is that bad because it spreads quickly. It’s not all black mold that can cause further problems that home and business owners need to worry about. Black mold is not the only mold that needs a restoration company immediately. Black mold does need to be identified by a restoration company, and it certainly requires mitigation and remediation as well as mold removal services, but all mold is a problem. It takes a professional to thoroughly clean up mold damage as well as use professional deodorization to remove the smelly odor it leaves behind.

Mold removal is best handled by a restoration company. Home and business owners that want to help can turn off their HVAC system to prevent spreading mold spores to other rooms in a building faster and more efficiently. They can clean up water damage immediately, and they can leave mold alone so as not to disturb the spores. Mold damage such as black mold does require professional mold removal, remediation, and mitigation, but so does all mold damage.
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The 5 Step Water Damage Restoration Process

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

The 5 Step Water Damage Restoration Process

Flood damage is one of the most expensive types of property damage in the United States. Each year, billions of dollars are spent on repairing damage do to pipe breaks, supply line breaks or natural sources of flooding. Thankfully, water damage is almost always containable. But it is absolutely imperative that a professional restoration company be called in to begin mitigation efforts, the second any water in the home or water in the business is seen. Left untreated, flood damage will quickly compromise the structure and its materials, leading to potentially massive property damage and even condemnation of the property.

The good news is that, in the United States, hundreds of years of indoor plumbing, living on rivers and lakes and experiencing some of the most severed weather in the world, have all conspired to create a water damage restoration industry that is the best in the world. Almost every town in America has at least one professional restoration company. It's crucial that if any flood damage occurs to a home or property, the local professional restoration company is called in as soon as possible. With a prompt response, flood damage can almost always be completely reversed. With a delay of more than 24 hours, however, the chance of a successful restoration begins dropping precipitously with every passing hour.

The first step in the water cleanup process is calling in a team of restoration and mitigation specialists to the flooded home or business. A professional mitigation team has access to heavy-duty, specialized equipment that is specifically designed to handle flooded homes or business. They also have the expertise and manpower to attack the situation, head on, completely removing all water from the property, typically within just a few hours of arrival. Remember, the sooner a call to the pros is made, the higher the chances of a successful mitigation of potential damage.

The next phase of the cleanup process begins the second the water cleanup team arrives. They will immediately enter the property, surveying the extent of the water in the home or water in the business. At this stage, they will locate the supply line break, pipe break or other failure. If the pipe break or supply line break is causing active leaking, the water cleanup team will shut off the source of any additional flooding. In some cases, the supply line break or pipe break may need to be welded off using heavy equipment, such as torch cutters and gas welders.
If there is standing water in the business or home, the team will begin its extraction. Using ultra-powerful pumps and special vacuum equipment, the team will be able to remove up to 2,000 gallons of water in the home or water in the business, per hour. Within one hour or less, all standing water in the flooded home or business will be completely evacuated.

Next, the cleanup team will begin the drying process. This will be carried out through the use of heavy-duty drying equipment, such as that seen in car washes, as well as giant and powerful dehumidifiers. The drying process is the longest stage of cleanup, usually taking between a few hours to a full day. Upon completion, the flooded home or business will no longer have any traces of uncontained water. This will mark the point at which the structure is no longer at risk of incurring further water damage.

Finally, the team will thoroughly clean every item and surface affected by the flood water. This is to prevent mildew and mold growth, as well as removing smells that inevitably come with materials being soaked.
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What Are Some Resources to Contact After a Fire?

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

What Are Some Resources to Contact After a Fire?

An unexpected fire in a home or fire in a business can cause extensive fire damage that is impossible to deal with without additional help. Luckily, there are a number of resources for property owners who require fire damage restoration to contact in order to get the help they need. Fire cleanup is a lengthy and complication process which should not be tackled alone, especially when there are a number of organization that specialize in fire damage restoration.

Financial considerations are usually the first thought to come to a property owner's mind after a fire in a home or a fire in a business. Commercial fire damage can be absolutely devastating to a small business. After the fire has been stabilized by the fire department, the first organization to contact should be the insurance company. Insurance can sometimes cover the costs involved in hiring a restoration company, which can ease the transition back to normalcy after all the soot damage, smoke damage, and fire damage has been dealt with.

After the coverage of a restoration company's services is discussed, a fire cleanup team should be scheduled. A professional from the restoration company will evaluate the extent of the fire damage caused by the fire in a home or the fire in a business. The costs of repair and replacement will be discussed, and all commercial fire damage will be recorded and itemized. The fire cleanup team will also collaborate with the local fire department to discuss safety concerns and any damage to the building's structural integrity.

If walls or roofs are compromised, temporary walls and roofs may be put up by the fire damage restoration team. Windows and doors are usually boarded up to prevent unwarranted access to the premises. This boarding up of entry points allows for the property owner to rest assured that his or her property is safe while fire damage restoration is still under way. Because commercial fire damage can often damage locks, boarding up the doors is generally a good idea.

Once the building is secured, it is essential that all personal belongings damaged or not be organized and itemized. Soot damage and smoke damage may render some items unsalvageable. These items are then disposed of by the fire cleanup crew using regulated heavy machinery. The soot damage and smoke damage that is present is also evaluated for sanitization and possible restoration.

Smoke smells can be removed from fabrics and other surfaces using a variety of techniques including heavy vacuuming, steam injection, ozone treatment, thermal fogging, ventilation, and others. The smoke smell may persist and require multiple treatments before it is completely gone. Some individuals believe that ventilation alone can reduce smoke smells, but it sometimes requires treatments with chemicals called counteractants.

Because water is used extensively by the fire department to put out fires, water damage containment is also necessary. A fire in a home or a fire in a business can often result in extensive water damage and mold growth. Therefore, a specialist who can dry out the property and prevent further damage is necessary and usually contracted by the restoration company.

Fire damage can cause the loss of important paperwork like passports, driver's licenses, marriage certificates, birth certificates, insurance policies, and medical records. It is important to contact the authorities managing these documents immediately to have them replaced.

The fire department will also need to be in contact with the property owner to maintain the safety of the premises. Smoke damage and soot damage can sometimes cause a property to be dangerous. The smoke smell may be cause for the fire department to investigate further. Commercial fire damage is examined particularly deeply.

Once a property is boarded up and inaccessible to the property owner, resources like the American Red Cross, FEMA, and the Salvation Army can help with the transition period where they may need a place to stay. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthwestbrooklyn.com for more information on fire damage.

The Benefits Of Professional Mold Remediation

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

The Benefits Of Professional Mold Remediation

Mold damage is a nuisance in many homes that are exposed to water damage. Mold can also grow along the grout lines of your bathroom tiles and cause a messy discoloration. The molds can also grow in the siding, deck, and handrails if you do not address the damp conditions in the shortest time possible. Also, the mold can be dangerous if inhaled. You should address the mold damage as soon as possible.

Prevent Floods

Taking the right measures after flood damage is the sure way to succeed in your mold removal initiatives. The mold removal specialists have the necessary training that can help when it comes to remediation. Flood mitigation can help you to succeed whenever you embark on your mold removal operations since the dry surfaces will curtail the development. However, you must be cautious during mold removal. If you disturb the spores, they can fly around your home and spread quickly, causing severe mold damage.

Safety precautions

The experts must be careful during the commercial mold damage removal. There is a risk of spreading the mold in home walls if you do not seal off the working zone. Commercial mold damage elimination calls for a restoration company that can prevent the spread by taking the necessary safety precautions during the exercise. While the fungus and mildew have a smelly odor, deodorization is not always advisable. The mold in home surfaces can cause a smelly odor. While you can rely on deodorization to get rid of the smelly odor, it is not a lasting solution. The removal of mildew, fungus, and mold in home floors can be a daunting task if you do not have the necessary expertise.

Avoid DIY

Whether you are grappling with black mold, dry rot, or mold growth behind wall, you should not attempt the project alone. The dry rot can cause the spores to move to various parts of the house and land on your furnishings, walls, and floors. The mold growth behind wall can be quite difficult to handle if you do not know the extent of the black mold development. If you want to control the dry rot and prevent the mold growth in the future, you must undertake a thorough inspection. Since you do not want to expose your family to the black mold, a restoration company will handle the operation in a professionally.


Besides taking the right measures during the remediation process, mitigation is also vital. Since the fungus and mildew develop under damp conditions, preventing the possibility of flood damage is a great remedy against mold growth. Mold remediation and mitigation involve removing the visible fungus and mildew. However, the elimination of mildew and fungus is not sufficient to prevent the mold growth. It is vital to engage a commercial mold damage specialist to come up with the bespoke mold remediation and mitigation plans for your home.

Signs of mold growth

The smelly odor can signify that there is considerable mold growth behind wall. However, you need a restoration company to handle the problem on your behalf. Since the black mold can be toxic, you should be careful. Instead of deodorization, the specialists will get rid of the dry rot by taking some rigorous measures without compromising your health. While vinegar and bleach can prevent the minor mold growth, they fall short when it comes to handling the mold in home walls. Since deodorization cannot prevent the mold damage, you need help from a restoration company if you want to curb the mold growth behind wall. When it comes to mold development, the wet areas are the usual suspects. Check out for mold growth in the bathrooms and kitchens if you want to nip the problem in the bud.
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Tips for Choosing the Right Water Damage Restoration Company

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

Tips for Choosing the Right Water Damage Restoration Company

Broken sewerage systems, plumbing technicalities, and floods can cause serious water damage to a home or a commercial building. As a homeowner or a manager of a commercial building, it's prudent to consider hiring the services of professional water damage remediation services to prevent the damage from escalating and causing even further damages like mold buildup or collapsing of the entire building. Furthermore, such damages can cause problems to your wiring system and affect other expensive appliances like the air conditioning unit. Time is crucial when it comes to responding to flood damage. If the flood damage is not resolved as soon as possible it might lead to other substantial losses that will definitely be too costly to replace or repair. The only ideal step to take is to hire a professional water cleanup service provider to restore the mess. Here are a few tips and guidelines on how to choose the best professionals for the job.

Certifications and accreditation

Although the mitigation process is supposed to commence as soon as possible, it doesn't mean that due diligence shouldn't be followed. Don't just hire anyone who claims to be certified and experienced in offering flood damage restoration services in the neighborhood without verifying the certifications and accreditation. In fact, a credible water cleanup contractor should have specializations in other fields such as plumbing and wiring so as to disconnect and connect broken pipes to restore the water damage satisfactorily. The contractor should have accreditation documents from relevant bodies like the Better Business Bureau.

Years of experience in the mitigation

Hire experienced professionals who have handled water damage mitigation situations that are even worse than the current flood damage problem. Experienced professionals have a good reputation. A good start is to ask friends and close family members for referrals of some of the reputable water damage restoration professionals in the neighborhood who can handle comprehensive drying.


Remember, proximity is an issue here, therefore don't hire contractors who will take several days to get to your home when it has started developing mold. Mold and fungus can start developing on the site after two days. If the home or commercial building gets a mold manifestation, it may require that the building owner hires a mold removal company on top of the water damage restoration expenses. Some valuable possessions and furniture can get damaged if not salvaged in good time. Therefore, hiring professional contractors from the locality is a good idea.

Insured and bonded

To avoid unnecessary lawsuits in case of any unexpected eventualities during the water in a home or water in a business drying process, it's advisable to hire insured and bonded water in home or water in business removal companies. The water mitigation company should be bonded and licensed and comply with all policies regarding professional operation of a mitigation company.

Tools and equipment

The tools and modern equipment used by the water cleanup companies in removing the water in home or water in business are designed to be more effective than equipment sold for home use. Most businesses or homes can't afford to buy the expensive drying equipment necessary for the drying of the water for personal use. It's necessary to inquire about the type of equipment that the water in home or water in business Restoration Company will use in the water cleanup before signing any contract papers. Sometimes usage of certain equipment is prohibited in some residential estates.

The water removal company professionals should also wear protective gear such as gloves and masks when handling contaminated water from broken sewerage systems so as to avoid cross contamination. Ask the residential or commercial water Restoration Company to recommend any necessary repairs that should be conducted on the building after the restoration project.
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Everything You Need to Know About Fire Damage

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire damage is often much worse than people realize, and it has a lot to do with the unknown damage it causes. Soot damage, smoke damage, and the smoke smell that lingers for so long after a fire in the home or fire in the business occurs are some of the worst forms of damage. Fire itself causes ample damage to most structures, whether it’s commercial fire damage or a fire in the home. Add the soot damage and smoke damage to the mix, and the mess requires the help of a company that specializes in fire cleanup.

Fire damage is devastating, and there is nothing homeowners or business owners can do but hope their belongings can be salvaged. If fire damage didn’t destroy personal effects when a fire in the home or fire in the business occurs, the soot damage and smoke damage might have done the job instead.

If commercial fire damage occurs, it’s even more imperative people call for professional fire damage restoration. Attempting to restore the property themselves can have even worse results either due to incorrect processes, or additional revenue loss from business interruption while the process is taking longer than needed to clean up . When fire damage occurs, it’s imperative home and business owners call for professional fire damage restoration.

What Happens After a Fire in the Home or Fire in the Business

When fire occurs, so many things happen. Items in the home or business are damaged because of several issues commonly associated with fire. Soot damage occurs when soot from the fire lands on the items in a home or office. Soot damage can stain or destroy items, and it’s not easily cleaned without the help of a professional. Smoke damage is another issue. Smoke damage can cause things to never smell the same, it can destroy artwork and books, and it can destroy clothing.

The smoke smell might never come out of furniture or clothing without professional fire cleanup. Most people can’t just wash the smoke smell out of things, which is why calling for professional fire damage restoration is so important.

A professional has the ability to work miracles such as removing the smoke smell from virtually everything. Don't let a home or office go uncared for after a fire because it's intimidating to start.

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Why Mold Damages at Home Requires Professional Help

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

Finding mold in the home or commercial mold damage causes a lot of confusion.

It’s easy to see professional mold removal services are required if the mold damage is severe, but it’s easy to think it’s something that can be handled at home with DIY methods when only a little mildew or fungus is apparent. It’s not easy to know which route to take when mold in the home or commercial mold damage is evident, but it’s always a wise idea to go with professional mold removal, remediation, and mitigation. This is the way to ensure mold damage, mildew, and any other fungus is killed, removed, and handled accordingly.

Mold Removal Benefits

Professional mold removal companies use upgraded equipment. This means they can get into smaller spaces to handle mold damage that’s not easily accessible for a homeowner or a business owner to get to without the same equipment. It’s not always simple to handle this kind of remediation without a mitigation service, which is why professional help is required.

The other obvious benefit of professional remediation and mitigation includes finding the source of mold damage. Mold in the home and commercial mold damage both start somewhere, and many people might not realize they need to find the source. It’s common to just clean it up when mold in the home or commercial mold damage become a problem, and few people consider tracing the source.

It’s usually the result of a leak or other water damage somewhere in the home or in the office. Professionals trace the problem and find out where it’s gone so they have a chance to figure out how to stop the flow of water into the house or the office to prevent more mold from occurring.

Learning to Prevent Mold

Mitigation is the action of reducing the severity, seriousness, or negative consequences of something. Experience in mold mitigation results in professionals learning how to prevent mold damage in the future. It’s better to keep it from forming than it is to fight it when it does occur, which is why so many people prefer to handle it this way. When mildew or fungus is present in a home, it’s a good indication there might be mold elsewhere. Mold is fungus and it grows in the same conditions as mildew. Damp, hot, and humid is that it takes for mold to grow. Knowing this allows homeowners to gain control of mold in the home or commercial mold damage.

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Tips To Protect Your Home From Water Damage

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

A homeowner returned from a weekend getaway to find his basement ceiling collapsed from the 1st floor dishwasher

Water damage is the second most frequently filed homeowner insurance claim. Coming home after a day at work, or a relaxing vacation, to find water in your home can be devastating.  Whether a small unnoticed water leak, or a catastrophic flood, the results may be disastrous. Common causes of leaks that lead to water damage in our homes are:

  • Water heaters
  • Toilets
  • Washing Machines
  • Dishwashers
  • Tubs and Showers
  • Leaky roof

By following these simply guidelines you can protect your home from water damage.

  1. Know where and how to shut off you water main.  If a pipe were to burst, it is imperative to know how to shut off the main water supply.
  2. Check hoses and faucets regularly.  It is recommended that hoses that lead to your washing machine, refrigerator, and dishwasher are checked on an annual basis and replaced every five to seven years. Consider switching to a stainless-steel reinforced hose.
  3. Check showers and tubs.  The caulking around your shower and tub should be watertight.  If cracks in the caulk are visible, replace it.  This is a simple, inexpensive way to prevent water seepage.
  4. Regularly check your roof for missing or damaged shingles.

Call it Murphy's Law, call it an act of God or call it just plain bad luck - whatever the term, disasters always seem to strike at the worst possible time.   Chances are, whether a flood strikes the day before a big party or a holiday weekend, SERVPRO of NW Brooklyn has been there and restored that.  We are available 24/7, so in your hour of need, we are only a phone call away.  We have earned the trust of our customers by combining an industry-leading process with a true passion for customer service.  Our technicians identify the source and type of water, which determines the proper course of action.  We use drying equipment that controls temperature and humidity, minimizing secondary damage.  When water damage takes control of your life, we help you take it back. 

Retail Store floods in Westchester County

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

"Like it never even happened."

From a burst pipe to faulty wiring, fire and water losses are never planned, but they do occur.  When fire, water, or mold damage strikes your business, it impacts everyone from the owner to the customer.  A quick response may help avoid revenue loss for business owners and minimize inconvenience to your customers.  SERVPRO OF NW BROOKLYN understands the urgency in responding quickly, mitigating damage, and providing effective cleanup and restoration services.  Restoration services can help you resume normal business functions quickly while avoiding costly downtime and eliminate the possibility of secondary damage.  SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  With professional equipment and industry approved techniques, we will save you time and money.  Working hard to restore the property and its contents to preloss condition helping you open your doors as soon as possible.

Flood Safety Awareness

11/21/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States.

Flooding can occur during any season, but some areas of the country are at greater risk at certain times of the year. Coastal areas are at greater risk for flooding during hurricane season (i.e., June to November).  Flooding can occur in several ways, including the following.

  • Excessive rain or snowmelt cannot be fully absorbed into the ground.
  • Waterways are blocked with debris or ice and overflow.
  • Water containment systems break, such as water or sewer systems.
  • Strong winds from tropical storms or hurricanes cause a storm surge by pushing seawater onto land. The speed and duration of flooding can vary significantly.


To avoid being trapped when floodwaters threaten your area, the best action to protect yourself and your family is to evacuate before flooding starts. Know and follow the directions from local officials for community evacuation or seek high ground for localized flooding. If you do not evacuate before the flooding occurs or you are trapped by flash flooding, do not enter flooded areas or moving water either on foot or in a vehicle, including areas that appear to have only inches of water. Protecting yourself today means having sources for information, preparing your home or workplace, developing an emergency communications plan, and knowing what to do when a flood is approaching your home or business. Taking action today can save lives and property. Know your flood risk.  Move costly possessions and important documents – shift valuables and electrical goods off the floor for their own protection, ideally upstairs. SERVPRO of NORTHWEST BROOKLYN recommends the following steps to protect you, your family, and your home.

  • Protect furnishing – Small pieces of furniture, rugs, and draperies can be moved upstairs if flooding looks likely.
  • Stock up on sandbags – Use sandbags to block doorways, as these will help you fight the flooding and protect your home.
  • Protect Irreplaceables – Items of sentimental value, such as photos, should be packed in waterproof containers or bags and put somewhere safe, ideally upstairs. No amount of insurance money can bring these back, so put them out of harm’s way.
  • List important contacts – write down important numbers such as your home insurance provider and policy number.
  • Keep informed – Watch the weather forecast to keep up-to-date on any threats

SERVPRO of NW BROOKLYN is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  Whether you need emergency flood damage restoration or top-to-bottom home cleaning, you can trust us to make your house feel like home again. We have the training, experience, and equipment to quickly get your home looking its best. 

Brooklyn, New York Smoke and Soot Clean Up

10/17/2016 (Permalink)

A fire in a Brooklyn home, caused by an old extension cord being used with a portable heater.

Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor.  Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.


  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke - wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire.  Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred.  The cleaning procedures will then be based on thee information identified during the pretesting.  Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke - Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.  Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke - Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperature, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue - Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire.

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today - 718-522-4400

Bad Puppy

12/29/2015 (Permalink)

The remains of a puppy making an illegal deposit.

Has this happened to you? Your new puppy has marked their territory?  SERVPRO of Norhtwest Brooklyn was called in to clean and deodorize a carpet that was soiled by a puppy. Our customer was very happy with the end result.

Community Center

12/3/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn's hardworking crew in action.

Brooklyn Community affected by electrical fire in the server room.  Luckily no one was hurt and luckily, SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn was called in to get the center cleaned.  We cleaned the soot and smoke damage from all of the offices and had the center up and running in a short amount of time.

Retail Store with sewage backup

4/16/2014 (Permalink)

Sewage on sales floor

High end retail store in Cobble Hill, suffered a sewage backup and we were called in to make sure the store was safely cleaned and disinfected. The owner did not want to lose a day of sales- They didn't!

Sylvan Learning Sheepshead Bay

4/29/2013 (Permalink)

We helped this children's learning center in Brooklyn, return to their daily classes, without too much business interruption.

"Recently had SERVPRO come in and they were FANTASTIC!!!!" Thanks for the kind words.


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