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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.

Contractor Licenses:

Residential: 2015353DCA

Mold Remediation: 00055

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.

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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Removing Flood Damage In Your Brooklyn Property

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

flood damaged property SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn can leave your business looking, “Like it never even happened.”

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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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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Don't Let Mold Damage Shudder Your Brooklyn Business

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

Mold on wall and ceiling 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 and 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 abate 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 bear out that nearly half of companies that shut their doors even 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 

Containment

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 spaced, preventing drift. Second, it pulls airborne contaminants, including spores and other moldy residues, through HEPA filters, exhausting the air to the outside.  

Removal 

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. 

Disinfection 

To inhibit mold regrowth, SERVPRO applies EPA-registered antimicrobials to affected areas. We might consider the use of 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, calling (718) 522-4400 for an evaluation as soon as you suspect mold damage. 

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Contractor Licenses:

Residential: 2015353DCA

Mold Remediation: 00055

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

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

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 factors as to 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 it is crucial that they are dried as soon as possible after a water loss.

We know when a business has to close for 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 wet areas quickly. Once we attain the pre-set drying goals, we thoroughly clean and disinfect surfaces. Our disinfection formulas have antifungal properties that inhibit the growth of mold.

Our local SERVPRO location possesses a general contractor license, and 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 phases of cleanup from water extraction to rebuilding.

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn proudly serves the local area assisting property owners with the cleanup of 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.

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

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding leaves offensive odors. SERVPRO has the equipment and expertise to remove those odors.

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 which 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.

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.

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 are capable of removing 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.

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.

Getting your business back to a habitable state for your staff and customers is what we specialize in, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400.

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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.

Exclusions

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.

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:

Assessment.

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.

Repairs.

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."

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.

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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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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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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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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What can be saved after a flooded building?

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

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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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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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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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.

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.