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Brooklyn Residents Can Count on SERVPRO for Flooding Damage Cleanup

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

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. 

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