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SERVPRO Arrives Quickly to Handle Flood Damage in Brooklyn

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

Flood cuts in drywall Flood damage restoration should be left to the professionals. Call SERVPRO for the flood restoration service for your property.

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. 

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