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Don't Let Damage To Your Commercial Property Damage Your Bottom Line!

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Don't Let Damage To Your Commercial Property Damage Your Bottom Line! Regardless of the size of your commercial property SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn can help restore your business!

SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn knows that damage to a commercial property can ruin your business if not addressed quickly.  Intense blizzards, flooding, or even tropical storms could cost your business thousands of dollars in damage and lost revenue. Our 24 hour a day, 7 days a week service will be ready for your call as soon as disaster strikes. Even an hour of missed work means money lost, so be sure to give us a call at SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn so we can get to work restoring your business—like it never even happened!

Fire damage can be particularly difficult to restore. After you call our technicians will begin the process of removing all fire and smoke damage. After the damage has been restored, and the smoky odor removed, we can start cleaning your fabric and upholstery. Frequently with fire damage, there is water damage from sprinklers. Don’t worry though—we are experts in restoring water damage too!

Sprinklers after a fire will cause large scale damage to your business, regardless of your company’s size.  First, we start by removing all the contaminated water from the building and begin structural drying.  Your expert from SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn will then begin cleaning any fabric or upholstery you may possess. Once all the moisture has been removed we will remove the smell that, if left unattended, will become mold.

Mold, for those unfamiliar with the signs, can be difficult to spot and remove. Our team has thorough training in locating mold. If mold is spotted SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn will begin using applied microbial remediation to remove the mold wherever it may be. After the mold is cleaned our technician will remove any causes of mold.

Large big box warehouses, apartment buildings, hospitals, etc—we do it all!

SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn specializes in cleaning and restoring your commercial and residential property. Our staff is thoroughly versed in damage restoration. We are constantly training our staff on the newest and most efficient ways to remove mold. We are IICRC-certified and great at what we do. Give us a call at (718) 831-6426 so we can get to work fixing your business!

FIRES HAPPEN! Once the fire is out, the recovery process begins. SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn is here to help!

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage FIRES HAPPEN! Once the fire is out, the recovery process begins. SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn is here to help! SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn has been successfully helping Southwest Brooklyn, NY homeowners with fire damage for over 27 years.

SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn’s local professionals have been successfully helping Southwest Brooklyn, NY homeowners with fire damage for over 27 years. We provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding FASTER to any size disaster. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

24-Hour Emergency Fire Restoration Service

Call SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn, New York at (718) 375-2388 we’re ready 24 hours a day7 days a week to help with all your damage remediation needs. 

First Steps After a Fire:

  • Safety: Ask the firefighters or proper authorities on the scene if it is safe to go inside.
  • Call your Insurance provider: Let them know what happened so they can start a claim and initiate the paperwork for you.
  • Contact loved ones: Call to let everyone know you’re okay or let people who weren’t home know what happened.
  • Secure the residence/business: Prevent theft by locking the doors and covering windows or holes. If, you need help contact SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn, we are here to help!
  • Obtain a copy of the fire report: The report specifies all the necessary information about the fire including the time, casualties, date and the extent of fire damage.
  • Your current location: Notify friends, family, employers, schools, utilities & services of your temporary location. If you need somewhere to stay you can also contact the American Red Cross for assistance.

CONSIDER CLEANUP REQUIREMENTS: SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn, NY can provide services to prevent further damage, help determine which items can or cannot be refurbished and which structural items do and do not need to be repaired or replaced. We can help you with providing estimates to insurance companies for the cost of damages and will help walk you through the process of thoroughly deodorizing, cleaning and repairing your home.

SERVPRO Steps for a Fire Damage Emergency:

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call the SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn, New York which is staffed 24 hours a day. Our representative will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch the nearest SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn Professional with the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Our Professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, the SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn Professional can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. They will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

The SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn Professionals use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

They will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Call Us Today

SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn, New York at (718) 375-2388

Your First Steps After a Disaster

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Your First Steps After a Disaster You might feel overwhelmed after a disaster, but we are here to help rebuild your home!

You may have a considerable number of questions going through your mind after disaster strikes. The sentiment of being overwhelmed isn't unusual. We've learned individuals are regularly left asking: what do I do now?

The initial step is to have your home assessed to guarantee it is a secure place to return. Your wellbeing will forever be our first concern, and it ought to be yours as well. Fire, water, and mold could all create dangerous living conditions; contaminated air or structural damage are serious issues. If you are fortunate and the house has been cleared for reentry, a great many people figure the next logical step is to begin cleaning; however, it is essential to document the harm done to your home and possessions. With a camera or your cell phone, you should take photos of the damage, which will help with insurance claims. On the off chance that your telephone or camera did not survive the occurrence we suggest calling a SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn expert to take care of the documentation and start on the path toward reestablishing your home.

A specialist at SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn will be able to photograph the harm done to your property and simplify your dealings with the insurance company. The only thing you would need to do is present the claim to your insurance agency! Depending on the state of your home, the SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn serviceperson can suggest, based on rate increases and the total cost to repair, if it is advisable to even involve the insurance company.

We want to make the rebuilding process as effortless for you as possible; we will be with you every step of the way. Once the damage has been archived we can give you an expert evaluation of the harm done and how best to continue. An insurance organization will frequently have agreements with their preferred vendors, however, you should know that you have the right to pick an organization you trust to reconstruct your home.

Disaster can—clearly—be devastating; however, it could give you the chance to rebuild your house into your dream home! SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn is eager to help you turn lemons into lemonade. Transform a negative into a positive by adding the pantry you always needed. Reestablishing your life after a traumatic event is always difficult; but luckily, SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn is here to help!

Get Your Ducts in a Row

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Get Your Ducts in a Row Removing a vent cover allows you to take a look at your duct system.

It can be very difficult to clean a duct system, so we do recommend leaving that to the professionals here at SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn.  Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to see if the system needs to be cleaned.  By removing the vent covers you can get a glimpse into the system. Any signs of dirt or debris means the air you are breathing isn’t as clean as it could be. You can also check the air filters for dust and dirt. If either of these checks results in questionable cleanliness, we are here to help. While checking the condition or your air conditioner, you should also look at your heater. A dirty heat exchanger surface means the system is not running at maximum efficiency.

With summer getting closer and closer, make sure your AC is ready to help you beat the heat. The coils of your AC need to be unhindered to give you the best results. Shine a flashlight onto the coils to see if the light projects on the other side. The coil fins should be evenly spaced and free of any damage, like dents or nicks.  If you do see accumulated dirt or dust your AC will be less efficient.  We are here to help get your AC in tip-top shape, so don’t sweat it!

Below we will list a quick introduction to the work that goes into cleaning your ducts:

The first thing a SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn professional will do is check the AC filters. Dirty filters mean the air you are breathing is dirty too! Cleaning or, if needed, replacing your filter can make the air you breathe cleaner and ensure the air is flowing unobstructed.

Once the filter is dealt with, we move to the condenser coils. Clean condenser coils will maximize your AC’s energy efficiency so not only will your room be cooler, it will cost you less! Your SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn service person will also check the coolant lines to ensure you are receiving the coolest air possible.

All cleaned up and ready to go, the last step is to turn the AC on. Once running, we can make sure there is no need for additional work.  Needless to say, if there is more work to be done we are ready to do that too!

What Causes Mold Inside The Home?

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What Causes Mold Inside The Home? SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn has a team of trained specialists to handle any mold removal projects.

Mold needs saturation or water to prosper. Mold spores will start spreading as soon as they find a wet surface. Some fundamental spots mold can cover include:

  • Bathrooms. Showers, sinks, and toilets are perfect areas for mold. These spots tend to be soggy and, without powerful ventilation, will grow mold.
  • Air conditioning and vents.
  • Fireplaces. When not frequently in use, a chimney or fireplace is dark and cool—a productive ground for mold spore growth.
  • Attics. On the off chance that your roof cracks, mold can reproduce and spread through the ventilation space in the regularly disregarded room. It will flourish in ventilation or soffit vents.
  • Cellars. That obvious basement smell is confirmation of moisture and—more than likely—mold. Mold will be found encompassing the foundation, sump pump, windows, or vents.

Indoor mold progression must be ceased by drying the clammy conditions inside. In the event that there is mold proliferation in your home it is fundamental to stop it quickly. In the wrong conditions mold can spread quickly—in as meager as 24–48 hours.

If you are uncertain if your home or business has mold it is fundamental that you call a pro as fast as possible. They will begin by dissecting and testing the territory. The Mold Remediation Specialists at SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn are knowledgeable about water and mold removal. They're professionals in recovering your home from mold, utilizing the best possible gear.

SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn specialists will survey the damage and, if required by law, get a protocol for a Certified Mold Assessor so they can start to devise a strategy. They will then spotlight the issue and get to work. Utilizing blockades and a negative air pressure chamber, your SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn professional will stop the mold so they can begin cleaning and restoring your home.

The specialists at SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn are thoroughly trained for remediation, guaranteeing your home or business will be yours again in no time.

SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn offers a fast reaction 24 hours per day, every day of the week. 

Is Black Mold Really Dangerous?

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Is Black Mold Really Dangerous? SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn has a team of trained mold removal & mold remediation experts.

We’ve all been there. You go into your basement or your bathroom and there, on the wall, you see it: black mold. You panic, because you’ve heard horror stories for years about the dangers of black mold, but is there really any truth to the hype?

In truth, the term “toxic black mold” is a misnomer with no scientific validation at all. In fact, the term “toxic mold” is also inaccurate. According to the CDC, “the term ‘toxic mold’ is not accurate. While some molds can produce toxins, specifically mycotoxins, the molds themselves are not toxic or poisonous”.

So what kinds of mycotoxins can black mold produce? The trichothecene types below are found in toxic black mold:

  • Cyclosporin
  • Roridin E
  • Satratoxin F, G and H (the most abundant type of trichothecene)
  • Sporidesmin G
  • Stachybotryolactone
  • Trichoverrol
  • Trichoverrin
  • Verrucarin J

Molds come in a rainbow of colors but it is the black mold species Stachybotrys chartarum that has been falsely dubbed “toxic black mold”. In reality, mold is everywhere in our environment, it’s the dosage that makes the poison.

There is no argument that excessive exposure to almost any type of mold can cause adverse health effects, no matter what the color.

In addition, mold growth can also damage buildings—weakening structure and causing unpleasant odors, as well as causing ugly staining. Cleaning mold is often exactly what causes it to spread; the process dislodges mold spores and allows them to travel into new areas of the environment.

To avoid this it’s best to call a professional when you suspect you have a mold issue in your home or business. SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn has years of experience in mold removal and remediation and can ensure that any damage caused by mold is repaired properly, and completely. With SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn it’ll be "Like it never even happened."

The Real Truth About Mold Removal And Mold Remediation

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Real Truth About Mold Removal And Mold Remediation SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn has a team of trained mold removal & mold remediation technicians to handle any job size.

Many contractors and even mold removal companies will try to confuse you as to the difference between mold removal and mold remediation. Some will try to tell you that for a small mold issue, you can get mold removal, but for a larger more dangerous issue, you’ll need a more complicated, and expensive, mold remediation. Out of fear, many will choose to go with remediation and spend the extra money. That makes sense, mold can be extremely dangerous, causing severe illness and other problems, but the fact is that mold removal and mold remediation are interchangeable terms that mean the same thing!

Mold is endemic in our environment, meaning you can find it almost everywhere that water and oxygen are present. While some mold, such as the mildew in your shower (when in small quantities,) are considered “cosmetic mold” and can be simply sprayed with bleach, other types of mold (and even mildew when it spreads,) can become dangerous and toxic. 

SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn has certified mold remediation technicians that can not only help to identify and properly remove the mold in your home, but they will also locate the source, and eradicate the cause of your mold issues. 

When you find mold in your home, make sure that your mold professional can explain the mold remediation process in simple terms. Many small mold issues should not be expensive to handle. Moldy drywall is one example. If the affected area is small, it should not be a tremendously expensive fix. The most important issue with small drywall fixes happens once the damaged section is removed. It is imperative to ensure that spores are not spread further, so great care must be taken with the disposal of affected areas. If the technicians you hire use extremely technical terms to frighten you into tremendously expensive treatment options, be wary. 

When you call SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn, we will carefully inspect your property to ensure that not only are all mold issues are addressed, but also that we locate the source of the issue, and eradicate it. If we do find an issue that needs to be addressed, we will use specialized filtration equipment to capture microscopic mold spores that may be in the air and to prevent them from spreading during removal. 

In addition to mold removal, we also specialize in cleaning your belongings and ensuring that they are sanitized and safe to use. Should major restoration need to be done, we can also handle reconstruction and finishing to ensure that you are back to normal as quickly, and cleanly, as possible. 

Mold doesn’t have to be scary, so don’t let an unqualified contractor or “specialist” make it into a nightmare.

Water Damage & Flooding

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage & Flooding If you experience flooding or water damage, contact SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn

The rainy season is upon us in Southwest Brooklyn. Excessive rainfall means the potential for leaky roofs, flooded basements and other types of water damage. These situations are some of the most costly that a homeowner or business owner can face. Water can quickly lead to mold growth, damage furniture and drywall, and compromise the very structure of a house or building.

Common causes of water damage include corroded or damaged pipes, blocked gutters, and leaks from roofs or windows.

To prepare for flooding, elevate the furnace, water heater and electric panel in your home or building. Install check-valves to prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains. And know how to locate and safely shut off all utilities.

There are also several measures you can take to help prevent water damage. Inspect sinks, showers, toilets, gutters and downspouts to ensure there are no blockages. Have a sump pump installed in the basement of your home or business. Seal basement walls and floors with waterproofing compounds.

If certain areas consistently have standing water or if there are a few spots in your basement where water regularly collects, there might be a problem with the pitch or angle of the grounds outside. If the ground is pitched toward your house or building, water will run back toward it, causing leaks or flooding. So make sure the ground pitch is angled away from your home or facility.

Water and flood damage restoration is not a do-it-yourself project. It is a lengthy and potentially dangerous process that should be tackled only by experienced professionals, like the experts at SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn. If you have an issue, call SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn right away. While you wait for our restoration team to arrive, take the following steps:

1. Turn off all power
2. Move important possessions and documents to safety
3. Raise all furniture or remove it entirely
4. Let in fresh air if weather permits
5. If safely doing so is possible, use buckets to remove water, and clean out the internal and outside water drainage of your home or building

Once they arrive, the SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn team will begin the repair and restoration process:

Assessment

Our technicians determine f the water is from a clean source or an unsanitary place like a sewerage system. SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn locates and measures the damage, from subfloors to inside the wall cavities and elsewhere.

Water removal

We use powerful vacuums capable of removing thousands of gallons every hour.

Drying

Our licensed restoration professionals have the knowledge and heavy-duty
equipment to start the air movement necessary to dry out your home or facility. They will also inspect the affected areas for mold.

Without prompt action, water damage is virtually guaranteed to spread and become permanent. The longer you wait, the greater the chance of mold growth and unrecoverable property. So if you live in Southwest Brooklyn and have a water issue, call SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn immediately. Our professionals have the expertise to reverse and prevent the devastating effects of flooding and water damage.

When a pipe bursts in your home.

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage When a pipe bursts in your home. A burst pipe can cause serious water damage.

2018 has brought us mostly subfreezing temperatures. When it gets this cold outside homes are at risk of burst pipes and all of the headaches and water damage they bring. Water pipes burst when the water inside them freezes and expands causing an increase in pressure inside the pipe. When the pressure gets too high for the pipe to contain it bursts causing damage to your home.

A burst pipe can happen almost anywhere, but usually occurs with pipes that are close to the exterior of your home. The most critical aspect of dealing with a burst pipe is turning off the water supply and stopping the flow of water. Water in a crawlspace or basement is usually well contained and can be easily dried out. However, when a pipe bursts in the main part of your home, such as a toilet feed or an under-sink supply line, it can create a much bigger mess depending upon how much water has inundated the house.

As with any water damage, time is of the essence as mold can start to develop in as little as 24 hours after flooding occurs. The more time that passes without treatment the more likely those materials will continue to deteriorate and may not be salvageable. This is doubly true in homes with carpeting.

When a pipe in your home bursts—affecting multiple rooms—travels from an upper level to a lower level of the home, or has been left unnoticed for more than 8 hours, professional water mitigation and specialized drying equipment is essential for preventing long-term damage. If you see that water has seeped into the subflooring or the drywall the safest step would be to contact a professional water damage remediation company like SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn  to help remove or restore items that would otherwise be destroyed by mold.

Preventing Smoke Damage From Your Fireplace

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Preventing Smoke Damage From Your Fireplace Preventing Smoke Damage From Your Fireplace

The weather outside is frightful and there is nothing better than curling up on a cold night to the warm glow of a fireplace. Unfortunately, fireplaces can also pose a smoke and fire hazard to your home. There is, however, nothing particularly soothing about unwanted fireplace smoke puffs that spill into the home while the fire is burning. Fires can also start when hot embers from the fire catch on residue from unclean chimneys.

If you are someone who likes to use their fireplace during the winter here are a few tips to prevent smoke or fire damage to your home.

Nobody likes a drafty house, but a house that is relatively airtight may not be able to supply enough outside air to the fire, resulting in a negative pressure in the home. Well-insulated homes can benefit from an outside air supply vent installed in the fireplace to satisfy the fire's needs.

Exhaust fans—like in kitchens or in forced air heating systems—can cause negative pressure, which will drag the smoke from your fireplace into your home. Turn off exhaust fans before settling down by the fire.

Only use your fireplace when it is cold out. The difference between the indoor and outdoor air helps the smoke draft properly. If it is too warm the smoke will have nowhere to go.

Make sure that the damper is open all the way. Sometimes there is a rain cap or even another damper on top of the chimney, which may be obstructed and needs attention. This can also be a fire hazard, so be careful.

Wet firewood can create heavy smoke. Make sure you only use seasoned firewood that is dry in your fireplace.

If you experience smoke or fire damage from your fireplace this winter contact the experts at SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn. Their smoke damage experts can clean your furniture, curtains, walls, and floors to get rid of not only the black soot, but the foul odor it leaves behind.