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SERVPRO responds around-the-clock to help cleanup and restore municipal facilities in Brooklyn and Queens

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

External photo of school with fire damages including black soot and broken windows SERVPRO works quickly to recover your municipal property after a disaster, into a safe, healthy and restored community facility again.

Many Queens and Brooklyn Municipal Buildings Including Offices, Libraries and Other Public Facilities turn to SERVPRO professional cleanup and restoration services after a property disaster strikes.

Brooklyn and Queens property owners and managers have many choices for local restoration companies but choosing a full-service company with trusted leadership in the restoration industry, exceptional training and experience and a long history of satisfied customers and successful property recoveries in this community is easy. Choosing SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn offers all these advantages and more, our highly-trained technicians use top-quality equipment and technology to avoid the complex challenges that come with the cleanup, repair and mitigation of fire, flood, water or mold concerns to make your municipal property damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO helps cleanup and repair local Brooklyn and Queens community hospitals, schools and offices after fire, water and mold property damage mishaps

Fast Action is a critical component to the recovery of your property following any kind of damage. Our SERVPRO professionals know how important time management and efficient procedures are to mitigate your damages quickly and minimize the disruption to your daily operations. Our teams are certified in effective procedures specific to the disaster property damage restoration field including; Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD) making them well prepared to provide cleanup and restoration services in your area. When disaster strikes a municipal building, it can have a devastating impact on the local community, the public often rely on these facilities for daily needs. Our managers and crews take special care to get these facilities running again quickly while balancing the demand for safety and health concerns. Every precaution is made to ensure the safety of the staff and patrons, while providing quick and effective cleanup and repair services. Our crew can setup containment or provide pack-out services to speed up the recovery process and contain the damage to only a small area. Our Long Island SERVPRO professionals will customize a plan and estimate for a successful property restoration and get you started with the solutions and services needed to repair your commercial property, so your facility can continue servicing the local community as soon as possible. 

Water Damage

Water intrusion and flood damage can have a devastating impact on your daily operations, effective mitigation requires a combination of the right skills and the use of advanced equipment. The type and category of water damage affecting your property does have a significant impact on the types of restoration services needed; including proper procedures, costs and length of services required. Waiting to start mitigation and remediation efforts exposes structural components inside your facility to increasingly more severe damage.

Learn more about our local water damage restoration services.

Fire Damage

Whatever the cause of your commercial fire, it can leave widespread destruction way beyond the original flames. Fast action is necessary to stop the spread of damage that smoke and soot can bring to the rest of the facility. Restoring your Flatbush, Greenpoint, Brooklyn Heights, Coney Island or Williamsburg municipal property following a destructive fire requires a variety of restoration techniques, your facility might suffer from water damage and extensive HVAC contamination from migrating smoke and soot exposure. Making an immediate call to our IICRC certified fire cleanup and restoration crew will start the inspection and pre-testing process, looking for the exact scope of property damages and your facility’s specific path to recovery. Fires can leave various types of obvious soot and charring and less visible smoke deposits, and residues that penetrate beyond the surface quickly causing corrosion and permanent smoke and soot damage, our crews work quickly to contain and identify the damaged areas and take steps to reverse the signs of fire damage.

Learn more about our local fire, smoke and soot damage restoration services.

Mold Damage

There are many elements in your building that contribute to ideal conditions for mold growth, hidden moisture and high-humidity can be the after-math of a hasty water damage cleanup which can quickly lead to mold damage. Mold colonization in a local facility is a situation that can quickly get out of control and requires appropriate intervention. Quick action needs to be taken to minimize damages to air quality, possessions and structural components including wood, drywall, ceiling tiles, and flooring. Our professional restoration team will act quickly and take all necessary precautions to ensure the safety and health of your property, employees and patrons.

Containment is an essential part of any mold remediation project; in a larger facility it can take several days or longer to restore proper indoor air quality. Our preventative measures may include the placing of physical barriers, establishing clean rooms and decontamination zones to ensure that the infestation does not spread.

Learn more about our local mold damage cleanup and remediation services.

SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan?

Developing a personalized SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) is an important step you can take in collaboration with our team to minimize the impact of property damage and get you back to business faster. An experienced member of our staff will visit your site, performs a walk-through evaluation of your commercial property’s strengths and weaknesses. Once familiar with your layout and operations, we provide a personalized plan of action, and recommendations that could help mitigate severe damage to your building’s structure, equipment, and contents if a disaster happens. It can also give our SERVPRO staff an advantage in mitigating and restoring your property quickly and efficiently, providing us with critical details necessary to respond to your commercial property disaster.

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) will help ensure you are “Ready for whatever happens.” In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help reduce business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations and priority areas for operations and safety.

Choosing SERVPRO can have a big impact on your property restoration

The reasons why local municipal facilities choose SERVPRO to cleanup and mitigate their property after a fire, water or mold damage event are many. SERVPPRO of Southwest Brooklyn has nearly 30 years of experience providing restoration services to our local community. Our staff has the knowledge and experience to handle any size property disaster, faster and with professional courtesy. We are certified and trained to use advanced technologies, equipment and techniques to mitigate and restore all types of property damage concerns. Specifically, we are aware that municipal properties including; schools, healthcare facilities, local government offices all service the public and are a needed and important part of our community, creating operational challenges and restrictions. Our team works hard and quickly with the goal of turning your chaotic, inconvenient and unfortunate property damage mishap, into a restored, safe and healthy community center again.

Mold Remediation for ALL Types of Brooklyn and Queens Commercial Facilities

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial warehouse on-site clean room setup for mold remediation by professional property restoration experts Mold remediation is the process of finding, containing, and removing mold and damaged materials from an affected area.

Mold colonization in commercial facilities and warehouses can quickly get out of control without appropriate mitigation, SERVPRO is here to help with mold remediation for all types of Brooklyn and Queens businesses.

Flooding and water damage most often have far reaching consequences on a commercial property, requiring many different types of property damage restoration services including water removal, demolition, deodorization and decontamination, drying and dehumidifying and rebuilding. Whether your property just experienced a heavy rain intrusion, a common appliance malfunction or hazardous plumbing leak. Commercial water damage cleanup and restoration can be complicated, it most often requires a set of detailed steps to make sure the water is properly extracted, cleaned up, dried and mitigated, when these steps aren’t taken, and moisture continues to plaque your building mold growth will often occur. Mold grows quickly and can spread throughout a property in as little as 24-48 hours. Any commercial property can quickly become infested with mold if a source of water is present, the key to preventing excessive mold growth is to control moisture. That’s why it’s important to act quickly if your commercial property experiences a water damage or you see any signs of hidden water damage or visible mold. SERVPRO is a leading provider of mold remediation services across the country, our mold certified technicians can assess your commercial warehouse or building to evaluate the extent of the damage and advise owners and managers of the proper steps to remediate and restore your facility, “Like it never even happened.”

Mold Damage to Your Commercial Warehouse or Building?

Mold is a microscopic, airborne fungus that exists all around us, it occurs naturally in our surroundings and usually reproduces by releasing spores into the environment. In nature, mold plays an important role in the decomposition of organic material. Mold requires both organic material and a consistent source of moisture to grow. Many materials in homes and business contain the organic materials and under the right circumstances can be conducive to mold growth. When excessive moisture accumulates indoors, drywall, wood, paneling, ceiling tiles, carpeting, insulation, paper, cardboard, fabric, upholstery and even paint will encourage mold growth. If there is a consistent water source, mold will continue to colonize and break down organic material into dusty, dirt-like matter. Neglecting mold damage for an extended period can cause unnecessary damage to your home and risk possible health concerns to occupants. It’s never too early nor too late to address commercial property mold damage.

When excessive moisture accumulates inside buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains unaddressed. It is impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling moisture indoors.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends these tips to prevent commercial property mold damage

Ensure all leaky plumbing is fixed; Correct all noticed wet spots;

Completely eliminate condensation through insulating or increasing air circulation;

  • Reduce the moisture level in the air and add ventilation to reduce humidity;
  • Maintain indoor humidity level below 60% with a goal of 30-50%;
  • Conduct routine building and HVAC inspections;
  • Provide proper drainage and sloping to eliminate wet foundations.

What is Mold Remediation

Mold remediation is the process of finding, containing, and removing mold and damaged materials from the affected area and the air around it. It’s crucial to contain the damaged areas, because spores are microscopic and can easily spread to other areas through the air or by attaching themselves to clothes or objects throughout the remediation process. SERVPRO mold removal specialists are specially trained using techniques to contain the damaged areas and mitigate the spread of mold, using negative air pressure and physical barriers to seal off the infected area, including ductwork during the remediation process.

Moldy items such as furniture, carpeting and inventory are cleaned if the infestation is minor or removed if it’s extensive. In this commercial warehouse our mold remediation team setup on-site clean rooms to more efficiently remediate damaged materials and contents. Damaged parts of drywall are removed, replaced, and repainted. Large storage racks can be hand cleaned with antimicrobial agents, all items in the area must be cleaned and sanitized, even if they don’t have visible mold. Mold can be very illusive and can grow behind wallpaper, inside books or files and other hidden areas. Our SERVPRO professionals have advanced equipment and top tier training to remediate mold and return any commercial property mold damage back to a healthy, safe and operation work environment.

Commercial Mold Remediation

The Environmental Protection Agency has a guide for Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings on their website.

SERVPRO Stops the Spread of Mold During the Remediation Process

SERVPRO mold remediation technicians are train to use the highest restoration industry standards, mastering Applied Microbial Remediation through IICRC courses. We employ the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed protocols to contain and remove active mold colonies. Our crews also use EPA registered antimicrobial products to treat surfaces after removal to inhibit additional growth. During remediation, we protect our employees and your occupants from the hazards of mold remediation by creating zones where we remove and bag the mold and contaminated debris. Physical barriers provide one kind of protection, and we also install HEPA filtered exhaust ductwork and use negative air pressure to prevent airborne mold and residues from infiltrating unaffected areas of the building.

Containment of the Affected Area

One of the main concerns, during a remediation project is the dissemination of airborne mold spores. When a remediation project is initiated the first step is to set up containment or isolation of the affected area. Containment will help our SERVPRO professionals control the spread of these spores while assisting the remediation process in returning the affected area to normal healthy levels. The act of removing or disturbing a mold source during the remediation process tends to distribute large quantities of mold spores into the air. That’s why proper containment is so important to the safety of the occupants and undamaged areas. Cross contamination is a major concern for our crews and our teams are trained and provided the highest level of safety equipment and personal safety gear to process your mold remediation safely.

When setting up containment of the work area, the first step is to install a HEPA Filtered Negative Air machine. This is a fan which pulls air from the affected area and exhausts the contaminated air outside of the structure via flexible tubing or ducting. Doing this will begin to draw the airborne mold spores away from the airspace, eventually creating a negative pressure environment.

The second step is to install physical barriers in the work area, creating zones. This is most typically done with the use of heavy plastic. The main goal when creating this physical barrier is to completely isolate the work area from any adjacent, non-affected areas. All HVAC systems or shared airways between other rooms would be taped or covered in plastic, and all electrical outlets and light fixtures would be covered. Basically, any area that could allow air flow between the mold infested area and another non-affected area should be properly sealed.

If you fear that your commercial building is contaminated with mold or has had a recent water damage that was not properly mitigated, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn to help. Our highly-trained and IICRC certified Brooklyn and Queens mold remediation specialists are here to help, to explain and assess your property’s commercial mold cleanup and remediation needs. Our priority is to provide a remediation solution and get your commercial property’s mold damage concerns under control. Our teams will cleanup, remove damaged materials and remediate your commercial mold problem, restoring your facility, “Like it never even happened.”

SOURCE: https://www.epa.gov

A Plumbing Failure Can Leave Your Commercial Property in Urgent Need of Hazardous Water and Sewage Removal & Cleanup

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

Here to Help Commercial Bathroom with sewage backup on floor Our Brooklyn SERVPRO technicians can arrive quickly and are experienced in dealing with messy and hazardous water damage cleanup and restoration.

SERVPRO is here to help with ALL types of commercial property restoration services to keep your organization looking and running at its best. Sewage backups are a common and messy commercial property disaster, big or small “category 3” water damages are dangerous and should be repaired by TRAINED PROFESSIONALS ONLY. A sewage backup can occur for many reasons, but the most common is when a blockage prevents wastewater from flowing through the sewer line that connects your restroom to the municipal sewers or other type of septic system managing your waste removal. The obstruction will cause your sewer lines and drain pipes to fill up until it eventually overflows. Looking for a reliable commercial sewage removal company near you, can be challenging, however calling a local SERVPRO franchise, will get you the quick and effective cleanup and repair services you need. Water damage in your commercial property is an inconvenience, damages can spread quickly throughout your building, threatening not only the structural components of your school, store, restaurant, office building or warehouse but also potentially allowing secondary effects such as mold growth to occur. Our local Brooklyn and Queens SERVPRO technicians can arrive quickly and are experienced in dealing with messy and hazardous “black water” situations and can effectively decontaminate, sanitize and deodorize the area. Our IICRC certified sewage and biohazard cleanup professionals are trained and equipped with all necessary resources needed to mitigate and protect your commercial property and contents from further harm.

What risks are associated with a Brooklyn or Queens commercial sewage backup?

Health Risks, Contamination, and Mold
Cosmetic & Structural Damage
Damage to Appliances, Inventory and other Contents

Depending on the category of water involved in the water intrusion, sewage backups can pose serious health risk and often contain bacterial and viral contaminants including; parasites, and mold. Hazardous sewage cleanup should be performed by highly-trained, certified professional in order to ensure the safety of the affected area as well as the inhabitants of the property. Most porous items that meet raw sewage must be handled properly by certified professionals and disposed of safely.

SERVPRO PROFESSIONAL WATER DAMAGE ClEANUP CREWS ARE EXPERIENCED WITH MESSY PROPERTY DISASTERS

Category 3 water damage from a sewage backup can leave your commercial property messy, like other water damages they can cause serious cosmetic and structural damage to your home or business. Contents such as inventory, equipment, documents, furnishings can be ruined if saturated with contaminated water and losing vital hours of operation can have serious consequences to your short- and long-term profitability. Toilet overflows, sewage backups and other category 3 “black water” intrusions are more than nasty, smelly messes; these biohazard situations can bring with them harmful parasites, viruses, and bacteria that pose a significant health risk to occupants as well as moisture that can ultimately lead to mold growth.

When contacting a local professional sewage cleanup service is necessary our SERVPRO expert IICRC certified specialists will respond to your situation in the quickest, safest, and most appropriate manner possible. When it comes to biohazard cleanup, our team knows that there are multiple steps to ensure a building is properly restored after a sewage mess. After extracting the dirty water from your commercial property, our team will sanitize, deodorize and dry out the damaged areas. Our SERVPRO category 3 water damage, sewage and biohazard removal professionals are fully equipped with all the necessary tools to ensure an effective cleanup and restoration happens, including air filters, devices to detect moisture, vacuums, pumps, anti-microbial chemicals, and protective suits. Our team will isolate, clean and sanitize your commercial restroom and other damaged areas, neutralizing the odors and remove all contaminated materials to restore your office or facility to a safe and healthy condition, quickly and properly.

Our Restoration specialists follow proven steps to cleanup and repair sewage backups and other hazardous flood damage, including:

  • Properly removing sewage water and solid waste;
  • Removing contaminated contents; including carpet, flooring and other surfaces that have been exposed to potential contamination
  • Cleaning and sanitizing the area;
  • Using air movers and dehumidifiers to rapidly dry the area;
  • Finally making any necessary repairs and restoration

The most important solution for your commercial sewage backup is a quick response, by calling our team immediately following a property disaster, our crews can start the mitigation process, our trucks are stocked with extraction and drying equipment to quickly reverse the signs of damage. That, combined with our experience in controlled demolition, can quickly protect your home from contamination and bacterial threats that can often exist after contaminated “black water” circumstances. We know business interruption for cleanup and restoration, can prove to be stressful and compromising. Our team takes all necessary steps to minimize downtime and avoid disruption during your recovery, we strive to restore rather than replace whenever possible, helping mitigate the damage quickly and save on recovery costs.

Sewage Backup, Plumbing Failure or Toilet Overflow? Call Us Today

Fire safety tips to avoid property fire damage and the need for disaster restoration services.

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Dramatic outdoor fire burning in evening with smoke and soot ashes and embers visible A fast response is critical as fire residue can immediately damage structural components and contents.

Don’t let an outdoor fire ruin your summer/fall, SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn has some helpful tips for preventing Brooklyn and Queens fire property disasters.

Fall is almost here, and it’s a great time to tryout some new grilling recipes and perfect your marshmallow roasting technique. Spending fall evenings outdoors cooking yummy things on the grill and relaxing with family and friends by the fire pit are wonderful ways to make great end of summer and fall memories. Summer and Fall are peak times for outdoor fire mishaps and property damage concerns. It’s important to keep safety in mind when enjoying these fun but hazardous activities this season, SERVPRO wants your summer and fall to be remembered for fabulous food and outdoor entertaining, not the charred steaks and a burnt building.

SMOKE AND SOOT DAMAGE CONCERNS FOR YOUR PROPERTY

Even a minor property fire or a season of outdoor fires and BBQs can contribute to significant smoke or soot damage throughout your Brooklyn or Queens home’s interiors and exteriors, including your HVAC unit. Our SERVPRO restoration specialists know a lot about the secondary damages from soot and smoke that happen as the result of a blaze. Whether the fire was from a recreational source like a fireplace, outdoor fire pit or grill, or the result of a fire mishap and a property disaster. Fire creates smoke and soot, and the tiny particles float in the air and will become trapped in drapes, carpets and furniture, or collect on surfaces and inside your HVAC system. When these issues arise and you see soot residue or smell smoke odors, the solution is the same. Calling your local SERVPRO Fire Cleanup and Restoration Professionals will provide top quality services, experience, knowledge and trust that our Brooklyn and Queens restoration crews will quickly restore your home or business, “Like it never even happened.”

When the wind changes while your outdoor fire or BBQ is going it can bring secondary fire damages like smoke and soot concerns to the interiors and exteriors of your home. That’s why it’s always recommended that you avoid outdoor fires during windy nights, and you should pay special attention while cooking. Smoke and soot can permeate your walls, surfaces and air ducts leaving unseen odors throughout your property. Consulting a full-service cleanup, restoration and repairs company is your top-priority to keeping restoration costs lower and salvaging as much of your structure and possessions as possible. SERVPRO has a long history in the restoration industry and we focus on salvaging and restoring your contents and structure. SERVPRO provides exceptional fire, smoke and soot damage restoration services and experience, balanced with efficiency and cost-effective techniques in response to your property damage disaster.

Learn more about our superior Fire damage cleanup and restoration services here.

Want to know more about how SERVPRO can help with smoke odors and soot damage in your home following seasonal outdoor fire property damage?

SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn has been providing disaster restoration services including, fire, smoke, flood and water damage for nearly 30 years, we have learned that property damage happens even to the most cautious of homeowners. A fast response is critical as fire residue can immediately damage structural components and contents, the contamination grows progressively worse and more expensive to remediate as time passes. SERVPRO is Faster to any size disaster, arriving at your home as soon as possible with a full complement of Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) and the products, tools, and equipment needed in our well-stocked service vehicles.

The training our crews complete from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) prepares them to use effective strategies that clean up the charring, soiling, and odors post-fire. SERVPRO’s professional fire restoration specialists and high-tech commercial equipment ensure quick and effective cleanup, removal and repairs of your property and contents following smoke, soot and ash surface buildup and damage before it continues to spread.

SERVPRO’s Proven Soot and Smoke Damage Cleaning and Deodorizing Process:

  • Clean the soot residue that builds up on surfaces before it continues to spread.
  • Neutralize the odor to keep them from returning
  • Remove soot residue from at-risk items including brass, aluminum, chrome, marble, tile, fabrics, carpets and upholstery.
  • Deodorize carpets, curtains and clothing and other porous materials

Learn more about soot damage and other secondary fire damages including different methods for cleaning and restoring your residential or commercial property and contents correctly.    

Even when your belongings are in good shape, and the cleanup is minor, the lingering odor can be overwhelming. Our SERVPRO crew has a variety of approaches to use, including deodorizing pellets, charcoal-activated filters, and even ozone air purifiers. Here are just a few examples of materials and possible restoration solutions; Porous materials like drywall, wood and furniture often require ozone treatments to remove the smoke smell. Upholstery, carpeting, drapes and other fabrics are often dry cleaned with special chemical deodorizers to neutralize the smell, then either steam or dry cleaned. The exact deodorization process will vary depending on the extent of the fire smell and the type of materials involved.

Contact us today if your home has experienced smoke or soot damage from an outdoor fire mishap or an accidental fire disaster.

On average 8,800 home fires start from barbeque grills, fire pits and outdoor fireplaces, SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn is here to help with fire cleanup and mitigation emergency services, whenever you need us. Our local SERVPRO professionals can answer your emergency call 24-hours/7 days per week! Our priority is servicing our local community, and we want to provide a few simple outdoor fire and grilling safety tips can help prevent injury and keep your home and property safe from potential fire damage and the need for local fire damage cleanup and restoration services, this season.

REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE FROM OUTDOOR GRILLS & FIRE PITS… NEVER LEAVE YOUR BURNING GRILL OR FIRE UNATTENDED!

Tips for Backyard Grill and Fire Pit Fire Safety

  • Keep at least a safe 3-foot clearance around the entire grill or fire pit. Keep kids and pets clear of this area too!
  • Move the grill away from the house, fence and away from underneath any overhangs. Do not use the grill under trees or near shrubbery.
  • Regularly clean out the grease traps on your grill to prevent grease fires.
  • Never leave your grill unattended!
  • If using charcoal, make sure the coals have cooled completely before disposing of them in a metal container.
  • Keeping a fire extinguisher or a big box of baking soda in the vicinity is good idea in case a fire does breakout.
  • Drag a hose over to where you’re burning. If you have a sprayer on your hose, turn the water on and keep it on until you’re through with your fire in case of an emergency.
  • Never have a fire under trees or overhangs, near shrubbery, or close to the house.
  • Keep flammable materials away from fires.
  • Never have a fire on a windy day!

SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn is here to help you enjoy your fall season, connect with us on FACEBOOK let us know about your new grill recipe or if you have a favorite Fall safety tip.

Efficient local Summer Storm Property Damage Restoration Services with SERVPRO

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Storm lightning lights up the night sky Our EMERGENCY RESTORATION crews are available 24-hours a day, here to help with property repairs and recovery services.

Our Brooklyn and Queens Restoration Specialists have the answers to your home or business storm property damage cleanup and repair concerns

Spring and Summer bring many weather-related hazards and potential storm, flood and water damage to your Brooklyn or Queens residential or commercial property, including severe storms that bring coastal flooding, torrential rains, strong winds and lightening. Other elements that can cause local property damage during the spring and summer are high-indoor humidity or summer fire concerns. Your home or business could face any number of potential Spring and Summer property damage concerns, including mold damage, fire damage, sewage backup damage or plumbing leaks and appliance water damage. When you find yourself or someone you know in need of professional disaster restoration services or emergency fire, flood or sewage cleanup and property repairs, our SERVPRO restoration specialists are here to assist.

Brooklyn and Queens summer months bring a ton of exciting things to do, our area offers great beaches and parks to explore, additionally there are great events and community functions happening throughout the season. It’s important to remember safety while enjoying all that spring and summer have to offer. Keeping your family, friends and employees safe during these months is important to us, as is taking steps to avoid property damage to your home or business. Follow us on Facebook for great tips on how to protect your property and what to do in the aftermath of a property disaster. Our Emergency Response crews are available 24-hours a day, always here to help with property damage repairs and recovery services

Many Brooklyn and Queens property owners and renters have experienced flooding and other property water damage from the severe weather in our area, do you need restoration and cleanup help?

OUR NEW YORK CITY STORM & WATER MITIGATION SERVICES INCLUDE

  • Roof tarp and Board-up Services
  • Category 1, 2 and 3 Water Extraction & Cleanup
  • Drying of affected areas, including walls, carpets and furniture
  • Cleaning and Restoration of affected possessions
  • Mold Remediation
  • Reconstruction and Repairs

Our SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn team has been helping our local communities for nearly 30 years, we are prepared with expert training and quality equipment to mitigate and restore your commercial or residential property. Our technicians are available 24-7 with our Emergency Service Team to help cleanup and repair your property damage from water, sewage, smoke or fire. Our priority is providing quick and effective service and solutions to restore your property and belongings, “Like it never even happened.”

Storm Flood Damage and Coastal Flood Damage Concerns for Brooklyn and Queens

Flooding is a serious and potentially dangerous concern for many commercial or residential property owners or renters. Northeast Thunderstorms and Hurricanes can bring a ton of moisture and tidal surges causing above average amounts of water to cover the local and surrounding areas. Flooding, water and other storm damages are a threat to local business and communities with excessive wind, water and flooding causing property damage and injury, according to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, floods kill more people every year than lightening, hurricanes and tornadoes combined. SERVPRO is here to help Brooklyn and Queens communities get back to normal and restore property and homes following major disasters, providing disaster recovery services at a National scale, our chain of resources can bring relief and recovery quickly. Storm and coastal flooding can lead to dangerous contamination and structural damage and corrosion including damage to the drywall, contents and support structure. After only 24 hours your property is in jeopardy of additional damages including mold growth and other harmful bacteria. Quick and Effective cleanup and restoration services from a professional team is vital to avoiding even further damage.

Structural Damage: Severe storms can bring major flood risks to most Brooklyn and Queens properties causing significant structural damage to building materials, contents, foundations and basements. Our immediate flood water removal services are essential to avoiding additional costly damages, our SERVPRO specialists can also provide temporary structural support, tarp and board-up services to help stabilize and secure the property.

Mold Growth: following a flood or water damage to your home or business, mold has the potential to start growing right away. SERVPRO technicians are trained and experienced to handle the mold remediation process and avoid the spread of mold colonies throughout your property.

Spreading Moisture: Our rapid drying techniques reduce the risk of continued moisture exposure, preventing further water damage to your home or business. Our technicians monitor the spread of moisture to nearby areas and can address any hidden water damage early helping avoid additional costly secondary damage.

Types of Contaminated Water and Categories of Water Damage

One of the first things to do when faced with water damage is determine what kind of contamination you’re dealing with. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), water can be contaminated by agricultural pollution, oil pollution, sewage and wastewater, radioactive substances, harmful chemicals, and various other materials. It can sometimes be difficult to determine the type and extent of water damage affecting your home or business. That's why it's best to call a local property disaster restoration company like SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn to fill in the blanks. Our Professional staff will come and inspect your damage and customize a removal, cleanup and restoration solution to get your property damage reversed as quickly and effectively as possible.

Different types of contaminated water pose different risks, but the longer the water stays in a home, the more severe the property damage it will cause and the greater the threat to your health. Also called black water, Category 3 water is water from sewage backups and overflowing rivers that contains various hazardous contaminants, sewage, and/or toxic debris. According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IIRC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), all water originating from sea water, ground or surface water, rising rivers and streams, and wind-driven rain from hurricanes and tropical storms is considered Category 3.

When Brooklyn and Queens Summer and Fall storms are coming to Flatbush, Clinton Hill, Jamaica, Ozone Park or Cobble Hill it’s important to be prepared, our SERVPRO teams are ready and always prepared to handle any size property disaster. Calling SERVPRO after you experience flood or water damage from coastal flooding, severe thunderstorms or basement flooding, can be the difference from a quick cleanup and mitigation or costly restoration, construction and mold remediation services.

KNOW YOUR ZONE & WEATHER TERMINOLOGY

When living in a coastal community such as Brooklyn or Queens, it is incredibly important to know where the flood zones are located, and to prepare for severe weather-related hazards. Weather terminology and warnings are important tools to knowing when to prepare for a storm and how to keep your family healthy and your property safe from disaster.

THUNDERSTORM TERMINOLOGY

  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Be Prepared! Watches are typically issued 12-48 hours before a storm is set to hit. This is to advise the public of the possibility of a thunderstorm including; heavy rain, flooding, strong winds and possible hail.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Take Action! Warnings alert the public 2-24 hours before a storm occurs. Issued for hazardous weather that can cause “significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, could lead to life-threatening situations.”

HURRICANE TERMINOLOGY

  • Hurricane Watch: Be Prepared! Watches are typically issued 12-48 hours before a storm is set to hit. This is to advise the public of the possibility of a Hurricane (sustained winds of 74mph or greater) including; heavy rain, flooding, strong winds and possible hail.
  • Hurricane Warning: Take Action! Warnings alert the public 36 hours in advance of tropical storm-force winds. Issued for hazardous weather that can cause “significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, could lead to life-threatening situations.”

SAFETY TIPS BEFORE A STORM ARRIVES:

Stock up:

Gather and check your disaster supplies and replace or restock as needed. The American Red Cross suggests you pick up at least three days' worth of water and non-perishable food, a flashlight and extra batteries for it, at least seven days’ worth of prescription medication, a cell phone with a charger, and that you have extra cash and spare clothes at the ready.

Have an emergency kit with these items you probably already have in your home: flashlight(s), battery powered weather radio, extra batteries to fit each electronic (including cell phone), non-perishable foods (canned goods and dry foods), lots of bottled water, can opener, first aid kit (with a disinfectant), fire extinguisher, blankets, extra clothes, sturdy shoes or boots, clock or watch, whistle to signal for help, important personal items (eyeglasses, prescriptions, etc.), and paper documents such as birth certificates, social security cards, and other significant legal papers.

Stay Indoors:

Stay inside and away from windows, skylights and glass doors. Find a safe area in the interior or your property on the lower level or basement. If flooding threatens your home, turn off the electricity at the main breaker. If your property loses power, turn off major appliances such as the AC unit and water heater to reduce damage.

Property Concerns:

Inspect your roof and foundation for damage and make necessary repairs. Exterior doors should have 3 hinges and a deadbolt lock that is an inch long minimum. Cut dead or weak limbs before a storm hits. Remove any limbs hanging over your home that could cause substantial damage if they fall. Likewise, take the time to have trees that could fall on the home removed. Clean rain gutters ensure runoff has a place to go; water that pools and gathers can cause damage especially if a downpour is ongoing.

High-Quality Restoration Services to minimize business interruption and get you back to business quickly

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Soaked commercial warehouse from flooding, SERVPRO working cleaning The right choice for commercial property damage restoration in the Brooklyn and Queens, we have decades of hands-on cleanup, mitigation and repairs.

Our Priority at SERVPRO is getting your Brooklyn or Queens business open and operational quickly after a property disaster. We rely on decades of hands-on experience and proven cleanup and restoration results to helping local Flatbush, Brooklyn Heights, Coney Island, Prospect Park and Howard Beach business owners dealing with property damage in communities near you; cleanup, repair and restore their commercial property. Our commitment to quality property restoration and recovery after a property disaster caused by fire, flood, water and mold makes selecting our Brooklyn SERVPRO property restoration experts the right choice.

Big or small, property damage to local Brooklyn or Queens commercial property can have a multi-faceted impact on your business. The negative effects of a property disaster can range from loss of revenue, inventory, customers and/or employees to irreversible structural and financial damages. After a property disaster strikes, the most effective way to recover it to get in touch with local restoration specialists. Here at SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn our IICRC certified technicians start working to repair and restore your commercial property right away. SERVPRO is here to help local Brooklyn and Queens communities with fast and effective property disaster restoration and cleanup services, we provide a full-range of disaster restoration services including: emergency response, water damage repair, water removal, flood restoration, fire damage restoration, soot and smoke damage services, storm damage repairs, wind damage restoration, industrial dehumidification, structural cleaning and decontamination, mold remediation, environmental services such as hazardous waste removal, lead removal and asbestos removal, duct cleaning services, vital document and paper recovery, machinery and equipment restoration, semiconductor services, reconstruction, consulting and more. Restoring your commercial property is our business, and we are always prepared to get local businesses back up and running, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO is here to help with restoration services for secondary property damages

Has your business already suffered from a disaster? Was your office flooded during a rain storm, or your restaurant suffered a grease fire, maybe your commercial property had a sewage backup? Whatever the extent of damage, SERVPRO is among the leading providers of property damage cleanup, restoration and repair services for Brooklyn and Queens and around the country. If you are unhappy with your previous property cleanup, or you have signs of secondary damages, give our staff a call, they can answer your questions or setup an inspection. Thousands of business owners trust and rely on us every year for a range of services and trust us to handle their property with care. Individuals, corporate clients, and major insurance companies alike deal with us for our speed, reliability, and effectiveness in mitigating property damage and lowering overall claims and recovery costs. Calling our local SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn team gives you the confidence of a disaster restoration professional who is trained and equipped to handle any “once in a lifetime disaster” with a professional recovery plan tailored to your loss and repairs.

Brooklyn and Queens are crammed with commercial properties, ranging from busy hospitals, libraries, local shopping centers, community facilities and small businesses, our crews have successfully completed cleanup and restoration services for families and business owners near you. Cobble Hill-Carrol Gardens has many great places to eat in Brooklyn, after one of the many popular restaurants experienced a kitchen fire, our fire and smoke restoration technicians were called in to cleanup and restore the damages quickly. Our restoration specialists worked cohesively to mitigate the water and fire damages and restore the kitchen and dining areas for customers and employees as soon as possible. Brooklyn is known for multi-family and apartment buildings, when a local apartment complex had an extensive water damage event that destroyed several units, our emergency restoration crews were able to get tenants back in their homes quickly and efficiently. The multiple certifications in specialties like Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD) held by our crew members allows us to move from task to task without delay. The full-service approach is why SERVPRO delivers on our promise for fast and professionally cleanup and restoration. After a local warehouse experienced ongoing high-humidity, mold became a major problem for the facility, affecting structural components and inventory. Our SERVPRO mold remediation specialists fixed the issue, providing microbial remediation, water damage mitigation and investigation, applied structural drying, commercial cleaning and deodorizing services to get the job done right.

Why Disaster Restoration Professionals are the right choice?

SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn is the right choice for commercial property damage restoration in the Brooklyn and Queens area, we have decades of hands-on cleanup, restoration and repair experience and our dedication to helping local businesses disrupted by disasters is second to none. We have worked hard over the years building a reliable team of IICRC certified technicians and an arsenal of high-tech commercial grade equipment ready to assist with water, fire, mold, or storm disaster restoration services. Wherever you need restoration specialists, our SERVPRO crews are here to help!

SERVPRO can help with start to finish professional property disaster cleanup, restoration, rebuild and post-construction cleaning services.

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

Our restoration and construction services gives SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn a unique opportunity to streamline the entire property recovery process.

When your Brooklyn or Queens residential or commercial property faces damages from a disaster, working with a full service disaster restoration, cleanup and construction company can give you the advantage you need to save money and time during the property recovery process. Our SERVPRO location offers a unique chance to work with a trusted local Brooklyn and Queens restoration and recovery team, that includes IICRC certified property damage technicians and licensed contractors with disaster restoration rebuilding and new construction experience. Providing you a complete property disaster restoration and rebuild option for cleanup and repairs. SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn professional restoration and construction managers and crews work together to give your water damage, fire damage or mold remediation and rebuild project a seamless time-saving and often cost effective transition, making your property truly, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO is a trusted leader in property disaster recovery and restoration services, our on-call 24/7 emergency response teams are highly-trained and experienced with all types of property disaster losses including fire, smoke, water, sewage, flood and storm damage. Our restoration professionals near you have nearly 30 years of experience providing high-quality commercial and residential property disaster restoration and reconstruction services to local Brooklyn Heights, Sunset Park, Ozone Park, Howard Beach and Coney Island communities every day.

More about SERVPRO’s Emergency Response Property Disaster Restoration Services

After a frustrating and confusing property disaster, SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn is committed to making the cleanup, restoration and rebuild process as organized, efficient and easy for customers as possible. Whether your home or business sustained damages from a storm, flood, fire or water disaster, you’ll have trusted and compassionate specialists by your side. Our staff has countless hours of experience helping people in your position, and they work with you to survey the extent of the property damage, develop a plan for cleanup, restoration and reconstruction that fits your needs.

Disaster restoration and repair for your Brooklyn or Queens home, building or business is best left to our restoration professionals. Our SERVPRO crews are skilled with the complexities of removing water and the water extraction, drying, dehumidifying, disinfecting and removal equipment required to complete the job properly. They have extensive experience, certifications, and equipment to complete any size restoration and repair your property disaster loss quickly, correctly, and affordably.

Our Brooklyn and Queens Property Restoration Services include:

  • Water Removal and Extraction: This important step in the process involves us removing and extracting standing water from all areas of your property. Our SERVPRO technicians utilize industrial grade equipment to move large volumes quickly and efficiently to minimize long term hazards and damage
  • Property Drying: After the bulk of the water is removed hazardous levels of moisture can still exist fibrous structural and aesthetic components in your home or business building. We utilize specialized equipment to pull moisture from the air to create an environment suitable for drying of these important pieces and may also attempt to speed the drying process with heat.
  • Cleanup: After water and moisture have been removed and dried it’s important to conduct thorough cleaning of the affected area to prevent future health hazards. Flooding from rivers and sewers can pose exceptional risks to health and welfare due to the silt and bacteria they carry. Our team will remove damaged items that are beyond repair
  • Soot and Smoke Mitigation: SERVPRO’s full-spectrum restoration capabilities has many benefits when it comes to fire and smoke damage restoration. We often use air scrubbers that creates negative air pressure to force contaminants through HEPA filters before exhausting to the outdoors. Air quality is improved, including the clearing of any fumes from cleaners or solvents used to remove protein-based soot from kitchen fires.

Our dedicated team, provides professional and prompt emergency restoration services for all local Brooklyn and Queens commercial businesses and residences. SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn offers building services giving our NYC location a unique opportunity to streamline the entire property restoration and recovery process, while mitigating challenges and providing quick and seamless professional service from start to finish.

Property Repair and Reconstruction Services in Brooklyn and Queens

Once the emergency mitigation services have been performed, our Restoration Project Manager will coordinate with our construction team, your insurance company and adjuster to plan the next steps. Our complete disaster restoration services provide all the necessary steps in the cleanup, mitigation, restoration and rebuild process from start to finish. Our crews and managers work closely with you to restore your property to preloss condition. Our goal is to leave you with the home and/or business you had before any damages occurred, as well as minimize any stress or strain associated with handling a restoration and construction project on your own. We have rebuilt and reconstructed countless walls, floors, kitchens, bathrooms, structures and more. Whether your property suffers a small flood or fire and requires minor remediation services, or is large and require complete reconstruction of walls, support beams, floors and sub-floors, our experienced restoration professionals are here to help. Not only can we remove ceilings, wall and floors affected by property disasters, we can also replace them. We provide all necessary reconstruction services and work seamlessly with highly vetted vendors for plumbing, roofing, electrical or other related services.

Following the mitigation phase as the construction phase in your Brooklyn or Queens property begins a SERVPRO Construction Project Manager will work closely with you and your insurance adjuster to guarantee the highest level of satisfaction and most time-efficient execution of any and all construction requirements and needs. Our goal is to restore and repair your home or business back to its original condition, but also allow for any changes or upgrades to the property at your request (these upgrades may NOT be covered by insurance). This will afford you the opportunity to make any alterations to your property during the reconstruction phase. This will save you time and money on any of those property improvements you may have been planning but putting off!  

Types of Construction Services available by SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn

From simple repairs and remodeling, to total reconstruction or improvement projects, our construction and remediation crews have the resources and knowledge to offer these services:
    •    Site Containment / Temporary Shoring
    •    Selective Demolition
    •    Full-Scale Carpentry
    •    Complete Exterior/Envelope Reconstruction
    •    Interior Build-Out and Finishes
    •    Complex Installation and Interior Finishes
    •    Historic Reconstruction and Restoration


Our SERVPRO Disaster Restoration and Reconstruction crews are committed to helping home and business owners and managers navigate the aftermath of a Brooklyn or Queens property disaster. You are not alone – SERVPRO will guide you step-by-step through the cleanup, restoration and reconstruction process and make your experience as quick and efficient as possible. We have helped countless local Flatbush, Ozone Park, Bensonhurst, Bay Ridge, Forest Hills or Park Slope property owners in your situation, and are here to help you, too.

Still have questions about Restorations and Repairs?

Let us answer your questions about ANY of our property disaster recovery phases, our professionally trained SERVPRO staff is available 24-hours a day to provide answers to your concerns, or setup an inspection to get your property back on the road to restoration and recovery. Give SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn a call!

High Humidity Levels could be causing property damage in your Sunset Park Property

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

residential home ceiling and wall badly damaged from water intrusion, including chipped, peeling paint and mold Over time hidden moisture can contribute to high humidity levels, creating ideal conditions for mold growth and other property damage concerns.

Local Brooklyn and Queens homes and commercial buildings are at great risk from disaster water damage, it is a top reason for property damage insurance claims in the Boroughs. Water damage from floods, burst pipes, and sewage backups are obvious and require emergency SERVPRO property disaster restoration service right away. However, “hidden moisture” water damage can be difficult to detect and often leads to a considerable amount of property damage and an increased cost for water disaster restoration including cleanup, restoration and repairs.

One concern hidden moisture problems or sustained water damage can cause is an increase in the overall humidity of your property. The EPA recommends keeping indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent. During warm spring and summer months keeping an ideal relative humidity can be difficult, especially if your property is hiding a moisture issue. If you are having trouble with high humidity in your Brooklyn or Queens residence or commercial building “hidden moisture” could be a cause.

Potential problem areas in your property for high humidity are, damp basements, moisture prone high traffic areas, bathrooms, laundry rooms and kitchens with high humidity activities and poor circulation. Common signs of excessive humidity include condensation on windows, pipes, and walls. Over time hidden moisture, for example a slow attic leak or a foundation crack can contribute to high indoor humidity levels and during ideal conditions can cause mold growth and other property concerns to emerge. The possible causes of water damage lurking in your home can originate from many different sources, with varying intensities, contamination levels, and scope of damage. Some of our largest Brooklyn and Queens property restoration projects start as small water leaks that cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time.

Our SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn crews use many tools and techniques to successfully and thoroughly locate and address Flatbush, Ozone Park, Coney Island and other local Brooklyn and Queens area high humidity and other hidden water damage concerns. Calling local SERVPRO restoration professionals can help investigate the source behind high humidity or hidden water damage concerns and inspect for any sign of visible mold or other secondary property damages.

How do SERVPRO property restoration specialists find hidden water?

Our SERVPRO professionals have IICRC certification and extensive training to handle all facets of water loss recovery in homes and businesses throughout NYC. Our technicians double check to ensure success during the water disaster restoration process, our goal is to provide quick and effective service to get life and operations back to normal. We use state of the art moisture monitoring and thermal imaging equipment to locate hidden water damage that could be lurking in your home after an emergency loss or lingering water property disaster.

MOISTURE DETECTION DEVICES:
Our SERVPRO water damage technicians use moisture detection devices, like a stud finder these moisture readers can indicate the presence of moisture behind, ceilings, walls and floors. The devices that our teams use emits electromagnetic waves and measures the resistance in their return to determine moisture content in the affected materials. This sophisticated equipment can help us to decide when structural element could be too saturated or damaged to preserve.

THERMAL IMAGING EQUIPMENT:
Our local SERVPRO disaster restoration professionals also use thermal imagery to indicate the presence of moisture pockets throughout affected and exposed areas of your property. Much of the damage in many water loss incidents can occur out of sight, so seeing a temperature array to detail the presence of moisture and dampness in challenging areas can help to determine the best points for installing drying equipment.

Is Hidden Moisture Causing Disaster Water Damage in your local Brooklyn or Queens Home or Business

Hidden moisture or water leaks are dangerous because they can cause serious issues like structural damage and mold growth before they are discovered. Excess water and moisture get absorbed in wood, drywall, insulation, and furniture and can lead to warping, stains, bubbling, and structural deterioration.

Common signs of hidden water damage look like:

Water spots or warping under sink cabinets

If you see water under the bathroom or kitchen sink, it’s a warning sign that you have water damage and potential mold growth around the sink area. If the leak is bad enough, it could cause additional damage to the building structure, including the floor and walls, even if there’s no water present, water spots clearly indicate that pipes under the sink have a slow leak.

Ceiling or wall stains and bubbling

Ceiling and wall stains are obvious signs of a roof, appliance, or plumbing leak, water saturates insulation and drywall, it can also lead to major water damage, that can compromise the structural integrity of the property. Check your roof for damage, broken tiles or puddling, also investigate appliances such as the washing machine, dishwasher, and toilets for leaky spigots that could be dripping water and causing damage.

Squishy or Warping kitchen/bathroom floors or tile

Water damage is not always visible. In fact, it’s more common for damage to occur behind the floor, ceiling, and walls where you can’t see it. Since the bathroom is the most humid room in your home, it’s a common place for water damage and mold growth.

Moisture detection equipment can help our SERVPRO restoration professionals to identify problem areas within your home that could be contributing to your home’s high humidity. Excessive moisture and high humidity can also cause mold to grow and spread in areas behind walls and ceilings where it is not easily detected. If water damage isn’t properly mitigated, mold and other secondary damages can begin to spread throughout your property in just a few days. That’s why it’s important to choose quality restoration professionals to dry and restore your property and take necessary steps to avoid further damages.

Ask SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn about a Visible Mold Inspection

The key to mold prevention is simple: moisture control and adequate airflow. If you suspect your Brooklyn or Queens property is suffering from excessive high humidity, get in touch with our SERVPRO staff right away. Our Disaster Restoration team can inspect your property for mold and water damage, locate the source of hidden moisture and plan a mold removal and remediation process to get your home healthy and safe, “Like it never even happened.”

Signs of mold in your property are unpleasant odor, health issues or visual signs of mold growth.

If our SERVPRO technicians do discover mold during the inspection and mitigation process, they will evaluate the mold growth and contain any damage to the smallest area possible. They will then physically remove the mold and thoroughly dry any contaminated areas to ensure that the mold does not return. Finally, the technicians will follow established procedures to return the property to a preloss condition.

When your Flatbush, Williamsburg, Coney Island, Ozone Park or Jamaica home or business experiences a water disaster issue, or you suspect that high humidity maybe a problem, call our trusted local SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn Property Restoration Service Specialists. Our sophisticated tools can make it easy to determine the presence of hidden moisture and dampness in your local Brooklyn or Queens property, waiting too long to choose a professional cleanup and recovery service can be a costly and hazardous mistake. Our SERVPRO specialists closely monitor and document all our cleanup, mitigation and remediation steps and make sure your moisture problem is taken care of correctly. To schedule a FREE inspection for property damage, give our SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn team a call 24/7 at (718) 375-2388.

SERVPRO is here to help with Brooklyn and Queens Property Disaster Restoration Services following water leaks, flooding, and other property damage.

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn has the equipment, training, and experience to restore your residential or commercial property to pre-damage condition.

Learn how your local SERVPRO is here to help with property disaster cleanup and restoration services, regardless of the size.

If your Brooklyn or Queens residential or commercial property experiences fire damage, smoke and soot damage, water disaster and sewage backup damage, basement flooding damage, sump-pump failure or mold damage, it’s important to contact a local disaster restoration company right away. Our SERVPRO disaster cleanup and restoration professionals are your go-to source for emergency clean up, removal, remediation and restoration services near you. SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn has been helping local communities like; Brooklyn Heights, Flatbush, Coney Island, Ozone Park or Jamaica for nearly 30 years. We take pride in restoring local Brooklyn and Queens neighborhood homes and businesses following property disaster events. Our trusted and highly-trained managers and technicians use the latest technologies and techniques to properly evaluate your damage and coordinate with insurance professionals to restore your property to its pre-disaster condition, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn offers Emergency Restoration Services in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit your unique Brooklyn or Queens home or business property damage needs.

  • Emergency Board-up, Tarp, Storage and Fencing – We can provide temporary property security from additional damages and salvage your belongings.
  • Water Damage Removal, Cleanup and Restoration – We see water damages from all kinds of sources. Busted pipes, malfunctioning appliances, human accidents or neglect, and ground flooding to name a few common sources.
  • Fire and Smoke Restoration – A fire can be a huge inconvenience, you would be surprised at how much of your property can be restored. We specialize in cleaning and deodorizing anything from family heirlooms, office documents, furniture, flooring and the walls in your home or business.
  • Mold Remediation – With naturally high levels of humidity in this area mold can be an issue. Give us a call if you need our remediation services.
  • Sewage and Biohazard Cleanup – We have the training and experience to properly cleanup any area no matter the cause.
  • Reconstruction and Property Repair – We have trained and experienced construction workers and builders to repair structural issues, drywall, flooring and other property repairs.

Storm related property damage including roof damage and water intrusion from wind, rain and flooding are top reasons for insurance claims in the Northeast. Seasonal Brooklyn and Queens storms bring a ton of moisture and wind causing significant hazards for your home or business, ceiling water damage from a damaged roof is a common spring/summer property damage concern.

Our SERVPRO team responded to a local Park Slope home experiencing a roof leak, likely caused by seasonal wind and ice. The water damage was significant and had extended to the ceiling and walls of several rooms, the water leak even caused the kitchen ceiling to collapse. Our Brooklyn based water damage cleanup and restoration team arrived soon after the damage was discovered, however the leak had probably been happening for several weeks. SERVPRO cleaned up and mitigated the water damage in this local home to avoid additional structural damage. If you have water damage concerns or questions about water stains in your ceiling or visible mold growth, call your local SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn for the advice and restoration solutions you need.

SERVPRO equipment and highly-trained technicians make a BIG DIFFERENCE in your commercial or residential cleanup, mitigation and reconstruction following Any Property Damage Emergency.

INSPECT YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS FOR SEASONAL DAMAGE TO AVOID DISASTER RESTORATION CONCERNS

SERVPRO is always here to help our local Brooklyn and Queens community during a property disaster but, doing a little monitoring around your home or business can prevent flood, water, fire and mold property disasters and insurance claims.

Seasonal property cleaning and maintenance is a great way to inspect for possible damage and remove any built-up clutter, dust and debris, but regular home and commercial property cleaning is more than just cosmetic. These property cleaning and maintenance tips can improve health and safety, and help avoid property disasters from water damage, fire and smoke damage, storm and flood damage, sewage backups and mold damage in the future.

Clean and Inspect the Exterior and Landscaping

While sprucing your yard, take the time to clear out overgrown bushes, dead plants, watering cans, garden tools and other items cluttering your landscape. Unkept outdoor spaces and exterior structural systems like your roof and gutters can often lead to property damage, including slow water leaks or poor ventilation, cleaning up your surroundings will prevent accidents and increase the safety and security of your property.

  • Examine the roof
    This is one of the most important things to do when checking your property. Look for things like missing, buckled, or otherwise damaged shingles, roof damage can lead to water and mold damage. Call a licensed and insured roofing expert to perform repairs, if you experience water intrusion or see visible signs of mold give SERVPRO a call for help.
  • Check and clean gutters and downspout
    Gutters and downspouts divert rainwater away from your roof and foundation, which is especially important when seasonal showers begin. Make sure all gutters are secure and unimpeded by debris. If your gutters seem damaged from the winter weather, make sure to replace them quickly.
  • Clean decks and other outdoor surfaces
    Give your deck and other outdoor spaces a good cleaning before using them. A pressure washer comes in handy to make this job easier. Don’t forget to look for things like loose boards or nails.
  • Fix and fill cracks in your foundation, porch and walkways
    Fluctuating temperatures can cause your foundation, porch or walkways to crack during the winter months. Reduce the opportunity for water damage by filling these cracks as soon as possible to prevent structural damage.
  • Check outdoor faucets and plumbing
    Now that spring is here, you’ll want to get started on gardening. If you turned outdoor faucets off and winterized pool plumbing to prevent frozen pipes in the winter, open them back up and check that they are all working properly.
  • Trim tree and shrub overgrowth
    Give the plants and trees on your property a once over. If built up snow and ice weakened any tree branches, make sure to trim them, especially if there is a danger that they could fall on your home or car.

Declutter and Clean the Interior

Dirt and Clutter are not only unsightly; but pose a risk to employees, families and property owners’ safety. Clutter can obstruct your entryway, stairs, or hallway making it difficult to see potential water or mold damage. It’s also critical to have clear pathways to exits in case of a property fire to make sure everyone can get out safely. Clutter can also contain materials that are flammable or increase moisture retention and high-humidity. Some common places to inspect and cleanup before the dirt, damage and debris can cause a major disaster are:

  • Clean often-overlooked areas
    There are parts of the office and your home that are often skipped with the dust cloth, as they can be tedious or difficult to clean. So as the season changes, prioritize dusting all those overlooked spots — blinds, baseboards, the tops of doors and cabinets, shelving, fan blades, under the fridge… you know what we mean.
  • Clean or replace HVAC filters
    It’s important to clean and replace your HVAC filters throughout the year, and the end of winter is a great time to do this. Dirty filters force your heat, ventilation, and air conditioner systems to work harder, making is less efficient and potentially increasing your utility bills. Dirty filters are also less effective, filtering less contaminants from the air in your home.
  • Check seals around windows and doors
    Winter cold and wind can deteriorate the caulk and seals of your windows and doors. Inspect all doors and windows and re-apply caulk if needed. This will help to reduce your A/C bill in the summer and prevent water from seeping into your home or business on rainy days.
  • Replace the batteries in your smoke and CO detectors
    While you’re cleaning the house, take the time to check all your smoke and CO detectors. You should be checking these once a month and replacing the batteries once or twice a year.

When your home or business experiences a property disaster you can count on the team at SERVPRO to help clean-up your damage. We can answer your call 24/7, and our teams can handle any size disaster. SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn has the equipment, training, and experience to restore your residential or commercial property to pre-damage condition, quickly and completely.

Why Choosing a Professional Brooklyn Disaster Restoration Company, like SERVPRO is Important?

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

Making the call to the right restoration and clean up service provider can save you valuable money and critical time during the restoration process.

Contacting SERVPRO Restoration Professionals near you is important to avoid costly secondary damages, our experience and knowledge with property disasters cleanup and restoration is the advantage you need to make it, “Like it never even happened.”

When a property disaster strikes your Brooklyn or Queens home or business it can be difficult to know what the next step is… there are so many options for what you “should” do next. Working with a trusted leader in Property Restoration and Repair services can help reduce the overwhelming stress following a residential or commercial property damage event. It makes sense to call your local Brooklyn SERVPRO restoration professionals, our staff has the experience, training and equipment to handle your cleanup, repairs and restoration needs from start to finish. Our crews and managers have been helping local home and business owners with property damage emergency services and working with insurance professionals for nearly 30 years. Our staff is well trained in dealing with the aftermath of both commercial and residential property damages following fire and smoke damage, flood and water damage, sewage and biohazard cleanup and mold remediation. SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn can help you with detailed documentation, generate accurate estimates, and work closely with the owner and insurance company to get you the best outcome. Working with trusted SERVPRO restoration professionals following a fire, water, flood, sewage or mold property damage event will give you peace of mind, and a friendly, highly-qualified restoration specialist by your side.

Big and Small Steps you can take now to prepare for a Brooklyn fire, water or storm disaster

Preparing in advance to handle a Brooklyn or Queens property disaster can seem a little ominous, but after helping countless local home and business owners during property damage recoveries in our community we know it can make a huge difference during and following a property emergency. Here are some key steps to take in advance that can be important to the recovery process and the overall restoration of your property.

  • Know the hazards that are present in your area.
  • Review your insurance policies and confirm you have adequate cover against each type of disaster you are vulnerable to. Also check your sum insured to avoid being underinsured.
  • Take a household inventory and store copies in a safe location or online. Cataloging your belongings with a home inventory might sound tedious, but how easy would it be for you to recall all the contents of your home if you lost everything? Taking a home inventory can help you determine if you have enough insurance and can save you time and headaches when filing a claim following a disaster
  • Prepare a disaster plan. Your plan should start with having somewhere safe to go. Think of someone who could house you and your family and talk to them about what might happen in the event of a disaster. Then talk to everyone who lives in your home about what to do if there’s an emergency and you are unable to return
  • Have an evacuation plan. In some cases when you need to evacuate, there may not be a lot of time. Plan how to evacuate your home quickly and make sure everyone knows the evacuation plan. Make sure everyone has a list of emergency contact numbers they can phone
  • Make sure to regularly check safety devices in your home, such as smoke alarms and fire extinguishers.

Spring Cleaning Offers Perfect Opportunity to Create a Property Inventory

Spring is a great time to spruce up and declutter your Brooklyn or Queens home or business, taking a broad look at the state of your property and check all areas of your proper for potential hazards and maintenance needs. While you’re deciding what to keep, trash and donate, it’s a great time to create or update your Cobble Hill, Flatbush, Williamsburg, or Sunset Park home or business inventory, review previous emergency plans and supplies and consider any revisions.

Keeping an inventory of your belongings will help you make sure you have enough coverage on your insurance policy and can put your mind at ease if something were to happen to your home or business, such as a fire, flood, or theft. In the event you experience an emergency like this, having a property inventory on hand can help make the claims process easier.

Tips to create a property inventory:

  • Create your inventory online or keep a hard copy away from your home. If you create a home inventory but then it’s destroyed along with your other possessions, it won’t be of any use to you. Keeping it on a password-protected online database that you can access anywhere will ensure you don’t lose it.
  • Document details like values, receipts, and date of purchase. The more information you include when documenting your items, the better. If you have receipts, appraisals, or product information for your items, be sure to document that along with the name, place of purchase and description of the item. You may even want to include the serial number for big appliances like your dishwasher or washing machine.
  • Take photos or video of the items. Even if you have receipts, photos or video of the items in your home will help confirm proof of purchase when it comes to filing your claim. Taking a video can also make the inventory process easier — just video yourself going over each item in your home!
  • Organize items by room. If you have damage to only one part of your home, having your list organized by room will help you determine what may be missing. Going room by room will also help you ensure you don’t miss anything — don’t forget to check spaces like closets, attics, and basements.
  • Keep track of the date. Each time you update your home inventory, you should make note of the date. This way, you’ll know when you last added new items, updated values of old ones, and can plan for when you’ll need to update again.

What to include in your home inventory

When it comes to your home inventory, it’s better to over-document than to leave something off. Even smaller items, like clothes and shoes, can add up quickly. For those items that may not hold significant value, keeping a list of how many of each you have will suffice. For everything else, like high-end items, jewelry, appliances, and electronics, you’ll want to document with more detail.

Making the call to the right restoration and clean up service provider can save you valuable money and critical time during the restoration process. SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn is a one-stop cleanup, restoration and repairs company that offers restoration, renovation and complete rebuilding to reverse your devastating fire, smoke, water, flood and storm property damage and to do so “Like it never even happened.”