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Brooklyn properties and businesses choose SERVPRO for professional fire disaster restoration services

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

Your Brooklyn property restoration process begins with a thorough inspection of your home or business, assessing the extent of fire and smoke damage and determining what equipment and services are most necessary and recommended. Our emergency response service crews are available right away to begin the most effective techniques for cleaning and restoring your property and possessions, including soot, smoke and stain removal, odor removal and deodorizing, our restoration professionals are here to help with all the recovery solutions you need to restore your property just like it was before.

Our team starts planning your complete property cleanup and recovery from fire damages right away, with an initial inspection our staff is always ready to help.

Every property disaster is unique, our experts will assess your specific situation, the amount of damage, and if there are any safety concerns for you, your family and our team members. Before professionals can get the fire restoration process started, our team will determine the extent of damage by using some of the following methods:

• Testing for soot or smoke damage
• Documenting the destruction
• Determining which assets are salvageable

Our SERVPRO manager and crew chief will formulate a plan based on the amount of damage to your property from your fire disaster to restore your home to its original condition. Our team will explain the plan, the timeline, and the overall cost. Once a plan is in place, homeowners can focus on their personal recovery and trust our experts in fire damage recovery to work on their behalf to expedite the phases of the mitigation, restoration, and rebuilding process. Our SERVPRO rapid response team offers real-time mitigation solutions designed to protect the contents and the structure of your home as much as possible, sometimes areas of your home are too badly damaged to restore. We can use controlled demolition techniques on the fire-damaged structural elements of the property to remove only what cannot be saved. When this happens, our licensed contracting division can help provide comprehensive support to our customers from the initial inspection through entire reconstructions of leveled properties. Along with our mitigation and restoration tactics, our licensed contractors work to efficiently replace the removed materials to minimize our impact on your life in this traumatic time to get you back into your home quickly.

SERVPRO SMOKE, SOOT & ODOR REMOVAL & CLEANING SERVICES

  • Immediate placement of HEPA air scrubbers and hydroxyls to begin soot and odor mitigation
  • Contact insurance carrier/adjuster to give them the size and scope of the project
  • Clean the ash and soot residue that builds up on surfaces, including walls, cabinets, and furniture
  • Coordinate the cleaning of soft goods, such as clothing, bedding, draperies, furniture, etc.

Customized Soot Removal

Smoke and soot damages are especially invasive attacking every space of your residential property, including areas far from the actual fire. The residue from the fire travels with the air coating surfaces SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Quick action is crucial to minimize damages; soot must be removed before it begins etching, distorting, discoloring, and disintegrating wood, carpeting, fabric, drywall, plastic, metal, and glass.

After your home suffers a puff back, the spread of soot can cause wide-spread damages throughout your home and can feel especially overwhelming and discouraging. SERVPRO restoration professionals have extensive training and experience to clean and remediate the damages your property is facing.

Our team will perform a complete smoke and soot damage cleanup, loss documentation, oil smoke odor removal, property recovery and disposal of non-recoverable items, and a tailored solution to return your building and contents to preloss condition and reverse the signs of your oil burner property damage event. Calling SERVPRO after a home or business puffback provides an advanced cleanup and restoration solution complete with advanced equipment, expert knowledge, and experience that you can trust to restore your home and possessions, “Like it never even happened.”

Spring is the season for volatile weather, SERVPRO is prepared to help restore your property after Spring storm damage

4/7/2022 (Permalink)

rain puddle flooding during storm Spring storms can be unpredictable and cause damage, our SERVPRO team is ready to provide restoration and repairs for seasonal property damages.

Spring is notorious for producing a broad range of extreme weather, including major snowstorms, severe thunderstorms, flooding, big temperature changes and high winds. Temperatures can swing back and forth between balmy and frigid. Sunny days may be followed by a week of stormy weather. That temperature contrast fuels a strong jet stream, and in turn, highly variable weather conditions.

Spring is the time of year when many things change—including the weather. Spring storms can be unpredictable, we can't stop spring showers, but our team is ready to provide restoration and repairs to your home or business should it suffer from Spring thunderstorms, severe winds, flooding or other property damage disasters. There are a variety of potential property damages that you may experience. These include:

  • Roof or structural damage to your walls from a fallen tree or high winds
  • Broken windows from hailstorms or objects thrown by heavy wind
  • Lightning strikes, which could lead to a fire
  • Water damage caused by loose or damaged shingles, clogged gutters, or leaking roofs
  • Flooding in your basement or home
  • Animal infestations caused by critters looking for shelter during the storm

Our professionals first assess the severity of the situation and determine the full extent of the storm, flooding or additional water damage. Restoring your home or business quickly, takes specialized equipment and highly skilled IICRC professionals. Our team closely inspects the flooded or other water damaged areas; measuring the moisture content, humidity and temperature to assess the full extent of the damage. It is important to note that storm property damage emergencies are rarely mild enough to not require some form of intervention and work by our experienced technicians. Some conditions that could encourage a prompt call to our SERVPRO team are:

Standing Water – Pooling water in a damaged area can be destructive to many of the materials. Wood and sheetrock exposed to standing water can quickly absorb this water and allow for a much more rapid deterioration of the construction element.

Migrating Water – You might not always know how widespread water loss effects can be, but if water has moved beyond the surface of materials, you need the sophisticated tools of our team to identify moisture pockets and dampness beyond what the eye can see.

Hidden Damages – In the same way that water can migrate throughout your apartment, damages can exist and persist out of sight without discovery tools and positive pressure drying systems getting used.

When water damage occurs in your home or business, knowing what to do will save precious time and ultimately minimize losses to your property and building contents. SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn professionals have extensive experience repairing and restoring catastrophic water damage to countless locals in our Brooklyn and Queens community. Our technicians understand that unattended water damage continues to cause harm to your property over time. Making it necessary to make quick, informed decisions, to perform quality restoration services today, that save you from further damaging problems, tomorrow.

SERVPRO provides fast and effective emergency restoration services to local storm property disasters

4/7/2022 (Permalink)

Continual increases in storm intensity and tidal flooding are making flood and storm water damage a regular concern for many Brooklyn and Queens neighborhood property owners. Flooding can have a devastating impact on your coastal building or residence, it can be difficult to predict the full extent of water and storm related damages. Additionally, saltwater can be extremely dangerous and destructive to building materials and has added safety concerns for cleanup and restoration providers. Extracting the water is just the first step that SERVPRO professionals take to thoroughly dry and restore water and storm damaged areas inside and outside of your property. Floodwater is dangerous, it’s advised to contact a reliable property damage restoration company such as SERVPRO that specializes in natural disaster and flood cleanup and remediation.

It can be difficult for the average property owner or management team to determine if the contaminated areas and contents of your property have been properly remediated, to avoid continued damage from salt corrosion and mold growth. Our restoration technicians are IICRC trained and certified with countless hours of experience responding to local coastal property damage cleanups and repairs. Starting the restoration process begins with a visit from a highly trained staff member to assess the full extent of your flood or water damage intrusion and present a comprehensive plan for a complete property damage restoration and construction solution. While assessing your property damage our managers will help determine what parts of your loss our team can clean, sanitize, and restore. Unfortunately, some items are unsafe for restoration and some controlled demolition and replacement may be necessary. Our restoration teams work closely with our construction crews and management to provide a seamless transition from destruction to reconstruction. Throughout the process our philosophy is to restore over replacing materials and contents whenever possible, helping to lower overall cost and time needed for property disaster recovery.

Professionals use specialized tools and training to remove flood water from Brooklyn properties during storm damage disaster restoration

As straightforward as water removal might appear, there are more considerations for removing water from your home or business than you might think. Our SERVPRO team knows that many homeowners want to work to save time and money by tackling these essential tasks on their own, and it is our mission to ensure that you do it safely and with a degree of confidence when possible. To offer this to you, we have comprised a shortlist of the things that every homeowner needs to remove flooding from their property.


While there might be other gear and machines that could make this list, these are absolute must-haves for proper flood removal: 

Capable Extraction Equipment – Extraction is going to be one of the most considerable obstacles that your home faces, especially if you return to several inches of standing water. While a wet/dry vacuum can eventually overcome this considerable volume, it is better to rent more powerful extraction tools our SERVPRO team uses like trash pumps from home improvement locations, directing your discharge hose into a nearby drain. 

The Right Drying Tools – Much like acquiring the right tools for proper extraction, you also need to grab two vital pieces of equipment for drying efforts as well. You cannot sop up floodwater and allow it to dry naturally – you must take direct action. Air movers and dehumidifiers help to begin removing the moisture and saturation from exposed materials and the environment right away. 

Personal Protective Equipment – Keeping yourself safe is paramount in all of these efforts. The flooding comes with substantial risks, among the most threatening being potential contamination of the water itself. Keep yourself covered and safe avoid getting in the water, and work to reduce the levels of damage quickly. 

Cleaning Supplies – Cleaning up after a flood is vital to protect your property and its occupants. The risk of contamination and bacteria is high in natural flooding, so the use of effective disinfection and cleaning agents can address these concerns.

When flooding or storm damage affects your home or business, SERVPRO responds quickly to storm and water emergencies, we are dedicated to respond Faster to Any Size Disaster to make sure that all our customers receive the highest quality and cost-effective damage mitigation and restoration service possible. Our restoration specialists have the training, and the tools get your property back to pre-damage condition, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn Is always available for ANY Property Damage Emergency

3/9/2022 (Permalink)

Property Disasters don’t have regular hours and neither does our dedicated team of technicians and project managers.

SERVPRO provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

When property damage from fire, smoke, water strike, time is of the essence. Contacting a Disaster Restoration company within the first 24 hours after the initial damage can better prevent permanent destruction and reduce repair costs to homeowners. That’s why, SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn provides 24-HOUR Emergency Support EVERYDAY! We always have a trained Disaster restoration professional here to help you with your fire or water property damage.

Our SERVPRO team is here to answer the phone ready to help with your Brooklyn property damage

As a leader in property damage restoration and repair services, we have helped countless families and businesses through very unpredictable and devastating residential and commercial property losses. We understand you may not know what to do in a disaster situation, SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn can help by responding faster with professionals who can help you through the restoration process.

Know what to expect:

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your property damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed. Emergency Contact: After you have a property disaster or emergency, your call will connect you to one of our trained professionals to take some basic information to provide to our project managers and technicians.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

    •    Your name and contact information
    •    Your insurance information (if applicable)
    •    The street address of the water-damaged home or business
    •    When did the flooding or water damage occur?
    •    What caused the water damage (if known)?
    •    Is there electricity available (on-site)?

Inspection and Damage Assessment including Estimate: One of our trained professionals will come and assess your property damage. What type of fire is it? What type of water loss was it? These answers are critical to addressing the unique solution for your restoration needs.

Restoration, Cleanup and Repair: With your approval, our team of skilled technicians starts working on your restoration and cleanup. We can provide board-up, packing and itemizing your property, water, smoke, or soot removal, drying and dehumidification, cleanup and repair services depending on your specific situation and restoration needs.

Your best defense against long lasting commercial fire, smoke and water property damage is a quick and rigorous response by our trained technicians. Each SERVPRO team member has been thoroughly trained in fire restoration, water restoration, carpet & upholstery cleaning, and mold mitigation before stepping foot onto your home or business. Our restoration technicians utilize state-of-the-art equipment and technology to restore and repair your entire structure and belongings as efficiently as possible.

Property Emergencies happen everyday and acting fast after property damage could mean the difference between restoring your home quickly to pre loss condition or needing extensive and expensive reconstruction. Our SERVPRO team never stops being READY to handle your fire, water, or mold property disaster, we have the best staff, with the best resources standing ready to answer your call quickly and restore your home or business, “Like it never even happened.”

Mold Remediation for ALL Types of Brooklyn Commercial Facilities

3/9/2022 (Permalink)

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 businesses.

Flooding and water damage most often has 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 effects 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.

SERVPRO is a local resource for mold remediation services

3/9/2022 (Permalink)

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.”

Our SERVPRO construction team can help rebuild and restore your property after any size property disaster

3/9/2022 (Permalink)

Over my many years in property restoration, disasters are unpredictable and happen when we least expect it, I have witnessed catastrophic property disasters with unmeasurable damages. Throughout that time, myself and my team have worked diligently with property owners and families to restore their homes and businesses and their “normal.” I have witnessed many successes, I have had many lessons, my advice is having an experienced professional by your side is the most important part of any recovery. All property restorations are multi-facetted; these phases of recovery are often handled by multiple providers who perform limited services, ultimately leaving gaps in the process, costing you time, money, and resources. My goal over the past decade has been to build an experienced team to handle the complete recovery and restoration of any size disaster, from start to finish. Our SERVPRO franchise has worked hard over the last decade to develop a robust construction team, capable of general contracting, new construction, renovation and rebuild services. 

Our SERVPRO certified property restoration specialists and construction professionals have helped thousands of residential and commercial property owners recover from disastrous property damage events. Our team’s expert training, state-of-the-art equipment, science-based restoration process and construction services combine to expedite your recovery in a cost-effective manner. 

Property Disaster Cleanup & Restoration Services:

Should your property sustain damage following a disaster, our SERVPRO team is here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When working on property damage restoration jobs, our priority is to determine what steps to take to save as much of the structure and contents as possible. We use specialized equipment and methods sanctioned by the Institute for Inspection and Cleaning Restoration Certification (IICRC) to assist in accomplishing this objective. Customers can rely on our fast, quality, and reliable support to handle any size restoration, remediation, or repair project — our goal and unique recovery solution is designed to help your business or home get back to normal, “Like it never even happened.”

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Mold Removal and Remediation
  • Fire Damage Cleanup & Restoration
  • Flood and Storm Damage Restoration

Residential & Commercial Property Construction Services:

Depending on the scope of the project, the restoration process may require several phases before completion. As a full-service residential and commercial restoration and construction company, we support your property recovery process from start to finish. SERVPRO’s preferred vendor status ensures we have a thorough understanding of the claims process, deliver premium quality services, and ensure customer satisfaction. You can trust that our team has a clear understanding of your rights as a property owner, as well as the responsibilities of your insurance carrier. Mitigating the disaster, gathering evidence, giving estimates, and dealing with any insurance adjusters are some of the important skills needed to expedite your claim. Claims negotiation is an important part of the process and another step where you really want a disaster restoration company that you can trust to be your advocate.

  • General Contractor: Commercial and Residential Construction and Remodeling
  • Structural Demolition and Debris Removal
  • Structural Containment, Board Up and Fencing
  • Interior Build-Out and Tenant Improvements
  • Drywall, Painting and Carpentry

Trusted. Experienced. Certified

Putting your property back together after a disaster can be challenging, our whole team takes pride in helping restore and repair residential or commercial property after a fire, water, or mold disaster! The SERVPRO brand is nationally recognized and a leader in the restoration industry; managers and technicians have IICRC training and certifications. We have spent decades building an experienced and well trained multi-facetted certified team, that is the complete package for any property disaster recovery. Our emergency restoration specialists and our highly qualified licensed construction team are both known for innovative solutions to complex and catastrophic disaster property losses and having unique skills including property damage mitigation, remediation, thermal imaging, rebuild, new construction, and capital improvements. Whatever your fire, water, or mold emergency you can trust that the SERVPRO team will have you covered.

Our team has years of experience helping local properties recover from property damages, our SERVPRO construction team is always here to help rebuild.

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

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

Fire and Water graphic about preparing for a disaster 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 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 you should 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.”

Call our local restoration experts at SERVPRO for emergency kitchen fire cleanup and repair

2/3/2022 (Permalink)

Fire hazard on residential kitchen stove It’s important to practice fire safety habits each day, because cooking and other fire related activities are regularly scheduled activities most days

Residential fires are some of the most difficult situations we encounter. Not because our crew is unprepared for the event, but because the personal loss of a home and possessions is extremely painful for the owners and can lead to a highly scrutinized job site. Our crew is prepared for this and sympathizes with the anguish each homeowner feels after a disaster has impeded their life. We are trained to move quickly understanding that every moment saved at the onset of disaster recovery increases the chance of a successful mitigation exponentially. 

Comprehensive Reports Assist in Filing Insurance Claims

SERVPRO technicians create detailed reports that include photos and a full description of whether the item was a loss or underwent restorative efforts for reuse. Having these reports helps expedite the filing of insurance claims. The technicians also give recommendations for any needed repairs or reconstruction that the home needs to attain pre-fire damage loss status.

Get Cleanup, Restoration, and Rebuilding in One Place

SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn is uniquely qualified to offer property owners the services of both restoration and reconstruction. Instead of having one company do the cleanup and another company repair or rebuild fire loss areas in the home, you can use a single company for both needs. 

Continue your property recovery following a residential fire disaster with SERVPRO construction 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

Year after year cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking accounts for about 47% of home fires and 45% of the fire-related injuries reported across the country each year. Although, NFPA says Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and Christmas Eve are the peak days for cooking fire mishaps, probably because of all the distractions on those days. It’s important to practice fire safety habits each day, because cooking and other fire related activities are regularly scheduled activities most days of the year.

REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE IN THE KITCHEN

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says 6 out of 7 cooking fires occurred while the cook was out of the kitchen, and 2/3rds of these fires happened in the first 15 minutes of cooking. The BEST WAY you can do to keep you and your family and property safe this year, ALWAYS watch what you’re cooking. If you’re using the stovetop, stay in the kitchen and watch closely. Also, experts recommend setting a timer periodically to remind you to check the oven.

OTHER FIRE PREVENTION TIPS INCLUDE

  • Roll up sleeves and don’t wear loose fitting clothing that could catch and open flame or heating element
  • Ban children and pets from a 3-foot “safe zone” around the stove
  • Keep the stove and oven clean, turn pot handles in to avoid spills and cleanup any messes when appropriate
  • Keep potholders, dishtowels, oven mitts, food packaging and other clutter off and away from the stove.
  • Clean cooking equipment thoroughly because built-up grease can catch fire.
  • wait for grease to cool before disposing, tossing hot grease in a trashcan could turn into a disaster

Smoke detectors are your first line for defense against a fire disaster situation so make sure you have one installed in or near the kitchen and make sure it’s working properly.

After a fire disaster impacts your local Brooklyn or Queens home, the cleanup of fire debris, removal of harmful chemicals and pollutants and minimizing damage to the building structure needs to happen quickly. The more time that passes after the fire event and before restoration services begin gives soot the opportunity to spread throughout the property causing contamination and corrosion. Contact our staff for help with your cleanup and property restoration; we have years of experience and the answers you are looking for.

Fire Prevention Tips for Common Causes of Residential Fire Damage

1/12/2022 (Permalink)

home fire damage before property restoration begins Even a minor fire can bring significant smoke and soot damage throughout your home. We can provide property damage restoration service near you.

What to Expect from Our SERVPRO Professional Fire Damage Restoration Process in Brooklyn and Queens

Every year, there are between 350,000 and 400,000 home fires in the U.S. (according to the National Fire Protection Association). Any building is at risk of catching fire for a variety of reasons, knowing the most common reasons for residential fire damage can be important to fire prevention. SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn has been providing property disaster cleanup and restoration service to fire damage victims for nearly 30 years, our IICRC certified fire damage restoration specialists arrive ready to rescue and recover your home and property following a fire, “Like it never even happened.”

PREVENT FURTHER DAMAGE WITH CLEANUP & INTERVENTION

Our restoration specialists focus on improving air quality and removing soot and debris to avoid continued damage to your home and contents. SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry; our team is ready to respond to your emergency fire property damage, quickly and effectively with unparalleled training and equipment. Giving you peace of mind that your property is being cleaned and restored by caring and competent restoration professionals.

Often during a fire restoration, many recovery operations need to happen simultaneously, some of our crew will work on water extraction and demolition, while others will inventory and pack up items to move to another location to help prevent further property damage from exposure to contaminated areas. Smoke and soot particles are small and can get deep inside building materials, furniture, and other porous items. HEPA filters help our industrial strength air scrubbers and vacuums capture soot, purify the air and neutralize odors. Our SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn location is fortunate to offer restoration and rebuilding services following a property disaster from fire, water, or mold. Using our highly qualified construction team will help keep your recovery process moving steady and hassle free, often it can also minimize costs and completion time.

OUR FIRST STEPS FOR FIRE RESTORATION:

Isolate Fire Damaged Areas

SERVPRO professionals will start with containment to help restrict odors and debris from contaminating the air throughout the house and keep the damage contained at the source of the fire and affected areas of the home.

Water Damage Remediation

Fire suppression and rescue uses a lot of water that can be just as destructive to structural components and contents as the fire. Our SERVPRO professionals will take the steps needed to minimize the damage by prioritizing water extraction.

Pack-Out for Contents

Fire damage mitigation and restoration is more effective when furnishings and personal possessions are relocated to avoid continued exposure to contaminated air and debris. Our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) creates a digital listing of the affected property, very helpful when corresponding with your insurance company. Specialized contents technicians evaluate the pack-out items’ conditions and recommend and implement efficient strategies to clean, dry, deodorize, and disinfect them.

Customized Soot Removal

Smoke and soot damages are especially invasive attacking every space of your residential property, including areas far from the actual fire. The residue from the fire travels with the air coating surfaces SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Quick action is crucial to minimize damages; soot must be removed before it begins etching, distorting, discoloring, and disintegrating wood, carpeting, fabric, drywall, plastic, metal, and glass.

Common causes of residential fire property damage disasters:

Cooking: Many house fires are caused by cooking-related incidents, specifically, a person leaving a hot oven or stove unattended.

Prevention tips: Always keep an eye on cooking equipment while it’s in use. Use a timer to remind you cooking is in progress. Make sure to remove flammable objects and materials around cooking areas and surfaces.

Heating: Portable and stationary space heaters accounted for 32% of these fires, but most resulted from the homeowner’s failure to clean heating equipment or chimneys. 

Prevention tips: Have heating equipment cleaned and inspected every year to ensure it’s working properly. When using space heaters, situate them away from combustible objects such as clothing, furniture and bedding and turn them off when you leave home.

Electrical systems: Lighting sources are responsible for most electrical fires. Fires started through electrical systems represent more than $1 billion in property losses each year. 

Prevention tips: Use qualified electricians to handle your electrical projects, many fires are the result of improper installation by homeowners. When using electrical appliances, replace frayed or damaged cords, refrain from overloading outlets with plugs and use bulbs of the proper wattage for lamps.

Candles: Candles are responsible for 5 percent of home fire deaths, and on average, 35 home fires caused by candles are reported each day in the United States. 

Prevention tips: Don’t leave burning candles unattended and put them out before going to bed.

Fires cause massive amounts of damage to a residential property; the flames, soot and smoke can destroy structural materials, interior and exterior items and personal processions. The aftermath of a fire can bringing massive amounts of water damage, toxic chemicals, harmful soot pollution and unhealthy smoke levels. First Responders often extinguish the flames quickly, but soot and smoke move even more rapidly, spreading damage throughout the entire property. Even a minor fire can bring significant smoke and soot damage throughout your home. We can provide property damage restoration service near you, SERVPRO is here to help with highly trained IICRC certified fire damage restoration experts and advanced technology and equipment to restore your home and possessions and provide knowledge and experience when you need it most.

SERVPRO of Southwest Brooklyn responds quickly to your fire damage emergency with skilled technicians to your home, our team’s primary goal is to mitigate additional damages with preventative procedures and neutralize and recover sustained damages using expert skill, experience, and equipment.