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How Does Smoke Damage Impact the Contents of My Business?

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Fifty dollar bill burning on both ends Does your business have smoke and soot damage? Call SERVPRO to quickly restore your business.

Fire Damage Leaves Smoke and Soot Inside Your Lower East Side Business – Call SERVPRO for Prompt Restoration! 

A fire of any size can ravage your business space and leave irreversible damage. Flames move quickly from one item to the next, leave a mass of devastation throughout your business in the Lower East Side. The heat coming from these flames radiate, often causing the items around them to warp, crack, shatter, or melt. Once the fire is out, what is left is smoke damage that can start to corrode surfaces without proper restoration efforts, which is where the team at SERVPRO is available to assist with your fire and smoke damage needs. 

How Does Smoke Impact My Business? 

With fire damage in the Lower East Side, your business's contents can take on the soot and smoke particles in the air, and those landed on surfaces. The temperature and the type of fire that took place plays a role in how the smoke impacts the interior. Soot and smoke make its way into crevices and cracks, and the smell can linger for months without the right methods and restoration products. 

When you call us at SERVPRO after the fire's flames get fully extinguished, we send a team out to begin the assessment. After the first responders give us the approval to enter the building, we determine the project's scope and the best way to proceed. We can help with: 

  • Emergency board-up services
  • Removal of water or chemicals used to extinguish the fire
  • Controlled demolition
  • Debris removal
  • Soot and smoke removal
  • Thermal deodorization
  • Complete cleanup and sanitization of all surfaces, and more 

We can also help by removing and securing any contents to be cleaned off-site at our nearby facility. Everything gets carefully logged to have a detailed inventory of any items packed up and moved out. 

SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan is quick to respond when you need help with fire damage in your place of business. Call (917) 423-6364 to have a crew deployed to your location to start restoration! 

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What is a Building Envelope and How Does It Affect Drying My Lower East Side Home?

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

interior of the house flooded with water Our experienced SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan team can help with a thorough inspection and the appropriate actions to overcome potential hurdle

Water loss incidents in your Lower East Side home can be destructive without practical strategies for thorough drying.

Many factors can affect how easily your Lower East Side home could get dried after a water loss incident. There is a balance of several elements that work together to efficiently create the appropriate conditions for evaporative drying. When any of these factors fall short, it can compromise the time and cost of restoration.

The more that our technicians understand various affected materials and other factors of water damage in Lower East Side homes, the more efficient and thorough drying and extraction practices can be. Our knowledge of the affected areas in your residence helps us to comprise a quality drying plan that protects the majority of impacted materials and contents. Each structure presents unique obstacles for restores like our SERVPRO team, so we must work quickly to determine the type of drying scenario that exists, the most efficient tools to use, and any potential hurdles that could make drying more challenging.

What is a Building Envelope?

The building envelope is a network of structural elements designed to separate the inside of your house from outside threats like water penetration or higher humidity conditions. Some have begun to refer to these structural boundaries as the energy efficiency of the home. These factors often influence how effectively homeowners can cool or heat their properties when necessary. The building envelope can have a direct impact on how efficiently our technicians can drive the property as well. To determine the obstacles that might exist, we must better understand the various components of this envelope, including:

    •    Roof
    •    Exterior Walls
    •    Windows
    •    Ceilings
    •    Finished Flooring
    •    Foundations

How Can This Impact Drying?

The slightest change and the envelope of your house can impact how drying works. The continued understanding of developing conditions can allow our team to consistently provide the appropriate arrangement of drying tools and technologies to meet the growing demand. Multiple factors play a role in how these conditions might change as drying, extraction, and other mitigation tasks continue. These include:

    •    Breaches
    •    Openings
    •    Unknown Compromised Materials

The saturation of materials in areas like wall and ceiling systems can impact how efficient drying tools can be and modify the building's envelope. Instead of reducing the impact of outside elements, other factors designed to encase the damaged area can hinder evaporative drying and restoration progress.

What Are Ideal Drying Conditions?

Depending on when your home was built, the building envelope might vary substantially. Before 1990, the efficiency of energy and HVAC systems was a lower concern than it is now. Older homes tend to have more natural ventilation and airflow into the property, which can directly impact the efficiency and effectiveness of drying approaches. High moisture content and humidity concerns outside of the home can also affect how readily the structure can dry by modifying interior moisture levels during restoration. Each home and property are unique in this regard, yet often most structures can fall within three primary classifications:

    •    Tight Envelope – These are the ideal drying conditions for our SERVPRO restorers, as we can manage drying conditions without several extra steps to control the influence of outside factors.
    •    Moderate Envelope – With moderate conditions, external factors can impact the property somewhat. We must adjust drying and recovery tactics to overcome these influences.
    •    Loose Envelope – Older homes can allow for outside elements and conditions to have a direct and considerable impact on drying efforts in the property.

Are There Ongoing Concerns with Loose Building Envelopes?

Loose building envelopes present a substantial obstacle for our restoration team to overcome, but it can also impact your daily life as the property owner. Improper ventilation or significant airflow and penetration into the house can negate modern heating and cooling appliances' efficiencies. Additionally, humid conditions outside can quickly become higher moisture content inside the structure. With prolonged exposure, the conditions could get met for the development and spread of microbial threats. It is worth considering your options, especially considering that we have an in-house team of certified contractors capable of helping with remodeling and renovations as necessary.

Several obstacles can exist with any home drying venture, and often, your home itself is one of them. The construction of a property can impact the efficiency of drying. Our experienced SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan team can help with a thorough inspection and the appropriate actions to overcome potential hurdles. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (917) 423-6364.

A Pipe Broke at the Store Next Door--Who Can Help Me Bail Out My New York City Gift Shop?

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO banner hanging from commercial building Commercial Water Extraction in Large NYC Buildings Require Expert Technicians and Equipment--Try SERVPRO

SERVPRO Technicians Are Experienced Commercial Water Detectives, Ready to Find and Arrange for Water Removal Regardless of the Source in New York City

No matter how diligent you are to maintain your retail property in New York City, the proximity of other buildings and units within the same building, unfortunately, can cause your neighbor’s watery misfortune to affect your shop. In a particularly cruel twist, your store might be hit harder with water damage than the space featuring the leaky pipe or malfunctioning appliance depending on where the water flows.

How Can Water Meanderings Be Traced?

Commercial water removal in New York City is made more straightforward when trained technicians employ sensitive tools to locate the water. Finding wet building materials or fixtures in your shop can shock if the “event” that caused the flow was elsewhere. Our technicians trained to use the following devices to outline the extent of the damage and identify building cavities or other spaces where the water collected and needs removal:

  • Moisture detectors -- pronged or flat-faced, used to find wet areas.
  • Moisture meters -- must be appropriately calibrated for the materials tested. Some are “penetrating” and use probes to evaluate moisture levels among several layers. In contrast, non-penetrating meters use sensors that seek to determine how “conductive” materials are (can be a sign of moisture or a false positive when metal interferes).
  • Thermal imaging -- temperature fluctuations interpreted by a trained technician can signal trapped expanses of water.
  • Thermo-hygrometers -- measure temperature and relative humidity, particularly useful during the drying phase.
  • Boroscopes--allow our SERVPRO team to peer inside cavities and nooks and crannies

After Water Migrates, How Does It Make Its Exit?

SERVPRO crews arrive at your door with water removal and drying equipment stocked in our service vehicles. We position pumps for water deeper than two inches and use truck-mounted extractors for the bulk of the remaining water. Portable extractors help in confined spaces and, with the use of extenders and sometimes strategically placed holes or drywall removal, can suction the water lingering in cavities. Air movers and dehumidifiers team together to dry out wet materials.

You need fast water removal and comprehensive structural drying when your business is swimming in unexpected fluids. SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan is ready to accomplish both for you with one call to (917) 423-6364.

What Easily Overlooked Factor Can Affect Water Removal from Lower East Side Properties?

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

Water Splash Please know how hazardous a water damage can be to you and your Lower East Side home.

SERVPRO Has Highly Trained Technicians Who Can Anticipate Problems That Might Interfere with Renovation of Water Damage

People have varying experiences when performing water restoration. Although the specifics of an incident play a significant role in determining the outcome, sometimes oversight of minor issues such as moisture movement can influence the experience negatively.  When SERVPRO responds to an incident at your Lower East Side home, one of our responsibilities is to ensure there are no oversights.

What makes moisture movement hard to notice?

Moisture movement can complicate water removal from your Lower East Side home by necessitating sophisticated removal procedures or demolition to reach hidden areas. Such steps lead to higher costs or lengtheir restoration periods.  The four main methods of moisture movement are:

  • Liquid flow
  • Capillary suction
  • Air movement
  • Vapor diffusion

Apart from liquid flow, which you can readily see, the other processes are hard to notice without the use of advanced techniques or tools. As the moisture moves, it transfers damage from the areas initially affected. It also causes further deterioration of materials.

What can stop moisture movement once water spills?

Although understanding that moisture movement is happening is useful, stopping the process is not that easy. Our SERVPRO technicians help by using several approaches, including:

  • Expediting water extraction to limit the liquid flow
  • Running dehumidifiers to manage humidity, limiting moisture spread through air movement
  • Making flood cuts or removing wet materials to curb capillary suction

We have different types of water removal equipment, which ease removal under different circumstances. For instance, submersible pumps are perfect when the water pools deeper than 2 inches, while portable units help ease access to different sections of the property.

Taking these steps earlier helps minimize secondary damage caused by moisture migration. You can end up reducing costs involve or improve the turnaround time of the entire renovation task.

Water removal can run more smoothly with an experienced and well-equipped team at your side. Call SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan at (917) 423-6364 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How Can I Dry My New York City Business Out After Flooding?

6/30/2020 (Permalink)

fully stocked isles in a grocery store Don’t force your customers to find a new convenience store. Contact team SERVPRO when facing flooding.

SERVPRO is ready to come to your New York City commercial property and give you the support you need to reopen as quickly as possible

Seeing your New York City business for the first time after flood water entered can feel overwhelming for what to do first. Even though in many cases the water itself recedes within a short time, the smell, the soaked contents, and other issues need fast action. That is why it is crucial to engage professional mitigation services as soon as possible so you can limit loss to the property and contents and reopen for business and get life back to normal.

What Should I Do First in My Business Property After Commercial Flood Damage? 

If commercial flood damage occurred within your New York City business property, the first thing you should do is ensure safety for all and avoid contact with the water. Until SERVPRO techs arrive on-site and test the water, so you know if any harmful bacteria or pathogenic elements are present. Helpful actions before their arrival include: 

  • Have the power to the property turned off if there is any danger of the water coming into contact with outlets on the floor  
  • If it is safe to do so, remove relevant documents 
  • If you have equipment that needs removal, notify the crew chief after the technicians arrive
  • Close off entrances to the loss area

Fast Extraction Tactics Get Your Business Reopened As Fast As Possible

SERVPRO technicians arrive wearing protective gear, including respirators, as the aspiration of water vapor containing contaminants has the potential to be injurious. The techs test any remaining water on-site to determine any harmful elements and scope the property to ascertain all areas of water loss in New York City. The extraction equipment chosen depends on the size of the space they are performing water removal within. For example, portable pumps are ideal for small spaces. When large amounts of debris are also present in the water, truck-mounted pumps pull out thousands of gallons of water in a short time. Frequently, the techs use portable pumps afterward to ensure the maximum amount of water gets removed to lessen the time needed to dry the structure. 

What Makes Flood Water So Different the Water From a Broken Pipe?

Initially, the water that invaded your commercial property may not look or smell harmful, and it picked up everything along the way before it entered your space. It has the potential to contain a myriad of unhealthy elements. This is why coming into contact with it should be avoided unless you have protective clothing, including goggles and respirators with HEPA filtration as some harmful bacteria and pathogens can enter the body via aspiration or mucous membranes.    

Other hazards within flood water are:  

Debris such as sharp rocks, nails, and glass

The danger of shock from standing water within the property

  • Chemicals
  • Toxins  
  • Sewage  

SERVPRO techs run air scrubbers to improve air quality during the mitigation. These machines have a network of HEPA filtration that captures airborne molecules and traps them, improving air quality. 

You Need Professional Drying Equipment for the Best Outcome   

SERVPRO technicians do not rely on large industrial fans to do the drying job. Instead, they deploy multiple air movers along with dehumidifiers. Because of the connection to a national brand, they have the power to bring in as much equipment as needed to dry the entire property at once instead of in stages, which can result in additional loss. 

Professional Odor Control Applications and Sanitizing are a Must After a Commercial Water Loss

The aftermath of a clean water spill within a property has a very recognizable musty odor. Floodwater tends to stink outright, particularly so if sewage was part of the issue. Because of this, more intense methods may get used to ensure that the property is odor-free before any repairs occur to get the business ready to reopen.

Proactive Ways to Limit Commercial Water Loss in the Future

Once you have been through a flood water cleanup, it gives you a good idea of vulnerable areas on your property that need improvement. Your insurance adjuster can work with you to provide you with a monthly inspection list to cover common reasons for flood loss, such as checking the grade of your property to ensure rainwater flows away from the building along with installation or repair to the gutter systems. Looking for signs of interior leakage such as water spots or mold growth can catch a problem early on before it becomes a significant one. The installation of an environmental monitoring system detects both fire and increases in moisture in the air. It can alert you to a water loss situation such as a flash flood or a pipe break during off-hours or weekends.

SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan at (332) 900-2337 brings the equipment and expertise to handle any size commercial flood damage to your property. The certified techs are available 24/7 and arrive quickly to clean up the loss, protect contents, and restore your property and get you back in business as soon as possible.

Why SERVPRO After a Brief Fire in My Kitchen?

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged kitchen Did you have a fire in the kitchen? Do you know who to call? Call SERVPRO the professionals for all of your fire damage and restoration needs.

Fire Restoration Is a Science, and SERVPRO Makes Sure Our Technicians Master the Class Before Sending Them to Help in Your New York Apartment

Closed in spaces like the apartments and condos of New York are hard to air out, and do not offer multiple living spaces if lingering odors or other fire damage residues are problematic. Because your space is compact, you were able to subdue a grease fire quickly. Still, without sophisticated professional air scrubbing equipment and other proven containment strategies, it is impossible to keep the airborne residues created during the superheating of grease and food from spreading throughout every space in your home.

Why Bring in a Professional Cleanup Crew? Can’t I Just Research the Best Cleanup Approach Online?

When dealing with fire restoration in a New York apartment or other multiple-household residences, it is understandable that you might want to avoid the disruption of recovery experts. The reality is that you acquire two significant problems when you try a DIY approach: 

  • Adequate response time is limited to hours because of the relentless and corrosive nature of the protein-based soot from the grease fire.
  • The residues and odors might not find the walls of your unit much of an impediment, moving into common areas and adjacent units over time.

Why Is SERVPRO the Answer?

Our crews have experience eliminating smoke and soot residues and odors in confined spaces. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training is the industry standard, and our state-of-the-art products, tools, and equipment are the precise match required for the challenges of kitchen fire damage restoration.

Call (917) 423-6364 to reach our highly-qualified team when you cope with the aftermath of an apartment fire. Familiarity with the research that informs best practices is why SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan is the obvious choice.

Do I Have to Replace My Hardwood Floor After Water Damage in my New York City home?

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO techs know fast actions and advanced drying methods can assist in the restoration of your New York City home

When water pours across your hardwood floor in your New York City home from a plumbing mishap or appliance failure, it can cause a feeling of a total loss. However, if the extraction and drying process begins quickly after the first event, there is a good chance your investment in your flooring can get saved.

What Difference Can Professional Water Restoration Services Make?

SERVPRO technicians sometimes arrive on-site for water restoration services in New York homes to find that the property owner has already attempted to remove the water and dry the premises. This inability of consumer-grade equipment to properly extract water and dry the structure and contents can cause too much exposure to elevated moisture and render items unrecoverable through the cleaning and drying methods used by the techs. With rapid extraction and drying, hardwood floorboards can get dried in place and have the potential for a full recovery from water loss.

How Does the Water Damage Cleanup Process Work?

It starts with determining the true scope of the issue in the property using their various types of detection equipment. This allows the techs to peer behind walls and under floors to see the migration path of the water on-site and establish a solid cleanup plan for the home. The techs typically perform the following actions:
    •   Water extraction using their professional equipment
    •    Drying of the property using both air movers and dehumidifiers
    •    The use of specialized drying equipment on areas such as hardwood flooring
    •    Cleaning and sanitizing the loss area
    •    Any odor control applications necessary

SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan at (917) 423-6364 has the equipment and experience to clean up and restore properties with any type or size of water damage. The sooner you start, the mitigation efforts have the potential to lessen the loss, call now.

Barstool Sports & SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Act now and receive 10% off your first COVID19 Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned disinfection cleaning service, let us help you reopen safely for now and in the future.

Call today,  844-895-9116, and a one of our local team members will help you schedule a time to review your business reopening plan, and help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

How Do You Keep Smoke and Soot from Infiltrating Other Units After a High-Rise Fire?

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke and fire damage on the ceiling and walling of a room. Fire, smoke, and soot can take over so quickly. Let SERVPRO put the damage to a halt.

SERVPRO Uses Industry Best-Practices to Contain Fire Damage for Residents of Two Bridges Multi-Family Buildings

One of the challenges of even a minor fire is how to keep the soot, vapors, and volatile compounds created by combustion from spreading from the ignition site. When one rental space in an apartment building, condominium, or brownstones suffers from a fire, it risks impacting other tenants. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained professionals choose proven research-backed strategies to control the spread of residues in the most effective way possible. 

Is an Immediate Response to a Fire Loss Absolutely Necessary?

Your instinct might be to take some time to sort out the issues after the blaze, but fire damage in Two Bridges multi-family residential buildings requires prompt, professional attention. The harm caused by a home fire manifests within minutes to hours on many surfaces. Concerns from other tenants, hoping to avoid sharing secondary damage, are valid as well.

How Can Mitigation Professionals Slow or Stop the Spread of Smoke and Soot Throughout a Building?

SERVPRO focuses on containment efforts to halt the free drift of fire residues. Our crews use 1.6 mil polyethylene to wrap the affected space and add a negative pressure air scrubbing system to seal the area from adjacent rooms in your apartment and other rental units. The air scrubber uses HEPA filtration to capture airborne contaminants as we work in the contained space. Air scrubbing also controls the disruptive effect of our cleaning actions as settled residues are dislodged and threaten to spread into other areas. When we complete cleaning the residue-coated surfaces, floor wipe downs and vacuuming capture any remaining residues for legally sanctioned disposal as hazardous waste.  

The well-equipped and highly-skilled crews of SERVPRO of Lower East Side work hard to limit the movement of fire residues inside your residence or between your home and other apartments. Call (917) 423-6364 to set up a consultation as soon as the firefighters release your property for restoration.

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What Are the Hazards of Standing Water?

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

wondering how to stop the damage Don't let the flood damage your Lower East Side home anymore than it needs to get. Call your local SERVPRO to handle all your flooding issues.

SERVPRO offers fast extraction and drying solutions for your Lower East Side home after a flood. 

Surface water can affect your Lower East Side home and its occupants in multiple ways. While this standing water can absorb into materials and ultimately allow for the deterioration of exposed structural elements, pooling can also present potential health effects or hazards for those exposed and remaining in the area. 

We can help reduce the standing water concerns by offering efficient flood removal for Lower East Side homes. To accomplish this, we can call upon a wide array of extraction and moisture removal tools in our broad inventory. 

What Tools Are Best for Drying Up Flood Damage? 

Because every flooding situation is different from the last, there are different tools and devices that are best to remove water or dry the area. Identifying the most efficient solution is always the priority, as the sooner standing water gets addressed, the less damaging flooding typically becomes. Some of the standard water removal and drying tools include:

  • Air movers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Positive pressure systems
  • Floor mat systems

After a flood, you want your home to look like it did before the disaster as soon as possible. Our SERVPRO of Lower East Side team can help anytime you need us. Call us today at (917) 423-6364.