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Water Clean-Up in New York City Has to be Fast

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

water damage, pooling water in room. A burst pipe in New York City homes will cause a major issue. SERVPRO will be on-site within 4 hours of the initial call.

Contain Water Damage in New York City Homes by Calling SERVPRO

The population density in New York City adds a layer of complexity when providing emergency services in water-damaged homes. A burst pipe in an apartment may quickly become a ceiling leak in the unit below, making water damage repairs a must. Allowing a company expert in water removal services into your home is the best decision you can make. At SERVPRO, we are ready around the clock to help you in your emergency.

Certified water restoration technicians in New York City are the answer to your needs. Whether water caused basement flooding or is just in a contained section of your home, let our experts bring specialized equipment to assess the damage. The faster you can remove water from your home, the less damage you will fight. Take, for example, wood and hardwood floors and the adverse effects of water-

  • Warping and buckling can occur as wood planks expand due to humidity and buckle at the joints.
  • Cupping happens when the sides or the bottom of the wood absorb water. In contrast, crowning occurs when the top of the wood is higher in humidity.
  • Delamination can occur in some wood products if glue falls victim to the water and allows its layers to separate.

Whether you are dealing with flooring, ceilings, or other water cleanup and repairs, SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan is your answer. Call us at (917) 423-6364 and let us mitigate your loss.  

New York City Stores Act Quickly After Flood Damage

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

sign Flood damage from a storm is not an easy task. Especially for commercial buildings. SERVPRO has the manpower and equipment for the job.

Fast-Paced New York City Businesses Need to Minimize Downtime After Flooding

The vibrant business community in New York City knows better than most the importance of moving quickly. Adaptability and resourcefulness are essential qualities to survive in such a competitive environment. When flooding occurs, whether from a burst pipe, a sewer backup, or a storm, business owners need to hire the help of a professional flood restoration team to perform water damage repairs as soon as possible.

In New York City, flood damage and water cleanup is a job for our SERVPRO crew. Our round-the-clock availability keeps up with the city’s pace and provides the latest in water damage remediation. In coordination with contractors and insurance requirements, we bring in industry-grade equipment into your business for extraction and water damage restoration, including the following-

  • Extractors- these can be truck-mounted or portable depending on your needs. When space is a limitation, the portable pump is easier to carry into your building and allows for easier access.
  • Air Movers- As their name implies, air movers use air to encourage fast evaporation and dry your place. They can be noisy but speed up the process significantly.
  • Wall Cavity Ventilating Systems- these help us move a large volume of air more efficiently than air movers and are ideal for walls, under cabinets, and other cavities.

Regardless of your specific needs SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan is the answer to your water damage restoration needs. Call us at (917) 423-6364 and let us put our expertise to work for you.

Mold in Manhattan can be a Huge Problem.

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage ceiling and door. SERVPRO follows strict rules when it comes to mold remediation. We use EPA and IICRC protocols all the time!

SERVPRO Conducts Mold Inspections, Remediations, and Removal in Manhattan

Manhattan is arguably the heart of the world. Finance, fashion, entrepreneurship, and art all have a significant presence throughout the city, and people around the world dream of visiting the Big Apple one day. Part of its charm is the intersection of older architecture and historic buildings along with the most modern structures and innovative technology. Despite their age, all structures are vulnerable to the elements and may present issues such as mold.

The population density in Manhattan is recognized as the highest in the nation. Meanwhile, New York County is the smallest county in the continental U.S. Its small footprint is home to the United Nations, world-famous Times Square, Central Park, and iconic buildings such as the Empire State and One World Trade Center. Countless film productions feature the city’s landmarks and skyline, not to mention the importance of Wall Street and the financial transactions happening there daily. Manhattan is also one of the most diverse communities globally, where nationalities, religions, and ethnicities co-exist to create the rich tapestry that lives, works, and plays within its boundaries.  

Not surprisingly, housing in Manhattan is in high demand, expensive, and an adventure in and of itself. Buildings with older wiring and plumbing can present issues and need restoration services, and mold can cause health effects. SERVPRO is a premier mold removal company in Manhattan, and we are here to meet your needs when time is of the essence. As soon as you detect black mold or attic mold, let our mold specialists conduct a thorough mold removal process and leave your home clean.

The Mold Remediation Process

Mold removal is complex and guided by environmental regulations and industry recommendations. Our mold technicians are certified to handle even the toughest cases, and we do so by applying best practices and relying on state-of-the-art technology. Mold generally appears when excessive humidity exists due to the environment, ceiling leaks, or other water damage. At SERVPRO, we address mold remediation by applying the following principles-

  • Safety first- we work safely using personal protective equipment and preparing the work area to minimize human exposure to mold and contain its spread.
  • Documentation of our work and the extent of the mold damage.
  • Addressing the source of the mold, which is closely tied to restoring normal levels of humidity in the home.
  • Mold removal, including the cleanup process, as well as discarding any unsalvageable items.

Our AMRT applied microbial remediation technicians follow protocols from the EPA and the guidelines from the IICRC The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration for mold cleanup work. We have the required New York State license for Mold Remediation Certification. 

SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan is a top provider of mold remediation services. Call us at (917) 423-6364 for assistance.  

Who Offers the Best Water Damage Restoration Service in Manhattan?

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

flooded laundry room Water restoration is no easy task. SERVPRO has the manpower and knowledge when it comes to restoration services.

SERVPRO Is, Perhaps, Manhattan’s Best Water Damage Remediation Company. 

Manhattan has a unique environment that presents many challenges. This is especially true for those engaged in water damage remediation. Fortunately, SERVPRO is skilled in successfully overcoming these difficulties and resolving residents’ water-related issues.

SERVPRO is highly skilled in and equipped for effectively handling water damage in Manhattan residential towers. This expertise is crucial for those making their home in Manhattan, given that most borough homeowners live in towering condominiums or co-op complexes. Some of the many related problems our technicians have effectively handled are:

  • Accessing and treating high-rise residences and difficult to reach areas with remediation equipment
  • Performing our emergency water damage services with limited disturbance to neighbors
  • Preventing your water-related event from impacting units beneath and adjacent to yours
  • Conducting our work in a way that safeguards everyone in your building

As you can see, we are skilled providers of water removal services and water damage repairs in high-rise residential units.

With all this in mind, contact SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan at (917) 426-0629 whenever you need water damage cleanup and restoration.

Where Can I Find Quality New York City Fire Damage Remediation Services?

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

smoke and soot damaged home Smoke and soot damage done to your home by a fire is a sad story. Let SERVPRO help you with the remediation services from beggning to end.

SERVPRO Professionally Cleans Up & Restores New York City Fire Damage.

When your home suffers a fire, the effects are often substantial. These adverse effects could include everything from severely deteriorated air quality to the destruction of your residence’s interiors. 

Due to its population density, residential fires in New York City generally spread quickly and do considerable damage in a short time. These fires easily spread from house to house and from one condo to another. The fire and smoke damage caused by such events usually include:

  • Fouled air filled with harmful and odorous smoke particles
  • Contamination of HVAC systems with troublesome fire-related particles
  • Deposits of dry, oily, or baked-on residues on surfaces
  • Charring or the destruction of structural elements and household contents

Regardless of the destruction caused by a home fire, SERVPRO is well-equipped to handle it. We are experts at house fire cleanup, and our skilled technicians routinely perform fire damage restoration and smoke remediation work.

So, if your home ever experiences fire damage, call SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan at (917) 426-0629 for assistance.

Who Can I Call for Flood Damage Cleanup in New York City?

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

storm damaged bedroom SERVPRO uses the latest technology and equipment when it comes to storm damage restoration service for your home.

In New York City, SERVPRO Provides Flood Damage Remediation Services. 

In recent years, New York City has increasingly suffered severe flooding events, especially in the summer months. Experts expect these issues to impact tens of thousands of residents and grow increasingly troublesome as the city’s water, sewage, and drainage systems age. They also believe the additional heavy rains brought by climate change in the future are only going to exacerbate the situation. This increase in rainfall is a genuine concern, considering historical weather data. Over just the past hundred years, the annual number of days when rainfall exceeds two inches in the city has doubled. While this change is year-round, it has been most pronounced in the summertime, when average rainfalls have climbed more than two-and-a-half inches in only the past sixty years.

Modern Impact of Flood Damage on the City

Over just the past twenty years, New Yorkers have been at great risk of, and some have endured substantial losses as a result of flooding events. The First Street Foundation, a nonprofit that researches and develops flood prevention measures, estimates that 14% of all of the city’s properties are at risk of flooding. The organization also predicts that over the next 30 years, the number of properties at serious risk of experiencing flood damage is going to increase by about 15,000. The following list of modern storms and their impacts on residents highlights these problems: 

  • Major summer/early fall storms, including Tropical Storm Andrea and Hurricane Dorian, bring substantial rains and flooding to New York City between 2013 and 2019
  • Hurricane Sandy causes floods that damage over 120,000 properties in 2012
  • Hurricane Irene, in 2011, inundates more than 35,000 homes and businesses
  • The November 2009 Nor-easter floods over 20,000 properties

A Recent Summer Storm Exemplifies New York’s Flooding Issues 

After a summer heatwave in July of 2019, severe thunderstorms passed through the city and brought with them inches of drenching rains. The overwhelming rainfalls deluged the area, turning streets into rivers and subway entrances into waterfalls while flooding basements and first floors. Some of the astounding 24-hour rainfall totals around our area included:

  • 3.52 inches at JFK Airport
  • 3.05 inches in Staten Island
  • 1.66 inches in Central Park
  • 1.24 inches at La Guardia Airport

With that said, know whom to call when you need help recovering from flood damage. Contact SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan at (917) 426-0629 for assistance.

Contact an Experienced New York City Flood Damage Remediation Company for Help. 

Unlike simple water-related issues, the damage caused by flooding requires the specialized services of a biohazard remediation firm like SERVPRO. We are skilled and experienced in effectively eliminating hazardous flood wastes, as well as disinfecting areas impacted by them. At the same time, we handle other flood-related problems like:

  • Ceiling leaks caused by storms
  • Basement flooding
  • Odors associated with flooding events
  • Structural and content damage caused by floodwaters

So, regardless of the type of flood damage restoration your home requires, SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan is likely able to complete it successfully. Call us anytime at (917) 426-0629 for help.

How Can New York City Restaurants Manage Mold Damage?

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

moldy ceiling tile Mold remediation should be handled by the professional team at SERVPRO. Their technicians are IICRC certified for any size job needed.

Hire SERVPRO mold remediation experts and get back to business

Mold growth in your New York restaurant is not only unappetizing if seen or smelled by your patrons, but also a concern if inspectors note the fungal growth. Fortunately, removing active mold colonies and planning for inhibition of future growth is well within your reach.

Can One Company Help with both Current Mold Damage and Future Mold Growth?

Mold damage in New York City restaurants is not surprising. Mold spores are everywhere but cause little trouble until they encounter moisture which ignites their growth cycle. The steamy kitchens and dishwashing stations, liquid-driven bar areas, and merrymaking -- including occasional spills -- in the dining areas all provide the water fueling to start a mold infestation. SERVPRO is positioned uniquely to solve your mold problem:

  • We train to find and follow water damage and migration.
  • We help arrange for water damage elimination (including reducing high humidity through properly working exhaust systems).
  • We rely on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocol to contain and remove mold organisms, dispose of moldy materials, and apply EPA-registered antimicrobials.
  • We work fast because we understand stuttering your business risks long-term or permanent closure.

Contact SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan for a mold damage assessment and remediation plan. We are available 24/7 at (917) 426-0629.

What’s the Answer for Soot-Soiled Contents in New York City?

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged town home Fire damage restoration is a top priority for SERVPRO. Their team of techs are trained and ready for any size job needed for your property.

Check out SERVPRO’s range of fire damage restoration strategies.  

A fire in your townhome or apartment in New York City is a challenge, but the damage to precious keepsakes and heirlooms can be heartbreaking. Safe and effective cleaning depends on professionals considering the materials involved and the type of residues needing removal. Replacement of contents with sentimental value is impossible, but when trained technicians take on the task, treasures can regain both form and function.

What Are Methods Pros Use to Clean Smoke and Soot Damaged Items?

Comprehensive fire damage restoration in New York City includes the possessions you care about the most. Often these things are delicate or hard to clean. SERVPRO uses interventions developed through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to ensure our approach is mindful and research-based. For example, we offer the following at our production facility:

  • Immersion “baths” or ultrasonic cleaning for heavily soiled knick-knacks with intricate details
  • Foam cleaning and containment in a small chamber for monitored drying and deodorization with air movers, dehumidifiers, and ozone or hydroxyl generators for upholstered furniture
  • Industrial-sized washers and dryers for clothing, window coverings, and rugs

The highly-qualified team at SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan can discuss the broad range of resources available for fire damage restoration. Call (917) 426-0629 for a prompt assessment.

Why Is SERVPRO a New York City Water Restoration Leader?

3/4/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at work. Water restoration service from beginning to end is SERVPROs advantage over other restoration companies. We specialize a personal assessment every time

Highly trained and well-equipped crews streamline damage recovery.

Perhaps you are well-informed on the source and storage of water in New York City. On the other hand, you might not realize the function of the many conical-topped structures on the tops of buildings throughout all five boroughs. New residents and visitors have questions about the quaint-looking edifices. Similar to small towns throughout the United States, New York supplies much of its potable water through thousands of water towers atop commercial and residential properties in the city.

Why Does New York City Use Towers to Store Its Water Supply?

The water towers solve a water pressure problem that first arose in the 19th century. Like other metropolitan areas in the country, New York City made the most of valuable land in densely populated urban areas by building up rather than out. Story by story, the new skyscrapers appeared, striking a modern pose that presented a challenge. Buildings that climbed higher than six levels prevented the easy transport of water to the new lofty heights of the period’s commercial and residential icons. 

How Do New York City’s Water Towers Work?

New York City imports its water from upstate reservoirs, often created by the flooding of valley towns well over a century ago. The water travels to the city via waterways, aqueducts, and piping using a downstream gravity system. When it enters the city, the pressure built up over its journey forces water up the six stories mentioned above. Rather than using pumps to move water to individual units, the choice was to install water towers near or at the top of higher buildings. Pumps fill the overhead towers, which then again use gravity to serve the residences and business below.

What Is Their Capacity and How Are the Towers Constructed?

About 15,000 tanks supply water in NYC currently. Each tank holds about 10,000 gallons and has an internal system that keeps track of water levels, often a regulator valve or more advanced technology such as electronic probes. Tank-makers use yellow cedar or California redwood to fashion the water towers. 

  • Vertical components (staves) are milled off-site, shaped to fit into grooves on the wooden base lying on top of the metal base.
  • Each piece is carried up the stairs of the building.
  • Most pieces are too large for the freight elevator.
  • Tanks are assembled on-site.

Tank companies in the city now include only three:

  • Rosenwach Tank Company
  • Isseks Brothers and American Pipe
  • Tank’s New York Wood Tank

Who Can Help with Water Supply Leaks in New York City? 

The need for water restoration in New York City can vary from the minor inconvenience of a slow leak or tub overflow caught early to the devastation of a water tower rupture on top of your building. Our team can scale our response to the level needed for your circumstances, why SERVPRO delivers excellent outcomes:

  • Water shut off
  • Safety hazard assessment and designing controls and containment for safe work environments
  • Controlled demolition to release trapped water
  • Water pumping and extraction
  • Structural drying plans based on water migration and metering assessments

Water restoration efforts can be simple and straightforward or complex and many-phased, why SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan supervises comprehensive restoration services to return your property to full functionality. Call (917) 426-0629 to learn how we can help.

Experiencing Flood Damage in Manhattan?

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. Flood damage to your property is not a DIY project. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for the flood damage restoration services you need.

Restoration Technicians Extract Flood Damage from Manhattan Properties

Flooding in Manhattan, especially with its proximity to both the North and East Rivers, is a genuine risk each year that comes with its location being a 100-year floodplain. As of 2015, an estimated 532 million square feet of floor area in New York at large–including the city–are sitting on land with a 26% flood chance over the course of a 30-year mortgage.

SERVPRO technicians provide flood damage mitigation for Manhattan residents 24 hours a day, seven days per week, including all holidays. Fast-responding professionals certified to meet restoration industry standards per the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

Odor Control After Flooding

SERVPRO eliminates flood damage odors through a broad swathe of tools and procedures catered to homeowners’ unique circumstances. This repertoire includes:

  • Proprietary EPA-registered biocide solutions
  • Commercial-grade box fans for expedient air exchanges
  • HEPA-filter air scrubbers improve air quality with particle removal as small as 0.3 microns

SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan can be reached at (917) 423-6364 for flood damage mitigation.