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What is the best extraction tool for flooding in my house?

10/13/2021 (Permalink)

a caution signage in front of a shattered roof Recovering a flooded home can feel like an insurmountable task when property owners first see the damage to their residence.

SERVPRO professionals are equipped with a variety of water removal tools to handle any flooding situation.

Flooding can lead to a lot more water in your home. If this water is not removed quickly, it can lead to structural damage and saturation. SERVPRO professionals can help you restore your property quickly and efficiently if they act fast. To achieve this goal, professionals need to assess the situation in order to determine the best equipment to use.

As with all aspects of flood mitigation for properties and businesses, there's no one right way to do the restoration or recovery of the structure. Sometimes, tools such as extraction can be carried to multiple locations using dozens of different tools. It is based on the severity and depth of the flooding, as well as the materials being affected by the floodwater. When mitigation begins, our technicians receive many tools. The most common are:

  • Submersible electric pumps
  • Trash pumps
  • Truck-Mount Pumps
  • Wet Vacuums
  • Specialty extractors

Recovering a flooded home can feel like an insurmountable task when property owners first see the damage to their residence. Our team can help with efficient water removal, drying, and cleaning, to make all flood losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today!

What Can I Do To Drain Water From My Basement

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

a caution road signage halfway consumed by storm flood Flooding at the lowest levels of your house can cause damage to your property.

SERVPRO® has many options for extraction that will remove any standing water in your basement and get you started on the drying process.


Flooding at the lowest levels of your house can cause damage to your property. Our SERVPRO® team can assist with everything from the difficulties of removing standing water to drying concrete flooring and masonry units.

When dealing with flood damage to homes, one of the first things that must be done is extracting water. Standing water can cause damage to your house by promoting microbial growth and deteriorating exposed materials. These situations are best handled by truck-mounted or trash pumps.

What can I do to dry my basement after a flood?

Another concern is drying out the basement after extraction. We can use a variety of traditional and special drying tools to begin to evaporate water trapped in concrete or blockwork. These tools include:

  • Air Movers
  • Desiccant dehumidifiers
  • Floor mat drying systems
  • Positive pressure systems


Flooding in basements can be difficult, but our SERVPRO® Lower East Side Manhattan team is here to help. We offer a complete-service approach that includes both mitigation and reconstruction. Call us anytime at (917) 423-6364.

SERVPRO Can Help with Your Residential Fire Damage

9/29/2021 (Permalink)

a beautiful lantern lit in the dark Candles can add both beauty and fragrance to rooms. Unattended candles can also cause fire damage to homes.

Candles can add both beauty and fragrance to rooms. Unattended candles can also cause fire damage to homes.

A homeowner needed assistance with fire damage in his daughter's room after leaving a candle burning and blowing a piece of newspaper into the flames. The fire was extinguished quickly by firefighters, but the smoke damage was widespread.

Remove Charred Items

The room that contained the candle's contents was too badly damaged to allow for cleaning, so it had to be taken out. The techs don't dispose of any items in the room without homeowner approval or an adjuster. This ensures property owners know the status of their restoration and SERVPRO® is within the insurance policy's coverage.

Testing Before Cleaning

Before attempting to remove smoke residues from a room, it is crucial that they are tested before any treatment can be applied. The amount of smoke residue depends on the temperature of your fire, as well as the items that have been burned, so both dry and moist smoke could be present in the same area.

Dry cleaning sponges are used by techs to gently remove dry smoke from walls and other painted surfaces. Wet smoke requires solvents to loosen its grip on surfaces.

Odor Control For The Bedroom

It is important to remove charred materials from the room. This will help to reduce fire odors. Hot air expands when a fire is lit, so it pushes the odorous smoke through porous objects. There are many ways to remove the scents, including thermal fogging.

Duct Inspection

Although the fire was contained to the bedroom of the daughter, the family also used the HVAC. The potential for soot to spread through the home via the conduit work was high. SERVPRO® technicians cleaned out the ducts to remove any lingering odors.

SERVPRO® returns properties damaged by fire to their preloss condition.

What To Do After A Storm Damage?

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

flooded area and trees are swung by strong winds Flood damage can affect multiple levels of a home. Water loss in a basement can lead to costly structural repairs.

Flood damage can affect multiple levels of a home. Water loss in a basement can lead to costly structural repairs.

Flood damage occurred in your house. The water entered through the seal at the back door and into the kitchen. The water got through the vinyl tile flooring and into the floor joist, collecting in the basement on slab substrate below.

Water Extraction Required

The basement didn't have sump pumps, so the one drain become clogged quickly. SERVPRO technicians used submersible units downstairs and portable centrifugal pump upstairs. The diverse equipment ensures that there is no delay in cleaning up, regardless of how deep the water has gotten before SERVPRO technicians arrive.

Disposal Of Lost Items

SERVPRO technicians must get approval from the homeowner or adjuster before they can remove any damaged items. This is to ensure that the restoration does not go beyond the coverage. Wet carpet, rusted sheetrock and delaminated tiles are all removed. The techs will inspect the tile depending on its type to determine if it can be reused after cleaning.

Preparing and Drying

The techs will take several steps to speed up the drying process. The first step is to extract as much water from the property as possible. To ensure that the floor is dry, techs will perform several dry passes. Equipment includes drying mats for flooring, subfloor and dehumidifiers. This phase of restoration includes the installation of air scrubbers. They capture and remove airborne particulates, which improves air quality.

Final Steps

The techs prepare the home for repairs and reconstruction to restore it to its pre-flood state. SERVPRO technicians clean the property with antimicrobials to prevent mold growth.


SERVPRO has the experience, tools and skills to handle any flood damage, large or small, and make it seem "Like it never even happened."

What To Do After A Fire Disaster?

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

Part of a house after a fire disaster Fire damage can cause emotional turmoil and make it difficult to see the work involved in restoring a home or business.

Fire damage can cause emotional turmoil and make it difficult to see the work involved in restoring a home or business. Your first call for fire damage restoration should be to your local SERVPRO.

Once the damage is done, we will quickly arrive at the scene to assess the situation and provide you with a quote for the restoration of your property. You will receive regular updates about the progress of the project that will allow you to understand the steps required to restore your property.

You can be sure that your property will be restored to its original condition by our professional contractors. Our 'Start to Finish' approach makes us an affordable choice for restoration projects of any size. Contact our office for more information.

Ductwork Cleaning For The Upcoming Events!

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

showing the duct area of the building Give our office a call if you require seasonal ductwork cleaning for your building.

It is difficult to imagine the cold winter ahead after a hot summer and the start of a very warm autumn. It is still in our thoughts, with just 100 days until Christmas. It is important to inspect your heating system before it gets cold. It is a good idea to clean and replace any filters in your ductwork before you turn on the heat.

Give our office a call if you require seasonal ductwork cleaning for your building. We offer commercial and large residential cleaning services in New York City.

SERVPRO of Lower East Side/Downtown Manhattan is well-positioned in Manhattan and in Queens. We work with almost all major insurance providers and have the resources to manage and complete large-loss projects. Contact our office today, (332) 900-2337

Fire Restoration

8/27/2021 (Permalink)

fire inside the house Our team is always available to help you if you have a fire in your residential property.

It is difficult to restore a home or business after a small fire. Even a small cooking stove can cause serious damage to the surrounding area and leave a lingering stench. SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan is a skilled disaster recovery team in the area. Our crew members have decades of experience and we train every member of our team to use proven techniques and properly manage drying equipment. We at SERVPRO, have access to the latest technology, equipment and methods, which are tested and backed by the most trusted disaster relief franchise in America. We hope you won't need our services but we are available to help you if you have a fire in your commercial or residential property.

Flooded House: Now what?

8/27/2021 (Permalink)

Flood inside the house the homeowners returned to their home to discover that the supply hose had come loose from the washer and was now draining onto the carpets.

Too many homeowners delay calling a water damage mitigation specialist in the event that there is a flood. An example of this is when an appliance, such as the washing machine or dishwasher, breaks and leaks throughout your house. If you're lucky, you will notice the leak immediately and be able to repair the issue before it causes any serious damage. Many times, a small leak can go unnoticed for weeks and cause water damage to the house.

One example is a single-family home with a washer and dryer on the second level. After leaving the machine on, the homeowners returned to their home to discover that the supply hose had come loose from the washer and was now draining onto the carpets.

They tried to dry the mess by themselves, but they waited five days before calling SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan. This only made the problem worse and caused more damage to their home.

How Does an Intervention by SERVPRO Change Mold Remediation for Manhattan Laundromats?

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

Mold on wall Count on the professionals at SERVPRO if you find mold damage in your business property.

SERVPRO Takes A Comprehensive Approach when Handling Mold Removal in Manhattan Business Premises

The likelihood of mold developing in Manhattan laundromats is high due to the humidity, heat, and soiled fabrics in the facility. Appliance misuse like improperly directing dryer exhaust flex tubes aggravates the situation. Involving professionals like SERVPRO to handle mold remediation from the start offers many advantages.

Unlike using homemade solutions for mold remediation at your Manhattan laundromat, finding a professional helps ensure the root cause is identified and all traces of mold removed from the property. Homestyle solutions such as cleaning affected surfaces with borax, bleach, or vinegar only offer temporary relief, unlike the comprehensive mold remediation that SERVPRO offers.

Professional Intervention to a Mold Infestation Problem Involves:

  • Mold Inspection
  • Mold removal
  • Black mold damage repair

In many cases, the visible mold is only a small fraction of the infestation in the entire property. Mold colonies tend to thrive in cavities where there is little natural light. Our SERVPRO technicians inspect the whole business premises or the areas we deem vulnerable to infestations. 

A Professional Mold Inspection can be Achieved Less Invasively by:

  • Checking for hidden moisture with thermal cameras
  • Inspecting wall cavities with borescopes
  • Checking indoor humidity levels with thermo-hygrometers

On establishing the affected areas, our SERVPRO technicians set up containment barriers and perform controlled demolition to remove heavily deteriorated materials. Cleaning using wire-brushing, soda blasting, and damp wiping with antimicrobial products helps remove various moldy materials from sections of the laundromat. 

SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan has vast experience delivering mold remediation services in commercial establishments. Call us at (917) 423-6364. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Precautions Help With Textiles During Water Damage Restoration in New York City Homes?

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment Our certified technicians come prepared with state of the art equipment your property needs after a water incident occurs.

SERVPRO Capitalizes on Preparation and Testing for Successful Water Damage Repairs in New York City

The spilled water in your New York house may affect various textile-based materials necessitating renovation. Some of the leading water damage restoration methods for textiles include cleaning, stain removal, and drying. 

While embarking on water damage restoration in your New York City home, protecting the affected items from secondary damages is essential. Otherwise, it is possible to aggravate the situation. SERVPRO takes various approaches, including pre-testing materials and preparing the work areas depending on how the water spill happens.

Typically Water Spills Arise From

  • Burst pipes
  • Ceiling leaks
  • Leaking roof from storms

Pre-testing helps reveal crucial details, such as whether dyes in fabrics are likely to bleed. Our SERVPRO technicians use such information to create a perfect approach for restoration. For example, if the fabrics are not prone to bleeding, we can clean items comfortably using an emulsifying solution. However, where tests establish a high likelihood for dye loss, a gentler approach is necessary. Our technicians use unique products such as ColorFast Jet Extraction Cleaner for upholstery items. The temperature of the cleaning solution can also affect dyes or cause the backing of items such as carpets to separate. Our technicians use moderate temperatures not exceeding 150°F. 

Site preparation helps the water damage repairs. Even simple steps such as moving furniture count as site preparation since they help prevent overspray from reaching unintended areas. Our SERVPRO crews also cover some items with a poly drop cloth to shield them. 

SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan can help ensure water damage restoration results in the expected outcomes. Call us at (917) 423-6364. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.