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The New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show

11/21/2020 (Permalink)

toy trains on train tracks It will be exciting to see the community at the New York City Train Show!

Explore the Splendor of Model Trains at this New York City Train Show

Through the holidays and to the end of January, New York City residents and visitors have the unique opportunity to dive further into the world of model trains amidst magnificent displays. The New York Botanical Garden is hosting the Holiday Train Show® now through January 31, 2021. Exhibitions constructed for this show include various New York landmarks, including the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, and more – all using natural materials like cinnamon sticks, birch bark, acorns, and others. Ticketing is limited for this event due to local recent health and safety guidelines, so check the New York Botanical Gardens website for ticketing details.

  • Date: Now through January 31, 2021
  • Time: Ticketing for designated time slots throughout the day
  • Cost: Varies depending on the ticket selection

Local events and shows throughout New York City are essential to our team here at SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan. If you are a local homeowner dealing with a water-related emergency, you can count on us to handle your water restoration needs. We are Faster to Any Size Disaster, and we can be at your property and ready to work within hours of your call. Reach us 24/7 for emergency response at (917) 423-6364.

Enjoy a Free Standup Comedy Show in New York City from Your Living Room

11/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Zoom Stream Keeps 13-Year, New York City, Show Running While People Quarantine.

With the restrictions imposed to contain the spread of Covid-19, it might be hard to continue your daily routines. Even your entertainment plans might be heavily curtailed. However, you can still participate in entertainment events in New York City virtually.  One such event that can be streamed right into your living room is the standup comedy show hosted at the Postmark Café on 326 6th Street every Friday at 8 PM. 

Some of the impressive details about the show include:

  • Watch some of the funniest TV comedians.
  • Hear jokes the comedians are working on for future appearances on Fallon, Comedy Central, The Tonight Show, and Conan.
  • Family-friendly shows since the comics are required to keep their content clean to suit all audiences.

You can book any show from November 20th or afterward free, but reservations are limited only to the first 50 people. Booking is easy since you only need to have a valid email address to make the reservations. An email with a Zoom link is sent half an hour before the show starts.

Adapting quickly to emergencies is the best strategy to help restore normalcy. SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan helps manage flood damage incidents in New York City, restoring normalcy faster.

Can Delicate Items Be Cleaned After Flood Damage?

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

cloud to ground lightning strike in night clouds Storms happen in New York. Call SERVPRO when floodwaters enter your home for fast, effective remediation.

Not Everything is a Total Loss with Flooding in New York City – SERVPRO Knows How to Restore Treasured Items with Minimal Damage 

New York City is a coastal area that has experienced approximately 12 inches of sea-level rise in the last 93 years. While this may not seem much, having occurred over a long period, it increases coastal flooding risk. It not only raised the possibility of flooding but also the severity of the storms and floods. The highest observed flood in the area was in 2012 and reached 9 feet. If a flood level of below 6 feet were to occur, 91,000 people are at a high risk of being impacted. All these folks have homes that are at risk too. 

Can Stains Be Removed from My Antique Chair Cover? 

When homes experience flood damage in New York City, the initial focus is on emergency mitigation. Dealing with safety issues, water extraction, and drying out impacted areas is the critical focus. Floodwater is highly contaminated, and items may need to be disposed of, more so than in a home water intrusion. But some things may have peripheral damage, such as spots and stains that can be cleaned. Delicate items such as the upholstery on your antique chair can often be cleaned. While regular cleaning takes place, spot and stain removal is a bit different:

  • Stain and spot removal are specialized techniques.
  • This type of cleaning occurs before cleaning the entire item.
  • Spot cleaning may cause discoloration to the affected material.
  • Cleaning the content thoroughly after spot cleaning can reduce changes and help the stain blend in. 

Isn’t a Spot and a Stain the Same Thing? 

In most people’s minds, they would be the same if they even gave it much thought. However, there is a difference. A spot is produced when a component is added to the fiber of the material. Things like sugar, gum, or wax produce spots. A stain occurs when the grain of the material becomes discolored by something like wine or coffee. Our technicians are trained in understanding the cause and effect behind water damaged material, allowing them to apply the appropriate treatment. 

How Do Items with Spots or Stains Get Treated?

Different types of soils require specific treatments. Fabric items such as upholstered furniture, carpets or rugs, or drapes are examples of often treated possessions. The kind of dirt on them plays a role in the cleaning agent used. Soils can include: 

  • Water-soluble– Sugars and starches fall into this category. These get removed with a water spotting solution.
  • Oil-soluble– Greases and tars come under this heading. An oil-based spotting cleaner gets used to remove these soils.
  • Insoluble– Sand and skin cells cannot be dissolved. Vacuuming works best or suspension and extraction if necessary.
  • Protein-based– These would include soils such as milk or egg. In this case, an enzyme-based product gets used.
  • Color adding– Tannins, think tea or toner are examples. Dry brushing is employed, followed by a spotting agent. 

When dealing with the home contents that need spot or stain removal, the first step is to extract as much soil as possible. The faster the stain is addressed, the better the chance of repair. The material should ideally be dry, but our technicians advise on the best approach. If the damage is extensive and the item is wet, the technique may vary. 

Restoring Your Possessions 

Once the excess dirt has been removed from flood damaged items in New York City, determining the type of soil is necessary. The fiber content of the item is also defined. Understanding the soil type being dealt with and the fiber content is vital to ensure the right cleaning method gets employed. Before SERVPRO begins any cleaning of your items, we explain the process and the expected outcome. Then the best solvent for the job is chosen, and the item gets cleaned. All content is rinsed and dried, and restored as close to preloss condition as possible. 

Flooding can result in devastation to your home and the contents. At SERVPRO, our goal is always to restore rather than replace it if we can. We sympathize with what our customers who have experienced flooding are going through. If we can save even a small portion of your treasured belongings, we are happy to do so.  

Your Home is Important to Us 

For around the clock professional flood damage, contact SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan at (917) 423-6364. We not only restore the structure of your home but the treasured possessions inside.

Does a Fire Restoration Team Protect Personal Property After a Fire?

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo against green background You can depend on our SERVPRO teams to cleanup and restore your property and personal belongings after a fire takes place.

SERVPRO Can Help Clean and Restore Personal Belongings After a Fire in a Lower East Apartment.

Life in the Lower East Side is vibrant and intense, so when a fire erupts, leaving soot, ashes, and an acrid smell in every corner of your home, it is best to call a fire restoration team for a quick resolution. When time is valuable, using the right tools for the task can save you both time and money, and only a professional crew can provide that expertise.

SERVPRO leads in fire damage restoration in the Lower East Side, and we know how to work at the pace you expect when living in this area.  Once the fire source is under control, we enter your unit carefully, avoiding cross-contamination and getting to work quickly to prevent damage escalation. Thanks to our specialty drying solutions, you may feel relief when we explain how we can salvage items such as pictures and documents, despite the damage resulting from the fire and extinguishing actions.

Does SERVPRO also help with the smell of smoke after a fire?

Our staff is and trains with industry experts on all aspects of fire restoration, including eliminating the smell it leaves behind. We adhere to the best practices of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). In most cases, the scent permeates throughout the living quarters, independent of how far the flames were from spaces such as bedrooms and closets. In this area’s high-rise apartment and condo buildings, the circulation of smoke often negatively affects the adjacent and other level neighbors’ units. Your ventilation system plays a role in allowing smoke to travel and for the odor to settle ubiquitously through your home.  To address this nuisance, our SERVPRO team may resort to some of the following-

  • Hydroxyl generators to purify the air with chemical conversion of malodors
  • Air scrubbers to remove particles traveling through your home, outfitted with charcoal deodorizing filters
  • Foggers to apply neutralizing solutions on all surfaces
  • Air movers to port smoke-filled ambient air to the exterior with flexible ducts (negative air pressure)

SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan is here to help when you need us. Call us at (917) 423-6364 as soon as you detect the issue and let us provide an efficient response to your restoration needs. Our goal, like yours, is to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.” 

What Should You Do About Mold Damage in Your New York City Bistro?

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

mold growth Recognizing the threats of mold growth can showcase the need for professional remediation.

Mold growth is threatening to your New York City business, but there are remediation methods to help get things back to preloss condition.

Bistros in New York City are more and more common as they offer quick dining options at reasonable prices for the hundreds of thousands of residents living in each of the boroughs. In Manhattan, small dining locations can also be impacted by higher humidity conditions and develop mold colonies, especially in subterranean levels often used in storage capacities. When mold grows in your eatery, it must be addressed immediately to prevent the threat from contaminating your food preparation area and smaller dining area attached.

Mold damage in New York City is not uncommon, especially with the city mostly surrounded by rivers, creeks, and the ocean. When storage areas or damp regions of your structure begin to host fungal and mold colonies, they can present a hazardous situation for those exposed. Microbial organisms can destroy organic matter used to host the colonies, which can become another advantage to moving quickly on professional mold remediation by our SERVPRO professionals. Managing mold growth in your business involves several actions, including:

    •    Moisture Inspection
    •    Controlled Demolition
    •    Surface Cleaning
    •    Air Filtration

Can SERVPRO Perform Reconstruction?
As with all actions that our professionals take after a mold growth situation, we must abide by the information provided by environmental sampling and third-party inspections. These are regulations established by state governing offices for fair and non-predatory remediation practices for businesses and residences. We have in-house contractors to help with repairs and build back when these actions are recommended.

Recognizing the threats of mold growth can showcase the need for professional remediation for your bistro before areas like the kitchen and dining areas become damaged. Our SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan is available 24/7 at (917) 423-6364.

Who Does a Homeowner Call for the Quickest Flood Damage Restoration Services in New York City?

9/20/2020 (Permalink)

flooded laundry room with floating items Flood damage in your home can be hard to deal with if you don’t know where to start. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for assistance in the remediation process.

Restore Your New York City Home Efficiently After Flooding by Calling a Specialized Team

A change in the weather can leave a disastrous situation in its wake. If water levels rise or the structure of your New York City home suddenly deteriorates due to heavy rains, you may find yourself in need of a water restoration team to help you address the damage. As soon as your home is open to floodwater, you are susceptible to the bacteria and debris that come with it. Eliminating all traces of outside contaminants quickly is essential to your home's integrity and your health.

In New York City, flood damage can be challenging to address, but our SERVPRO team is here to help you in your time of need. Our expert crew trains in the classroom and on the field to handle the most challenging situations in all types of structures, including buildings and single-family homes. In a city where the pace is quick, our team reacts swiftly as soon as you call our 24/7 hotline.

What should a Homeowner look for in a flood restoration team?

At the core of any successful restoration process are water extraction and drying of your home. Our SERVPRO team brings a variety of equipment suitable to handle excess moisture of all sizes into your home. In extreme situations, we may resort to a truck-mounted pump to remove large volumes of water, but we can address smaller water accumulations with other tools such as:

  • Handheld wand extractors to access hard-to-reach corners
  • Injectidry technology to evaporate water hiding behind wall cavities
  • Drying mats to address subfloors and protects

The flood restoration process hinges on eliminating excess humidity, which is why dehumidifiers play an essential role. Depending on the moisture in the overall environment, our team may choose to use a desiccant dehumidifier if it can help bring dry air into your home to normalize its conditions. Regardless of your specific needs, our crew has access to a wide selection of techniques to help get your home to its original condition.

SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan is your partner when disaster strikes. Call us at (917) 423-6364 and let us leave your home, "Like it never even happened." 

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Why Do I Need Professional Cleaning After a Minor Fire in My Lower East Side Apartment Kitchen?

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

house fire Turn to SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan for effective and efficient cleanup of fire damage, even if it seems minor -- you will be glad you did.

Smoke and Soot Residues Are Unlike Ordinary Household Soiling -- Let the Experts from SERVPRO Do a Proper Cleanup of Fire Damage on the Lower East Side to Prevent Lingering Coating, Staining, and Odors

The residues from an apartment fire are not like everyday dirt and grime. Instead of being tracked in from the outside, the result of spills, or settled dust that floats, fire residues result from the combustion of building materials and contents inside your Lower East Side apartment. One prevalent source of fire damage in a home is the protein-based coating from food and grease fires. The nearly transparent residue from a kitchen fire tenaciously adheres to surfaces, almost like a varnish. It represents the dehydrated remains of food and oils and is incredibly malodorous and hard to remove.

If I Cannot See the Fire Damage Residue, Do I Need to Clean It?
Fire damage in a Lower East Side Apartment is the disaster that just keeps giving -- giving trouble, that is. We all relate to the sensation of walking past neighbors’ doorways and noticing a cooking smell that does not dissipate. Even without an actual fire, food odors work their way into porous materials if not vented or managed. When you add the increased temperatures of a fire burning on a stovetop with oils and proteins heating above their smoking point, your space fills with the rancid compounds into which these ingredients break down. The transparency of the residues is irrelevant, and you need professional help to remove them.

How Are Protein-Based Residues Removed?
SERVPRO crews discern the types of soot and their cleaning solutions based on the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training they master. Protein-based soots respond to:

    •    Oil-based solvents
    •    Skillful use of agitation
    •    Use of abrasives, with both agitation and abrasive use and intensity increased carefully by certified technicians to ensure the affected surface can endure the cleaning
    •    The choice of thermal fogging or hydroxyl generation for malodor elimination the odor-bearing molecules require a chemical modification to lose the stench

Turn to SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan for effective and efficient cleanup of fire damage, even if it seems minor -- you will be glad you did. Call (917) 423-6364 to schedule an evaluation.

How do New Yorkers Handle Emergency Home and Business Restoration?

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles in front of boarded up store Does your home or business need emergency restoration? We are always on call.

SERVPRO is the Trusted Choice to Restore Your Fire, Flood, and Water Damaged Home and Business

In the city that never sleeps, you need restoration services that never take time off, either. Our SERVPRO professionals have been proudly serving the Lower East Side and all of the NYC boroughs for years. We have supported hundreds of property owners and business owners to restore their structures after the worst that nature had to offer. From burst pipes during cold snaps to fire restoration and recovery in the sweltering summer heat, you can count on our fast and confident response. 

Fire Damage Restoration  

Fires can be an overwhelming situation, especially when you do not have the time to remove your treasured belongings and possessions from your Lower East Side home. Our SERVPRO team works to provide real-time content management for these items beginning as soon as our professionals arrive for emergency services. Our technicians can immediately start with debris removal and assessing individual contents in the affected areas of the residence. 

Cleaning occurs in some capacity through every stage of restoration and recovery of your Lower East Side property after a fire. One of the most cost-effective approaches that our team has started is on and off-site cleaning for damaged contents. From your furniture to your clothing, your house items can all get affected in different ways by immediate fire loss effects. While we strive to provide on-site cleaning when possible, we also have more intricate and focused cleaning and deodorization available through the pack-out process. This procedure moves damaged contents to our nearby SERVPRO facility for attention and cleaning. 

It is always a priority to save time and money on fire restoration, which makes fire damage mitigation such a vital component of the recovery phase. We have practical and advanced approaches for nearly every obstacle that exists after extinguishing a fire, including foul odors, soot residues, smoke particulates, air quality concerns, and water damage that can exist in your Lower East Side property. 

Storm Damage Restoration 

While fires can be a notoriously destructive disaster, mother nature has also substantially damaged the Lower East Side in even recent years. Storms carry considerable power coming off the Atlantic towards the city. Many of the aging buildings here can suffer structural damages from high winds, hail, heavy snowfall, and torrential rains. Our response to these emergencies is critical, and that begins with both our mitigation technicians and in-house contractors to begin board-up and tarping where necessary. 

Structural breaches are entry points for migrating water, runoff, and wind-driven rain. Understanding where water has gone once it enters your Lower East Side property can make drying and extraction more efficient and effective. This inspection of the property begins with sophisticated moisture detection tools like surface meters and thermography to identify dampness pockets and their severity. Once this happens, we can deploy extraction and drying tools to manage the water damage and flooding concerns quickly. 

As you might expect, getting a home or business back to preloss condition after a destructive storm like a recent hurricane, involves a need for reconstruction. Roof repairs, siding replacement, full-scale build back, and more are all consistent offerings from our in-house licensed contractors. With years in the building trades and helping many other Lower East Side properties, we can help to get your domicile back to normal just as efficiently. 

Commercial Services 

As part of a Large Loss Recovery Team, we can offer real-time restoration solutions amid disasters for Lower East Side commercial properties and businesses. Disasters like water and fire damage can be devastating to your business. However, with a team capable of restoring thousands of square feet of the structure simultaneously, we can get you back in business as fast as possible. 

Cleaning up your structure does not always have to follow after a disaster, however. Many Lower East Side businesses can benefit from the same premium cleaning practices we would use in post-disaster restoration for aesthetic improvements to their facility. With sophisticated equipment and trained professionals, we can offer services such as: 

  • Carpet cleaning
  • Surface cleaning
  • Stain removal
  • Odor removal
  • Vandalism cleaning 

Premier cleaning is not something that you Lower East Side business needs every day. So we can work with you to develop a regular schedule of cleaning around your operating hours so that we do not hamper day to day operations. We can also schedule a one-time cleaning on a case-by-case situation where conditions exceed your custodians and maintenance team's abilities and equipment. 

Water Damage Restoration 

With water losses being such a standard callout for our team, we stay prepared to help Lower East Side properties with whatever loss situation their home or business faces. There are dozens of reasons that your home could suffer a water emergency, from a destructive pipe burst to a more persistent leak behind a dishwasher. However, your residence combats the presence of moisture and water where it should not be, and our SERVPRO professionals can help with confident restoration services that address both the cause and effect of water losses. 

Extraction and drying are still the staples of water restoration in the Lower East Side, and as such, offer the most diversity in available equipment and practices. We have hundreds of air movers of different types and styles. We also have multiple extractor units from wet vacuums to electric submersible pumps. These units, including advanced dehumidifiers, address relative humidity when evaporative drying begins. This blend of drying and moisture removal can help many Lower East Side homes to protect exposed materials and contents. 

With a licensed team of in-house contractors, we have more versatility in our recovery approaches after a water loss. With a fast transition to reconstruction and post-disaster cleaning after mitigation, our SERVPRO professionals Lower East Side can make choices based on what is most cost-effective and efficient for our customers. 

We strive to provide fast and confident services for any loss incident or emergency you're your home or business faces. No matter how our SERVPRO of Lower East Side / Downtown Manhattan team can help, no matter where you are in New York City, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we can show you. Give us a call anytime at (917) 423-6364.

Can SERVPRO Fully Restore My Fire Damaged Home?

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

smoke filling a home and surrounding smoke detector Even a small fire causes a lot of smoke and soot damage. SERVPRO knows how to remediate the damage and restore your home.

Call SERVPRO for Professional Restoration of Your New York City Residence

No agency can eliminate every trace of fire damage. Still, in New York City, fire restoration by SERVPRO is done in a professional, thorough manner that leaves your residence in a clean, odor-free environment safe to live in once again. 

Where Do the Technicians Begin? 

Since most fire damage in New York City is from the residue smoke particles leave behind, our team members start with a set of cleaning principles designed to remove them as quickly as possible. 

  • Locate Residues – The team leader starts at the fire’s origin and determines where the smoke left residues throughout the residence.
  • Identify Residues – The various substances that burned leave multiple types of residues. Team members select the cleaning agents and methods that are most effective in removing them.
  • Identify Surfaces – The team leader should also be sure that the agents and methods they use are appropriate for the surface to be cleaned. For example, if a surface is already water-damaged, a technician may only be able to brush off any residues.
  • Capture & Remove Residues – If the residues are sticky or very thick, technicians may have to use a cleaning agent to break them up for removal by hand with a brush or with a vacuum.
  • Dispose of the Residues – Team members carefully contain and dispose of the residues and any waste they generate when cleaning the residence. 

What About My Neighbors; Will Your Actions Affect Them? 

SERVPRO technicians work hard to keep the amount of noise from our efforts to a minimum. We also take exceptional care not to spread any debris or soot particles during removal. Our teams understand that your neighbors, especially if they were not affected by the fire, do not want to deal with the restoration. 

To learn more about what SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan can do for your home, call us at (917) 423-6364 today. 

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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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