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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.

SERVPRO Handles Soot during Fire Damage Restoration in New York City

5/27/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO call now Our certified technicians are available 24/7 to help you get back to business after a fire damage incident.

Using Unique Approaches Helps Ease Smoke Remediation in New York Business Premises

After a fire incident at your New York business facility, soot residues can be a nagging issue to address. There is rarely a one-size-fits-all cleanup or remediation method.

When SERVPRO takes over fire damage restoration at your New York business premises, we try to establish the best ways to handle all areas with fire and smoke damage. Testing various surfaces and items establishing their physical properties and the type of residues accumulated on their surfaces. Soot varies depending on the type of materials burnt and the intensity of the fire. Tests reveal whether the visible soot contains a high percentage of dry or wet residues. 

Probing Helps Provide a Clearer Picture of:

  • Fire and Smoke Damage
  • Smoke Damage
  • Smoke Remediation

Our SERVPRO technicians use the test results to determine what resources to use when cleaning various property sections. For example, we do not use the same cleaning agents on chrome accessories to clean stone surfaces such as counters.

Smoke damage may extend beyond the surface of materials since the heat from the fire opens up pores on various materials. Deep cleaning solutions help remove such residues. Various methods, including vacuuming and blast cleaning, help remove such embedded soot residues.

SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan readily addresses any challenging aspect of fire damage restoration in commercial establishments. Call us at (917) 423-6364. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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.

New York City Condominium Fire Damage?

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians at work. Structural fires may cause extreme damage. Call SERVPRO their IICRC certified technicians have the knowledge and experience for the job.

SERVPRO Eliminates Fire Damage Residues with 24/7 Response

New York City residential structural fires, especially in apartment buildings with shared infrastructure close to other structures, lead to lingering odors and smoke damage spread through vents without professional care. Fortunately, there is a team that can help.

SERVPRO renders fire damage cleanup for New York City property owners that begins within hours after your initial contact. Quickly calling an Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) accredited firm ensures that the impact of fire damage on structures and contents in your home remains minimal.

SERVPRO Fire Damage Training

SERVPRO technicians receive training in residential disaster mitigation through the following:

  • Initial staff and technician training ensures that employees possess the skills and knowledge necessary to perform their duties to the community at large
  • IICRC training and certification ensures that technicians adhere to the restoration industry’s best practices
  • Continuous, self-paced e-Learning modules pave the way for additional certifications

Franchise owners also receive hands-on training provided by SERVPRO Corporate.

Call SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan at (917) 423-6364 for 24/7 fire damage mitigation.

New York City Home Flooding Remediation 24/7

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician and equipment at work. Flood damage cleanup is no easy task. SERVPRO has IICRC trained technicians for any size disaster.

SERVPRO Provides Flood Damage Cleanup for New York City Residents

New York City is not only the most densely populated city in the United States, but it is also the most populous megacity in the world. The city proper houses over 8 million residents, and over 23 million people live in the metropolitan area.

New York is famed not just for being a hub of business, culture, and entertainment but also for the number of floods it experiences due to its climate and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and the Hudson River.

Some of The Big Apple’s famous denizens include:

  • Academy Award-winning actress Anne Hathaway
  • Disability rights activist Sandra Schnur
  • Basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • Theoretical biologist Robert Rosen
  • United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

New York City Climate and Flooding

Much of New York sits on a special flood zone, which indicates that there is a one percent chance of a severe rainfall event that usually creates significant flooding each year.

How One Flood Damaged All Five Boroughs

In late July 2019, the city saw flash floods, torrential downpours, and power outages en masse that affected traffic, transport, and quality of life for hundreds of thousands of residents. An estimated 325,000 homes and businesses experienced power outages in New York alone due to this storm.

Below is a breakdown of how this one event affected each of New York City’s boroughs:

  • Staten Island. Staten Island was slammed with storms and flooding that trapped vehicles in the water and even lifted a manhole cover out of its slot on Canal Street. Streets overflowed, and Richmond residents suffered a power outage after lightning struck a Con Edison transformer.
  • The Bronx. Flooding was extensive enough to flow down the stairs and into Pelham Bay Park station. Garden State Parkway, The Bronx River Parkway, and the Long Island Expressway were also forced to close.
  • Queens. Like The Bronx, subway stations and streets in Queens were submerged. Subway station walls even gave way from the torrential downpours in Long Island City’s Court Square-23rd Street station.
  • Brooklyn. Flash floods hit Brooklyn and were preceded by sweltering weather. Water in many areas of the borough was knee-deep and even higher in places like Carroll Street.
  • Manhattan. On top of street and subway floods, Manhattan saw dangerous gusts of wind peaking at 70 miles per hour, which felled trees and contributed to the massive power outages in the city.

How Do SERVPRO Technicians Eliminate Flood Damage Odors?

Your local SERVPRO team is licensed to mitigate New York City flood damage odors with various industrial-grade tools that address odor-causing particles, debris, and microbes.

The tools available to technicians include:

  • Scented granules for freshening up rooms and ventilation registers
  • EPA-registered biocides to address microbes, sewage, chemical runoff, and other debris
  • Hydroxyl generators, which break down odors into carbon dioxide and water without ozone
  • Commercial-grade box fans exchange up to 3,200 cubic feet per minute of air dozens of times.
  • HEPA-filter air scrubbers capture airborne particles to remove odors and improve indoor air quality.

SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan is a phone call away from flood damage cleanup at (917) 423-6364.

Live and Play in Manhattan- Take Advantage of the New York Public Library and Its Programs

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO team in full PPE suits Water damage has to be handle correctly for it to be safe. Call SERVPRO their IICRC certified technicians know all the protocols used.

Manhattan Dwellers can Satisfy their Curiosity by Participating in Virtual or In-Person Offerings by the NYPL.

Life in Manhattan can be many things, but boring is not one of them. Singers, writers, financiers, academics, and artisans all have a place within the tapestry of our community. As you kick off 2021 and resolve to pursue additional interests for work or leisure, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for right here in New York. If learning more about your heritage makes the list of new year’s resolutions, you may want to take a look at the New York Public Library for programming on the topic. On February 4th, an online session will offer the following an introduction for beginners looking to explore African American genealogy. Details include-

  • The session will be held online via zoom and requires registration.
  • It is intended for amateur researchers as a guide to resources online and offline. 
  • There is no cost to the one-hour zoom seminar.

As we resume gatherings in 2021, one should expect the NYPL to offer more in-person opportunities to learn various topics and continue online sessions.

Much like you would explore a new hobby, you should also research the best water removal service in Manhattan. Undoubtedly, SERVPRO will show up as a leader in the industry and ready to help you when water takes over your business or home. A call to SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan at (917) 423-6364 becomes a one-stop solution to your problems. Give us a ring and let us successfully leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

New York, New York!

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at work. Water restoration is no easy task. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for the help you need to restore your home to preloss condition.

Explore New York City and Discover the Secrets of the City that Never Sleeps

New York City is the subject of songs, movies, plays, and dreams worldwide. Anyone who has ever visited can attest to the intensity in the air and the constant movement of people and activities. Some would even say that the heartbeat of the world is felt on the island of Manhattan. The Big Apple is relevant in finance, fashion, and politics and is the home to many artists and art collections. Regardless of your interests, you are bound to find something to suit your fancy as you explore the city.

As the most densely populated city in the United States, New York houses innumerable cultures, ethnicities, and religions as it becomes a microcosm of the world as a whole. Its importance in the diplomatic arena is further ratified by the presence of the United Nations headquarters. When talking about NYC, one cannot ignore the differences and similitudes among its five boroughs, namely Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. When tourists talk about New York, they mainly think of Manhattan, which is often depicted as the city’s most recognizable skyline.

Manhattan is the birthplace of New York City and is bordered by the Harlem, East, and Hudson rivers. Generally speaking, one can divide Manhattan into three- Upper, Midtown, and Lower Manhattan. Wall Street, located in Lower Manhattan, is the leading financial hub globally, and many financial firms keep offices there. As one travels to Midtown on foot, subway, bus, or cab, one can enjoy some window shopping in some of the most expensive retail outlets in the world. Upon arriving at the Upper East Side, it is easy to detect how affluent New Yorkers live.

New York, or New Amsterdam as it was initially called in the 1600s, has always played a crucial role in our nation. Dutch colonists first inhabited the Lower Manhattan area until the English took over the area in 1664. The English transfer prompted the city’s name change when King Charles II granted the land to the Duke of York. New York was, at one point, the capital of the young nation.

One of the most emblematic symbols of the American Dream lives I New York Harbor and has inspired hope in many who arrive in the country. The Statue of Liberty has greeted immigrants since the late 19th century and has become synonymous with liberty and inclusiveness. If this visual reminder of core American values is not enough, one can also visit Times Square and simply people-watch. Chances are you will see people from all walks of life and all over the world.  

Actors and performers also dream of New York, performing on Broadway or in many concert sites throughout the city. Most commonly known for the acting venues throughout the Theater District, the area also houses TV studios, record labels, and agencies. Long-standing shows and newer productions are ready to entertain the millions of tourists and locals who visit the city each year.

Higher Education in New York City

The words “college” or “university” may not be the first to come to mind when you think of New York City, but there are over 120 higher education institutions in the city. 

Some of the most widely recognized include-

  • New York University: Founded in 1831, it focuses on research and merit. Its main campus is in Greenwich Village.
  • Columbia University- founded in 1754 and considered one of the Ivy League schools, Columbia is the fifth oldest higher learning institution. It lives on the grounds of Trinity Church.
  • City University of New York (CUNY)- although it wasn’t established until 1961, some colleges that make up this reputable system date back to the 1800s. Today, it is the most extensive university system in an urban setting and enrolls more than 275,000 students.

Elementary and secondary education in New York City is often at the core of policy discussions. 

Even though some schools excel, others are considered sub-par, and education is continually being discussed by government and community leaders.

New York Architecture

Much can be said about the coexistence of architectural styles throughout the city. Brooklyn is home to most of the older structures, whereas One World Trade Center symbolizes the more modern style of recent construction. 

Throughout its history, New York City has boasted of having the tallest building in the world, and it is considered the third city in the world with the most skyscrapers. In residential neighborhoods, you may find brownstones and townhouses, as are often portrayed in movies. Surprisingly, parks and green spaces are available despite the city’s high population density.

Taking Care of New York City Homes

SERVPRO takes care of New York City homes by bringing the best water restoration techniques into the neighborhood. Population density and the sheer pace of the city can make restoration jobs challenging when disaster happens. Even when an incident occurs in a neighboring unit, the effects can be felt in your household, forcing you to resort to the best in the industry.

When a pipe or appliance leaks, water extraction is a top priority. Our team at SERVPRO is ready to bring dehumidifiers, drying mats, wand extractors, and other equipment to regulate humidity levels in your home. We are also prepared to move any of your belongings to avoid further damage or if we need to apply specialty drying solutions. Regardless of your specific situation, our trained staff is ready to be part of the solution.

SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan embodies the community we serve. Once you call us at (917) 423-6364, you access our quick response team focused on restoring your home as soon as possible. Our goal is to mitigate your loss while applying our expertise to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Learn the Art of Feng Shui in New York City

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles Master the art of Feng Shui as SERVPRO masters the art of mold damage remediation on your commercial business property.

New York City Classes Show How to Become a Feng Shui Master in Six Days 

Use the holiday season to develop a new skill for 2021 in New York City. The training for the Feng Shui master certification goes for six consecutive days. Once the courses get completed, participants will have a designation as a Gold-level standard feng shui master. 

  • Training begins December 14th, 2020
  • The course includes a Feng Shui manual
  • A compass
  • Laminated charts to create layouts for living spaces

The courses give participants a solid foundation to practice Feng Shui and possess a working knowledge of the theories to help individuals have the most productive, calming spaces for work and living. Upon completion, the students receive a certificate and a free listing on the International Feng Shui School website.

SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan supports local New York City business properties with their commercial mold damage remediation services. The techs are available 24/7 at (917) 423-6364 to make the mold infestation, "Like it never even happened."

Kick Off Your Holiday Celebrations on The Lower East Side

12/5/2020 (Permalink)

celebrate on a Christmas ornament We cant wait to celebrate with the community at Festivus for the rest of us.

Lower East Side Residents are Invited To Festivus For The Rest Of Us 

Holiday lovers of all ages are welcome to attend the Lower East Side celebration Festivus for the Rest of Us. Both kids and adults are welcome to kick off the December holidays and winter season by decorating the holiday tree in the park center. 

  • Decorations that encompass Christmas, Winter, and Hanukkah provided
  • Holiday treats provided for the kids
  • The decorating starts at 4 PM on December 6th
  • The tree lighting happens at 4:30 PM

Social distancing recommendations are in place, and face coverings are required to be worn for all participants. The event will also supply hand sanitizer and face coverings to individuals that do not bring them to the event. To comply with current NYC Park Department regulations, please register for this event ahead of time so an accurate count of attendees can get compiled as the city limits gathering sizes. 

When local Lower East Side residents need assistance getting rid of the flood damage in their homes, they call on SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan at (917) 423-6364. The certified techs have comprehensive training to handle the water and restore the property.

SERVPRO Restores Property and Contents After Fire Damage in New York City

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

New York City Call the experts at SERVPRO when your New York City property is damaged by a fire.

Local New York City Property Owners Can Count on SERVPRO To Arrive Quickly, Every Time

Almost everyone knows the area around New York City was purchased from the indigenous people who inhabited that land, and then the incoming settlers developed the region over the years. Around the end of the 1800s, there were over 40 independent municipalities around the vicinity, and the result was chaos and the massive problem of no cooperation between communities. 

In 1898, the Charter of New York got drafted and joined the five boroughs: 

  • Brooklyn
  • Staten Island
  • Queens
  • The Bronx 
  • Manhattan 

This made New York the largest city in the United States. This combination of the boroughs brought a celebration one hundred years later with the largest fireworks display in history. The bringing together of the boroughs spurred on contests between the builders to see who could build the tallest skyscraper. Each time a structure got crowned as the tallest building in New York, another architect with a vision outdid the current record. This led to the design of numerous structures still standing today, including: 

  • Flatiron Building
  • Woolworth Building
  • Chrysler Building 

All designated as the tallest structure for a short time. By the end of 1902, New York was home to nearly 70 skyscrapers. In the present, the five tallest buildings in NYC are One World Trade Center at 1,766 feet, Park Avenue standing at 1,396 feet, the Empire State Building which tops out at 1,250 feet, the Bank of America Tower at 1200 feet, and Three World Trade Center at just over 1000 feet in height. 

Attention on Workers' and Women's Rights in New York City

The Industrial Age in New York City brought terrible working conditions, including low pay, extended working hours, and employers that could behave abusively towards workers without any type of reprisal. This lack of worker rights culminated in the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. 

Poor practices in the factory of stacking up piles of fabrics led to the deaths of 150 women who were trapped after the owners locked them inside. This tragedy led to sweeping labor reforms after 20,000 female garment workers drew attention to the need for regulations after they marched on City Hall. 

Birth of the Age of Jazz and Organized in New York City

When Prohibition outlawed the sale of alcohol, the rise of bootlegging and speakeasies where liquor got sold illegally also gave rise to organized crime. Jazz kicked off strongly after the Great Migration from the South led to the Harlem Renaissance when the area became the hub of African American society and culture, bringing poetry, music, and an arts community that influences and inspires in the present. 

New York City During the Stock Market Crash

When the stock market crashed in 1929, the Great Depression lasted throughout the 1930s, and New York City changed to handle the crisis. The city saw its Central Park get filled with tent communities called "Hoovervilles" after the President, who was unwilling to help the needy who had nowhere else to go. 

Bringing New York City Out of the Depression

Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia petitioned President Franklin Roosevelt to bring in relief money to rebuild New York City to greatness.  Areas such as Riverside Park and the Triborough Bridge are two of the New Deal projects that are still functioning today. 

Sunny Days and Hurricanes in New York City

The climate in New York City could be considered continental with cold winters, including snow and hot, muggy summers. The coldest average temperature in January is around 24 degrees Fahrenheit while the July summer temps average approximately 80 degrees with high humidity. An average of 25-inches of snowfall yearly during the winter.

Hurricanes and tropical storms occasionally hit the city, delivering high winds, flash floods, and other structural destruction. The most likely time for these events to occur is in August and September. Since record-keeping began 148 years ago, statistics show that the city can expect to get hit with one of these massive storms every four years on average. One of the most costly and deadly hurricanes to impact the area in recent history was Hurricane Sandy, which flooded the New York Subway System when the superstorm made landfall. With the significant number of tall buildings in the city, engineering and technology play a role in making the structures safe during storms containing high winds with advances built into the building's design such as wind dampers or only leaving floors open for the winds to pass through. 

How Can Fire Damage Odor Get Stopped From Spreading in New York City Homes?

After a fire occurs in a New York City residence, there may be little fire damage and a considerable amount of smoke odor to remove. Fortunately, the professionals at SERVPRO have the training and equipment to eradicate the odors that get left behind. 

The technicians undergo comprehensive training and have access to a large selection of equipment to remove smoke odors rather than merely cover them. 

Many specific actions need to take place to eliminate the scent of smoke in a home post-fire. Limiting the spread is one of the first actions the technicians perform, including: 

  • Putting up containment to stop the potential for cross-contamination
  • Use of air quality improvement measures such as using air scrubbers and negative air chambers during the restoration services
  • Removal of charred and damaged items with approval to diminish odors
  • The use of odor control equipment to eliminate pungent scents at the molecular level

The removal of smoke damage on surfaces also assists with limiting foul odors within homes. After performing tests on surfaces, the techs choose the type of cleaning with the best outcome based on their experience and training. The techs use proprietary formulas, some with solvents, to release the grip of thick, wet smoke as needed and restore both structure and contents through their professional cleaning methods. 

SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan at (917) 423-6364 supports the local community assisting residents with any size fire damage mitigation. The techs are available 24/7 to make the home return to normal, "Like it never even happened."

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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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.

How Can I Remove Water from Under the Breakroom Sink?

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

ceiling has water damage Let SERVPRO mitigate your water damaged building in the Lower East Side.

Our professionals can help Lower East Side offices with fast extraction and drying practices. 

Broken fixtures are not an uncommon scenario to face when you have an active breakroom in your Lower East Side office building. With so many people bustling in and out to use these facilities, considerable wear and tear can happen to the plumbing and faucets. 

When plumbing fixtures break, you could be facing an immediate and pressing need for water removal in your Lower East Side building. With some of the plumbing exposed beneath the sink, water damage can begin here and spread out through cabinets, walls, and more. We utilize many specialty and trusted drying implements to gain control of this situation, including:

Is it Necessary to Remove Damp Cabinets? 

It is assumed that the more controlled demolition must occur, the more costly restoration and recovery efforts become. It is always the objective of our SERVPRO team to restore before replacing, but this might not always be the cheapest solution when particleboard cabinets become saturated. 

No matter what your office breakroom needs to remove water, our SERVPRO of Lower East Side team is standing by to help. Give us a call at (917) 423-6364.

How Do I Get Rid of Smoke Smell in My Lower East Side Apartment?

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

caution tape blocking fire and smoke damaged home SERVPRO can mitigate your fire and smoke damaged home in the Lower East Side.

With cleaning and deodorization equipment, our SERVPRO team can remove harsh odors following a fire.

After a kitchen fire in your Lower East Side apartment, your entire unit can smell like smoke. Airing out the affected regions can only suffice to lessen the severity of this odor, but our SERVPRO team can help.

Several tools and approaches could get used to resolve the issue regarding fire damage in Lower East Side properties like harsh odors. Depending on the severity of the situation and the materials affected, we can choose among several options to help you breathe easier in your apartment. 

What Are the Best Deodorizing Tools? 

While there are multiple stages to fire recovery for even smaller square footage apartment spaces, odors can be a considerable challenge. Several tools and potent deodorizing products can help from embedding in porous materials to spreading to other areas of the property. Some of these machines include:

  • Thermal foggers
  • Hydroxyl machines 
  • Ozone generators 

Deodorization is one of the final restoration steps that our SERVPRO of Lower East Side team takes in making fire losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (917) 423-6364.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in New York City, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Lower East Side today at (332) 900-2337 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

How Can I Restore My Home after it Floods?

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

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Call SERVPRO to return your Lower East Side home to a dry, safe condition

Water damage in your Lower East Side home can be a real disturbance. It can stop all your plans in a moments notice. Water can cause a lot of damage if it isn't cleaned up properly.

Why can’t I just rent a water-vac and do it myself?

SERVPRO uses commercial-grade equipment to restore your Lower East Side home from water damage with more power and options than anything available at a DIY or retail store. Our technicians also follow a careful process that ensures we do not miss anything and provide a safe environment once again.

  • Inspection and Assessment – Team members examine the home to make certain we understand the damage extent and have the equipment needed for restoration.
  • Water Removal & Extraction – Here, we use pumps and smaller vacuum units to draw out the majority of the water in your home.
  • Drying the Structure – Technicians use air movers and dehumidifiers to lower humidity and draw moisture out of structural property like wall framing and drywall.
  • Cleaning and Sanitizing – Specialists clean off any debris that may have been brought up by the water and deodorize restorable items.

Is there anything else that needs to be done?

Now technicians physically restore affected property. This includes replacing floor trim, drywall, and other paneling, as well as installing new carpeting, wood flooring, tile, and linoleum.

If you have water in your home, contact SERVPRO of Lower East Side at (917) 423-6364 immediately. We are here to help you restore your home to a dry, safe condition.

How Fast Can I Dry My Home After a Leak?

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

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Drying Your Lower East Side Home Quickly After a Leak is Important, But Doing it Right is More Important

When leaks happen, we want our homes back to normal as soon as possible. But speed drying does not necessarily imply a job done well. Each item in your Lower East Side home is meaningful and restoring it without further damage is our priority. Preservation extends to protecting floors and walls from drying at an inappropriate pace.

Homeowners in the Lower East Side with water cleanup needs can rely on SERVPRO for expert advice. We know how to work within the constraints of older structures as well as more modern materials, and we inspect each portion of your home to assess the damage and create a tailored plan. As a homeowner, you should beware of any service promising a one-size-fits-all approach to your restoration needs.

How do I protect my floors after a water leak?

Not all flooring behaves the same after it comes in contact with water. Depending on the material and installation process, you may face different issues during restoration. Our SERVPRO crew detects the telltale signs of significant damage and adjusts its efforts accordingly. Some signs include-

  • Buckling of hardwood floors
  • Detachment of laminate flooring
  • Excess humidity under carpet pads

You don't need to worry about identifying floor damage; our SERVPRO of Lower East Side does that for you. Call us at (917) 423-6364 and let us leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

Who Should I Call for Repairs After a Storm?

5/16/2020 (Permalink)

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Call a Professional Water Restoration Service After a Storm Damages your Lower East Side Property

Storms can wreak havoc in your property at the Lower East Side in many ways. Whether they cause a tree branch to snap and fall onto your roof, or exacerbate a leak on a window, or cause floodwaters to enter your home, you require professional help. Your first call should always be to emergency personnel to verify your home's structural safety, but calling a group of water restoration technicians is almost as important.

In the Lower East Side, flood damage is a job for SERVPRO. Following on the footsteps of the emergency response team, we enter your property to assess the damage and begin the process of protecting your home and belongings. Quick action awards us the opportunity to block off certain areas to prevent the spread of the damage and cross-contamination.

Do I need to move out of my home while storm damage is repaired?

SERVPRO clients face different circumstances, depending on their damage. If floodwaters are primarily in one area, we can set up physical barriers to prevent bacteria from spreading. Other considerations we take include-

At SERVPRO of Lower East Side, we provide a comprehensive restoration process to leave you worry-free. Call us at (917) 423-6364 and let us leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

How can I restore my Home after it floods?

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

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Can SERVPRO return your Lower East Side home to a dry, safe condition?

Water damage in your Lower East Side home can be mitigated by the SERVPRO team. There is no question they can handle it. It will be dry and in better condition than before.

Why can’t I just rent a water-vac and do it myself?

SERVPRO uses commercial-grade equipment in Lower East Side for the water damages. With more power and options than anything available at a DIY or retail store. Our technicians also follow a careful process that ensures we do not miss anything and provide a safe environment once again.

  • Inspection and Assessment – Team members examine the home to make certain we understand the damage extent and have the equipment needed for restoration.
  • Water Removal & Extraction – Here, we use pumps and smaller vacuum units to draw out the majority of the water in your home.
  • Drying the Structure – Technicians use air movers and dehumidifiers to lower humidity and draw moisture out of structural property like wall framing and drywall.
  • Cleaning and Sanitizing – Specialists clean off any debris that may have been brought up by the water and deodorize restorable items.

Is there anything else that needs to be done?

Now technicians physically restore affected property. This includes replacing floor trim, drywall, and other paneling, as well as installing new carpeting, wood flooring, tile, and linoleum.

If you have water in your home, contact SERVPRO of Lower East Side at (917) 423-6364 immediately. We are here to help you restore your home to a dry, safe condition.

Does Water Damage Lead to Mold in your Lower East Side home?

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

Big wet spots and black mold on the wall By acting swiftly, you will significantly reduce the risk of mold growing in your home.

Water Damage in the Lower East Side Can Lead to Mold

Living in Manhattan is fantastic. There are few, if any, places in the world that allow their residents to experience such a wide array of culinary, cultural, and entertainment options. City living is not without its challenges, and often the age of both our own and neighboring properties can make our homes susceptible to accidents. When a pipe breaks, water can leak all over your house, leaving you in immediate need of reputable restoration service.

In the Lower East Side, water damage is the specialty of our team at SERVPRO. Navigating the streets, regulations, and needs of New York is not for outsiders. Our team is part of the Big Apple's community, and we know how valuable your space and time are, so we strive to mitigate your losses as we diligently return your home to mint condition. Just call our 24/7 hotline and let us do the heavy lifting to protect your home.

How can I avoid mold?
Whenever a water incident occurs, acting swiftly is the most critical step. It takes less than three days for mold to begin multiplying in your home if the water is left standing. When you call our SERVPRO crew, we assess the extent of the damage and jump into action as soon as it is safe. With our industry-grade tools, we can determine where water is hiding beneath your cupboards, inside wall cavities, and under flooring. We can also decide which pieces of furniture, if any, need a deep cleaning and which we need to remove from your home. So, what do we use to measure humidity in your home?

    •    Thermal imaging can show us water behind walls and under cabinets.
    •    Moisture sensors can report relative humidity in furniture and fixtures.
    •    Borescopes let us reach hard-to-access corners to verify moisture within them.

With a complete suite of equipment informing us of our progress, we can work to eliminate excess humidity in your home. By acting swiftly, you will significantly reduce the risk of mold growing in your home. SERVPRO of Lower East Side / Downtown Manhattan is your ally in an emergency. Call us at (917) 793-5348 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

For more about Lower East Side click here.

Does My Retail Business Need to Close for Commercial Flood Damage Cleanup?

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO can remove the water and get your Lower East Side business reopened quickly

The majority of retail businesses in the Lower East Side sell both online and offline; however, a water loss can put the brakes on filling orders, servicing customers, and more. For companies that rely on foot traffic as part of their regular sales with customers, the danger of slip and fall accidents may require closure during the cleaning. Online purchases may get delayed due to the need to move stock or computer equipment out of the loss area. 

How Can Retail Businesses Avoid Commercial Flood Damage?

There are steps to avoid commercial flood damage that Lower East Side property owners can take, but there is no way to prevent it altogether. Actions you can practice to limit the potential include: 

  • Monthly inspections of your structure to look for signs of water intrusion
  • Regular maintenance gets done for weather-stripping and repairs to the roof and other exterior areas
  • Ensure the grade around the property diverts rainwater away from rather than towards the building
  • Seal exterior basement access doors against water intrusion
  • The installation of environmental detection equipment to note when moisture levels in the interior rise work for both flood loss and internal plumbing issues during off-hours

What are the First Things I Should Do After Flood Damage Happens in My Building?

Before SERVPRO arrives, there are numerous actions business owners can perform to limit the loss to their property and contents in the event flood damage happens, only if it safe to do so:

  • Turn off the electricity to the property if there is any danger of the water coming into contact with outlets or electrical equipment
  • A retail store should protect their investments in their stock, move out items in cardboard or paper packaging or made from fabric get priority and should get relocated until mitigation efforts complete
  • Anything using electrical outlets located on the floor should get moved to another area
  • Equipment that has come into contact with the water should have an inspection to ascertain it is safe to operate before reuse, SERVPRO techs can arrange that for you with a certified industry professional

If you have specific items that are of concern, inform the crew chief with SERVPRO on the arrival of vital documents, stock items that require moving, or other issues, and they will get it done for you immediately.

What Does a Professional Restoration Services Company Do to Help Retail Properties with Commercial Water Loss?

There are many differences between consumer-grade equipment and the machinery that SERVPRO technicians bring onto the scene. The extraction equipment is just the beginning. The most common types of water removal equipment that gets used are the fleet of portable pumps that techs use to move swiftly around the property. The pulling power of these devices allows the techs to remove the majority of the moisture and speed the drying process. This method enables stores to reopen faster. 

After flood water enters a property, the interior humidity levels go up substantially. This type of loss can cause a host of issues, particularly on the floor where items are for sale and in the storage area. Depending on the severity of the air moisture levels, SERVPRO techs may move the contents in an organized pack out, or they can protect items by covering them in heavy gauge plastic. 

One of the main issues after a water loss in a structure occurs when inadequate removal of the moisture happens, which can lead to a host of secondary problems to deal with, such as musty odors. This may be due to missing areas of water loss, or the floodwater ran to an area that could not get dried. SERVPRO techs carefully inspect properties with their advanced detection equipment to find the migration path of water, and if it runs behind baseboards or seeps under the floor, they can extract it. 

Actions for Complete Drying of Retail Properties with Flood Loss

After discovering all the areas that retain excessive moisture, the technicians set up drying equipment. Additional procedures to assist with drainage might be drilling weep holes in sheetrock, removal of baseboards, and, when needed, controlled demolition of damaged portions of sheetrock to open the wall cavity for complete drying. Special care may be needed for plastered walls.

Odor Control for Reopening

No one wants to enter a retail store that has a foul odor, and that smell can permeate shelf stock, so odor control is a big part of the restoration process. The technicians have a diverse array of scent neutralizing equipment and choose the application based on the need on each individual job site.

SERVPRO of Lower East Side / Downtown Manhattan at (332) 900-2337 is ready to help retail store properties with commercial flood damage 24/7. The certified technicians know cleanup cannot wait, so they arrive quickly to restore your property to its pre-loss condition using their advanced equipment and restoration methods.

Removing Flood Damage In Lower East Side

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

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Extracting Flood Damage from a Lower East Side Condo

A surprising amount of New York is located in flood zones, and much of its metropolitan areas are guarded solely by water-absorbent plants, sand dunes, and low walls. When floods do arrive, they can do considerable damage to over $1.2 billion worth of real estate and leave thousands of homeowners overwhelmed by the cleanup and sanitation needs for their structures.

If your Lower East Side Condo requires emergency-response flood damage mitigation, SERVPRO technicians can come to your home with their own power sources ready to restore your home. These technicians coordinate closely with you and your insurance adjuster throughout the restoration process with emails, phone calls, and extensive documentation to aid you in the claims filing process. SERVPRO teams are licensed to handle flood-related disaster cleanup per Institute of Inspection Cleanup and Restoration Certification (IICRC) guidelines with EPA-registered antimicrobials.

What is the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)?
This program was founded in 1968 by the United States government to bring flood coverage to citizens living in flood-prone areas. The highest-risk zones are referred to as Special Flood Hazard Areas. NFIP coverage is a must-have because federal assistance does not always cover the massive costs that come with flood damage mitigation and repair. The NFIP also advocates for adequate disaster management and prevention protocols.

There are currently 1,406 New York communities voluntarily participating in the National Flood Insurance Program to maximize federal flood assistance and coverage. Communities that participate also have flood map data available through FEMA. The LES, like much of the southeast portion of the city, is highly vulnerable to flooding from the East River.

How SERVPRO Extracts Floodwaters & Contaminants
Extraction tools are essential in minimizing flood damage. However, due to the high amounts of contaminants that floodwater can bring in, it may be necessary to remove large solids before implementing submersible pumps or truck-mounted extractors. Flood cuts are used to remove portions of drywall or sheetrock that have been affected by floodwaters. These areas can be replaced during SERVPRO's reconstructive efforts.

SERVPRO of Lower East Side / Downtown Manhattan provides mitigation services that can make a disaster look, “Like it never even happened.” Call (917) 409-5580 any time of the day or night for your cleanup needs.

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Smoke Odors In Your East Village Apartment

4/8/2020 (Permalink)

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How Do I Get Smoke Odors Out of My East Village Apartment?

SERVPRO has unique deodorization practices and equipment to help neutralize harsh smoke and combustion odors in your East Village apartment after a fire.

The burning of fuels like wood can not only produce soot and carcinogens but also leave an overwhelming smoke odor behind in your East Village apartment. Kitchen fires can be especially notorious for smoke damages like these, as cabinets often become the first materials to catch fire.

Addressing fire and smoke odor in East Village is one of the most significant steps that our SERVPRO team can take to make fire losses “Like it never even happened.” With sophisticated equipment and products ranging from machines to deodorizing beads, we can do much more than mask and counteract odors present in your residence.

What does SERVPRO use to remove odors in my apartment?

    •    Thermal foggers
    •    Hydroxyl machines
    •    Ozone generators
    •    Air scrubbers
    •    Potent surface cleaners

These strategies and more can help you live comfortably after fire losses. Give our SERVPRO of Lower East Side / Downtown Manhattan team a call today at (332) 900-2337.

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Water Removal In The East Village

3/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Risks of Standing Water in Your East Village Residence

Clearing standing water from your East Village home requires multiple tools and practices happening as quickly as possible. As challenging as this situation can be, it can be even more damaging and destructive to the materials exposed. Water removal is always one of the focal points of water loss mitigation for area homes, and that is why our SERVPRO professionals arrive with an array of powerful machines capable of reducing standing water promptly in a residence.

The choice in the best tool or approach for water cleanup in East Village homes depends on multiple factors. Finding the ideal device for specific standing water concerns can make the process more efficient and help our customers to save both time and money throughout the restoration. Appreciating the urgency in the situation is vital to reducing total property loss, so it is critical to know the risks of allowing standing water to persist in your residence longer than necessary.

Structural Degradation
Perhaps one of the most direct paths that standing water can take to cost a homeowner money in a restoration sense is destroying exposed materials. With direct interaction with walls, flooring, and even ceiling material, porous surfaces can absorb moisture and allow the liquid to alter the molecular design to warp and distort the affected material. An excellent example of this is wood plank flooring absorbing water and the planks swelling at the seams.

Water Migration
Water rarely stops moving and is always looking for a new path to get to another location. After a water loss incident in your house, this behavior of water could mean more and more damage to your residence until the situation gets brought to the attention of our capable SERVPRO restoration professionals.

Microbial Threats
Mold is always a concern when elevated moisture levels exist in an environment. Mold can deteriorate hosting materials for the colonies and present direct health effects to those exposed.

Several potential problems could arise from waiting to address standing water in your house. Give our SERVPRO of Lower East Side / Downtown Manhattan a call today to help avoid these concerns as much as possible. We are available 24/7 at (332) 900-2337.

For more about East Village click here.

We are Cleaning Experts

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Lower East Side / Downtown Manhattan, (332) 900-2337

Flood Damage In East Village Home

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

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Two Floors of Flood Damage in East Village Home

One of the worst types of flood damage that happens is when multiple levels of home a get affected. When a basement has water loss, the potential for expensive structural repairs occurs.

When flood damage happened in an East Village home, the water entered through a seal on the back door and entered the kitchen. The water seeped through the vinyl tile flooring into the floor joist and collected in the basement on the slab substrate below.

Water Extraction Needs
The basement did not have a sump pump, and the single drain backed up quickly. SERVPRO technicians used portable centrifugal pumps upstairs and submersible units in the basement. This diverse array of equipment means there is never a delay in the cleanup, no matter how deep the water gets before the techs arrive.

Disposal of Lost Items
Before removing even the most damaged items, SERVPRO technicians get the approval of the homeowner or adjuster, so they do not take actions outside the scope of coverage during the restoration. Ruined sheetrock, wet carpet, and delaminated tile get removed. In the case of the tile, depending on the type of construction materials, the techs inspect it to see if it has potential for reuse after cleaning.

Prepping and Drying
There are steps the techs take to expedite the process for drying the property goes rapidly. First is the extraction of as much water as possible. It is standard for the techs to do several "dry passes" to be sure they extracted the maximum amount of moisture from the floor. The set up of the equipment includes air movers, drying mats for flooring and subfloor plus dehumidifiers. Air scrubbers are a standard part of this phase of restoration as this unit captures airborne particulate and removes it, improving air quality.

Final Steps
The techs get the property ready for the repairs and reconstruction necessary to bring the home back to its pre-flood condition. SERVPRO techs carefully clean with antimicrobials to sanitize and inhibit mold growth.

SERVPRO of Lower East Side / Downtown Manhattan at (332) 900-2337 has the tools, skills, and experience to take on any size flood damage and make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Cleaning Fire Damage In Your East Village Property

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home “Like it never even happened.”

Why Cleaning Fire Damage Without Testing Causes More Loss in East Village Properties

Fire damage is stressful, hard to look at even on a small scale, and the first impulse of many property owners is to dive in and get it cleaned up. However, that is one of the worst things that can happen.

One of the critical factors for East Village homes with fire damage and residues is the type of smoke damage remaining on surfaces. SERVPRO technicians carefully inspect the smoke on the walls and other surfaces to ensure the optimum methods get used for both the smoke type and the object the techs are cleaning. This process is an extra step in the restoration process. Still, it can save homeowners the cost of replacement by determining the true restorability of items and using advanced procedures for restoring them to their preloss condition.

Why Testing  Before Cleaning
It is essential to determine the construction materials of things before cleaning so appropriate agents, and solutions get used to avoid damage to items. SERVPRO technicians take this action to prevent shrinkage, bleeding of dyes, and damage to fibers. Certain types of solvents can clean smoke damage but also harm rubber or plastic. Other solutions may cause spotting or bleaching of fibers in textiles, that is why they gather detailed information before the technicians take action, so everything gets done right the first time.

Types of Smoke Residues
There are two main types of residues found after a fire. Dry smoke, which has the potential to cause more loss and ruin items if it is mistakenly wet down with cleaning solutions and scrubbed. Wet smoke tends to show up as greasy and can be challenging to remove from surfaces. SERVPRO techs have a diverse array of solvents to release the grip of these types of residues and wipe them away.

Cleaning versus Odor Control
While the removal of charred items and wiping away of smoke damage goes a long way towards eradication of the smoke odors in the home, professional applications are often necessary. The technicians have different types of processes and equipment depending on the level of residual odor in the house and how far it spread.

SERVPRO of Lower East Side / Downtown Manhattan at (332) 900-2337 is available 24/7, and each certified technician has the skills and access to equipment to make the fire damage to your home, “Like it never even happened.”

For more about East Village click here.

How Flooding Damages Building Materials in Two Bridges Commercial Properties

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged drywall Water damages building materials, and those materials will likely need replacing.

Common Issues with Building Materials After Commercial Flood Damage in Two Bridges Properties

The cleanup of commercial flood damage is never a one-size-fits-all project. Things that make the structure unique, also make the mitigation process individualized. 

The parts of properties that traditionally receive commercial flood damage in Two Bridges are flooring and building materials in. SERVPRO technicians arrive on-site to save property owners from the replacement cost for both contents and structure with their advanced restoration methods.  


Of all the types of insulation, only fiberglass insulation has the potential for cleaning and reinstallation. However, when the water intrusion is floodwater, the insulation does not have the potential for a return to sanitary levels for reuse. The technicians collect and bag wet insulation for disposal.  

Wet Sheetrock

Sheetrock has a very narrow window of recovery after exposure to water. It wicks moisture, and once it warps, buckles or sags, it requires removal as it has no restoration potential. When removing sheetrock, the techs measure above the highest level moisture has gone within the core and cut several inches above that waterline. Known as a "flood cut," this action halts any further damage and opens up the interior wall cavity for extraction and drying.  

Floorcovering Challenges

Floodwater most often affects the flooring of a commercial property. Different types of floorcoverings react in various ways to exposure to water. Glue-down carpet and tile tend to fare the worst and delaminates. Depending on the construction materials, particularly of tile, it may have the potential for reinstallation after cleaning. Vinyl laminate and other engineered and composite boards fall apart after prolonged exposure to water and are usually a loss.  

Hardwood flooring may buckle or crown, but that is due to the wood absorbing water. On a case by case basis, the boards can dry in place or get removed for drying and reinstallation. The technicians rely on specialized drying equipment such as drying mats to accomplish this level of restorative treatment. 

SERVPRO of Lower East Side / Downtown Manhattan (332) 900-2337 cleans up and restores properties with commercial flood damage with their advanced equipment and methods to make the loss, "Like it never even happened." 

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Basements in Manhattan and the Lower East Side Receive Swift Water Removal and Restoration from SERVPRO

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

water leak and puddle in corner of a block basement Water in Your Lower East Side Basement? Call SERVPRO for Removal and Restoration

Water Removal from a Lower East Side Basement

A finished basement is a perfect place for a playroom. However, Lower East Side basements are one of the top areas in a home or apartment unit that receives water damage.

SERVPRO techs can perform water removal in Lower East Side basements quickly with their vast array of extraction equipment. Squeegees work great on slab and tiled flooring, while portable pumps with weighted extractor heads make water removal a quick job on carpeting. When the water is more than two inches deep, the techs have access to submersible pumps, so there are no delays in restoration.

Water loss causes more damage by the minute, and fast action is a crucial element in saving both structure and contents from needing replacement. That is why SERVPRO emergency response teams are available 24/7 and arrive within four hours of the call, and often very soon after the initial contact, to start the cleanup and restoration from any type of property disaster.

Basement Floors Get the Worst of It
The typical behavior of water is to follow the path of least resistance, and that direction is usually downward. In the case of a basement, the water tends to pool on the substrate. Particularly when the sump pump either is not working properly or simply cannot keep up with the amount of water. Glue-down carpet and tile often delaminate and require removal during the water extraction phase of the restoration service. Depending on the construction materials used, this flooring may have the potential for reuse after drying and cleaning. Groundwater contamination may result in antimicrobial application to disinfect the damaged area.

Drying Concrete Slab
The most common substrate in a basement is concrete. Because of the porous nature, SERVPRO techs use the power of air movers to draw moisture to the surface where the dehumidification equipment removes it.  Efflorescence happens when the soluble salts within the concrete come to the surface and leave a chalky, whitish coating. This film gets easily cleaned away, and in some cases, sealing the substrate may be advised once the restoration services complete. The process of drying a concrete slab takes extended time; it must be done properly before a new flooring surface can be installed.

SERVPRO of Lower East Side / Downtown Manhattan at (332) 900-2337 comes to local properties for water removal and arrives quickly on-site with our green service vehicles loaded with all the equipment needed. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Flood Damage in your Lower East Side Home

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

home damaged by flooding Flood damage recovery is a specialty of SERVPRO of Lower East Side / Downtown Manhattan.

Safety Checklist for Flood Damage on the Lower East Side

Responding to a residential flooding situation on the Lower East Side requires our trained crews to balance appropriate solutions for safety concerns with the need for rapid resolution. We need to keep you and your family safe during mitigation and remediation project phases, and also protect our employees from hazards encountered during the job.

Flood Water Presents Many Hazards
When we assess flood damage in your Lower East Side apartment or loft, our focus begins with an evaluation of the condition and location of the fluids. Typically floodwaters are categorized as highly contaminated, termed Category 3 or Black Water. As storm waters flow over pavement and the ground, they pick up chemicals, dirt and mud, and a wide range of organic debris, including sewage, if storm drains are overwhelmed. As we prepare to contain, remove, and dispose of the contaminated water and dry out the space, our workers don personal protective equipment (PPE) and recommend residents evacuate affected areas.

Wet Surface Woes
SERVPRO crew members know slip, trip, and fall accidents are common when water covers floors. Wires, broken glass, and other debris hidden under the water increase the probability of injury for occupants and restorers. Water collecting above a ceiling can breakthrough, damaging structures and exposing any individuals occupying the space to the possibility of severe harm.

Electrical and Other Utility Risks
Electrical shock is a concern if power is live in the flooded spaces. When water drained into your home from above, light fixtures can fill or wall switches short out, causing the risk of electrocution or fire from sparking wires. SERVPRO arranges to shut down power until the water is controlled. We have gas-powered pumps and truck-mounted extractors that allow us to begin water removal even when electricity is temporarily unavailable. Our technicians check for natural gas smells and work with local utilities to shut off supplies to avoid contamination and fire risk.

Structural Risks
The onslaught of water can weaken building materials. During active flood water removal, we need to be sure floors and walls retain integrity, especially as we add extra weight with equipment and multi-member crews. To avoid dangerous surprises, SERVPRO technicians use thermal imaging technology, comparing and evaluating temperature readings to locate trapped water in building cavities. Moisture detectors and meters help us determine the extent of the floodwater migration and the level of saturation of porous structural components.

Flood damage recovery is a specialty of SERVPRO of Lower East Side / Downtown Manhattan. Call us at (332) 900-2337 to see how our experience as part of the nationwide Disaster Recovery Team translates a successful outcome here at home.

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SERVPRO Neutralizes and Restores Smoke and Odor Damaged Apartments in Lower Manhattan

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

blaze in vivid colors in a kitchen range area SERVPRO Says We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. Your Fire-Damaged Apt in the Lower East Side Gets Our Awesome Cleanup and Restoration--Real Fast!

Fire Damage in a Kitchen on the Lower East Side Spreads Odor Throughout a Condo

Fires that occur during cooking account for the majority of residential fire damage in the United States' largest city. These types of fires often contain more pungent odors than other kinds of blazes due to the presence of meat proteins and cooking oils.

When dinner caught fire in a Lower East Side condo, the fire damage left light charring, but the entire unit required odor removal. The homeowners brought in SERVPRO quickly to clean up the mess. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Removal of Damaged Items

SERVPRO techs do not remove any items without the approval of the homeowner or adjuster. The techs compile a report of things that need disposing of during fire loss cleanup.  Each piece gets photographed and entered into a detailed report that assists in expediting insurance claims, in this case, the losses were few with only a few ceiling tiles that received charring too great for restoration and required removal. SERVPRO always attempts to restore, and not replace, fire-damaged building materials, fixtures, and possessions.

Smoke Residue Cleaning Process

The techs test the smoke present on surfaces before beginning the restoration process to ensure they use the best methods that do not mar or damage the contents they are cleaning. This is because different types of smoke require diverse applications for removal. While dry smoke gets lifted away with specialized tools, wet smoke requires solvents and cleaning agents to release its grip.

Smoke Odor Control

Because the wall-unit AC's were running during the fire, the smoke odor from the kitchen fire spread throughout these rooms. SERVPRO technicians used air scrubbers and air purifiers to assist in the capture of airborne soot particles. Hydroxyl generators are safe for use around people, plants, and pets as they use UV rays, precisely like from the Sun. These machines take odorous particulate matter and change it at the molecular level, neutralizing foul odors in the room. The rapid removal of odorous particles is crucial to minimizing disruptions to neighboring units.

SERVPRO of Lower East Side / Downtown Manhattan at (332) 900-2337 has certified technicians to restore your home from fire damage and make it "Like it never even happened."

Construction Clean-Up & Post Construction Clean-Up Services

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

Cleaning crew working at the completion of construction project. Keep your job site clean and well managed with SERVPRO of Lower East Side/Downtown Manhattan

There is practically no construction job in New York City that doesn't worry about the amount of space available to complete the job and work comfortably. This was something a little new to us about 6 years ago when we opened our first New York City SERVPRO franchise. Being from Rhode Island often times our construction crews and construction clean-up crews had room to work in large spaces, places to put dumpsters or bullbags and even store equipment on-site without the worry that we would be impeding upon space needed for others. Now that we have been in the city for a few years we have found our niche in offering efficient, compact and affordable professional construction cleaning services and project management in all 5 boroughs. We are available to help manage construction projects in New York City, call our offices today! 

Experience Storm Damage Restoration Team

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

A photo collage of SERVPRO team members working after major storm damage. Our SERVPRO Team has helped in disaster recovery efforts after major storms.

Our team of disaster restoration technicians are lead by seasoned project managers who have helped in recovery efforts after major storms around the country. We have learned quite a bit over our 12 plus years of providing disaster restoration services to commercial and residential property owners in New England, New York and several other states, and as we have grown our presence in the region we have also grown our skill sets to provide more efficiency in the recovery process after a disaster. Mainly we provide professional construction & contractor services allowing us to more effectively tackle a disaster restoration project without the impediment of subcontractor delays. We manage your restoration project from start to finish, quickly and transparently keeping you and your staff up to speed throughout. If you are in need of our disaster restoration and construction services contact our office today. We are here to help!

What To Do After A Fire Damage

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage to a home has left soot all over the walls and cabinetry. After a fire, the clean-up process can be almost impossible without the right equipment and training, call us!

When fire damages a property, emotions run high and the amount of work required to repair the home or business at times can seem overwhelming. This is why your first call in fire damage recovery should be to your local SERVPRO office. After the damage has occurred we will arrive on location to quickly help you to avoid further damage and to evaluate the situation so that we can provide a complete quote to restore the property. We will provide you with project updates throughout the process that will help you understand the steps we will take to completely restore your property. Our professional contractors never cut corners and are backed by the SERVPRO Guarantee of Satisfaction, so you can rest assured there will be no issues later on down the line. And our efficient, 'Start-to-Finish' abilities normally make us the most affordable option for restoration projects of all sizes. Call our office to learn more. 

We Help Keep Your Business Running After A Disaster

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

In the hospitality world, damage to your property means downtime and immediate loss of revenue. Depending upon the severity of the damage and the type of business, losing space in your hotel, motel, or other hospitality business has many repercussions. Your restoration requires a dedicated team of professional restoration technicians versed in restoring these types of losses. Our team is trained and well prepared to quickly and efficiently provide restoration and construction services guiding you through this important project from beginning to end. Upon receiving your call we immediately send out a project manager and restoration techs to begin processes that will limit the damage. We provide up-front, transparent quotes and pricing. Also, we have worked with almost every major insurance provider so we can relieve your concerns and provide complete project management services.

Water Damage Repair NYC

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

A living room has been flooded with water. If you experience water damage in New York City call our office, fast!

We are your 24/7 water damage repair team here in NYC. Our local team of restoration technicians understand the importance of their work and are on-call when an emergency water damage occurs anywhere in the city. When you call SERVPRO of Lower Eastside/Downtown Manhattan a local representative will be at your property in a timely manner, depending upon the severity of the issue they may arrive shortly after your call. Because most homes and apartments in NYC are in multi-level buildings our disaster response teams are trained to act quickly in after a water damage call. The sooner we are able to clean-up water that has soaked the area and remove moisture from the floors, walls, ceilings, and the air; the more damage we can prevent.

Do you have a large construction project in NYC?

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

A major construction project in a large city. Cranes dot the skyline during major commercial construction.

When contemplating the right time to renovate and restore a building in NYC there are several factors that go into the decision-making process. There are many different contractors and sub-contractors that need to be hired and trusted to do their job in a timely fashion, concern for the state of the building and its tenants during construction amongst other factors. SERVPRO is an area leader in Commercial Building Renovations in NYC, we can manage all phases of your construction project and provide complete transparency throughout the process. Our experienced restoration managers are able to diagnose and quote the renovation contract with accuracy ensuring there are few surprises once construction is underway.  We provide a professional and clean-working crew that will provide quality work with as little disturbance to the rest of the property as possible. Contact our office today to discuss your next major renovation, we have the solution you need!

Commercial Water Damage Repair Manhattan

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

Drying equipment is set up in an NYC high rise to remove water from the ceiling after a pipe broke. Drying equipment is set up in an NYC high rise to remove water from the ceiling after a pipe broke.

We arrived on the scene in the large Manhattan office building to check out a water leak that was coming down from the 40' vaulted ceiling. Our production manager Sean arrived first and immediately called additional trucks to the scene. It was still early in the morning but he knew that if they had more hands-on-deck they could clean up the surrounding area quickly and block off any wet areas from the general public allowing the flow of the office building on a Tuesday morning to carry on as if nothing had happened. Once we had the leak under control (and the surrounding area below completely clean) we brought in the drying equipment to pull moisture out of the ceiling above preventing further damage to the panels. If you have a water damage repair in Manhattan, we are here to help! Contact our office now.

Experienced Water Damage Restoration

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO water damage restoration services are second to none. We have seen almost every type of water damage in commercial and residential buildings in NYC and we can quickly identify and quote a water damage restoration loss when we see one. This is essential as the sooner we are able to diagnosis the issue the faster we are able to begin drying and restoration. Our team of trained techs and project managers have worked throughout New York City and are prepared for water damage restoration services 24/7. 

SERVPRO of Lower East Side/Downtown Manhattan is well-positioned in Manhattan and in Queens allowing us to quickly respond to water damage restoration in NYC. 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

Sewage Cleanup, We can help, fast!

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

When your building has an issue with sewage, we got your back when you need it most. Our 24/7 local support is a huge advantage over the competition. In the event of a sewage backup, you can be sure that experienced techs will arrive in a timely fashion and will immediately begin the restoration process. SERVPRO of Lower East Side/Downtown Manhattan offers complete repair and sewage cleanup services. After we diagnose and restore the area we will then offer a complete analysis of the issue. Many times our plumbing & construction capabilities allow us to completely remedy the problem at the fraction of the cost of having to call an additional contractor. 

If your building has issues with sewage and requires sewage cleanup services, call us today and we can try to help prevent your next disaster!

Time to Clean Your Buildings Duct Work

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

After a warm summer and the beginning of a very warm fall, it is hard to think about the cold of winter that is ahead. But with less than 100 days to go until Christamas it is in the back of all of our minds. But before the cold weather gets here it is a good idea to check out your heating system and make sure everything is ready to go. If your building, home or business has ducts it is probably best to have your ductwork cleaned and replace all filters before turning on the heat. 

If you need seasonal ductwork cleaning in your building give our office a call today. We are now scheduling commercial and large residential ductwork cleaning services throughout New York City.

Happy To Be In Manhattan

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Thanks for visiting our website and for checking out our first blog post. Although our site and our franchise are new, we are no stranger to the Disaster Restoration game. We are a family-owned and operated SERVPRO and we are proud to announce SERVPRO of Lower East Side/Downtown Manhattan as our fourth franchise and second in the NYC area. Our new location will allow us to more efficiently serve our neighbors throughout NYC and will give us the opportunity to engage with other local companies to provide our services when needed in the event of an emergency (Yes, we are a good friend to have!). 

Our management team boasts over a dozen years of experience in disaster restoration and have helped managed restoration efforts after major disasters like Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Harvey in recent years.

We hope that you won't need our services and you are fortunate enough to avoid disaster, but, if disaster strikes we will have your back!


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