Recent Storm Damage Posts

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

10/13/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

What Can I Do To Drain Water From My Basement

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What To Do After A Storm Damage?

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Water Extraction Required

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

Disposal Of Lost Items

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

Preparing and Drying

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

Final Steps

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

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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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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 Restore My Home after it Floods?

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

water damage ceiling Can you get help when you have a leak in a pipe? Call SERVPRO to give you the answer you are looking for.

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.

Who Should I Call for Repairs After a Storm?

5/16/2020 (Permalink)

techncian in a white tykek suit cleaning SERVPRO technicians protect themselves and properties while cleaning up after flooding and biohazardous events in the Lower East Side

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."

Removing Flood Damage In Lower East Side

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

home flooded after storm SERVPRO provides mitigation services that can make a disaster look, “Like it never even happened.”

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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Flood Damage In East Village Home

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

flood damaged home “Like it never even happened.”

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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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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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!