Recent Storm Damage Posts

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)

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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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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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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!