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Restaurant Fire Damage Prevention

9/27/2022 (Permalink)

"Blurry firefighters back with a sharp image of a restaurant kitchen stove with an open flame on top" If you experience a fire in your restaurant, the first step is hiring fire damage restoration professionals and getting your business back running

Fire damage doesn’t just happen in homes, it can happen to commercial properties as well. Restaurants are no exception. According to the National Fire Protection Association, there are around 8, 000 fires at restaurants each year. As a result of these fires, there are around 115 injuries, and $245 million+ in property damage for restaurants across the country. So, as a restaurant owner, how do you keep your customers, employees, and property safe from fire damage? Here are some helpful tips on restaurant fire damage prevention and how to handle a fire in your restaurant.  

Train your Employees

Part of any successful fire prevention plan is to always be ready for an emergency. It’s important that you have an emergency evacuation plan in place in case of a fire or another emergency. Keep the plan written out in a place where everyone can access it and practice it at least twice a year. Make sure every employee knows where the fire extinguishers and power sources are located and where they should store all flammable materials.  

It’s also important that your team knows about each different type of fire and how to extinguish them. For example, you should never throw water on a grease fire. Appliances and other equipment should be inspected every few months by a professional to make sure everything is in working order. 

 

Keep Your Space Neat and Tidy

A messy and unorganized kitchen is one of the leading causes of restaurant fires. To keep your space free of fire hazards it’s important for your team to place things back where they belong after they are used. If you have any employees who smoke, make sure that they smoke outdoors and always put their cigarettes out. For the safety of your customers and employees, you should also make sure all exit signs are properly labeled and there is a clear path to them at all times in case of an emergency. 

SERVPRO of South Bronx Water Services

9/9/2022 (Permalink)

"Image of a wet hand dripping water over a small model home with a black background" A storm, flood, or plumbing problem can leave your home with extensive water damage.

It depends on the season the problem your property could have, so we want you to stay alert and have this in your mind:

There are some common problem areas to inspect for potential damage during spring, including your roof and gutter system, foundation and yard, plumbing system, and your property's exterior. From the top-down, these areas could get worse from the elements that winter can bring; here are some signs of wear to look out for:

  • Roof and Gutter System Damage
  • Window, Door, and Exterior Damage
  • Foundation and Other Drainage Problems
  • Plumbing Damage

Also, when winter begins, we know that storms create great chaos when they get to our homes; To ensure your space is well and in order, here are some tips for inspecting for damage; these will save you money in the long term prevent unnecessary property damage. 

Our local disaster restoration services include:

  • Inspection and Assessment of any damaged areas
  • Water Removal
  • Drying and Dehumidification
  • Cleaning and Repairs
  • Restoration and reconstruction, as necessary

If your home or commercial business deals with one of these issues, contact us! 

SERVPRO of South Bronx Water Services

9/9/2022 (Permalink)

"Image of a wet hand dripping water over a small model home with a black background" A storm, flood, or plumbing problem can leave your home with extensive water damage.

It depends on the season the problem your property could have, so we want you to stay alert and have this in your mind:

There are some common problem areas to inspect for potential damage during spring, including your roof and gutter system, foundation and yard, plumbing system, and your property's exterior. From the top-down, these areas could get worse from the elements that winter can bring; here are some signs of wear to look out for:

  • Roof and Gutter System Damage
  • Window, Door, and Exterior Damage
  • Foundation and Other Drainage Problems
  • Plumbing Damage

Also, when winter begins, we know that storms create great chaos when they get to our homes; To ensure your space is well and in order, here are some tips for inspecting for damage; these will save you money in the long term prevent unnecessary property damage. 

Our local disaster restoration services include:

  • Inspection and Assessment of any damaged areas
  • Water Removal
  • Drying and Dehumidification
  • Cleaning and Repairs
  • Restoration and reconstruction, as necessary

If your home or commercial business deals with one of these issues, contact us! 

Commercial Restoration Process

9/9/2022 (Permalink)

"Image of an empty offices displaying a partially flooded floor and cubicles" SERVPRO® helps commercial customers with a wide variety of cleaning, construction and restoration projects, both large and small.

GET TO KNOW US BETTER, WHY SERVPRO of South Bronx?

We understand each situation; we know it is unique, and your business must work again!

To mitigate fire and smoke damage as much as possible and minimize the interruption to your business, we may take the following steps: 

  1. Secure the facility
  2. Ventilate the premises to draw out dust and soot from the air
  3. Removal of any contents, separating salvageable and unsalvageable items in the process.

We at SERVPRO of South Bronx know how to handle these types of cases, and they will happen; you will always be safe with us, and this is something that we can apply:

  • Salvageable items are moved to a secure location for restoration and storage until complete reconstruction.
  • Cleaning the facility, including ceilings, walls, floors, and any permanent fixtures, to prevent further damage from the acidic effects of soot 
  • Clean carpets, and upholstery, if possible, to completely neutralize any acid contained in soot and minimize further damage. Using specialized equipment, deodorize the facility.

We’ll also clean and sanitize any salvageable items and decontaminate the ductwork and HVAC system.

CONTACT US; WE ARE HERE TO HELP!

How and Why, Hail Can compromise Your Roof

9/2/2022 (Permalink)

"image of a hail in grass next to the road, where a white suv is passing" Faster to any disaster!

A healthy roof can protect your commercial property from storm damage in the South Bronx. Roof damage from a severe storm requires you to act quickly to avoid costly consequences.

How Can Hail Affect Your Roof?

Hail storms are typically not long-lasting, but they can severely compromise your roof depending upon various factors, including:

  • Stone size
  • Stone weight
  • Stone shape
  • Speed at Impact
  • Roof material

Hailstones can have diameters up to three inches and weigh as much as a pound. They can form with jagged edges and travel over 100 miles per hour from thousands of feet above the ground. Damage occurs if these large stones land on your roof and puncture a hole through it.

How Can You Identify Hail Damage?
Roof damage following a hail storm is not always easy to recognize if it doesn't leave a gaping hole. Following a hail storm, it is necessary to conduct a roof inspection and look for the more subtle damage signs. Your roof may have damage if your gutters are out of place or dented or if they are not draining properly due to clogging from trapped hail particles. Dents in your building's siding following a hail storm are another good indication that your roof also has damage.

What Are the Consequences of Ignoring Roof Repairs?

Delaying roof inspections or hail damage repairs can lead to other issues affecting your building's interior. For example, a small hole in your roof can grow bigger if it remains unrepaired. As a result, water from the next rain or snowstorm could make its way inside. The result could be an obvious flood, water-soaked insulation or an accumulation of water within your building's interior walls. These scenarios can lead to secondary mold damage that would require immediate attention from a mold remediation service to decontaminate your premises.

If roof damage causes flooding at your building in The South Bronx, a disaster recovery service can undertake proper cleanup and sanitization.

SERVPRO of South Bronx 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

9/2/2022 (Permalink)

"a half inch of standing water in a modern living room with book shelves and a fire place" The #1 Choice in Cleanup and Restoration

SERVPRO of South Bronx 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

SERVPRO of South Bronx is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today - (347) 590-9902

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Valley Stream has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.




What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of South Bronx 

SERVPRO of South Bronx specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Benefits In Choosing SERVPRO for Large Loss Events

9/2/2022 (Permalink)

"large hallway of a commercial building with flooding down the left side of hallway underneath black windowsn" Commercial and Large Loss Restoration

Available 24/7

Storms and other disasters can strike at any time of the day or night, so we are ready to help as soon as we’re needed. 

Commercial Large Loss Division

Our Disaster Recovery Teams are composed of elite technicians who have the training and resources to handle large-loss events for industries that have included hospitals, universities and government facilities. 

Strategically Located

We have more trained and certified technicians than any of our competitors at more than 1,900 locations in the United States and Canada. This gives us a larger network of professionals, supplies and equipment to get the job done, regardless of size. 

Personal Attention

Each large loss project is managed by a project manager from your local SERVPRO location. They’re backed by the SERVPRO headquarters operations team to help you have the smoothest restoration experience possible 

Easier Insurance Claims Process

SERVPRO will help you navigate the insurance claims process and coordinate the necessary paperwork for a quicker, easier experience.

Catastrophic Restoration Specialists

9/2/2022 (Permalink)

"flooded warehouse, with tall shelves, debris from shelves floating in the water, with forklift" With more than 50 years experience in the cleanup and restoration industry.

When your commercial property is suddenly hit with damage due to a storm, flood, fire or other disaster, it can leave you, your employees and customers in shock. It’s important to know that you have professional large-loss specialists to handle the restoration process as quickly as possible so that you can get back to business. SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is an elite team of technicians. We’re strategically located and prequalified to respond Faster to any size disaster.

Preparing Before an Emergency Strikes

Since you never know when an emergency will come, preparing ahead of time can save you a lot of stress if it does happen. You can sign up for SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Profile for your business or commercial property. You’ll work with your local SERVPRO professional to come up with a plan of action in the event of an emergency or large-loss event. You can also ask about our other related services including the Priority Response Service, pre-staged power services, tarping, sandbagging and more.

Other Services We Offer

SERVPRO offers other services, including special event services, power generation, climate control and Certified Cleaning services. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you, contact your local SERVPRO location.

Why Choose an IICRC Certified Company?

8/17/2022 (Permalink)

"image from the inside view of a van showing 3 servpro technicians removing equipment from the back" We’ve earned the reputation as #1 in the cleanup and restoration industry and specialize in fire and water damage, specialty cleaning, mold, and more

What Being an IICRC Certified Company Means-

SERVPRO of South Bronx is an IICRC-certified firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. As a result? Our technicians are amply qualified to take care of any commercial or residential loss you may encounter.

The IICRC Certification Requirements We Follow-

In order to keep and maintain our elite status as an IICRC Firm, our office takes steps to meet the following requirements:

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintaining a written complaint policy and agreeing to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry-

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace. This benefits our customers, as they directly benefit from our trained and certified technicians.

About Us, SERVPRO of South Bronx 

At SERVPRO of South Bronx we specialize in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after fire, smoke or water damage. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are (as you may have gotten by now!) an IICRC certified firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

For behind the scenes footage, be sure to follow us on social media where we post almost every day!

Different Types Of Storm Damage And their Practical Remedies

8/9/2022 (Permalink)

"tree blown over with roots sticking out of the ground in front of a house  Violent winds and wind-related catastrophes – all pose a significant damage risk to your property’s roof and structure.

Characterized by severe atmospheric disturbances, storm season is every homeowner’s worst nightmare. While your house is probably designed to withstand the effects of a bad storm, it almost always takes damaging structural hits whenever wild storms sweep through.

Violent winds and wind-related catastrophes blowing debris all over, freezing rains, snowstorms, lightning, and thunderstorm –all pose a significant damage risk to your property’s roof and structure.

Your house is exposed to varying degrees of damage depending on the type of storm damage and the severity of the exposure, among other factors. The common types of storm damage you should look out for include hail damagewind damageimpact damage, and water damage, among others.

It is not safe to inhabit a house that has been potentially damaged during a storm until a safety expert clears you after thoroughly accessing the damage. While the effects of wind damage are visible immediately after the storm passes, it is always the thick layer of snow on your damaged tiles and shingles that shocks you with major leaks later.

Let’s examine the different types of storm damage and their remedies:

Wind Damage

Wind damage is the damage to buildings caused by strong gusts of wind blowing at scary high velocity. Tornadoes and hurricanes are the common types of strong winds witnessed. Violent winds often cause roof damage to homes and commercial buildings. Strong winds could rip your roof shingles apart, leaving it exposed and at the risk of taking in water and other dangerous objects being blown by the wind.

Strong winds carrying debris may also damage your vehicles and furniture. In a wind storm, several steps could be taken to minimize the impact or avert any further loss. Make sure to stay indoors during the storm. Stay away from windows and walls in case of glasses break or the walls collapse when things get more intense.

You can never be too prepared for wind damage during a storm. Fortunately, in most instances, residents get windstorm alerts as early as possible so that they can evacuate hot zones or brace up for whatever the storm brings.

When you get notified beforehand, ensure to fix any broken things susceptible to wind damage.

  • Repair peeling shingles and reinforce your fence so that it is not blown away.
  • Secure outdoor equipment and items that can get blown in a wind gust.
  • Bring your outdoor furniture in the house; BBQ equipment, garbage can, and sports equipment too.
  • If you can’t park your car in a secure garage, at least keep it away from trees.
  • You can also minimize the damage by using robust and reliable material during the construction of the house.
  • Hire professional contractors to handle cleanup and restoration after a storm.

Hail damage 

Unlike wind damage, hail damage is not exactly visible after a storm. However, to detect the extent of the damage, you could check cracked shingles, dented shingles from forceful impact, and damaged roof vents and exterior pipes.

Hail’s impact on a roof varies from one roof to another depending on the materials and technique used to build the roof. For example, rubber roofs have exceptional impact resistance levels that can withstand hail damage.

Hail impact on asphalt roofs is different than on wooden or thatched roofs. For asphalt roofs, hails cause the granules to fade, thus exposing the roof felt. As a result, the asphalt begins to look shiny and loses its aesthetics. Unlike

Hail damage can be remedied using high-quality roofing materials that can withstand impact from giant hail pellets 0.2 and 1.75 inches or larger.

Insurance covers come in handy after hail damage. If you have insurance protection, make sure you file a claim after every hail storm –do not take liability for an insured risk.

Water damage

Water damage is a common occurrence during or after a storm. Not all water damages result from leaks that destroy the interior of your house. Sometimes heavy downpours during a storm can have water accumulating outside your house that ends literally making its way into the house through the front door.

Water damage often has adverse effects on roofs, ceilings, walls, and floors. Again, the damage on roofs is varies depending on the material used to construct it and how the roof was made.

Clogged gutters may lead to retention of water in the gutters. The retained water sips through cracks on the roof, and the shingles start developing mold, which nourishes in moist surfaces. Paint on the wall may also peel off because of stormwater washing them away.

Damaged wall painting could be repaired by repainting the wall. However, a paint of stronger water resistance could save your wall from imminent water damage during storms.

Impact Damage

Impact damage is another type of storm damage that results in a catastrophic outcome. The damage is seen in the form of fallen trees and debris getting blown by strong winds against structures and other properties. The objects fall on houses, vehicles, and equipment, resulting in colossal losses.

An excellent way to avoid impact damage in the future is by building away from tall trees or trimming trees around the house.

Making use of the latest architectural technology in roofing can reduce the impact by a considerable magnitude. Take good care of trees around the house to make sure that they are strong and unlikely to fall in the event of violent winds. Get rid of weak trees that can’t withstand strong winds and other implications of a storm.

This could save you time and money if a storm is to occur at any time. In the event of a tree falling on your house, there are remedies and first actions that can be taken to save life and property. First, call for an emergency help –the police, emergency shelters, etc.

Notify your insurance providers of the damage as soon as the storm subsides. File for a claim to get compensated for the damage sustained. Vacate the building and call your contractor to come and evaluate the damage.

Depending on the extent of the damage, you may be forced to leave your home for an alternative shelter until repairs are done.