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3/30/2020 (Permalink)

CORONAVIRUS CLEANUP We are the cleaning Expert - COVID-19

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 South Bronx, 347-590-9902

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

Plumbing Burst Cleanup in Bronx House

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

Plumbing/Pipes We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Plumbing Mishaps Can Wreak Havoc In Your Bronx Home, SERVPRO Can Help

With many of the homes in the Bronx built in the 1910s and 1920s still standing in neighborhoods, these pieces of history can become great single-family houses for the right buyer. Insulation is often a concern in these structures, however. Inadequate insulation of areas like plumbing can lead to pipe bursts during the cold snaps common to the winter months.  

Once a pipe bursts, the ensuing water damage in Bronx residences can be a considerable challenge for a homeowner to clean up and restore on their own. Because networking of this plumbing gets installed in the structural cavities between the first and second floor, a breach in your pipe at this point could spread quickly throughout the floor below, and damage sub flooring and carpeting of upstairs rooms. Our SERVPRO professionals can help in many ways when burst pipes occur, from our fast restoration and mitigation response to our in-house team of licensed residential contractors for repairs and reconstruction.

With aging materials like ceiling tile and thin wallboard, a heavier flow of water against these materials can quickly oversaturate them and cause collapses or structural failures. The emergency services that our SERVPRO team offers include controlled demolition to access the damage to your plumbing and repair burst pipes and utilize evaporative drying techniques on joists and supports that can stay installed.

Collapsed ceiling systems require discarding debris and clearing residues and dirt from surfaces and flooring. Often after a water loss drying has completed, our technicians must continue restoration in the form of carpet cleaning and wood flooring recovery. With potent cleaners and cutting-edge equipment, we can make even the most substantial water loss incidents in your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Your multi-level family home might have substantial history, but be mindful of when its construction indicates a lack of proper insulation or plumbing maintenance. Give our SERVPRO of South Bronx team a call to help whenever disasters strike. We can arrive quickly and have the tools and the technicians to recover the damage as soon as possible. You can reach us 24/7 at (347) 590-9902.

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Why We Are The Best Choice In The Bronx After A Water Loss

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

One of our air movers drying out the area in this subfloor We used an air mover to dry out the floor to save it from being removed. Call us right away to prevent further damage in your home.

Why Trust SERVPRO When Your Bronx Property Requires Water Damage Restoration Services?

While it may be helpful to think that a mop and bucket is all you need when a water loss incident takes place in your home, there can be hidden moisture that is bound to wreak havoc. Water from any major spill can soak your carpet and padding, damage the subfloor, and also creep into your walls and under your cabinetry. If you have high moisture and warm conditions, this is the perfect storm for mold and mildew growth, which turns into a dangerous situation for your family and pets. 

SERVPRO is available for dependable Bronx water damage services to ensure your property gets back to normal faster than ever. Our team gets to work quickly to wet vacuum all of the surface water, making sure to look for any moisture-laden hotspots that need special attention. Because mold spores are everywhere, all sources of moisture must be thoroughly removed to inhibit growth. 

The SERVPRO Method

One of the many reasons to choose SERVPRO for water damage cleanup is that we understand how moisture moves from wet materials into drier spaces. Any moisture that stays in flooring materials or carpet padding often wicks into walls that are made from wallboard or drywall, both of which are highly absorbent. Dry materials can start taking on moisture when the interior of your structure is filled with humid air.

Avoiding Mold Growth

Our trained technicians always monitor temperatures and humidity levels inside your home, as well as the amount of moisture remaining. We strategically place high-powered air movers and dehumidifiers to foster efficient drying. All levels are continuously checked, and our equipment is moved accordingly to ensure that drying goes as smoothly and as quickly as possible. 

Air movers work to circulate dry air over and around any moist materials in the home. The industrial-strength dehumidifiers that we use help to remove excess moisture from the air as it circulates. Our specialized calculations allow us to formulate a plan for optimum drying conditions at all times throughout the water cleanup process. 

If you need help to avoid mold while addressing water damage in your home, SERVPRO of South Bronx is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Give our offices a call at (347) 590-9902, and we can send out a team as quickly as possible.

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Commercial Water Removal In Your Bronx Office

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged office Call us today at (347) 590-9902. We can make the water loss seem “Like it never even happened.”

Necessary Steps for Commercial Water Removal in a Bronx Office Building

An office building can sustain water damage because of several reasons. Old pipes can crack or break. When pipes burst, water rushes out of them, and it can get to different areas of the building, causing damage to flooring, supplies, walls, ceilings, electrical equipment, and furniture.

Performing commercial water removal in your Bronx office building promptly is crucial. Besides the potential destruction to office items, water can destroy vital files and documents. It may also penetrate the cavities of building materials and structures and become trapped. The dampness can create ongoing moisture issues long after the water loss incident, including splitting, discoloration, and warping of structural elements and a musty scent in the office. Mold can also grow and affect the health of the people who work in the building.

At the first sign of water leakage in your commercial building, you need to call a reliable water damage restoration firm like SERVPRO. Our technicians can take efficient and quick measures to prevent large scale, costly repairs. We can deal with the loss by doing the following:

Inspection
Our technicians can find the source of the leak and help you stop or contain incoming water if it is still flowing. We can also locate the affected areas with thermal imaging cameras or moisture meters.

Water extraction
We can use pumps or wet/dry vacuums to extract as much water as possible.

Drying
We begin the drying process after removing all the water damage. Moisture affects materials in different ways. The two main variables in determining the extent of moisture destruction to materials are exposure time and permeance. We can set up air moving and dehumidification equipment in the building and monitor the drying process through each phase to ensure that the affected materials meet the predetermined drying goals.

Sanitization
Our SERVPRO technicians can clean and sanitize the affected areas using antimicrobial products. We can also remove and dispose of contaminated materials.

Rebuild
If the water ruined walls, flooring, or ceilings, we can repair them since we have a full-service reconstruction team.

If a water leak happens in your office building in The Bronx, Hunts Point, or Locust Point, SERVPRO of South Bronx can help you restore it. Call us today at (347) 590-9902. We can make the water loss seem “Like it never even happened.”

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Water Cleanup in a Bronx Kitchen Brings Mold Surprise

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

"Mold" Don't let mold take over your kitchen, Call the experts at SERVPRO today.

Your Bronx Kitchen Is The Last Place You Want To See Mold

Mold is not always a by-product of water damage, but frequently it is found in high moisture conditions. One of the rooms in the home most likely to have water loss is the kitchen. Due to the supply lines, and appliances that use water, such as the ice maker in a fridge or a dishwasher, the potential for water loss events remains.

Working on water cleanup in a Bronx kitchen from a supply line break under the kitchen sink, SERVPRO techs saw evidence of long-term leakage before the break and inspected further for a mold infestation.

Prepping for Cleanup and Mold Remediation

When techs determine that the presence of mold colonies may be present, they put up containment during mitigation to ensure cross-contamination does not occur from airborne mold spores. Covering doorways and vents inhibits the potential of this happening. With their mold remediation certification #01295, SERVPRO techs know the warning signs of mold and how to mitigate it safely.

Controlled Demolition as a Part of Restoration

Once the techs found evidence of mold growth on the sheetrock and within the wall cavity behind the sink, the cabinets needed removal to address the mold. As the cabinets themselves had no damage, they required only cleaning with antimicrobial cleaners. 

Drying Phase 

When the techs use their drying equipment, it takes care of two issues. Mold cannot exist in humidity levels below 50%, and it rids the interior wall cavity of elevated moisture levels. Once dry, the techs wipe down surfaces with antimicrobial cleaning agents and sealant to inhibit any return of the mold before repairs occur.

Repairs After Water Removal 

When mold invades sheetrock, it requires removal and disposal. When it is time for reconstruction, with their general contractor license #2077660-DCA, the techs can put up new sheetrock and reinstall the cabinets after mitigation efforts complete, returning the kitchen to its preloss condition and ready for the residents to prepare breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

SERVPRO of South Bronx at (347) 590-9902 is ready to assist local homeowners with water cleanup jobs of any scale. With their advanced equipment and techniques, they make the water loss, "Like it never even happened."

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We Have The Best Drying Practices In The Bronx After A Water Loss

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

An armorer drying the hardwoods in this home after a water loss The air mover in this home dried out the area and saved the subfloor from demolition and removal. We are available 24/7 to prevent further damage.

Essential Equipment for Water Cleanup in the Bronx

The quantity of water flowing and hiding in recesses of your home in the Bronx after a pipe breaks or an appliance malfunctions can be substantial. If the water loss occurs while you are at work or away for a weekend, the quantity that needs removal can be thousands of gallons. Professional water damage technicians use a range of detection, extraction, and drying equipment, continually monitoring to remove water and return moisture levels to preloss levels.

Emergency Water Removal Equipment

As the crew chief completes the comprehensive assessment, our crew starts water cleanup in your Bronx triplex. To achieve efficient extraction and avoid encountering electrical hazards when the water is deeper than two inches, we use gas-powered submersible pumps, sending the water directly to a treated sewer line. Truck-mounted extractors also bypass the need for residential electricity, using onboard generators to remove substantial amounts of water with powerful suction, the fluids moved into and stored in tanks for lawful disposal if contamination is a concern.

Detection and Moisture Measurement Equipment

To plan for adequate water cleanup, designated crew members complete use water detectors to define the perimeters of the water incursion. SERVPRO’s goal is to return structural components to their normal moisture levels, so we go beyond detection to metering, using specialized tools to sample. These moisture meters provide data for both the water-soaked structure and comparison readings for similar materials in unaffected areas of our home.

Fine-Tuned and Speciality Extraction Equipment

Once SERVPRO management determines the affected space can safely reconnect power, our technicians might change to portable extractors. The benefits of these units include the ability to move further into your home, including reaching confined areas where water seeped behind building materials into cavities and recesses. If trapped water damage is impossible to reach even with a portable extractor, controlled demolition techniques that drill or cut through building materials permit access for systems that use negative air pressure (suction) directed through attachable mats and hoses to pull out the water.

Drying Goals and Equipment

Using the data obtained from moisture meters and detectors, SERVPRO sets drying goals for the affected areas. We set up perimeters of air movers and heaters to accelerate the evaporation of water from the soaked materials. Water vapor capture by refrigerant or desiccant dehumidifiers then proceeds. Continuous monitoring ensures we are making progress needed to complete water cleanup, “Like it never even happened.”

The operation of appropriately matched equipment accomplishes water cleanup rapidly after a plumbing or appliance emergency. SERVPRO of South Bronx delivers expert assessment, planning, and implementation of needed services as soon as practicable after you call (347) 590-9902.

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Our Experts Discuss Common Issues After A Fire In Your Bronx Home

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged property “Like it never even happened.”

Extra Issues Commonly Found With Fire Damage in Bronx Properties

A bathroom received fire damage from too many electric devices plugged into an outlet, and it overheated. Many of the items and building materials in the bathroom required disposal due to charring, however, because the firefighters extinguished the blaze so quickly, there was little damage done to the rest of the home.

SERVPRO technicians put up containment to halt cross-contamination during cleanup of the fire damage in this Bronx bathroom. The vanity and cabinets received a great deal of heat damage and charring, and the techs removed them. The burned sheetrock and insulation also needed careful collection and disposal.

Addressing Water Damage and Mold Prevention
When firefighters use water to extinguish fires, water damage is often the result. The technicians use air movers to dry areas that show signs of excessive moisture and look for signs of mold. With their certification for mold remediation #01295, SERVPRO techs know the early warning signs of an infestation. They can inhibit it before it sets up in the bathroom before rebuilding begins with actions such as the application of an antimicrobial sealant.

Cleaning Smoke Damage
The techs test the smoke residues and wipe down the affected areas removing as much as possible. It is vital to use the correct agents, particularly in the case of wet smoke, and force it to release its grip on surfaces.

Prepping for Reconstruction
To restore the bathroom entirely, the building services division of SERVPRO, general contractor license #2077660-DCA, has the equipment and skills to install new cabinets, hook up plumbing, hang the vanity mirror and set up light fixtures. The restoration services also include painting the walls. Before any of that can happen, the room needs to be odor-free. While cleaning reduces the odors, stronger methods such as thermal fogging and hydroxyl generators that eliminate stubborn scents at the molecular level.

SERVPRO of South Bronx at (347) 590-9902 has the equipment and training to turn around fire damage in local properties and restore the house to its preloss condition, “Like it never even happened.”

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SERVPRO Provides Full-Service Cleanup, Restoration, and Build Backs for Damaged Bronx Structures

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

Cartoon images of houses affected by hurricanes, floods, and fires When Your Bronx Property Damage Is the Result of Natural or Accidental Mishaps or Catastrophe--SERVPRO Says We're Faster To Any Size Disaster!

Bronx Property Restoration from Mold, Fire, Water, and Storms!

We believe that there is never too much that we can do for our customers, and because we strive to offer every new and loyal client the most efficient and cost-effective service, we have more in-house offerings than you are likely to find elsewhere. Because so many disasters that strike homes and apartments in the Bronx are destructive, having an on-staff team of licensed (2077660-DCA) general contractors can ensure that we are doing the absolute most to keep costs low and get your property back to preloss condition promptly. In addition to our effective strategies for water, fire, mold, storm, flood, and biohazard threats, we also are endorsed as EPA Lead-Safe Contractors, Consumer Affairs Home Improvement Contractors, and mold abatement and subrogation.
 
Water
Water loss incidents can be stressful enough without the headache of trying to do all the work yourself. While many of our neighbors here in the Bronx are adamant about handling their problems themselves, it can often lead to worsening conditions when the water does not get entirely dried and the damage not fully diagnosed or corrected. By choosing our SERVPRO restoration services, you are giving your property the advantage of relative humidity meters and infrared cameras that can detect lingering moisture pockets to ensure the property gets sufficiently dry.
 
Considerable water losses require extraction before much else can happen. With this threat, sometimes leaving several inches or more of standing water in the lower levels of your Bronx residence, you can benefit from the vast array of fast extraction tools that we have in our inventory of recovery equipment. From light wands that address confined spaces and smaller volumes of water to our high-capacity extractor truck in the Green Fleet – we have the tools to handle the threat.
 
Drying your home or business is the utmost priority of our professionals beginning as soon as we arrive; the faster that we can get our air movers and desiccants working on your Bronx property, the less migration for water losses our professionals must face. Our prompt deployment of these machines can reduce the need for tear-out and reconstruction for your home following water emergencies.
 
Fire
 After a fire occurs in the apartments or homes in the Bronx, you want to secure professional restoration to arrive as soon as the first responders and firefighters have left the scene. With our honest and dependable team of recovery specialists accredited in both Fire & Smoke Restoration (FRST) and Odor Control (OCT) through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), we have the right professionals ready 24/7 to help. We can work around the clock to get your residence back to its original condition.
 
Smoke and soot residues can be among the most challenging aspects to contend with when structure fires occur, and this outcome can damage both the contents of your Bronx residence and the building itself. With the acidic nature of soot residue and its likelihood of staining with prolonged exposure, you need a team of professionals that know how to address this threat. We have chemical sponges, potent cleaning agents, and content management strategies off-site to clean and restore damaged materials and belongings.
 
The restoration services that we provide after a fire can exceed what many other competitors can offer because we have a full team of licensed contractors to help. From the earliest stages with debris removal and structural assessment through controlled demolition and full-scale reconstruction, having a comprehensive approach in-house saves our Bronx customers time and money on the work their properties need.
 
Mold
One of the most underappreciated threats over the years is mold and microbial growth. Because of how out of control the situation has become in our area, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) started to issue violations for Bronx property owners. Once you receive one of these notices, you must have licensed, and certified professionals perform mold remediation in your house or property to get back in compliance. Our mold remediators (Mold Remediation Contractor License #: 01295) get licensed through the New York State Department of Labor.
 
It is not difficult for properties, especially those with darker underground levels, to experience the conditions necessary to facilitate mold growth. Higher humidity is a common element to the environment throughout the year, especially with our proximity to large bodies of water. If we can get to a budding situation before it spreads throughout a Bronx home or apartment complex, our SERVPRO team can often limit the potential disaster with the use of mold inhibiting antimicrobial sprays.
 
We understand how stressful the discovery of mold can be for Bronx home and business owners, so we work tirelessly to dry out the affected areas and install lasting solutions to reduce moisture penetration. These long-term solutions can help our customers avoid costly recurrences in the immediate future.
 
Storm
Because of our position, we have a prime location to face some of the worst storms to hit the northern region of the east coast. While many of our buildings have stood the test of time, standing even before the turn of the 20th century, structural damage is still a common occurrence that results from violent weather or severe storms. The faster that professionals can address these threats to Bronx properties, the less costly and damaging they become.
 
With an in-house team of contractors, our SERVPRO team has a unique position in both beginning vital mitigation efforts within the property as well as working to install temporary emergency construction solutions to exterior breaches. Our team can install roof tarping, board-up windows, and other openings, set up temporary fencing, and even remove trees from on or near your Bronx home.
 
With flooding in the Bronx being such a common incident with structural breaches and heavy rainfall or runoff, our team arrives with the full inventory of our extraction and drying equipment to begin protecting property and reducing the severity of its damage with our initial visit. No matter how severe flooding might be to your Bronx property, our technicians can make it “Like it never even happened.”
 
You might have several choices in professional restoration, but our SERVPRO of South Bronx team can get there quickly. We have local roots that help us care about your property as much as you do. Contact us anytime at (347) 590-9902.

Water Damage Bronx – Why Acting Quickly Is Important

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

A man sitting on a couch in standing water. For help with your Bronx water damage, call SERVPRO today! We want to be there for every inch of water.

Water damage to your Bronx home will need help, let us show you.

Most consumers understand that removing standing water as soon as possible is essential. Many do not understand that materials that absorb water quickly must be dried before moisture is allowed to cause secondary damage to other areas. What is secondary damage?

SERVPRO trains our employees to respond and take action fast so that water damage to homes in the Bronx do not experience what is known as secondary damage. Some materials were not exposed directly to water, and can absorb moisture in high humidity situations. Materials such as ceiling tiles may crumble, wallpaper glue can soften, and the wallpaper falls away from the wall. Mold and mildew can begin to grow as well.

Minimizing Secondary Damage

All surface water should be removed immediately, either by pumps, mops, or water extraction vacuums, depending on the situation. Water extractors can remove moisture from carpets and underpadding. However, these materials are still wet and contain a great deal of moisture. A combination of air movers and dehumidifiers must be installed to remove the remaining moisture and lower the humidity to normal levels within the home.

Delays of even a few days can damage wallpaper, ceiling tiles, and even hardwood floors. The finish on a hardwood floor acts as a barrier. However, once moisture penetrates between the boards to unfinished areas, the wood can absorb this moisture and begin to swell. Hardwood floors can crack or start to rise at the edges, commonly known as cupping. Once the wood has absorbed the moisture, it can be challenging to remove it.

Any delay in taking action to remove moisture can cause a great deal of secondary damage. Once mildew and mold infestations occur, the health of the occupants in the home can also be affected. SERVPRO can work with homeowners to help counter the possibility of secondary damage and minimize the amount of damage.

Call SERVPRO of South Bronx at (347) 590-9902 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Locust Point, Mott Haven, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Saving Your Bronx Business From Mold

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing on wall Partner with SERVPRO of South Bronx when mold damage puts your business at risk.

Saving Business Reputations One Mold Remediation at a Time in the Bronx

Most people recoil immediately when confronted with mold, which is the last reaction you want from visitors to your Bronx business. Inspectors are always on the lookout for microbial infestations. Other reasons for acting swiftly when mold growth is evident are the well-being of your customers and employees and the soundness of the building materials in your shop, offices, or dining establishment. Our certified crews act fast when you need mold remediation in any area of the borough (License #01295).

Mold Exposes Structures and Individuals to Risks
The sight or smell of commercial mold damage in the Bronx can damage the reputation of your business. A mold violation from health officials or building inspectors can close you down temporarily, concerning your customers and encouraging them to look elsewhere for goods, services, or their next meal. Studies show that even a brief closure can undermine your brand. Our ability to isolate the mold outbreak during remediation often permits you to remain open to meet your base’s needs.

Containment Is the Key
SERVPRO mold remediators scope out the mold-affected space. We must make sure that the necessary equipment and workers fit inside the remediation containment area planned. All openings between the remediation workspace, including windows, doorways, elevator openings, corridor entrances, ventilation openings, drains, ducts, grilles, grates, diffusers, skylights, and more require an airtight seal using 6-mil polyethylene, taped or stapled tightly. Any cracks or holes in cabinets, shelving, and other structures and fixtures must be secured completely. Negative pressure air scrubbing machines ensure the seal and vent airborne contaminants to the outside.

Training Takes Over
Our remediation crews are highly-qualified, ready to begin removing mold from both solid and porous surfaces immediately after containment completes. Mechanical removal is most efficient, scraping, and brushing off the organisms before double-bagging for appropriate disposal. Porous materials like insulation usually need removal and disposal as the mold infiltrates them extensively. SERVPRO crews can deliver excellent results for semi-porous surfaces like wood with soda and dry ice blasting. The HEPA filters on the air scrubbers and vacuums remove excess spores and debris from the air and surfaces left as residues after removal methods.

Partner with SERVPRO of South Bronx when mold damage puts your business at risk. Call (347) 590-9902 for a skilled team of licensed remediators to evaluate your commercial space and plan for swift abatement.

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