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Use These 3 Simple Steps to Prevent Heavy Rain Damage at Home | SERVPRO® of South Bronx

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

Heavy Rains You can prevent storms from damaging your home or business.

No one likes to think about what they would do if water damaged their home. But dealing with this problem is a reality for many homeowners every year, including people in our community.

We know it’s common from our experiences, but the numbers show it’s a common problem, too. According to insurance industry experts, about one in every 50 Americans will need water damage restoration this year. That means literally millions of people will deal with this issue.

We hope it doesn’t happen to you, but if it does, it’s good to be prepared.

Water Damage Causes

When you think about the natural disasters and home appliance and plumbing malfunctions that can lead to water damage, you can probably make a list of things that can cause water damage.

You may not even think of rain as a cause of damage at all. It’s a common fixture in many weekly forecasts, so it doesn’t register the same way a storm system does. But if your home is not well-maintained, rain can damage it over time.

It’s not as difficult as you might think to lessen your risk with planning and creativity.

Keeping Your Property Safe From Heavy Rains

Our team members have good ideas for ways to protect your home from water damage. Basic home maintenance can make a difference, and many of these projects might be on your list already:

Check your yard for drainage issues. Knowing the way your yard drains in relation to your home is vital. If you notice that your yard is draining toward your home, then you might want to get in touch with a landscaping expert to look for ways to protect your yard.

Use native plants. Choosing native plants can protect your home from water damage. Plus, they can make your home look more beautiful. Talk to a local expert about native plants or visit a native plant sale.

Make time to seal your roof. Did you know that 95% of roof damage is caused by water finding its way through gaps in your shingles? Sealing your roof will prevent this problem.

If you need help dealing with damage caused by water, fire or any other issue, we’re here to help you restore your home. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about us and how we can help you restore your home to its original state.

Common Plumbing Failures You Should Know About

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

Pipe leak Pipe leaking in Bathroom

SERVPRO of South Bronx has been helping homeowners and business owners repair water damages caused by plumbing failures. We have seen all kinds of water damage, and we have the professional training, experience, and equipment to restore the emergencies you may encounter. While there are many reasons pipes burst or fail, here are some top culprits:

  1. Freezing
  2. Tree root encroachment
  3. Corrosion
  4. Soil Shifting
  5. High water pressure
  6. Clogs

Some of these examples may be prevented through maintenance of your pipes.  Water pipes, if not properly maintained and insulated, can cause a costly repair later and, in some cases, even destroy or cause extensive damage to your home or business. Smaller water leaks can, over time, damage your home as well as attract mold growth.

In the event you do sustain damage from a failed plumbing system, SERVPRO of South Bronx is here to help 24/7/365.  Give us a call at 347-590-9902 or email us at office@SERVPROsouthbronx.com for a no-cost assessment of your water damage situation.

5 Star Customer Review

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

Customer Review Recent customer review for commercial cleaning in Bronx, NY.

At SERVPRO of South Bronx, great customer service is of the utmost importance to us.  We work hard to train our emergency personnel to exhibit excellent and professional customer service. When one of our customers is experiencing a water damage or fire damage emergency, we want to be there to help them recover their home or business to preloss condition with as little disruption as possible.!

One such example of this comes from a review written by a customer in Bronx, NY for whom the SERVPRO of South Bronx team performed commercial cleaning services of a very large basement.

Here at SERVPRO of South Bronx, there is nothing that makes us prouder than knowing our customers are satisfied with a job well done.  We are here for your emergencies 24/7/365. Give us a call for help at 347-590-9902 or email us office@SERVPROsouthbronx.com

The Services You Need for Safe Reopening From Local Experts I SERVPRO of South Bronx

3/18/2021 (Permalink)

A crew of SERVPRO employees in PPE gear walking inside commercial building. If you need cleaning assistance at your business, contact SERVPRO of South Bronx to learn more.

Supporting businesses in our neighborhood is important to members of our team.

Why are we passionate about being a good partner to business owners? It’s simple. We know it takes a lot to successfully operate a business and provide services to our community.

It’s not only a lot of work. It also takes a lot of planning to be prepared for anything the future brings. Business owners are planners, too.

Having a plan in place for challenges—or at least being proactive enough to deal with them as they arise—is vital.

But even if you have a nuanced plan that covers a decade of growth, it’s not possible to plan for everything that could happen. No one saw the COVID-19 pandemic coming. As a business owner, you’ve probably spent a lot of time lately looking for new ways to reach and serve your customers.

Some local businesses have found new ways to serve customers through the internet. Others are opting to open up restaurants, stores and companies for in-person services.

Regardless of how you decided to move forward, you can get help and support for a safe reopening.

A Safe Reopening Is a Priority

You can find plenty of information out there to help you continue to move forward. There are business loans and tips, advice and more from sources you can trust. Resources like these can help you operate during uncertain times.

Ensuring that your business is clean and safe for everyone is another important step. That’s where we can help you.

We will get your business “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.” What does that mean?

Here’s what to know:

First, we’ll consult with you. You can use our one-on-one advice and support to ensure that the plan we come up with will work for you.

Then a team of experts will clean your business. They’ll use a high-level system to ensure you’re ready for customers to come back. Our teams work with proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions. Plus, we use cleaning and decontamination standards directly from the CDC.

Finally, our teams certify your space. That means you can rest assured that you’re ready to be open for business.

If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our cleaning services and how we can help you. Call 347-590-9902 or email us at office@SERVPROsouthbronx.com today!

Secondary Damage: What Is That?

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

Home affected by water damage. Home that suffered water damage. Drying with SERVPRO equipment to prevent any secondary damage. Call SERVPRO of South Bronx today!

Some water damage is evident.  This will be something like a burst pipe or dishwasher overflowing. Some water damage is more hidden.  This could be a slow leak that drips over time.

Whatever type of damage you have, it needs to be addressed quickly. Especially with warmer months around the corner, water damage has the potential to turn into mold damage very fast.  The warm and damp conditions are a perfect breeding ground for mold.  This is called secondary damage, as it is not the initial water damage, but is directly related to it.

This is why SERVPRO of South Bronx works to minimize these risks.  We remove the affected areas. We dry the affected areas thoroughly by monitoring if equipment is being used. When drying is done we spray antimicrobials to those same affected areas to ensure no mold can grow.  If we are called for mold, we can remediate that as well.

After water damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of South Bronx has the skilled technicians and specialized equipment needed for your commercial and/or residential damage remediation needs.  That is why we should be your first call. Contact us at 347-590-9902 for immediate assistance or email us at office@SERVPROsouthbronx.com

What to Avoid When It Comes to Mold

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

mold in common areas Mold in bathroom. Call SERVPRO of South Bronx today!!

Some disasters that impact your Bronx home happen all at once and are impossible to ignore. Other situations can provide comparable damages to your property, but they do not occur dramatically. Mold and microbial growth are a good example of this potential threat and taking care of this problem immediately must be a top priority for homeowners. The effects from a mold colony can irreparably damage structural elements and pose potential health effects for the people and pets within the residence.

While many homeowners might not consider mold damage in their Bronx house to demand immediate attention, there are several considerations to make. A primary concern that a homeowner should have about mold growth is the potential health effects that could result. Exposure to colonies can be challenging to avoid, and that is where highly trained professionals like our SERVPRO applied microbial remediation technicians can help.

Our team undergoes significant training to obtain the IICRC mold remediation certification that sets the bar for quality remediation work in the industry. Additionally, our highly trained personnel can continue their educational opportunities through e-learning experiences and in-house courses designed to improve their ability to respond to disasters and preserve your home in an emergency. We strive to provide our customers with well-prepared technicians who can overcome any obstacle to restore damaged property.

This franchise offers a 24-hour response for mold mitigation. With how quickly active colonies can spread throughout a moisture-ridden environment, you need our SERVPRO technicians there quickly to isolate the colony and prevent it from spreading further. Our approach can also prevent spores from seating in new areas through the use of OSHA-approved antimicrobial solutions on potential surfaces that could support a colony.

Mold is not something that a homeowner should attempt to remove on their own, as this approach rarely removes the entire problem and can allow further damage to their home and its occupants. Give our SERVPRO of South Bronx applied microbial remediation technicians a call today at (347)-590-9902 or email us at office@SERVPROsouthbronx.com

Get Your Home Ready for Spring Storms With These Tips | SERVPRO of South Bronx

3/4/2021 (Permalink)

Heavy rain coming down from dark clouds If you experience any property damage from spring storms, contact SERVPRO of South Bronx

Are you ready for winter to end? If so, you aren’t alone. A cold, dreary winter during a pandemic definitely has many of our friends and neighbors longing for warmer days and weather that lets us get outside and enjoy the sunshine.

Since March has arrived, our spring fever will be cured soon. For now, you may be spending some time planning what you’ll do when the weather. Why not also spend a little time planning your spring maintenance projects? It’s a good idea to plan for one of spring’s biggest weather threats—strong thunderstorms.

There’s nothing we can do to stop a strong or severe thunderstorm from hitting our neighborhood. But there’s plenty we can do to make sure our home is in the best position to weather these storms. Here’s how.

Are These Projects on Your To-Do List?

Check out these projects. They’ll make a good addition to your seasonal to-do list, and keep your home safer, too.

Be sure your roof is ready. Don’t let the first time you realize your shingles are loose or your roof is leaking be when it starts storming. Check for missing shingles and signs of leaks first. Repair them to keep your home safer.

Don’t forget to check your sump pump if you have one. Some homes and townhomes need one of these to regulate basement water levels. If yours does, be sure it’s ready to withstand storms.

Be sure your gutters aren’t cluttered with winter debris. Clean channels allow water around your home to flow the right way. When they’re full of trash, they can overflow and cause water damage.

Secure everything you can around your home. Items like patio furniture and grills can be blown around or over during a windy storm. If you can, find a way to secure these items not to see them damaged later.

If a fire, flood or any other cause damage to your home, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.

Locust Point Business Can Thrive After a Fire or Flooding l SERVPRO of South Bronx

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Bronx knows the commercial restoration process inside and out. SERVPRO of South Bronx knows the commercial restoration process inside & out. Here are some of our best tips in choosing the right restoration company

We know business owners can feel like they’re facing an uphill battle when dealing with damage from a fire or flooding.

But business owners in our area have a powerful partner in the South Bronx SERVPRO team. We’ll use our expertise to advise and support you the entire way.

Rebuilding Your Business After a Fire or Flood

Your business can rebuild and succeed even after it’s been damaged. But you’ll need to move forward with a plan quickly. Here’s how you can do it:

Take time to review your disaster plan. Focusing after a fire or flood damages your family business can be a challenge for even the most focused business owner. That’s why your plan is an essential part of moving forward. Please read through it again once (or a few times) and follow it carefully.

Document all your damage before the cleanup process begins. Having pictures from before the cleanup process begins allows the insurer of your property damage. Invest some time in building a complete inventory of all your lost or damaged items. If you can, add the value of each item to your inventory. You can pass all this information along to your insurer.

Support your valuable employees. You rely on your employees, and they rely on your business. You can take steps to do what you can for them during this difficult time. You can look to resources like the Small Business Administration (SBA) for help.

Don’t forget to update the members of your community. Communicating with your suppliers, your employees, your customers and your community. will put you in a better position when it’s time to open again. Social media and your email marketing list can make this easier.

If your business is damaged due to fire, water or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.

What Precautions Can You Take Against Flood Damage?

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

Man on phone sitting on couch submerged in water When dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. Contact SERVPRO of South Bronx for prompt & dependable service.

Because it’s a harsh truth that some form of flooding is involved in 90% of natural disasters, the chances of homeowners dealing with flooding at some point in their life is high.

Homeowners should always be aware of their risks concerning natural disaster-related floods, and know how to lessen their chances of water damage in the process.

Ways to Lessen Damages From a Flood

Learning a flood is imminent can be a frightening time. Though disaster-related flooding cannot be prevented, homeowners can take steps to limit the damage a flood may cause:

Know your risk. Use the FEMA Flood Map Tool or call the local branch of your emergency management office to better understand your risk and the precautions to take.

Anchor fuel and propane tanks. Propane tanks can become dislodged in the event of rushing waters, so anchoring them to the ground is advised.

Turn off electricity. Never take risks when electricity and water are concerned. If you think any part of your home might flood, cut the electricity to that area immediately.

Digitize valuables. Items considered irreplaceable, such as family memorabilia, tax records and household documents, should be digitized and the physical copies kept off-site or in a waterproof safe.

Protect appliances. In the case of a shallow flood, appliances such as washers and dryers can be elevated on bricks or stands to protect the internal workings from water damage.

Elevate hazardous materials. Dangerous chemicals are contained in many household liquids, which can leach into the water and create even more dangers. Elevate these products in order to keep the area safe.

In the event of a disaster, keeping your family out of harm’s way is your primary concern. Advanced precautions can go a long way in keeping your home safe, and will lessen your likelihood of obtaining severe damages.

If you’ve experienced flood damage or water damage from other causes, SERVPRO® of South Bronx is here to help. Our technicians are fully trained in water remediation, and our 247 Emergency Line means we’ll be there for you when you call.

Fire Safety All Businesses Should Know

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

When you are at work, you should remember to practice fire safety. It may be easy to forget about safety when you’re busy doing your daily tasks at work, but remembering safety is always important. When it comes to fire safety in the office there are a few things you should remember. 

 Tips for Office Fire Safety

Make fire safety a priority in the workplace by encouraging your colleagues and employees to take action. Here are some tips for fire safety:

  • Have an emergency evacuation plan in case of a fire
  • Hold office fire drills at least once a year
  • Be attentive when using coffee makers, toasters, and microwaves in the office
  • Try not to use a space heater, or keep heaters away from flammable items
  • Do not use damaged electrical equipment
  • Only use extension cords for temporary purposes
  • Only allow smoking in designated areas and make sure cigarettes are properly disposed of
  • Train employees on how to use fire extinguishers

Fire Protection for Office Buildings

One of the best ways to stay safe from a fire is to install fire protection systems in your building. Fire sprinklers, alarms, and extinguishers can keep you safe from a fire.

Fire Sprinkler Systems

Installing fire sprinkler systems saves lives and protects property. Fire sprinklers can extinguish or stop the spread of a fire. A fire sprinkler system can be designed to fit the needs of your facility and keep everyone safe.

Fire Alarms

Fire alarm systems alert building occupants of a fire so they can escape safely and quickly. When a fire breaks out, you may only have minutes to escape so every second count. This means you need a fire alarm system to alert people as soon as a fire is detected in the building.

Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers can prevent fires from growing too large and destroying property as well as injuring people. Install extinguishers and have them regularly inspected to keep your building protected. Train employees on the proper way to use a fire extinguisher.