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How to Spot Water Damage in Your Basement | SERVPRO® of South Bronx

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

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A basement can be a great resource for any homeowner fortunate enough to have one. It can provide everything from extra storage space to extra living space, and it can be a safe space to shelter in storm situations, especially if the home doesn’t have an underground shelter.

However, because of the fact that basements are by their nature partially or mostly underground, homes are prone to water leakage from moist surrounding soil over time.

While this is not a certainty, if your home has a basement, you’re going to want to educate yourself about how water can come in and what kind of damage it can do. Let’s examine some of the indicators of water damage in your basement—and remember, we have technicians on standby ready to assist you should you realize there’s a problem.

How to Identify Basement Water Damage

Unpleasant, musky odors. Even if water leaking into your underground basement is clean when it comes in, over time and after evaporation and temperature changes, it becomes toxic and begins to give off the pungent odor many people associate with basements. There’s a common misconception that all basements smell this way, but this really should not be the case. The smell arises when mold and mildew are present in the environment, and while they may go unnoticed by your eyes at first, your nose will let you know something’s going on.

Flaking paint on masonry or walls. Thinking they’re heading off the basement water problem forever, homeowners will sometimes apply a waterproof paint to the walls or cinder blocks of a basement. Unfortunately, this paint will only mask the problem temporarily and then give way to a more serious issue as time goes on. Water will eventually be too much for the paint to handle, and the walls will show the wear and tear via bubbling and cracking.

Foundational cracks. Homes shift slightly over time, but cracks in the foundation are problematic in that they indicate the presence of a dangerous situation caused by an untreated water leak. Cracks may show up first in the floor, the ceiling or in your walls and are often a sign that there is water putting pressure on your home’s structure. Hairline cracks are no cause for alarm, but if they grow or lengthen, you should take steps immediately to repair them.

If you notice any of these signs in your basement, let us take a look. Our expert water restoration technicians can help you determine what is causing these issues and how to treat it properly. Contact us today to learn more.

What to Expect When a Thunderstorm Strikes | SERVPRO of South Bronx

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

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We don’t know about you, but we’re pretty delighted to be welcoming warmer weather! After months of sometimes-bitter cold and frozen precipitation, warm days and sunshine are a refreshing change of pace.

But while those brighter days feel amazing—and are a reminder that summer days (and outdoor time) are straight ahead—they also bring with them an increased risk of thunderstorms.

We don’t usually think of thunderstorms as being particularly dangerous, but that’s precisely why they can be dangerous. Since storms are common, we often let down our guard, which can leave us unprepared for the dangers.

What is a thunderstorm exactly? It’s exactly what it sounds like! A thunderstorm is a storm that contains thunder. And that also means it contains lightning, since thunder and lightning are always paired together, even if you can’t see the lightning.

Many of these storms are mild, but thunderstorms can also be upgraded to severe status in certain conditions. This occurs when winds reach over 58 miles per hour and hail is an inch or larger in diameter.

The Damages Thunderstorm Can Cause

Damage and injury from lightning strikes. Fun fact: The thunder you hear during thunderstorms is actually caused by lightning. That lightning can also be pretty dangerous. More than 300 injuries annually are reported due to lightning strikes, and strikes can also cause property damage.

Property damage due to hail. You probably know that hail is not always a part of thunderstorms. But it is fairly common. Hail forms in the cold parts of thunderstorm clouds, essentially forming dangerous ice pellets that can cause injury or destruction. These pellets can vary in size, and when they’re large, they can damage cars and homes, along with people or pets who are unable to seek cover in time.

Harm from flash flooding. While driving in flash flood conditions isn’t a danger for many of us who use public transit, it’s still something to be aware of. Flash flooding is often a result of overwhelmed drainage systems, meaning it can impact nearly any area and come about suddenly. Once water piles up, even as little as an inch can make it difficult to walk and dangerous to drive.

Thunderstorms are dangerous and can cause significant damage to homes or commercial spaces. If you have damage due to a thunderstorm, you can count on us to help. Contact us 247 for more information about our storm restoration practices.

Our Approach on Restoration

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

There is a lot that goes into choosing a restoration company as a homeowner. Not only are you picking someone to restore your home, but you are also forced to make a big decision during a stressful time in life. Choosing the right company will give you peace of mind and make your experience a positive one, but it’s important to pick one that is trustworthy.

Because there are so many types of damages that can occur from a disaster, it is important to choose a company that can handle a variety of situations.

When water damage turns into structural damage or a small kitchen fire releases toxic soot particle into the air, homeowners will want a company that can handle the entire situation. Seeking a company that can handle complications is essential for a positive experience.

Our Approach to Restoration

Our restoration jobs are just as much about providing excellent service as they are restoring your home. These are the ways in which we approach restoration differently:

With a Guaranteed Quick Response Time

Emergencies do not have respect for anyone’s schedule, which is why we do not have business hours. Our emergency service line is an around-the-clock service, meaning you can call us 24 hours a day to report the damage. Once we receive the call, our technicians will spring into action in order to get to you ASAP.

With an Experienced Team

Our restoration technicians are industry leaders with proven results. Trained according to IICRC standards, they will ensure the most up-to-date methodology is used in your restoration for any type of damage.

With a National Network

Our franchise locations are located across the country with over 1,700 locations. This means that we have a national network to utilize for resources. Therefore, we can treat a large-scale disaster with the same care and efficiency as we would an isolated spot of thunderstorm damage.

If you have experienced storm damage, we are always here to help! Call our experts of SERVPRO of South Bronx at 347-590-9902 so we can address your damages quickly.

Home Fire Prevention Tips

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

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Smoke alarms are a great tool for house fire prevention, but they are not the only way to lessen your risk.

The causality of house fires is varied, but one thing that is consistent is how frequently they occur. By learning about the statistics and proven prevention methods, homeowners can keep their families safe.

The Numbers Behind House Fires

In the United States, it is reported that a home fire is put on record every 24 seconds according to the NFPA. That works out to nearly 8,600 house fires a day.

Though the vast majority of house fires are cooking-related, malfunctioning appliances, frayed wiring or cords, and carelessness with open flames are also often to blame. The fact that fires spread rapidly and can quickly consume an entire home, it is essential to be vigilant in prevention for the safety of your household.

House Fires Prevention Tips

Being proactive is the best defense against house fires. By keeping these fire prevention tips in mind, you can minimize your risk and keep your home safer:

Maintain smoke detectors. Maintain your smoke detectors by testing them each month and replacing them every 10 years.

Clean the dryer. After each load of laundry is dried, make a point to clear lint from the tray. Lint can build up and become a fire hazard when the dryer gets warm.

Keep an eye on open flames. Fires can start and spread faster than you think, which is why it is never wise to leave the room when there is an open flame. Whether it is a candle, cooking flame or fireplace, always keep an eye on them.

Maintain electrical cords. Cords and electrical wires should be checked often for frayed spots and immediately replaced if they are present. Never run electrical cords under rugs or behind furniture, as they can produce heat.

Read product labels. Chemicals in household products can be highly flammable, and so can products that come in aerosol cans. Keep these away from sunlight or heat sources.

If your home has suffered damage from a house fire, give us a call. We are certified in fire, smoke and soot remediation, we are here to help 247.

The Reason You Should Choose SERVPRO for Home Restoration | SERVPRO of South Bronx

4/21/2021 (Permalink)

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When you’re buying or renting a home in the Bronx, a number of factors come into play. You’re looking for the best possible cost per month, whether it’s rent or mortgage, plus any other fees, like HOA costs or building maintenance. You probably also considered where to get your renters or homeowners insurance.

But did you consider where to turn in the case of a disaster requiring home restoration?

While home damage is something we never want to consider, the Insurance Information Institute, reports that one out of every 350 American homeowners will file a fire-related claim this year.

That stat is alarming, but it only relates to fire. When you consider all the different types of home damage, one in 20 households will have to file a homeowners claim this year. That’s a lot of damage in need of restoration.

Now’s the time to think through who you’ll work with if disaster strikes. Read on to learn what sets us apart.

The SERVPRO Difference

When you work with SERVPRO, you gain access to a number of benefits. We’re a local company, but backed by a national organization. That means we have the full spectrum of advanced technologies and techniques—and can bring in other providers in large-scale instances where many people in the community are affected.

We’re also available 247, so you don’t have to wait when you need restoration. Whether your home damage occurs day or night, we can get the process started as soon as possible.

But we believe that our people are truly what set SERVPRO apart.

When you partner with SERVPRO for restoration work, you gain access to a team of technicians with highly specialized training. Not only do they have a keen knowledge of our community and how it works, but they’re also armed with best practices for handling all types of home damage carefully and thoroughly.

To prepare for handling any type of restoration, our technicians go through both internal SERVPRO-specific training and obtain specialized certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification, which sets the industry standard for best practices related to restoration.

If you’re ever in need of restoration, that means that you can rest assured knowing that you’re in good hands with SERVPRO.

If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams 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 your family.

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)

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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)

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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