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How Significant Are the Risks of Water Contamination During the Aftermath of Flood Damage in the Bronx?

8/29/2020 (Permalink)

living room flooded with floating chair and no one above The team at SERVPRO of South Bronx has your back when highly-contaminated flood water invades your home.

Flood Damage Threatens Your Bronx Home’s Structure and Contents and Might Present Hazards to Your Health and Wellbeing -- You Need the Support of SERVPRO to Weather the Storm

Late summer and fall are prime times for hurricanes and tropical storm systems to move up the Atlantic coast or even sweep across thousands of inland miles connecting the Bronx with the Gulf of Mexico. Once the torrential rains and high winds arrive in the borough, flood damage to your home might not be far behind. The water that rushes in is likely to contain contaminants, requiring a swift, professional response to avoid accelerated structural destruction and health concerns.

Why Are Flood Waters Presumed to Contain Hazardous Substances?
Flood damage in the Bronx is likely to expose your home to a broad range of muck, organic debris, chemicals, sewage, and saltwater if a storm surge occurs. Unlike the relatively clean water that invades your space if a supply line bursts, flooding begins as heavy rain that collects into urban “gully washers,” roiling up and carrying debris into your home from:

    •    Industrial sites
    •    Oils and pavement chemicals off roadways and sidewalks
    •    Sanitary sewer backups when the system becomes overwhelmed
    •    Saltwater from the East River spreads into neighborhoods

Restoration companies know that the flooding is contaminated by definition, adjusting removal and disposal practices to ensure that applicable regulations on hazardous waste are followed.

How Do Flood Damage Restoration Professionals Approach Contaminated Water Removal?
Upon arrival at your flooded home, the SERVPRO project manager begins with a safety inspection. We need to grasp the extent of the flooding within your home and plan for other hazards such as:

    •    Overhead structural collapse potential
    •    Electrical shock
    •    Slip, trip, and fall risks
    •    Weakening or other damage to foundations, floors, windows, roofs, or other structures due to winds, rain, or the force of overland flooding
    •    Confined spaces and trapped water
    •    Mold growth -- current or potential

What Steps Do Workers Take to Secure and Control the Hazards?
Crew members tarp and board up any roof and exterior damage that otherwise exposes your home to the elements. Our team includes a licensed construction division, an excellent fit if we need to shore up weakened surfaces, sagging ceilings, or bulging walls. The construction of partitions to contain water and debris spread is also standard, preventing infectious substances or chemicals from moving into unaffected areas of your home. As water extraction begins, we may consider calling on our construction crews to carefully plan and implement controlled demolition to assist in the removal of contaminated water:

    •    Weep holes to release water in ceilings -- punched first near the wall joints and moving toward the center to avoid uncontrollable drainage.
    •    Cut or drilled holes in drywall near the floor to drain water from building cavities and permit enhanced airflow during the drying phase.
    •    Flood cuts -- wet drywall is sawn several inches above the flood line between studs for water release and efficient drying.
    •    Drilled holes in mortar joints in cinder block or other brick-type construction facilitate the removal of water from block cells or behind structures.
    •    Once flood water-related services complete, our construction team can repair, replace, and rebuild damaged or altered structures.

How Is the Tainted Water Contained During Extraction?
Our truck-mounted units suction water to tanks that can hold more than 100 gallons. Our portable units hold less water than the truck-mounts, but can be drained into holding tanks and reused multiple times to remove flood waters from tight, confined areas.

How Do I Arrange for Lawful Disposal of the Dirty Flood Water?
We are knowledgeable about current disposal requirements in every community we serve. Our crews manage the required paperwork and actual disposal.

Is Removing the Contaminated Flood Water Enough to Protect My Family from Lingering Waste?
Once the bulk of the floodwaters exit through extraction, our crews thoroughly clean affected surfaces. We then apply antimicrobial products to kill any remaining pathogens and inhibit their regeneration, including potential mold growth. The proprietary products used for cleaning and disinfecting are registered for use by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The team at SERVPRO of South Bronx has your back when highly-contaminated flood water invades your home. Our IICRC-trained crews equipped with the latest products, tools, and technology in flood water removal, containment, cleaning and disinfection, and build-back capability are just a call away at (347) 590-9902.

What If Water Removal Causes Additional Damage at My Bronx Business?

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

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Fast Water Removal in the Bronx Is a Must for Businesses -- If Strategies for Efficient Extraction Result in Structural Damage SERVPRO Anticipates the Problem and Has a Solution Ready.

It is very common for water losses in Bronx businesses to involve considerable migration of fluids into porous building materials and cavities. Just because the water seems to have disappeared does not mean that progressive deterioration and secondary damage are not continuing unseen. Spaces between walls, over ceilings, and in various recesses become containers for water that needs release and extraction.

What Strategies Do Professional Restorers Use to Access Water Behind, Under, and Above Structural Components?

If water removal in your Bronx jewelry store requires extraction of trapped water, strategies we use start with the least disruptive. Listed below are some approaches that increase in disruption of the affected building materials.

Removal of Toe Kicks

Your display counters might rest on wooden supports, the front of which can be pried out without permanent damage to allow the release of water and enhanced airflow during structural drying.

“Injectidry” Type Systems for Floors and Under Baseboards

If water percolated through hardwood floor strips or planks or is caught behind the ball at baseboard level, negative air pressure suction systems work to pull that fluid out. Floor mats lie flat on the hardwood and attach to hoses linked to an extractor to remove water from several flooring layers. Similarly, the baseboards can be pried off, small holes cut, and the hoses inserted to suction liquid water. Changing the air pressure to positive forces warm air through later to facilitate drying.

Weep Holes and Flood Cuts

When water causes surfaces to bulge, SERVPRO technicians punch weep holes to release the water carefully, in a controlled manner. Suppose walls are damp and deteriorating from the base up. In that case, we might recommend a flood cut, the drywall sawn several inches above the waterline, and removed for fast water extractions and more effective drying.

Who Takes on Responsibility for Build Back of Structural Altered During Water Removal?

Our carpenters and other construction division workers help with the controlled demolition for water release. They then return to reconstruct any portions of your store that have permanent damage from the water removal facilitation.

SERVPRO of South Bronx offers wrap-around water removal and rebuilding solutions for local businesses. Call us at (347) 590-9902 for an evaluation and a detailed restoration plan.

Contractor Licenses:

General: 2077660-DCA

Mold Remediation: 01295

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The Heavy Storm Left Me Dealing with Severe Flood Damage in My Bronx Property. Whom Should I Call?

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

Nursery Flooded Storm damage can lead to costly repairs if not handled on time.

Contact SERVPRO Technicians in the Bronx to Contain and Mitigate Flood Damage in Your Home

Floodwater may take a while to recede, and if you wait long, most of your valuable items, together with the structure, can be severely damaged. Also, mold growth, insect infestations, and health effects may arise if you let moisture stay in your Bronx property for an extended period. It is essential to act fast by contacting SERVPRO’s team of restorers to help save as much property as possible.

What can I do before the restorers arrive at my property?

Our response team is available 24 hours, 365 days a year. We have a friendly team that is ready to help you mitigate the storm damage in your Bronx property. Before our restorers arrive to your home, you can do the following things:

    •    Check for electrical and structural damage from outside.
    •    Check for gas leaks and fire hazards using a battery-powered light source.
    •    Wear eye protection, rubber gloves, and sturdy shoes before walking in the affected property.
    •    Wear a respirator if mold is present to filter spores.

Why contact SERVPRO technicians?

We are the right company to hire when in need of flood damage restoration services because of the following reasons:

    •    Decades of experience: With over 50 years in the restoration industry, we have successfully restored thousands of homes. We know how to handle flood damage emergencies.
    •    Licensed: Our company has met all the licensing requirements. Our  General Contractor License number is 2077660-DCA.
    •    We respond and act fast: Our professionals can restore flood damage in your property in a brief period.

How thorough is the inspection process?

Our technicians can inspect your property to come up with the best mitigation technique. However, we do not demolish surfaces during the inspection since it can lead to costly repairs. We utilize our high-tech tools and equipment to assess the affected area. We can use inspection cameras and borescopes to check for moisture in cavities and confined places. With the device, we can determine visible contamination and inspect the construction techniques.

How do you eliminate the moisture in confined areas?

Our restorers can utilize structural cavity drying equipment to drywall cavities. The machine can direct dry air into wall cavities to replace moist air with dry, warm air. This raises the temperature of the affected surface and drops the vapor pressure, increasing the rate of evaporation. Our technicians can drill minute holes in walls, ceilings, or beneath cabinets to direct air under cabinets, into wall cavities, and other structural cavities.

Storm damage can lead to costly repairs if not handled on time. Contact SERVPRO of South Bronx at (347) 590-9902 for effective restoration in a short period. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Why Does Fire Damage Restoration Seem So Complex in The Bronx?

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Places a Premium on Clear Communication with Our Bronx Commercial Customers -- We Share Your Vision of Getting Back to Business Fast After Fire Damage Restoration

Stressed does not even begin to describe how you feel when the Bronx business you built up over the years suffers a significant fire loss. You are used to being in charge and responsible for your company's well-being and the expectations of your customers and employees. Fire damage places you on uncertain footing. The conversations you have with fire fighting authorities and restorations companies can be confusing, perhaps making the actions needed to mitigate and remediate the damage seem more complicated than necessary.

What Is My Best Source for Questions About Fire Damage Restoration?

When seeking commercial fire damage restoration in the Bronx, a firm with the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained and certified managers and technicians is crucial for successful results. Our well-prepared workforce has completed the course, many returning after the basic classes to earn advanced certifications better to implement the fire damage restoration industry's best practices. Open communication with our team is an excellent way to inform yourself about the true extent of the damage and the phases, steps, and tasks needed to return your property and even more your operations to preloss conditions.

Why Is Valuable Fire Damage Restoration Time Spent on Testing?

SERVPRO knows the clock is ticking for your business after a water loss. Research indicates that nearly half of the companies that close even temporarily in response to a disaster risk permanent failure. When you call on us to get your business back on track, we must get our interventions right the first time if your operations are to get running again. To avoid choosing the wrong cleaning agents, techniques, or tools, we use our training and testing our conclusions in inconspicuous spots to ensure a good result.

How Do Professionals Sort Out the Types of Fire Damage?

The residues from a fire group into three main types -- dry, wet, and protein-based. Each type is dependent on the materials that fueled the fire. It is important to note that the residues can vary within the space, so we must be vigilant to evaluate them as they change.

Dry soot -- light and ashy, typically from a hot and fast paper or wood-fueled fire, usually removed by mechanical means:
    •    Brushing
    •    Dry sponging
    •    Vacuuming

Wet soot -- thick and sticky, resulting from plastics, rubbers, or damp textiles smoldering, removed with a cleaner and a technique matched and tested to the soot's characteristics.

Protein-based soot -- nearly transparent and attached to surfaces like lacquer, occurs after food and grease dehydrates in the flames and heat of a kitchen fire, removed with solvents and abrasives.

What Are the Factors to Consider When Choosing a Cleaning Product?

Once the soot is identified, we need to select the most advantageous approach to restore the surfaces in your business. An eternal principle in fire damage restoration is that like dissolves like, so our first question always is the soiling water or oil-based? Once we make an initial analysis, we use our experience and training to select the most likely product. We carry a full inventory of proprietary water and oil-based cleaning solutions, as well as detergents that can bridge the gap on surfaces where both water and oil-based soot settled.

What Other Ways Do Professionals Adapt the Cleaning Process?

As we complete the cleaning of surfaces in your commercial building after identifying the type of residues, we use our knowledge of the elements of cleaning to remove the soot and staining. We adjust each element as necessary to achieve the desired result. The elements are:

    •    Temperature -- higher temperatures speed the chemical reaction of cleaning products, but can shrink textiles and cause colors to run
    •    Agitation -- loosening residues through the movement of the surface or objects to be cleaned, movement of the solution used to clean, or both (brushing, scrubbing, air or water pressure are examples)
    •    Chemical action -- the right cleaning solution permits the soiling to suspend or emulsify in the oil or water matched to use to sweep away soot or other residues
    •    Time -- also referred to as dwell time, this represents the period a solution lies on a surface, or an object soaks in a basin before agitation or rinsing

Care must be taken to ensure the objects or surfaces are durable enough to withstand the products and methods.

SERVPRO of South Bronx always takes the time to listen to customers and explain the commercial fire damage restoration process every step of the way. One quick call to (347) 590-9902 gets you back on track no matter how severe the damage.

Can My Favorite Suit Be Salvaged After A Bronx Fire?

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

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No One Wants to Buy a New Wardrobe After a Fire in The Bronx – Our Content Management and Cleaning Crews Can Save You Money by Restoring Your Clothing

More than one-quarter of all fires occur in the home. Bronx residences are not exempt from that statistic. The contents of your home become smoke damaged many times, even if it is a minor fire.

Do I need to toss my smoke damaged clothing?

Most of us have a favorite suit, skirt, or comfy bathroom that we would hate to lose. If you have suffered even minor fire damage to your Bronx home, the smoke can travel into unaffected areas. Soot, which is smoke that has settled, can creep into the smallest places. Smoke odor can cling to clothing. But here at SERVPRO, we have technicians trained to clean and restore clothing to preloss condition, but the key is moving quickly.

How Do You Clean Clothing that is Smoke Damaged?

Because smoke particles and odors can bond quickly with certain fabric types, the quicker they get cleaned, the better. If you have clothing that needs cleaning as part of your fire restoration service, you will be instructed to make three groups:

1. Immediate – clothing you need to use immediately
2. Non-immediate – important but necessarily needed right away
3. Seasonal – least important need

Once that is done, the cleaning process will begin. The crew will remove clothes from metal hangers and dispose of the hangers. Compressed air blows of smoke particles and dry, loose residue. A solvent-based odor counteractant helps dissipate odors. Dry cleaning or laundering doesn’t always remove all odors. In that case, thermal fogging further deodorize items.

Contact SERVPRO of South Bronx at (347) 590-9902 for an expert for fire damage service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Will My Bronx Business Recover from a Significant Water Loss?

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

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Water Restoration in The Bronx Can Require Many Kinds of Interventions -- Learn How SERVPRO Professionals Accomplish Comprehensive Water Removal and Restoration in Your Commercial Space  

Water damage can occur in your South Bronx business from many sources. It can be a sudden emergency, featuring a geyser of water spewing from a broken pipe to soak your stockroom. Or slow, unnoticed seepage eventually causes weakened supports and wavy floors, contributing to the risk of hidden mold growth and ruined inventory.

What Is the First Step Toward Water Damage Restoration?

Hiring a professional South Bronx water restoration company is crucial, providing clear benefits for business owners coping with either an emergency or long-term disaster. You have considerable expertise in your industry, but probably not for effective water damage restoration. As you hope your customers turn to you when your skills, experience, and products are desired, we provide our highly-trained and well-equipped water disaster crews on the job for the best results.

How Is the Water Removed and the Space Dried Out?

SERVPRO arrives with a fully-stocked service vehicle and the certified technicians to employ the tools of our trade. After ensuring that the water supply is shut off until repairs can be made, we move into emergency cleanup mode:

  • Standing water removal with submersible pumps, and remaining liquids extracted using both truck-mounted and portable units (useful for confined areas)
  • Moisture detectors and meters help technicians gather data to locate hidden water and provide baselines for drying goals
  • Limited demolition such as flood cuts and weep holes release trapped water and provide access for more efficient drying
  • Air movers and dehumidifiers encourage evaporation and capture water vapor for disposal

Where Do Rebuilders Fit Into Water Damage Restoration?

We offer a streamlined process for our business customers, supporting water damage restoration from the initial assessment through repair and reconstruction. Avoid stress and save time and expense by having all restoration phases managed by our team.

Count on SERVPRO of South Bronx to pull out all the stops necessary to get your business back on track after a water crisis. We can proudly place a decal on your front door or window--Certified SERVPRO Cleaned. Call (347) 590-9902 24/7 to explore our wrap-around restoration services.

Contractor Licenses:

General: 2077660-DCA

Which Restoration Procedures Can Help Save My Items After Water Damage?

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

Water splash A water intrusion can quickly cause damage in your home. Call SERVPRO today to avoid additional water loss of your property.

SERVPRO Offers a Wide Range of Water Damage Restoration Services Helping Bronx Homeowners Save Valuables Affected by Water Intrusion Incidents

Salvaging more items after a water intrusion incident in your property can help minimize the costs of recovery. Apart from minimizing costs, you can also save items that have sentimental value, such as family heirlooms. Saving contents after exposure to water is a challenging process, but SERVPRO avails various resources to Bronx residents to help ease some of the difficulties.

What Items are water spills likely to affect most?

When making plans for water damage restoration in your Bronx property, you need a strategy to ensure your restoration efforts yield the best outcome. Identifying which contents are likely to sustain severe damage due to direct or secondary water exposure is one crucial aspect of such a strategy. Typically, water damage is most severe on: 

  • Items made from permeable materials
  • Items that have electronic circuits
  • Metal items
  • Items made of hygroscopic materials

Among your valuables, fabric items, upholstery, and wooden furniture, which readily absorb water due to their higher permeability, also sustain a wide range of damages including:

  • Breakdown of chemical bonds leading to loss of structural integrity 
  • Decomposition or mold infestation
  • Physical changes such as warping or shrinking
  • Staining due to soiling or deterioration of dyes

Should I worry about non-porous valuables?

Although items made from non-porous materials do not absorb water, exposure can ruin them in other ways. Metal items rust when exposed to water or high humidity levels. Sometimes, the damage can develop internally, while everything seems okay, outwards. For instance, when electronic items are exposed to high levels of humidity, internal components can rust - by the time you notice, the damage is too widespread to save the item.  

What level of damage can restoration procedures reverse?

One advantage of involving a professional team like SERVPRO is access to a broader array of restoration resources, including highly trained technicians and sophisticated equipment that simplify some challenging tasks. Even with the availability of such resources, reversing extensive damages is not always possible. In other cases, it is better to spare the effort altogether. Before embarking on restoration, our technicians consider several factors to ensure we deliver a desirable outcome:

  • Cost of restoration compared to replacing the item
  • Level of damage
  • Age of the items
  • Sentimental value of the items

What does a typical restoration involve?

Since the damage results from exposure to water, moisture removal is one of the typical restoration processes. Depending on the item, the procedure can vary. For fabrics such as carpets or upholstery, extraction is necessary to remove the absorbed water. After removing all liquid water, other processes, such as evaporation, and dehumidification can help remove the remaining moisture. Our SERVPRO technicians move the items to a dry room then set up air movers to increase airflow around them.

For items made of semi-porous materials such as wood, extraction is not necessary since they do not hold liquid water. However, elaborate drying procedures are essential to release the moisture they hold. When removing surface water from furniture, it is better to pat-dry them rather than wiping to avoid ruining finishes or leaving marks. Wood requires slow drying to remove absorbed water, without causing other problems such as cracking. Our technicians place the items in a dry yet shaded place, which can be one of the rooms in your house to permit stable drying. We can run some air movers and monitor wetness levels constantly to ensure even drying.

Apart from individual items, water also affects fixtures such as hardwood floors and cabinets. If left unaddressed, they can continue to deteriorate, necessitating a costly replacement process. Drying assemblies presents many challenges, especially since they cannot be moved like individual items. Our crews rely on their advanced training to overcome drying challenges. For instance, we create drying chambers over hardwood floors by setting up plastic sheets over the floor for better control of air movements and humidity levels, thus allowing stable drying.

Can I save heavily soiled items?

Soiling is easy to resolve through cleaning if it does not involve contamination or stains. The good news is that a clean water spill is not likely to involve contamination. However, stains can develop on carpets, upholstery, and other fabrics. Our SERVPRO technicians take steps to establish whether the stains fall under these categories:

  • Protein soils
  • Color-adding or discoloring soils
  • Water-soluble or oil-soluble soils
  • Insoluble soils

Depending on the results, we can use a wide variety of cleaning products or procedures to reverse the damage. For protein soils, we use enzyme products to break them down, making it possible to remove the stain. We can also use stain-absorbing powder, natural fabric brighteners, and peroxide bleach solution to deal with other forms of stains. 

Assistance from professional water restoration technicians can help you save more items after water loss incidents. Call SERVPRO of South Bronx at (347) 590-9902 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Can Flooding Happen at Any Time of the Year?

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded street Flash floods can cause water to invade your home. We have the equipment and experience to restore your home.

Bronx Properties are Always at Risk of Flooding, but our SERVPRO Team is Prepared to Help With a Fast and Confident Response.  

No matter what time of the year,Bronxhomes and apartments can fall victim to violent storms and substantial weather events that compromise the structural integrity of buildings in the borough. In some situations, water creates a path through a structure with force and pressure common to natural flooding events. Other emergencies might see the collapse of roofs, structural breaches, or other openings that allow water flow to penetrate the property. 

During the winter months, flood damage in homes becomes more common than many property owners realize. Heavy snowfall can lay on roofs for weeks, testing the limitations of aging underlayment, joists, and other supports. The same devastating flooding can occur during warmer months as well when violent storms with hurricane strength make landfall at New York City and affect hundreds of properties. 

What Can Be Done to Remove Standing Water?  

Whether the damage occurs from flash flooding after torrential rainfall or direct water flow from a damaged roof, standing water is a standard obstacle for flood-damaged homes. There are several tools in our arsenal that we can use to begin removing surface water shortly after we arrive. Many choices we have in this area vary based on the type of damage and the severity of the situation. Removing standing water often involves one of the following tools: 

  • Submersible Pumps
  • Trash Pumps
  • Truck-Mount Pumps
  • Wet Vacuums 

Does SERVPRO Help with the Build Back?  

Flooding often sees controlled demolition occur. This process removes compromised structural elements and materials to make later reconstruction and repairs faster and less costly. With a team of in-house contractors, we have experienced professionals restore your property to its original condition after a flood. 

Flooding can be a devastating situation, but our SERVPRO of South Bronx team can help anytime disaster strikes. We are available 24/7 at (347) 590-9902.

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How Can I Deal with the Wet Contents of My Bronx Apartment After a Storm-Related Flood?

6/6/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Offers Innovative Contents Pack-Out Options for Bronx Victims of Storm Flooding When Tight Living Conditions Make Remediation Challenging

Heavy rains collect and flow with force along streets and sidewalks in the Bronx. A wall of water can crash through doors and flow through the lobby and hallways of a high-rise and then into individual units. The stress of managing flash flooding into your street-level apartment in the Bronx is exacerbated by the worry about how you can sort out, clean, and dry your furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions. You are confident that a professional disaster recovery company can take charge of the flood water removal, cleaning, disinfecting, and structural drying inside your home. On the other hand, your living space's relatively small size makes you feel crowded out and unable to make constructive headway in the recovery of your personal property.

Is There an Option for Apartment Owners Who Need Urgent Property Assessment and Storage?

Flash flood damage in Bronx multi-family buildings affects contents, and we meet the need for restoration and storage by recommending a pack-out. We use the features of our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) to create a large digital inventory. Our team packs, labels, and transports your possessions, using traditional lists, photos, and barcoding to track your possessions.

Can You Restore My Possessions During the Pack-Out?

SERVPRO has specially trained technicians at our production facility, with unique resources and interventions for soiled and wet packed-out contents. We work with you as well as your insurance company as we evaluate the condition of the items and make recommendations about cleaning, drying, disinfecting, deodorizing, and otherwise restoring the function and the appearance of your flood-damaged personal property.

Creative solutions for urban disasters are an everyday response for SERVPRO of South Bronx. Call us at (347) 590-9902 to explore your options for flood recovery at this difficult time.

How Hard Can It Be to Remove Excess Water in My Bronx Brownstone?

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged home Big or small, SERVPRO of South Bronx is here to help you with whatever water cleanup you require.

Trained Water Cleanup Professionals from SERVPRO Ensure your Bronx Brownstone is Dried Faster

When it comes to a significant spill or leak in your Bronx home, you may be tempted to try to tackle the cleanup on your own to save a bit of money. However, the problem lies with hidden moisture that migrates to dry spaces and remains unseen by the naked eye. Instead of letting mildew or mold growth set in, you can enlist the help of IICRC-certified technicians from SERVPRO to get the job done faster. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, and we make sure that your interior is free from microbial dangers and secondary damage from hidden moisture.

What Does SERVPRO Doe for Water Removal Services?

Once called, we deploy a crew to arrive at your property within four hours or less to get started on your water cleanup in the Bronx. We assess the interior of your brownstone to gather a detailed picture of all damage. This allows us to put together a plan for restoring your interior after extraction wraps up. We are here for:

    •    Availability on your schedule. Our skilled technicians operate offering emergency services 24/7 so that we can be there whenever you need us.
    •    Highly-trained water restoration technicians (WRT) through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC). We are there to make your interior “Like it never even happened.” so that you can get back to your routine as usual.
    •    Our Green Fleet comes fully equipped with all of the latest equipment and technology for prompt water removal to stop moisture migration.

Why Can’t I Just Use My Own Cleaning Tools?

Even if you have a wet/dry vacuum, it is never a match for the industrial-strength equipment that SERVPRO brings to each job. Professional water cleanup involves more than removing any visible fluids in your home. We address all small cavities where water migrates and then employ the use of moisture sensor equipment, leaving no stone unturned. Just a sampling of the equipment we have at our disposal includes:

    •    Submersible pumps and truck-mount extractors that help us remove copious of waters in a short period.
    •    Light wands for pulling up excess moisture from your carpets as well as the carpet padding beneath.
    •    Disinfectants and anti-microbial agents that inhibit bacterial growth known for creating foul odors as well as potentially hazardous mildew and mold.

When Will You Know if All the Moisture is Gone?

Our crew is specially trained to follow water migration paths, but we also use a selection of tools that allow us to find other areas where moisture might be lurking. Some of the moisture detection tools that we have available include:

    •    Penetrating and non-penetrating moisture meters that reveal the moisture content left in various materials.
    •    Moisture sensor technology that determines moisture levels left in porous or soft materials such as upholstered furniture and carpeting.
    •    Thermo-hygrometers that measure the relative humidity levels and temperatures in the air.
    •    Inspection cameras and borescopes allow us to get wall cavity readings without removing the materials altogether.

DIY Methods Won’t Work for Water Cleanup?

In the case of a small spill, do-it-yourself measures may be enough. However, you never want to leave it to chance that any moisture gets left behind. For example, water can seep through cracks in tile flooring that may cause them to lift. With carpets, any lingering moisture can cause damage to the subflooring and bring about harmful microbial growth. These and other reasons are why it is better to call for skilled technicians with the experience and technology for the job.

Can You Salvage Saturated Personal Belongings?

We work to salvage whatever possible depending on the level of saturation and the nature of the materials. For furnishings with padding or cushions, SERVPRO technicians may tent the area and use industrial fans to get the air circulating to facilitate drying. We also have brushing techniques often used on the upholstery to restore the fabric pile while getting rid of any topical soiling. If necessary, other belongings in your home may be packed up and brought to another location for proper cleaning and disinfecting.

We Also Address Moisture That May Be Embedded

We assess each water cleanup job case by case, where some call for a controlled demolition to eradicate embedded moisture. This might include the removal of baseboards and flooring to address moisture in the floor joists or subflooring. Should water have wicked up into your drywall, we perform flood cuts just above the water line to facilitate drying. Everything is then replaced and restore to pre-water loss condition.

Big or small, SERVPRO of South Bronx is here to help you with whatever water cleanup you require. To have a crew deployed to your location 24/7, you can reach us by calling (347) 590-9902.