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Winter Safety for Your Home and Family | SERVPRO® of South Bronx

11/27/2021 (Permalink)

A close-up image of a car and tire moving through snow If winter weather should bring damage to your home or business, contact SERVPRO of South Bronx for fast, restorative solutions.

Seasons change, and that means that we have to change, too. We not only worry about the normal daily tasks that life has, but during the last two months of the year, we throw in activities like family gatherings and religious holidays. And while these things are exciting and enjoyable, the reality is with more added to our plate, we are likely going to forget something.

One thing that must not be forgotten is safety! Winter weather can bring about hazards that you might not be ready for, and that’s why we want to bring up these important issues now.

So take a minute to review some important factors that can help protect your home and family this winter season.

<h3your-family">Protect Your Family

Just like with anything in life, communication is key during bad weather. Communicating with your family can help them better prepare and know what is to come if something disastrous were to happen.

Make sure that your family knows the emergency action plan. By knowing and practicing the emergency action plan, you can help reduce anxiety and fear if you ever have to use it.

Another thing you should prepare is your vehicle. Ensure that your vehicle is in good, working condition, from the tires all the way to the roof of your vehicle.

It’s smart to always have an emergency safety kit in your vehicle, but now is the time to prep it with winter gear, including an ice scraper for your windshield, food and drinks, and warm replacement clothing if you should need it.

<h3your-home">Protect Your Home

Frozen pipes are a huge threat for your home during the winter months. That’s why it’s important to prepare now so that you can possibly prevent this expensive disaster from happening to you.

Check all of your home heating sources to ensure that they have been well-maintained and are in good working condition. Some people prefer to use a fireplace with real burning wood, and it’s important to ensure that you handle every fire with the utmost care. Stock up on firewood now so that you don’t run out later.

<h3your-pets">Protect Your Pets

Pets need our help in caring for them! If the weather is bitterly cold or some type of storm is present, you need to bring your pets in for shelter.

While some animals can’t be brought indoors, it’s important that you take extra caution in helping them prepare. Having a shelter for them to get out of the weather, making sure they have plenty of food and always checking to see that they have unthawed water are simple ways you can protect them.

<h3aware-of-melts-and-flooding">Be Aware of Melts and Flooding

As we all know, winter can bring snow and ice, and these things will melt at some point. When the melting process happens, it has the potential of causing dangerous floods..

Keep an eye on your roof as ice melts, and stay in the know about potential flooding.

If winter weather should bring damage or flooding to your home or business, contact SERVPRO for fast, restorative solutions.

Top Causes of House Fires Revealed | SERVPRO® of South Bronx

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

a firefighter battling a fire with a water hose in hand Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO of South Bronx are here for you if your home is affected by fire.

If you were to pull up to your home or apartment to see it in flames, your stomach might fall to the ground. We work hard to have nice things, and we work twice as hard (and spend a lot of money) to help keep them nice.

But while we might think we are acting in a safe way when it comes to protecting our homes from fire, more than a quarter of all reported fires are house fires.

So, stop what you’re doing and read over the top causes of house fires. Together, we can help bring the house fire numbers down.

Cooking. Most house fires start in the kitchen. And the leading cause of those fires is unattended cooking. Always be present, mentally and physically, when you’re cooking dinner.

Heating equipment. When the cold days of winter arrive, you want your heater working at its best. But heating systems of any kind can present a fire hazard if not maintained properly. Space heaters also present a particular hazard. If using a space heater, ensure you keep it away from anything flammable and in a location where it can’t be knocked over.

Electrical fires. These days, every room in the house contains electrical equipment. It’s important to understand the risks that these things present, like frayed cords or the overcrowding of outlets. If you’re living in an older house, have your electrical system checked out regularly.

Intentional fires. It may be hard to believe, but 28,000 intentional home fires are started every year. These aren’t fires set for legitimate reasons that get out of control; these are fires set on purpose with the intent of destruction.

Smoking materials. People smoking in their home is a personal choice, but if you do so, you should be aware that it is responsible for 5% of house fires and is the leading cause of fire deaths. It’s important to make sure cigarettes and other smoking materials have been completely put out before leaving the room or going to bed.

Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO is here for you if your home is affected by fire. Contact your local team today to see how we can help.

Commercial Cleaning Done Right | SERVPRO® of South Bronx

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee in PPE prepping an area for cleaning Are you ready to have the cleanest business in town? Contact SERVPRO of South Bronx for all your cleaning needs.

SERVPRO is nationally known for the restoration services we provide to homeowners following accidents or disasters. But some people may not realize that we are every bit as passionate about business owners as we are the homeowners.

We provide business owners the same services that we do for our homeowners, restoration following any type of accident or disaster. And we also provide custom solutions that only benefit the commercial space that you have poured your heart and soul into. Commercial cleaning is one example.

<h2services-for-businesses-of-any-kind-or-size">Commercial Services for Businesses of Any Kind or Size

Your focus should be on pleasing your customers, and you can let our focus be on making your business clean. We handle professional, high-quality cleaning and sanitation for all types of facilities:

Retail facilities, such as department stores, craft stores or supermarkets. Cleanliness goes well with anything, but especially when you are trying to attract customers to shop with you!

Educational facilities, such as schools, libraries or athletic facilities. With so many people in these types of facilities, it’s important to clean commonly used items regularly. And even regular cleaning by teachers and students only gets rid of half the bacteria from desks.

Health facilities, such as doctors’ offices, hospitals or assisted living centers. These places mandate that you keep cleanliness a top priority, and we help you exceed those expectations and the CDC standards.

Foodservice facilities, such as restaurants, kitchens or distribution centers. Without question, cleaning and sanitation are crucial in the food industry. We can help take the burden of cleaning off your plate, so you can focus on the good food.

Property management, like stadiums, apartment complexes or high-rises. When you put effort into the lobby of your company, your customers will take notice.

Studies show that the workforce can lose $260 billion per year in lost productivity due to illness within the workplace. By allowing SERVPRO to handle your cleaning and sanitation needs, you can prove to employees and customers their health is your main concern.

When you’re ready to have the cleanest business in town, we’re ready to help. Contact your local SERVPRO to get the pros working on the cleaning so you can work on the work.

Can You Trust Your Restoration Company? | SERVPRO® of South Bronx

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

three green SERVPRO trucks lined up on a side street You can rest easy knowing you’ve got the trusted leader in the restoration industry on the other end of the line, SERVPRO of South Bronx.

When disaster strikes your home or business, you are left with making a quick decision about who will help you restore your home to its original state.

Whether you need to recover from a severe storm or an electrical accident at home, you need to know that your restoration company has your back! Here are a few things to consider before you commit to one:

Reputation

When disasters happen, people tend to show up and offer the best services for the best prices. But you have to make sure that they aren’t scammers.

Sadly, scammers seek people out who are vulnerable and rip you off. They promise big things, take your money, then deliver nothing and disappear.

With SERVPRO, you can trust that we will never do that. We have worked hard in this industry for over 50 years, earning a reputation that shows we put in the necessary work to ensure our customers are satisfied after every job.

Quick Action

When a disaster takes over your home, it is nice to know that you can reach out to someone who is ready to take care of your problem now!

That’s why we are here 24 hours a day, seven days a week! We know that there is no time to waste when it comes to fixing your home. Not only are you ready to be back to “normal,” but you also don’t want to incur more damage or cost in an already devastating situation.

Backup

SERVPRO of South Bronx is locally owned and operated, so you can rest assured that our employees that are here in the Bronx and readily available.

But sometimes, disasters impact entire communities. When that happens, you can rest assured we can access the help we need. We are fully backed by a nationwide network of SERVPRO franchises. When we call for help, they come running with the support and resources we need.

When you call SERVPRO, you can rest easy knowing you’ve got the trusted leader in the restoration industry on the other end of the line. When disaster hits home, contact us to get our local experts and nationwide network on your side.

What You Need to Know About Fall Fire Safety | SERVPRO® of South Bronx

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

a small campfire burning bright in the dark night Be mindful about fall fire safety. Always remember that SERVPRO of South Bronx is the trusted leader in the restoration industry.

We don’t know about you, but we’re ready to welcome the cooler fall weather!

But like all the other seasons, autumn brings about safety risks. Taking a few minutes to learn about those risks now can help you prevent a fire later.

Campfire Safety

Did you know there’s a right and a wrong way to build a campfire? Seriously, when building a campfire, you need to stay aware and alert from beginning to end.

Knowing where and how to build a campfire is the first step. Make sure you keep it in an open area and away from anything flammable. Also, remember to use dry logs or limbs.

As you’re preparing to ignite the campfire, only use a match or lighter, never an accelerant like kerosene or lighter fluid.

And before you are ready to call it a night, you must ensure that your fire has been completely extinguished. If you aren’t careful, all it takes is a small gust of wind to help reignite the fire. To be safe, you can slowly douse your campfire with a bucket of water to help ensure all the embers are put out.

Space Heaters

As most of you know a portable space heater can become quite handy. This is true at all times of year, especially when you’re working in a chilly office environment. But space heaters are also a significant fire risk, especially during the fall and winter.

Make sure to keep your heater away from anything flammable. It’s also imperative to keep it on a level surface, because even though most come with an automatic shut-off, it’s better to be extra cautious.

You should also plug the heater directly into an outlet rather than into an extension cord. Using an extension cord to power your space heater creates a fire hazard.

Halloween

Halloween, while still a few weeks away, can provide some great decoration opportunities. But it’s important that you stay aware and alert as you decorate and as you enjoy the new scene.

Candles, costumes or other Halloween mainstays can be extremely flammable, so you need to be attentive.

If a fire hazard should turn from potential to reality in your home, remember the trusted leader in the recovery industry and contact SERVPRO to get your property fully restored right down to the smell of smoke.

Noticing Water Leaks? Check Out These Common Culprits | SERVPRO® of South Bronx

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

a leak in ceiling creating water lines running down an interior wall A water leak can turn into a big problem. Contact the SERVPRO of South Bronx team if you are dealing with any water damage.

Do you see damp spots on the ceiling? Is there a dried water stain down the wall? A puddle of water under the kitchen sink? No one likes to deal with these situations.

Unfortunately, we seldom get notice of an impending water disaster. Water takes the path of least resistance, and that can lead to water being in places it shouldn’t be.

Knowing how water can enter your home and ensuring those systems that are designed to keep water out are working as planned is an important way of limiting your risk. Here are a few of the most common origins of home water damage to keep your eyes on:

Faucet connection and washers. Most faucets use rubber gaskets to seal the water into the faucet. Over time, these degrade and wear out. Pressure from the supply line can then cause a leak.

Refrigerator drain pan. The evaporator coil usually handles the water generated from the defrost cycle, but whatever it doesn’t handle falls into the drain pan. Most of the time, it will evaporate naturally. If not working properly, water can accumulate and overflow the drip pan.

Foundation cracks. Cracks in the foundation of your house are easy places for water to infiltrate. If this occurs, contact a professional foundation repair expert to evaluate the problem and offer solutions.

Vent boots. Vent boots can degrade and cause small leaks. Over time, these leaks can create major damage in the roof system and the surrounding framing. These issues should be identified and repaired quickly.

Defective septic tank. There are any number of reasons for an improperly draining septic tank. The most obvious reason is that solids have built up in the system and clogged the outflow opening into the drain field.

Moisture in the crawlspace. Excessive moisture in the crawlspace can lead to rot, mold and structural damage if not addressed quickly. This moist environment is always a breeding ground for termites and other pests.

It’s important to keep up with the systems that keep water and moisture out of your home. If you can observe the warning signs in advance and make repairs, you may avoid a major repair.

If a water leak erupts into a big problem at home, you’ve got the best team in the business on your side. Contact SERVPRO today so we can get started.

Common Strom Damage Caused By Hurricanes | SERVPRO of South Bronx

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded basement. After a flood, it is vital to begin restoration immediately.

The Bronx is familiar with the damage that accompanies severe storms, like hail, ice, and snow storms. With its location near the coast, neither is the area unfamiliar with hurricanes. But did you know there are a total of ten common storms? They are hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, snow storms, hail storm, thunderstorms, lightning storms, tropical storms, ice storms and Derecho storms.

Of these, Derecho storms are actually considered rare. Have you heard of it before? This type of storm happens when several large storms form one giant storm that can reach speeds of 58 miles per hour (at least) and cover 250 miles.

Whatever storm is coming, SERVPRO® of South Bronx knows how important it is that a home feels secure and protected.

With South Bronx’s proximity to the coast, many of these possible storms could affect the area. New York is already familiar with how far reaching the destruction from Hurricane Sandy was. In fact, most hurricanes reach farther than one might think.

The wind created by hurricanes can be linked to the majority of damage caused by hurricanes. In some hurricanes, the wind is so strong as to form tornadoes. Powerful winds of 74 - 155 miles per hour are common and strong enough to cause severe wreckage. Trees, power lines, vehicles, and roofs are all at risk from wind. Storm winds pick up and scatter debris of all shapes and sizes, causing further destruction.

Second, storm surge.

Even before a hurricane hits land, its wind is causing damage. As the hurricane moves closer to shore, it brings water with it, pushing it toward the coast. The excess water has nowhere to escape to, so it piles up and forms what has been called a “wall of water.” The water rises high above the predicted tide level and crashes into the shore, creating destruction and flooding inland. 

As mentioned, storm surge is a primary cause of flooding when excess water is forced from the ocean and onto the shore and further. But the other primary cause of flooding is from heavy precipitation. Hurricanes cause excessive heavy rainfall, both in the area where it lands and as far as the surrounding 100 miles. Tropical storms that don’t reach hurricane status can have this effect, too.

The damage caused by hurricanes can be extensive and overwhelming to recover from. But you don’t have to do it alone. SERVPRO® of South Bronx is always ready to help.

SERVPRO Of South Bronx Commercial Property Restoration Due To Water Damage

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

Oil spill and water flood in commercial space. SERVPRO of South Bronx will grantee you highly skilled contents restoration experts will determine the best techniques for treating your belonging, d

Flooding and water damage events at SERVPRO South Bronx commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of South Bronx

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

Call Us Today: (718)-590-9902

Commercial Restoration | SERVPRO of South Bronx

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage to your business. Damaged commercial basement due to a flood.

When a loss happens at a place of business, it is important to work with an experienced restoration company who specializes in commercial losses. Most Restoration companies focus on residential restoration business and rarely do commercial fire, water or other losses.

Here at SERVPRO of South Bronx all technicians have a great length of commercial restoration experience and are fully equip to take on any commercial job. Commercial restoration jobs are much more complex and often ran in a completely different way then regular residential jobs.

SERVPRO of South Bronx has the software and tools necessary to elevate business disaster services. Gathering preloss data, organizing arrival protocols and information. We also have the flexible availability and we are ready at any moment to response to your claim of loss.

CALL US TODAY: 347-590-9902

SERVPRO Of South Bronx 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage to your home! We are available 24/7. Call us today for your emergency services!

SERVPRO of South Bronx is available 24 hours for all water damage emergencies. It is important to take immediate actions when water damage accrues. Any delays can greatly increase the condition of the water damage.

Our services are 24 hours and we are ready to help you!

Call Us Today: (347)-590-9902

We recognize that water damage can cause a devastating setback to families or businesses and at SERVPRO we do whatever it takes to give back that sense of security. Recognizing the trauma and emotional disruption that most people suffer from a flood or even minor water damage, you can rely on us to restore your property to look "Like it never even happened." Our professionals identify the full extent of moisture damage, both obvious and unseen. We specialize in helping home and business owners overcome their feeling of helplessness by explaining the process in a way that they can understand what is happening, what to expect, and what they can do.

An SERVPRO representative will ask several questions about your water damage emergency to determine what equipment and resources to bring, along with how many trained SERVPRO Professionals you may need.

Several questions that will be asked by a SERVPRO Representative:

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

About SERVPRO of South Bronx

SERVPRO of South Bronx specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after water damage. We offer a comprehensive water removal service, including carpet cleaning and restoration as well as mold and mildew removal. Our SERVPRO staff are highly trained in property damage restoration and have the proper knowledge to restore your property.