Recent Posts

The Experts at SERVPRO of South Bronx are Just a Phone Call Away

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

It is in our nature to care and hold dear of what is important to us. You want the best doctors and education for your children. You would not entrust your children with just anyone. Therefore, why would you entrust just anyone with your home, business and/or possessions? You would want the best of the best on the job. We are the experts in the restoration business.

We are at an advantage for being a full-service contractor that has gained knowledge and experience over the years. What does that mean to you? Let us just say SERVPRO of South Bronx can save you time and money. Why contract two different companies when you can simply contract SERVPRO of South Bronx and make it like it never happened. We can answer any of your questions and meet all your needs to provide you with excellent service while being cost effective while working with your insurance company with your best interest at heart.

We are constantly learning to master our trade to become more effective in every aspect. We try to offer different services through the ever-changing times that have happened throughout our beloved City of the Bronx with such services as COVID-19 cleaning that will make you feel safe in the environment you call home and/or work. Therefore, our knowledge is infinitely evolving to be the most effective in the industry.

Call SERVPRO of South Bronx today with any questions you may have 347-590-9902 or email us at office@SERVPROsouthbronx.com.

When Water Hits You Must Act Quick

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

Water can cause significant destruction in your Bronx office despite if it results from a broken HVAC system, malfunctioning fire sprinkler system or a burst pipe, among other reasons. When water hits you must act quick to minimize overall loss to your business such as destruction to office equipment, supplies, furniture, and documents.

Furthermore, commercial water damage in a Bronx office building can cause loss of income if you must shut down operations. The impact it can have on your business’ finances can create time-consuming tasks for some of your office personnel. Restoring an office after a water loss incident is a challenge. Using proper water removal strategies can restore salvageable items and spare the building from further destruction. The experts at SERVPRO of South Bronx can help you to manage the damage. Here are a few helpful tips to that can prevent further damage to your business:

  • Shut down the main water source immediately to stop any water flow from coming into the office.
  • Switch off electricity for areas of the office building which came into contact with any water.
  • Open doors and windows to boost air circulation.
  • Mop the wet areas, surfaces, and furniture to extract as much water as you can.
  • If there are damp paper documents, determine which ones are essential and which ones you can discard. Spread out the valuable documents in an appropriate location so they can dry.
  • Move computers, documents, and other equipment or materials that are not ruined, but are sensitive to moisture.

Water intrusion in any office building is a sensitive situation, and that’s why SERVPRO of South Bronx responds promptly to emergency calls 24/7/365. Our Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) can help you remove the water and dry your office with minimal disruption to your daily operations. Our technicians excel in the field and will quickly act on what needs to be done effectively. Water may seep into wall cavities and get trapped behind building materials, creating ongoing moisture issues. Surfaces can appear to be dry but there can be moisture that cannot be seen by the naked eye. We have specialized equipment to monitor like moisture meters and thermal cameras to detect moisture under floors and behind walls. If mitigation is not done correctly more serious problems can arise in the future such as mold which is everyone’s nightmare.

We also have advanced air movers that allow the proper airflow to circulate the affected area and speed up the drying time. Our crew also uses dehumidifiers to eliminate any moisture from the air creating an effective drying atmosphere for affected areas. We provide total cleanup services that can restore your office to its preloss state quickly and effectively. We can communicate with your insurance company to handle the formalities of filing a claim making the entire process a little easier.

When water affects your office, call SERVPRO of South Bronx at (347) 590-9902 for restoration services. We can get the job done right to make the incident seem “Like it never even happened.”

Let US help YOU with the Flood in Your Home

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

Flood in Basement Home Call us at SERVPRO of South Bronx 347-590-9902

Extraction tasks can vary in severity from heavily saturated flooring materials in Bronx homes to several inches or even feet of standing water. With structural breaches that allow for flooding, areas of your home can quickly become compromised and in need of efficient water removal services. That is why choosing the right company to render such services is crucial. Here at SERVPRO of South Bronx, we are extremely knowledgeable in restoration services alongside with our industrial equipment we can effectively extract any level of water as soon as we arrive to minimize damage to you home.

We have a full inventory of extraction tools and equipment from portable to ride-on machines that help to tackle flood damage in any Bronx residences. Deciphering approach is crucial and our main objective to successfully extract the water and prevent any further loss. Our team can devise a plan suited to the particular damage present and which extractor options best accommodates the condition.

Weighted Extractors 

These tools are ideal for pulling saturation from carpeting and subflooring/padding when the carpet is not getting removed. In clean water damage, rapid drying and recovery solutions can ensure that carpeting does not need to get discarded, and weighted extractors can help it to dry more evenly and efficiently.

Portable Extractors

We have many portable options including sump pumps and light wands that can handle continuous removal of floodwater, but at a reduced volume to some of the other more powerful options in our extractor arsenal. These options typically require electricity, which means they require the presence of a generator in situations where the power has become disconnected.

Stationary Extractors 

These are heavier units like our trash pumps that are less readily moved from one area to another without considerable effort. These units, which also include the truck-mount extractor in our SERVPRO Green Fleet, pull higher volumes of water from a damaged area of the home. These are ideal for significant loss situations with several inches to several feet of standing water.

Choosing the right extractor is something that most homeowners do not have to address on their own. By choosing SERVPRO of South Bronx, you are choosing a team of qualified professionals capable of fast extraction and rapid drying time for your home. Call us anytime at 347-590-9902. We are here for you!

Water in a NYC School Should be the Least of Your Worries

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damaged School Sewage water backup in NYC School. SERVPRO of South Bronx 347-590-9902

When the concern for COVID-19 is on the forefront and ever rising, proper water mitigation is of great priority as well. Bacteria grows in moist areas and a water loss is a perfect breeding ground for any and all types of bacteria, however, water restoration done by professionals who excel in that field will give you security as well as peace of mind.

A New York City School and/or Charter School was affected by a sewage water. The sewage line backed into the school via the toilet in the bathroom. SERVPRO of South Bronx quickly went to perform a scope of work and effectively executed the water mitigation assuring not only the school but all those who attended like students and teachers, that it was done right the first time.

Category 3 water loss includes water that is disgustingly contaminated. It is also known as black water. It can contain pathogenic, toxigenic, or other harmful agents. It can come from places like sewage which means everything that has gone down drains including toilets. 

To think that children can be exposed to any type of bacteria because mitigation work was not performed correctly is not something, we condone ever at SERVPRO of South Bronx. This school entrusted us to do the job effectively with professionalism and we provided just that. Anything less would be uncivilized and unorthodox.

Water mitigation and sanitizing is a process in which there is no room for error. If the affected areas are not correctly removed, disinfected, dried and restored then it can lead to complications and health hazards later such as mold. Mold not only can affect a structure of any property but can affect one's health as well.

Our industrial powered equipment such as our dehumidifiers and air movers ensure that the affected will be completely dry leaving no moisture or damp areas. We continuously monitoring daily with moisture readings until the area is dry. We then begin the process of restoring area to leave it brand new. Call the experts at SERVPRO of South Bronx at 347-590-9902 and get it done right the first time! you can alos contact us via our email office@SERVPROsouthbronx.com.

Fire In a Bistro of the Bronx

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

Fire in Bronx Business Fire in Local Bronx Business. Call the experts at SERVPRO of South Bronx!

When your business suffers a fire loss it can be quite devastating. The fire loss instantly becomes a water loss too. Firefighters vigorously try to put the fire out thrusting hundreds of gallons of water into your business property. As a business owner you are not left with a smoky and soggy situation. A bistro in the Bronx endured such a loss and SERVPRO of South Bronx came to the rescue.

Once we arrive, we immediately begin to remove all damaged areas affected by the fire. Also, we cover all exposed areas that have been exposed to the natural elements such as windows, doors and any holes the roof might have incurred. We do this so we can prevent any further damages that can be cause by mother nature.

After we have rid the premise of all affected areas, we can now begin working on the water damage. Here are SERVPRO of South Bronx we have specialized equipment to eliminate any water and moisture from your business by using such equipment as pump and dehumidifiers to prevent any further issues.

Once we reach an acceptable moisture level after closely monitoring the areas affected by water, we can then begin the cleaning process of all surfaces to rid them of any soot and smoke damage. SERVPRO of South Bronx will clean and sanitize all salvageable items to pre-fire conditions where possible. We do so by using a wet and dry-cleaning method. We will notify you what items we be beyond repair. Of course, we will save and recover an item to save you from paying costly replacements. We have industrial equipment such as air scrubbers and fogging equipment to remove any lingering odors that were caused by the fire.

Lastly, we start the full start restoration process of your business that may include minor repairs. Such repairs are like replacing drywall, replacing carpet or flooring, painting. Also, we can do major repairs like roofs and damaged walls that took a hard hit from the fire loss.

We are always here around the clock to help in your most difficult time of need. If unfortunately, you have experienced a fire loss do not waste another minute and risk your property and possessions from acquiring further damage. Call us at SERVPRO of South Bronx at 347-590-9902. or email us at office@SERVPROsouthbronx.com

When There's a Fire Call SERVPRO of South Bronx

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

Bronx Fire Restoration This home was affected by a fire loss. Call SERVPRO of South Bronx

No one ever is ever prepared for such disasters like a fire. It is disheartening for anyone to ever endure. Fear, anger, sadness and the feeling of being left empty handed after such a loss despite the magnitude can be life changing to a renter, a homeowner or business owner. After the fire has been contained and the flames extinguished, the worst is over but now you are left with a soggy situation accompanied with smoke odor, affected personal belongings, tainted memories, and confusion of what now? Where do I go from here? Your first step should be to call SERVPRO of the South Bronx. We understand the process of recovery can leave you with many questions but knowing what steps to take can make that process so much easier.

How Do We Help?

By using our high level of expertise accompanied with the proper tools to provide effective service. We will work with you closely and with your insurance company directly to get you well on your way to restoring your home, property or business as well as your possessions. No matter how small or big, we use the same amount of effort. We take pride in what we do.

Every situation is unique and may require different solutions, but the process is always with your best interest in mind.  We are on call ready to tackle your problem while providing the utmost care and respect to your property and possessions. If your fire loss calls for it, we will pack out all your furniture and personal belongings to a temporary storage. Every single item is accounted for and undergoes evaluation in terms of cleaning, drying and restoration. Once your property is ready in every aspect that is restoration, we then return all your possessions to make it feel like home again.

What Can I Do to Help My Situation?

After a fire, the smoke smell is strong and very unpleasant, even if the fire was contained in one specific room. When you increase ventilation within your property by opening all windows and doors is a good first small step until the restoration team arrives with industrial equipment to further ventilate.

Also, you can clean non-porous surfaces such as tiles, countertops, etc. You can clean such surfaces with soap and warm water to get through that first layer of grime. Use mild soap and a towel you don't mind disposing of.  Harsh cleaning products can have an adverse effect. Therefore, if you are unsure about how to clean please leave it to the experts. Sometimes not cleaning property can lead to further loss.

Furthermore, if you can wash things you normally would in a washing machine then by all means do so. It is advisable to wash them with an alkaline cleaner or vinegar solution. Any delicate fabrics should be left to professionals.

These are miniscule steps that can be taken to aid your situation until the experts of SERVPRO of South Bronx can arrive. Any questions please do not hesitate to ask us at 347-590-9902 or email us at office@SERVPROsouthbronx.com

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)

Jewelry store animation Let us help to reduce the loss of your business property from water damage. Contact SERVPRO for water damage mitigation services.

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

Want to know more about the Bronx.

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)

Burning flame isolated on black One quick call to (347) 590-9902 gets you back on track no matter how severe the damage.

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.