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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.

We Have The Specialized Equipment To Handle Fire Damage Remediation In The Bronx

8/31/2021 (Permalink)

Bronx Fire Restoration This building had smoke damage from a fire in a shared basement.

Caution and Special Equipment Needed During Fire Damage Residue Clean-Up in the South Bronx

One of the ways that South Bronx fire residues differ from ordinary soiling is impossible to understand without looking through a microscope. The visible portion of smoke and the staining seen from soot is made up of tiny bits of incompletely combusted building materials. These minute particles frequently smear and spread if a simple wipe away approach is used, although that technique is often successful with other kinds of dirt.

Soot Is Abrasive, Acidic, and Toxic

The residues left after fire damage in your South Bronx also contain rough, sharp-edged particles. Merely scrubbing them away results in scratching of smooth surfaces because of the fine, gritty materials. Many surfaces coated in soot residues experience tarnishing or corrosion, a chemical change linked to the highly acidic nature of soot. Soot also contains hazardous substances created during combustion, including known carcinogens. Cleanup without personal protective equipment (PPE) exposes workers to potential injury or illness.

Air Quality Suffers Because of Fire Residues

Much of the soot in smoke settles on surfaces, but a percentage remains airborne. While performing fire damage cleanup, additional soot particles are stirred up and join the bits floating. These particles contribute to long-lasting odors issues and impair healthy air quality. To address this challenge, SERVPRO recommends the use of negative pressure air scrubbing equipment in fire damage mitigation and remediation projects. The air scrubbing set up includes plastic barriers to isolate the work area, sealed by the suction action of the equipment. Contaminated air moves through HEPA filters, with significant capture of the small, abrasive particles. The filtered air vents to the outside to prevent further residue deposit.

Research Points Our Technicians to Effective Cleaning Protocols

The hot, high oxygen fire fueled by paper or dry wood leaves a loose, ashy residue. Dry brushing or sponging removes staining from ceilings and walls, and HEPA-filtered vacuums are well-suited to collect and contain that ashy for disposal. Rubber, plastic, and padding or fabrics release sticky, dark soot full of abrasives. SERVPRO uses cleaning products containing wetting agents and surfactants to lift the residues from the surface, suspending the debris to limit its abrasive effect as it is sponged or toweled off the structures.

Protein-Based Residues Require Special Handling

Kitchen fires produce a residue that is an evaporative substance rather than soot--similar to the coatings on frequently used pots and pans. Industry best practices employed by SERVPRO include the careful application of abrasives often accompanied by solvents to dislodge this highly adhesive coating.

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training mastered by our SERVPRO of South Bronx employees help us match products, tools, and methods to clear away fire residues appropriately and efficiently. Call (347) 590-9902 to schedule an assessment and planning to resolve challenging fire damage issues.

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

8/17/2021 (Permalink)

damaged furniture and other home items sitting outside of red brick house When you are dealing with any damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of South Bronx is your local restoration expert.

Working hard as an adult means working to ensure things go smoothly for everyone.

Thanks to this little thing called life, though, we don’t always get the pleasure of things running smoothly. Disasters and accidents happen every day, and when one happens to you, it seems that roles and responsibilities change.

Luckily for you, at SERVPRO, we stay ready for these events so that you don’t have to.

A Quicker Response

Like most things, disasters or accidents don’t always happen on our timing. That’s why having us available 24 hours a day, seven days a week pays off.

We are here, ready and waiting for your call.

A Fast Response Time

Disasters or accidents can cause major damage, which is why you have to act fast.

When accidents happen and repair is delayed, it can allow for more mold growth, more smoke smell or more water damage. Responding quickly is essential, and that’s why us being here in The Bronx matters. We can get work underway quickly.

"Like it never even happened."

We want to ensure that our customers are satisfied with the work we provide. We take pride in our work and hope that it shows in the finished product.

We will not end our job until the finished product meets your approval.

Adapting to a Changing World

Here in New York, we’re no strangers to the effects of COVID-19. In the face of the pandemic, disease prevention is a primary focus for everyone.

Because we understand this, we now offer a cleaning service that goes above and beyond the traditional janitorial services that others provide. Now a business must provide a customized clean to ensure that customers and employees are safe.

No matter what your need, we’re here to help. When disaster strikes, you can sleep well knowing that you have SERVPRO here on your side, ready to tackle it for you.

As much as proactive planning can help, disasters happen. Regardless of why you need cleanup or disaster recovery, SERVPRO has the tools, technicians and training to get your situation under control. When you need help, get in touch with SERVPRO of South Bronx for the best service possible.

What to Know About Summer Storms | SERVPRO® of South Bronx

8/9/2021 (Permalink)

a large bright lighting strike in a dark stormy sky If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of South Bronx is ready to make things right again.

Summer usually reminds most people of sunny days, spending the days outside with the family playing games or swimming. But what we don’t realize is summer typically brings more rain than the other months.

The saying is “April showers bring May flowers,” but it seems that lately summer brings even more rain. Summer weather brings two important ingredients for storms—heat and moisture in the air. When those combine, storms and rain result.

Here in The Bronx, we’re familiar with this trend and see increased precipitation during the summer. The good news? It typically starts to diminish beginning at the end of August.

Are You Ready?

While the average rainfall in summer increases and showers are more common, it’s important to remember that all storms have a chance of becoming severe. It’s imperative to pay close attention to the weather or storm alerts that come across.

With technology today, you can easily stay up to the minute with weather alerts, but if you lose power you might be out of luck. That’s why it’s a good idea to invest in an NOAA Weather radio, which is battery-operated.

It’s smart to be cautious during storms. Storms can cause flooding, or they can wreak havoc on your belongings. You can take safety precautions throughout the year by keep up with your yard maintenance and clearing your property of debris that can be stirred up by wind or water during a storm.

Many people die every year from storm-related incidents, so it’s always best to use caution during any kind of bad weather event.

Stay Safe

Storms can be somewhat peaceful at times, but if you hear thunder or see lightning, it’s best to stay indoors. And anytime you hear thunder, you should always know that lightning is sure to follow.

Like your mother or grandmother used to warn, stay away from windows and avoid bathing during a bad storm.

It’s also important to keep an emergency kit prepared for your family. Having one in your car is also a good idea.

Flooding can happen quickly and also bring about many dangers, so it’s best to stay on high ground and avoid any flood waters if possible. As kids we remember playing in the water puddles or flooded ditches, but these waters can conceal electrical wires.

When flooding conditions are present, stay off the roads. Even a small amount of standing water can be dangerous or even life-threatening.

There are any number of dangers that can come into play in a thunderstorm, and it’s always best to be cautious and put things on hold until storms safely pass. If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO is on the line, ready to make things right again.

Defensible Space Is Wildfire Protection | SERVPRO® of South Bronx

7/22/2021 (Permalink)

a gated long brown pebble driveway tucked next to a large brick home If your home is damaged by fire or any other reason, SERVPRO of South Bronx is ready and able to repair any damage.

It’s not something we often think about in and around The Bronx, but wildfires are more common, causing more property damage that you might realize. A wildfire can spread at alarming rates, especially since our world is made up of so many combustible materials.

We must do our part in protecting our homes to give us a fighting chance against wildfires. That can be as simple as being more careful.

But there are also other measures we can take, including defensible space.

Making a Plan

Defensible space sounds a little intimidating, but in reality, it’s a buffer area that you can create around your home. You can create this defensible space by removing anything that can feed a wildfire, things like dead trees or leaves.

This is why planting and pruning practices become important. You can also use flame-resistant gravel landscape to help lower your chances of being affected.

Defensible space can be thought of as a shield of protection around your home. It is helping slow down or stopping the spread of fire as it nears your home, and gives firefighters their best chance of stopping a wildfire before it takes over your home.

Because defensible space has proven to be effective, some states started requiring it by law. It isn’t required in our area, but if you own or rent a house, it may be worth investing in.

The Rising Hazards of Wildfires

There were over 59,000 wildfires across the United States in 2020. Every state was impacted.

California accounted for 10,000+, but the average number of wildfires per state in 2020 was right under 1,000. In New York, we fared better than most states with only 192 wildfires, but they burned 1,123 acres of land.

It’s imperative that home owners take the necessary actions to protect their home. Defensible space is one way of doing this.

If your home is damaged by fire of any sort, wild or not, SERVPRO is ready and able to repair the damage caused. Get in touch today to get the pros on your team.