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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.

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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)

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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.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

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Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Bronx, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of South Bronx today at (347) 590-9902 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Preventative Cleaning for Bronx Businesses

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO of South Bronx Technicians Use CDC Approved Cleaning techniques to Fight the Pandemic

With many in the media saying the NY area is ground zero again, it’s more important than ever to keep Bronx businesses open at a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) standard of clean. For businesses that are reopening, now is also the time to be cleaning and preparing. 

This current virus seems to have a longer life than most other viruses. Because there is not yet a cure, the cleaning measures must be sufficient to meet the challenge. We invite you to consider using a professional cleaning company that knows how to apply the proper EPA registered disinfectants correctly in Bronx businesses. The virus lives longer on certain materials, and we use specific chemicals for particular surfaces. For example, some of the cleaning products that work well for disinfecting the biofilm on a metal surface can damage textiles such as silk, cotton, and wool used in upholstery, area rugs, and carpeting. Commercial, hospital-grade cleaning agents come with dwell time instructions. Some cleaning solutions need wiping off while others must air-dry. Our experts at SERVPRO of South Bronx know these details. 

We offer cleaning plans for establishments that remain open and for locations that plan to reopen. Reopening locations may want to consider the deep cleaning of carpet, floors, HVAC systems, restrooms, and more to impress returning customers because clean equals healthy in the public’s judgment.   

When a business owner or management team hires professional help, they are protecting their staff and their customers, demonstrating that they care -- that is good public relations. Everyone is in this fight together. SERVPRO of South Bronx offers specialty cleanup for commercial facilities, call us at (347) 590-9902. 

Disclaimer: Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

Why Are the Residues from A Kitchen Fire Challenging to Remove?

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Trains in Strategies Specific to Protein-Based Soot Removal for a Successful Outcome in Your Bronx Residence

Residue removal after any residential fire is dependent on an accurate evaluation of the materials that fueled the fire and the characteristics and durability of the surfaces affected. Many fires start in the kitchen and can spread protein-based soot throughout an entire home. The residues created are nearly transparent and are thus hard to see. They carry a particularly noxious smell and can discolor paints, stains, and varnishes if not removed rapidly and entirely.

How Is Protein-Based Soot Created?

The fire damage in your Bronx home varies according to the types of residues produced. A kitchen fire typically begins when foods and cooking oils superheat, or when grease combusts when it boils over, tips, or drips onto a heating element. Residues from this kind of fire present in a mist-like form as the materials evaporate, leaving behind a yellowish film that clings tenaciously to any surface.

What Method Works to Clean Up After a Kitchen Fire?

SERVPRO Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) use their knowledge of industry best practices mastered during the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) courses along with on-the-job experience to remove protein-based fire damage safely and efficiently. We match cleaners to the type of residues, determining which product is most likely to loosen the coating by dissolving or emulsifying. Which type of cleaner and method do we find effective for grease or protein-based residue?   

Like dissolves like --

Oily soot responds to an oil-based solvent.

Tight adhesion --

Increasing agitation assists in dislodging the residue through:

  • The use of an abrasive tool like steel wool
  • The addition of an abrasive inert substance to the cleaning product

Count on the expert fire damage pros from SERVPRO of South Bronx. We have the training, tools, and techniques, along with proprietary cleaning products, just a phone call away. Call us at (347) 590-9902 day or night for a fast response.

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